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Note: This guide is for using the EBSCO version of ERIC through Fogler. Users connecting through MARVEL! should ignore the instructions in the Start section.
Locating  ERIC on the Fogler Web Page
1. From the Fogler Library web page go to the link "Search in a Database" under the heading Articles on your topic.
2. Under the Databases A-Z list click on  E.
3. Then click on the link for ERIC (EBSCO).
Accessing ERIC Remotely
1. You will need to enter your MaineStreet credentials in order to login remotely.

Adding Databases

It is easy to simultaneously search ERIC and Education Fulltext

Click on the link for Choose Databases next to the search box
Link for adding databases
Click on the box to add Education FullText
Adding Education Fulltext
Now click on the OK button and you are reading to start searching


The following instructions are for the default search in ERIC. 

Using the Single Search Box
1. For phrase searching, enter the phrase you want to find in quotation marks, such as "assistive learning technology".
2. To search for terms that might not be close together AND to look search for more than one term (e.g., author and topic).
Example: Dodge AND aggression
3.  Use OR to search for synonyms. Matching records will contain either of your terms.
Example: children OR adolescents
4.You can use NOT to eliminate certain aspects of a term. Example: curriculum NOT reading
5. Put ( ) around terms to make a complex search. Example (children OR adolescents) AND discipline
6. Use * to truncate words so that you can capture both the singular and the plural. Example: child*
Using Multiple Search Boxes
1. Using Advanced Search allows you to use multiple search boxes. To being, click on the link for Advanced Search link under the single search box on the landing page.
Entering Your Search Terms
2. Advanced Search  provides AND between search boxes for you.  You can change the drop down menus to OR and NOT.  
Sorting Your  Results
1. The default listing is by relevance.


2. Results can also be listed by  author or source or date.
Narrow Results by Subject
1. You can narrow the items within your results by clicking on a subject term in the box on the left of the search results. Below are the subject terms returned for the search "reading fluency elementary."
2. This process can be repeated by clicking on another subject term. Each time a subject term is selected, the results are further limited to items that contain that subject.

Peer Review

1. You can place a number of limits on your search including peer review, intended audience, and journal title. When you place a limit on your search you will not see any records that do not match your limits.
2. Because we have full-text articles in other databases such as Education Full Text, Sage, and Science Direct, it is NOT a good idea to limit your search to full text.  Use Article Linker to access the full text articles from other sources.
Search History
1. ERIC automatically makes a temporary history of searches.
2. Click on Search History to see your previous search strings.
3. You can click on the View Results link, or edit a previous search.


EBSCOhost Account
1. In order to save a search, save items permanently in a folder, or create a web alert on the EBSCOhost server, you must sign up for an EBSCO account. There is a "Sign In" link at the top of the page which leads to an area where you can sign in or create a new account.
2. Click on the "Create a New Account" link to establish a free account.
3. Click on the "Search History" link to save your search.
4. Then click on the "Save Searches/Alerts" link. To retrieve saved searches or alerts, click on the appropriate link.
5. Select either a permanent or temporary Save or Alert. An alert can be run daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
Using Folders
1. Click on the icon of a folder located  next to the citation information.
2. Click on the Share link in the middle of the screen to save all of the items on your results page and/or to add the search to your folder.
Viewing Items in Folder
1. Click on the Folder icon in the upper right area of your computer screen to see items in your folder.
2. There are two ways to remove items from the folder. Either click on the icon of the folder next to the citation in the results section, or click on the "Delete Items" button in the My Folder area.
3. Once you are in the My Folder area, you may pring, email, save, or export your items.


Opening Full Text Documents
  This link pulls full text directly from the ERIC government web site for ED documents.
  This link opens pdf journal articles.  The articles have the same format as print journals.
This link opens pdf journal articles.  The articles have the same format as print journals.
  This link opens html journal articles.  These articles have been recoded using html and do not have the same format as the print journal.


This button implements a process that connects the database to the journals in URSUS.  This will connect to full text articles if URSUS has access to an online journal either through a subscription or through another database. If no online source can be found, then print resources or interlibrary loan are available.
Printing or Emailing a Document
1. If your article is a pdf  or html document, you will see several icons on the right side of the page.
1a. If your article says "Linked Full Text", you will see several icons when you hover at the bottom of the article.
2. Click on the printer icon to print, the envelope icon to email, and the disk icon to save.
3. If you email a copy of the article to yourself, you can choose to include a citation in your preferred bibliographic format, but be sure to check it against a citation guide for accuracy.

ERIC Thesausus

Using the Thesaurus
The thesaurus is an index of subject terms that are used in ERIC. Subject terms are assigned to each record, and using them can increase your success in finding records that contain related concepts.
1. Click on the Thesaurus button that is in the top part of the screen.
2. Look for subjects by entering your search term into the box and then clicking on the Browse button. The default setting is "Term Begins With." You can also select "Term Contains" or "Relevancy Ranked."
3. Click on the terms to find the scope note and broader, related, or narrower terms.
Created by: Cynthia Crosser | Revised: 12/29/2014
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