Internet is all about delivering information. Apart from chatting with friends on Facebook, watching videos on YouTube or shopping online at Amazon, you can also make use of the Web for academic purposes. There are many great websites out there that allow students, researcher and librarians searching for valuable academic journals and scholarly articles.
Here we’ve gathered 15 online databases and search engines where you can find great journals, articles, and books online for your academic and publishing success. If you know of any other worth-sharing sites, let us know in the comments section below.
Google Scholar lets you search full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The web search engine index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America’s largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.
ERIC is one of the largest digital libraries of educational literature. The education resources information site provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, and research.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to follow and share research papers. The site currently has over 1 million registered users who actively share papers in any field, monitor the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.
Microsoft Academic Search
Similar to Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search lets you explore information about academic papers, authors, conferences, and journals. It covers more than 38 million publications and over 19 million authors across a variety of domains with updates added each week.
Scirusis is a scientific research tool that provides over 460 million scientific items indexed at last count. The site enables researchers to explore not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, patents and institutional repository and website information.
JSTOR is an online system for archiving academic journals. It provides its member institutions full-text searches of digitized back issues of several hundred well-known journals. Membership in JSTOR is held by 7,000 institutions in 159 countries.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network site that enables you organize your research, collaborate with others, and follow the latest research.
Questia is an online research library that lets you access to books, journals, articles, and encyclopedias as well as citation tools. You can search over 6 million of books and articles.
WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. It enables you to search over 1.5 billion items including books, DVDs, CDs, articles and more.
IngentaConnect provides online articles from over 30000 publications. Abstracts are free; full text is available by subscription or pay-per-view. The site is ideal for publishers looking to put their content online for the first time and increase the global visibility of their publications.
Agricola is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library. The database indexes a wide variety of publications covering agriculture and its allied fields, including, animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, and many more.
JournalTOCs is a large and free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). The site is for researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles.
AcademicJournals.org is a broad-based open access publisher. It provides free access to research information to the international community without financial, legal or technical barriers. All the journals from this organization will be freely distributed and available from multiple websites.
JournalSeek is a large online database covering academic journals. It includes journals published by over 5400 publishers. The categorized database includes journal descriptions and links to the journal’s homepages.
WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. The site provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature.