An acronym which stands for Educational Resource Information Center, a federally-funded clearinghouse which publishes an index with abstracts of journal articles and un published research reports in education and related fields. Each entry for a journal articles is given a six-digit EJ number in the ERIC database. Each unpublished research report (document) is assigned a six-digit ED number. ERIC documents are available on microfiche, usually filed by ED number in filing cabinets. A microform reader/printer machine must be used to enlarge and make copies of ERIC documents.