|The internet is full of
information. Unfortunately not all of it is comprehensive,
none of it is organized, and a fairly large percentage of it
is inaccurate. When it's time to write that paper or begin
that research project it's imperative to have the proper
resources to do an outstanding job. We think starting with
the basics is a great idea. We recommend these basic online
The ERIC database, the
world's largest source of education information, contains
more than one million abstracts of documents and journal
articles on education research and practice. By searching
AskERIC's web-based version of the ERIC Database, you can
access the ERIC abstracts which are also found in the
printed medium, Resources in Education and Current
Index To Journals in Education. The database is updated
monthly, ensuring that the information you receive is timely
CiteULike is a free service
to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic
papers they are reading. When you see a paper on the web
that interests you, you can click one button and have it
added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically
extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type
them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser.
There's no need to install any special software.
All of the
guides are available free online.
Create Your Class Schedule. Customize It. Tape it to your
Door. In three easy steps you can put together a
great-looking and powerful weekly class and activity
schedule. Creating a schedule is free and fast and forms the
foundation for all the other useful
CollegeRuled.com tools like
message boards and an organizer.
CSICOP encourages the
critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science
claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and
disseminates factual information about the results of such
inquiries to the scientific community and the public.
Here is a
list of the top 10 online research databases for general
Incredibly fast online
EasyBib understands the
burdensome task of composing a bibliography. After finishing
a paper, no one wants to go through the process of looking
up the many different formats to cite their individual
sources. Placing colons in one place, periods in another,
and deciding when and where to underline is both confusing
and frustrating. EasyBib solves these problems. Provide the
information you know about your sources, and EasyBib
formats, alphabetizes, and prints your citation list.
is a service of the eScholarship initiative of the
California Digital Library. Research and scholarly output
included here has been selected and deposited by the
individual University of California units.
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FindArticles.com is a vast
archive of published articles that you can search for free.
Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998
from more than 300 magazines and journals. You will find
articles on a range of topics, including business, health,
society, entertainment, sports and more. Unlike other online
collections, each of the hundreds of thousands of articles
in FindArticles can be read in its entirety and printed at
The Free Dictionary
The Free Dictionary is
English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries,
Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and
a Search Engine all in one!
Ask a question. Set your price. Get
your answer. More than 500 carefully screened
Researchers are ready to answer your question for as little
as $2.50 -- usually within 24 hours. Your satisfaction is
Google Scholar enables you
to search specifically for scholarly literature, including
peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts
and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use
Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of
academic publishers, professional societies, preprint
repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles
available across the web.
How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works is about as
special as it comes. Marshall Brain has the answers for
almost any question you can think of to ask.
How Stuff Works is
widely recognized as the leading source for clear, reliable
explanations of how everything around us actually works.
Through the flagship Web site the award-winning company has
helped demystify the world for millions of curious people.
INFOMINE is a virtual
library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students,
and research staff at the university level. It contains
useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic
journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists,
online library card catalogs, articles, directories of
researchers, and many other types of information. All of
this courtesy of the University Of California, Riverside
Internet Public Library
Internet Public Library
(IPL), is a public service organization and
learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan
School of Information.
The Internet Scout Project
the Internet Scout Project
has focused on research and development projects that
provide better tools and services for finding, filtering and
delivering online information and metadata.
a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create
and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly
journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely
as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to
retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues
and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and
illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many
The Librarian's Guide
To The Internet
Librarians' Guide to the Internet
sorts the wheat from the chaff and presents a great deal of
Internet content in a rational way.
of Librarians' Index to the Internet is to provide a
well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy,
librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California,
the nation, and the world.
The Library Of
One outstanding source for sorting through what's out there
Library of Congress where
nearly every published document is listed, catalogued and
searchable. The Library of Congress Online Catalog contains
approximately 12 million records representing books,
serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic
materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.
The Catalog also displays searching aids for users, such as
cross-references and scope notes.
The catalog records reside in a single integrated database;
they are not separated according to type of material,
language of material, date of cataloging, or
A major gateway to cataloging
Internet information is the
Library Spot. This site is
a treasure trove of information that has been carefully
indexed and inspected for quality and utility.
MERLOT is a free and open
resource designed primarily for faculty and students of
higher education. Links to online learning materials are
collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews
and assignments. You are welcome to browse the collection or
search for materials. Members may add materials, comments
and assignments to MERLOT.
MetaGlossary is able to
precisely extract the meanings of terms and phrases from the
often frustratingly unmanageable mass of information on the
web. It provides you with concise, direct explanations for
terms and phrases, not just endless links to sift through in
search of a comprehensive definition. What's more,
MetaGlossary organizes these meanings based on topic and
usage, so you'll find the one you're looking for quickly and
easily. Since MetaGlossary spans the expanse of the web,
even your most field-specific requests for terms, phrases,
acronyms, technical jargon, and slang, will be successfully
The Music Education Search System
was developed and is maintained by Edward P. Asmus, Ph.D. as
a service to the music education community. There are three
databases that comprise the system as detailed here:
Journals, the Poland-Cady Abstract Collection and Boletin De
Investigacio Educativo Musical.
