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Sources for Locating WWW Resources

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Follow these steps to locate and select resources available on the World Wide Web:

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Locate Reviewed Resources

Consult Subject Directories

Search for Sites Using Search Engines
The resources listed under step one have been evaluated by information professionals or experts in their respective fields.

Information located using the resources listed under steps two and three should be checked for credibility and reliability.



Step One: Locate Reviewed Resources
Use sites reviewing scholarly resources to identify pages recommended by information professionals.

Awesome Library
Topics covered in this database include: The Arts; English; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Health and PE; Technology; and Languages. The Evaluation and Development Institute sponsors this site. It "was formed to ensure that the possibility of world peace becomes a reality by the year 2050. EDI promotes the development of high level knowledge, skills and opportunities for leaders and future leaders across cultures in the service of world peace."

Best Information on the Net    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
This site is maintained by reference librarians at St. Ambrose University. They provide a wide variety of information resources by major, by hot topic, and alphabetically.

Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library     (Lists Reviewed Resources)
The top screen of this site allows users to connect to lists of content and subject areas. Sources are selected based upon the following criteria:    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
" is a free knowledge and learning center for people who seek thoughtful and engaging context to today's affairs. Only lets users simultaneously search the world's most respected encyclopedia, expert reviews of the Web's best sites, timely articles from leading magazines, and related books. Special interactive features extend these resources to create a distinctive, authoritative Internet destination."

BUBL Information Service    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
BUBL staff are information professionals who work at the Center for Digital Library Research. They evaluate Web resources and decide whether or not they are suitable for inclusion on the service.

College & Research Libraries News: Internet Resources    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
This site links to the journal, College and Research Libraries News, which is published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. It reproduces issues of the journal which include reviews of Web sites in a column entitled "Internet Reviews."

Current Cites    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
This is a service of the Berkeley Digital library SunSITE. In this site "[a] team of librarians and library staff monitors information technology literature in both print and digital forms, each month selecting only the best items to annotate for a free publication. The resulting issue of 10-15 annotated citations of current literature is E-mailed to a mailing list.. The user can dynamically create their own Bibliography On-Demand. The items that are freely available on the Internet are also retrieved and indexed so that the user can perform an Article Search of the full-text of these items."

Digital Librarian    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
This site is "[m]aintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York." Sites are recommended for a wide variety of topics.

INFOMINE    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
"INFOMINE is intended for the introduction and use of Internet/Web resources of relevance to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It is being offered as a comprehensive showcase, virtual library and reference tool containing highly useful Internet/Web resources."

Internet Public Library    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
The mission of the Internet Public Library involves "finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources; and direct assistance to individuals." The site is maintained by professional librarians and graduate library and information science students.

Librarians' Index to the Internet    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
Users can search this site, the Librarians' Index to the Internet, to locate annotated entries of Internet resources that have been selected evaluated by information professionals.

Merlot  (Lists Reviewed Resources)
"MERLOT is a community of educators in higher education who collaborate to develop and disseminate high quality online resources for faculty to incorporate into their courses." Subject categories included at this site are arts; humanities, social sciences; business; mathematics; education; science and technology.

Scout Report    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
The Computer Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison publishes this well-known report that includes reviews of WWW sites. Sites are selected by librarians and content specialists. Back issues of this publication can be searched from the home page. Evaluation of resources is based upon the following factors: content, authority; information maintenance; presentation; availability; and cost . Users can search the full-text of the Scout Report to locate information about a topic. Reports are produced in the areas of business & economics; science and engineering; and social sciences & humanities.

WWW Virtual Library    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
Use these pages to identify major sites in a subject area. The authors of the pages are practitioners or experts in the fields they cover. Each subject area is maintained by separate authors who are responsible for linking to their personal credentials.

Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research    (Lists Reviewed Resources)
Categories at this site include anthropology; archaeology; architecture; area & regional studies; art & art history; classical studies; cultural studies; cyberculture; gender studies; history; humanities; legal studies; linguistics; literature (English); literature (other); literary theory; media studies; minority studies; music & dance; philosophy; photography; politics & government; postindustrial business theory; religious studies; science, technology, & culture; and technology of writing. Sites included are chosen by a staff of graduate students directed by Alan Liu, professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Step Two: Consult Subject Directories
These directories are for general use. The sources listed have not been reviewed by professionals.    (Subject Directory)
Sites are listed by subject."Each site in . . . [the] network is run by a professional Guide who is carefully screened and trained by About. Guides build a comprehensive environment around each of their specific topics, including the best new content, relevant links, How-To's, Forums, and answers to just about any question."

Academic Info AZ Subject Index    (Subject Directory)
"The primary focus of . . . [sites included in this directory] must be academic, with its intended audience at the upper high school level or above. A priority is adding digital collections from libraries, museums, and academic organizations and sites offering unique online content".

Excite    (Subject Directory)
Excite has categorized pages under subjects including allergy center; auctions; autos, boards; business tools; careers; cash back; casino; celebrities; community; computers; credit; diet; e-mail; entertainment; fashion & beauty; food & drink; games; greeting cards; health; horoscopes; insurance center; investing; Internet service providers; lottery; lifestyle; maps & direction; mortgages; movies; music; news; personal; radio; real estate; relationships; shopping; sports; travel; television; weather; white pages; & yellow pages.

Galaxy    (Subject Directory)
Galaxy is a search engine and provides a subject directory covering a wide variety of sources including religion, health, engineering, technology, sports, science, humanities, and travel.

LookSmart    (Subject Directory)
LookSmart provides a searchable directory. It covers topics such as computing, entertainment, hobbies, home & family, education, science, health, society, politics, travel, work, and money.

Open Directory Project (Subject Directory)
Open Directory Project provides a searchable directory. It covers topics such as health, society, computing, entertainment, education, science, politics, hobbies, family, travel, work, and money.

WebCrawler    (Subject Directory)
WebCrawler provides a searchable directory. It covers topics such as health, entertainment, politics, hobbies, family, travel, work, education, science, society, computing, and money.

Yahoo    (Subject Directory)
Yahoo provides a subject directory that includes topics such as business & economy, computers & internet, news & media, health, society& culture, education, taxes, sciences, military, elections, and autos.

Step Three: Search for Sites Using Search Engines
Search engines allow users to construct search strategies, retrieve, and choose resources on the World Wide Web. Read help screens and FAQs to learn how to broaden and narrow searches. Also read information about how the search engine determines relevancy.

All the Web    (Search Engine)

AltaVista    (Search Engine)

Google    (Search Engine)

HotBot    (Search Engine)

Lycos    (Search Engine)

Teoma    (Search Engine)

WebCrawler    (Search Engine)

All quoted material is from the respective source.

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