The Study Skills Handbook

Fifth edition

by Stella Cottrell

Online Research Tools

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General help sites and academic search engines

  • Google Scholar
    A specialist branch of the main Google search engine that focuses searches on ‘scholarly’ material such as peer-reviewed articles.
  • BASE
    The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine is an open source database which allows you to search for academic articles and materials on any topic.
    The Catalogue for the Consortium of University Research Libraries.
  • IngentaConnect
    Access to online journal abstracts and articles, many free of charge.
  • OneLook
    Will quickly check through over 150 online dictionaries for you.
    Provides access to electronic journals from various publishers.
  • Athens AMS
    Access to journals and online content available to students in participating institutions.
  • Find Articles
    Access to articles from magazines, journals, trade publications and newspapers.
  • Questia
    A large online library with a broad selection of complete books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences. There is no charge for searching the library, but a subscription is required to access publications.

Internet tutorials

Several sites provide tutorials on using the internet, and some teach basic research strategies. You can choose tutorials on general internet skills or skills specific to your subject:

Digital repositories

    Has over 1,000 academic journals, and a wide range of primary source materials such as documents, data and images relevant to those undertaking academic study and research.
  • Wikipedia
    Free encyclopaedia that aims to provide a neutral viewpoint.

Subject sites

Arts and humanities









Medical, biomedical and pharmaceutical

Nursing and health


Social science resource databases

Subject directories

Websites for finding lists of subject directories: