Posted on June 16, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer


In this week's discussion on online research, we have talked about researching people, and topical research.  Following are links to tools and lists of helpful tools for researching online:


The National Archives: Research Tools and Ways to Search Online:  A list of resources available through the United States National archives, and suggestions for conducting a search.


Ask Bob Rankin: Free Online Research Tools: Excellent list of where to go to find what - alternate search engines and archive compilations.


iTools:  Search several search engines and resources at once for quotations, biographies, topics, and encyclopedias


ReadWriteWeb: 100 Alternative Search Engines:  Updated monthly since 2007 An excellent online resource for Bible Study.  Contains numerous translations of the Bible and additional study resources.


Zotero (Research, not re-search): Capture, archive, and store your quotes and bibliography.


Keyword Discovery, by Trellion: This very helpful tool will provide information about related search terms, and how often the most popular search terms related to your topic are being used.


Virtual Salt: A comprehensive list of currently-popular search engines, databases, directories, graphic sites, periodicals, specialty research, and government research sites.


Library of Congress (LOC) Research Tools: (From the site:) "The Library of Congress offers a wide variety of online databases and Internet resources to the public via the Web, including its own online catalog. In addition, LC provides an easy-to-use gateway for searching other institutions' online catalogs and extensive links to resources on the Internet."  


Tomorrow, we'll discuss how to more effectively conduct academic research online.




Jennifer PointerJennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.


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