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Academic and Research Tools and Resources for the "Deep Web"

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"When the World Wide Web was young, it was relatively easy for people to find information, because everything was posted on the surface. The Web's content was shallow, and users just had to wade in to find what they needed. Today's Web, however, is deep. Content is often locked in databases that must be queried before they will provide the answers users are looking for. A typical Web search will miss the vast majority of this information, because current Web crawlers cannot effectively query databases."

- Kevin Chen-Chuan Chang - a professor in the University of Illinois Computer Science Department, aims to enable access to database information on the Web by creating a metaquery system - that will be able to extract information from diverse online databases.

Note: I strongly encourage you to read the essay by Peter Suber called "The Database Paradox: Unlimited Information and the False Blessing of Objectivity" His concerns outlined in his essay are as valid today as they were in 1992. I share the same concerns. Hopefully, my efforts to point you to the disciplinary masters (or "experts" as I have referred to in this website) will aid you in separating the good from the trash and the facts from the fiction - hopefully, arriving at some truths in order that you can continue on with knowledge acquisition without having to be too burdened down with the very time-consuming act of "surfing" the web, especially to those that want more time to devote to the necessary thought processes of reading and understanding the messages contained in a traditional book. - Larry Blakeley

Steven Bell's Keeping Up - This website will offer resources that deliver the latest information in an array of fields to the desktop. By taking advantage of free e-mail newsletters, and keeping up with changes to relevant Web sites, staying up to date - and ahead of the curve - can be accomplished with greater ease. It is regularly updated whenever a new keeping up resource is discovered (use a Web page change detection service to monitor this page so you'll be updated by e-mail whenever it changes.

The Keeping Up Web site seeks to identify free sources of information. A few subscription-based sources may be identified - and that will be noted. Please keep in mind that some of the free sources will include advertising; most of it will not be offensive and subscribing to these resources should not lead to spamming (I subscribe to many and find it has not resulted in being inundated with spam). If you are willing to deal with the minimal presence of advertising, you can get a substantial amount of free, extremely useful information. This freely accessible Web site gives research professionals working in a variety of occupations an invaluable tool to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in recent decades.

CrossRef - a wholly independent association of scholarly and professional publishers - large and small, commercial and non-profit, traditional and non-traditional - that cooperate to provide reference links into and out of their electronic content.

Scirus - the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 167 million science-specific Web pages, enabling you to quickly:

Infomine - INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

INFOMINE is librarian built. Librarians from the University of California, Wake Forest University, California State University, the University of Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges have contributed to building INFOMINE.

dmoz - Open Directory Project - the most widely distributed data base of Web content classified by humans. Its editorial standards body of net-citizens provide the collective brain behind resource discovery on the Web. The Open Directory powers the core directory services for the Web's largest and most popular search engines and portals, including Netscape Search, AOL Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot, DirectHit, and hundreds of others.

Social Science Research Network - The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 80,500 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 55,800 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

Google Scholar Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Digital Librarian : a librarian's choice of the best of the Web, Maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York

The Invisible Web Directory

This site is a companion to The Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Internet Resources Search Engines Can't See by Chris Sherman and Gary Price.

It includes a directory of some of the best resources the Invisible Web has to offer. The directory includes resources that are informative, of high quality, and contain worthy information from reliable information providers that are not visible to general-purpose search engines.

We give precedence to resources that are freely available to anyone with Web access. However, we do include a few select resources that are either free to search but have resulting fee-based content (such as News Library), or charge a small fee to search and a fee to access full-records. Some sites may be free to search and access full records, but require the user to register at no charge before granting access.

The Resource Discovery Network - United Kingdom's free national gateway to Internet resources for the learning, teaching and research community.

CivicSpace is being built with the needs of distributed organizations in mind. It will give you and the supporters within your community a solid framework for organizing and engaging those around you in action. But it also will allow you to plug your community into a network of other communities where you can share your ideas, knowledge, relationships, and organizational information. Here are some things it will enable you to do

"This web exists to link all of the online resources I want to share that relate to group forming networks, scaling, 'Metcalfe's Law' and 'Reed's Law'. Welcome to the 'Virtual Office' of David P. Reed: a collection of information relevant to my various business, professional, and research interests.

There are a number of themes that seem to link these things together. One way to think about them is my struggle to understand systems that grow and evolve, especially those that include people who build them, benefit from them, and design or organize them. This is the real theme of the Information Economy. It seems to me that there is a new 'physics' of such systems waiting to be formulated. What does a 'real option' have to do with the end-to-end argument? What does punctuated equilibrium have to do with disruptive innovations? I think there's a huge synthesis possible here.

The link between architecture, economics, innovation, and evolution of systems is probably at the core of what drives my interest."

- David Reed, Reed's Locus

University of South Carolina Professor Robert Williams, Professor in the Library and Information Science Department, University of South Carolina and his students have accumulated an extensive listing of information resources.

American Rhetoric - "Rationalize rhetoric and it speaks to your mind; personify her and she speaks to your soul" - Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two. Links are arranged alphabetically by first name and checked for errors at least once every two weeks. This website is the creation of Professor Michael E. Eidenmuller, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas His Area of Specialization: Rhetoric and Public Address, Minor Area of Study: Philosophy & Religion.

