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Web Searching, Sleuthing and Sifting
(tutorial series)

Lesson One:
What is the Web and why can't I find what I want?


Lesson Two:
Where do I start? (Web Directories)


Lesson 2a:
Evaluating what you find (Tips for Selecting Resources)


Lesson Three:

 What's next? (Web Indexes and Search Engines)


Lesson Four:

Power Search Techniques (Boolean and Field Searching)


Lesson Five:

Locating Images: Photos, Pictures & Graphics


Lesson 5a:

Photos, Pictures & Graphics -- Quick Reference


Lesson 6:

Using MetaSearch Engines



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Developing Virtual Collections
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Web-Savvy:
Keeping Current with Web-based Resources
 
Essential E-Newsletters
Indispensable Updates
Announcing...!
E-publications
Savvy About Search Tools
"Power Tools"
News Services
Web Current Awareness Sites

This page contains invaluable tools for anyone with an interest in keeping up with new and great web-based resources. Your suggestions are welcomed!

 
Essential E-Newsletters
 
Recommendation: read immediately and often!!
 
  • Freepint 

  • http://www.freepint.co.uk/index.html
    Free Pint is a free email newsletter written by and for information professionals in the UK. Included are: " tips, tricks and articles on how and where to find reliable Web sites and search more effectively." 
     
  • Internet Resources Newsletter 

  • http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/irn.html
    Editor Roddy MacLeod keeps this newsletter, published by: Heriot-Watt University - Internet Resource Center, a wonderful resources on the latest sites of interest to academics and researchers. Also updates on the great e-lib projects and Internet in print.
     
  • LII New This Week Mailing List 

  • http://lii.org/search/file/mailinglist
    Sign up to receive the email version of "What's New This Week" at the Librarians Internet Index. This listing of sites newly added to the to LII database complete with annotations  is not exactly a newsletter, but essential just the same.
     
  • ResearchBuzz -- Internet Research News 

  • http://www.researchbuzz.com/news/
     Subscribe to Tara Calishain's ResearchBuzz to get a weekly e-letter filled with tips. 
  • The Internet Tourbus

  • http://www.tourbus.com/
    "Net gurus Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen (aka the "Click & Clack" of the online world) explain Internet technology in plain English, with a dash of humor." Browse the archives or sign-up for the twice-weekly emailing.
     
  • Web Searching Newsletter

  • http://websearch.about.com/internet/sites/websearch/gi/pages/mmail.htm
    by Chris Sherman for About.com. Empowers searchers!
 
Indispensible Updates
 
Updates to Extremely Useful Resources
 
 
Announcing!
 
Best of the "Announcement" Services...
 
  • Archive of The Librarians' Site du Jour

  • http://www.jennyscybrary.com/pastjour.html
    Courtesy of Cybrarian Jenny Levine.
     
  • Net-happenings 

  • http://listserv.classroom.com/archives/net-happenings.html
    List of daily net "events" overseen by The Scout Project until 6/20/2019. Now at the Classroom Connect site.  Archives prior to this date at http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/caservices/net-hap/index.html
      
  • What's New on the Web 

  • http://www.library.uq.edu.au/internet/new/webnew.html
    Prepared by the University of Queensland, Library, this useful listing is divided into categories such as "Current Awareness Tools," "Reference Tools and Services."
 
E-publications
 
Updates to Extremely Useful Resources
 
  • Current Cites 

  • http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/CurrentCites/
    "An annotated monthly bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology" edited by Teri Andrews Rinne. Extremely useful: "Bibliography on Demand" and "Article Search."
     
  • Kids Report: Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites

  • http://kids.library.wisc.edu/
    A biweekly publication by K-12 students as a resource for students and their teachers. originally modeled and mentored by the folks who produce the Scout Report (at the University of Wisconsin - Madison). Past issues are searchable.
     
  • Ex Libris 

  • http://marylaine.com/exlibris/index.html 
    is a new weekly e-zine for librarians by "the Librarian without walls" and established columnist  Marylaine Block.

