Online Research Tools
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- General help sites and academic search engines
- Internet tutorials
- Digital repositories
- Subject sites
- Subject directories
General help sites and academic search engines
A specialist branch of the main Google search engine that focuses searches on ‘scholarly’ material such as peer-reviewed articles.
Web of Knowledge
Very wide content on a range of subjects.
The Open Course Ware Consortium (OCW)
Provides students with access to free course materials from higher education institutions.
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.
Access to online journal abstracts and articles, many free of charge.
Will quickly check through over 150 online dictionaries for you.
Provides access to electronic journals from various publishers.
Access to journals and online content available to students in participating institutions.
Access to articles from magazines, journals, trade publications and newspapers.
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.
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:
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.
The Universal Digital Library
Has digitised versions of many printed sources, and is aiming to offer at least 10 million books online.
Free encyclopaedia that aims to provide a neutral viewpoint.
Arts and humanities
Medical, biomedical and pharmaceutical
Nursing and health
Social science resource databases