A Search Engine That Specializes in Science

A few weeks ago (7/13) the “LTL” Blog presented information on BioMedSearch.com, a free biomedical search site. Another free search engine that Rice Library users may be interested in trying is Scirus, which is devoted to scientific information, including health, life, physical, and social sciences. According to information on the site, “Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 410 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.”

The site allows users to set a limited number of search preferences and features both a basic and advanced search interface.

As with BioMedSearch.com, Scirus does not automatically link to Rice Library’s ILLiad (interlibrary loan) service. Therefore, users will need to check the library’s catalog and Journal Finder to determine availability of items retrieved via Scirus. If needed items are not available in Rice Library’s collections, users may request them by copying and pasting the bibliographical information into the appropriate ILLiad forms in order to submit an interlibrary loan request.

For help with this or other library resources and services, contact the Rice Library Reference Desk: (812) 464-1907, (800)246-6173, libref@usi.edu, or in person on the 1st floor.

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