Academic Index

Academic Index was an academic search engine developed and maintained by Michael Bell. The search engine started in 2003 and was discontinued in January 2019. Until 2011, the search engine used its own index, then Google's custom search was used. Academic Index considered itself a meta search engine. However, no other search engines were searched, but selected websites and databases on scientific topics.

In addition, Academic Index offered from 2010 on its homepage a multi search to various scientific offers such as Jurn, ERIC, BASE, RefSeek, etc.

Language English

Launched 2003
Closed They have been using the Google CSE since 2011. In January 2019 the site was finally shut down.

Developer Michael Bell

Country of Origin US America

2003 - 2019 Michael Bell

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Manually by an editorial team selected sites search engine
Multi Search

Used SeEn Academic Index

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»AcademicIndex was developed for upper high school students and college students as an academic search engine and resource guide for a variety of subjects. It is very unique in that it includes a search engine for other academic web portals including Chabot College, LibGuides, ERIC, Infomine, and others. It also includes web guides for six topics: Art History, U.S. History, Criminal Justice, Allied Health, Nursing, and Careers.« Source

»The Academic Index was created and is maintained by Dr. Michael Bell , former chair, Texas Association of School Librarians.

The Academic Index is a true meta-search tool that includes results from mega-information databases that index only research-quality reference and information sources selected by professional librarians, educators, and educational and library consortia.

At the present (2007) time the Academic Index provides access to approximately 157,000 quality information web pages.« Source

»As a meta-search engine, the Academic Index integrates into its search results only the first 1-2 pages returned from each site it searches. Because most sites rank search results as to relevance, this ensures that only the best (most relevant) information is returned to users.« Source


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Created: 2019-01-01