Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Over 100,000 full-text ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) documents are available at no cost in PDF format at www.eric.ed.gov. Use “advanced search” in the online ERIC directory to locate ERIC materials by author, title or subject. When the ERIC material needed is not available in this full-text database, use the following procedures:
 
ERIC documents not available at www.eric.ed.gov and all ERIC journal articles can be provided by DOL via Interlibrary Loan. Librarians should follow the procedure normally used for requesting books and articles via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 
 
FOR LIBRARIES: Requests for ERIC documents (ED) should be treated as book requests. Please provide complete author and title information as well as date and verification (source of citation). The ERIC document (ED) number should be included as verification, if available. If the ED number is not known, but the librarian knows that the item being requested is an ERIC document, include that information on the ILL form. ERIC documents are stored in microfiche format. DOL will provide paper copies of documents up to 30 pages at no charge. Documents more than 30 pages in length will be offered in one of two formats: (1) a loan of the document in microfiche format, or (2) as an email attachment. DOL expects the turnaround time for 30 page paper copies and microfiche loans to be 3 to 5 days, once the request is received at the DOL Central Office. (Turnaround time depends on the accuracy of the information provided on the ILL request form and the current volume of ILL requests being processed by the DOL Central Office.) 
 
To request an ERIC journal article (EJ), complete an ILL request (just as one would for a photocopy of a magazine/periodical article). ILL requests for articles should include: journal title, volume/number, date, article author and title, page numbers, verification (source of citation), and appropriate copyright compliance. Please include the EJ number when available as verification, or indicate that you seek an EJ article lacking the number. DOL obtains the photocopies of articles from owning libraries in Vermont and cannot process requests for photocopies of journal articles that do not include the appropriate copyright compliance. Costs for EJ articles are: 1-30 pages, free; $0.10 per page, thereafter. Expected turnaround time is 7 to 10 days and depends on the accuracy of the citation provided and the volume of ILL traffic at the time of the request.
 
Libraries that use VALS for ILL should follow the procedure outlined below. Libraries that don’t use VALS may submit requests via email to lib.ill@state.vt.us
 
Requests for subject searches of www.eric.ed.gov should be submitted on the DOL ILL form in the same format used for general subject/information requests. Provide a detailed explanation of the information needed and specify that you would like an ERIC search. All formats for ILL requests are explained in the Interlibrary Loan Handbook for Vermont available online at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ill.
 
                                                                                
Libraries that use the Vermont Automated Libraries System (VALS) to transmit Interlibrary Loan requests should follow the procedures they normally use for book, article or subject/information requests. Treat ERIC document requests (ED) as you would a book request, ERIC journal article requests (EJ) as periodical requests, and ERIC subject searches as general subject/information requests. Please identify each request as an ERIC document, article or subject request, and include the ED or EJ number when available.
When sending ERIC ILL requests use the blank periodical form via VALS / Web2. All formats for electronic ILL requests are explained in the Interlibrary Loan Handbook for Vermont at: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/ill. ERIC documents will be supplied as described in section (1) above, except for ERIC journal articles. For journal articles, DOL will supply the locations of owning libraries so that you can make the request directly to the owning library via VALS.
                                                                               
Ordinarily the Department of Libraries does not provide ILL service to school libraries that do not participate in the Vermont Resource Sharing Network/Vermont Union Catalog. However, DOL will make an exception for school libraries requesting searches for ERIC documents, articles and subject requests. Send requests in an email to: lib.ill@state.vt.us
 
The Department of Libraries cannot accept written or telephone requests directly from teachers or students or the general public. Such inquiries will be referred to their library. Telephone ILL requests from libraries to the DOL Central Office are discouraged and will only be accepted under special circumstances.
 
For specific information about use of the ERIC collection at UVM please contact the DOL/UVM Access Office at 802-656-2293 or the UVM Reference Department at 802-656-2022.
 
If you have questions about ERIC services, please contact Gerrie Denison, DOL Reference Librarian, at (802) 828-2735, gerrie.denison@state.vt.us
 
 
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