~ Archive for Reference Sources ~

Alternatives to search engines

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In “thinking outside the search box,” Mary Elen Bates offers a number
of choices for searching on a topic, from news sites to weblogs. 
“Go where you think the information will be.” (Source: The Virtual
Chase)

Web directory

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Forbes has a “Best of the Web” directory of more than 3000 sites in
categories such as investing, blogs, health, travel and others. 
(Source: beSpacific)

Science Citation Index access expanded to 1900-

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ISI’s Science Citation Index access from 1900 to date is now available to Harvard users.  (Source: Kristin Stoklosa)

Blog on reference books

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Reference Book of the Day offers reviews of various reference titles,
from new to early in the last century.  Topics include language,
philosophy, education, national parks, crime and others.  (source:
Library Juice)

On using wikipedia as a research starting point

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Mary Ellen Bates gives some tips on how to use Wikipedia as a gateway
to finding authoritative sources.  (Source: The Virtual Chase)

Postal service made simple

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Didn’t see this in time for the holidays, but lii.org points out a USPS
Customer’s Guide to Mailing, which explains different mailing options
and links to postage rate tables. 

The quiet growth of e-books

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(Source: SciTechDaily Review)

Lycos announces “discussion forum” search

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Lycos offers a beta version of a new search engine that purportedly
limits its scope to “discussion groups” or “web-based
conversations.”  This does not include newsgroups, and supposedly
is not meant to include blogs, although some blog pages will show up in
search results.  After executing a search, you can limit to a
specific kind of forum, such as Yahoo groups.  No advanced search
options as of yet, only a few limiters which appear on the results
page.  (Source:  Pandia Search World)

Style guide for chemistry

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STLQ points to
Australian professor Kiernan L. Kim’s Chemistry Style Manual
(2004),   of which you may download one copy, according to
the copyright notice.  ACS published its latest guide in 1997, if
my information is correct, so this is a timely find. 

Review of web content managers

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“Forget bookmarks,” urges Chris Sherman, offering this overview of web
content managers, including ContentSaver, utilities which enable you to
save web pages or links, and search and annotate them.  (Source:
The Virtual Chase)

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