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The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) online library contains material from over 1,000 education-related journals and ERIC documents from 1966-present.
You will use ERIC to locate information on how mindfulness practices such as meditation can improve the academic achievement of elementary school students.
How many results did you get?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Note that DE "Metacognition was added to the main search box.
Now, let's locate the correct term for academic achievement
It looks like academic achievement is the term used in the thesaurus.
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")
Now how many results did you get?
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.
This pop-up menu shows the different limiters you can use.
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