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This booklet explains how the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) and ECER (Exceptional Child Education Resources) databases can be used to find information about the education of individuals who have disabilities or who are gifted. The guide describes ERIC as a federally funded information system with a database of over 400,000 journal annotations and 300,000 education-related document abstracts. It discusses the clearinghouses that comprise ERIC and outlines how ERIC can be accessed, how to search ERIC manually or by computer, how to locate subject descriptors for search topics and apply Boolean logic to a search, and where to get copies of materials found in ERIC. ECER is then described as a database of citations and abstracts of English-language print and nonprint materials dealing with education and development of people of all ages with disabilities or giftedness. ECER's content is distinguished from ERIC's and search procedures are outlined. The two final chapters discuss services of ERIC clearinghouses and procedures for contributing documents to the ERIC database. Appendixes provide an ERIC search worksheet; ERIC descriptors for disabilities and giftedness; ERIC publication types; order forms for ERIC articles and documents; sample document resumes; guidelines for accessing ERIC through computer networks; and lists of organizations in the field of disabilities and giftedness, special education databases, ERIC clearinghouses, special education journals, online vendors, and 13 print resources. (JDD)

Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Databases, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Information Sources, Information Systems, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Research Tools, Search Strategies, Special Education

Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($10 non-members, $7 members; Stock No. R637R).

Autor: Smarte, Lynn; McLane, Kathleen


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