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Search the Professional Literature


The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), produces the world's largest database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database going back to 1966. Abstracts are available for most of the items and full-text is available for many items.

In August 2013, the ERIC Web site started to undergo a number of long-term changes that users will notice over the next few years. Additional features and content will be added on an ongoing basis.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely available online search engine that indexes scholarly literature covering a wide variety of fields from peer-reviewed online journals, scholarly books, technical reports, theses, and more. Abstracts are available for most of the items and links are provided to the full-text when it is available, either online or through a library the user is affiliated with. Some additional features of Google Scholar include:

Cited by
Provides a list of articles that have cited the item being viewed and links to the abstracts of these articles.
Related articles
Provides a list of articles related to the content of the item being viewed and links to the abstracts of these articles.
Provides formatted citations for the item being viewed and a tool to import selected citations directly into a reference management program, such as EndNote or Refworks.
Create alert
Allows the user to set up a notification for each time a particular article is mentioned online.

See also: about Google Scholar and Google Scholar Search Tips

Research Connections

Research Connections, supported by grant from OPRE, promotes high-quality research and informing policy through free access to thousands of publications and datasets for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and other early child care professionals.