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Academic references


Academic disciplines:
articles, books, etc.


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic Science: information on specialized websites - scientists, biology, zoology, geology, astronomy, etc.
Science Publications: advanced scientific information
EEVL's E-Journal Searches the content of over 250 freely available full-text e-journals, selected for relevance and quality

www.eevl.ac.uk/eese
/eese-eevl.html

Profusion Archaeology: Archaeology Magazine; Art; Agriculture; Astronomy; Biology; Expert Directories

Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "A Pair of Web Pathfinding Gems"

Dec. 20, 2005

Article: "Finding Articles Online"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3584851

Academic Info Directory of digital library collections www.academicinfo.
net/index.html
American Memory Historical maps, movies, photos and prints, audio recording memory.loc.gov/
ammem/collections/
finder.html
Big Search Engine Index Search tool guide, "academic" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk
/Academic_search

Search tool guide, "literature" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/
Reference/Literature

Search tool guide, "science" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/Reference
/Science_Search

BUBL LINK / 5:15  European-oriented academic catalog, organized by subject terms and Dewey numbers bubl.ac.uk/link/
index.html
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) CAS SciFinder www.cas.org/  
CiteSeer Provides access to summaries of scientific literature

citeseer.ist.psu.edu

Conference Proceedings Audio recordings of spoken-word speeches and lectures from (often tech-oriented) conferences

www.archive.org/audio/
collection.php?collection=
conference_proceedings

Fine arts search tools Search Tool Guide: File format
Google Scholar Based on Google deep web data from academic libraries

scholar.google.com

Infomine Librarian-selected directory infomine.ucr.edu/
Main.html
Internet Archive Digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form www.archive.org
Libdex Index to 18,000 libraries www.libdex.com
Librarians Index to the Internet U.S.-centric librarian index

lii.org

Library Spot Provides information on library types.

www.libraryspot.com

OAISter Provides an index to academically-oriented "digital resources" available for free from close to 600 libraries and other organizations

oaister.umdl.umich.edu

Pinakes Links to major academic subject gateways www.hw.ac.uk/
libWWW/irn/
pinakes/pinakes.html
Project Gutenberg Provides the full text of over 12,000 public domain books

www.gutenberg.org

RedLightGreen "helps you locate the most important books and other research materials in your area of interest, and find out whether what you need is available at your favorite library"

www.redlightgreen.com/
ucwprod/servlet/ucw.
servlets.UCWController?USERID=anonymous
&PASSWORD=------&ACTION=logon&
SRCHPATH=3&referrer=

RefDesk Provides links to all kinds of web resources classified by subject and online libraries categorized by library type

www.refdesk.com

ReferenceDesk Provides links to all kinds of web resources classified by subject and online libraries categorized by library type

www.referencedesk.org

Resource Discovery Network Offers a subject directory of academic databases www.rdn.ac.uk
Scirus Offers both summaries of scientific/technical journal articles and selected science-oriented web pages

www.scirus.com/srsapp

Scoles Library Electronic Reference Desk  Electronic academic journals scholes.alfred.edu/ref_
desk/ref.html
Searchebooks.
com
E-books www.searchebooks
.com
SearchEdu.com Educational resources www.searchedu.com
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Directory of science search tools www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156301
STN On The Web 200 databases in science and technology stnweb.cas.org
SMEALSearch Provides access to summaries of business literature

smealsearch2.psu.edu

WWW Virtual Library Oldest academic catalog of links to full-text, databases and gateways, organized by subject and maintained by volunteers from around the world vlib.org/Overview.html
Book interior text search
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "Searching for Digital Books"

blog.searchenginewatch
.com/blog/041019-153730

Article "A New Digital Library Alliance Makes its Debut"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3553086

Article: "World Digital Library Project Announced, Backed By Library Of Congress & Google"

Nov. 22, 2005

Article: "A (Non-controversial) Alternative to Google Print"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3565566

Article: "Going Under the Cover with Book Search Tools"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php/
3502416

Amazon.com Searches the text inside the book covers

www.amazon.com

Digital Book Index Provides an index of online or electronic books

digitalbookindex.com

eBookLocator Provides an index of online or electronic books

www.ebooklocator.com

ebrary Searches the text inside the book covers of public library books

www.ebrary.com/corp

Google book search Searches the text inside the book covers

books.google.com

NetLibrary Searches the text inside the book covers of public library books

legacy.netlibrary.com
/about_us/company
_info

Project Guttenberg Searches the text inside the book covers

gutenberg.us

Public Library of Science For a fee, provides six peer-reviewed journals on the Web

www.plos.org

The Million Books Project "... will create a free-to-read, searchable digital library the approximate size of the combined libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, and one much bigger than the holdings of any high school library"

www.archive.org
/details/millionbooks

University of Pennsylvania Has an "online books" page that provides access to thousands of full text books online

digital.library.upenn
.edu/books

Yahoo Creative Commons Search Searches the text inside the book covers

search.yahoo.com/cc


More Individual directories & other search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic Science: information on specialized websites - scientists, biology, zoology, geology, astronomy, etc.
Science Publications: advanced scientific information
Profusion Archaeology: Archaeology Magazine; Art; Agriculture; Astronomy; Biology; Expert Directories

Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.