Literary Resources on the Web - " This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics — I've excluded most poetry journals, for instance." - Jack Lynch - Associate Professor, English Department, Newark Campus, Rutgers University

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 5,000 years of art - including a Timeline of Art History

Eighteenth-Century E-Texts - "The following catalogue includes most of the electronic editions of eighteenth-century works publicly available on the network. "Eighteenth century" is understood extremely broadly — this very long eighteenth century runs from Milton through Byron, or thereabouts. All are available publicly from this page." - Jack Lynch, Associate Professor, English Department, Newark Campus, Rutgers University

Directory of Open Access Journals - The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.

STAT-USA - Information you may need is produced by hundreds of separate offices and divisions of the government. It is almost impossible for individuals to find out what is available, much less obtain it and use it. STAT-USA does that for you. Our mission is to scour the government information vaults, assemble that information in one location, and deliver it to you using the most advanced computer technologies available.

The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School

U.S. Government Documents Columbia has been a depository for U.S. Federal documents since 1882, and is a microfiche depository for New York State documents, 1983-1994. Most U.S. depository items are shelved in the U.S. Government Documents stacks in Lehman Library; some are sent to other Columbia libraries. CLIO has records for most items received since 1976, indicating the location as U.S. Government Documents or another library. Before 1976, items were cataloged for various library collections, as appropriate by subject. (Iowa State University The EServer's primary function is to publish texts in the arts and humanities. Our collections include art, architecture, drama, fiction, poetry, history, political theory, cultural studies, philosophy, women's studies and music. We publish journals such as Bad Subjects, Cultronix and Sudden, disseminate information of use to scholars such as our Calls for Papers and Academy sites, and host public Web pages for local projects like the Pittsburgh Community Literacy Center.

University of Illinois - English Department's "Links Access" to Modern American Poetry Web site, Humanities Links, English Library, and Cybercinema.

Indiana University Knowledge Base The Knowledge Base is a database of over 9,500 answers to questions about information technology at Indiana University. Searches will return documents that contain all the words you enter in the search box.

The Literary Encyclopedia The aim of The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary is to provide profiles of the lives and works of literary authors whose works are valued in the English language, and other prominent figures such as philosophers and musicians whose lives and works are of interest to the literary reader. The Literary Encyclopedia presents its information within electronic databases which will enable readers to explore literary history as never before, and will supplement these with notes on major historical events in order to extend understanding of the social and cultural contexts of literary production.

Glossary of Computer/Internet Terminology (MurdochNet)

African American Women Writers of the 19thCentury

Public Bookshelf

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The New York Public Library

Documenting the American South (DAS), an electronic collection sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.

Currently, DAS includes seven digitization projects: slave narratives, first-person narratives, Southern literature, Confederate imprints, materials related to the church in the black community, and North Caroliniana.

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) Bibliography htttp:// is an annotated checklist of scholarship on writers (novelists, playwrights, poets, essayists, diarists) associated with the American South. There are over 1,000 writers currently in the checklist, although there are many more who would qualify if there were scholarship available about them.

American Studies Learning Skills Web site

Personalized Online Electronic Text Services

AllLearn Library

The Free

The Free

Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (FODOC)


Internet Public Library

BUBL Journals - Collection of links to current library and information science journals / newsletters

PubList - Search our database of over 150,000 magazines, journals, newsletters, & other periodicals. Find FREE in-depth information on familiar and hard-to-find publications from around the world, representing thousands of topics. - dedicated to opening access to the referenced research literature online through author/institution self-archiving.

Gateway to Library Catalogs (Z39.50) - the Library of Congress Page for gateway access to LC's catalog and those at many other institutions.


Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

- FREE makes it easy to find learning resources from more than 35 federal organizations.


MurdochNet Terminology

HomePageSearch - search for Personal Home Pages of Computer Scientists.

CiteSeer.IST - Scientific Literature Digital Library, Penn State.

The Advent

Merriam-Webster Dictionary - the first American dictionary.

Wikipedia - The Free Online Encyclopedia

Wikipedia - Fact Index

Meta-Wiki's Wikinews - proposed project with the goal to collaboratively report and summarize news on all subjects from a neutral point of view.

International Relations and Security Network - A Swiss Contribution to Partnership for Peace

Colleges and Universities - Worldwide

Avalon Project at Yale: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Nobel e-Museum


The Literature Network: Online - classic literature, poems, and quotes. Essays & Summaries




The Century Dictionary in DjVu Format (learn about and get "free" DjVu plug-in here

Hoover Institute - Stanford University Campus

Gateway to Library Catalogs - Library of Congress

Computer Science Bibliography

HighWire - Library of the Sciences and Medicine

Internet Archive - Web, Television, and Movies

Candy Schwartz’s Resources for Library and Information Science (LIF)

The World Wide Web Library Directory

Libweb - Library WWW Servers

The Web Library - Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources

lib-web-cats - Search for Libraries

LibDex - Worldwide index of library catalogues, Web sites and friends of libraries

Word IQ


Research Projects

"Deep Web" Metaquerier Project - Professor Kevin Chang