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Academic Directories and Search Engines

If you need to find scholarly material on the web, try using search engines or web directories that specialize in academic or educational websites. incorporates a variety of search tools including image searching, maps and directions, and news search. The advanced search page (make “advanced search page” link to allows you to limit your search by the date a web page was last updated, geographical region, domain name, and more.


Built by librarians, Infomine is "a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level."

You can search Infomine for scholarly web resources in Biological, Agricultural & Medical Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Business and Economics, Visual & Performing Arts, and more.

Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library has an online reference center with links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference materials. The subject collections cover topics such as Arts & Humanities, Law, Government, and Political Science, Science & Technology, and more.

Scout Report Archives Search Tips

The Internet Scout selects and annotates websites of interest to the higher education community. The scout archives are searchable by keyword, and can also be browsed by Library of Congress subject headings. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Voice of the Shuttle
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From the University of California, Santa Barbara, Voice of the Shuttle is a directory that provides access to scholarly websites for research in the humanities.

You can browse through links by subject area (Art & Art History, Gender Studies, Literature, Media Studies, etc.) or you can search Voice of the Shuttle for a topic such as Zora Neale Hurston.

Search Tips
If you need to find websites for a research topic in the sciences, use Scirus searches the web for scientific information, and searches some science journals in addition to science oriented websites.

The advanced search in allows you to limit your search to specific types of science information (conference proceedings, patents, scientists' homepages, etc.) or by subject area (life sciences, social and behavioral sciences, etc.)

Scirus will rewrite your search, if using different syntax will likely provide you with better results. Most searches in Scirus will also display related keywords that you could use to refine your search.

Example: A search in Scirus for string theory will give you a list of results from the web and science journals (many of which require the subscription access that Tisch Library provides for selected journals), along with other keywords like "black holes", "cosmology", and "superstring theory."

General Search Engines

Search Tips
Google has many advanced search options that will help you find useful information.
  • Advanced searching in Google - The advanced search in Google allows you to limit your search by domain name, for example specifying that you only want .edu pages.
  • Google U.S. Government - A Google search of U.S. government websites only. This search engine is useful if you are researching current issues or controversial topics. Many government agencies maintain informative webpages with detailed documents and reports freely available online.
Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a new beta search engine from Google that is designed to help people find scholarly material on the web. Although it is too early to tell for sure what portion of scholarly material may be included in Google Scholar, it may be useful for locating material such as research studies funded by the government, scholarly prepublication article archives, and "grey literature," -- material that may be scholarly but not published through traditional publishing channels.

Some of the material you find on Google Scholar may not be available for free via Google Scholar, but may be available to you as a member of the Tufts University community. In order to take advantage of being a "Tufts person," search Google Scholar using the link on the Databases and Articles list, or just use this link:

If when you are using Google Scholar you find a citation for an article and an option to buy it, double check the Tufts Catalog and the Electronic Journals List to see if we subscribe. If not, use our ILLiad document delivery service to request copies of articles from journals that we don't own.


Yahoo allows you to search for webpages, images, news, and local information. The advanced search page allows you to limit by language, domain name, file format, and country of origin.

Search Multiple Search Engines

Dogpile searches Yahoo, Google, MSN, and Ask Jeeves. You can also use Dogpile to find audio, video, news items, and yellow page listings. The advanced search allows you to limit by domain name, language, and date.

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