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Bartleby.Com's Reference Tools Online
http://www.bartleby.com/reference/
Includes links to the Columbia Encyclopedia, World Factbook, American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, etc.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Be Specific: Sabrina Pacifici's Webblog on Government Documents, Information, Etc.
http://www.bespacific.com
(Last checked 04/22/13)

College of William and Mary Swem Library
New Government Publications
http://swemgovdocs.blogs.wm.edu/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Dictionaries (One Look)
http://onelook.com/index.html
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Dictionaries: YourDictionary.com
http://www.yourdictionary.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

DocuTicker
http://www.docuticker.com/
Note: Shirley Kennedy and Gary Price now produce InfoDocket.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Evaluating Print Resources
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/assistance/page41013.html
Courtesy of Bowling Green State University.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Fact Finding on the Web: A Look at Some Powerful Reference Tools
http://www.llrx.com/columns/fact.htm
Covers the SIC Manual, Chemfinder, Roget's Internet Thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, How Far Is It, Geographic Name Server, etc.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Fagan Finder
http://www.faganfinder.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Federal Computer Week Online
http://fcw.com/Home.aspx
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Federal News Radio
http://www.federalnewsradio.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

FindLaw News
http://news.findlaw.com
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Full Text Reports and nothing but!
http://fulltextreports.com/
From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Government News for Montana
http://montanagovinfo.blogspot.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Government Technology
http://www.govtech.net/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Govexec.com
http://www.govexec.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Govexec.com Fedblog
http://www.govexec.com/fedblog/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

InfoDocket : Information Industry News + New Web Sites and Tools From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy
http://infodocket.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Information Please
http://www.infoplease.com/
Information Please LLC provides this site, a cyber-ready reference library of information derived from its well-known publications, The Information Please Almanac, The A&E Information Please Entertainment Almanac, The ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac, The Information Please Kids' Almanac, and The Information Please Girls' Almanac, as well as the Columbia Encyclopedia, and the Random House College Dictionary. Users can search or browse by topic. Clicking on "Home" takes users to what amounts to an Almanac table of contents. Content at the site is current through 1997, except for the Columbia Encyclopedia, which has a 1993 copyright date. You can do a Quick Search (subject) or Full Text Search. Source: Scout Report, February 27, 1998.
(Last chekced 04/22/13)

Infomine : University of California Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
http://infomine.ucr.edu/
A cooperative effort by the University of California to index Internet resources of relevance to the academic community.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Inside Higher Education
http://insidehighered.com
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Journalist's Toolbox
http://www.journaliststoolbox.org/
Selected resources by the Society of Professional Journalists.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Landmarks for Schools
http://www.landmark-project.com/index.php
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Library Link of the Day
http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Library News from Topix
http://www.topix.net/news/libraries
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Library of Congress Twitter Feed
http://twitter.com/librarycongress
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Library Spot
http://www.libraryspot.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Local Census
http://www.localcensus.com
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Marylaine Block's Neat New Stuff on the Web
http://marylaine.com/neatnew.html
(Last checked 04/22/13)

MCLS News Blog
http://mlcnet.org/blog/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

MittenLit
http://mittenlit.com/
All about books and authors with a tie to Michigan.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

National Day Celebration Calendar
http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

National Security Archives News
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/index.html
(Last checked 04/22/13)

New York Times Most Popular Articles
http://www.nytimes.com/gst/mostpopular.html?nl=ep&emc=ep
(Last checked 04/22/13)

OpentheGovernment.org
http://www.openthegovernment.org/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Primary and Secondary Sources
http://libguides.bgsu.edu/content.php?pid=20573&sid=145214
Courtesy of Bowling Green State University.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Primary Sources
http://www.lib.msu.edu/exhibits/primesource/
Courtesy of Michigan State University.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

RefDesk.com Site of the Day
http://www.refdesk.com
Check out the site of the day.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

ResearchBuzz
http://www.researchbuzz.com/
(Last checked 04/22/13)

ResearchBuzz Firehoze
http://rbfirehose.com
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Research-It
http://www.itools.com/research-it/research-it.html
A collection of online reference tools.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

