About the Internet |
"Learn the Net is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, California.
The company focuses on delivering high quality educational products and services
in print, digital media, and to the desktop and mobile devices via the Internet
and intranets." It includes lessons about Web browsers, e-mail, searching
the Web, social networks, publishing online, downloading data, ebusiness,
and computer viruses.
Tips & Tricks
The links on this page provide access to features available via Search
Engine Watch. These features include advanced search strategies; search
strategies for specific search engines; links to Internet subject directories;
lists of reviewed and scholarly Web sites; links to metasearch engines
and comparisons of their content; and About.com's tips for searching
the Web. "Search
Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis
of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve
their ability to be found in search engines. The links below provide
more information about the site and its operation."
Search the Internet
This page provides rationales for using search engines, web directories,
and metasearch tools, as well as links to popular versions of each of
these search mechanisms; searching tips; and links to resources for evaluating
"The Spider's Apprentice, Spidap, is not another search engine. Our purpose
is to help you understand and use search engines. How do they work? Why
do certain results come up frequently and others not at all? Which search
engines are most useful and efficient? How can you improve your searches
and find what you want more easily?" Some of the sections on this site
are: Search Engine FAQ; Search Engine Ranking Algorithms; Search Strategy;
How Search Engines Work; Search Wizard: and How to Find Info about People
on the Web.
The Awesome Library provides only resources that have been reviewed
and found to be of high quality for our users. In that sense, all of the resources
are highly rated at the time of review. . . . We explore the World Wide Web for
you and bring back resources that are brought to our attention in the following
- Recommended by a teacher, student, parent, or librarian
- Recommended by a national reviewer
- Requested information on a topic
- Emerging current events
The Project Director for this effort is Dr.
R. Jerry Adams, who has over 25 years of experience in managing
educational programs on a national, state, and local level. He has
served on half a dozen national advisory boards related to educational
program development. Dr. Adams is the Executive Director for the Evaluation and Development
Institute and the author of the database upon which the Web site is constructed.
Best Information on the Net
Categories include Alcohol, Black Collegian, Blogger, Carfax & Vehix.com,
Contacting your Representative; Cutting (self-mutilation); STDs; International
Education Exchange; Dance Safe (Raves); Dating Violence; Eating Disorders
Awareness; Etiquette (with an interesting view); Finding Blogs; Free Audio
Books; Hoaxs online & in e-mail; How Deja vu works; Getting the Most
Out of Non-Fiction Reading; Men's Health Issues; Movie Profiler; NPR Podcast
Directory; Quack Watch; Podcast Directory; Political Blogging; Project
Vote Smart; Reading Groups; Safer Car; Sports Injuries; Student Counseling
Virtual Pamphlet Collection; StudyAbroad.com; Study Guides & Strategies;
Tide Stain Solutions; US. Consumer Gateway; Wing of Madness: a depression
guide; Health Tools from Mayo Clinic including calculators for BMI, daily
calorie intake, heart disease risk, pregnancy due date, and target heart
rate; and Self Assessments for depression, work & stress, prostate
symptoms, and healty weight.
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
"The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers
and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital
technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia’s research community with the online tools
and services necessary to make the most of scholarly
communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation." Information
available at this site includes online abstracts of journal articles, "enhanced
digital publications of . . . print books", "multimedia-integrated monograph
websites", "wikis for collaboration", and "blogs for discussion".
The Civil Rights Litigation
The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse is a collection of documents
and information about civil rights cases in selected case categories
across the United States. Currently, the categories include: Child Welfare,
Criminal Justice (Other), Disability Rights-Pub. Accom., Education, Election/Voting
Rights, Equal Employment, Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance, Immigration,
Indigent Defense, Intellectual Disability (Facility), Jail Conditions,
Juvenile Institution, Mental Health (Facility), Nursing Home Conditions,
Policing, Prison Conditions, Public Accommodations, Public Benefits & Services,
Public Housing, School Desegregation, Speech and Religious Freedom. For
details on these case categories, click here. Oversight
of the content of this web site is provided by the faculty of the University
of Michigan Law School.
"A team of librarians monitors information technology literature,
selecting only the best items to annotate for this free publication.
The resulting issue of 8-12 annotated citations of current literature
is emailed to a mailing list and is available as an RSS feed. . . .
Current Cites has been published continuously since August 1990."
This subject list of recommended web sites is created and "maintained
by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York."
"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.
INFOMINE is librarian built. Librarians from the University of California,
Wake Forest University, California State University, the University of
Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges have contributed
to building INFOMINE."
ipl2: Information You Can Trust
"ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment.
To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information
science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions
for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating
and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of
these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this
Type your search statement in the Search ipl2 box.
Operators (AND OR NOT).
Use quotation marks around phrases of two or more
words. Example ("eating disorders" OR "anorexia nervosa")
of synonyms in parentheses and connect them with the Boolean Operator
OR. Example: (batman OR superman OR superhero OR "super hero")
characters are supported--Use an asterisk (*) to "represent zero or
more" letters. Use a question mark (?) to represent a single letter.
Examples: c*t will retrieve court, count, cot, cat, etc. c?t will retrieve
cat and cot.
"Since 1994, the Scout Project has focused on developing better tools
and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information
and metadata. Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus,
and part of the University's College of Letters and Sciences, Scout has
access to highly educated content specialists and a world-class array
of computer science and library resources. Our eclectic staff blends
academics and professionals from Library Science and Computer Science,
along with graduate and undergraduate students studying the sciences,
social sciences and humanities. . . . The project's acclaimed reports
and resource archive provide educators, students, researchers, and librarians
with fast, convenient ways of staying informed about the most valuable
online resources. Our most popular publication, the Scout Report, is
one of the Web's oldest and most respected current awareness services.
Published every Friday since 1994, it is read by more than 250,000 readers
Voice of the Shuttle
"The Voice of the Shuttle began in late 1994 as an introduction to the
Web for humanists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. VoS
became publicly accessible on March 21, 1995, when the Humanitas server
on which it resided opened to global Web access. From its origin to
October, 1999, VoS stayed at the same address on the Humanitas server.
It grew in that period to over 70 pages of links to humanities and
humanities-related resources on the Internet. Its mission has been
to provide a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources
that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their
professional organization and points toward the transformation of those
disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences
and with new digital media. . . . VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary
(or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who
have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach
to the humanities (which in practice has included students and instructors
from the elementary school, high school, and general population sectors)."
The WWW Virtual Library
"The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started
by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991
at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose
confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular
areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index
of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality
guides to particular sections of the Web."