Other Research Sources

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Beyond OSLIS there are other search engines available to students to help them find accurate information.


Paperity is an aggregator of open access journals and papers. It is a good site across many disciplines.


SSRN, formerly known as the Social Science Research Network, pulls articles from many academic journals that deal with social science research.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar functions like Google. According to its website, it “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.”

To find Free information look for either a HTML link or PDF on the right side of the screen.

You can also click on cited by or related articles to find other sources.

Google Scholar has good advanced search options to refine your results.

Use under search result for MLA citation.

Use the star under the search result to save.

Google Books

With Google Books students can search thousands of books by topic. Some books are available online for free. Others offer information on where to get a hard copy.


Refseek  pulls information from over one billion web pages, encyclopedias, journals and books. It is like Google, but it focuses more on scientific and academic results. More results will come from .edu or .org sites, and online encyclopedias


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