The AskERIC Service for Educators
.the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally-funded national information system. Through 16 subject-specific clearinghouses, associated adjunct clearinghouses, and support components, it provides a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues.
.ERIC's personalized Internet-based service, providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and others throughout the United States and the world. AskERIC began in 1992 as a project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology (http://ericit.org). Today, AskERIC encompasses the resources of the entire ERIC system and beyond.
AskERIC is, with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, a component of the Information Institute of Syracuse (http://iis.syr.edu) at Syracuse University. Other IIS projects include the Gateway to Educational Materials (http://www.thegateway.org), and the Virtual Reference Desk (http://www.vrd.org). AskERIC is also a Sun SITE repository, which enables it to expand the quality and quantity of its resources and services to the education community.
AskERIC is comprised of two major components:
AskERIC Q&A Service:
Anyone needing information on the theory or practice of education can send a message to the AskERIC Q&A Service. Drawing on the vast resources and expertise of the ERIC System, AskERIC information specialists will respond within 2 working days with ERIC database citations, Internet resources, and, when appropriate, full-text ERIC Digests. Information specialists strive to provide personalized attention and resources that are tailored to each user's specific information needs.
To request education information, address an e-mail message to: email@example.com
AskERIC Web Site:
AskERIC's Web site showcases selected education resources. By working closely with the Q&A Service, developers of the AskERIC Web site have been able to reflect user needs and interests. Resources include:
Access the AskERIC Web site at: http://www.askeric.org
AskERIC Response Archive: A searchable archive of responses to questions received by the AskERIC service.
AskERIC Lesson Plans: Over 1,100 lesson plans submitted by teachers across the United States.
AskERIC Resource Collection: Links to over 4,000 resources (including Internet sites, electronic discussion groups, and organizations) that AskERIC's information specialists have found useful when responding to questions.
ERIC Database: Easy-to-use search interface through the World Wide Web using PLWeb/Personal Library Software.
Online Discussion Group Archives: Searchable archive of 25+ education-related discussions, including:
- K12ADMIN: K12 School Administrator Discussion
- LM_NET: A World Wide Discussion Group for School Library Media Topics
- EDNET: A forum exploring the educational potential of the Internet
- ISED-L: Independent School Educators List
For More Information:
We are excited about AskERIC's success to date and are eager to expand AskERIC services and resources to new audiences. Through AskERIC Partnership, state networks and education agencies work cooperatively with AskERIC to provide the highest level of education information service to large groups of educators. To discuss options, please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This publication was prepared with funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under contract number ED-99-CO-0005. The opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of OERI or ED.