Review: “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 time the Academic Index provides access to over 300,000 quality information web pages.”

Grade: B-

Rationale for Grade: no help function, no advanced search, quality of academic sources searched, slowness


  • All results are for academic topics
  • Numerous categories available for search


  • No results for popular topics
  • Slow
  • Limited results

Search Engines and Directories Searched Include:

  • Virtual Learning Resources Center
  • Intute
  • Gateway to Educational Materials
  • MagBot
  • Internet Scout Project
  • MeL Internet
  • Academic Info
  • eScholarship Repository
  • EntireWeb


  • Ancient History
  • Art History
  • Biography
  • British History
  • Canadian History
  • Career Information
  • Computers and the Internet
  • English Language
  • Folklore
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography and Country Studies
  • Graphics, Photos, Images
  • Health and Medial Technology
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • News
  • Polls and Polling
  • Parapsychology and Occult
  • Quotations
  • Sports, Games, and Recreation
  • Reference and Statistics
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Technology
  • United States History
  • World History


Default operation AND
Search operators supported AND, OR, NEAR
Proximity or exact phrase NEAR, quotation marks for exact phrase
Truncation or stemming n/a
Wildcard n/a
Other n/a

Case Sensitivity:

Stop Words: You can apparently search for stop words.

Advanced Search Function: none available


Date n/a
File type n/a
Field searching n/a
Language n/a
Family filter n/a
Domain or site n/a
Other n/a

by database


Number of hits yes
Open in new window or tab yes
Cached pages n/a
Clustering n/a
Thumbnails n/a
Suggestions for refining/narrowing search n/a
Spell check n/a
Sponsored results identified n/a
Update date n/a
Other source and ranking

Help Function
: none available

Special Features: none available

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