Mar 24, 2015


RefSeek is an academic search engine designed specifically for students and researchers:
RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.
RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results.

There are three ways to access information using RefSeek: web search, document search, and directory of sources/tools. The developers provide Search Tips to help researchers achieve a useful result set.

The default results are a custom Google web search. Researchers can quickly try the same search on, Bing, or Yahoo. The search results are presented in a clean and consistent format: webpage title in blue (link), 25 word summary in black, visible url in green. While Wikipedia is often the top result, it is followed by many credible, reliable, and school friendly sites. As with any web search, researchers must evaluate each individual source to ensure it meets their information needs (and teacher requirements).

Similar to web search, this limits the results to documents. Most documents will preview in the search screen allowing for quick and efficient evaluation. Researchers can switch between web and documents without losing search terms. Teachers will find this useful in locating handouts on specific topics.

Through the Directory information seekers can locate specific resources and tools. This goes beyond the usual AlmanacsEncyclopedias, DictionariesNews, and Quotations, making RefSeek an excellent tool for teachers looking to create pathfinders or resource lists for their students. Also included: