How to: 1) conduct a basic keyword search in ERIC and 2) interpret your search results.
A keyword search is a great way to begin your first search.
In this search, I want to find articles that discuss self esteem issues in college students. I've decided to limit to peer reviewed journals. You would bring up the ERIC database type in "self esteem and college students" in the search box. Then, in the Search Options section, select the Peer Reviewed box and select Journal Articles (EJ) to limit to journals.
Results of a search for the phrases "self esteem" and "college students". Click on the article title to read the abstract and to view the complete article if it is available. The "Subject" words under an article are important to note since they offer suggestions of other terms you could search to find related articles.
The ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) database is a portal to education research including journal articles, books, conference papers, dissertations, and more. The US Department of Education maintains ERIC.
The two main categories included in ERIC are:
ERIC uses Descriptors to help users find materials that have the same subject but may use different terminology. You will find Descriptors with their definitions and related terms in the ERIC Thesaurus.