Select Search Engines
To find scholarly articles on a topic, please start with the databases on the Find an Article page. To find books, start with the library catalog. If you want material from the Internet, the sites listed here are a starting point. Make sure to evaluate the results for accuracy, purpose, currency, etc. before using them in a scholarly paper.
If your search finds books or articles, the library will NOT own all of the books or articles identified in the following search engines but may be able to borrow them from another library.
Here is a good list of 100 good search engines broken down into groups (databases, books, archives, science, social science, history, etc.) 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars
Google Scholar "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research." You can set up Google Scholar to give you links to AUP's fulltext when available or to the Interlibrary Loan page so that you can order a document we don't have. Click here to find out how to do it!
Google Book Search Need free account. "Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them."
Headline Spot Headline Spot is an excellent site for news. Newspapers, television sites, columnists, and magazines are listed. There are dropdown menus for city, state, or country to see what resources are available.
Infomine "INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
INFOMINE is librarian built. Librarians from the University of California, Wake Forest University, California State University, the University of Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges have contributed to building INFOMINE. We hope our service is useful and would appreciate any comments."
Resource Directory Network "The Resource Discovery Network is the UK's free national gateway to Internet resources for the learning, teaching and research community. The service currently links to more than 100,000 resources via a series of subject-based information gateways (or hubs). The RDN is primarily aimed at Internet users in UK further and higher education but is freely available to all.
In contrast to search engines, the RDN gathers resources which are carefully selected by subject specialists in our partner institutions. You can search and browse through the resources, and be confident that your results will connect you to Web sites relevant to learning, teaching and research in your subject area.
The RDN is a collaboration of over seventy educational and research organisations, including the Natural History Museum and the British Library, and builds upon the foundations of the subject gateway activity carried out under the JISC's (Joint Information Systems Committee) eLib Programme."
Scirus for Scientific Information Only "Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet."
TinEYE "TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version." Many uses - including trying to find the origin or owner of an image.