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Are there any alternatives to the soon-to-perish science research site "Scirus"?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1418 points ) December 20th, 2013

Quoted from thei site: “We are sad to say goodbye
Scirus is set to retire near the end of January, 2014.

To ensure a smooth transition, we are informing you now so that you have sufficient time to find an alternative search solution for science-specific content.

Thank you for being a devoted user of Scirus. We have enjoyed serving you.”

This is a disaster! Why?
Can anyone else help as they can?

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glacial's avatar

I’ve been doing scientific research for about 7 years, and I’ve never even heard of Scirus. I’m pretty sure this is not a disaster.

I use many sources, most commonly Web of Knowledge, Scopus, and Google Scholar. You should have subscriptions to either or both of the first two through your institution’s library. Google Scholar is free.

No one should ever limit themselves to a single search engine – diversify!

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@glacial Never heard? Well, I’m new to the field so I wouldn’t know the difference. No, my tone was playful_ although personally i do see it as a great loss as I managed to get a lot out of it in a very short time. Yes, I use Google scholar, Internet Archive, whatever I can find really.
:) I don’t have an institution not any more , but the libraries of faculties in the area, and my old one, are very fulfilling. I’m busy with work and my family, but I like to dedicate myself to research in a very “indie” fashion.
I definitely agree that we should all consult as many sources as possible, in general. That’s also why I’m on Fluther, too.

Vincentt's avatar

So is there anything Scirus does that Google Scholar or CiteSeerX don’t do? As all I can see is that it’s a scientific search engine, of which there are plenty that apparently you have heard of.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@Vincentt Haven’‘t heard of CiteSeerX yet, so thank you for the help! Yes, it’s pretty simple, just linking you to sites where docs can be found. I enjoyed it, though it did take some time to gather the texts. No, no.. I didn’t say I’d heard of plenty: rather, I use whatever I managed to get my hands on. Which wasn’t a great amount, really. Otherwise my posting this question would’ve been close to pointless.

glacial's avatar

I’m trying to understand why you need a search tool like this… it doesn’t sound like you have any purpose for these kinds of articles. Are you looking for “facts” to support online arguments, or are you interested in new findings? What’s your goal?

Vincentt's avatar

@Anatelostaxus Good :) So you’re just looking for more scientific search engines? Or in other words: isn’t Google Scholar enough?

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@glacial I really don’t understand the point of your question.. Isn’t it obvious curiosity would be the main factor, in either or any other case? Purpose is relative. I am one of those people who likes to learn throughout their lifetime, incessantly and independently from eventual institutions of professional reference. That is not aimed at accumulating witty verbal hits or preventiing wit’s ladder.
Perhaps you’d like to redirect me to specific resources, according to the option I reply with. In that case, yes it’s intrinsic interest in ‘new’ findings. I appreciate your concern

@Vincentt Ok, engines indeed :) I don’t know whether Google scholar is enough or not, as I don’t have the terms of comparison alternative engines could provide. That’s what I’m looking for: all options possible so I can determine what is “enough”.

glacial's avatar

@Anatelostaxus No, it’s not irrelevant at all! Depending on your purpose, I might suggest one or another avenues for you as a replacement for your search engine. Different tools exist to fill different needs. But if you’re going to say “I want it all!” when it seems evident that you use these things very little, I’m not going to waste my time giving you an exhaustive list.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

@glacial .. you’ve just stated exactly what I supposed at the end of my message to you. If you chose to share your extensive list, you’d just be helping someone achieve something they wish to, regardless of how much the sources would be used. It’s not up to any of us to evaluate whether a person is ‘worthy’ or not of being introduced to the knowledge we have. Our duty is to help each other obtain it, uninterestedly; if not for the interest in common growth. That’s how I see it. If you don’t agree none should reprove you for ‘coveting’ because of a certain principle you follow; you’re entitled to any opinion you chose. Just please, don’t prevaricate and be condescending, assuming you’ve got a peer ‘all figured out’ just to pick a web fight

glacial's avatar

Mmmkay, good luck with all that.

Anatelostaxus's avatar

Thank you. I’ll take that seriously

Vincentt's avatar

OK, then you might also be interested in some academia-oriented social networks that might help you discover new articles, such as CiteULike and Academia.edu.

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