Search engines and tools
ACADEMIC AND SCHOLARLY SEARCH ENGINES: http://whitepapers.virtualprivatelibrary.net/Scholar.pdf
ASK.COM http://www.ask.com Good starting place for research: images, news, maps, local search, reference tools, blogs…
A-9 http://www.a9.com/ Search across the web tools: movies, people, books, yellow pages, Wikipedia. Affiliated with Amazon.com
BEYOND GOOGLE: BETTER SEARCH RESOURCES, EVALUATED BY EXPERTS IN MANY FIELDS. http://oedb.org/library/college-basics/research-beyond-google
Also see: http://oedb.org/
SIX TECHNIQUES TO GET MORE FROM THE WEB THAN GOOGLE WILL TELL YOU (DEC 2007 article)
CLUSTY http://clusty.com Sorts search results into folders
THE EUROPEAN LIBRARY http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/
The European Library searches the content of European national libraries. From the users guide: “The European Library gives centralized access to the resources of the 47 national libraries of Europe. Material indexed includes original documents, text books, maps, photographs, music, etc.. And ….one can quickly check whether a national library has digitized a particular item”
FACTBITES – Where results make sense http://www.factbites.com/
“What do you get if you cross a search engine with an encyclopedia? Factbites,” where the search results page itself includes key sentences from each of the sources retrieved. Uber-researcher Mary Ellen Bates, in
her BatesInfoTip Newsletter <http://www.batesinfo.com/august-2007-infotip.html> recommends this as
a “useful filter on search results that may help you find in-depth answers quickly.”
INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY: http://www.ipl.org In-depth subject coverage in a directory format. Content largely generated by information science students.
LIBRARIANS’ INTERNET INDEX http://www.lii.org In-depth subject coverage in a directory format. Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) is a publicly-funded website and weekly newsletter serving California, Washington State, the nation, and the world.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS VIRTUAL REFERENCE SHELF: http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html
WEB SITES IN ALL SUBJECT AREAS
ALCOVE 9 from the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/alcove9/
Covers Reference and Research Websites in all subject areas; astonishing for its broad coverage.
►MASTERKEY http://masterkey.indexdata.com/ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
MasterKey is a hosted service developed and maintained by Index Data.
The MasterKey hosted metasearch service is now, and will continue to be, freely usable for searching selected open content online resources and library catalogs. Commercial resources and additional catalogs can be added to the service using the fee-based version of MasterKey.
An amazing resource, as an example, type “AMERICAN LITERATURE” in the search engine and look at the results!
MeL: MICHIGAN LIBRARY ONLINE: http://web.mel.org/viewtopic.jsp?id=53