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The academic search engine provides search results by localizing the scientific results required by the user. There are various types of search engines with different characteristics. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Top Academic Search Engines for Research

Top Academic Search Engines for Research
What is Academic Search Engine?
  • The academic search engine provides search
    results by localizing the scientific results
    required by the user. There are various types of
    search engines with different characteristics.
    The engines are preferred based on the required
    results. Through the academic search engine,
    users can access various journals, blogs, and
    magazines relevant to their input queries. For a
    long time, the academic search engines are
    assisting manuscript writers, researchers, and
    scholars. It also helps in reviewing the latest
    technologies and researches in the concerned

How Searching Through General Search Engine and
Academic Search Engine Different?
  • While general search engine searches from the
    whole of the database that includes both relevant
    and irrelevant articles while academic search
    engine only searched through predefined journals,
    reviews, and abstracts.
  • General search engines do not provide the quality
    and standard of results while many academic
    search engines have the option for determining
    the quality of the research.

  • It is difficult to narrow the results on a
    general search engine in context to a topic while
    it is relatively easier in the academic search
  • The search results of general search engines are
    not organized and lack advanced search options
    that are available in almost all academic search
  • The databases available in academic search
    engines are further subdivided into the
    specialized database, a facility that is not
    available in general search engines.

Why Academic Search Engines are Required?
  • Organized data The data is indexed and organized
    in the academic search engine. This helps the
    researchers to avoid irrelevant information. The
    data is structured based on relevance and
    according to the most common search criteria.
  • Authentic articles Most search engines provide
    authentic and reliable research articles. Many of
    the search engines have access to various
    libraries that feed them with relevant and
    high-quality articles.

  • Quality reviewed Many search engines have their
    quality control team that assigns the quality
    grade to articles. This is of immense importance
    as many-a-time, the researchers require the
    articles published in journals with high impact
  • Easy access As compared to a general search
    engine, the user experience in searching the
    research articles is favorable in academic search
    engines. For instance, if a researcher searches
    an article about a disease or drug, the general
    search engine provides both relevant and
    irrelevant articles.

What are the Various Types of Academic Search
  • Google Scholar Google Scholar, a product from
    Google, provides millions of relevant articles,
    books, thesis, and dissertations. Millions of
    documents are available in the Google scholar
    database. On entering the query, Google provides
    the results from various websites, universities,
    pharmaceutical societies, and journals.
  • Microsoft Academic Search Microsoft operates
    Microsoft academic research. It has millions of
    publications in its database. Apart from
    delivering thousands of articles for a single
    search query, this search engine also analyses
    data and present it in the form of graphs and

  • CORE CORE has hundreds and thousands of research
    articles. It collects data from institutions,
    open access journals, and repositories.  CORE has
    found its importance in plagiarism detection,
    literature-based discovery, finding subject
    experts, and research impact evaluation.
  • BASE The BASE is a powerful academic search
    engine with more than 150 million documents
    obtained from more than 7000 sources. Bielefeld
    University Library operates BASE. Almost 60 of
    the indexed articles can be accessed in full

  • CIteSeerX  With a vision to improve the
    dissemination of scientific information among
    scholars and researchers, the search engine
    mostly provides the freely accessible article.
    CIteSeerX provides data for non-commercial
  • Semantic Scholar Allen Institute for Artificial
    Intelligence developed semantic scholar and made
    it public in 2015. It incorporates the use of
    Artificial Intelligence to provide an optimum
    user experience. The number of papers in this
    search engine is more than 179 million. 

  • provides free results
    related to technical and scientific information.
    It has over 200 million pages, with searching
    access to over 60 databases and 2200 websites. No
    registration is required to access the
    information and is designed for scholars,
    researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and

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