Thanks to Kevin Dixon (Staff Development) for passing this along!
This article, from the Online Education Database, is a guide for students doing research. The authors have chosen 119 excellent sites and divided them by subject category. There is also a good explanation of the deep, or invisible, web.
Enjoy, and let us know if there is a specific site you find useful or think we should highlight!
LISZEN is a search engine for library blogs, covering over 500 library-oriented blogs.
The Federal Citizen Information Center has created this list of federal agencies and independent organizations that assist citizens in locating persons of unknown whereabouts. Military locator services are listed first, followed by services for locating private individuals.
Work.com has produced a series of over 1,000 How-To Guides that cover everything an entrepreneur should know about various business needs. Sections include: Employees, Government, Internet and ECommerce, Legal, Management, Money and Finance, Operations, Sales & Marketing, Start-Up, and Technology.
According to the site, “SlideShare is a free service for sharing presentations and slideshows. You can upload your PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentations, tag them, embed them into your blog or website, browse others’ presentations, and comment on individual slides. It’s a great way to share your ideas with others, or to learn from other people.”
From Darletha Matthews (South):
“The CNET website has a page where visitors can search for Wireless Internet in any city… It lists different locations, including libraries, hotels, and Internet cafes. I found this today thanks to an out-of-town visitor. (He was referred to one of our library locations, of course!)”
If you use a website listed on this blog, or find one that is related to a listed site, we’d love to hear your experiences!
Use the comment feature to let other staff know how you’ve used a site, what tricks make it easier to use, or what other sites were also helpful.
Thanks to Kay Due (Public Services) for passing this along!
Reference & User Services Quarterly has recently published the ALA’s eighth annual list of best free reference web sites. For full annotations, please view the article on the ALA site.
- AF: Acronym Finder
- American Rhetoric
- Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online (AATO)
- BBC News
- The Big Cartoon Database
- Constitution Finder
- Crash Course in Copyright
- Documenting the American South
- Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago
- Eternal Egypt
- How Products Are Made
- In the First Person: An Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Other Personal Narratives
- The Library of Congress
- Merriam-Webster Online
- National Atlas
- National Institutes of Health
- National Weather Service
- Peterson’s Planner
- POTUS: Presidents of the United States
- The Pulitzer Prizes
- Urban Legends Reference Pages
- WebMD Health
[Note: Some of these sites are so good that they will receive more attention on this blog in the future.]
Doris Dixon has also provided the link for the Combined Index of the Best Free Reference Websites, 1999-2006. Thanks, Doris!
From the Librarians’ Internet Index:
“Introduction to the electoral system in the United States. Topics include requirements to be a presidential candidate, who can vote and how this has changed over time, the political party system, how presidents are elected (including the primary system and electoral votes), and significant issues through time. Part of a website designed for teachers from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.”
A replacement for the earlier Consumer Reports article, this site provides all that CR did and more! It contains sections on how hybrids work, financial comparisons, buying guides, future hybrids, and a fuel savings calculator.
From the site: “WriteToMyBlog is a free web word processor for your Blog. Create Post Entries for your Blog from right here with our advanced word processor. Completely free, no membership required, can Post to multiple Blogs, view and edit Posts, works with all major Blog programs, and is easy-peasy!” See also: Writely.