Academic Search Engine

  • Academic Search Engine 


    Go to RefSeek Search Engine 

    • Currently in public beta, RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers.
    • It aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone.
    • 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.


    Search Tips:  

    Search for an Exact Phrase
    You may search for an exact phrase by enclosing your query in quotes (e.g. "chapter 2").

    Exclude a Word
    To exclude a term from your search results, enter a minus sign before the word (e.g. apollo -greek -god).

    Search a Specific Web Site
    You may wish to view additional results from a specific Web site. To do this, simply click the "Search this Site" link located next to the initial result.

    Force Inclusion of all Words
    Common words like "what" or "it" may sometimes be ignored by RefSeek. To force the inclusion of a term in your query, enter a plus sign before the word (e.g. lewis +and clark).

    Either/Or Queries
    You may search for two or more queries simultaneously without forcing the inclusion of both in the results by entering OR in caps between each query (e.g. high school calculus OR geometry).

    Document Search Help:

    How to Save Documents
    To save a document, right click on the 'Source File' link below any result and select 'Save target...' or 'Save link...' Alternatively, click the Save icon in the top left corner of the document preview window.

    Bug Reporting
    Document preview mode remains under development. If you've come across a bug, we want to hear about it! Email us at and we'll get on it.

    Supported Browsers
    Document preview mode works with IE 8+, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. A known bug in Google Chrome prevents the browser from rendering PDF files until the user scrolls the page or resizes the browser window.

    Can't View Documents
    Adobe Reader is required to view in-page document previews. If a blank preview window consistently appears after clicking on a document link, Adobe Reader may not be installed or may be out of date. Click the link below to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

    Download Adobe Reader