EDUC 253A: Research in Writing

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Articles in Education

Articles.  The UC Libraries provide several index/databases for searching literature in education.  The three primary education databases are ERIC, Ed Index, and ERA (Educational Research Abstracts), all linked from EDP Library's homepage.  Also, find several related social science and language/literacy databases, books, book reviews, and websites under the "Books Web & More" tab above.   Most of the related databases are searchable simultaneously with either ERIC or EdIndex.

Where to find ERIC.  Find ERIC on the EDP Library homepage under ERIC for the interface or MultiEdPsyc for the CSA Illumina 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 CSA platform.  Follow UC-eLinks to discover UC’s online or print full-text coverage.   
     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 on
     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.

Education Index. 
Where to find Ed Index.  Find Ed Index via the EDP Library homepage.  The WilsonWeb search engine can simultaneously search Education Index, along with several retrospective databases including Education Index Retrospective, Book Review Digest, Essay and General Literature, Humanities & Social Science, and Readers Guide.  

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. 
     Once a citation is identified in Ed Index, follow UC-eLinks to discover the full-text. If we buy the full-text from Wilson, 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.

Educational Research Abstracts. 
Where to find ERA.  Find ERA on the EDP Library homepage.  After doing searches in ERIC and EdIndex, run another search in ERA to pick up additional citations. 

What's in ERA:  The focus of ERA is current international research in education. ERA covers multiple topics including: child development, literacy, multicultural education, sociology of education, and training and general education.
    ERA indexes over 860 journal titles, and provides over 50,000 article abstracts. Citations date back to 1995. ERA includes journals from Britian, Canada, Australia, United States and Europe, some of which are not indexed in either ERIC or Ed Index/Retro.

How to find full-text of cited material.   Most of the articles to which ERA points are available full-text via the ERA platform.  ERA provides full-text access to nearly 350 journal titles published by Routledge and its affiliates.  The Library purchases access to full-text articles, either online or in print, for many of the journals cited in ERA to which ERA does not provide online full-text.  Do a separate search for the journal in the Library’s catalogs to see if we have the title from another provider.  Also, ask a librarian for assistance.  


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