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WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
"This section of the WWW Virtual Library presents over 1750 carefully selected, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. Sites are chosen for cost-free, high-quality information and analysis online.  This site is online since November 1997.  It is frequently maintained, and is of use to journalists, researchers, teachers, professors, and students, among others. It has received recommendations from several Internet academic organizations, including CHOICE Magazine, BUBL LINK, Internet Scout, and the Argus Clearinghouse."

Virtual Reference Desks - These Sites contain over 2,500 of the most popular information reference locations  and tools on the Web. The tools include Calculators, Dictionaries, Directories, Facts,  Zip Codes,    Maps, Books, Languages, Calendars, Sports, Jobs, Weather, Music,  Autos, Travel, Populations, Events, White & Yellow Pages, Health, Humor, - plus many many more helpful tools too assist you. Also, for more references visit  Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries and Bubl Information Service--"A national information service for the higher education community."

Surf the sites below to help you answer a variety of questions.

redbull.gif (957 bytes) The Virtual Reference Desk | Resource and Database from Purdue University.

redbull.gif (957 bytes) General Reference Resource from Stanford University.

redbull.gif (957 bytes) Research-It!, an interesting commercial reference tool.

 The WHO Library and Information Network for Knowledge Virtual Reference Desks  - The Virtual Reference Desk provides links to electronic resources in an attempt to assist WHO staff and others, in quickly locating information to assist them in their daily work functions.  Whenever possible, sources of an international scope are included, as well as multi-language links.

AskAService Virtual Reference Desk - "Linking the K-12 Community to experts and experience through digital reference".

Encyclopedia Britannica  - A new Web navigation service designed to steer users past the questionable information on the Internet and straight to the most valuable sources. The directory provides two ways to search for information.  Users can enter a word, name, or phrase or browse through the outline of 14 major subjects-including Art and treasure; Health and Medicine; News and Current Events; Science, Technology, and Mathematics; and Social Science.

The Columbia Encyclopedia is the largest one-volume general encyclopedia available, and its year 2000 publication date makes it an up-to-the minute online reference source. With over 50,000 article entries, 40,000 bibliographic citations, and over 80,000 cross-reference entries, this site is loaded with information. To search the database, type in your keyword and click on "Columbia Encyclopedia" in the drop-down box at the top of the screen.

The IPL Ready Reference Collection - contains  "a collection of Internet resources gathered together with the needs of the Internet community in mind. It is not intended to be a comprehensive hotlist to all sites on every subject, but rather an annotated collection, chosen to help answer specific questions quickly and efficiently. Sources are selected according to ease of use, quality and quantity of information, frequency of updating, and authoritativeness."

The Right-to-Know Network, a service provided by OMB Watch, provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects and assess people and communities affected.

U.S. Gov. Info/Resource - features fresh Spotlight Links to the best government sites on the Net Master Links List to over 200 federal agencies and offices; Regular feature stories on U.S. government; Latest statistical and demographic data, Access to latest news, press releases, and briefings via USIA; and Calendar of Events. The content is always timely, informative, and entertaining. A great research tool. Access the U.S. Federal Government as a resource.


AMA Physician Select- provides information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 690,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). All physician credential data have been verified for accuracy and authenticated by accrediting agencies, medical schools, residency training programs, licensing boards, and other data sources.

National Library of Medicine (MEDLINEplus) - MEDLINEplus is a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MEDLINEplus is updated daily and can be bookmarked at the URL: . There is no advertising on this site, nor does MEDLINEplus endorse any company or product.


World Competitiveness On-Line - The International Institute for Management Development ranks competitiveness of countries, and gives economic profiles for each performance.

While there are some very good books on internet searching, I would encourage you to use online references instead.  There are several reasons for this:
1.  Online references are generally shorter and more succinct
2.  Online references are more geared toward the online  environment.
3.  Many of the online references are written by some of the leading reference librarians and internet gurus.  Some have written books too.  Online resources are generally (not always) more current than books.
4.  Online references would be easily adapted to a classroom environment.  They would also be easy to incorporate into classroom handouts, presentations etc (with appropriate permission from the sources).

