10 Educational Search Engines College Students Should Know About

This article gives you a comprehensive list of some of the effective educational search engines

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We should really thank the Almighty for being born in a world where technology reigns supreme. Be it for entertainment or academic purpose, we are just one click away from availing all the necessary information. The use of internet for procuring the essential study material is immense which has led millions of students around the world to depend on quality scholarly articles for the sake of reference in their answers. But the best part about it is that it’s readily available on the internet and saves students the pain of actually going to a library or bookshop asking for the same. Thanks to the advent of a large number of Educational search engines that have made a student’s life easier, enriching and less time-consuming.

While a large number of academic sites are available online when searched, one cannot simply quote Wikipedia or Sparknotes in their exam answers. These sites are good only for obtaining the basic information. Hence we have compiled a list of 10 renowned and reliable educational engines that will fetch you good grades:

1) Google Books:

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One of the most widely used search engines, Google Books is sure to make your research tip-top since it permits the users to browse a variety of books on the basis of their titles. Not only this, it also presents a particular page or topic from that book when searched for it specifically. You can flip through the pages of this digital book available on Google Books, find necessary criticism and locate the source of that book. So if you are an avid reader or a Literature student,  start using this engine from today.

2) iSEEK:

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Credits: Lexipedia

iSEEK is a search engine targeted not only for the students but also for the teachers, caregivers and administrators.  With two options “Education” and “Web” located at the head of its search box, one can avail a large chunk of information and editor-reviewed content.  It also permits to create your very own Web-based library after you register yourself.  This non-commercial engine is sure to bring you quality stuff from universities, government sites and other non-commercial providers.

3) Wolfram Alpha:

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Wolfram Alpha is actually a search engine targeted towards computational knowledge enriched with great many categories like Mathematics, Culture & Media, Units & Measures, Music, Education, Life Sciences, Engineering, Health & Medicine, Sports & Games, etc. Thus besides being an educational search engine, it definitely is a fun tool too. You can type in your question in the search box provided on the top and the answer will pop up immediately.  Hence choose your category and question and let the engine work wonders.

4) Google Scholar:

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Image by UMass Amherst Libraries

If you are into extensive research and reference then Google Scholar is the one stop solution for you. Specially being a Literature student, one can hardly negate the importance of this source which allows the users to browse a large number of research articles, books, theses, abstracts, criticism, etc. Not only a Literature student but students across various disciplines can heavily rely on this source for their research work. It helps to cite a document carefully- where it was published, by whom it was published, who authored it, etc. It also allows you to procure material from renowned publishers, authors, universities, academic organisations and societies.

5) Microsoft Academic:

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Microsoft Academic is another highly renowned search engine offering access to more than 38 million different publications with an extensive and refreshed academic content from over 120 million publications.  With a cool and soothing layout, this engine offers research material in addition to various features like graphics, maps, trends and paths or ways depicting how their authors are actually connected. Again, it’s not a keyword-based search engine; means its a semantic engine which uses natural language to process the information. A brand new version called MA 2.0 introduced in July 2017 grants users even more refined and personalised search possibilities.

6) Research Gate:

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If you are seeking some scientific information, Research Gate is where you go. This is the favourite hub for all the scientists and researchers which not only grants them access to the works of 13+ million researchers and 100+ million publications but also lets the users address their queries to the experts. Its collection of publications is versatile and covers a wide range of topics like the environment, culture, politics, science, health, space, etc. As the site itself proclaims, “this is where everyone can access science.”

7) Lexis Web:

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Where do you go for your law research and other legal citations? The answer is simple. Lexis Web is targeted for law students, their research and necessary citations.  It’s a source targeted towards procuring the legal content and is therefore indispensable for law students. Its search engine is filled with validated legal sites which helps to narrow your search on the basis of the site type. Another way of fulfilling the demands of a careful and precise search through this engine is by applying filters – jurisdiction, file format, practise area, source, etc.

8) Sweet Search:

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Among the search engines dedicated towards the content dealing in science and engineering, the name of Sweet Search is not obscure. A keyword-based search engine it is targeted ostensibly for the students. The best feature of this engine is that each entry when searched comes up with a page excerpt that allows the students to get a glimpse of it and understand whether this is what he/she has been looking for even without opening the link. Thus it is user-friendly, effective and less time-consuming.

9) History Buff:

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Image Credits: History Buff

As the name goes, History Buff is an engine filled with content dealing in history. So if you are a History student, look nowhere else but here for an extensive research for your exam papers.  By using the search box on the top-right corner, you can avail a large scale information on various topics and historical personages. Again, it offers a reference library and an online newspaper archive.

10) Artcyclopedia

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Image by UC Italian Studies

If you are not sure about which search engine to refer to when it comes to knowing almost everything about the fine arts, try Artcyclopedia. It has a comprehensive collection of all the information relevant to fine arts. Again, there are three search boxes on the top allowing you to search using the artist’s name. artwork title and art museum apart from having various other options for browsing.

 

Using a search engine for providing more depth to your answers has become a necessity nowadays. Again, choosing a particular engine for your research work is of utmost importance, Not all the sources that you find available online are reliable. Some of them might falter when it comes to stating facts. But an extensive research again on the reliable search engines and the correct method of using them can work wonders for you. It not only helps to present quality research papers but also uplifts your academic status,thereby helping you to score better in your exams. Use these search engines from today and see the difference.

 

 

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