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Counseling & Human Services Research: Searching ERIC

Link to ERIC

Results Screen

Here is a sample search I did in ERIC using ANDs to narrow the results. You can use OR to widen your search, or NOT to eliminate articles containing particular words from your search results.

Search results in ERIC

Article Record

Once you click on the title of an article, you will be directed to the record for that article.

Article record view in ERIC

Search Alerts

Why Create a Search Alert?       Create Alert in ERIC         

Databases like ERIC are frequently adding new articles.

If you build a specific search, you can set up alerts to email you when a new article is added which matches your search terms.

Caution: If your search is quite broad and results in hundreds of matches, you will be getting a lot of email!


Results Options

After your search, you have many options:

1. Be specific.

In your search, use AND to narrow your results. You will not only have more relevant results, there will be less to browse through.

2. Be even more specific.

If you would like more rows for more search terms, add them here.

3. Left column narrowing.

You can choose to limit by many options, including Peer Reviewed, by date range, and by type of source. Click the Subject arrow to narrow even futher.

4. Sorting and saving.

The default sort is Relevance, but you can switch it to date if you would like the newest articles to appear at the top of your results. Page Options are for the layout, and Share contains options for saving and linking back to your search.

5. Full Text from ERIC.

Click here for the PDF.

6. Find full-text.

Many articles have the full text available but in a different database than ERIC. Click Search for print or electronic full-text to find it.

7. Sign in and save.

If you create an EBSCO account, you can save your searches and results for future use.






Article Options

1. The data

Author, source, date, and all kinds of helpful information about this article.

2. Descriptors

ERIC's term for "subjects," these terms are what the article is about. These are important to review because ERIC may be using different terms than you or I would typically use. If you click on one of them, you will get a new search using that term.

3. The URL

This is the direct URL to the article. This is what you will want to provide to others when sharing the article or citing the article.

4. The toolbar

You will probably want to print, email, or save, but you can also export to a citation manager (such as Zotero or EndNote Web) if you use one.

A caution when using Cite: Some of the citations are wrong, such as incorrect capitalization for APA, so check your citation manual (or the tab for evaluating and citing your sources in this LibGuide) before incorporating the given citation into your work. All Education classes use APA style.