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 special search resources with a second group providing additional options.
‘ACEReSearch contains ACER’s research available in digital form, including, reports, working papers, conference papers, and more. For items only available in print, search the Cunningham Library catalogue’.
‘Welcome to the research home page. You can find research documents by searching or select from the menu on the left side of the page to find free journals and additional resources’.
‘A concise accurate guide to educational institutions and related organisations, listing over 700 organisations’. You need to be able to log in.
‘A 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.
‘Creative Commons is 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’.
‘The DLC provides free and open access to full-text articles, papers, and dissertations. This site contains an author-submission portal; an Image Database; the Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; a Keyword Thesaurus, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons’.
‘This portal helps you 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 based.
Search areas from lesson planning, professional development, administration, technology integration to school issues among others.
‘One of the most comprehensive search portals dedicated to providing information from across all of Australia’s educational institutions … ’.
‘An online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences [IES] 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’.
Search ‘Scholarly Internet Resource Collections’. Browse for specific information or search by subject categories.
‘Lesson plans, worksheets, articles, standards, more’.
SearchEdu has over 15 million university and education pages indexed and ranked in order of popularity.
Other Education Search Engines
- Academic Index
‘A scholarly academic search engine accessing only websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia’.
‘An 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’. US-based.
- Australian Digital Theses Program
‘The aim of the ADT program is to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities. The ideal behind the program is to provide access to, and promote Australian research to the international community’.
- Australian Government Directory - Education
‘By using our education directory, you can find information for Australian schools including private schools, primary schools and high schools. You can also find information about university courses, universities and TAFE colleges in the education directory’.
- Awesome Library
Access masses of information and resources for K-12 education.
- BASE [Bielefeld Academic Search Engine]
‘BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources’.
- California Learning Resource Network
‘Find and compare electronic learning resources and free web information links !’
- CiteULike : Everyone’s Library
‘Citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references - 6 788 618 articles’.
- Content Knowledge
‘A compendium of content standards and benchmarks for K-12 education in both searchable and browsable formats’.
‘Discover the Universe of Open Educational Resources’.
Library information. Fee-based.
- EdResearch Online
‘EdResearch Online is a database of over 31 500 articles from more than 200 Australian education journals. These records are from the Australian Education Index. Articles are fee-based. In some cases articles are available for free download direct from the publishers website’.
- Education Search Engines
Annotated links to a range of search engines from Search Engine Guide.
- Education Search Engines 
Annotated links to a range of search engines from Search Engine Guide.
‘The World’s #1 Education Search Engine. Over 10 000 Reviewed Listings and Growing !’ Presently being reconstructed. Search facilities not affected.
- ed-u.com, The Transatlantic Education Mega-Site
‘Ed-u.com is a huge education resource that has moved all of the Web addresses that you will ever need, to just one address’.
Language Resources & information.
- Facing the Test
“Federal Resources for Educational Excellence”. ‘More than 1 500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly’. US.
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills
Welcome to GEM. US Department of Education. Thousands of resources and links. Many ways of narrowing your search - subjects, type, level, keyword, …
- 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’.
- Google in Education
More a directory of material than a search engine, but there is still quality material in a number of areas from apps to professional development.
‘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
Formed by a merger of ‘the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library [IPL] and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites’. Multiple educational areas for all levels.
- iSeek Education
‘A targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators and caregivers’.
- LibGuides Community Site
‘Search and explore 340 192 guides by 56 352 librarians at 3 990 libraries worldwide !’
- Microsoft Academic Search
Multiple areas for Natural Science, Life Science, Others. More than 27 million publications and 16 million authors included.
- National Centre for Education Statistics
More along the lines of DMOZ than Google, covering ‘collecting and analysing data related to education’. US data.
- OER Commons
‘A global teaching and learning network of free-to-use resources - from K-12 lesson plans to college courseware’.
‘Learning Material & Resource Centre’.
Dissertation abstracts database.
Internet content for the classroom.
- RefSeek - Academic Search Engine
‘RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. 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,’
- Sites for Teachers
‘Hundreds of educational websites rated by popularity, lesson plans, worksheets, activities, clip art and more’.
- The Best on the Web for Teachers
TeAch-nology.com. ‘Teacher timesavers, teacher resources, printable worksheets, lesson plan centre, rubric centre, graphic organisers and more’.
- The Infography
‘This reference tool enables a student, librarian, or teacher to identify superlative sources of information about a subject of inquiry, viewed through the lens of expert opinion’.
- The Virtual Learning Resources Centre
‘Indexes thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers [with] current, valid information for school and university academic projects !’
- The What Works Clearinghouse : Topic Areas
‘A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education’ US based. You can check Topic Areas and Practice Guides plus more.
- WorldCat.org : The World’s Largest Library Catalogue
‘WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information’.