Academic Search Engines & Reference Tools

A search engine is a tool designed to search for information on the World Wide Web
The search results are usually presented in a list and are commonly called hits
The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files.

TRY OUT "GUESS THE GOOGLE" to practice your search term skills!  

Beyond Google  is an online article that highlights 15 Tools and Strategies for helping students and
 teachers to explore the Web beyond the first two pages of Google results from Richard Byrne.  

Academic Search Engines
  • findingDulciena Librarian of the Internet which presents only credible, high-quality and trustworthy websites  
  • Flashcard Flash is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search.
  • Google Image SWIRL is a new way to search by building on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a fun, exploratory interface.
  • Google Wonder Wheel helps user narrow their search topics by offering a range of possible keywords to add to the original keyword typed into thesearch.  When users click on any of Google’s suggested search terms, a new wheel is formed.  With each click, the new search results are displayed on the right hand side of the screen.  Users can always go back to their original searches by clicking on the appropriate wheel or spoke.
  • Groker - A more visual and interactive way of surfing the web.
  • Mugurdy search engine displays search results as a grid of screenshots of each page. Place your cursor over one of the screenshots to see an enlarged image of the website.  You can easily share these too.  
  • NetTrekker is an educational search tool which allows you to search by subject, grade level, famous person, interactive timelines, and more. (username:vanmeter2; password:aea11)
  • Quintura Kids  Quintura Kids is a search engine that not only gives you website search results. Quintura also brings you search results through a cloud of related keywords and phrases.
  • RefSeek  is a web search engine for students and teachers that searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.  RefSeek's reference directory lists enable users to quickly locate some of the best academic resources on the web. 
  • Soople - There are dozens of 'specialist search' tricks you can perform with Google if you know how to phrase them. Soople simply makes it easy to do a specialist search on Google.
  • Sweet Search is called the best search engine for students.  Every web site displayed by SweetSearch has been evaluated and approved by our research experts. SweetSearch excludes the unreliable web sites that clutter other search engines and waste students' time.