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While library resources are extremely valuable for any academic research project, sometimes it helps to use the Internet as a starting point in your search for information. In this Summer 2009 article, Paul Gil provides links to information about the best search engines (beyond Google), and the  best general reference sites. He also provides a wealth of information on and links to research fundamentals such as confirming the credibility of Internet resources and finding reliable sources.

Gil provides  lots of other links to Internet Basics, Web searching, finding academic sites, and searching the invisible web. Read his article at About.com:  http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/searchenginehandbook/a/studentsguide_2.htm

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The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine.  The real difficulty kicks in when you click down into your search results. At that point, it’s up to you to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes.

Howard Reingold writes in the SanFrancisco Chronicle about what he calls “Crap Detection 101.”  The author writes that: “Unless a great many people learn the basics of online crap detection and begin applying their critical faculties en masse and very soon, I fear for the future of the Internet as a useful source of credible news, medical advice, financial information, educational resources, scholarly and scientific research.”

Read his entertaining article filled with practical tips and valuable advice at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/rheingold/detail?entry_id=42805

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Have you ever wished that sometimes you could download an article and listen to it later on your laptop? Or perhaps as you drive in your car or walk with your iPod? Well, now you can! This is an exclusive feature of the H.W. Wilson Company databases, called Text-to-Speech. The feature is available now on our subscription to Art Full Text, and coming soon to the Current Biography database.

You can check out Art Full Text and Current Biography along with all 121 of our database titles from our Articles and Databases Webpage.

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