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7 Alternative Academic Search Engines to Google

Geraldine Trujillo for Paideia Studio

Jorge Hugo Figueroa (Trad.)

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7 academic search engines beyond Google: tools for researchers researchers

Academic or scientific information search engines are online platforms designed for students, researchers and professionals from all areas who are looking for scientific and academic information of high quality, value and credibility. They are tools linked to the purely academic environment, i.e., they focus on education, research and obtaining reliable scientific data.

According to one study, academic search engines are technological tools whose purpose is to allow the user to make queries through files stored in web servers oriented to academic materials such as journals, theses, degree works, projects, among others.
On the other hand, another research argues that these tools are virtual sites that comprise a network of information belonging to a wide world of research, technology, science and specialized knowledge.

It should be noted that, unlike common search engines such as Bing, Yandex or Google, where any type of search can be performed, these search engines focus on cataloging and crawling specialized, uncommon content that requires reliable scientific evaluation.

For this reason, health professionals, engineers, teachers, journal editors and other professionals prefer these search tools, as the information is based on real and verified data.

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Academic search engines

What are academic or scientific information search engines?

Academic or scientific information search engines are online platforms designed for students, researchers and professionals from all areas who are looking for scientific and academic information of high quality, value and credibility. They are tools linked to the purely academic environment, so they focus on education, research and obtaining reliable scientific data.

According to a study, academic search engines are technological tools whose purpose is to allow users to make queries through files stored in web servers oriented to academic materials such as journals, theses, degree works, projects, among others.

On the other hand, another research argues that these tools are virtual sites that comprise a network of information that belongs to a wide world of research, technology, science and also forms part of specialized knowledge.

It should be noted that, unlike common search engines such as Bing, Yandex or Google, where any type of search can be performed, these search engines focus on cataloging and crawling specialized, uncommon content that requires reliable scientific evaluation.

For this reason, health professionals, engineers, teachers, journal editors and other professionals prefer these search tools, as the information is based on real and verified data.

7 alternatives to search for academic information

In the fast-paced world of scientific and academic research, finding reliable information with real data is a fundamental part of a good project or work, therefore, relying on the search engines we are used to is not a viable option.

We must therefore bet on other valuable alternatives that offer us a unique approach, as well as a diversity of sources for our research. For this reason, we have compiled a list of academic search engines other than Google:

Microsoft Academic Research

Microsoft Academic Research is a search engine for academic information that competes with Google Sholar, as its database focuses on innovative content in various disciplines, from computer science to biomedicine and more.

This academic database is multidisciplinary, open and polydocumentary, which means that in it we can find several resources and research sources, such as books, patents, book chapters, communications, academic journal articles, among others. It also promotes interdisciplinary collaboration. Its interface is intuitive and easy to use.

Microsoft Academic Research

2. ERIC

ERIC is a platform created in 1964 by the Educational Resources Information Center of the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences, focusing on scientific and academic information related to education issues.

Its bibliographic database is widely recognized in the field of national and international education, with documents, journal articles, citations, reports and indexes from the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) since 1966.

ERIC

3. SciELo

SciElo (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is an electronic platform or library comprising a catalog of selected scientific journals. Here you can find journal collections, a compilation of individual journal issues and full-text articles.

The journals can be accessed in two ways: using indexes or search forms. It is worth mentioning that this project is available in several Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Argentina, Cuba, Peru and others.

SciElo

4. Dialnet

Dialnet is a search engine focused on Hispanic scientific literature. Here you can find information on human, legal and social sciences. It was created by the University of La Rioja and all its publications are in Spanish.

Currently, Dialnet provides access to journal publications, books, conference proceedings, contributions to collective books, reviews, doctoral theses and other publications.

It also has a plus version (Dialnet Plus) that provides a series of additional services in order to equip users with all the essential tools to make searches better and to work with the available resources.

Dialnet

5. JSTOR

JSTOR is a scholarly search engine specialized in the preservation and access to scholarly literature and incorporates areas of humanities, arts and social sciences. Unlike other academic search engines, such as Google Scholar, JSTOR not only facilitates access to scholarly journal articles, but also stores and preserves extensive archives of these articles, ensuring the continued availability of valuable scholarly resources.

Their extensive catalog includes a collection of scholarly journals, books and primary sources. And as if that were not enough, they have the ability to provide access to material dating back many years, old material that is often not found or not available on other online platforms.

JSTOR

6. Refseek

Refseek is an academic search engine dedicated to professional content crawling of high quality journal articles, conference papers, theses and research papers. Refseek is a useful tool for publishers, librarians, researchers and students who need to find reliable information in a wide range of disciplines.

It has the particularity of being a tool committed to the privacy of its users, as it does not track or store personal data of those who consult it. It is free and its interface makes it easy to perform advanced searches and navigate through search results.

Refseek

7. Web of Science

Web of Science is a renowned academic platform, widely recognized by the academic community worldwide, providing access to a vast collection of conferences, academic journals, patents, books and other resources.

Its coverage is multidisciplinary and includes areas such as life sciences, social sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, arts and humanities, among others. The Web of Science platform offers advanced search functions, allowing you to refine your queries and search by keywords, author, institution and apply filters to find specific and more precise information.

Web of Science

Now, which academic search engine do you choose?

The choice of an academic search engine will basically depend on the specific needs you have, the nature of your research and the availability of resources you can access.

For example, if you are a teacher or need to research something in the field of education, ERIC may be the right choice, since it focuses on providing specific content in this field. On the other hand, if you need access to innovative content in various disciplines, Microsoft Academic Research is certainly the right choice.

Before deciding on a search engine, we recommend that you evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one. This will allow you to make an informed decision and take full advantage of the tools available for your academic research, avoiding wasted time and ensuring accurate results.

Remember that a good search is key to obtain quality and highly relevant results. Assertive research will provide your papers, research or projects with the reliability and authenticity needed to properly cite and reference your bibliographic sources.

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