January 02, 2013

ERIC Provides PDF Request Form; List of Restored User Requests

Issue 14 - December 2012

In late summer, ERIC announced that most full-text PDFs in the ERIC collection had been temporarily restricted due to privacy issues found in some of these materials. A team is in place to review the affected full text and restore cleared PDFs to the online collection.

To help users gain access to the full text they need, ERIC has added a form to the website at eric.ed.gov that can be used to request the return of a specific PDF to the online collection.

To request a PDF, access the PDF request form online and enter the ERIC Number of the document (e.g., ED998998) and your email address; then click Submit. Your request will be forwarded for priority processing so the full text can be checked for sensitive information. Once cleared, the document will be made accessible online. Given the volume of requests, this process can require several weeks.

What Full Text is Available?
As of December 1, 2012, more than 27,000 full-text materials have been 
returned online. User-requested PDFs are being restored on a weekly basis. 
Currently available materials include:
  • Peer-reviewed documents and journal articles for which ERIC has permission to display full text.
  • Documents developed by the Peace Corps and ERIC.
  • Cleared documents that have been requested by the ERIC user community.
If you are interested in knowing if the PDF you requested has been returned online, see the list of restored user-requested PDFs. This list only covers PDFs that have been requested by users; it does not include the peer-reviewed materials, and documents from the Peace Corps and ERIC, that are available for download.
New Terms Added to the ERIC Thesaurus
The latest update to the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors introduces 18 new searchable terms (Descriptors), including career readiness, progress monitoring, and state policy. The update also adds synonyms (i.e., non-searchable terms) that guide users to the appropriate search term(s). For more information about current and previous changes to the Thesaurus, go toMaintaining the ERIC Thesaurus on the ERIC website.
Four New Topics Added to Collection HighlightsVisitors to ERIC’s Collection Highlights area can review the latest literature in 24 topics, including four recently added to the website: Assessment / Evaluation, Standardized Testing / Tests, E-learning, and No Child Left Behind. Click the RSS icon (RSS Icon) to view the most recently indexed titles and obtain the feed address for the reader of your choice.  Alternatively, selecting the Search icon () will retrieve all related records.

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