For years, I’ve been warning undergraduate and graduate students to be careful when referencing articles from ERIC–Education Resources Information Center, maintained since the 1960s through the nation’s Department of Education. One of the problems with using items from ERIC for academic and professional research is that it used to be difficult to determine which documents and articles had passed through blind peer review before finding their way into the substantial ERIC database. Well, the Department of Education is finally addressing this problem.
Not only that, ERIC is going back and slowly determining exactly when the journals found in the database indexes became peer reviewed. ERIC is providing a reference that researchers can check to determine if items from a given source journal or conference were peer-reviewed. Apparently, this list will be regularly updated as old items and journals are investigated. That reference list can be found here:
If you want to stay up to date with ERIC’s progress (among many other education projects and topics), follow the IES “What Works” page on Facebook, the non-profit “Doing What Works” Facebook page, or the ERIC Facebook page.