Thursday, April 7, 2011

Database of the Month: ERIC

ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information that contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966 . ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

In addition to this ERIC has launched the SearchEduResources YouTube channel. The channel is designed to provide instructional tutorials and other short videos to ERIC's broad base of users. A selection of 19 tutorials is now available to provide guidance on ERIC's suite of online features and tools. Visitors can receive alerts when new videos are added by subscribing to the channel.Over the past year, ERIC has established a presence in social media and implemented an expanded selection of collaboration tools. These include a Twitter feed, Facebook page, RSS feeds, and a "Share" tool that enables searchers to post citations and searches to social applications and sites.

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