Tuesday, August 21, 2012

No current full text for ERIC

ERIC Documents are no longer available in full text format since last week. This includes access through databases such as EBSCO.

The following message was sent out on April 15, 2012:
The full text documents for ERIC have been temporarily disabled due to a privacy concern. We apologize for the inconvenience and are currently working to isolate the affected documents and return full text access to users as quickly as possible. Please stay tuned to eric.ed.gov for an update on when they will become available again.

The reason for the unavailability is due to privacy concerns connected with some of the older documents. These issues were not suitably addressed when the documents were digitized.

According to messages, alternate sources of resolution of this issue are being sought.

The result is that there is no access to full text ERIC documents other than microfiche. The total lack of online digital access may hamper students and other researchers, especially as we are only a few short weeks from the beginning of the fall term. Some libraries have weeded their ERIC microfiche as these have been digitized, so this may be a burden  for researchers needing older documents.

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