Navigate to the ERIC database, enter your keywords and conduct your search.
The example below uses the keywords Higher Education
From the advanced search page, you do have additional search options available to you, such as:
The keyword search for higher education (without any additional limiters selected) should yield approximately 407,509 results
These results can be narrowed by adding another keyword (for example: Service Learning) and searching again.
There are two types of articles in the ERIC database, ERIC Documents and ERIC Journals Articles. You can tell the difference by looking at the Accession Number. ED = ERIC Document and EJ = ERIC Journal Article.
On the Results List you will also see links under each citation. The links you should be aware of are:
* More information regarding finding the Full Text of an item below.
If you click on the title of the article you are interested in you will be taken to the Full Record for the item.
Select article #5 from the Results list, “Implementing and Sustaining Higher Education Service-Learning Initiatives: Revisiting Young et al.'s Organizational Tactics.”
The Full Record contains the bibliographic information for the article as well as additional information such as:
Notice the keywords from your search are bold throughout the abstract, use of these keywords in the article is what made the article show up in the results list.
ERIC has a “controlled vocabulary” of education-related terms called Descriptors that are maintained in the ERIC Thesaurus. Descriptors are used to organize database materials by subject. Using Descriptors in your search can help you locate materials of greater relevance to your topic.
NOTE: Descriptors are not the same as keywords. Keywords match words found in a bibliographic record and may or may not fully represent the subject of an article or document. Descriptors, also known as indexing terms or subject headings, help you locate subject-related materials that may not contain the keyword in the indexed record.
Searching ERIC Thesaurus
You will now see more detailed information about the ERIC Descriptor "Higher Education"
Many articles are available in Full Text format from the ERIC database.
If you see any of the following listed under the citation for your article, click on one of them to get the full text:
The full article is available for downloading/printing in HTML format.
If you do not see a PDF, HTML, or Linked Full Text option, look for
Full Text Finder is a way to find out if the article you are interested in is available in full text in one of the library’s other databases.