ResourceShelf
http://www.resourceshelf.com/
Resources & News for Information Professionals & Researchers. Note : Gary Price and Shirley Kennedy now produce Full Text Reports.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

ResourceShelf's DocuTicker
http://www.docuticker.com/
DocuTicker offers a hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations. Visit daily for the latest updates, or subscribe to our RSS feed. DocuTicker is also featured in the ResourceShelf Newsletter, a free weekly e-mail highlighting recent posts.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Scholarly Journals, Popular Magazines, and Trade Publications
http://libguides.bgsu.edu/content.php?pid=20573&sid=145205
Courtesy of Bowling Green State University
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Scholarly vs. Popular Resources
http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/peabody/tutorials/scholarlyfree/
Camtasia presentation by Vanderbilt University.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Scout Report
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Project. Published every Friday both on the web and by email, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable resources on the Internet. Our team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

SearchEDU.com
http://www.searchedu.com/
Indexes over 15 million university and education web pages and ranks them in the order of their popularity.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Secrecy News
http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/index.html
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Sperling's BestPlaces
http://www.bestplaces.net/
This web page enables you to compare two cities, side-by-side. The site provides: population data by race, marital status, and occupational category, home ownership rates, median housing costs, educational attainment, school expenditures and demographics, health costs, water and air quality, rates of illlness, climate, cost of living, per capita and household income, unemployment rate, job growth, numbers and rates for property and violent crimes, commuting times, transportation methods, and place of work.
(Last checked 04/22/13)

Study Guides and Strategies
http://www.studygs.net
This simple and practical guide, created by Joe Landsberger, offers straightforward study strategies to students. Students can select specific hints and strategies from six general categories (in English or six other language options):

  • Study Preparation,
  • Studying,
  • Writing Skills,
  • In the Classroom,
  • Reading Skills, and
  • Testing Skills.
    Landsberger lists his references in each selection; these include David B. Ellis's _On Becoming a Master Student_, Walter Pauk's _How to Study in College_, and Steven Covey's _Seven Habits of Highly Effective People_, among others. A list of links to study tools and guides from other universities completes the site.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Tiny URLs
    http://tinyurl.com/
    Paste in a very long URL and "tinyURL" converts it (for free) to a sweet little URL that you can paste into your email.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Town Hunter
    http://www.townhunter.com/TownHunter/home.aspx
    Finding the right place to live isn't always easy. There are many factors to consider, and these factors are different for different people. A couple with young children probably considers schools important. A retiree might consider climate, low real estate taxes, and access to medical care. Someone on their own for the first time might want access to theatres and restaurants. Town Hunter lets you choose the factors which are right for you, and shows you the best matches.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Truthout
    http://www.truthout.org/
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Government Publications Library Blog
    http://cubgovpubs.blogspot.com/
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Using Primary Sources on the Web
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm
    Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before. The traditional use of sources available in print and microfilm continues to be the foundation for research, but in some cases documents, letters, maps, photographs of ancient artifacts and other primary material are available online in different formats from free websites or subscription services on the internet. Users of primary sources have always needed to examine their sources critically, but now with the proliferation of electronic resources from a wide variety of web site producers, evaluation is more important than ever before. Users of web resources must now consider the authenticity of documents, what person or organization is the internet provider, and whether the electronic version serves their needs. This brief guide is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online. Courtesy of RUSA, History Section.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Virtual Reference Shelf
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html
    Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Wikipedia : The Free Encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

    Writing & Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation
    http://www.learnerassociates.net/dissthes/
    Intended for Master's or Ph. D. candidates, this is a guide to the "quasi-political aspects" of the dissertation process. Topics also include selecting a supportive advisory committee, and preparing thesis and dissertation defense. Prepared by S. Joseph Levine, MSU Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.
    (Last checked 04/22/13)

     

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    Michigan State University Libraries
    366 W. Circle Drive
    E. Lansing, MI 48824-1048
    E-mail: harris23@mail.lib.msu.edu
    Last revised 04/22/13