Welcome to the ERIC database. This wizard will help you to build a query using the terms in ERIC's thesaurus. To begin, enter a word for the wizard to look up.
The query form will allow you to formulate the following search strategy:
Right now, you can use the wizard to search the ERIC database mounted at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC/AE). An advantage of the ERIC/AE search engine is its "query-by-example" feature, which allows you to ask the computer to find "more like this". The database covers 1976 and later. Note: The frames version of this software offers many more features, including pre-packaged search strategies on hot topics and an interface to other ERIC database locations.
ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center, is a federally-funded project of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The ERIC database is an internationally-accessible collection of practically- and research-oriented documents for educational practitioners and researchers at all levels.
The ERIC Thesaurus represented in this search interface offers an effective gateway to the ERIC documents database. The ERIC Thesaurus has been developed as the list of descriptors, or controlled vocabulary, by which ERIC citations are indexed. Via this interface, you can navigate the thesaurus to ensure that you are using the words in our controlled vocabulary for more accurate, fruitful search results. As you navigate the thesaurus, you will encounter for most terms a definition along with identified related terms, broader terms, and narrower terms. Be sure to read the instructions in Help for easy navigation of the thesaurus.
The thesaurus content is the result of 30 years of work and refinement by the ERIC system. This has been a collaborative project typically involving over 40 people each year. Jim Houston of the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility spearheads this amazing and widely recognized effort.
Possible forthcoming features (our wish list):
Designed by Larry Rudner and Liselle Drake
Written 1/97 as a IIS ASP script for Windows NT. Technical information on how we did it.
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