FREE QUALITY RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, ACADEMICS AND LIFELONG LEARNERS Stephen Perry IRO for Central Africa Washington, D.C. 202-453-8295
THE FOUR REVOLUTIONS NOW ON THE INTERNET • What are these four revolutions?
Four important revolutions taking place in the Internet • > Free Databases of articles: • EX: www.doaj.org • > Free Books: • EX: http://demo.openlibrary.org • >Better, More Precise Search Engines www.lii.org, www.ipl.org
And, the Fourth one • > Distance Education Sites: Free Lecture Notes, Free Student Projects, Syllabus of Course contents, Student Papers, Exams, Answers to Exams • > Lectures available in audio, video or text • Examples: • >ocw.mit.edu, open.yale.edu, youtube.com/ucberkeley
Google is NOT a Professional Search Engine, BUT, if you going to use Google, use it well: here are some guides for using Google better • GOOGLE: Guides to using Google most efficiently: • http://www.blueroom.com/ • google/
Google for Power Searchers:http://www.accrediteddldegrees.com/2008/google-for-librarians-50-tips-tools-and-resources-for-power-searching/
PART ONE: Alternate Search Engines to Google: please give these a spin! These are fantastic for your research!
Here are some other quality Search Engines you might find useful; these all provide sites that have been evaluated in advance by subject experts. One of my favorites is the Internet Public Library through the University of Michigan: www.ipl.org
www.ipl.org Note the Reading Room Links on the right hand side that give access to free electronic books, journals and newspapers
Librarians Index to the Internet: www.lii.org has a search engine, categories and a featured site.
Infomine tries to categorize the best of the Web by Library of Congress Subject Headings: http://infomine.ucr.edu
Here are some free English Language dictionaries identified through Infomine
Specialized Search Engine for Research Studies: OAISter: www.oaister.org
Here is a sample search on Rwanda in OAISter: OAISter searches 20 million records and so retrieves heavily specialized research studies, all free
Another useful search engine is Virtual Libraries, updated constantly: www.vlib.org
Here is the Virtual Library for Engineering for example:www.vlib.org
Here are some useful directories of quality information compiled by resource experts: http://library.sau.edu/bestinfo/alpha.htm
Alcove 9 from the Library of Congress is a directory of quality, free resources: www.loc.gov/rr/main/alcove9
Here is a listing of free reference sites chosen by experts at the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html
Now that you know some alternative search engines and a few directories for quality information, where do you find free tutorials for more information?
The SUNY ALBANY SITE in the previous slide teaches skills: how to search better, how to evaluate what you find, and how to avoid plagiarism The site address is: http://library.albany.edu/usered/
Another tutorial teaching Information Literacy skills is provided by the U of California, Berkeley: includes free handouts http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
A free dictionary in many languages is: http://www.wiktionary.org/
Speaking of Wikis, one which has scholarly material, contributed only by experts is the new Scholarpedia: www.scholarpedia.org/
PART TWO: FINDING FREE ONLINE BOOKS EXCELLENT, and LITTLE KNOWN SITES HERE
Now, let’s look at the area of free books and how to get them on the Internet • One useful site is the University of California Press making available some 2000 free academic books on all topics: http://content.cdlib.org/escholarship/ • A Subject index may be found at: • http://www.escholarship.org/editions/index_subjects.html
Another useful site is the University of Pennsylvania Free Online Books: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/lists.html a browseable collection of over 30,000 books
WikiBooks just emerged as another source of books, including educational textbooks: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page
Educational Textbooks may be found at: http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator/open_textbooks
The University of Virginia now has an E TEXT Page at: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/
One can read scanned books at this site: http://demo.openlibrary.org/
Here is the actual scanned book from a real library : one can flip pages just like a real book: over a million books available in full text format
Other sites where you can access full text books free are: • Online Books through the Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hum60.60.00/ • International Children’s Digital Literature, Full Text, in 20 Languages: http://icdlbooks.org/ • Google Books: http://books.google.com/ • Also see Google Scholar for information about books and authors: http://scholar.google.com/ • Google Book Search: http://www.google.com/books?hl=en Besides being able to search for actual books, this search also lets you find keywords and phrases that appear in books.
PART THREE: FINDING FREE ONLINE ARTICLES AND DATABASES • Give these sites a try for finding articles, full text, online
How about free articles? Where can you access these? • One of the best new free sites is the DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals at www.doaj.org • Includes the full text of over 3,800 journals arranged by subject category. • This is what the site looks like
Social Science Research Network: www. ssrn.com • Have to register first, but registration is free. • The next few slides demonstrate SSRN’s research capabilities: SSRN covers papers given at International Conferences as well as published articles, many of these peer-reviewed.
More sites where one can retrieve full text articles are below: • University Of Houston Libraries: Scholarly Journals Distributed Via the World Wide Web http://info.lib.uh.edu/wj/webjour.htmlThis directory provides links to established Web-based scholarly journals that offer access to English language article files without requiring user registration or fees. • Free E-Journals Arranged By Subjects And Themes: http://ejw.i8.com/Includes the best web sites and free E-Journals in over 40 different academic disciplines, constantly updated.
Other sites for full text articles are • ☼ Gateway for Free Ejournals: http://www.icast.org.in/ejournal/ejournal.php☼ Free E-Journals: http://www.e-journals.org • ☼ Open Humanities Press: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/ Absolutely free access to scholarly EJournals such as Cosmos and History, Fast Capitalism, Film-Philosophy, Image and Narrative, and Postcolonial Texts. • ☼ HighWire Press http://highwire.stanford.edu/HighWire recently loaded their 5 millionth article. “A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1189 journals and 5,028,291 full text articles from over 140 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made 2,014,513 articles free. With our partner publishers we produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals.”