May 22, 2022

In Case You Missed It: ERIC Resumes Indexing and PDF’s Also Returning to Database

From the ERIC (Education Resource Information Clearinghouse) Web Site:

After a temporary hiatus from indexing in August, ERIC resumed indexing activities in September.

The ERIC processing team is initially focused on articles and materials that were not indexed during the transition, as well as new IES reports. New records and full-text materials started flowing into the collection once the government resumed operations following the government shutdown. Adding new records to the collection will continue on an ongoing basis.

Publications produced by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will be indexed in ERIC on the day the report is released by IES. ERIC will also begin providing the full text of What Works Clearinghouse supporting documents as soon as they become available. Other materials produced by the U.S. Department of Education, which meet the ERIC Selection Policy, will also be included in ERIC.

What About PDFs?

We are pleased to announce that new processes are in place for reviewing and restoring PDFs temporarily restricted due to privacy issues.

There are approximately 284,000 PDFs in the production queue for review and restoration.

Read the Complete Announcement

UPDATE: Today (November 6, 2013) ERIC announced (via Twitter) that 8,000 more PDFs (for a total of about 80,000 files so far) were re-released into the database and to expect weekly updates with “large batches” of PDF files re-released into the database from this point forward.

UPDATE 2: ERIC Toll-Free Help Number is Now Available at 1-800-LET-ERIC

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.