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"Effective Searching, Substantive Content, and Innovative Methods"

Andy Jones, English Department, U.C. Davis

History and Technology Institute

July 11, 2000

Search Engines

www.askjeeves.com

www.inferencefind.com

and to directories, such as

www.yahoo.com

Open Directory Project at www.dmoz.org.

http://dmoz.org/Computers/Internet/WWW/Searching_the_Web/Search_Engines/

www.searchedu.com

http://www.lincon.com/srclist.htm

Finally, I'm very excited about a "new" search engine that I discovered while researching this talk. CNet's www.search.com is a meta-search engine that either searches 700 search engines in "real time" (i.e. immediately), or it allows you to limit your findings to resources in a particular field, such as current news or encyclopediae. Try it.

http://www.search.com/

Before I leave this topic, I should mention that Google (at www.google.com) is by far the best search engine for most searches. An article in a March edition of Salon magazine (http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/03/24/google_odp/print.html ) explains Google's relationship with the Open Directory Project (mentioned above) and why Google is such an effective search engine:

On July 5th, Yahoo! announced a partnership with Google, making it the deault search engine for the internet's most popular site. See the article at http://www.searchenginewatch.com/sereport/00/07-yahoo.html for details.

 

Databases Available to the U.C. Davis Community

and the U.C. Berkeley Digital Library at

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/

 

Tools and Resources on Campus

http://it.ucdavis.edu/training/index.html

 

Tools and Resources Off Campus

Every major academic discipline has a "portal" somewhere, that is, a collection or directory of resources specific to that discipline that interested parties visit to begin any investigation of web-based resources.

One portal which covers many of the topics important to instructional technology, is Michael L. Hall’s "Teaching with Electronic Technology" page at the University of Maryland. I bookmark and visit this site because it is comprehensive and updated often. Take the time to explore some of the links here:

http://www.wam.umd.edu/~mlhall/teaching.html

Another is "Instructional Technology Connections" at the University of Colorado at Denver:

http://www.cudenver.edu/~mryder/itcon.html

The best way to find the major portals in your discipline is to enter the most relevant keywords in the Google search engine, paying special attention to which sites appear first. In the Humanities, we usually start with Alan Liu's famous and monstrous site, The Voice of the Shuttle:

http://vos.ucsb.edu/

You might also want to investigate Camera Obscura's meta-index of academic and scholarly resources. It takes a while to load:

http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/etext.html

To see how other professors in your discipline have presented materials via course web pages, visit The World Lecture Hall at

http://www.utexas.edu/world/lecture/


The most comprehensive history pages that I found during a quick search include

The History Place (with great visuals, timelines) at http://www.historyplace.com/

The History Buff's Home Page (good on American History) at http://www.historybuff.com/

And a collection of Social Studies Links at http://killeenroos.com/links.htm

I found all these sites at http://directory.google.com/Top/Reference/Education/Subjects/History/

You might also check http://www.search.com/search?channel=1&tag=st.se.fd..sch&q=History

Another good one, presented by the Librarians' Index to the Internet (at http://lii.org/) is http://lii.org/search?title=History&query=History&subsearch=History&searchtype=subject

 

Innovation and Experimentation with Existing Internet Tools and Resources

Other Resources/Handouts Like This One

 

Again, if you have questions in the future, feel free to e-mail me at aojones@ucdavis.edu, or see what new handouts and resources I have added to my Computer-Aided Instruction site, at http://cai.ucdavis.edu.