Top 5 online platforms for unbiased academic research material
As a platform dedicated to students at all levels of post-secondary education, as well as
scholarly experts interested in areas of law, global affairs, policy and economics, here is Law & Order's list of some of the best academic search engines to help you get to research the material quickly and easily, without compromising on quality.
Google Scholar is easily one of the best and most widely used search engines for academic
research. It was created as a tool to congregate scholarly literature on the web and is a freely
accessible platform that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an
array of publishing formats and disciplines. Through this engine, you can hunt for peer-
reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and many other scholarly organizations.
Academic databases like Academic Search Premier or EBSCO are sources that can be
considered as credible. EBSCO is a reputed database that provides products and services to
various types of libraries around the world. It is an intuitive online research platform used by
thousands of institutions and millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search
features, it helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need in a fast and efficient
With its minimalist design, Refseek doesn’t look like much. However, the engine pulls
information from over one billion web pages, encyclopaedias, journals, documents, web
pages, newspapers, books and articles, making it your ultimate companion for academic
research. It is quite similar to Google in its functionality but removes results that are not
related to science, academia and research. The best thing about Refseek is you can search for information without getting distracted by sponsored links.
Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of
Education, the Education Resources Information Centre is an online digital library for
education, research and information. It is a great tool for academic research with more than
1.3 million bibliographic records of articles and online materials. ERIC provides access to an
an extensive body of education-related literature including journal articles, books, research
syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.
Operated by the software giant, Microsoft, Microsoft Academic is a reliable, comprehensive
research tool. The search engine pulls content from over 120 million publications, including
scientific papers, conferences and journals. One of its key features is that it provides trends,
graphs and maps for your academic research. One also has the option to search directly by
topic, or by an extensive list of fields of study.
Another option you can consider is our partner, Youth Policy Review. It is a student-run
an academic blog that focuses on research-based analysis and insights on various topics related to Economics, Finance and Public Policy. It is a platform where students can offer their opinions on various issues that affect all of us. They also interview various experts from these domains to share their insights on various issues with our readers.