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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

1- Academic Info

Our in-depth directory is a round up of the best and most useful links and resources within a specific subject area. In most cases they list both printed reference works and electronic resources.

2- Archival Research Catalogue

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.


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.

4- CiteuLike

citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references. It offers
6,624,433 articles - 1,500 added today.

5- Eric

ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

6- Google Scholar

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.

7- Infomine

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

8- Infotopia

A Google alternative safe search engine for students offering information and reference sites: art, social sciences,social issues,social problems, history,

9- Lib Guides Community

Search and explore 318,968 guides by 53,731 librarians at 3856 libraries worldwide!

10- Library of Congress

search for primary source documents, including photos, maps, manuscripts, historic newspapers and much more

11- Refseek

RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.

12- The Virtual LRC

The Virtual Learning Resources Center indexes thousands of the best academic information websites,selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers current, valid information for school and university academic projects!
Courtesy of Julie Greller