Search & Research Tools

Last updated: May 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

Tools to search and carry out research on the Web. Listed in alphabetical order.


43marks
Start your search here
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Ambiently
Ambiently semantically connects webpages of similar or related meanings together.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download


BibMe
The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It’s the easiest way to generate citations to build a works cited page.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


BibSonomy
BibSonomy helps you to manage your publications and bookmarks, to collaborate with your colleagues and to find new interesting material for your research.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


award-128Bing
Bing is Microsoft’s search engine.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 154 See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/bing/


Citavi
The academic tool that supports each step of the research process. Search for sources, plan tasks, annotate full-text, save quotations, create outlines, and write papers.
Cost: Free and commercial versions |  Available: Download


CiteThisForMe
Create Harvard, APA, & MLA citations for your bibliography.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


citeulike
citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


definr
Incredibly fast dictionary.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


DeeperWeb
Search engine tool for Google users that allows navigating through search results by employing tag cloud techniques.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


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Diigo is a social bookmarking, research and knowledge sharing tool. It lets you make personal notes and highlight text on web pages and share them with others.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 54  See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/diigo/


Dogpile
Meta search engine.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


dot Hop
Search engine displaying results in visual way.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Duckduckgo
The search engine that doesn’t track you. A superior search experience with smarter answers, less clutter and real privacy.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


EasyBib
Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


EndNote
It’s for more than bibliographies. Sync your EndNote library across your desktop, iPad and online. Work on your research from anywhere.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted


Google Searchaward-128
Powerful and popular search engine. Often described as the only e-learning tool you’ll ever need.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 2 See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/google-search/


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Google Scholar provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 60  See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/google-scholar/


How do I
Instructional video search from the Open University.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Kartoo
Powerful search engine.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


KnowledgeNotebook
Knowledge NoteBook is a research-based note-taking and studying tool.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Mahalo
Learn anything.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Mashpedia
Mashpedia is an essential tool to find web videos related to any topic.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Memidex
Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus with a simple interface.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Mendeley
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


MetaGlossary
Find meaning not just links.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


oSkope
oSkope is a visual search assistant that lets you browse and organize items from Amazon, Ebay, Flickr, Fotolia, Yahoo!Image Search and YouTube in an intuitive way.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


OttoBib
Make a bibliography or works cited with just an ISBN. It’s free, easy and fast.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Public Literature Database
This database lets you manage and share your academic literature.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Quora
A question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


RefSeek
RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Scrible
Empowering people to mark up web pages in the browser and manage and collaborate on them online.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Search!o
Search engine (powered by Google)
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


SearchBots
Send your very own search robot out into the internet. It will find the answer to any question you ask.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app


SimilarSites
SimilarSites improves your browsing experience with Sites like the ones you’re looking for.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


SlideFinder
Find publicly available PowerPoint slidesets.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Social Searcher
Search and monitor search media.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Spezify
A search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Stumbleupon
Surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better recommendations.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Stumpedia
Human-powered search.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Surf Canyon
Real-time search personalisation.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Visual Thesaurus
Interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted


Visuwords
Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Wajam
Making search social.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


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Wikipedia is as a key resource for quickly finding out about a topic, and then for delving into primary resources for deeper information.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 11  See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/wikipedia/


award-128Wolfram Alpha
Enter what you want to calculate or know about.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016: 198  See more at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/wikipedia/


WordWeb
WordWeb is a comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Zotero
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted