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The ERIC database gives access to thousands of journal articles and documents on education. It is one of the oldest and most comprehensive databases available anywhere. ERIC displays abstracts with a complete bibliographic citation for each article or document.

Directions for using ERIC:

1. Go to the Library's homepage (www.loyola.edu/library)

2. Click on the Education subject heading listed under "Resources by Subject" on the top box in the center of the homepage. Then click on "ERIC."

3. You should be on the Advanced Search screen. If not, click on “Advanced Search” tab at the top of the ERIC search screen. This will give you search boxes that allow several different kinds of searches at once as well as limit options at the bottom of the page. When entering search term(s), you will generally want to indicate the type of search you are doing; the program defaults to keyword. However, keyword searching in a database as large as ERIC can yield many irrelevant items. Using more than one term helps to limit your search. You can limit your search by using AND between terms, or expand your search by putting OR between your terms. NOTE: if you use OR, put the “OR'd” terms within parentheses. For example:

(inclusion OR mainstreaming) AND special education

4. If you need help choosing a search term, click on the “Thesaurus” button at the top of the page. The Thesaurus will give you appropriate terms to use when doing a Subject (descriptors) search.

5. You can limit the number of retrieved items or limit your search by setting a date range, using the "Date Published" fields.

6. Each ERIC citation displays a number. All ERIC numbers begin with either the letters ED or EJ.

    ED numbers indicate an ERIC document. Documents include books, transcripts, conference papers, government publications, dissertations and theses. The library has microfiche for most of the ERIC documents. They are kept in the Microforms room, located on the lower level of the library, filed in numerical order by the ED number. If the document was published in 1993 or later, you may be able to access the Full-Text of the Document by clicking the Full text from ERIC link. Once opened, you can either print or download the document. Note: if your document is large (i.e. a dissertation) it may take a few minutes to open and print it.
    EJ numbers indicate a journal article. ERIC links to SOME full-text articles. Click on the linked article title, and look for a link to "Full-text" in the full record. If there is no link to full text, you may be able to get the journal from the library. To check if the library owns the journal, click on the "Article Linker" link, which will search our electronic journals and allow you to perform one-click searching of the library catalog. You may also ask at the Reference Desk for help in figuring out whether the journal can be found full-text online in a different database. If the library does not own the periodical you need, you can request a copy of the article using Interlibrary Loan.

Note: Printing accounts, obtained at the circulation desk on the main floor, are needed when using the computer printers. Photocopiers running on the same system are also available on the main floor.

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