Answered By: Veronica Bielat
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2018     Views: 2555

What’s ERIC?

The ERIC database is the world's largest source of education information. It contains more than one million abstracts of education-related documents and journal articles. ERIC contains citations to two types of publications, periodicals (scholarly journal or magazine articles) and ERIC Documents (conference papers/speeches, project/program descriptions, opinion papers/essays, instructional materials).

How do I access it?

Access the ERIC database by selecting the letter E under the Article Databases tab on the Wayne State Library System homepage. Scroll down until you find ERIC. There may be more than one selection-they all provide access to the same information, you may select which ever one you prefer.

How do I search it?

You need to use keywords—the most important concepts you are looking for—as your search terms. For example: if you want articles on how parent involvement helps elementary school children improve their reading skills, you would want to select the important terms to search

For example:  elementary AND reading skills AND parents

For more help with searching and using other library resources, see our online videos at

How do I get the full-text?

ERIC is NOT a full-text database, so you may not see many full-text links to articles in the ERIC database. But you can access full-text of articles through our Article Linker button.

Select the Article Linker button under the citation to link to the full-text

Watch a video on how to access full-text using the Article Linker button