Are there any valid alternatives to google scholar?

I am currently living in China. almost the whole internet is blocked, including Google. I tried to bypass the firewall, then google scholar tends to deny my access claiming that the traffic is suspicious.

Are there other valid alternatives to google scholar where I can easily search for random scientific papers from different fields and trace their citations Thanks!

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    you should change title to "... in china". Really surprising to me they block GS, even at chinese universities? Looks like huge disadvantage for chinese academia, as to my knowlegde other search engines like web of science or scopus only index the abstract, not full text of papers... – user48953094 Jul 29 at 14:44
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    Microsoft versions of stuff typically works there (bing, skype, outlook). They also have something that looks like google scholar called microsoft academic. I'd expect it to work in china too. – A Simple Algorithm Jul 29 at 14:50
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    It actually worked. Still, need to see how good it is... thannks! – gastro Jul 29 at 15:09
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    How is your Baidu experience? Mine is fine, it does find stuff I want. But, I may not be in your field, mileage may vary. – scaaahu Jul 29 at 15:16
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    Look into VPN services asap, otherwise you just can't work properly. Also check out shadowsocks servers. I was a postdoc in China for 2 years. – Scientist Jul 30 at 0:50

For a mirror of Google Scholar:


  • thanks, it worked even without a VPN! However, I can not trace the citation easily. Clicking "cited by" has no effect... – gastro Jul 30 at 6:15
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    The only other thing I can suggest is that in my experience google scholar doesn't block all VPN traffic, so if there are alternative VPN servers available you may have better luck with them. – Bobgom Aug 2 at 17:09

You might be able to use Tor to access Google Scholar, which can be downloaded with the following link: https://www.torproject.org/. You'll probably need a mirror to access it: https://mirror.oldsql.cc/tor/.

There is something called the Great Firewall of China that would need to be bypassed, though. Apparently, this can be done using obfsproxy. There is a paper on usenix that goes into much more detail about it in the Circumvention section of the paper. https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/foci12/foci12-final2.pdf

The benefit of using Tor is you would be able to access a lot more of the internet that is blocked off except for websites that block Tor nodes.

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    I wonder if we should really suggest doing something illegal here on Stack Exchange (even if myself and, I suspect, the vast majority of users strongly disagree with the law in this case). – xLeitix Jul 30 at 12:26


This is the Google Scholar alternative.

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    Need to use keyword in Chinese for better results, as suggested by scaaahu, the mileage may vary. – user199 Jul 29 at 15:40
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    you are right, for Chinese maybe, for papers published in English, not that useful... – gastro Jul 29 at 15:43

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