The ERIC database is one of the best sources for finding grey literature (GL) in the field of education. Although it provides primarily American information it will also capture some Canadian, British and Austrian education information. The ERIC database is a source of information of longstanding having started in 1966 and continuing to the present day. The older documents were made available on microfiche and the Education Library has the complete set of ERIC microfiche. However, the very good news is that the new documents are now almost all digitized and are often provided online with direct links.
The ERIC database will lead you to journal articles (coded with an EJ number) and documents (many of which will be consider grey literature and are coded with an ED number).
The ERIC documents coded with the prefix "ED" items are primarily grey literature. To find these documents, in the limiter box "Journal or Documents", limit to "Documents"
Here is an example of how to limit to documents only:
The Education Library has ED microfiche from 1966 (when the database first started) to approximately 2004 (when full funding by the US Department of Education for the database ended). Grey literature continues to be added to the ERIC database. Most, but not all documents have been digitized and are available online.
Most important for online students: The newer ED documents will be found by searching the ERIC database and most (but not all) grey literature documents will be available online through a direct link in the database.
ERIC currently indexes grey literature content published by 1,057 selected centers, agencies, programs, associations, non-profit organizations, and initiatives.
To see a current list of these non-journal sources, click here (http://eric.ed.gov/?nonjournals) to access the list at the ERIC website.
The Education Academic Librarian, Denise Horoky, has been working with the ERIC database for almost 30 years and has a great deal of expertise in finding grey literature. Denise can provide further information and can assist in locating ERIC documents.
Here is Denise's contact information!
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