Answered By: Laurie Cohen
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2016     Views: 772

ERIC contains citations to both documents and journal articles, and each type is identified by a unique accession number. ED numbers stand for ERIC documents, and EJ numbers stand for ERIC journal articles.


The documents are identified by the letters ED, and followed by a long number, like ED536444. ERIC documents include educational reports, conference papers, legal/legislative/regulatory materials, dissertations, theses, opinion pieces, and editorials. Many ERIC documents can be located by their ED number in the Microforms Department in Hillman Library.

Journal Articles

An EJ identifier in ERIC refers to an article in a journal. The library system may have the article in print, or in electronic format, such as a pdf or html document. In some cases, you may need to look for the article in another library. You can do this by searching the WorldCat database, or searching the EZ- Borrow system. Or, you could fill out an Interlibrary Loan request and the library will get your article from another library.

Please see the Education Resources tab on the Education Research – Oakland Campus LibGuide for a more in-depth explanation. Or contact Laurie Cohen, one of the Education Liaison Librarians for assistance with education questions or write to Ask a Librarian.


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