Just in time for Halloween! Check out these urban legend and other scary sites. Compiled by Resources of the Week editor Shirl Kennedy.
+ Urban Legends Reference Pages: Always check here first, since this is the motherlode...and it's nicely organized, for browsing and searching. Links on the front page will take you to the newest and 25 hottest urban legends. Both pages have their own RSS feeds. For each tale, you'll learn where it came from (if possible) whether it is true, false, or undetermined/ambiguous. References and links to related information are often included. Killer dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico? Probably not. But they have been trained to detect mines, which could be useful.
+ CIAC Hoax Pages (Hoaxbusters): This website is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Computer Incident Advisory Capability. However, the site maintainers tell us, "At CIAC, we find that we spend much more time de-bunking hoaxes than handling real virus and Trojan incidents. These pages describe some of the warnings, offers, and pleas for help that are filling our mailboxes, clogging our mailservers, and that generally do not have any basis in fact." You can browse by category (including fake virus/malicious code warnings) or search the archive. There's also a Full Hoax Index that allows you to see, on a single page, the contents of all the other pages on the site. Also included is a comprehensive list of links to other hoax sites, as well as scam/fraud information and reporting sites.
+ About.com Urban Legends and Folklore: You can search and browse here as well, but as it typical for About.com sites, the cluttered interface can be distracting. Below the title of each entry, on the right, you'll see information about the origin of the rumor/hoax, its status and a link to a brief analysis. Clicking on Hoax Central on the lefthand nav bar takes you to a collection of stuff that is currently floating around, including Bogus Websites (remember the Bonsai Kitten?) and Faux Photos (always amusing). There's a top 25 list here as well, and an image quiz (real or fake?).
Yahoo! Site Explorer Beta allows the user to enter a web address, and all links that have been indexed from that site by Yahoo! will be listed. This feature works great if you cannot find the site map of a web site or the site map is inadequate. It also allows a user to see what web sites linked back to the original. Very neat, especially of you are trying to judge the reach of your own web site.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, on October 14, 2005, published an article called The Number That's Devouring Science. The article points out ways publishers are exploiting the system to increase their visibility, and how the impact factor has become a measure for hiring, tenure, and research grants. The article points out how publishers, because of how the impact factors are measured and used, may be harming scientific research and publication.
From York University (Toronto)
"Classics in the History of Psychology is an effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web. There are now over 25 books and about 200 articles and chapters on-line. The site also contains links to over 200 relevant works posted at other sites." Searchable.
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+ Index by topic
The University of Pittsburgh's Digital Research Library has released an image collection visually documenting the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The website, Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana, is the result of a two-year effort between the DRL and Prof. Helena Goscilo (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), Susan Corbesero (Department of History), and Petre Petrov (graduate student). The collection comprises 368 visual materials and artifacts relating to Stalin: photographs, posters, paintings, banners, sculptures, chinaware, pins, etc."
Stalinka is intended as an online resource for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone conducting research on Stalinism. Plans to make the Stalinka website a comprehensive digital library of Staliniana for educational purposes is underway. The website will eventually point to its verbal counterpart, currently under construction, which will consist of a biography of Stalin and a critical bibliography.
The Federal Communications Commission has just released their 10th annual report on the analysis of competitive market conditions with respect to commercial mobile services. This detailed report is available in pdf format and is over 200 pages long. Topics covered include:
mobile telecommunications market structure
mobile telecommunications market performance
Between 1897 and 1911 Anne Fitzhugh Miller (1865-1912) and her mother, Elizabeth Smith Miller (1822-1911), filled seven large scrapbooks with convention programs, letters, press clippings, photographs, pins, ribbons, banners, and other memorabilia. The scrapbooks were created primarily to document the activities of the Geneva Political Equality Club, which the Millers founded in Geneva, New York, in 1897. They also record some of the persistent efforts of a growing number of dedicated women and men working for woman suffrage at the state, national, and international levels. These scrapbooks capture the spirit of this suffrage struggle and provide a unique opportunity to share in the personal frustrations and niggardly victories of a cause in progress.
These scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. This collection was donated to the Library of Congress in 1938 by the organization's last president, Carrie Chapman Catt. NAWSA was formed in 1890 as the result of a merger between two rival factions--the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), led by Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, and Julia Ward Howe.
askSam Systems, is a company that designs and publishes text database and web publishing tools. They have just made a database of Leonardo DaVinci's notebooks freely available on the web. It is comprised of over 1500 pages filled with his ideas, thoughts and tips. Entries are strictly text - no drawings or sketches. It is a searchable database which adds to it's value. It is not a particularly attractive product in my opinion, but could be very useful for those interested in DaVinci.
In SearchEngineWatch, Mary Ellen Bates wrote an article about how to find things on the internet without relying solely on search engines. Using her example of finding information on the trends in the U.K. market for Internet phones, otherwise known as VOIP (voice over Internet protocol), she walks you through her entire search process. By following her search process, you can learn a lot about developing an effective search process of your own.
Some keys search skills or resources she addressed included: