9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Education: Educational Databases and Resources
Produced by the North Carolina Division of Instructional Technology,
Current Awareness is a bibliography of technology and education-related
topics, updated monthly.
Extensive reviews of recently published books and resources
in the field of education; older reviews are archived at this site.
Information about EDREV, a listserv that announces new reviews is
also available at this site.
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC was established by the U.S. Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare in 1966. ERIC provides access to an immense collection
literature. ERIC consists of a database and an extensive network
of subject experts. The ERIC database uses the ERIC thesaurus
controlled vocabulary, and includes more than one million abstracts
and citations to reports, documents, and articles.
Prior to January 2004, the ERIC network
was comprised of sixteen subject-specific clearinghouses, adjunct
and affiliate clearinghouses, and a number of support components.
Each of the sixteen clearinghouses recommended materials for inclusion
in the ERIC database, but also maintained additional extensive
resources available by contacting the clearinghouse. As of January
2004, the ERIC clearinghouses were closed as part of a reorganization
by ERIC's parent agency,
the U.S. Department of Education. Some clearinghouses have transferred
their operations to other institutions; others have shut down entirely.
The following services offered by or formerly affiliated
with ERIC are still available on the Internet:
Digests--Full-text reports on educational topics prepared
by the ERIC Clearinghouses, provide broad information on current
subjects and point to sources for additional information.
- WebJunction--WebJunction bridges the barriers to learning by providing open, affordable, online learning communities.
Access to the ERIC Database--From the U.S. Department of Education.
Search by keyword or using ERIC descriptors.
- Search ERIC Wizard--Frames-based
version of the ERIC database, complete from 1966 to the present.
The search engine is based on the ERIC Thesaurus; entered keywords
are matched to thesaurus entries, which can then be used as search
terms. Some limit options are also available.