It’s difficult to find the exact paper that you’re looking for in your research. You have to spend hours scrolling through Google, not to mention the dozens of clickbait articles that come your way, like annoying boulders. You already have a lot of work to do and dragging your research will not help. With a multitude of options online, it’s hard to narrow down and pick from the ones that are reliable and accessible. We have compiled a list of 10 academic research resources that will make your work so much easier. 

#1 Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a congregation of scholarly literature. In one place you can access peer reviews, literature reviews, papers, dissertations, journal articles, and a host of credible literature for your research. It allows you to look for physical and online copies. It indexes full-text journal articles, technical reports, preprints, theses, books, and other documents, including selected Web pages that are deemed to be ‘scholarly’. 

#2 ResearchGate

It is a unique social networking site for scientists and researchers, where over 11 million researchers submit their work. This totals more than 100 million publications on the site for anyone to access. Even if it’s not a search engine that pulls from external resources, it has an impressive collection of publications that provides enough fodder for any inquisitive scholar.

#3 Google Books

Google Books helps you to browse through thousands of titles for free! Once you find the book, you can look through the pages and know where to find the book offline. 

#4 Microsoft Academic 

A reliable and comprehensive research tool, it pulls content from over 120 million publications, which includes scientific papers, conferences and journals. You can either search by topic or by an extensive list of fields to study. 

#5 BASE ( Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

It prides itself as being “one of the world’s most voluminous search engines”, which is exceptional for academic web resources. There is an advanced search option available which narrows down your research and provides the specific format that you need. 

#6 iSeek

A user can simply ask a question or enter search topics or tools, and iSeek will pull from scholastic sources to find exactly what you are looking for. It is safe, intelligent and timesaving and draws from trusted resources from universities, government and established non-commercial sites.

#7 WorldWideScience

WorldWideScience, refers to itself as “The Global Science Gateway,”. It is operated by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information and utilizes databases from over 70 countries. When a user types their query, it sources from databases all over the world and displays both English and translated results from related journals and academic resources. 

#8 PubMed Central

For anyone studying anything related to healthcare and science, PubMed Central is perfect! It is operated by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is a division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. You can access more than 3 million full-text journal articles, which includes citations and abstracts to more than 26 million articles. 


It is operated and maintained by the same department that collaborates on WorldWideScience. It pulls from over 60 databases, over 2,200 websites and 200 million pages of journals, documents and scientific data and the search results can be filtered by author, date, topic and format (text or multimedia).

#10 Educational Resources Information Center

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) has over 1.3 million bibliographic records of articles and online materials, making it a great academic resource center. From education-related literature which includes journal articles, books, research syntheses to conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more, it has everything! 

A few honorable mentions:


JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995 in New York City, United States. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now encompasses books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals.

American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association is the United States’ largest congregation of psychologists, with over 121,000 members which include scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. It has an impressive public database which comprises over 5.1 million journal articles for psychology students and researchers to access. 

TED Talks

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks was conceived in February 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman as a public conference. It hosts speakers from all over the world and covers an interesting array of topics in the three domains in an engaging fashion. 

And there you have it! It’s research and dissertation season and we hope that these resources help you lessen that anxiety over finding the most credible resources. For more insights into academic writing, check out the PaperTrue Resource Center!