Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ERIC Web Updates

The Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC, announced a recent update to their web site. In my opinion, the most interesting changes are those made to search options, especially search term highlighting. Admittedly I use OhioLINK and EbscoHOST databases when searching ERIC, but the web site itself remains free. Additional search feature updates include:

  • Results sorting options. The default sort is based on relevance. Relevance is determined by the number of search terms found in the record and uniqueness of the term in the database. Preference is given to newer materials and to the presence of either full text in ERIC or of a link to the publisher. Users may also sort results by author, publication date, and journal or institutional source.
  • Search term highlighting. Search terms will appear in yellow in the titles and abstracts returned as results. This feature enables searchers to see at a glance how the results relate to the search.
  • Streamlined records display. Citation information is compactly arrayed, and more records are visible at a glance.

ERIC News - ERIC Web Site Gets a New Look
September 17, 2006

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Completely off topic and just for fun ....

Do you know what day today is? Aaargh, matey it is Talk Like a Pirate Day! It seems this international holiday started with a Dave Barry article in the Miami Herald (2002); Miami Herald - Arrrr! Talk Like a Pirate or Prepare to be Boarded. Naturally I found, but did not add to the sidebar, a widget from Blogthings called What's Your Pirate Name. As noted below, I am Evil Wicked Wilma.

Your Pirate Name Is...

Evil Wicked Wilma
Later that afternoon ...
One of my student workers has junior block field experience this term; her assignment, a second grade classroom. She arrived at work in the midst of the Talk Like a Pirate Day conversation and remarked, "That's why all my students were talking like that today."

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