Considered by many in education to be the one of the primary databases for education research, ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) includes citations for articles and ERIC documents. ERIC documents include research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. Many of these are unpublished except as ERIC documents. Because ERIC indexes these documents along with journal articles, ERIC is considered a good source of practitioner materials. As you view your results, you'll see that records have accession numbers or ERIC numbers (e.g., ED505664). ERIC documents begin with ED and journal articles begin with EJ.
You may want to acquaint yourself with the government web version because you'll still be able to access it after you graduate from Wright State. However, it doesn't include as much full text as the other versions you can access via our databases and you won't see the "Find It!" button there.
One reason that education researchers like ERIC so much is because it has great limiters. When you're in the EBSCOhost version, be sure to look at all the limit options (find the advanced search screen). From there, you can limit to Educational Level (e.g., Two Year Colleges), Intended Audience (e.g., Practitioner), or Publication Type (e.g., Guides Classroom Teacher). You can limit by date, language, or peer review as well.
How would you find the full text for the following citation?
Gregersen, Tammy. "An Examination of L1 and L2 Gesture Use: What Role Does Proficiency Play?" Modern Language Journal 93.2 (2009): 195-208.
Following a thread of citations allows you to see how one scholar influences another. Using the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), determine who is responding to the work of Vivian Zamel.
Keep in mind that scholars don’t cite only scholars with whom they agree; they cite other important scholars as well. Read the articles to determine whose “camp” a scholar is in.
You can also use the citation index to target a single article, for example, J. Truscott, "The case against grammar correction in L2 writing classes," Language Learning, 46(2), 327-369, 1996. This time, fill in all 3 boxes (you MUST use the citation index's journal abbreviations!) to see who has cited this particular article.
Using Google Scholar, determine who is responding to the work of Vivien Zamel. (Remember, don’t pay for anything Google tries to sell you; chances are we can get it for you for free.)
Most of the following journals are indexed in one or more of the databases listed on the left. It can be interesting to browse individual issues of a journal or to do a search inside just one title. Additionally, journal issues sometimes feature a particular theme, with every article in the issue dealing with aspects of that theme.