The main purpose of this page is to supply a practice sheet for participants in the seminar "Finding Information on the Internet."However, please feel free to use it as you find helpful.
A collection of URLs
A mixed bag with a little something for everyoneSubject Directories
- Bill Arnett's Astronomy Catalog Contains good examples of hypertext, sound files, images, videos. Interesting stuff.
- Amistad Research Center at Tulane: AfroAmerican and ethnic history and culture.
- PCL Map Collection University of Texas
- The Web Museum Network A number of Museums have online exhibitions. This one is particularly good.
- Botanic Garden: University of Delaware
- American Studies Web Also contains links to some general reference and research tools.
- Literary Tools on the Web Tools for the study of (primarily) English and American Literature.
- Psychology course at Hanover. Includes some use of video.
- World cultures
A Few Good Web Resources for working with the Web
- Writing HTML A really good tutorial created by Maricopa Community College (Phoenix). Can be downloaded in IBM, Mac, and UNIX versions so you can work on it at your desk.
- Web Style Manual "This manual describes the design principles used to create the pages within the Center for Advanced Instructional Media's (C/AIM) World Wide Web site. This is not an introduction to HTML authoring. . . ." Fills a big hole in Web page development.
- Instructional Media Group includes reference materials and templates for developing course materials.
- Yahoo A friendly, general purpose index with search capabilities. Often a good place to start, especially for browsing.
- The WWW Virtual Library Different subject areas are maintained by different persons all around the world.
- Galaxy Subcategories are displayed in a paragraph format under the main categories.
- Clearinghouse for Subject-oriented Internet Resource Guides Annotated Internet bibliographies on a wide variety of subjects.
- Overview of Scholarly Societies Priovides the ability to browse or search for scholarly societies.
- University Home Pages Links to universities, colleges, and communities in the United States. This may be a useful place to look if you know that a particular school is doing research in an area of your interest.
- The World Lecture Hall A collection of Web courseware from many colleges and universities.
- Liszt A mailing list searcher. You pick the topic, Liszt will find the list.
- The Scout Report Carefully edited, also available as email.
Different search tools collect information in different ways, so it's often worth submitting your search to several. The responses will probably overlap partially, but not completely.
Three ExamplesEvaluating Information
- Alta Vista Supports both elementary and advanced search options with boolean (and, or, not) operators. I particulary like the fact that you can specify phrases that are several words long by enclosing them in quotation marks. (i.e. You can look up "hot dogs" without finding information about fires or beagles.)
- Lycos At Carnegie Mellon University. This has both an elementary and a complex search procedure.
- Excite A combined Subject Directory and the Web Database tool.
Examples of Text Collections
- UPENN's list of Internet search resources and tools Classifies the search tools. A good resource with evaluative material.
- Testing the Surf Criteria for Evaluating Internet Information Resources
Most of the home pages of these collections also refer to other collections and related pages.
- Alex A listing of texts available online.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library Christian classics in the public domain from St. Athanasius to G. K. Chesterton
- The Tech Classics Classical Greek and Roman Literature in translation (MIT)
- The Perseus Project Classical Greece in text, maps, drawings, photographs.
- Jane Austen Includes her works, some with hypertext notes, her life, criticism. etc.