Academic Databases and Search Engines

List of Academic Databases and Search Engines

List of major Databases and search Engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journalsrepositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.

The general list of search engines for all-purpose search engines that can be used for academic purposes

Bibliographic Databases for information about databases giving bibliographic information about finding books and journal articles.

Note that "free" or "subscription" can refer both to the availability of the database or of the journal articles included. This has been indicated as precisely as possible in the lists below.


Sr#NameDiscipline(s)DescriptionAccess Cost
1 AGRIS: Agricultural database Agriculture Covers agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, aquatic sciences and fisheries, human nutrition, extension literature from over 100 participating countries. Material includes unique grey literature such as unpublished scientific and technical reports, theses, conference papers, government publications, and more. Free
2 arXiv Physics,Mathematics,science, Nonlinear, Quantitative and Statistics   Free
3 BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine Multidisciplinary   Free
4 CHBD: Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database Medicine   Free
5 CiteSeerX Computer science,Statistics,Mathematics, becoming Multidisciplinary   Free
6 CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences E-print Archives Science(General)   Free
7 Directory of Open Access Journals Journals The Directory Of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists more than 10,000 open access journals (September 2014) in multiple research areas. Free
8 DBLP Computer science Comprehensive list of papers from major computer science conferences and journals Free
9 EconBiz Economics EconBiz supports research in and teaching of economics with a central entry point for all kinds of subject-specific information and direct access to full texts. Free
10 ERIC: Educational Resource Information Center Education Education literature and resources. Provides access to over 1.3 million records dating back to 1966. Free
11 Google Scholar Multidisciplinary   Free
12 GoPubMed Medicine GoPubMed, the first knowledge-based search engine for the life sciences industry. Free
13 HubMed Medicine An alternative interface to the PubMed medical literature database Free
14 Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information Multidisciplinary The Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information provides free public access to over 266,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format. Free
15 Intute Multidisciplinary Serves students, teachers, and researchers in UK further education and higher education, offering a selection of around 300,000 academic websites which have been hand-picked and described by subject specialists. No longer maintained. Free
16 Jurn Multidisciplinary Jurn is a free-to-use online search tool for finding and downloading free full-text scholarly works. In 2014 Jurn expanded beyond open access journals in the arts and humanities, to also index open journals in ecology, science, biomedical, business and economics. Jurn is actively curated and maintained. Free
17 Mendeley Multidisciplinary The Mendeley research catalog is a crowdsourced database of research documents. Researchers have uploaded nearly 100M documents into the catalog with additional contributions coming directly from subject repositories like Pubmed Central and or web crawls. Free
18 Microsoft Academic Search Computer Science and a limited extent on information science Provides many innovative ways to explore scientific papers, conferences, journals, and authors Free
19 NBER: National Bureau of Economic Research Economics   Free
20 National Criminal Justice Reference Service Criminology, Sociology Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, agency and NGO reports, and conference proceedings Free
21 OAIster Multidisciplinary   Free
22 PubPsych Psychology PubPsych is a free information retrieval system for psychological resources. It offers a comprehensive and balanced selection of resources from a growing number of international databases with a European focus, covering the needs of academic and professional psychologists. Free
23 Retina medical search Biomedical Biomedical resources with special focus for medical professionals. searches among physician level standard documents eliminating patient level materials. Free
24 Russian Science Citation Index Scientific journals A bibliographic database of scientific publications in Russian. Free
25 SafetyLit Multidisciplinary Citations and abstracts of journal articles and reports from researchers working in the more than 35 distinct professional disciplines (architecture - zoology) relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm. Free
26 SciELO Journals SciELO is a bibliographic database and a model for cooperative electronic publishing in developing countries originally from Brazil. It contains 985 scientific journals from different countries in free and universal access, full-text format. Free

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