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Research, Search Engines & Tools

Reference Sites

ipl2 - http://www.ipl.org/
ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). High-quality sites on a variety of topics. Browse by category or use the search box to answer questions. You can subscribe by email or RSS to be notified of new additions to the site. For library staff, ipl2 is an easy way to learn about blogs and RSS and to refine skills with search engines. IPL was founded in 1994 as a learning/teaching tool by the University of Michigan School of Information, and LII began in the early 1990s as a Gopher bookmark file maintained by reference librarian Carole Leita in Berkeley in October 1994.

Internet Archive - http://www.archive.org/
Wayback Machine - archived versions of Web sites. Includes texts, audio, moving images, and software. Staff picks and RSS feed. Information on copyright and archiving. Directed and founded by Brewster Kahle.

Infomine - http://infomine.ucr.edu/
INFOMINE - Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. Includes databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, and directories of researchers. Useful for primary documents.

Search Engine News and Tutorials

Infopeople - http://www.infopeople.org/
Courses, research tools, search engine and technology tips. Handouts from past courses and tips on search tools.

Research Buzz - http://www.researchbuzz.com/
Internet research - almost daily updates on search engines, new data managing software, browser technology, large compendiums of information, web directories. Search box and browsable categories. Written and edited by Tara Calishain, author and expert on search engines.

SearchEngine Showdown - http://www.searchengineshowdown.com/
News, analysis, comparisons, and searching tips for search engines.
“Search Engine Features Chart”
“Search Strategies” for search engines
Written and edited by Greg R. Notess, reference librarian at Montana State University; author, columnist, and speaker.

ResourceShelf - http://resourceshelf.com/
Weblog on search engine news, research-oriented resources, and an opt-in weekly newsletter for information professionals Archived to March 2001. Compiled and edited by Gary Price and the ResourceShelf team.

MaryLaine Block’s Neat New Stuff - http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html
Researcher’s finds of the week, geared to reference work. You can subscribe via e-mail. There is a 6-month searchable archive.

UC Berkeley’s Teaching Library
Extensive tutorial on web search skills, including strategy, the invisible web, evaluating web sites. The material is presented in several formats – Web pages, PDF documents, and PowerPoint files. Created and maintained by Joe Barker, librarian, trainer and speaker.

Google Answers
Someone may have already answered your question. Help and Tips give good examples of how to ask a question via email.

Other Tools
Tiny URL - http://tinyurl.com/
Preserve a long URL by turning it into a 26-character URL that won’t break in email postings or expire.
Twingine - http://www.twingine.com/
Puts Yahoo! and Google search results side-by-side. Accepts terms to limit your results. Was Yahoogoogle till June 1, 2005. Posted by Norwegian computer programmer Asgeir Nilsen

Website Evaluation Form
Joe Barker, who created and maintained the U.C. Berkeley Teaching Library page for many years, had posted a form for evaluating websites.
You will need to have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader on your computer to get this form. If you do not have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader on your computer, you will need to download this free plug-in first.

Google and Yahoo!

See what’s in development and the most recently added functions:
Google - http://labs.google.com/
Yahoo - http://next.yahoo.com/

Commands and finding aids
Google - Cheat sheet
Yahoo - Short cuts

Google Librarian Center - www.google.com/librariancenter/
Teaching aids, including handouts, library stories, and a newsletter sign-up and archive. This is not the same as Google Librarian: The Librarian's Guide to Google - www.googlelibrarian.com/ The latter is run by Aviva Directory. It has ads and doesn't have the Google logo in the page title, although both companies title their web pages the same, "Google Librarian."


Stumped for the meaning of RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) or blog (short for web log or weblog)?
Use this command in the Google search box: define: [word] e.g. define: RSS or define: blog.
Sometimes you will see multiple meanings, but this may be useful also.
More information about the “define:” and other commands are on the Google cheatsheet.

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