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Popular CERIC Literature Searches Provide a Wealth of Research

As 2017 marks ContactPoint’s 20th anniversary, we wanted to take a look at the most popular sections of our website as well as the most-read articles, and reflect on what they say about how the field has evolved over the past two decades.

By Marilyn Van Norman

CERIC began doing literature searches to support our project partners with proposals for work on career counselling-related research or learning and professional development. It was an additional resource meant to supplement the preparation of proposals, with topics complimenting the projects.

We later realized that the searches could be helpful to graduate students working on their theses and other researchers whose area of interest included career development-related topics. It was at that point that we created a space on this ContactPoint online community for Literature Searches. Suggestions for topics for literature searches come from a myriad of sources – graduate students, career professionals from across the country, researchers and CERIC committee members.

The largest challenge in providing Literature Searches is keeping them up-to-date.

There are currently 38 hyperlinked literature searches on ContactPoint, with the most frequently accessed being:


The Literature Searches least accessed include: Impact of Caregiving on Careers/Employment; Meta Analysis of Career Interventions; Workforce Planning and Development; and Trends in E-Counselling.

This information provides a telling snapshot of which issues and trends in the career development field are currently garnering attention, and points the way to future research and learning opportunities.

A recent survey of users indicated that the largest usage by province is Ontario, Alberta, BC and Quebec. In terms of the users themselves, they identified, in order of numbers, as career practitioners, students, program managers and academics. What brings them to the site varies from doing research to looking to implement best practices to submitting a funding proposal.

Literature searches have proven to be a worthwhile resource for CERIC users.



Marilyn Van Norman is National Co-ordinator Outreach & Innovation at CERIC. She has over 30 years of proven expertise in career centre and student services management. She is the author of numerous articles and publications on career development. Her book Making It Work: Career Management for the New Workplace was a Canadian bestseller. Marilyn has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Award of Merit, Outstanding Contribution, the Etta St John Wileman Award for Lifetime Achievement and The Joan Foley Award for Significant Contributions to Enhancing Student Life, University of Toronto among others. Marilyn chaired the National Consultation on Career Development, NATCON for 15 years and is a former ContactPoint Board member.

Lucie Morillon
Lucie Morillon is the Bilingual Content & Communications Co-ordinator for CERIC. With a passion for quality content, she connects with her online communities and provides strong resources to engage members – and always encourages new ones to get involved. She identifies, creates and curates the content destined for the ContactPoint website, the weekly CareerWise newsletter and Careering magazine.

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