May 23, 2022

Online Research Help: All About ERIC Bibliographic Records in New Tour Video

The following video/webinar from ERIC/Institute of Education Sciences was recorded on April 10, 2018.

From the ERIC Website:

Bibliographic records are the foundation of ERIC. Information in each record supports search and retrieval, and helps you see if the content you found is a good match for your work. The ERIC record contains fields that describe the content, help you retrieve and select material, and provide links to external resources for additional information. Understanding how the fields support your research can enhance your experience with ERIC. For example, ERIC now links to the Institution of Education Sciences (IES) website where you can find additional information about IES publications, IES grant and contract funding, and studies reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse.

2018-04-23_10-58-49Our webinar, titled Tour of an ERIC Record, will delve into the fields and provide background information on how fields are populated, how you can most effectively use the fields to find what you are looking for in ERIC, and how some fields, like the identifiers, have changed in recent years. Understanding how the fields support your research can enhance your experience with ERIC.

The webinar will answer our most frequently asked questions about the ERIC record, such as:

  • Will the Direct Link take me to the full text of an article?
  • What is the Audience field and how can I use it in a search?
  • How many records in ERIC include an Author link? Can I use this link to get author contact information?
  • What is the difference between the Record Type and Publication Type fields?
  • What is the purpose of the fields related to the What Works Clearinghouse?

Erin Pollard, ERIC Project Officer, Institute of Education Sciences
Judy Beck, ERIC Processing Team Lead, ZAI

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