ERIC Identifier: ED347473
Publication Date: 1992-12-00
Author: Walz, Garry R. - Bleuer, Jeanne C.
Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services Ann Arbor MI.
ERIC/CAPS-Expanding Counselor Choice. ERIC Digest.
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information
network designed to provide users with ready access to education literature.
Established in 1966 to make government-sponsored educational research available
from a single source, ERIC now collects, analyzes, and distributes information
from public and private, local, state, federal, and international sources.
Managed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research
and Improvement (OERI), the ERIC system consists of 16 Clearinghouses, a small
number of Adjunct Clearinghouses, and several system support components. These
support components include the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility, ACCESS
ERIC, the ERIC Document Reproduction Service, public and private publishers (for
example, Oryx Press), and commercial information services.
WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THE ERIC DATABASE?
database--the largest education database in the world--now contains almost
730,000 records of documents and journal articles. Users can access the ERIC
database via telephone line from their computer to an online information
service, on the Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) system, or through print
and microfiche indexes.
The ERIC database is a bibliographic database of citations and summaries of
documents and journal articles. Documents are primarily unpublished or fugitive
materials including research studies, program descriptions and evaluations,
conference proceedings, curriculum materials, bibliographies, and others. In
1990, more than 13,000 documents were selected, cataloged, indexed, abstracted,
and announced in ERIC's monthly abstract journal "Resources in Education" (RIE).
Most documents announced in RIE are available in microfiche or paper copy.
Similarly, ERIC announces current journal literature in a separate monthly
publication titled "Current Index to Journals in Education" (CIJE). The journal
citations contain short summaries of articles from nearly 800 education-related
journals. In 1990, 18,032 new journal article citations were added to the ERIC
WHERE IS ERIC?
Over 3,000 locations around the world
receive ERIC materials on a regular basis. Most documents entered into the ERIC
database are filmed and stored on microfiche. ERIC microfiche collections are
found at many locations throughout the world, including locations in every state
and in more than 60 countries. In addition to the microfiche collections, most
of these locations also provide clients with ERIC database search services,
either online or on CD-ROM.
For someone without easy access to an ERIC microfiche collection, reprints of
ERIC documents can be ordered, in microfiche or paper copy, from the ERIC
Document Reproduction Service. Orders to EDRS can be placed by mail, by
telephone (a toll-free number: 1-800-443-ERIC), by FAX (703-440-1408), or
through online vendors (e.g., Dialog and Orbit). In 1990, EDRS responded to
12,200 "on-demand" orders for ERIC document reprints.
The journal articles cited in ERIC, however, present a different situation.
Each journal is copyrighted by its own publisher. Users with access to public or
university libraries (many of which provide public services) can usually obtain
journal articles there or through inter-library loan.
HOW MUCH WAS THE ERIC DATABASE USED IN 1990?
ERIC was the third-most searched database in the country, the second-most
searched database among academic libraries, and the most popular database used
by public libraries in the United States and Canada. ERIC is the most popular
database on CD-ROM in public libraries and information centers, and the
second-most popular database used in research, specialized, and university
libraries. The popularity of ERIC in Europe has also grown considerably over the
years. Today, ERIC is the fourth-most popular optical media product in European
Several thousand university, school and public libraries now have CD-ROM work
stations dedicated to ERIC, which clients use on their own or with minimal
assistance and without much recordkeeping.
WHAT IS ERIC/CAPS?
Located around the country, ERIC
Clearinghouses are responsible for acquiring, processing, and disseminating
information about a particular aspect or subject area of education, such as the
ERIC Counseling and Personnel Services Clearinghouse (CAPS) at The University of
The ERIC Counseling and Personnel Services Clearinghouse (CAPS) was one of
the original clearinghouses established in 1966 at The University of Michigan
and has been in continuous operation since that date. Its scope area includes
counseling, student services, and other human services such as school psychology
and school social work at all age levels and in all settings (educational,
governmental, community, and business). Topics covered by ERIC/CAPS include: the
training, supervision, and continuing professional development of counseling,
student services, and human services professionals; counseling theories,
methods, and practices; the roles of counselors, social workers, and
psychologists in all educational settings at all educational levels; career
planning and development; self-esteem and self-efficacy; marriage and family
counseling; and mental health services to special populations such as substance
abusers, pregnant teenagers, students at risk, public offenders, etc.
WHAT CAN ERIC/CAPS DO FOR YOU?
We can help you find the information you need.
we help you to use the print indexes (RIE and CIJE), an online search service,
or the new ERIC on CD-ROM, our expertise in retrieving information related to
counseling and human services can help you locate a wealth of material related
to your particular area of interest. You can learn more about ERIC/CAPS services
by attending a workshop or telephoning CAPS for further information.
We can give worldwide visibility to the articles and resource materials you
is the most frequently used educational database in the world and all CAPS
products are input into the database. No other source can provide such worldwide
visibility. Additionally, CAPS markets its own publications through a wide
variety of different sources that acquaint counselors and non-counselors with
We can provide you with high quality, low-cost resources.
from two-page information digests to in-depth monographs and books of readings,
ERIC/CAPS publications have proved to be highly valuable resources that you can
use for your own professional development or in classes you teach or workshops
you conduct. A new product, CAPS video, has proved to be extremely well received
because of its focus on topics of high interest, its "realist" flavor, and its
We will introduce you to CAPS "fast-break" information tools!
of us do not lack for information, we typically have more information than we
can use. What we do need is the ability to retrieve and update quality
information on topics where an informed and effective response is required on
our part. To assist counselors in being effective "fast breakers" CAPS has
developed three new tools:
ERIC/CAPS reviews the entire database of ERIC Digests and identifies the best
and most relevant digests for counselor-identified high priority topics. These
are then compiled in a single volume entitled CounselorQuest. Indexed
alphabetically by subject and education level, this volume offers the user a
desktop resource for rapid search and retrieval of highly informative and
Update Pack--To fill the gap between the issuance of new editions of
CounselorQuest, CAPS has developed this new tool for counselors. These packs
will provide useful information and practical strategies for responding to
fast-breaking counseling challenges.
Chest--Provides highly useful ideas and resources for each of more than 40
topics nominated by school counselors as "most important." Presented in an
attractive 3-inch binder; will be updated semi-annually.
ERIC/CAPS can assist you to share your ideas
with others or locate resources which will assist you to be a more effective
counselor. It expands your choices and competencies! To be put on the mailing
list to receive a periodical newsletter write or call: ERIC/CAPS, 2108 School of
Education, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259; phone:
(313) 764-9492; fax: (313) 747-2425.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of
Educational Research and Improvement. (1991). All about ERIC. Washington, DC:
Thomas, R., Stonehill, R., & Balkcom, S. (1991, November). ERIC Annual
Report--1991: Summarizing the accomplishments of the Educational Resources
Information Center. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of
Educational Research and Improvement, Office of Research.