Education Search Engines
If you randomly search the web long enough, you can probably find any educational material you want. There is, however, an easier way. Use specific education search engines. These will find research material, material from specific countries, policies, planning and more. Some provide access to resources from lesson plans to units of work with all materials required to complete them.
This page gives access to numerous education search engines. The first group of these contains specialist search resources while a second group provides additional options.
‘Contains ACER’s research available in digital form, including, reports, working papers, conference papers, more. For items only available in print, search the Cunningham Library catalogue’.
‘Concise, accurate guide to educational institutions and related organisations, listing over 700 organisations’. You need to be able to log in.
‘A complex and sophisticated subscription database consisting of more than 130 000 entries relating to educational research, policy and practice’. Fee-based.
‘An international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Creative Commons Australia is the affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Australia and administers the Australian Creative Commons licences’.
A directory covering TAFE, university and other higher education courses in Australia. Search by course type and area. 4 000+ courses.
‘Search through trusted edu.au resources within Australia and filter out any foreign or commercial results’.
‘Find, access, and re-use data for research - from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions’.
‘VOCEDplus is a free international research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion’.
‘Find research documents by searching or select from the menu on the left side of the page to find free journals and additional resources’.
‘Freely accessible database of the full text of conference papers, working papers and electronic literature which supports educational research, policy and practice’. Some subscription services.
‘Free and open access to full-text articles, papers, and dissertations. Contains an author-submission portal; Image Database; Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; Keyword Thesaurus, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons’. USA.
‘Find educational evidence from a range of reputable sources using a single search. It is designed for both professional and lay people interested in education. The search will retrieve documents from the websites of all the organisations associated with EEP that contain any of the words you have entered’. UK.
Search areas from lesson planning, professional development, administration, technology integration to school issues among others. Ceased in 2012 but data is still available to that point.
‘Online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research’. Multiple filtering options. USA.
‘An academic search engine accessing only trusted websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia’. Browse for specific information or search by subject categories. USA.
‘Targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators and caregivers’.
‘Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses’. USA.
‘Millions of digital resources from thousands of contributors’. USA.
Other Education Search Engines
- Academic Index
‘Scholarly academic search engine accessing only websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia’. USA.
‘Independent online subject directory of over 25 000 hand-picked educational resources for high school and college students as well as a directory of online degree programs and admissions test preparation resources’. USA.
‘One of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources’. Germany.
- CiteULike : Everyone’s Library
‘Free service for managing and discovering scholarly references - 6 000 000+ articles’. UK.
- Content Knowledge
‘Compendium of content standards and benchmarks for K-12 education in both searchable and browsable formats’. USA.
‘Discover the Universe of Open Educational Resources’. USA.
Library information. Fee-based. USA.
- EdResearch Online
‘A database of over 47 000 articles from more than 400 Australian education journals. These records are from the Australian Education Index. Articles are fee-based’.
‘The Best of the Humanities on the Web’. USA.
- Education Search Engines
Annotated links to Education search engines. Search Engine Guide. USA.
- Education Search Engines 
Annotated links to other education search engines. Search Engine Guide.
- ed-u.com, The Transatlantic Education Mega-Site
‘A huge education resource that has moved all of the Web addresses that you will ever need, to just one address’. UK.
- Google Scholar
‘Simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature : peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organisations’. USA.
- Google in Education
Directory of material rather than a search engine, but there is still quality material, from apps to professional development. USA.
- Updated !
‘Learn about any topic by exploring connections between concepts/facts on an interactive concept map, which you can customise and share !’.
- ipl2 : Information You Can Trust
A merger of ‘The collections of resources from the Internet Public Library [IPL] and the Librarians’ Internet Index [LII] websites’. Multiple educational areas and levels. USA.
- LibGuides Community Site
‘Search and explore 425 000+ guides by 65 000+ librarians at 4 700+ libraries worldwide !’
- Updated !
Microsoft Academic Search
Multiple areas for Natural Science, Life Science, others. More than 27 million publications and 16 million authors. USA.
- National Centre for Education Statistics
More like DMOZ than Google. ‘Collecting and analysing data related to education’. USA.
- OER Commons
‘A global teaching and learning network of free-to-use resources - from K-12 lesson plans to college courseware’. USA.
‘Preserves rich, vast and varied information - whether historical archives or today’s scientific breakthroughs’. Access through institutions. USA.
Resources, video, Professional Development, more. USA.
- RefSeek - Academic Search Engine
‘RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopaedias, journals, and newspapers’.
‘Custom Education Search Engines for Grade Levels, Subject Areas, and Instructional Technology Topics’
- Teachers [Kids.gov]
The For TEACHERS section of this government site. ‘Find resources and activities for the whole year’. USA.
- The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
‘An international organisation dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations. Supporting open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide’.
- The Virtual Learning Resources Centre
‘Indexes thousands of the best academic information websites, in order to provide to students and teachers with current, valid information for school and university academic projects !’ USA.
- The What Works Clearinghouse : Topic Areas
‘Central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education’. Check Topic Areas, Practice Guides, more. USA.
- The WWW Virtual Library
‘Run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert’. USA.
- Virtual Learning Resources Center
‘The mission of the Virtual Learning Resources Centre is to index thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide’.
- WorldCat.org : The World’s Largest Library Catalogue
‘WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10 000 libraries worldwide’.