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Academic Search Engines
Find information that can set the stage for your future research using this helpful search tool.

A searchable database of academic publications: journals, working papers, convention papers and magazine articles. Also has an A-Z list of links to online journals.

American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress's database of more than nine million digitized documents, sound recordings, images, maps, and other American primary sources. This free and open access site includes sound recordings, images, prints, maps and articles that document United States history and culture. This search engine is the go-to source for American history.

Use the Archives Hub to find unique sources for your research. The Archives Hub enables you to search across a wealth of archives held at nearly 200 institutions in England, Scotland and Wales.
This contains an index of archival indexes. From here we refer you to the major indexes, lists, and databases of archival resources. From them you can link to almost every archival resource in the metaverse.

Ask Jeeves is a popular search engine that got its start by employing natural language searching to answer popular queries.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) is a multi-disciplinary search engine for scientifically relevant web resources. BASE is a registered OAI service provider. Only document servers that comply with the specific requirements of scientific quality and relevance are included; A data resources inventory provides transparency in the searches; Searches full text plus meta data (depending on the resource); Discloses web resources of the "Deep Web", which are ignored by commercial search engines or get lost in the vast quantity of hits.

Blinx is an audio, video and podcast search engine. Blinx utilizes advanced speech recognition to index multimedia formats on the Web. is the leading comprehensive directory and search engine for chemical and related industry professionals. Our databases of Web sites include more than 45,000 chemical industry related entities and contain the full text of millions of pages.

ChemSpider is a free chemistry search engine, released in March of 2007.

CiteSeerx is an automated scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. It aims to improve the dissemination of scientific literature and to provide research and improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge. It develops new methods and algorithms to index PostScript and PDF research articles on the Web.

Search, organize, and share scholarly papers. Indexes over 2 million articles.

Clusty returns search results from numerous sources and then organizes them into groups according to a relevancy hierarchy. The ability to refine by cluster gives this search engine academic use possibilities.

The Digital Collections Compendium, a project of the University of New Hampshire Library Digital Collections Initiative.
The guide includes brief descriptions of and links to digital collections (digital projects, digital initiatives, digital libraries, etc.)

Complete Planet searches across 70,00 searchable databases and specialty search engines.

CrossRef indexes scholarly works in general.

The world's biggest search engine. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else-three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

A research search engine to access content in the deep web.

Links to digital collections worldwide from the University of Connecticut.

Dogpile offers a customized list of major search engines and returns query results by search engine grouping.

Populated by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a great tool for academic research with more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of articles and online materials. ERIC provides access to an extensive body of education-related literature including journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more. With more than eight million searches each month -it's no wonder why this search engine is a great web source for education.