Research databases & applications

Artcyclopedia – A good starting point for researching artists or art movements.  There is not a great deal of content at this somewhat amateurish web site (the look and feel is stuck in 1999), but they have a large number of well organized links to images and information at other sites around the web. For example, click on the glossary and pick a term, the next stop is the ArtLex website.

BioMed Central – An Open Access publisher and portal to nearly 200 open access journals in a very wide range of bio-medical fields from Anesthesiology to Zoology with stops at Sports Medicine and Women’s Health.

Digital History – According to their sub-heading, they are “using new technologies to enhance teaching and research.”  The site is aimed at K-12 history teachers and is supported by the University of Houston’s Department of History and College of Education.  Included at this site is an online history textbook, access to primary sources (a mixture of content and links to other websites), resources for teachers, scenarios for active learning, an interactive timeline, a selection of multimedia, and a substantial number of links to other resources (some of which require a subscription to commercial products).

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.” (source: InfoMine About page). This arrow should be in every reference librarian’s quiver. An excellent resource.

Internet History Sourcebook – Edited by Paul Halsall and hosted at Fordham University, this is a venerable website (created in 1996) that has been kept up to date. The site consists of public domain and copy-permitted documents and articles on Ancient, Medieval, and Modern history. There is a good mixture of local content and links to other sites.  The off site links are well marked.  The sourcebooks are further sub-divided into other topics, known as subsidiary sourcebooks, such as African, East Asian, Women, Islam, and more. Content is provided by college professors and, consequently, the audience is expected to be a college undergrad, an educated lay person, or a precocious high school student.

Intute – is a UK-based site dedicated to helping researchers find the best websites for their studies.  This is a great resource, which has now, sadly, lost its funding as of July 2011.  No further content will be added to the site nor will updates be made to links or other resources.  Intute is scheduled to go offline in 2014.

ipl2 – The conjoining of the original Internet Public Library and the Librarians’ Internet Index, the ipl2, hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology and supported by several major library schools, is at once a public service and a teaching environment.  The site provides free resources for research (mostly aimed at K-12) as well as an online reference facility staffed by professional librarians and graduate students.  In addition to “Ask an ipl2 Librarian,” authoritative resources are provided by subject, for Kids, and for Teens.  There are links to newspapers and magazines throughout the world and a series of special collections.  As with other sites, ipl2 contains content as well as links to other providers.

Perseus Digital Library – from Tufts University (Gregory R. Crane, Editor-in-Chief) is the result of research into what happens when ancient texts are made available in an online library.  Their mission is nothing less than making all of human knowledge accessible to as many people as possible in a networked world.  Consequently, they have truly stunning collections in Latin, Greek, and Arabic as well as commentary by noted scholars.  Aimed at the undergrad and higher, the content covers Greek and Roman materials, Arabic materials, 19th Century America, Germanic materials, Renaissance, an electronic (but not digitized) version of the Richmond (Virginia) Times covering the years 1860-1865, among other topics.  If your area of research is covered by Perseus, this is a terrific resource.

Resource Library – Formerly known as FindArticles.com, Resource Library is a free service of CBS Interactive. The site provides access to hundreds of articles covering a broad range of topics.  The articles are provided free of charge but don’t expect to find anything current.  Clicking on the first article in the News: Popular Articles section, calls up an article from 2005 from an obscure Colorado newspaper.  This site might get you started as a researcher but only just. If you want to find out what happened in MacWeek in 1998, you’re good, if you’d like something a bit more contemporary, you need to look elsewhere.

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