A couple of years ago, I received an email from Jim McKay to locate some education articles for an upcoming meeting he was having—in two hours!! Of course, I promptly stopped what I was doing to locate his articles. I thought to myself, how hard could it be?? I knew that our student databases wouldn’t provide the articles he needed. Yet, I also knew I had the ERIC database up my sleeve. As I started to search, I discovered I could not have been more wrong….
Every search I conducted, I was getting error messages as the articles were not available. I kept looking at the clock and time was clearly against me. What I didn’t know at the time was that the people at ERIC had discovered some personally identifiable information in some of the documents. Due to those security concerns, free access to this service was drastically reduced. If I wanted to get access to an article, I had to put in a request and wait in a queue while someone reviewed the article. Needless to say, I was not able to gain access to the articles Jim wanted.:(
Now, two years later, I’m happy to report that 94% of the documents are now available on the ERIC database (Education Resource Information Center).
Teachers, if you find that you need an article for a course you are taking or perhaps you are just looking for some research on a specific topic, you may want to check out the ERIC database. ERIC provides access to over 337,000 full-text education literature and research articles all the way back to 1966. Now that’s a lot of quality reading!
Just check out the new ERIC libguide to locate access instructions along with two search tutorials. As always, you can ask Kellie and I for help.
Jim, if you still need those articles, I’ll be able to do that search for you now. 🙂