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ERIC: Searching in ERIC

How to navigate ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center.


As you search in the database, you can select certain options, known as limiters, to make your search results fit with your research needs or the instructions in your assignment. Often, professors provide guidelines on the type of publication or when the article was published.


Common Limiters 


Full Text 

  • All your search results will be Full Text. 

Peer Reviewed 

  • Search results will only include articles that are Peer Reviewed. 

Date Range

  • Search results published within a certain date range.


Advanced Limiters


Educational Level

  • Limit the search by educational level..


Publication Type

  • Report - Research will limit the search results to research articles.

Applying Limiters to Your Search in EBSCOhost Databases

You can set your limits at the beginning of the search, on the Advanced Search screen, or you can apply the limiters to your Search Results.


Advanced Search

  • On the Advanced Search screen, scroll down to Search Options and select the limiters you want to use. 

  • Type your search terms into the search boxes.

  • Click Search.


Search Results:

  • Do your search.

  • Click on the Search History link, located above the Search Results.

  • Click on the Edit link for the search you want to limit.

  • A pop-up box with the Search Options will appear. Select the limiters you want to use.

  • Click on Save.

What are EDs and EJs?

ERIC records will have an ERIC Number or Accession Number. These numbers indicate wether the record is from an academic journal (EJ) or another type of publication (ED) such as papers, dissertations, guides, books, etc.


ERIC Number/Accession Number

  • In, the search results include an ERIC Number.

  • In ERIC(at EBSCOHost) this number is called an Accession Number. 


  • Numbers starting with ED are ERIC Documents, which are unpublished documents. 
    • example: (ED572827)


  • Numbers starting with EJ are ERIC Journals, which are articles in education journals. 
    • example: (EJ1125222)


Managing Search Results in EBSCOhost

The EBSCOhost databases have several features to help manage your research results. 



Create a free account in EBSCOhost to save item records or searches. 

  • Go into any EBSCOhost database

  • Click on Sign In

  • Click on Create a new Account

  • Fill in the information

    • You do not have to use your BlazeVIEW username or password, this is an entirely separate system
    • Your password must be "strong" or the system will not accept it
  • Once you are logged into an EBSCOhost database, you will see a small yellow icon that reads "My"

Log in to EBSCOhost is represented by a yellow My appearing above the logo in the top left.


Save item records in your folder.

  • When you find a book record, article record, etc. that you want to keep...

  • Click on the blue folder icon to add it to your folder

    • The blue folder icon is available on the search results page and in the item's record

To add results to your MyEBSCO host folder, click on the folder icon next to the result. If the folder icon changes to yellow, it has been added. If it is blue, click on the folder icon to add it to your folder.

Warning! If you add a record to your folder but you are not logged in, it will disappear when you close the browser. Be sure you are logged in!