Answered By: Debra Oswald
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016     Views: 1650

There's no example of a citation for an ERIC Digest in the APA manual, and  on the internet I've found differing advice on how to do this. Since there's no definitive "right way" to cite an ERIC Digest, I will recommend what I consider the best way or, at least, a good and defensible way.

If you want to see my justification, read on. Otherwise, just skip to the examples.

When there's no example for your type of source, the manual tells you to "choose an example that is most like your source and follow that format." (American Psychological Association, 2009, p. 193).

So what kind of source is an ERIC Digest?

ERIC Digests were 1-2 page reports covering topics of current interest in education. They provided teachers and other education professionals a summary of relevant information on the hot topics of the day. Until the digests ceased publication in 2003, they were included in RIE (Resources in Education), which indexed unpublished, informal, and other grey literature. ERIC Digests were not submitted for a peer-review process like other formal works, so I would consider them informally published reports.

The APA manual does give an example for an "informally published or self-archived work, from ERIC." (American Psychological Association, 2009, p. 212, example #62). The citation is for an ERIC document, which is one of the informal publications indexed in RIE along with issues of the ERIC Digest. Of all the examples in the APA manual, I consider this the most similar to an ERIC Digest.

Here, then, are some examples of how I would cite ERIC Digests:
Bernard, B. (1995). Fostering resilience in children. ERIC Digest. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED386327)

Hsiao, K. P. (1992). First-generation college students. ERIC Digest. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED351079)

Mendoza, J. (2003). Communicating with parents. ERIC Digest. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED482880)

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