Microsoft Academic Search

In 2009, Microsoft Academic Search, Micrsoft's third scientific search engine, was launched. Microsoft Academic Search adopts the object approach of Libra. Which is the basis for the profile concept, which can also be found in some bibliographic databases. Profiles of authors, organizations and journals are displayed, which also serve for navigation. In addition, visualizations of co-authorships, for example, or a time axis for the publication and citation volume of authors as well as organizations are offered.

Language English

Launched October 2009
Closed »Microsoft Academic Search was a research project that ended in 2012, and no new content has been added to that site since 2012.« The side finally shut down in February 2016.

Developer Microsoft

Country of Origin US America

2009 - 2016 Microsoft

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search engine for databases, repositories, portals and other closed (deep web) or open content collections

Used SeEn Microsoft Academic Search

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»Microsoft Academic Search is a free academic search engine developed by Microsoft Research Asia, and it is also a test-bed for our object-level vertical search research. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Microsoft Academic Search enables users to not only find papers but to discover more information that goes beyond simple query results. [...] The objects are sorted based on two separate factors: their relevance to the query and their global importance. The relevance score of an object is computed by considering its attributes and its importance score is calculated by considering its relationships with other objects.« Source


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Content sources included in Microsoft Academic Search Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
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Other Sources

Ortega, J. L. (2014). Academic search engines: a quantitative outlook. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. URL:

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