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Top Helpful Academic Research Websites for Students (Search Engines, Research Websites and Tools).

Every student's nightmare is not finding the information he or she needs for the research paper or assignment. Google does a good job but for academic research, there are great sites where you can find more information about your topic you are working on in any field.

Here are top websites for your academic research:


  • Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

  • ScienceHuβ

ScienceHuβ is a global science and technology publisher and provides free access to research articles and the latest research information without any barrier to scientific community.

Our internationally recognized publishing program covers wide array of science and technology disciplines.

  • Microsoft Academy

Microsoft Academic is a free public web search engine for academic publications and literature, developed by Microsoft Research.

  • RefSeek

RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than five billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.

RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results.

  • AcademicInfo

AcademicInfo aims to cover all aspects of education. From Accreditation, Test Preparation to guides on respective subject areas, AcademicInfo also provides current and aspiring students with a myriad of degree and courses for those looking to enhance their professional credential as well as those seeking personal development. The educational spectrum is vast and multifaceted so acting as a conduit, AcademicInfo is able to bring together the best educational institutions and programs they offer directly to you.

  • Semantic Scholar

Semantic Scholar is a Free, AI-powered Tool for Navigating the Scientific Literature. It applies artificial intelligence to extract the meaning from the scientific literature allowing scholars to navigate research much more efficiently than a traditional search engine.


  • ResearchGate

ResearchGate is a professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 20 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research. They're guided by their mission to connect the world of science and make research open to all.

  • IntechOpen

IntechOpen is one of the world's leading publisher of Open Access books. Content is accessible for free, on all electronic devices. IntechOpen is definitely worth a bookmark.

  • ScienceDirect (Elsevier


Built on the widest range of trusted, high-quality, interdisciplinary research and scholarly literature, ScienceDirect helps uncover answers to the world’s most pressing questions. Whether you’re a teacher, student, librarian or researcher, ScienceDirect will help you build a solid knowledge foundation, stay on top of your field and gain in-depth insights into trending topics as you take your next steps in discovery.

  • Scopus (Elsevier)

Scopus is one of the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. (Use this link to search for abstracts on Scopus)

  • WorldWideScience

WorldWideScience.org or OSTI.GOV is a global science gateway accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals.

  • IEEE Explore

The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than five million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.

  • SpringerLink

SpringerLink provides researchers with access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols, reference works and proceedings.


JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. JSTOR helps you explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform


Academia is a platform for sharing academic research. Academics have uploaded 22 million papers, and 31 million academics, professionals, and students read papers on Academia every month.


HINDAWI is one of the world's largest fully open access journal publishers.


Frontiers is a leading Open Access Publisher and Open Science Platform. The journals are led and peer-reviewed by editorial boards of over 100,000 top researchers. Covering more than 900 academic disciplines.


IOPscience is an online service for journal content published by IOP Publishing. IOPscience embraces innovative technologies to make it easier for researchers to access scientific, technical and medical content.

  • Science AAAS

Science, also widely referred to as Science Magazine, is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and one of the world's top academic journals. A voice for science and scientists everywhere, AAAS fulfils its mission to “advance science and serve society” by communicating the value of science to the public, helping governments formulate science policy, promoting advancements in science education and diversity, and helping scientists develop their careers.

  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed. All data is freely available.


  • Zotero (Your personal research assistant)

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. You can sort items into collections and tag them with keywords. Or create saved searches that automatically fill with relevant materials as you work and it can also synchronize your data across devices, keeping your notes, files, and bibliographic records seamlessly up to date.

  • Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you store, organize, note, share and cite references and research data. With Mendeley, you can automatically generate bibliographies, collaborate easily with other researchers online, Easily import papers from other research software, Find relevant papers based on what you're reading and Access your papers from anywhere online.

  • Scite (Smart Citations for better research)

Scite is an award-winning platform for discovering and evaluating scientific articles via Smart Citations. Smart Citations allow users to see how a scientific paper has been cited by providing the context of the citation and a classification describing whether it provides supporting or contrasting evidence for the cited claim.

  • Web of Science

Web of Science is a website that provides subscription-based access to multiple databases that provide comprehensive citation data for many different academic disciplines.

  • The Journal Club (An essential tool for organizing your next journal club.)

The Journal Club is a web application and online community of research professionals and enthusiasts who come together to discover, critically discuss and learn from state-of-the-art (SOTA) research papers. A user-friendly, intuitive, and powerful online tool for managing your journal club. Create public or private journal clubs, set time and place of meeting, allow members to propose papers, and schedule papers for discussion.

These are some of the websites which are helpful for Academic researchers, if you think we didn't include that one important website that you personally find helpful please feel free to share with us by sending us an email at thriveopportunities@gmail.com. Good luck with your research.

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