Need some help navigating a sea
of irrelevant Web sites? Looking for a few good Web sites? As mentioned
in the spring 2002 Information Update, the Reference Department
has begun a new web page, "Web Resources" to help students and faculty
quickly find relevant Web sites for their research.
Naturally, we've tried to select
Web sites that reflect our students' and faculty's research interests,
drawing from the questions we get asked at the Reference desk and in the
library instruction classes we teach. We also
monitor a variety of "Weblogs"
like the "Internet Scout Report" for sites that our students and faculty
will want to know about.
For ease of use, the sites are
grouped alphabetically by subject. The subjects are based on the major
academic programs offered at the University and also include "Electronic
Texts - Books and Journals" (free full-text books and articles), "Job
& Career" information, "Local Information" (newspaper and TV), and
of course some sites that are just "For Fun."
In this issue, we are spotlighting
some of our newest sites along with some of our most frequently used sites.
Remember that you can link to them by going to the Library's Electronic
Indexes page and clicking on the link for "Web Resources." Call or stop
by Reference if you have difficulty accessing the page.
Help in Navigating the Internet
to Frequently Asked Questions
What if I need help picking a
topic for my research?
Try Hot Paper Topics,
a listing of "hot topics"
for student papers with scores of links to Web
sites, collected by the Librarians at the O'Keefe library at St. Ambrose
University. This should help you get started with what is often the most
difficult part of research - choosing and defining a topic.
How can I find the meaning of
an online acronym or smiley face used in my chat group?
Check out NetLingo, an online dictionary of thousands of terms pertaining to the Internet. NetLingo also defines scores of online acronyms - like BTW, LOL
- and gives hundreds of examples of all the latest ‘emoticons' - those
goofy symbols that express emotion on the Net when read sideways. For
example : '- ( indicates crying.
How can I find information on
trade between the U
S and another country?
You'll want to be sure to
use TradePort International Trade, a Web site managed by the Los
Angeles Department of Commerce, intended to be "an easy-to-use tool offering
one place to go for comprehensive trade information, trade leads, and
company databases." Highly recommended by Betsey Moylan, who teaches library
instruction for the business classes.
Where do I find information on
the culture and customs of a country in Central America?
We get frequent requests
at the Reference desk for information on the cultures of various countries.
Information on the business, culture, education, genealogy, health, media
and communications of virtually every country of the world is being collected
in a new Library
of Congress project, Portals to the World. Library
of Congress subject specialists have begun the work on this new site,
which we think promises to be an excellent source of information for this
type of reference question.
How do I find a popular magazine
article that the Library doesn't have?
One option might be to try Find Articles, a free archives of previously-published articles
from 1998 to the present from over 300 magazines and journals. Find
Articles is a joint venture of LookSmart, a search engine, and the
Gale Group, a commercial publisher.