Locating scholarly and peer-reviewed resources online is a relatively easy process. However, some websites will limit the availability of full content without a paid subscription or membership. Here are a few searchable sources; each of them offering links to open access scholarly content.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Google Books

Google Books finds a book with content that contains a match for your search terms and will link to it in your search results.


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

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic offers highly relevant search results from continually refreshed and extensive academic content from over 120 million publications.


Wolfram|Alpha is a unique engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using its vast store of expert-level knowledge and algorithms to automatically answer questions, do analysis and generate reports.

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The CIA World Factbook 

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Google Translate

Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.

Translate foreign journals and research using Google Translate!

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

All scientific journals are not equal. SCImago Journal ranks a journal's impact, influence, and prestige.


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