Quality of Researchers' Searches of the ERIC Database

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During the last ten years, end-users of electronic databases have become progressively less dependent on librarians and other intermediaries. This is certainly the case with the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database, a resource once accessed by passing a paper query form to a librarian and now increasingly searched directly by end-users. This article empirically examines the search strategies currently being used by researchers and other groups. College professors and educational researchers appear to be doing a better job searching the database than other ERIC patrons. However, the study suggests that most end-users should be using much better search strategies.

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Hertzberg, S., & Rudner, L. (1999). Quality of Researchers’ Searches of the ERIC Database. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 7, 25. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v7n25.1999
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Scott Hertzberg, ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, University of Maryland

Scott Hertzberg is a Research Assistant at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, College of Library and Information Services, 1129 Shriver Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742. He specializes in social science information services.

Lawrence Rudner, ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, University of Maryland

Lawrence Rudner is the Director of ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, College of Library and Information Services, 1129 Shriver Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 20742. He specializes in assessment and information services. He can be reached at .