ERIC Identifier: ED391988
Publication Date: 1995-00-00
Author: Drake, Liselle - Rudner, Lawrence M.
Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services Greensboro NC.
Internet Resources for Guidance Personnel. ERIC Digest.
With tens of thousands of information providers and millions of users,
Internet is an enormous and growing resource for guidance counselors and other
personnel service professionals. The task for busy professionals is to be able
to rapidly identify Internet resources so they can be efficiently incorporated
in their work.
In this digest, we identify Internet resources of particular interest to the
guidance community. In particular, we identify listservs of interest, identify
the offerings of several gopher sites, show you how to access ERIC on the
Internet, and describe the AskERIC e-mail service. The novice user is referred
to the excellent, well-known electronic books referenced at the end of this
Listservs are electronically facilitated
discussion forums of participants who share a common interest. You e-mail a
thought, question, or response to the forum and the listserv software
re-transmits your e-mail to the entire mailing list.
Some listservs of interest to guidance personnel are:
ICN - International Counselor Network--Comprised of counselors, counselor
educators, teachers, and graduate students, this listserv contains discussions
regarding mental health issues. Subscribe to: ICNmrequest@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu
YOUTHNET - This is a discussion list for therapists and other service
providers working with youth. Subscribe to: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEHAVIOR - Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children - This list
discusses psychological disorders in children. Subscribe to:
VOC-NET - This is the U.C. Berkeley general discussion list and bulletin
board on current trends in vocational education. Subscribe to:
DSSHE-L - Disabled Student Services in Higher Education--The scope of this
list encompasses career counseling for students with disabilities; the removal
of barriers, both architectural and attitudinal, for the disabled; testing and
other academic accommodations; and legal issues pertaining to the "Americans
with Disabilities Act." It is appropriate for all counselors. Subscribe to:
TRDEV-L - Training and Development Discussion List - This forum for the
exchange of information on the training and development of human resources aims
to stimulate research collaboration and assistance in T&D for the
professional and academic communities. Subscribe to: email@example.com
AERA-E - American Educational Research Association Division E: Counseling and
Human Development--This forum discusses recent research and research ideas.
Subscribe to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To subscribe to a listserv, send e-mail to the listserv address with a
one-line message: SUB listname your name. For example, to subscribe to AERA-E,
you would send e-mail to email@example.com. The one-line message would be
SUB AERA-E Liselle Drake. To unsubscribe, the message would be UNSUB AERA-E.
Gophers are menu-driven systems providing
access to a wide range of information. Via Internet and Gopher software, you
literally connect to computers across the world to obtain information. Often the
information is in the form of text files. The information can also be in the
form of searchable databases, directories, software, and graphics. Some Gopher
sites of interest to the guidance community include:
Arizona State University--Containing the largest listing of educationally
relevant gophers, the ASU Gopher is an excellent starting point. There are
pointers to the Best of the Internet for Educators and to a large assortment of
electronic journals and newsletters, including "Journal of Counseling and
Development," "Journal of Distance Education and Communication," "Psychology,"
and "Rasch Measurement Transactions." Also, by following the path to Electronic
journals at CICNET/Electronic Serials/, the counselor can access the full-text
issues of the journal, Conflict Resolution Consortium. Gopher to info.asu.edu,
select ASU Campus Wide Information/ College of Education/Electronic Journals/.
National Parent Information Network--NPIN provides information and
communication capabilities to parents and those who work with them. NPIN offers
full-text documents, brochures and other publications which it has gathered from
all ERIC components, the National Urban League, the Illinois Parent Initiative,
the National PTA, the North Central Regional Education Laboratory, and the
Family Literacy Center. NPIN's "Short Items for Parents" are equally suitable
for parent educators and counselors in that their scope encompasses issues of
discipline, self-esteem, special needs and health of children according to the
children's age and developmental levels. The weekly newsletter "Parent News" is
another notable offering. Gopher to gopher.prairienet.org, select
The U.S. Department of Education's Gopher--USDE posts an extremely large
collection of full text material and information. Of particular interest is A
Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Dept. of Education, with selections for "Services
and Resources" which offers resources for Drug Free Schools and Communities,
Bilingual Education/Minority Language Affairs, Special Education Programs and
Literacy Resource Centers. Gopher to gopher.ed.gov.
