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Scirus is a free "deep web" search engine which queries online scientific information resources from a single portal. It is offered for free by the major academic publishing company Elsevier.

The aim of Scirus developers is to add global scientific content from various institutional repositories. From a 2007 news release:

"Reflecting the global reach of Scirus as a free science-specific search engine, university and institutional repositories from across five continents have been added... This indexing allows Scirus to offer both a metadata and full text search of the material stored on these repositories. "[1]

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One specific point of value for Scirus is that it queries multiple online databases that may not be indexed fully by web search engines such as Google, providing a "deep web" search that may reach farther than a typical search. Scirus is an important addition to most scientific researchers' web search toolboxes, and gives very different results than Google Scholar --KWhitman 17:23, 1 September 2010 (EDT)


  1. Scirus News Update. 2007. Scirus Website, Accessed on September 1, 2010.

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