 
 
Savvy About Search Tools
 
Updates to Extremely Useful Resources
 
  • The Bot Spot 

  • http://botspot.com/
    Everything you every wanted to know about 'bots ... "the Spot for All Bots on The Net." News and interesting info.
     
  • Web Search Page at About.com

  • http://websearch.about.com/internet/sites/websearch/mbody.htm
    An Excellent Site! Find out news and trends about search engines as well as how and which search engines to use. Particularly useful -- articles on trends. 
     
  • Search Engine Watch 

  • http://www.searchenginewatch.com
    Danny Sullivan 's site is *the* place to go for everything you ever wanted to know about searching and search engines, including: the latest news on our favorite search tools, information on search engines and how they work, power searching tips & charts, and web searching tutorials.
     
  • Traffick: The Guide to Portals 

  • http://www.traffick.com/
    Latest news and events on portals and search engines including reports reporting on portal offerings in a variety of categories including productivity and services, family and business. 

Power "Tools"
 
Recommendation: read immediately and often!!
  • The Informant 

  • http://informant.dartmouth.edu/
    "The Informant is a FREE! service that will save your favorite search engine queries and web sites, check them periodically, and send you email whenever there are new or updated web pages."
     
  • On the Net: Internet Current Awareness 

  • http://www.onlineinc.com/onlinemag/OL1999/net3.html 
    Article by Greg Notess appearing in the March 1999 issue of Online in which he discusses  current awareness services.
     
  • Web4Lib archive 

  • http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/archive.html
    Search the archives by keywords;  limit by date or search the subject lines only (Boolean-enabled searching; truncation). Browse by month.

News Services
 
Recommendation: read immediately and often!!

Web Current Awareness Sites
 
Recommendation: read immediately and often!!
 
  • Best Information on the Net (BIOTN) 

  • http://library.sau.edu/bestinfo/Librarians/new.htm
    "chosen by librarians at O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University, an excellent listing of "What's New on the Net: Announcement Services and Site Reviews."
     
  • Current Awareness Resources from the Library Web Manager's Reference Center 

  • http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/current.html
    Nice set of tools for Web Managers and others. Very useful: ability to search sources directly such as "Current Cites," "Scout Report," and "Web Review."
     
  • El Dorado County Library: What's Hot on the Internet This Week 

  • http://www.eldoradolibrary.org/thisweek.htm
    Annotated listing of the best new (and updated) sites on the Web.
     
  • Internet 101 

  • http://www.internet-101.com/bookmrks/bookmrk4.htm
    Companion web site to the 1/2 weekly television program of the same name. Hosted by Marcus P. Zillman.
     
  •  Current Awareness ( Librarians Resource Centre:  The Toolbox)

  • http://www.sla.org/chapter/ctor/toolbox/resource/index.html
    Eclectic
    compilation of extremely useful sites from the Web journal Wired West of the SLA Western Canada Chapter including a summary from the BUSLIB-L .
     
  • Keeping your Research up to date - New Internet Resources 

  • http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/aware/newnet.html
    Excellent collection of Current Awareness services for Internet Resources. Includes links to many of the British e-lib sites.
     
  • S.O.S.: School Site of the Day

  • http://www.school.discovery.com/schrockguide/sos.html
    School site of the day highlights sites of interest to the education community (Sept.-June). From Kathy Schrock of the "Guide for Educators."  
     
  • Scout Report 

  • http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/report/sr/current/index.html
    The venerable Scout Report is a weekly web publication (or email) containing an annotated listing of new sites of interest to the research and academic community. There are also subject specific Scout Reports: Social Sciences, Business and Economics and Science and Engineering including a "Current Awareness Metapage."
     
  • Stay Current in Cyberspace 

  • http://www.JennysCybrary.com/current.html
    Very useful listing of current awareness tools from Librarian Jenny Levine. Includes: Ezines & Web Sites,  Internet Technology & Culture &  Mailing Lists. Nice site!

    Worth a visit....

  • Librarian.Net by Jessamyn West

  • http://www.librarian.net
    News and pointers from a "'raring" Librarian....


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