The Child, Youth and Family Education and Resources Network--CYFERNET
describes its mission as "...to develop and deliver educational programs that
equip limited-resource families and youth who are at risk for not meeting basic
human needs, to lead positive, productive, contributing lives." CYFER offers
resources for, and statistics about, child-youth-family development and
programs, including full-text versions of pertinent journals and newsletters.
Gopher to cyfer.esusda.gov.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation--The ERICmAE Gopher features
a wide range of current essays about assessment and evaluation, a special Test
Locator Service, and pointers to places on the Internet where you can search
ERIC databases. Of special interest is the Test Locator (see Doolittle, Halpern,
and Rudner, 1994). ERIC/AE, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Buros
Institute, and Pro-Ed (publishing) have collaborated to produce several
searchable testing databases. Featured is the ETS Test Collection containing
descriptions of over 10,000 educational and psychological measures. Gopher to
gopher.cua.edu and select Special Resources/ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment.
The Library of Congress--LC offers the Machine-Assisted Realization of the
Virtual Electronic library. Choose: Search LC Marvel Menus/Search LC Marvel
Menus using Jughead and enter the search terms of your choice (e.g., dyslexia,
cancer). Gopher to marvel.loc.gov
The Cornucopia of Disability Information--CODI offers 22 menu items of
services covering a broad range of information for people with disabilities and
for those who work with them. Gopher to val- dor.cc.buffalo.edu
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Instructional Technology--AskERIC maintains a large
Gopher site providing access to a wide range of material. Of particular interest
are the AskERIC Infoguides. Each Infoguide includes pertinent ERIC document
citations and various Internet resources, such as appropriate listservs and
pointers to gopher/ftp sites. Some relevant titles are School Counseling 1 &
2, AIDS Education, Child Abuse, Disabilities, Disabled Students,
HotlinesmHelplines, Sex Education, Special Education, and Vocational Education.
Gopher to ericir.syr.edu.
Because Gopher is so popular, most large computer centers make Gopher
available to their dial-up users. Often you can access Gopher at the system
prompt by typing Gopher and the gopher address. For example, to access the
AskERIC Gopher from a VAX computer you would type GOPHER ERICIR.SYR.EDU from the
ERIC Abstracts Database - The entire
contents of the Resources in Education and Current Index to Journals in
Education are available though several Internet sites. You can Gopher to
suvm.syr.edu and select database/ERIC/or gopher to gopher.uic.edu and select
ERIC Digest File--Digests are 1500 word reports that synthesize research and
ideas about emerging issues in education. They are designed to help members of
the educational community keep up-to-date with trends and new developments.
Digests typically either serve as an introduction to a topic, provide current
information of a factual nature related to a topic, define and describe a
controversial topic, provide specific, concrete examples of how practitioners
can apply research results in practical settings, report on the current status
of research in an area, or summarize an existing review and synthesis
publication. These are one of the most popular items on the entire Internet.
Gopher to gopher.cua.edu and select ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment/Search
ERIC/, or gopher to gopher.ed.gov and select OERI/ERIC/Search Digests/.
AskERIC E-MAIL SERVICE
AskERIC is a personalized Internet-based service for educators and
professionals allied with education support services. E-mail them a question and
within 48 hours they will provide you with a response. Responses include
full-text resources, ERIC database searches, learned opinions, and pointers to
other resources. Send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Doolittle, P., M. Halpern & L.M. Rudner
(1994). The ERIC/AE Test Locator Service. Educational Researcher, 22, 8,
The following Internet references are available electronically by gophering
to dewey.lib.ncsu.edu, select NCSU's "Library without Walls"/Reference
Electronic Frontier Foundation (1993). Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet,
[Online]. Available Gopher:vega.lib.ncsu.ed Directory /library/reference/guides,
Kehoe, B.P (1992). Zen and the Art of the Internet: A Beginners Guide to the
Internet, (2nd. Ed.), [Online]. Available FTP (Telnet): quake.think.com
Directory:pub/etext/1992, File: Zen10.text
Polly, J.A. (1992). Surfing the Internet: an Introduction,
(2nd.Ed.),[Online]. Available Gopher:vega.lib.ncsu.ed Directory:
library/reference/guides, File: Surfing.txt