Thursday, September 13, 2012

Where did the ERIC Documents go and how do I get one if I need it?

Students use the ERIC database for a lot of their research. This database contains citations and access to journal articles and ERIC Documents. Recently, ERIC removed all access to the full text of ERIC  Documents to address a possible privacy issue. (See our previous post about this here.) This has left many students without access to documents they need.

According to a librarian at the Cal State University Fullerton library, they still have ERIC Documents available on microfiche (what is microfiche?). Here are the details and where to find them:

  • ERIC Documents are available on microfiche at the CSUF Library UP TO and THROUGH 2004.
  • They are located in the Pollack Library, 4th floor, North Building, AV/CMC area.
  • An ERIC Document number will be needed to locate documents. That number begins with “ED” and can be found using the ERIC database.
  • Access to our ERIC database is > Research Databases > Education > ERIC and ProQuest Education Journals

You may go to the CSUF Library to get ERIC Documents up to and through 2004 when the scanned online version is not available through our ERIC database. Scanned online ERIC Documents are SLOWLY being reloaded, but this process may take a fairly long time to complete. We can contact ERIC to request that a specific document be reloaded, but even doing this will take approximately 6 weeks (they will not guarantee a time frame). More information about this here

IMPORTANT: This does not affect access to full text journal articles access through ERIC and ProQuest Education Journals. This ONLY affects access to ERIC Documents.

Please contact one of the HIU librarians through our LibAnswer system at if you need further information or assistance.

Terri Bogan is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Hope International University. She is passionate about helping students navigate the ever expanding world of information. She specializes in the area of information literacy and instructional design.

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