Quality of Researchers' Searches of the ERIC Database

Scott Hertzberg, Lawrence Rudner

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Databases; Educational Research; Information Retrieval; Online Searching; Questionnaires; Researchers; Search Strategies; User Needs (Information)

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v7n25.1999

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