Web Search Tools

Web Content Display Web Content Display

Academic Search Tools

Google Scholar

(sign-in enables you to connect to full text in library databases)

  • Google Scholar searches scholarly content on the web, including journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, dissertations, court cases and legal documents.
  • Full text is not always available for free. If you use the link provided above, you'll be able to link through to full text when it is available in a subscribed collection. If you there isn't full text access to an article, fill out an Interlibrary Loan Article request and our ILL staff will work to get the article for you.
  • Google Scholar helps you identify prominent articles by listing the number of times each article has been cited (the higher the number, the more important the work).

Microsoft Academic Search

  • Microsoft Academic searches scholarly journal articles, conference papers, reports.
  • Displays the top authors (most publications) and the most popular authors (most read) for each subject covered.
  • Full text is not always available for free. If you use the link provided above, you'll be able to link through to full text when it is available in a subscribed collection. If you there isn't full text access to an article, fill out an Interlibrary Loan Article request and our ILL staff will work to get the article for you.
  • Microsoft Academic helps you identify prominent articles by listing the number of times each article has been cited (the higher the number, the more important the work).

Standard Search Engines

Specialized Search Engines

  • Wolfram Alpha - get factual answers or do calculations, conversions
  • Qwant - launched January 2013 with results from 5 sectors: web, news, knowledge graph (basic facts pulled from Wikipedia), social media, shopping
  • Good Search - each search earns you a penny toward a charity of your choice

Search Tips

Keep In Mind:

  1. Not everything is online
  2. Always use more than one search tool. No search engine (or database)will have everything you need.
  3. Try different search terms and combinations
  4. Visualize how the information might be phrased in the document you hope to find and let that guide your search terms
  5. Use the limit options available (advanced search screen). This will give you more accurate results
  6. If you know an organization that publishes on your topic, limit your results to that organization's website
  7. Always examine more than just the first few results
  8. If you're not familiar with your topic, try an encyclopedia or reference site first, rather than going right to a web search
  9. Never pay for any content without checking with the library first

Meta Search Engines

Browser Download & Set Up

Go Back in Time

  • WayBack Machine
    Type in a URL and view how a site looked at various points in time.
  • Search Engine History, 1945-today
    From pre-web conceptualizations of search to the development of the 1990s, to directories and meta search engines, to search engine optimization and advertising ... learn how search has evolved into what you see today.