Wednesday, October 24

SCIRUS - For Scientific Information Only (Niche Search)

Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 450 million science-specific Web pages, enabling you to quickly:

  • Pinpoint scientific, scholarly, technical and medical data on the Web.
  • Find the latest reports, peer-reviewed articles, patents, pre prints and journals that other search engines miss.
  • Offer unique functionalities designed for scientists and researchers.

So, what is so juicy about this search engine compared to for example Google Search? Or why should we use it (or explore it)? Because Scirus...

  • Filters out non-scientific sites. For example, if you search on REM, Google finds the rock group - Scirus finds information on sleep, among other things
  • Finds peer-reviewed articles such as PDF and PostScript files, which are often invisible to other search engines.
  • Searches the most comprehensive combination of web information, preprint servers, digital archives, repositories and patent and journal databases. Scirus goes deeper than the first two levels of a Web site, thereby revealing much more relevant information.

In addition, Scirus has a wide range of special features to help us pinpoint the scientific information we need ...more

After playing (or searching) around with Scirus for a few minutes, I simply fell in love with this search engine's speed, simplicity, interface design, features and search results (Though, this might change after exploring it a bit more!). But for now, it looks good!

In other words, if you are frustrated with not finding relevant scientific, scholarly, technical and medical related stuff on Google (including Google Scholar), MSN, Yahoo or from your University/Organization's digital library (subscribing to Emerald, ProQuest, etc.), perhaps you should give Scirus a minute :)

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