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Best online tools for academic scholars

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Hi dear readers! This time I get back to you with a post about different search engines for scholars, teachers and students. As we know, it can be really tedious to use Google, Ask, Bing or similar web tools in order to find academic articles, books or any kind of useful information filtered by your real interests, beyond the search engines’ commercial interests. Of course you might be really familiar with Google Scholar for the search of bibliographical references, but that is not the only engine you can use, and in fact it is not the best. So below I have compiled a list of a few academic search websites. I hope you find them as useful as I do!

Academia.edu is a platform for sharing your academic writing. It also tells you your status as an academic based on how much impact your publications have on the scientific community and how important the journals or editorials you have published in are. The platform has more than 33 million users, and you can browse academic output related to the topics you have interest in.

BASE (Bielefeld Academia Search Engine) is a huge searching engine for open access resources, developed by the University of Bielefeld in Germany. You can search through more than 80 million documents there.

Ciencia.Science.gov is a very well-known resource in the US, as it serves as a mediator between researchers and more than 2200 websites and 60 databases of scientific information.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an up-to-date resource on the current development in the science and practice of education.

Mendely which I find particularly useful for making your own fully-searchable library easily, and citing as you write research articles is a free reference manager and academic social network.

Microsoft Academic offers continually refreshed and extensive academic content from over 80 million publications by semantic search.

MUSE Project is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery.

iSEEK Education helps you to search hundreds of thousands of trusted resources from universities, governments, and established non-commercial providers. You can also prepare your own personal library based on your Internet search history, helping you with sharing that information with others and make the process easier and faster.

JURN is the resource for free articles and books connected to arts and humanities, natural sciences and ecology. It uses Google’s system, but with better verbatim criteria.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is another favorite of mine. It provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

RefSeek is another academic search engine for researchers and students with more than 1000 million documents.

Research Gate is quite similar to AcademiaEdu, a free platform for discovering scientific literature and making your research visible.

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) was created for the scientific communication needs of developing countries, by means of free universal access to scientific cooperative electronic publications.

Scholarpedia is a free, peer-reviewed, open-access encyclopaedia. Similar to the Google Scholar and Google pair, it is the sister service of Wikipedia.

ScienceResearch.com is a free web search engine that returns high quality results by submitting your search query - in real-time - to other well-respected search engines and then collating, ranking and dropping duplicates of the results.

Springer Link gives researchers access to millions of scientific documents.

WorldWideScience.org is a window to global science with national and international databases. A great feature of this resource is that it is multilingual.

And of course you have  Sci Hub, which, whether legal or illegal (you decide) is, as Wikipedia says: “an online repository of over 48,000,000 scientific academic papers and articles, available through its website. New papers are uploaded daily after accessing them through .edu proxies. Founded by Alexandra Elbakyan from Kazakhstan in 2011, it began as a reaction to the high cost of research papers behind paywalls, typically US$30 each when bought on a per-paper basis. Academic publisher Elsevier has in 2015 filed a legal complaint in New York City alleging copyright infringement by Sci-Hub.”

All in all, I hope you find this information useful, whether you are a student, a teacher, a musician, or a researcher. And please, feel free to share any other websites you might know that I might have missed in this post by leaving a comment below, thank you! So long!