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Info Tool of the Week: Science Search Engines

Everybody knows about Google — and everybody uses Google to search the web for needed information.  But wouldn’t it be nice if, sometimes, you could search the web with a search engine optimized for just science and engineering materials?

Well — you can!  Here are some science and engineering oriented search engines that can help you search the web more efficiently and effectively.

Scirus – for scientific information only.  According to their site, Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 350 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.  You can also get the latest scientific news from the New Scientist magazine.  Use the Advanced Search option to set your preferences for type(s) of materials to search for, date ranges, etc.  Scirus is sponsored by the Elsevier publishing group.

TechXtra is a UK-based service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.  Many of the things you’ll find through TechXtra come from the ‘Hidden Web’, and are not indexed by Google.

Intute is another UK-based search engine sponsored by a consortium of British universities and libraries.  In addition to providing subject-based web searching Intute offers a variety of online training sessions, customized user options and alerting services, podcasts, news feeds and related services. is a web search engine maintained by the United States federal government designed specifically to search for U.S. government-produced web pages. is a gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 40 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,950+ scientific Websites.  The content for is contributed by participating agencies committed to serving the information needs of the science-attentive citizen, including science professionals, students and teachers, and the business community.

The above science and engineering search engines are only a few of the tools you can use to optimize your web searching and save yourself time and frustration.  For more information about these and other web search options, come by the Brown Science and Engineering Library and let us show you how to find the information you need for your research!

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