Cool 'net Tools: Online databases and reference resources

  • Cool 'net tools: on-line databases & reference resources

    On-line Databases

    • MRSD subscription databases
      • Ebsco
        This site, offered free to schools by the NH State Library, offers access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, and professional journals, many with the full-text of the articles. The “Searchasaurus” module is designed for use by younger, elementary aged students and includes articles from many children’s magazines. NovelList is a reader’s advisory database for both children, teens and adults.

      • eChoices
        eChoices is a database that offers career and college information. After entering the site, an individual account may be set up. Selected information about careers and/or colleges may be saved into the individual account.

      • Gale Literary Databases
        Contemporary Authors is a database that provides biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Contemporary Literary Criticism is a database that contains an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

      • Grolier On-line
        This site includes access to Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples (countries of the world), and the America the Beautiful series (the 50 states including Puerto Rico and the US territories.)

      • Infotrak
        This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

      • Merriam Webster Dictionary
        This is the online version of the 11th edition of the unabridged Merriam Webster Collegiate dictionary which includes definitions, word origins, a thesaurus, a collegiate encyclopedia, a Spanish-English dictionary, a rhyming dictionary and a style-guide. This site also includes an audio function which allows you to hear the word spoken.

      • Newsbank
        This database includes searchable, full-text of The Manchester Union Leader and N.H. Sunday News from 1989 to current; also includes special databases providing up-to-date coverage of key issues and events in the world today (terrorism, Iraq, infectious diseases, environment ...)

      • NoodleTools
        This in an online MLA and APA-style bibliography composer. You can generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list or APA References list that complies with the rules of the current MLA Handbook and APA Publication Manual. NoodleBib takes care of punctuation, alphabetization and formatting, producing a polished source list for import into Word. NoodleBib MLA Junior is designed for students in grades 5-10, and NoodleBib MLA/APA Advanced for high school, college, and graduate students.

      • World Book Encyclopedia On-line
        The full contents of the World Book Encyclopedia are available here, as well as additional articles, current events, timelines, an extensive atlas, and links to related web sites. Articles and pictures may be printed as well as emailed.

    • Free databases
      How can you find them??
      You can Use Google or Yahoo - just make sure to include the word database with your subject ie
      "population database"
      "plane crash database"
      "languages database"
      AND make sure you put your search in quotes "population database"
      Or you can use a

      • Topic/Subject search sites
        • Blue Web'n

          Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800 + outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area).

        • Librarian's Index to the Internet

          Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. LII is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources. Developed by California librarians as a California resource, so there are a lot of California related web sites.

        • Educator's Reference Desk

          This is a project of the Information Institute of Syracuse. This site includes 2000 lesson plans, 3000 value-added pointers to education information and organizations, and 200 question archives. Includes the ability to search ERIC which produces the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The new ERIC online system, released September 2004, provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966.

      • A Specific free databases
        • American Memory

          American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. They also offer the Learning Page specifically geared for teachers, and resources for children called America's Story.

      Hidden Web

      What is the "hidden" or "invisible" web?
      "The "invisible web" is what you cannot retrieve ("see") in the search results from almost all subject directories. Most of the invisible web is made up of the contents of thousands of specialized searchable databases that you can search via the Web. The search results from many of these databases are delivered to you in web pages that are generated just to answer your search. Such pages aren't stored anywhere. Search engines cannot find or create these pages.
      "Finding Information on the Internet: a Tutorial, Invisible Web: what it is, why it exists, how to find it, and its inherent ambiguity

      • Complete Planet
        CompletePlanet is the front door to Deep Web databases on the Web and to the thousands of regular search engines — it is the first step in trying to find highly topical information. By tracing through CompletePlanet's subject structure or searching Deep Web sites, you can go to various topic areas, such as energy or agriculture or food or medicine, and find rich content sites not accessible using conventional search engines.

      • Infomine
        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. INFOMINE is librarian built.

      • Invisible Web Directory
        This site is a companion to The Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Internet Resources Search Engines Can't See by Chris Sherman and Gary Price. It includes a directory of some of the best resources the Invisible Web has to offer. The directory includes resources that are informative, of high quality, and contain worthy information from reliable information providers that are not visible to general-purpose search engines.


      Class Assignment Pathfinders

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      Last updated: 6/20/11

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