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Search the Professional Literature


The WWW: 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. See the WWW: Notes section of the ERIC Web site for updates, including a video of the latest developments in ERIC (June 2014, 34:22 minutes)

WWW: Basic Search - This interface allows you to search by entering a word or phrase into a single search box. See ERIC's WWW: advanced search tips for information on how to search for more specific results.

Google Scholar

WWW: 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.
Cite - 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.

Learn more WWW: about Google Scholar and view some WWW: search tips here.

Research Connections

WWW: 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.

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