We're studying online research, this week, and we've talked about researching people, and topical research. Yesterday, we listed a bunch of tools available to help with online research. Following are some resources to aid in academic research online:
AERA: The Academic Educational Research Association is an organization dedicated to promoting best practices in educational research.
OERI: The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement is an excellent list of government educational research resources.
NoodleTools: From the website: "provides innovative software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the entire research process."
Zotero: From the website: "Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."
ERIC: From the website: "The ERIC mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information that also meets the requirements of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002."
Qestia: From the website: "Questia is the first online library that provides 24/7 access to the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. You can search each and every word of all of the books and journal articles in the collection. You can read every title cover to cover. This rich, scholarly content -- selected by professional collection development librarians -- is not available elsewhere on the Internet. Undergraduate, high school, graduate students, and Internet users of all ages have found Questia to be an invaluable online resource. Anyone doing research or just interested in topics that touch on the humanities and social sciences will find titles of interest in Questia..."
EBSCO: From the website: "EBSCO is the only company to provide customers with an integrated service that combines reference databases, subscription management, online journals, books, linking services and A-to-Z solutions."
Smithsonian: From the website: "Search over 2.3 million records, with 290,000 images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries."
Library of Congress: From the website: "The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections."
Internet Public Library: From the website: "ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections."
LIterature.org: From the website: "On this site you will find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature. Fiction from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters (Anne, Charlotte and Emily), Jack London, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others, and classic scientific works from Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes."
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