Refseek: a reference search engine

Have you noticed this new search engine. It has just been launched in a beta version. Refseekhas been launched as a search engine for researchers and students and it claims to be an “academic” search engine. The main aim is to try filter out commercial content and find only educational (academic and research) material. So it will not find as much material as Google but it tries to find more relevant material.

RefSeek (rĕf-sēk) is a web search engine for students and researchers. RefSeek aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.

It is a very simple and clean screen and very easy to put in a simple search. You can search for an exact phrase by enclosing your query in quotation marks, and exclude a term from your search results by entering a minus sign before the word. You can also search for a specific web site by clicking  the “Search this Site” link located next to the initial result. There is a search tips page for a few other pointers.

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Once the results page comes up it offers ideas to narrow the search on the right-hand side of the screen. The searches I tried found a lot of sites with .gov, .edu and .org at the end of their addresses. I have not had a lot of time to really research it but it is worth a look if it limits the commercial material.

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