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General Academic Resources on the Web

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 resources below.

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 and accurate.

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.

Cliffs Notes
All of the CliffsNotes Literature guides are available free online.

College Ruled
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 research:

Incredibly fast online dictionary.

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.

eScholarship Repository
The repository 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.

Fallacious Arguments
A List Of Fallacious Arguments. 

Find Articles
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 no cost.

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!

Google Answers
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 completely guaranteed.

Google Scholar
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
The 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
Since 1994, 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.

JSTOR is 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 disciplines.

The Librarian's Guide To The Internet
The Librarians' Guide to the Internet sorts the wheat from the chaff and presents a great deal of Internet content in a rational way.
The mission 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 Congress
One outstanding source for sorting through what's out there is the 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 processing/circulation status

Library Spot
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 met.

Music Education Search
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:

  1. Synchronize his notes from his laptop to his desktop computer
  2. 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.

Novel Guide
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

OAIster 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.

OER Commons
Open 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 Site
This 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.

OttoBib- 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.

Pink Monkey
PinkMonkey.com features over 395 booknotes/study guides/chapter summaries online.

Printable Maps
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 available.

Project Gutenberg
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 delivery services.

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 authoritative resources, 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 Network
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 research.

Scholarly Journals 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 engines miss.
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.

Smeal Search
Smeal Search is a specialized search engine that searches for and indexes academic business documents that are in either PDF or PostScript (PS) formats.

Spark Notes
Spark notes is Barnes and Noble's free online study guide site.

Study Loft
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.

The Visual Thesaurus
This is a thesaurus 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 protected pages.

WorldCat 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 professionals.

Word Wizard
This site exists mainly to enable people to discuss English word or phrase origins, or to share other interesting aspects of the language with like-minded people. They also offer a range of carefully-selected resources, including a selection of coinages,  quotations,  insults diaries and slang - as well as our Public Scribe area where regular contributors offer other members help with their writing. 

World Atlas
Holt, Rinehart and Winston offer this elegant online atlas as a free service.


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