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Search the Web: Specialized Search Engines

Do you Google by habit? Do you just use whatever that is in your browser search bar? Different search engines are good for different purposes. Give something else a try.

Google Scholar

Google's version of an academic database, Google Scholar searches many publisher's journals, academic websites, institutional repositories, and other similar sources, including the ScienceDirect and JSTOR databases. You can even link the library's database and journal subscriptions to Google Scholar results!

Google Scholar Search

Google Books

Google has scanned millions of books, and added book information from publishers, to create a huge searchable library. Not all the books are fully viewable, but you can limit to full view, or find links to libraries and bookstores to get a physical copy.

Google Book Search

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Access (free web-based) scholarly journals from around the world. About half the journals can be searched on the level of the individual articles. All DOAJ journals are listed in our journal finder/Find Article @ SCSU service.




More than one word in a field will be treated as phrase.
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Digg collects, ranks, and categorizes websites and stories, all based on user input.


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Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft's version of a library database. You can also limit by subject (some subjects are still being added). Be sure to check the journal finder for library access to journal articles.

Microsoft Academic Search


Yippy, formerly Clusty, searches several top search engines and organizes results into clusters based on similarity.

Yippy Legislative Search

Search for US Congressional bills and information on, a search engine from the Library of Congress.

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American Memory Images and Documents

The Library of Congress' American Memory Collection is an astonishing set of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

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