Searching ERIC

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What is ERIC?

            

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) online library contains material from over 1,000 education-related journals and ERIC documents from 1966-present.

                  

Your Task

You will use ERIC to locate information on how mindfulness practices such as meditation can improve the academic achievement of elementary school students.

             

 

Keyword Searching

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Your Turn:

  • In the search box, enter meditation academic achievement
  • Then, click Search

Keyword Searching

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How many results did you get?

Keyword Searching

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ERIC has over 1.5 million items, so it's hard to believe that we got so few results. 

Although keyword searching can be effective, you can get much more out of ERIC by using the thesaurus.

The ERIC thesaurus contains descriptors which act like tags that help to describe an item such as an article.

Using the Thesaurus

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Your Turn:

  • Locate and click the Thesaurus link at the top of the page

      

 

Using the Thesaurus

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You are now in the Thesaurus and will use it to locate the correct descriptors for our research into meditation.

For this exercise you want to use the second search box:

         

Let's first find the correct descriptor for meditation.

Your Turn:

  • Enter meditation in the search box
  • Then, click Browse

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You should see a red message indicating that ERIC doesn't use meditation.

Take a look at your results.

Which term does ERIC use for meditation?

Using the Thesaurus

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Your Turn:

  • Click the link for Metacognition
  • Click Metacognition again

ERIC also includes scope notes that help to define the term.

You can also see broader terms and narrower terms that fall under this same term.

Using the Thesaurus

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Your Turn:

  • Check the box for Metacognition
  • Click the Add button to add the term to your search

      

Note that DE "Metacognition was added to the main search box.

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Now, let's locate the correct term for academic achievement

Your Turn:

  • Delete meditation from the Thesaurus search box
  • Enter academic achievement
  • Click Browse

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It looks like academic achievement is the term used in the thesaurus.

Your Turn:

  • Check the box next to academic achievement
  • Change the connector OR to AND since we want to include both terms in our search

   

  • Click Add

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Note that the term academic achievement along with the connector AND were added to your main search box.

The main search box should now read:

(DE "Metacognition") AND (DE "Academic Achievement")

Your Turn:

  • Click Search

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Now how many results did you get?

Using Limiters

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In addition to the thesaurus, ERIC contains limiters that can help you get more relevant results.

Limiters can help filter for an age group, dates, document types, and more.

Your Turn:

  • Using the Refine Results menu on the left, click Show More

     

 

Using Limiters

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This pop-up menu shows the different limiters you can use.

Your Turn:

  • Under Education Level, select Elementary Secondary Education (you may need to scroll)
  • Scroll down and click Search

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Now how many results did you get?

More Tutorials

You have completed this tutorial on using ERIC.

Remember, ERIC is available from the UA Library Homepage under the "Find Materials" and "Research Databases."

We also have many more tutorials you can use.

 

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