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ERIC: Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of ERIC including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform.

Search ERIC

Sample Searches

Basic Search      

You need to write a paper on the effect of telecommuting on human resources.

  • Type "online learning" AND "academic achievement" into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  

Note: The widget will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s ERIC account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access ERIC directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

  • Based on the amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature.
  • From the Narrow results by and the Source Type limit, select to view Scholarly Journals.
  • Then click More options under the Subject limit and select to include academic achievement AND online courses AND electronic learning AND distance education AND web based instruction. Click Apply to add the subject limits to your search.
  • Also from the Narrow results by, go to the Date limit and drag the first gray handle over toward the right side of the bar chart to limit your search to more recent items. Drag the handle over to search on items published from 2009 – current and click update.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above the Narrow results by) and resort your items by Date (most recent first) and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, hover over the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation & Abstract link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.

Advanced Search

You want to find articles, reports, etc. regarding the status of elementary education in India.

  • From the Advanced Search page and the first pull-down menu in the first search row, select ERIC Subject.
  • Click on "Look up ERIC Subjects," then locate and select "elementary education". Click "Add to search."
  • From the second pull-down menu in the second search row, select Identifier (keyword).
  • Type India in the second search query box.  
  • In the Advanced Search page, go to the Search options section and adjust the Date range pull-down menu to search Last 3 years.
  • Click Search.
  • If you are dissatisfied with your results (you may think that you have too many results and could be more specific), consider using ProQuest Smart Search/Suggested subjects to run a new search using subjects related to your current search.

Note: When you select a suggested subject from ProQuest Smart Search, it removes any of your previous limits (such as the date range we selected earlier for the last 12 months).

  • From the Narrow results by, go to the Education Level limit and click on "Elementary Education."
  • From the top of the results page (under the search box) select Create alert to receive an email when new results are loaded into ERIC that meet your search criteria.
  • Enter your email address, choose the email format, and schedule your alert based on when you would like to receive an email of your results and how long you would like the alert to last.
  • Click create alert.