How to find Research Papers/Articles?

1. First, find and read articles published in first-class journals; each subject has its own journal grading and ranking, or impact factor; focus on the literature published in the top-ranked journals.

2. Find authoritative textbooks and classic literature in a certain field mentioned. Generally speaking, for most problems we study, we can find the corresponding chapters in the textbooks. If you can find authoritative textbooks, you can find these textbooks in the corresponding chapters. The documents cited by the author are often important documents for the development of related disciplines. If the latest textbook version can be found, the effect will be better.

3. Find the research results published by academic authorities, and read the literature of academic authorities in chronological order, which will greatly help us understand and analyze the evolution and development process of academic research in related fields. If we can find and carefully read the review articles about the development history of the relevant research fields written by these academic authorities, we can have a clearer understanding of the generation and development process of different academic viewpoints in the relevant fields.

4. Look for the syllabus (syllabus) of research-oriented courses at famous schools and from famous teachers. The research-oriented courses of famous universities at home and abroad will list important documents for students to read and discuss in each research field. Of course, different teachers choose different documents. There will also be some differences in the list. We can refer to the syllabus of several courses with the same name to avoid bias.

5. Go to the library or view the collection of papers under the name “Handbook” from the database. Publishing houses often convene industry experts to compile collections of reference books that comprehensively reflect the development of the discipline. The main purpose is to make academic progress in the research field, and the authors are all authorities in the relevant research field. Reading the papers included in this manual, one can quickly grasp the most important academic progress in the relevant field.

6. Below is a comprehensive list of databases from which to download free research papers or articles. Moreover, Google Scholar is a powerful search engine for academic papers, books, and articles. Using Google Scholar After entering the keywords of the relevant research objects in Google Scholar and executing the search command, the documents listed are ranked according to the number of citations, so the importance of each relevant document is clear at a glance.

List of 49 Databases for Finding Free Research Papers/Articles

  1. Google Scholar
  2. ResearchGate 
  3. Digital Library of the Commons Repository (DLC)
  4. arXiv e-Prints
  5. Paperity
  6. Dryad
  7. CORE
  8. PubMed
  9. OpenDOAR
  10. EThOS
  11. ScienceOpen
  12. CIA World Factbook
  13. Semantic Scholar
  14. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  15. JURN
  16. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  17. Zenodo
  18. Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  19. dblp Computer Science Bibliography
  20. Education Resources Information Center
  21. Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)
  22. EconBiz
  23. BioMed Central (BMC)
  24. SCOPUS
  25. ScienceDirect
  26. Wiley Online Library (WOL)
  27. Frontiersin
  28. MDPI
  29. Hindawi
  30. Elsevier
  31. IEEEXplore
  32. Science.gov
  33. Baidu Scholar
  34. Microsoft Academic
  35. JStor
  36. Wolfram Alpha
  37. iSEEK Education 
  38. RefSeek
  39. DataONE Search (formerly CiteULike) 
  40. DataElixir
  41. LazyScholar – browser extension
  42. CiteseerX – digital library from PenState
  43. The Lens – patents search
  44. Fatcat – wiki for bibliographic catalog
  45. Lexis Web – Legal database
  46. Virtual Learning Resources Center (VLRC)
  47. WorldWideScience
  48. Google Books
  49. MEDLINE®

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