*** NOTICE ***


The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology
web site is no longer in operation.


The United States Department of Education continues to offer the


ERIC Database




All ERIC Clearinghouses plus AskERIC will be closed permanently as of December 31, 2003.


In January 2004, the Department of Education will implement a reengineering plan for ERIC. The new ERIC mission continues the core function of providing a centralized bibliographic database of journal articles and other published and unpublished education materials. It enhances the database by adding free full text and electronic links to commercial sources and by making it easy to use and up to date.


From January 2004 until the new ERIC model for acquiring education literature is developed later in 2004, no new materials will be received and accepted for the database. However, the ERIC database will continue to grow, as thousands of documents selected by the ERIC clearinghouses throughout 2003 will be added. When the new model is ready later in 2004, the new ERIC contractor will communicate with publishers, education organizations, and other database contributors to add publications and materials released from January 2004 forward.


Please use:

www.eric.ed.gov to


§         Search the ERIC database.

§         Search the ERIC Calendar of Education-Related Conferences.

§         Link to the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) to purchase ERIC full-text documents.

§         Link to the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility to purchase ERIC tapes and tools.

§         Stay up-to-date about the ERIC transition to a new contractor and model.

Archived version of the site:

Feature Articles
ERIC Digests
ERIC Database
Department of Education
National Library of Education

The AskERIC Web site (http://www.askeric.org) has a new look. The newly redesigned Web site, which was launched February 2, 2001 features links to some 3,000 Internet sites, mailing lists, organizations and discussion groups that serve the education community; more than 1,500 lesson plans; answers to some 120 frequently asked questions; and the new AskERIC Update, a monthly electronic newsletter that will contain the latest information about AskERIC.

AskERIC is a personalized Internet based service providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents and anyone interested in education throughout the United States and the world. AskERIC is a special project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology at Syracuse University.

The Web site will continue to house the AskERIC Question and Answer service and the ERIC Database, the world's largest source of education information. AskERIC's Web-based search engine enables users to search more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice found in the database.

The project to redesign the AskERIC Web site began last summer, says Pauline Lynch Shostack, AskERIC coordinator: “The redesigned Web site is the result of our efforts to provide users with easier access to the information that is available on the site and to share the accumulated knowledge of the AskERIC information specialists who have been finding answers to education questions and issues since 1992.”

ERIC/IT UPDATE is published semi-annually by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, Syracuse University, 621 Skytop Road,Suite 160, Syracuse, New York 13244-5290. This publication is funded by the National Library of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under contract no. ED-99-CO-0005. The content of this magazine does not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The Department of Education's web address is: http://www.ed.gov

ERIC/IT Clearinghouse Director: R.D. Lankes
ERIC/IT Clearinghouse Associate Director: Eric Plotnick
Production Editor: Beth Mahoney

Articles from the ERIC/IT UPDATE may be reprinted without prior written permission. Please credit the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology and send a copy of the reprint to ERIC/IT, Syracuse University, 621 Skytop Road, Suite 160, Syracuse, New York 13244-5290.