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Category: Literature search

Tools for literature search

By Research Cooperative, 2018-04-08

The universe of academic information is constantly expanding, and services to make that information accessible are also expanding. An internet services company (Allconnect, USA) gives good basic advice on how to find reliable information sources: The Student's Internet Research Guide

Google Scholar - a wealth of related tools for literature search and research.

Semantic Scholar - supported by the Allen Institute for AI; an open and free tool for literature search.

Science Gateway - a directory of links and resources for biomedical science and research, compiled by a group of scientists located in Europe and North America.   - this portal can be used with many different languages.


Major publishers or publishing networks

Bioline International - A  "not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research (bioscience) journals published in developing countries"  (Open Access).

BioOne Complete - A  "full-text database of more than 200 leading journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences"

ScienceDirect - Search portal for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content published by Elsevier.  Find articles from over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles.

Taylor & Francis Online  - A commercial publisher in all major subject areas.  When viewing a journal page, open access content is indicated by an orange unlock icon.


By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-13

A useful website for research and writing:

This site, based in Germany, may be useful for many authors seeking basic information related to social and economic issues globally, and country by country. The stated aim is: "to simplify the process of collecting information on decision-relevant topics. We speed up the process and make it cost-effective.

In relation to food and agriculture, for example, the site takes data from published FAO sources, and then makes it easy to explore the data and display the results graphically. So it is does not just 'collect information', it also offers a toolkit for looking at data and displaying it in ways that make interpretation - and decision-making - easier.

The high-level categories currently offered by Factfish are:

  • Population and health
  • Energy and environment
  • Economy
  • Education and science
  • Geography and agriculture
  • Transport and communication

Within these high-level categories, hundreds of sub-categories are shown. On my wishlist: a high-level category for Biodiversity and ecology - the living foundations of our world economy!