Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fred's Finds: Primary Sources, Political Review, Evolution...

Virtual Reference Desk

"The Virtual Reference Desk provides help to academic researchers on a variety of topics:
Nearly 1,000 Web pages, arranged by subject, providing access to carefully selected
academic resources...Hundreds of Internet sites have been identified for their usefulness in research. Original abstracts are being written for each of these sites to enable users to identify the contents of the site, and so that the Search engine will pick up on words in the abstracts."

Especially strong on governmental agencies and publications.

Poetry Archives

"Welcome to the Poetry Archives, an educational resource to aid students, educators, and the curious. We have collected thousands of classical poetry to provide you with a way to casually browse, recall fond memories, and even to create new ones.

Database Statistics -

Number of Classical Poets: 153
Number of Classical Poems: 5048

Size of the Database: 14236 kilobytes"

Understanding Evolution

"Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time."

Presented for the non-specialist in an easy to navigate and search site.

Political Theory Daily Review

If you like political issues, then this source is a link-filled wonder. I can not begin to describe it so click on the link and check it out for yourself.

Repositories of Primary Sources

In addition to the regular search engines, there is that which is called the "hidden web," that is, data bases and archives housing materials of great interest and usefulness. You can use a site like this one to get at some archived materials, but be aware that at some places, you will get descriptions only whereas at others you can actually open up online exhibits. Open this URL to get to subsections (links) that are of interest to you.

"A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness.
Links added or revised within the last thirty da
ys or so are marked {New}."

Landmarks of Britain

Click photo on home page at link.
A map opens and presents locations and sites for panoramic views (such as Trafalgar Square pictured here). 1024x768 screen resolution required. QuickTime and Flash recommended.

The Ancient Cyprus WebProject

"The Ancient Cyprus Project offers the opportunity for people at all levels of experience to participate in scholarship and knowledge sharing. The website aims to provide information such as: extensive bibliographies of works about the island; sources of funding for research; centres of study; lists of collections and access arrangements; scholar and project contact details; bulletins on excavations and projects; and full excavation reports. The site presents a list of archaeological sites in Cyprus with links, where possible, to further web resources. The site also provides links to websites that cover archaeological techniques."


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