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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

(from an oral presentation in English 6501, Fall 2009, based on publisher information and student evaluation)
NOTE:  As of 2012, ERIC has been taken down by the U.S. government with no indication of when, if ever, it will be restored.

General subjects covered: Unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials.
Major areas of coverage within the general subjects: education journals, and education-related materials from scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, university presses, U.S. Dept. of Education, other federal, state, and local agencies
Size: the world's largest digital library of education literature
Supplier: U.S. Dept. of Education
Content: unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records for education and education-related materials; abstracts and some full text; covers education, counseling, curriculum and related social science disciplines
Coverage: 1966 to present
Ease of Use:
  • Use "basic" or "advanced" search to search the collection
  • Use the "thesaurus" to identify appropriate words and phrases
  • Use "My ERIC" to manage search criteria and results, save searches, and track online submissions
  • ERIC includes "Find in a Library" and/or "Publisher's Web site" links at the end of every record and provides an ISSN number
  • If a link to the full-text of the article is included (PDF), click to open; otherwise, use interlibrary loan through CSUEB.

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts

(from an oral presentation in English 6501, Fall 2009, based on publisher information and student evaluation)

General subjects covered: Linguistics, lexicography/lexicology, speech pathology, phonology, and semantics
Major areas of coverage within the general subjects: Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, Discourse Analysis/Text Linguistics, Hearing and Speech Physiology, Hearing – Pathological and Normal, History of Linguistics, Interpersonal Behavior and Communication, Language Classification, Language – Pathological and Normal, Learning Disabilities, Lexicography/Lexicology, Mental Retardation, Morphology, Nonverbal Communication, Orthography/Writing Systems, Philosophy of Language, Phonetics, Phonology, Poetics/Literary Theory, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Special Education, Syntax, Theory of Linguistics, Typology
Update Frequency: monthly, with approximately 14,000 new records added per year
Size: over 435,118 records as of October 2009
Supplier: ProQuest on CSA Illumina
Content: abstracts, citations, some full-text; LLBA provides non-evaluative abstracts of articles from approximately 2,000 serials published worldwide, coverage of monographs, recent books, technical reports, occasional papers, dissertation listings, and bibliographic citations for book reviews
Coverage: 1973 to present
Ease of Use:
  • It is fairly easy to use the database. It is easy to narrow down the criteria by using Quick Search and Advanced Search. You can even see the Search History. Search tools include Command Search, Thesaurus (it shows the broader terms and related terms of subject you want to research) and Indexes (Author index, Journal Name index, Language Index and Publication Type Index).
  • You can save time and stay in focus on your desired research subject. For example, after you find the article or journal, there is the ‘descriptors’ on the result page which are related fields or factors that you can add to the current search result or you can start new search using the marked ‘descriptors’. The article result page shows Update, Language, Journal Volume, publication Type, Journal Pages, Publication Year, Access number, Country of Publication and Classification of article along with its abstract.
  • There is a link ‘Full-Text Linking’ right above the title and database. If you click this link, it will lead you to the new window to show the detail sources of the article include Abstract, References and PDF formatted full text. This page has an Article Toolbox on the top left side that has the option of E-mail Article, Export Citations, Cited By, Add to my Quick Links, Save as Citation Alert, Add to 2collab, Citation Feed, Permissions & Reprints and Cited By in Scopus.
  • E-mail Article Export Citation - export the citation and create bibliographies using variety of styles.
  • Cited By –It shows the articles that cited the current article.
  • Citation Feed – If you subscribe one of ‘My AOL’, ‘Netvibes’, ‘Bloglines’ or ‘My Yahoo!’, you can see when new articles, citations or search results are available from the sources like ‘ Science Direct RSS’.
  • Permissions & Reprints – it leads you to the copyright clearance center, inc. to give you the various available reuse options for the article.
  • You can save, print and email the result page with its abstract. It has ‘Print Preview’ before printing. You can create a bibliography in 18 different styles using QuikBib.
  • On the Quick Search page, there is a link to create desktop shortcut to ‘Quick Search’ of the selected database.
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