Education Literature Guide

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Guide to searching educational literature in ERIC, Education Index, Education Research Abstracts.

Education Literature Intro

Top Databases.

The UC Libraries provide several index/databases for searching literature in education.  The primary education databases are ERIC (via ProQuest) and Education Full Text (via EBSCOhost).  Click the tabs above to find specific search tips for doing research with each database.  Also, find several related psychology, social science and language/literacy databases under the "More Databases" or "Psychology" tabs above.   Several of the related databases, such as PsycInfo, are searchable simultaneously with ERIC on the ProQuest platform.

ERIC and Ed Index all search for scholarly journal articles in education.  There is some overlap between them with respect to journal coverage; however, each indexes some journal titles not covered by the others. 

In addition, ERIC indexes Documents (known as "ERIC Documents") from hundreds of organizations producing education-related material. Document types include books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and school district documents. Organizations providing non-journal content to ERIC include research foundations, federal and state agencies, policy organizations, university affiliates, and commercial publishers. 

Where to Find ERIC and Ed Index.

All the primary education databases -  ERIC. Ed Index and PsycInfo are linked from the EDP Library's homepage.

Key Education Topics

To discover resources on the following top education topics, use the databases indicated. 

Educational Administration
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Business Source Complete
  CQ Researcher
  EconLit

Educational Psychology
  PsycInfo
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  APA eBooks and PsycTests
  Counseling Transcripts and Videos
  PsycCritiques

Children
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  PsycInfo
  Family and Society Studies
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts 

Families and Parenting
  ERIC
  Family and Society Studies
  PsycInfo
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts

Higher Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  CQ Researcher
  Chronicle of Higher Education

History of Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  America: History and Life
  CQ Researcher

News sources for Education
  Chronicle of Higher Education
  CQ Researcher
  Education Week
  More News Sources

Sociology of Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Family and Society Studies
  PsycInfo
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts

Urban education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Urban Studies
  CQ Researcher

ERIC

Where to find ERIC.  Find ERIC on the EDP Library homepage under ERIC (via ProQuest)  or MultiEdPsyc for the ProQuest platform.  The MultiEdPsyc link has been configured to search several related databases at once.  With one search engine, simultaneously search ERIC, PsycInfo, Communication Abstracts, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, and MLA International Bibliography.  The MultiEdPsyc link is available ONLY on the EDP Library homepage.

What's in ERIC  ERIC, publicly sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is the primary and leading index to journals and other literature published in education. 

     ERIC provides an index to citations for (1) journal articles and (2) ERIC Documents relating to the field of education. Journals and documents are indexed back to 1965.  The index points to over 780 journals, representing more than 1.3 million bibliographic records. Check the journal list for titles.

     ERIC Documents are from hundreds of organizations producing education-related material. Document types include books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and school district documents. Organizations providing non-journal content to ERIC include research foundations, federal and state agencies, policy organizations, university affiliates, and commercial publishers.

How to find full-text of cited material:  The Library provides full-text access (online or in print) to most of the journals indexed in ERIC and the other databases searchable from the ProQuest platform.  From ProQuest, follow  UC-eLinks  to discover UC’s online or print full-text coverage.   In ERIC.gov, click on "Find in a Library", then on the button, UC-eLinks.  WorldCat connects the ERIC database to the UC Libraries' collectons.

     ERIC has digitized the entire collection of ERIC Documents (formerly on microfiche).  ERIC has not received copyright permission to provide online full-text of a small portion of the documents, however. Most of this portion is available on microfiche at the EDP Library.  Microfiche may be checked out and taken to Doe Library for scanning onto a flash drive or printed at EDP.  For digitized ERIC Documents follow UC-eLinks (via CSA) or the pdf link, pdf ERIC Full-text ,( via Eric.gov).

     If an item is not available full-text from the UC Libraries, ask a librarian for assistance, or use the “Request” links in Melvyl or Oskicat to request an interlibrary loan.

ERIC.gov Tips

Use the Advanced Search engine for the best results.

Advanced Search lets you refine your search by: keywords, title, author, descriptor, source (i.e. journal name), ERIC Accession Number, ISBN, institution, sponsoring agency, publisher, date range, peer review status and more. 

Browse by Topic using the Thesaurus. Index terms, referred to as “descriptors,” are assigned to every item in the ERIC database.  Click on “Thesaurus” from the ERIC homepage.  Here you can browse alphabetically, by category or search by descriptor. 

Find Effective Keywords using the Thesaurus.   First think of your question in your own words.  Enter those words into the thesaurus search engine to see if there is a descriptor that matches your words.  If not, ERIC will provide suggested words.  For example, to find articles and documents about tests that measure attitude, enter "test* attitude."  The asterisk picks up both singular and plural.  The results indicate two descriptors: "Attitude Tests 1966_1980" and "Self Attitude Test." 

