Research

Academic Databases

Is Google Scholar a database or search engine

Is Google Scholar a database or search engine?

Google Scholar is the number one free resource to discover scientific literature, but is it an academic database or a search engine after all?

ERIC research database: complete tutorial

ERIC research database: complete tutorial

The ERIC database is the premier education literature database for scholarly research. Our guide covers: ✓Basic search ✓Search filters ✓Thesaurus search ✓Full text access

How to use Google scholar: the ultimate guide

How to use Google scholar: the ultimate guide

Google Scholar is the number one academic search engine. Our guide shows you how to find papers for your research the fast way.

How to search online databases

Academic research: how to search online databases

Academic research must not be difficult if you know where and how to search for scholarly articles and research papers. Here's how to do it.

academic search engines

The best academic search engines

Your research is stuck and you need to find new sources. Take a look at our compilation of academic search engines: ✓Google Scholar ✓Microsoft Academic ✓BASE ✓CORE

best research databases

The best academic research databases

Your research is stuck and you need to find new sources? Take a look at our compilation of academic research databases: ✓Scopus ✓Web of Science ✓PubMed ✓ERIC ✓STOR ✓DOAJ ✓Science Direct ✓IEEE Xplore

The best research databases for computer science

The best research databases for computer science

The top 5 research databases specifically dedicated to computer science:✓ACM Digital Library ✓IEEE Xplore ✓dbpl ✓Springer LNCS ✓Microsoft Academic

Health and medicine

The best research databases for healthcare and medicine

We have compiled the top list of research databases for healtcare, medicine and biomedical research:✓PubMed ✓EMBASE ✓PMC ✓Cochrane Library

Bibliometrics

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The ultimate how-to-guide on the h-index

Learn what an h-index is, how to calculate it, and why it is important to know about it for your career as a scientist.

Google Scholar H Index

Learn how to calculate your h-index on Google Scholar

Learn how to calculate your h-index using Google Scholar online for free, and which tools to use for a detailed analysis.

Scopus H. index

Learn how to calculate your h-index using Scopus

Learn how to assess your h-index on Scopus in 3 easy steps.

Web of science h index

Learn how to calculate your h-index using Web of Science

Learn how to calculate your h-index using Web of Science in 3 easy steps.

Scholarly Sources

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What is a scholarly source?

Learn what the characteristics of a scholarly source are and what elements they generally contain: ✔references ✔affiliation to universities ✔publisher info ...

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How to identify if a source is scholarly?

Not sure if it is a scholarly source? Asking these 7 questions can help differentiate scholarly from non-scholarly articles.

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Is a book scholarly source?

Are you unsure if a certain book is a scholarly source or not? Learn how to identify scholarly books by following our simple guideline.

Credible Sources

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What are credible sources?

Credible sources are sources that are trustworthy and can be used as references in your academic papers. ➜ Make sure you are aware of these 7 questions!

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Can a blog be a credible source?

You want to add a blog post to your research paper? In general, blogs are not considered to be credible sources: ➜ check out these reasons to learn more about it.

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Is Wikipedia a credible source?

We all ❤Wikipedia, but can you cite it in your research paper? Wikipedia is not a credible source and here is why you should only use it for preliminary research.

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How can I find credible sources?

Sometimes it is hard to determine whether a source is credible or not. Read our guide to help you find credible sources.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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Interviews: are they a primary source?

Interviews can add tremendously to your research project. Read on to quickly learn when an interview is considered a primary source.

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Is a letter a primary source?

Letters are frequently used in historical research. Read on to see when a letter qualifies as a primary source.

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Newspaper articles: primary or secondary sources?

Learn what questions to ask to see if a newspaper article really qualifies as a primary source.

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Primary vs. secondary sources: how to distinguish them

Primary and secondary sources are the foundations of every research project. Learn about their differences and when to use them.

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What is a primary source?

Primary sources are the most important sources when undertaking a research project. We answer the 6 most asked questions about primary sources.

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What is a secondary source?

Secondary sources are your starting point when undertaking a research project. We answer the 5 most asked questions about secondary sources.

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Is a painting a primary source?

You are not sure if a painting is a primary source? We show you when and why a painting is either a primary or a secondary source.

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Is a documentary a secondary source?

You are not sure if a documentary is a secondary source? We show you when and why is a documentary either a secondary or a tertiary source.

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Is an encyclopedia a primary source?

You are not sure if an encyclopedia is a primary source? We show you the right way to reference an encyclopedia.

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Is a map a primary source?

You are not sure if a map is a primary source? We show you when and why is a map a primary or a secondary source.

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Is census data a primary source?

You are not sure if census data is a primary source? We show you when and why is census data a primary source and where to get it.

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Is the US Constitution a primary source?

You are not sure if the US Constitution is a primary source? We show you when and why is the US Constitution a primary source.

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Is a textbook a secondary source?

You are not sure if a textbook is a secondary source? We show you when and why is a textbook either a primary, secondary or tertiary source.

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Is an autobiography a primary source?

You are not sure if an autobiography is a primary source? We show you when and why is an autobiography either a primary or secondary source.