Also see Search Tool Guide: Search tool abilities:

For health sciences, see: Search Tool Guide: Health, nutrition, and physical fitness


Atlases
, encyclopedias, inventories of quotations, library catalogs


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Big Search Engine Index Search tool guide, "words" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/Reference/
Word_Reference

Bartlett (1901)

Familiar quotations www.columbia.edu
/acis/bartleby/bartlett
Copernic Atlas: geographic and demographic information about a country or region
Book Reviews: Search Tool Guide: Shopping: other
Encyclopedias: definitions, biographical and thematic notices, articles, data, etc. on all subjects found in online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs
Movie Reviews: Search Tool Guide: Entertainment, transportation, travel
Music Reviews: Search Tool Guide: Entertainment, transportation, travel
Langenberg Encyclopedia all-in-one search page encyclopedia.
langenberg.com
OneLook Provides a meta-dictionary that encompasses words in over 950 other dictionaries; has reverse lookup ability

www.onelook.com

Profusion Acronyms; Almanacs; Biographies; Book reviews; Computer Terms; Dictionaries; Domains; Encylopedias; Expert Dictionaries; FAQ; Find a College or University; Library Catalogs by Author; Library Catalogs by Keyword; Library Catalogs by Title; Medical Terms; Music Reviews; Online Books; Online Literature; PDF; Patents; Quotations; Thesauri

Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.

Quotations PageQuotations search www.quotationspage.
com/search.php3
Xrefer Obtains library reference books, and cross-searches encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations www.xrefer.com


Individual directories & other search tools

Dictionaries/thesauri/bibliographies/almanacs/quotations/etc.
Answers.com (previously known as GuruNet) "...brings you instant information about any word on your screen, whether you're working in Word, reading your e-mail, or browsing the web"

www.answers.com

Information Please Cross-searches almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, biographies, and encyclopedias www.infoplease.com
Scoles Library Provides dictionaries, thesauri, academic journals scholes.alfred.edu
/ref_desk/ref.html
SearchEdu.com Provides dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, biographies, calculators, etc. www.searchedu.com
Just dictionaries or thesauri
AskOxford.com Provides many helpful resources for writers and students, including access to the Compact Oxford English Dictionary

www.askoxford.com

Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names Allows you to search for names, viewing the hierarchies of names either by political entities or physical features

www.getty.edu/research
/conducting_research
/vocabularies/tgn

Voycabulary Provides definitions of all the words on a webpage, allowing you to click the ones you want defined

www.voycabulary.com

Your Dictionary Indexes over 280 language dictionaries

www.yourdictionary.com

Just encyclopedias or explanations
Britannica Allows access to encyclopedia Britannica, not all for free

www.britannica.com

Encyclopedia.
com
Allows access to encyclopedia, not all for free

www.encyclopedia.com

How Stuff Works Gives explanations on how things work for the layman, across a wide variety of subjects

www.howstuffworks.com

Wikipedia Provides a collaborative, multi-lingual encyclopedia

www.wikipedia.org

Just almanacs
InfoPlease Almanac Provides almanac information divided into categories

www.infoplease.com
/almanacs.html

The Old Farmer's Almanac Provides Information about days in history

www.almanac/com/
index.php

Just bibliographies

Biographical Dictionary

Covers more than 28,000 notable men and women; can be searched numerous ways www.s9.com/biography
Biography.com Provides paragraph-length biographies www.biography.com/
search
Just quotations and recordings
Presidential Recordings Provides public speeches made by U.S. Presidents and the secret recordings made in the White House between 1940 and 1973

www.archive.org/
audio/collection.php?collection=presidential
_recordings

QuotelandQuotes by topic; also resources and user discussion groups www.quoteland.com
Quotations Archive

Quotes by subject, author, links, etc.

www.aphids.com/
quotes/index.shtml
The Quotations Page Quotes by subject, author, etc.

quotationspage.com


Search Tool Guide for Effective Internet Search           Copyright Baylin Systems, Inc., 2005