Refine Your Search.  Click on the ERIC Search button to launch an ERIC search from the Thesaurus. ERIC will automatically create a search using the descriptor, but will first give you the opportunity to refine the search by presenting the advanced search screen with its many limiter options.

Once the results appears, you will have another opportunity to narrow your search by author, publication, dates, audience, educational level or additional descriptor.

Ed Index

Where to find Ed Index.  Find Ed Index via the EDP Library homepage.  Education Index in now on the Ebsco platform.  Both Education Full Text and Education Index Retrospective appear together.

What's in Ed Index
:  Education Index indexes journal articles and book reviews.  Ed Index provides citations from over 350 journals as far back as 1996.  It also points to citations for nearly 770 journals back to 1983.  Newly added is the full-text of The Chronicle of Higher Education back to January 2001. Click on “Journal Directory” after opening the Ed Index search engine to find a full list of journal titles and their coverage.  Some of the titles overlap the coverage in ERIC, but several are only indexed by Ed Index.  This is why it is important to run the same search in both ERIC and Ed Index. 

How to find full-text of cited material: The Ed Index search engine points to citations, including abstracts.  The Library provides full-text access, either online or in print (via UC-eLinks), to a large number of journal articles from the present back to 1929.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  When using the Ed Index search engine, do not check the “full-text” box.  Why?  Because you will miss many citations and full-text articles which the Library buys and to which we have online access from other content providers (other than Ebsco).
 
     Once a citation is identified in Ed Index, follow UC-eLinks  to discover the full-text. If we buy the full-text from Ebsco, there will be a direct link from the initial results page.  If links to full-text (online or in print) do not readily appear, ask a librarian, or use the “Request” links in Melvyl or Oskicat to request an interlibrary loan.

Ebsco Tips

Ebsco's Search Engine.  This is the search engine linked to Education Index Full-text, Education Index Retrospective, Academic Search Complete, and Business Source Complete. Ebsco provides only a single column, three-row f search entry. To clarify intent, terms can be linked with “and”, “or”, or “not”. 

Do not check the box labeled “full-text” as you will miss most of the material available online at UC and find only the content we buy from Ebsco.  Ebsco indexes, i..e., points to, more content than that which they sell in full-text.  UC buys all of Ebsco's education full-text content and much more full-text from other vendors.  Everything UC has purchased is seamlessly linked and findable via the UC-eLinks yellow button. 

For example, a broad subject search for empirical studies on writing instruction in K-12 schools might be:

Row One: TX (All Text) = “writing instruction”
Row Two: TX (All Text) = “empirical study”
Row Three: TX (All Text) = K-12

Ebsco is not as granular as other search engines, such as ProQuest, in that it does not permit searching by more specific fields such as Methodology or Tests & Measurements. 

Better results occur when phrases are placed in quotation marks.

More Databases for Education

In addition to the three primary databases for education (i.e., ERIC, Ed Index) several other resources are excellent for scholarly literature related to education.  These include:

PsycInfo

Academic Search Complete
America: History and Life 
American Periodicals
 
ArticleFirst
 
British Education Index
 
Business Source Premier 
Children's Literature-Comprehensive Database 
CQ Researcher 
Chronicle of Higher Education
 
Digital Dissertations
 
EconLit 
Education Week 
ETS Online Research Library
Family and Society Studies 
Google Scholar
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching 
ISI Journal Citation Reports  
News databases at UC 
PAIS with Archives 
Periodicals Index and Archive
 
PsycBooks from APA 
PsycCritiques
 
PsycTests
Sociological Abstracts
Social Services
Abstracts
Social Work Abstracts
Urban Studies 
Web of Knowledge
for social sciences 
Who's Who in American Education
 
Women's Studies International 
A-Z. All article databases at UCB.

Books

UC Berkeley subscribes to several eBook packages. Although most eBooks can be found by searching Oskicat or Melvyl, it is also good to check each eBook collection for recently added titles.  Check the following eBook collections for material on education and social sciences.
APA eBooks 
eBrary 
netLibrary 
Oxford Scholarship Online 
Springer 

See also the Oskicat and Melvyl catalogs for print books and other eBooks in the UC Libraries' collections.

PsycCritiques provides book reviews of educational psychology titles.
Education Review provides book reviews for education titles.

Key Education Topics

To discover resources on the following top education topics, use the databases indicated. 

