Posts by Category: Reference Resources

Terminology Reference Tool

July 25, 2017

Terminology Reference Tool
http://agiletortoise.com/terminology

Terminology is a comprehensive reference tool for the English language. It combines a dictionary, a thesaurus, and an internet-enabled research tool. Terminology’s dictionary/thesaurus feature is usable offline. It contains clear, simple definitions along with root words, synonyms, antonyms, more/less specific words, audio pronunciations, and more. Terminology supports wildcard searching, maintains search history, offers spelling suggestions, and allows users to add notes to any term. When used with a network connection, Terminology’s definitions are enriched with cross references to online sources like Wikipedia, IMDb, Google, and others. Terminology is available for macOS and iOS. The iOS version adds a “Look Up” option to text in all others apps. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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The Magazine of Early American Datasets

July 24, 2017

The Magazine of Early American Datasets
http://repository.upenn.edu/mead

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries offers the Magazines of Early American Datasets (MEAD), a collection of datasets for researchers of early American history. The datasets are collected from organizations such as the American Antiquarian Society as well as from individual scholars. Visitors can download datasets in whatever format their original authors used or as comma separated variables (.csv). Each entry also includes a codebook, allowing researchers to use this data with ease. One highlight of this collection is two early nineteenth century admissions books from the Eastern State Penitentiary, transcribed by Scott Ziegler of the American Philosophical Society and Michelle Ziogas of Drexel University. This dataset includes intake notes on each incarcerated individual. For example, the notes on a Philadelphia blacksmith charged with burglary reads: “Seems like an old convict & very insensible. No wish to intercourse with me on religious subjects.” Other data sets include 19th Century American Children’s Book Trade Directory (courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society); a collection of George Washington’s shipping invoices; and the 1790 Census of black individuals living in Philadelphia. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Statistics Resources and Big Data Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Calibre

June 29, 2017

Calibre
https://www.calibre-ebook.com

Calibre is a popular and full-featured ebook management system. Currently its website reports 2.9 million active installs in 237 countries. Calibre is able to create, edit, and read ebooks in many common formats, including EPUB and Kindle MOBI. It can synchronize books across devices and convert between formats (within DRM restrictions). Cailbre can download books from free providers like the Internet Archive and Project Guttenberg. Metadata for ebooks can be integrated from sources like ISBNdb.com, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. It can also download articles from any site that provides an RSS feed. Examples are included to incorporate articles from The Economist, BBC News, Scientific American, and many others. Calibre is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Science Gossip

June 28, 2017

Science Gossip
https://www.sciencegossip.org

Citizen science projects are a growing trend, thanks in large part to platforms like Zooniverse that facilitate group data collection and analysis. However, as the team behind Science Gossip notes, citizen science also flourished during the nineteenth century. For example, Charles Darwin relied on the correspondence and observations of over 2,000 individuals as he crafted the theory of evolution. Science Gossip, a collaboration between the UK based Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), is a citizen science project that seeks to understand “why, how often, and who made images depicting a whole range of natural sciences in the Victorian period.” The project invites people to review and classify maps, illustrations, charts, and photographs that appeared in four nineteenth-century science periodicals. These journals played an important role in connecting and encouraging collaboration between scientists and science enthusiasts. Science Gossip will be of interest to scientists and historians alike, and may also make for an engaging classroom activity. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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FileInfo – The File Extensions Database

June 27, 2017

FileInfo – The File Extensions Database
https://fileinfo.com/

FileInfo contains a searchable database of over 10,000 file extensions with detailed information about the associated file types. You can look up information about unknown file types and find programs that open the files. Since 2005, the FileInfo team has worked with developers, large and small, to create a central file extensions registry. FileInfo.com has become the authoritative website where developers can submit new file extensions and provide information about file types. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Script Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to World Wide Web Reference Subject Tracer™.

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Fermat’s Library

May 30, 2017

Fermat’s Library
http://fermatslibrary.com

Pierre de Fermat was a French lawyer and mathematician who may be thanked for major developments in geometry and calculus. He also wrote his last theorem in the margins of a paper. In the spirit of all the rich things scribbled in margins (paper and digital), Fermat’s Library is a space where “professional scientists, academics and citizen scientists” can annotate one another’s academic papers, mathematical equations, and more. Since 2015, the team behind Fermat’s Library has provided a free open space for such collaborative annotation. To add comments to any paper, users simply select the paper and click on the portion of the text where they would like to comment, and type a note. As of this write-up, visitors can explore Alan Turing’s “Intelligent Machinery, A Heretical Theory,” Paul Krugman’s “A Theory of Intelligent Trade,” and the United States Government’s Immigration Act of 1924. Readers are also encouraged to suggest their own papers for annotation by the community. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Purdue Owl: White Papers

May 23, 2017

Purdue Owl: White Papers
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/546/1

According to the Purdue Owl, a “white paper” is “a certain type of report that is distinctive in terms of purpose, audience, and organization.” The term originates from early twentieth century Great Britain, where it was used to describe to an official government document designed to outline a particular viewpoint and provide supportive evidence and information. Today, the term is used more broadly in the business and nonprofit world to describe similar publications that are intended not for commercial use, but to advocate an official position or solution. Like all forms of writing, white papers come with their own established norms, and Purdue Owl offers this website that outlines these norms and expectations. In Organization and Other Tips, visitors will find a brief, one-page summary of the major components of white papers. This section also includes a detailed PowerPoint presentation that provides information about the purpose and mechanics of white papers in greater detail. This presentation, 25 slides in length, is free to download and might easily be incorporated into a meeting or professional development session. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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World Digital Library (WDL)

May 06, 2017

World Digital Library (WDL)
https://www.wdl.org/

The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: a) Promote international and intercultural understanding; b) Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet; c) Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences; and d) Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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mL(at)H

May 04, 2017

mL(at)H
https://metalabharvard.github.io

metaLAB, or mL(at)H, is “an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio” that is dedicated to pioneering new ways for libraries to serve communities. Based out of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, the metaLAB explores “the digital arts and humanities through research, experimentation, tool building, teaching, through publications in print and online, and via exhibition, performance, and social practice.” Within this broad mission, the future of libraries is a special focus. metaLAB is headed by Matthew Battles, who authored the 2003 book Library: An Unquiet History. One of metaLAB’s ongoing projects, Library Test Kitchen, is a series of workshops that encourage participants to rethink how libraries could function. Recent ideas that have come out of these workshops include a “Neo-Carell Sleeping Chair” (a portable carell that simultaneously serves as a chair, laptop stand, and napping spot) and a WiFi “Cold Spot” to help users disconnect. meanwhile, other metaLAB projects and publications center on the changing nature of preserving and presenting data and objects. For example, Yanni Alexander Loukissas’s Life and Death of Data, offers an interactive history of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Archives. Visitors may scroll through a timeline to see when the Arboretum acquired certain archival materials. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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PressReader – Connecting People Through News

April 26, 2017

PressReader – Connecting People Through News
http://www.about.pressreader.com/

PressReader delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read, discuss and share. Get full issues of thousands of top magazines and newspapers, just as they appear in print. They are your home for all-you-can-read news with full access to more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines. PressReader partners with thousands of publishers in over 100 countries to help them distribute their content globally. All of the publications they offer can be read online, in print or downloaded via the PressReader app. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™.

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