You can also search by author or title and limit your search to particular years (database records go all the way back to 1966).
An ERIC search typically turns up records for two types of materials, journal articles(denoted by EJ followed by six digits) and documents (denoted by ED followed by six digits). The journal article records include journal title, volume, issue, date, and page numbers to help you locate the journal at your library, through interlibrary loan, or through a reprint service. The documents--including curriculum materials, research papers, and speeches--can be read on micro-fiche at the library or ordered in microfiche or paper copy through the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) at 1-800-443ERIC. Paper copy costs $3.30 per 25-page increment, plus shipping.
Accessing the ERIC Database
The ERIC database is available online, on CD-ROM, and in print version at more than 3,000 locations worldwide, including most university libraries and many staff development centers. Individuals with a modem and telecommunications software can also sign up to access the ERIC database from home or school through commercial services. Because charges can vary based on the time of day, amount of use, and availability of additional services, it's a good idea to check in with more than one of the following vendors:
If you have an Internet account, you may be interested to know that some universities have mounted the ERIC database onto their mainframes. Each institution selects its own search software and determines its own access policies (e.g., restricted to the university community or open to the public). If you would like to try this method of access, contact ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC or acceric.gwuvm.gwu.edu for a list of sites.
Using the ERIC Clearinghouses
Sixteen subject-specific ERIC Clearinghouses select and abstract the materials that go into the database. The topic of mentoring cuts across the scopes of several Clearinghouses.
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, for example, covers mentoring as it relates to disadvantaged
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management cover mentoring programs for inducting new teachers.
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education abstracts information on mentoring at the postsecondary level;
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education addresses apprenticeship issues.
Each Clearinghouse has a user services staff member who can:
If you'd like to find out more about the ERIC System, contact ACCESS ERIC, the promotional and outreach component of ERIC, at 1-800-LET-ERIC. Staff members there will be happy to answer you general questions about
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