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Welcome to the ERIC research guide.

ERIC thesaurus from the web

Another tool ERIC provides on its toolbar is the Thesaurus feature. ERIC has a standardized list, or “controlled vocabulary,” of education-related terms called Descriptors that are maintained in the ERIC Thesaurus of Descriptors. Descriptors are used to organize ERIC records by subject. Using Descriptors in your search can help you locate materials of greater relevance to your topic.

Plan your search using ERIC descriptors:

  1. Describe your topic
  2. Divide the topic into major concepts
  3. Use the Thesaurus to find Descriptors for each concept
  4. Search using Descriptors

ERIC thesaurus



ERIC thesaurus through SWU

Through the SWU database side, users can search for descriptors, as well as click on terms.

ERIC thesaurus