100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars

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A week ago, Kaitlyn Cole informed me that an article, “100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars,” on their blog and thought my readers might find it interesting.  Definitely, the article provides an excellent collection of search tools for students conducting their search. The recommended search tools will help students and researchers save time to find books, journal articles and even primary source material for whatever kind of research they’re working on.  The article offers 100 search engines in 11 categories:  General, Meta Search, Databases and Archives, Books and Journals, Science, Math and Technology, Social Science, History, Business and Economics, Other Niches, and Reference.  For the complete listing of 100 search engines, please view the article at onlineuniversities.com

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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5 Responses to 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars

  1. Thanks for this! It’s going to save me a lot of time in the library!

  2. Kemp says:

    Thank you for posting this article. I will try some of these sites, and believe they will make my upcoming lit reviews less cumbersome.

    Another point is that in our work with undergraduates we assume they are computer literate because they are technology literate. That is to say that they are great gamers and users of social networking sites, but are often lost when asked to conduct a search for peer-reviewed articles or other scholarly research. I will share this article with my students, and believe it will simplify searches for them as well.

  3. Christine Mark says:

    At first blush this list of 100 Time-saving search engines is both overwhelming in its scope but also highly organized. Once I was able to comprehend the entire list I was impressed at the sheer number of resources compiled in the article mentioned in the post. It was not until I started trying some of them that major problems began to occur.

    For my review I looked for academic and journal articles on “Second Life”, sometimes with more refined searching using terms like “classroom”, “instruction”, or “pedagogy”.

    Certainly many of the sites are user friendly, such as Dogpile and MetaCrawlerWeb, but those are two generic search engines that return websites relating to anything about the topic, not just academic research. They are easy to use but not often very efficient.

    The next problem I encountered was the number of search engines that were actually organizational websites rather than search engines, per se’, for example the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Others take the user to corporate websites, such as the publisher Wiley. Once at these sites the user must then navigate to the search area, which I found difficult.

    Many others, such as the Online Journal Search Engine (OJOSE) allow a user to create a pretty refined search, but too often the databases listed require IDs and passwords, and registration either required payment of membership fees or institutional access. I found this to be true of the Blackwell’s and Cambridge University Press’s databases.

    While I am sure this exhaustive list may have some good sites, I became very frustrated within the first 15 minutes of searching. What would be nice to see is a list like this by an academic that contained only sites that were open access and which actually worked.

  4. Ahu says:

    Indeed, the riches of sources for scholarly works on the internet is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing in that we are not only a click away from downloading the most recent publications from well-respected authors in top journals (given our university has access and our computer is configured to grant us access). At the same time, there are hundreds of other articles, dissertations, data sources, and reviews which would have been impossible to find via the abstracting catalogues a decade ago and which are not going to show up on the university stacks. Among these treasures, however, there are always broken links, poor articles in the guise of masterpieces, non peer-reviewed journals, and (depending upon your searching skills and use of Boolean operators) tens of thousands of articles to sift through until finding the one you want.

    Another downside to the vast amount of resources available online is that the resources which are more difficult to acquire (i.e., in that they are in bound journals, books, dissertations, or microfiche) are often neglected for the sake of convenience. Thus, many of our students will hand in a report with twenty online references tangentially related to the topic at hand, but overlook the 3 or 4 foundational works in the field which should be cited in any review of the literature. Developing the skills, determination, and sacrifice necessary to complete a thorough review of the literature is a necessary part of completing a Master’s or doctoral degree. Tempering the online search engines with good search skills should pay off in the end.

  5. Linda Bourland-Wynn says:

    This article was of particular interest to me. While reviewing all of the useful data stored on this blog, I find myself passing a lot of it because it is geared specifically to students and/or teaching. Since I am in the legal field, some of these articles, while interesting, really won’t find their way into my day to day routine. (Which is not to say that the concepts and content is still not totally noteworthy). This article, however, really stood out. Law suits can range in topic from stray electricity voltage from power lines affecting cattle reproduction to slip and falls, car accidents, murders, divorce, and investment. A collection of search engines, divided by category is something every law firm needs to become familiar with. Law firms devote a lot of time and money to legal research, but legality is only part of the issue. We also need to understand the facts, fields and subject matters of the suits. Also, law firms expend hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring experts to perform this type of research. Typically, in South Mississippi, an expert can reasonably charge $1500 per hour to perform research. Much of that research can be done for free by the staff….if they know where to look. As such, I really want to take this article to the nearest lawfirm and shout its value from the roof top. Legal staff are not trained to find these types of search engines on their own. As far as my office is concerned, Google is pretty much “it” for search engines. I think I am the only one that looks things up on wikis. So, this is another example of how technology in general and this technology curriculum in particular is vital not only to students, but also to the private sector, where professionals have already completed their education and training before the advent of the Internet today as we know it.

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