It may seem simple to search for information for our thesis thanks to the benefits of the Internet, but it can also become a double-edged sword. Thanks to online connectivity we can access all kinds of information, verify the facts in real time, see images and videos, however we can verify that what we find is quality material.
To write a thesis it is necessary to consult academic sources and with certification, but that certification will not appear as a seal in the material, it is rather the places where those good and reliable sources of information are found. Next, the best search engines for academic material.
One of the best specialized search engines of the moment. It focuses solely on academic and scientific publications, in this way the user can from the outset ensure that the information is reliable. By database they have information from libraries, publishers, universities and repositories, which constantly update. The site offers search results: books, journal articles, conferences, speeches, lectures, conferences, theses and dissertations. When you do a search, it shows you the site where you can find it, the documents in which it has been cited and, if you wish to quote it yourself, it gives you the APA, MLA and ISO format. In its entry page it offers you the possibility of searching the general website or only in your language. In addition, it is a customizable search engine:
The option “My library”: archive your searches to read them later, just by clicking on the “save” option, at the bottom of each result. You can also create a profile to save your own publications.
“My appointments”: with this option you can keep track of the citations made to your publications, you can also place contact information for when your name is searched on the web.
With the option “Alerts” you can request that you send notifications to your mail when a topic of your interest is published in the search engine.
With “Statistics” you can review per year statistical studies of the most important periodicals in the available languages. You can also check how many times the material has been cited and by whom.
It is an online, multidisciplinary hemeroteca of scientific knowledge in Ibero-American languages, created in 2001. It started as an educational and dissemination project of the University of La Rioja, in Spain. Nowadays, it has become a collaborative portal of Spanish and Latin American universities focused on the human, legal and social sciences. It is considered the most important scientific content portal in Spanish speaking, with more than 5 million documents. In Dialnet it is possible to find: articles of magazines, articles of collective works, books, conference proceedings, bibliographic reviews and doctoral theses. The platform can be accessed freely, but if the user registration is made, greater benefits can be enjoyed. The registration can be done with a personal or institutional mail, for the latter you should check if your university or institute is affiliated with Dialnet and request the mail for registration. They have an updated version, Dialnet Plus, for institutional users, with improvements to the portal’s traditional services:
Advanced search of documents, authors and congresses.
Alert service and saved searches for registered users, up to 20 publications.
Export of documents in various formats and sending by email.
Bibliographic lists that can be shared.
Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library:
Created in 1999 for the dissemination of classic works in the Spanish language, it has now established itself as one of the largest libraries of Hispanic works online. He specializes in the humanities area and offers educational resources for teachers, university and school students. They have the following areas:
Institutions and Foundations: 46 Spanish and 21 American.
Spanish Library: 173 authors of literature, 6 language authors and 46 thematic portals.
American Library: 64 authors from 13 countries, 10 thematic portals.
Joan Lluís Vives Library: 19 authors and 7 thematic portals.
Biblioteca das Letras Galegas: 2 authors.
Library of Signs
Library of children’s and youth literature: 18 authors and 3 thematic portals.
History: 19 historical characters and 22 thematic portals.
Files: 5 files.
This virtual library has a wide range of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo), educational channel on YouTube, subscription to news and blog. To make matters worse, they do not have one, but 5 mobile applications. Two of these applications are from the work “Don Quixote de la Mancha”, one with narrated texts and the other with the famous engravings of the artist Gustav Doré.
Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, is an open access scientific information system at an international level. This portal has more than 1000 peer-reviewed refereed journals and more than 500,000 publications, in addition, they are organized into three collections: social sciences, art and humanities, natural and exact sciences. Redalyc, in addition to the periodicals, offers:
Magazines with rich read and download formats.
Indicators of production by country and by discipline.
A section of “Editorial Products” with reports that have been prepared in collaboration with Ibero-American institutions.
“AuthorsRedalyc”: a service to create an author page in the portal and manage the works published in the journals indexed in Redalyc.
You can download the search engine and the mobile application.
Scientific Electronic Library Online and in Spanish Online Electronic Scientific Library. This electronic library project offers on-line publication of complete editions of scientific journals. Searches on the platform can be done by complete journals or articles, then by authors, subjects and titles. The mission of this portal is to allow free and free access to collections of peer-reviewed scientific journals through the collaboration of numerous institutions and universities around the world. They have a network of participating countries: South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.