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ERIC: Key Database

What is ERIC?

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) is an online database that contains more than 1.6 million records and links to more than 631,000 full-text documents records for a variety of source types, including journal articles, books, conference papers, curriculum guides, policy papers and more an education-specific thesaurus containing over 11,700 terms. 

Curriculum guides, units of study, and lesson plans can also be found in the ERIC collection of educational materials. 

The online index to the ERIC collection can be accessed using the “Databases A-Z” link from the Library home page at    The best strategy to use to identify curriculum guides/lesson plans in ERIC is to combine your subject with the phrase “lesson planning” or “curriculum planning”.

How do I access ERIC?

You can use three versions of ERIC.  All provide access to the same data, but their interfaces are different.   ERIC (EBSCO) and ERIC (ProQuest) are by subscription. ERIC (U.S. Department of Education) links to the freely available version of ERIC.


Using ERIC (Department of Education)


Using ERIC (ProQuest)

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