Educational Administration
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Business Source Complete
  CQ Researcher
  EconLit

Educational Psychology
  PsycInfo
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  APA eBooks and PsycTests
  Counseling Transcripts and Videos
  PsycCritiques

Children
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  PsycInfo
  Family and Society Studies
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts 

Families and Parenting
  ERIC
  Family and Society Studies
  PsycInfo
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts

Higher Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  CQ Researcher
  Chronicle of Higher Education

History of Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  America: History and Life
  CQ Researcher

News sources for Education
  Chronicle of Higher Education
  CQ Researcher
  Education Week
  More News Sources

Sociology of Education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Family and Society Studies
  PsycInfo
  Sociological Abstracts
  Social Services Abstracts
  Social Work Abstracts

Urban education
  ERIC
  Ed Index
  Urban Studies
  CQ Researcher

ERIC.gov Tips

Use the Advanced Search engine for the best results.

Advanced Search lets you refine your search by: keywords, title, author, descriptor, source (i.e. journal name), ERIC Accession Number, ISBN, institution, sponsoring agency, publisher, date range, peer review status and more. 

Browse by Topic using the Thesaurus. Index terms, referred to as “descriptors,” are assigned to every item in the ERIC database.  Click on “Thesaurus” from the ERIC homepage.  Here you can browse alphabetically, by category or search by descriptor. 

Find Effective Keywords using the Thesaurus.   First think of your question in your own words.  Enter those words into the thesaurus search engine to see if there is a descriptor that matches your words.  If not, ERIC will provide suggested words.  For example, to find articles and documents about tests that measure attitude, enter "test* attitude."  The asterisk picks up both singular and plural.  The results indicate two descriptors: "Attitude Tests 1966_1980" and "Self Attitude Test." 

Refine Your Search.  Click on the ERIC Search button to launch an ERIC search from the Thesaurus. ERIC will automatically create a search using the descriptor, but will first give you the opportunity to refine the search by presenting the advanced search screen with its many limiter options.

Once the results appears, you will have another opportunity to narrow your search by author, publication, dates, audience, educational level or additional descriptor.

Ebsco Tips

Ebsco's Search Engine.  This is the search engine linked to Education Index Full-text, Education Index Retrospective, Academic Search Complete, and Business Source Complete. Ebsco provides only a single column, three-row f search entry. To clarify intent, terms can be linked with “and”, “or”, or “not”. 

Do not check the box labeled “full-text” as you will miss most of the material available online at UC and find only the content we buy from Ebsco.  Ebsco indexes, i..e., points to, more content than that which they sell in full-text.  UC buys all of Ebsco's education full-text content and much more full-text from other vendors.  Everything UC has purchased is seamlessly linked and findable via the UC-eLinks yellow button. 

For example, a broad subject search for empirical studies on writing instruction in K-12 schools might be:

Row One: TX (All Text) = “writing instruction”
Row Two: TX (All Text) = “empirical study”
Row Three: TX (All Text) = K-12

Ebsco is not as granular as other search engines, such as ProQuest, in that it does not permit searching by more specific fields such as Methodology or Tests & Measurements. 

Better results occur when phrases are placed in quotation marks.

ProQuest Tips

ProQuest.  This search engine is used to find sources indexed in PsycInfo, ERIC, Sociological Abstracts, Social Service Abstracts and many others. ProQuest provides a three-row search engine.  The first row limits term entry to one, the second and third rows permit entry to two similar/synonymous terms.  To clarify intent, rows can be combined with “and”, “or”, or “not”. 

Do not check the box labeled “full-text” as you will miss most of the material available online at UC and find only the content we buy from ProQuest.  ProQuest indexes, i..e., points to, more content than that which they sell in full-text.  UC buys full-text content from many publishing vendors.  Everything UC has purchased is seamlessly linked and findable via the UC-eLinks yellow button.   The UC-eLinks button does not appear until one clicks on either the Title or the Citation/Abstract link from the Results page.  This displays the individual item record together with other navigation tools such as finding full-text or sending to citation management software (i.e., RefWorks).

A sample subject search for empirical studies on writing instruction might be:

Row One: AB (Abstract) = “writing instruction”
Row Two: AB (Abstract)= “empirical study”
Row Three: AB (Abstract)= “K-12"

Depending on the selection of databases to be searched, ProQuest can be very granular.  For example, in PsycInfo, one can search for a Methodology or Tests & Measurement instrument.  To see all fields that are specific to a database, such as PsycInfo or ERIC, it is necessary to change the selection of databases to only one.  For example, when selection is changed to only PsycInfo, you will see a more expanded list of limiter choices, including Methodology.  Similarly, when selection is changed to only ERIC, you will see a different list of limiter choices, including Education Level and Target Audience.

Better results occur when phrases are placed in quotation marks.

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