TOP 5 Academic search engines

Updated: May 13

For unit 6’s deliverable, we’ve been given a long list of search engines to find the most user friendly and useful search engines and analyze why we chose them.


As a learner of any kind you'll most likely find yourself researching one or two things on the web. However, most scholars rely on search engines such as Google scholar, Google books, Wikipedia and News channels.


Meanwhile there are other numerous academic search engines. Especially when it comes to academic material, resources, and research, doing an easy google search doesn't always give the best intellectual result.

Having shifted through a plethora of search engines, I have curated the top 5 in regards to accessibility, user-friendliness, resourcefulness and aesthetics. I will mention, it was not easy narrowing down to 5 because there are really good resources out there.


- So here goes, in no particular order -

Google scholar: I'm sure we all know about Google scholar. This search engine was my first introduction to research articles. I believe google is a powerful search engine and it definitely has to make my top 5 list. Google is one of the biggest web search engines out there. Therefore, you are likely to find resources from a wide range of results. For each article, it shows how many times it’s been cited. It tends to put the most cited/relevant article and authors at the top of your results for your consumption.

Escosia: Not just a new search engine, but a whole new world of searching just like Google. This one right here surprised me. I had never learned of #ESCOSIA until recently. What is quite fascinating about thi

s search engine is its tie into sustainability development and growth. #ESCOSIA plants trees in Burkina Faso for every search done on its site! I don’t think any other search engage has such sustainability twist to it. Escosia produces results from its own engine independent from google. Thereby giving you an unbiased result.


Refseek: This right here narrows down to your needs, removing all irrelevant results. It’s very easy to navigate and produce accurate results, again, without the fluff! Sweet.

Kidzkonnect: Of course, we need to have one for kids. We are in the global technology era and young children are becoming more technology literate than ever before. Children now know how to search the web. To prevent the incident of children exploring unsafe web pages it’s important to a have a space where they can explore safely. There are other kid-friend engines out there like with Kidzsearch, Ask kidz, International children’s digital library, and Kidsrex. I found Kidzkonnect to be my preferred because of the way it is organized into various subjects and sub-topics. It also has activities for children and editable work-sheets for teachers use.

Microsoft Academic Search: In no particular order, Last but not the least, here’s goggles biggest competitor – Microsoft. Just like google it’s a great search engine for all things Academia. You have the abilities to customize your search into sorting by journals, institution, topics, author, publication, conferences and timeline. Say you only want recent articles starting from 2015, you have an option to choose that. I compared it with google scholar and found that it had more customization tools than google scholar. In Google scholar you could sort by only time-line, while this had more that as previously mentioned.

More than ever I feel confident in my research supporting knowing I have access to tools for finding nay resources as needed.


How about you?





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