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Online libraries may not be as majestic as the real thing, as this photo collection of libraries around the world proves, but they are a great presence on the Internet that everyone should be familiar with.
While soaring through the Internet via StumbleUpon, I found the article “100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access” from a blog called College Degree. Divided into categories including digital libraries, international digital libraries, texts, medical libraries, legal libraries and more, this is an excellent list for anyone doing research online.
Now, how to conduct research online? These resources will help you get your bearings.
A Research Guide for Students is a simple, text-based Web site divided into chapters. It includes search boxes for multiple search engines, citation guidelines, quotation guidelines, “How to Survive the Internet Unscathed” and many more.
The Librarians’ Internet Index catalogs quality, research-fit Web sites on hundreds of topics. On LII I found BrightPlanet’s “Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet,” a detailed PDF that helps you become fluent in using search engines. LII’s list of specialized encyclopedias has some interesting selections, too.
Our Guide to Web Search is a wellspring of research tips, linking to sites that discuss Web site credibility, choosing a search engine, using web directories and scholarly resources, and much more.
Journals may seem like a luxury bestowed to university and college students, but everyone can benefit from the Directory of Open Access Journals, (DOAJ) which as of today had 3,895 journals in its database.
Online Education Database’s “Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources” takes you well past standard search options.