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Find information about academic papers, authors, conferences, journals, and organizations from multiple sources. It provides a fast and easy interface to search for online scholarly resources. However, bear in mind that most of the research materials are hidden in publishers ‘databases’ and ‘subscription based journals’ that search engine’s spiders can’t crawl. They searches a variety of undisclosed academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Much of the content is available in full-text, while in some instances abstracts with links to pay-for document delivery services are displayed.

1. Google Scholar: Stand on the shoulders of giants.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. Though Google Scholar can be an excellent research tool for freely available materials or materials subscribed to by our Library, it is not a comprehensive search. Google Scholar only searches the materials it has indexed. Consider using other Library resources, such as the databases, to find additional information. If you need additional direction in determining what databases to search, contact a librarian.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

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2. Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft Academic Search is an experimental research service developed by Microsoft Research to explore how scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities. Microsoft Academic Search indexes not only millions of academic publications, it also displays the key relationships between and among subjects, content, and authors, highlighting the critical links that help define scientific research. As is true of many research projects at Microsoft, this service is not intended to be a production Web site, and it will likely be taken offline when appropriate given the research goals of the project.

How Microsoft Academic Search results are ranked

In Microsoft Academic Search, objects in the search results are sorted based on two factors:

  • Their relevance to the query.
  • A static rank value that is calculated for each item in the Microsoft Academic Search index. The static rank encompasses the authority of the result, which is determined by several details, such as how often and where a publication is cited.

Some search results can be sorted by Field Rating. The field rating is similar to h-index in that it calculates the number of publications by an author and the distribution of citations to the publications. Field rating only calculates publications and citations within a specific field and shows the impact of the scholar or journal within that specific field.

One of the most important components of searching academic publications is citation linking. Following citations from and to publications is critical to information discovery. Microsoft Academic Search provides an efficient mechanism to facilitate this. Search results, whenever possible, display lists and links to both referenced publications and citing publications. Microsoft Academic Search highlights the context of a citation (when possible) by displaying the section of the citing publication in which it is referenced.  Help…   Click Here

3. Refseek

Academic search engine for students and researchers. Locates relevant academic search results from web pages, books, encyclopedias, and journals. Click here

4.  CiteSeer

Scientific Literature Digital Library incorporating autonomous citation indexing, awareness and tracking, citation context, related document retrieval, similar …Click here

5.  WolframAlpha Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.The long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. Click here

6. Academic Index – Reference and Research Index
. All Academic Research

8.  Virtual Learning Resources Center

9. WorldWideScience.org: Currently, approximately 95 databases and portals from over 70 countries are searchable through WorldWideScience.org. Users get the most current findings in fields such as energy, medicine, agriculture,environment, and basic sciences, including access to scientific and numeric data sources. Much of theinformation accessed via this gateway is freely available and open domain.

10. SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online

11. Scilit – currently offers access to 1,550,099 open access articles. The indexing process was started in June 2013. This service is still experimental and we are continuously adding new features as well as improving the database and the search algorithms.

12. Paperity – the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of peer-reviewed Open Access journals and papers, “gold” and “hybrid”.

13. BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

14. CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public


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