30 Search Engines Perfect For Student Researchers

When you need to research something, where do you start? Most of us answer this question with “Google“, and “Wikipedia“. But if you’re researching online with Google and Wikipedia as your main tools, you’re only hitting the tip of the iceberg. While these offer some great basic information on a huge variety of subjects, if you want to delve deeper, you need a wider variety of sources to choose from. 

The handy infographic below takes a look at different methods of online research, and gives a flowchart flush with a number of different web search options for you to try out. So the next time your students hand you a bibliography full of Wikipedia this and that,  you’ll have a number of different places to point them. This particular graphic offers a strong selection of sites that rank sources based on a number of credibility factors, which can play into an excellent lesson on checking the reliability of sources on the web.



  1. Jim Nichols

    January 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t see anything on this chart that would be easier and more useful than the databases available through just about any public library and most school libraries.

    • Mark McD

      January 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I totally agree, Jim. This infographic has the wrong title. What student could find this useful for the kind of searches students do? None that I teach.

  2. AnheuserBuschCU

    January 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    What a great list! I’m sure a lot of our student members will benefit from this information, thanks for sharing.