Top 25 Academic Search Engines

Published by L.G.

What better place look to further your career or education than through top-rated search engines? No matter your degree (or degrees), this list of the top 25 academic search engines can appeal to specific courses or can be used for general information. As a scholar, you might want to bookmark these sites for future use.

This list is arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. ASDLAnalytical Sciences Digital Library: This collection of peer-reviewed resources on instrumentation and chemical measurements also contains material on active learning. These resources can be indispensable to students and teachers, as well as practitioners of analytical chemistry. This is one of many pools of information available in The National Sciences Library.
  2. ATLA Religion Database: If you are studying religion, you may want to use this premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Coverage areas for ATLA RDB includes the Bible, archaeology, and antiquities, human culture and society, church history and much more.
  3. Beilstein Database (download): If you need information on organic chemistry, this database is one you should bookmark. It covers scientific literature from 1771 to present day, and the Beilstein Database allows you to quickly identify compounds. Contains up to 350 fields containing chemical and physical data.
  4. Biological Abstracts: This search engine helps you explore disciplines such as pharmacology, microbiology and veterinary medicine. This resource gives you access to peer-review journals, and also covers medical conferences, conferences, books and software.
  5. Center for Digital Scholarship: Search for infrastructure, interfaces, tools, and systems that support digital information and scholarly activity at Brown University Library. They have an extensive collection.
  6. Citebase Search: This “experimental demonstration” is not quite ready for academic evaluation, but may prove valuable in initial research for any academic papers.
  7. Climate Ark: Here is a site that can let you customize your search and news feeds with a focus on climate change and renewable energy. The information is constantly updated can be useful to students in many fields such as geology and biology. A good site to explore in consideration of duel programs.
  8. Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database: A database with over 56,00 records of publications on all areas of the circumpolar region and its health. Contains not only peer-reviewed literature but gray literature as well. Established as a chronic disease prevention project .
  9. Cochrane Library: This is a healthcare and medical specialties database. This site contains a collection of meta-analysis and systematic reviews that interpret medical results as well as summarize them. View the results of controlled trials and evidence-based medicine here.
  10. CogPrints: This is a great resource for self-archived papers concerning all areas of neuroscience, psychology and linguistics. This search engine also explores computer sciences, such as artificial intelligence, anthropology and biology. Contains well over 2000 freely down-loadable articles.
  11. CompendexCompendex: This database is the electronic version of the Engineering Index. It covers 190 disciplines of engineering including chemical, civil and mechanical. It also contains an engineering backfile of over 1.7 million records of a historical view of innovations.
  12. Embase: To search for biomedical answers, this site offer over 20 million records from more than 7,000 reliable journals. Contains Emtree, a great life-science thesaurus with consistent terminology to help you meet all of your research needs. Embase can be accessed online by subscribed users.
  13. First Nations Seeker: A specialty directory specifically for North American Indians from a vast array of indigenous nations. Offers information and academic resources to First Nations peoples spanning the borders of the U.S. To Canada and into the Arctic regions. Nations are categorized linguistically.
  14. Food Science And Technology Abstracts: This is the world’s largest database on food science, nutrition and food technology. Covers topics such as biotechnology, microbiology and food safety. Published in seven languages and available online or in print.
  15. Full -Text Online Journals: An online library of hundreds of academic journals in their entirety. Great for your research needs to achieve better grades. An add-free website makes this a plus, and you can try a free trial to see if this search engine works for you.
  16. HubMed: This is an alternative interface to the database of biomedical literature of PubMed. Its search engines are easy to use, and results are ranked by relevance with graphical displays and allows you to not only tag, but also store annotated metadata. Keep up with medical literature with featured daily updates.
  17. Inspec: With over 11,000,000 bibliolographic abstracts, this database of technical and scientific literature is invaliable to those seeking carreers in the engineering fields. Provides acces to journals, conference publications and books. Contains over 800,000 records in electrical engineering, electronics and much more.
  18. IPL2: This search engine is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII). The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.
  19. MedicinePlus: Provided by The U.S. National Library Of Medicine in conjunction with the National Institutes For Health. This search engine has excellent videos health news and a vast array of health topics. Also covers drugs, supplements and clinical trials. Contains a list of directories, organizations and a medical encyclopedia.
  20. Merck Index: An online version of over 10,000 monographs of The Merck Index, an encyclopedia of biologicals, drugs and chemicals. Includes updates of material not available in printed format. This 14th edition, released in October of 2006, also is available by subscription.
  21. PsycINFO: A database presented by The American Psychological Association providing psychological literature spanning over 200 years. Includes dissertations, technical reports and articles from more than 2,150 journals. Contains more than 2.5 million records as of 2008 and is updated weekly.
  22. PubMed: Contains more than 20,000 citations for biomedical literature accessed from the MedLine database. Includes links to full-text articles. Easy to use database searchable by subject and title.
  23. PubChem: This search engine maintained by the National Center For Biotechnology Information, offers bioactivity analysis and a chemical structure search. Offers free downloading of descriptive datasets and compound structures. Includes an online molecular editor.
  24. VadloVadlo: Targeted towards biology and the biomedical fields. A unique resource for lecturers, educators and clinicians. For those with little time to waste, this search engine indexes only web pages relevant to research in the biomedical field. An invaluable tool for those pursuing life sciences.
  25. WorldCat: Try free or subscription versions of this academic search engine that allows users to connect to collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Use the search for interlibrary loans and citations.

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