Notecentric was created by
Hung Truong, a student of Computer Science at the University
of New Mexico. Notecentric was born of necessity. Hung found
that it was really hard to:
- Synchronize his notes from his laptop to his desktop
- Share his existing notes with his classmates without
resorting to email
Notecentric is a social class note sharing website. The
main focus of Notecentric is to allow university students to
have their notes wherever they go and be able to easily
share their notes with classmates.
Novelguide.com is the
premier free source for literary analysis on the web. They
provide an educational supplement for better understanding
of classic and contemporary literature
is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library
Production Services, originally funded through a Mellon
grant. Their goal is to create a collection of freely
available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented
digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone.
Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning
materials that are freely available online for everyone to
use, whether you are an instructor, student, or
self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course
modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes,
lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games,
simulations, and many more resources contained in digital
media collections from around the world.
The Online Learning Styles
DVC online guide is designed to help you become a more
successful student. It includes a Learning Style Survey that
will help you identify your learning style. It also includes
learning strategies that will help you study in a productive
manner, one that matches your unique learning style.
Make a bibliography. It's free, easy and OttoMatic. Enter
the ISBN of each book and the does the rest. In addition to
building a works cited, OttoBib gives you a permanent URL
you can reference.
over 395 booknotes/study guides/chapter summaries online.
The National Atlas has prepared
reference and outline maps of the
United States that you can print or use online.
The reference maps display general reference features such
as boundaries, cities, capitals, major highways, rivers and
lakes, and terrain. Outline maps showing county boundaries,
State boundaries, capitals, or other basic features are also
Project Gutenberg is the
first and largest single collection of free electronic
books. The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make
information, books and other materials available to the
general public in forms a vast majority of the computers,
programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.
PubList.com is the only
Internet-based reference for over 150,000 domestic and
international print and electronic publications including
magazines, journals, e-journals, newsletters, and
monographs. PubList.com provides quick and easy access to
detailed publication information including, titles, formats,
publisher addresses, editor contacts, circulation data, and
ISSN numbers. PubList.com also provides access to
subscription services as well as article level information
through rights and permissions providers and document
PubMed, a service of the
National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million
citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These
citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science
journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full
text articles and other related resources.
Research Beyond Google: 119
Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources
Do you think your local or university librarian uses Google?
Sure, but certainly not exclusively. In order to start
researching like a librarian, you'll need to explore more
many of which are invisible. Note: Although some of the
following resources are visible and indexed, they have all
been included here because of their authoritative nature.
The Resource Discovery
The RDN is a collaboration
of over seventy educational and research organizations,
including the Natural History Museum and the British
Library. In contrast to search engines, the RDN gathers
resources which are carefully selected, indexed and
described by specialists in our partner institutions. You
can be confident that your search results and browsing will
connect you to Web sites relevant to learning, teaching and
Distributed Via the World Wide Web
This directory provides
links to established Web-based scholarly journals that offer
access to English language article files without requiring
user registration or fees. This is a project of the
University of Houston Libraries.
Scirus is the most
comprehensive science-specific search engine on the
Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology,
Scirus searches over 167 million science-specific Web pages,
enabling you to quickly:
||Pinpoint scientific, scholarly,
technical and medical data on the Web.
||Find the latest reports,
peer-reviewed articles and journals that other search
||Offer unique functionalities designed
for scientists and researchers.
Scirus has proved so successful at locating
science-specific results on the Web that the Search Engine
Watch Awards voted Scirus 'Best Specialty Search Engine' in
2001 and 2002.
is a specialized search engine that searches for and indexes
academic business documents that are in either PDF or
PostScript (PS) formats.
Spark notes is Barnes and
Noble's free online study guide site.
www.studyloft.com - an
eTutoring service connecting students with first-rate tutors
available 24/7, offering personalized, discreet, on-the-spot
assistance, which is essential to the learning process.
This is a
and so much more, amazing technology at work.
Wikipedia is a free content
encyclopedia that is being written collaboratively by
contributors from all around the world. The site is a
WikiWiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit any
article right now by clicking on the "edit this page" link
that appears in every Wikipedia article except for a few
is the world's largest network of library content and
services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing
access to their resources on the Web, where most people
start their search for information. WorldCat.org lets you
search the collections of libraries in your community and
thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day
thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information
This site exists mainly to enable
people to discuss English word or phrase origins, or to
share other interesting aspects of the language with
They also offer a range of carefully-selected resources,
including a selection of
slang - as well as our
Public Scribe area where
regular contributors offer other members help with their
Holt, Rinehart and Winston offer this elegant
online atlas as a free