Friday, July 08, 2005

ERIC Announces New Database Content - June 2005

ERIC Announces New Database Content - June 2005 - There is some exciting news from ERIC about new content in the ERIC Database. Unfortunately, full-text content remains in hard to use .pdf files that are not being spidered properly by the search engines and hence are invisible to most of the world.

From the Press Release:

ERIC is pleased to announce that the first database update of new education-related content is now available on the ERIC Web site at This update includes journal titles and documents published in 2004 and 2005 from publishers and organizations that signed new authorization agreements with ERIC this year. Additional agreements are in progress with previous providers to ERIC and newly identified sources of high-quality education literature.

This inaugural ERIC update adds more than 100 comprehensively indexed journals to the database, including titles from publishers such as Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, Baywood, and other distinguished publishers of education journals. New to ERIC are more than one dozen journals not previously indexed in ERIC, and 110 full-text journal articles. Most of the newly added articles are peer reviewed. Peer-reviewed materials can now be easily identified by checking the new "Peer Reviewed" field in the ERIC Search Results.

In addition to newly indexed journal articles, this first 2005 ERIC update adds 700 free, full-text documents to the database from a wide variety of contributing institutions. Examples of organizations contributing materials to ERIC, in addition to the U.S. Department of Education, are federal, state, and private entities including: the Government Accounting Office, Education Commission for the States, Council of Chief State School Officers, Educational Testing Service, Success for All Foundation, and the Southern Regional Education Board, among others.

ERIC is recognized for its wealth of grey literature resources that are not included in other major databases. Materials include research reports, conference papers, dissertations, literature reviews, and other documents in education.

This initial update includes the following highlights:

- More than 250 U.S. Department of Education reports, including reports produced by the National Center for Education Statistics and the regional educational laboratories

- Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse reports

- More than 160 documents submitted by state agencies in more than 15 states

The ERIC database will continue to be updated with newly acquired materials.

Visit the News section of the ERIC Web site at for quick links to information on new content, lists of ERIC journals, and other recent enhancements. Notable new features include improvements to the ERIC search function, and Journals Indexed in ERIC. In addition to these features, more enhancements are under development and will be announced this summer in the ERIC Web site's News section.

This news announcement was prepared by the Communications Team of the ERIC Project. Future announcements will be sent on a periodic basis to keep you informed of noteworthy events and enhancements.

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