Site URL: Eric.Ed.gov
Content: Founded in 1992, the Educational Resources Information Center, or ERIC, provides educational resources in a massive online digital library.
Design: ERIC is an easy-to-navigate site, considering the huge collection it contains. There are different ways to search depending on user preference. The “thesaurus” section, which compiles education-related subject headings by descriptors that attach to subject areas, is the preferred way to go through the bibliographic database of over 1.4 million educational journals, articles, research and more.
Review: Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC gives educators easy access to research, lesson plans and other resources. Most journals offer citations, an excerpt, and a way to access the content elsewhere. Some articles, however, feature full-length texts in PDF format.
Not everything on ERIC is completely free, but most of it is relevant and of high quality. Educators will likely see value in anything they find, even if it’s just an abstract.
Bottom Line: Compiling everything from journals and research to dissertations and theses, this comprehensive database can be very helpful to educators.