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Here are just a few of the excellent research resources available online:

The Spire Project and The Information Research FAQs serve to highlight the methods, the resources and the skills used in information research with particular interest in the role of the Internet as both a reservoir and gateway to information resources.

Scott's Research Library: Entrance
LIBRARY COLLECTIONS. Organizational Studies ... Educational (K-12 and. Postsecondary) Research and Planning Resources.

American Culture Studies Web Sites - Bowling Green State University

Evaluating Information on the Internet
Article originally appeared as librarian D. Scott Brandt's regular column in "Computers in Libraries." Learn how Web-based materials can be compared to traditional print.

An online resource directory specifically designed to provide valuable information and support for all United States Air Force members and their families.

Purdue Research Guides Instructional Resources

Links to thousands of libraries all over the globe.

PCG Evaluations: Research Methodology Resource Page
PCG Evaluations is a consulting firm that provides expertise in research, program evaluation, database development, web site design, and data analysis. HTML/ Links/ social-science-research-methodology.html

Univ. of Cambridge - Scott Polar Research Institute
Visit the museum of polar science at Cambridge University. Collection includes history and memorabilia from Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.

Web Resources For School Library Media Centers
Online version of the School Library Journal, articles, indexes, software lists.

Various reference links

Local History & Genealogy Books
Part of the Bizelli-Fleming Local History Collection, a list is provided of local books relevant to genealogy research.

Research Methods

Here is a series of web searching lessons - 9 parts in total, covering a range of topics including looking for images, web dirs, etc.

"Internet Searching Tools" is a webpage maintained by Dale Vidmar at Southern Oregon University. Internet Searching Tools includes tools and services designed for searching the Internet for sites and resources. It is a very well organized selection of resources!

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Finding Information on the Internet  A TUTORIAL:

Also see the Berkeley teaching library resources:




Beyond...the Black Stump - This site is really great. It contains ovver 10,000 entries in categories such as Daily Fun, El Nino, First Aid, Occasions, Sports, YOU NAME IT! It's a major reference listing--be sure to check it out!


American Library Association's The Great Sites - 700+ Great Sites was created by the American Library Association for kids and for adults who care about kids. Visitors to this site will find links grouped for adults who care about kids and for kids. The kids links are categorized into: * Arts & Entertainment * Literature & Language * People Past & Present * Planet Earth & Beyond * Science & Technology. The Sites for adults are grouped into the following sections: * Sites for Parents and Caregivers * Sites for Home Schooling Families * Sites for Educators and Librarians * Sites About Children's Literature, Storytelling & Puppetry. Visitors will also find a section on school & library sites as well as an article which helps adults to determine the quality of a site not mentioned in the ALA 700+ Great Sites.

Asia Crisis Homepage - Dr. Nouriel Roubini, Associate Professor of Economics and International Business at the Stern School of Business of the New York University, maintains an extensive homepage on the Asian economic crisis, as a part of his MBA Macroeconomics Course Page. It is one of the most extensive and comprehensive collection of data, analyses and hyperlinks on the subject. Site contents: Basic Readings and References on the Causes of the Crisis; Global Effects, Regional and Systemic Contagion Analyses; Country Analyses (Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Japan); The Debate on the Role of the IMF in the Crisis; Will the Crisis Spread to Other Regions of the World?; The Role of Financial Fragility and Systemic Risk; Other Episodes of Fixed Exchange Rate Collapse in the 1990s; The Debate on Fixed versus Flexible Exchange Rate; Sources of Official Data and Reports; News Sources."



1. Yahoo, Search for Asian Crisis ----

2. "Full converage: Asian Financial Crisis" ----

3. Lycos, Search for Asian Crisis ----

4. IIE: International Economics Policy Briefs, March 1998
Morris Goldstein "The Asian Financial Crisis" ----

5. IIE: Policy Analysi s in International Economics, June 1998
Morris Goldstein "The Asian Financial Crisis: Causes, Cures and Systmic
(ISBN paper 0-88132-261-X) ----

6. IIE: Hot Topics in International Economics ----

7. South China Morning Post in Hong Kong: Special; Asian Crisis ----

8. Martin Feldstein, "Refocusing the IMF," Foreign Affairs, March/April 1998

9. Stanley Fischer, "In Defense of the IMF," Foreign Affairs, July/August

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