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April 25, 2018

New Guide Describes the Fields in the ERIC Record

From yesterday’s inbox…

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New Guide Describes the Fields in the ERIC Record

Have you ever searched ERIC and had questions about some of the fields in the records you retrieved? For example, “What is the difference between the Record Type and Publication Type fields?” “What is the Direct Link and where will it take me?” or “How does the Audience field work? Will it give me all of the records in ERIC that are meant for me?” While many of the ERIC fields are self-explanatory, some are not as readily understandable.

We created the Guide to the ERIC Record to help ERIC users answer these questions and more. This guide depicts the record structure and provides descriptions of the fields. The descriptions provide insight into the purpose and content of each field. The guide can serve as a useful reference piece when searching ERIC and using the content.

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Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 20, 2018

ERIC Video Addresses Questions About ERIC’s Copyright Policy

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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ERIC Video Addresses Questions About ERIC’s Copyright Policy

The ERIC Help Desk often receives questions related to copyright for the materials found in ERIC. While ERIC’s collection of resources is available to the public, it is important to know that materials in ERIC are covered by copyright laws. Our latest video, Copyright in ERIC, provides information on ERIC’s copyright policy, when and how to seek permission from copyright holders, and what materials in ERIC may be freely used because they are in the public domain. The video presents our most frequently asked questions on this topic, including:

  • Are the materials in ERIC available for public use?
  • Can ERIC grant permission for me to include material I found in ERIC in my work?
  • Can I reproduce and redistribute materials found in ERIC?
  • Does ERIC have contact information for copyright holders?
  • Do I need permission to provide links to the ERIC website, videos, or other ERIC multimedia products?

You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in the video.
While there are many resources in ERIC you may use without permission, such as publications produced by the Institute of Education Sciences, the video will help you understand when you should contact the copyright holder for permission to use their work.

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Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 12, 2018

Video Explains Why You Should Use Descriptors in Your ERIC Search

Note that this resource might be useful – given ERIC’s largely open access status.

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Video Explains Why You Should Use Descriptors in Your ERIC Search

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All ERIC records are tagged with descriptors, which are used to indicate the subjects addressed in the article, report, or book. Descriptors are organized into the ERIC Thesaurus, which is a list of more than 11,000 terms representing topics frequently researched in the field of education. Our latest video, Why Use Descriptors in Your ERIC Search? walks you through examples of how descriptors can:

  • Expand your search results by locating all records relevant to your topic;
  • Narrow the results when the search term has multiple meanings; and
  • Eliminate irrelevant records you might retrieve using a basic keyword search.

Descriptors assigned to ERIC records reflect the content of the document regardless of the terminology used in the content, bringing all related content together under a common term. This video will help you understand how using ERIC descriptors in your search can help make your results more relevant.

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Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 6, 2018

New Report Examines Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside of the Classroom

This IES report is likely relevant to many of my readers – particularly those who are practitioners.

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New Report Examines Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside of the Classroom

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In 2015, some 94 percent of children ages 3 to 18 had a computer or smartphone at home and 61 percent had internet access at home. The percentages of children with computer and internet access at home in 2015 were higher for children who were older, those whose parents had higher levels of educational attainment, and those whose families had higher incomes.

The National Center for Education Statistics released Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside of the Classroom today (April 4), a congressionally mandated report that draws upon nationally representative data sources, existing research, and relevant state and local intervention efforts to provide a comprehensive picture of student access to digital learning resources outside of the classroom.

Other key findings from the report are:

    • In 2015, a higher percentage of 5- to 17-year-old students in suburban areas had fixed broadband access at home (84 percent) than did students in rural areas (71 percent). The percentages of students in remote rural (65 percent) and distant rural areas (66 percent) with fixed broadband access were lower than in other locales, with percentages ranging from 70 percent in distant towns to 85 percent in large suburbs.
    • Within locale types, there were additional gaps among students of different poverty levels and racial/ethnic groups. For example, in remote rural areas the percentage of students who had either no internet access or only dial-up access at home in 2015 were higher for Black (41 percent) and Hispanic students (26 percent) than for White (13 percent) and Asian students (11 percent).
  • In 2015, the average National Assessment of Educational Progress reading scale score was higher for 8th-grade students who used a computer at home (268) than for those who did not (247). Similarly, the average reading scale score was higher for 8th-grade students who had access to the Internet at home (267) than for those who did not (242).

The report also includes other key findings on topics related to digital learning resources outside of the classroom.

To view the full report, please visit http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017098.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 4, 2018

Join ERIC For A Webinar Tour Of An ERIC Record

A final item from Monday’s inbox…

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Join ERIC for a Webinar Tour of an ERIC Record

Have you ever wondered what goes into each ERIC record? Bibliographic records are the foundation of ERIC. Information in each record supports search and retrieval, and helps you see if the content you found is a good match for your work. The ERIC record contains fields that describe the content, help you retrieve and select material, and provide links to external resources for additional information. Understanding how the fields support your research can enhance your experience with ERIC.

Join us for our April 10 webinar titled Tour of an ERIC Record. We will provide an overview of the bibliographic record, and take a deeper look at some of the fields that might not be self-explanatory. You will hear answers to our most frequently asked questions about the record fields, including:

  • Will the Direct Link take me to the full text of an article?
  • What is the Audience field and how can I use it in a search?
  • How many records in ERIC include an Author link? Can I use this link to get author contact information?
  • What is the difference between the Record Type and Publication Type fields?
  • What is the purpose of the fields related to the What Works Clearinghouse?

Our team will be available to answer any other questions you might have. If you cannot attend the live event, register at the link below to be notified when a recording of the webinar is available online.

Tour of an ERIC Record
April 10, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Register for the webinar here: https://eric.ed.gov/?note

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Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

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