May 26, 2022

During Government Shutdown, EBSCO is Offering Complimentary Access to ERIC Database

Due to the federal government shutdown, access to a free version of ERIC database ( hosted on the U.S. Department of  Education web site is not available.

To make life easier for those who don’t have easy access to another version of the database but want to use this reference resource, EBSCO is temporarily offering complimentary access to ERIC*** (registration is not required) until the shutdown comes to an end.

Direct to ERIC (via EBSCO)

Users can also access the ERIC Thesaurus from a link at the top of the user interface.

*** Caveat

Because of the shutdown, access to the full text of articles and other materials will not be available [they’re also hosted on the ERIC server currently offline].  In other words, abstracting and indexing only are available.

About ERIC

ERIC provides access to educational literature and resources including access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. It was designed as a national information system to provide access to education literature and resources. According to its website, “ERIC is the world’s largest and most frequently used education digital library.” ERIC provides more than 1.4 million bibliographic records and dates back to 1966.

More Freebies from EBSCO

The other databases listed on the database selection page are also available for free.

These databases resources (list below) are ones EBSCO has offered complimentary access to for many years.

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • GreenFILE
  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

Direct to ERIC (via EBSCO)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.