ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
Finding Useful Articles in ERIC
How to search ERIC
Click on the Advanced Search link located beneath the basic search box on the Fetch! landing page.
Our first search term will be the "school desegregation".
If you have a second term, enter it in the second box e.g. (laws OR legislation) also leaving the field searched set to All Fields.
The same search can also be executed by typing: "school desegregation" AND (laws OR legislation) in the main search box.
In the Limit your results segment of the page set the Publication Date range to find documents published within the last 10 years. You can also limit your results by educational level, audience, and document type.
|Select the education level
you would like your results
|You can limit your results
to the article's target
You can choose whether you
Interpreting your results:
The main column on the page consists of the results of your search. You can sort the results by publication or relevance, and limiters that can be used to narrow your search results appear in the left column of the page.
When you find an article that interests you:
To preview an article, you can mouse-over the icon. A small window will appear You'll see the article's abstract, subject headings and citation information.
Click on the icon to access full-text of the article.
Tip: If you have a choice to use a PDF or an html version of an article choose the PDF for accurate page numbers!
If a full-text version of your article is not available, click on the Full-Text Finder icon to search for your article in other linked databases.
If there is no online access, don't forget to double-check Periodicals by Title to see if the Library has a print subscription.
If the library does not have access to an article in any form, copy the citation information into the online Interlibrary Loan form.
If you make an EBSCO account, you can make folders and organize your research. Place articles in folders by clicking the icon and following the prompts!
Using ERIC's Thesaurus - Alternate Term
One of the useful features in ERIC is the link to the Thesaurus in the upper left corner which provides access to ERIC's internal controlled vocabulary of subject tags applied to each article. Browsing the Thesaurus terms can help you pinpoint the correct keywords to use in your search.
- Click the Thesaurus link
- In the Browsing window, enter "school desegregation" and click Browse
- ERIC indicates that this term is correct.
- Click on "school desegregation" to view additional related search terms
Now you can view and select related search terms and insert them into your search.