To plan your search using ERIC Descriptors, we recommend that you follow these steps:
If you'd like to take a shortcut, you might try simply doing a keyword search, retrieving a record that looks relevant to your topic, and then examining the Descriptors. You can even click on one of the Descriptors to start a new search.
Materials in ERIC are divided into two broad categories. These two groups of materials have different codes.
EJ: Journal articles. Articles are sometimes available full-text via the Carmichael Library's many databases. Articles not held by the library may be obtained by using our ILLiad interlibrary loan service.
ED: Eric documents. ERIC documents (ED) comprise many material types including conference proceedings, scholarly meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, government reports, audiovisual media, and more. ERIC documents are freely available in several ways: the Carmichael Library has a complete run of ERIC documents (1966-2004) on microfiche on the second floor. ERIC documents published after 1993 are digitized and freely available online.
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Sample Descriptors Found in the ERIC Thesaurus