Free search tools for finding research information
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This article reviews some of the free search tools that are available for finding research information on the web. It looks at how Google operates, how you can search Google and the alternatives more effectively, and reviews a selection of specialist tools covering research information. It includes five things you need to know about Google, advanced searching in Google, alternative web search tools, institutional repositories and specialist tools.
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Five things you need to know about Google search
1. Google personalises your results
2. Google automatically looks for variations on your terms and omits terms
3. Google does not search everything
4. Google changes its algorithms several hundred times a year
5. We are all Google's lab rats
Advanced searching in Google
Think file format
Numeric range search
Words in the title
Words in the URL
Alternative web search tools
BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
CORE (COnnecting REpositories)
DART-Europe E-theses Portal
Institutional Repository Search (IRS)
RIAN - Pathways to Irish Research
ROAR - Registry of Open Access Repositories
UK public library access to research (new section)
Deep Web Technologies
Europe PubMed Central
Microsoft Academic Search
PhilPapers: Online Research in Philosophy
Links to search tools mentioned in the review
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