The number of scientific articles published in academic journals can be impressive, but that does not mean that finding the results of certain research is easy. In fact, in the face of so many scientific papers, college students or the curious may have a hard time finding the information they are looking for and separating the wheat from the chaff.

Fortunately, there are several
online academic search engines that allow us to more easily access information related to those researches that interest us. Both in psychology and in any other area of knowledge, these are very useful digital resources for learning or for having material with which to build a thesis or a university paper.

The combination of these specialized search engines and extensive databases makes it possible to avoid having to go through the experience of filtering and finding very specific content in general search engines such as Google.

10 recommended specialized search engines

This selection of specialized search engines for academic articles and publications can be very helpful for quick access to research articles, books written by experts and theses. Some of them are more specific than others and some of them are better at filtering content and avoiding duplication, but
all are easy to use .

You can access them by clicking on their name.

1. Dialnet

One of the best known specialized search engines in Spain . The Dialnet database contains, above all, academic publications in Spanish related to the humanities and the social sciences in general. In addition, all the options are written in Spanish, which makes it very useful for a greater number of people in Spain and Latin America.


A search engine for free content that can be read online. It is not specialized in science and does not allow to filter very well beyond the language of the contents, but it can be very useful for quick searches and, moreover,
includes very specific topics that can be very helpful to students . Furthermore, its mode of use is very simple.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information’s academic search engine is especially interesting for
find publications on medicine and molecular biology . Includes the popular search engine that works with the PubMed database.

4. Google Academic

The Spanish version of Google Scholar allows much more specific searches than its big brother, the world’s most popular search engine. In addition,
offers the option of seeing in which publications the article , the book or the thesis that interests us is cited in order to follow up on this line of research.


This is possibly the best known scientific virtual archive in Spanish. Its name is composed by the acronym of Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal, and it is the
perfect for those looking for academic publications in Spanish (although it also includes some in English).

This complete specialized search engine allows you to see scientific articles without leaving the page, and also allows you to create a profile as an author to identify your own publications.


Originally, this specialized search engine was created to respond to the difficulties of distributing academic content in the poor countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, although today the collaborative network on which it is based has crossed those borders.

The website has a version in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and is
one of the best known of its kind in Latin America .


This specialized psychology search engine of the Merican Psychological Association is especially useful for finding publications
related to behavioral sciences , although only the abstracts are freely available. If you decide to pay, however, the advanced search option is very useful.

8. World Wide Science

One of the most complete academic search engines with a more intuitive and visual interface. In addition, search words can be translated automatically and in real time to find results in several languages. It is useful to access specialized publications
that have been produced in different parts of the world .

9.HighBeam Research

This is not as specialized a search engine as the others, since
includes articles, quotations and books that do not necessarily fall under the scientific or academic category . Its added value lies more in its versatility and the intuitive way in which its search system has been designed.

The Spanish version of the search engine for scientific publications of the United States government.
It uses more than 60 databases and is supported by 17 public scientific organizations. In addition, it is one of the oldest specific online search engines, taking into account that it began operating in 2002.