Researchers now need to know how to use search engines efficiently, but there should be more done to provide young researchers with the tools they need. Dr. Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce of Jisc’s digital infrastructure team discuss their top 10 web-based resources for researchers.
Every mouse click, every search box, has to work hard in order to make the most of a researcher’s time.
There may be a dozen abandoned websites, armies of half-read abstracts, and false leads for every gem of a resource that a researcher discovers. Knowing how and where to look for resources is critical for saving time and getting the information you need quickly.
Going beyond Google to a dedicated academic search engine or database is one of the finest methods to improve your hit rate. Here, we’ll go over the best search engines and tools for researchers to find the data, answers, and arguments they need.
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What exactly is it? The service, which is referred to as an “answer engine,” immediately answers inquiries based on the search parameters rather than presenting a list of results.
Search for information on domain names and compare websites with this tool. It also has a number of math and statistics utilities.
Open access search engines
What exactly is it? An experimental service that allows users to search over 10 million open access publications using keywords and semantics.
Key feature: If you enjoy an article, CORE will look for others that are similar by analyzing the language of that article.
What exactly is it? The BASE is one of the most comprehensive search engines in the world, with over 2,000 sources of academic open access web content.
Features to look for: This allows you to search for intellectually selected materials and their bibliographic data, including those from the ‘deep web,’ which commercial search engines disregard. You can sort the results list in a variety of ways, including by Dewey Decimal Classification and document type.
What exactly is it? A Jisc service that lets you search the catalogs of more than 70 major the UK and Irish libraries.
Features to look for: It’s a good way to find books and other materials kept in UK research libraries; it’s especially beneficial for humanities.
Web-Scale Discovery services
What exactly is it? Many university libraries employ one of these services, which index a wide range of academic resources and provide advanced search options.
Features to look for: Journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal papers, and other items are included in the search, which are gathered from primary and secondary publishers, aggregators, and open-access repositories.
What exactly is it? This is a meta-catalog of cultural heritage collections from some of Europe’s most prestigious galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Books and manuscripts, photographs and paintings, television and film, art and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music, and recordings are all included in the collection.
Features: You may download, print, utilize, save, share, and play with your resource.
Mendeley and Zotero
What exactly are they? In the case of Mendeley, they’re both means to share reference lists, citations, and even whole publications.
Save, organize, and preserve your references so that you can stay organized before writing the final report.