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At present this page has seven sections. You may jump directly to any of them from the Table of Contents, without having to scroll down the whole page. At the end of each section there is another jump marked (TOC) which takes you back to thi s Table of Contents.

  1. Libraries
  2. Reference Works
  3. Internet Research Resources
  4. Dubito Ergo Cogito: thinking for yourself
  5. Documentation
  6. Using the Internet to Do Your Term Paper or Research Paper
  7. Searching the Internet

I hope you find it useful!

Please let me know of any sites that are more useful than these, and also if you find any of these sites to be of little value.

Workplace: the journal for academic labor. Excellent, hard-hitting articles by members of the Grad Student Caucus of the MLA; by other graduate student scholar-activists; and by academic activists.

Internet-Accessible Libraries

Libweb at Sunsite (U. California at Berkeley).

As of the summer of '01 this is the most useful single list of web-accessible libraries I have found. It's especially useful for foreign (non-US) libraries.

  Yale University's List of Internet-Accessible Libraries

Another listing  of Internet-accessible libraries. It includes TELNET or other addresses, log-ins, passwords, etc. See the section "Gateways to other online Library Catalogs" at the bottom of the page as well. Replaces the older Yale Gopher list.

Another excellent list is

Hytelnet: On-Line Library List, by Peter Scott, courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Scott has a similar page here.

You can also check out:

Yahoo's List of Libraries

"Yahoo" is one of the biggest and most useful Internet "search engines."

You might find the following URL more useful, though:

University Libraries from Yahoo

Here is an address for the whole world's libraries, by country -- over 1000 listed!

World Wide Web Libraries

NEW JERSEY LIBRARIES ON-LINE. There are not too many of these, but there are more all the time. Here is where they will always be listed -- on the "State of New Jersey" Page:

Catalog of New Jersey Libraries

Finally, don't forget our own new and growing

Sprague Library Home Page. Steve Shapiro, MSU's Librarian/Webmaster, is always on the lookout for new and useful links. Check it out!



There are a LOT of reference sites on the World Wide Web! I have selected some that I have found useful. Let me know what you think of them! Tell me about any good sites YOU find, and I'll add them.

The NPC Online Search Division

AskERIC Information Tools.
Educational research resource, based on the justly famous ERIC database.

Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Lists

Yahoo -- Reference Section.
Yahoo is one of the largest and best WWW "search engines". Its Reference Section is a good place to begin searching if you are wondering what reference sources are available on the WWW.

IPL: The Internet Public Library

On-Line Literary Research Tools
From Jack Lynch at the University of Pennsylvania -- a top-notch site!

The WWW Virtual Library: Subject Catalog

Literature 'WEBliography' from LSU

Research Tools from Indiana U.

CARRIE: The Electronic Library from U. Kansas

Professor Gigabyte's Gateways To Infinity.
The best single site I know of for a general, one-stop source of many WWW sites of interest, and one of the very easiest to use! From Prof. Donald Warman, at Dana College (Blair, Nebraska).

THE FOLLOWING SITES are for encyclopedias and specific reference books.

Kevin's Internet Encyclopedia - Bookshelf

From the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Free Internet Encyclopedia (U. Hawaii)

Books On-line, Listed by Author

A list of all books known to the lister (Carnegie Mellon University).

'Where the Wild Things Are': A Librarian's List of Reference Materials

This "librarian's list" and the one that follows have some good references for general research.

Anne Prestamo's Home Page of Reference and Librarian Materials

Roget's Thesaurus On-Line

Bartlett's Book of Familiar Quotations

Finally, a source that attempts to list all European sites in one place. Browse around for lots of interesting stuff!

The Doorway into Europe: The European Directory


Internet Resources

Here are some sites for other Internet materials.

Net-Happenings Archive - Search

'Net-Happenings' is a mailing list that attempts to list all new WWW pages and sites as they come on-line and are announced to the public. It comes in digest mode, as often as several times a day, and as such is almost impossible to follow personally. Her e you can search its entire archives by key word. An alternative to the "Search Engines" covered in a later section.

Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-conferences This Australian site attempts to list all "scholarly" or academic (as opposed to hobby, sport, etc.) mailing lists. Check here to find a mailing list in the field you want to do research in.

You should also look for a mailing list in your area of interest at the following important site:

Listserve Search via Tilenet

Tilenet offers several different search tools including this one for mailing lists (here called "listserves", after the most common software used for them). Its general search address allows searches for Usenet newsgroups and ftp sites as we ll, so I put it here, too:

Tile Net Home Page



"I doubt, therefore I think!"

-- where to check particularly trendy and/or suspicious "facts".

The media, religious groups, right-wingers, "New Agers", and many other sources make rather fantastic claims. "Cold water boils faster than hot water!" "The Virgin Mary is appearing in Queens, New York (or wherever...)!" "Noah's Ark was found in Turkey!" "Balancing the national budget is good for you!"

Or -- a particular favorite of mine -- "Stalin killed more people than Hitler!" [An excellent article refuting this and much more nonsense, with appropriate evidence, is here. The whole series, with index and jumps here, is worth studying.]

Where can you go to "get the dope", i.e. refute, this kind of nonsense? Well, for statements of the last two kinds -- political and historical -- see my "Politics and Social Issues" page here! But for the other kind, DO NOT FAI L to check out at least one of these sources:

The Skeptical Inquirer, WWW page for the journal of the same name. These people publish research articles debunking bunk of all kinds, especially religious and "magical."

Also, click here to try the British equivalent, The Skeptic Magazine.

A lot of these people are socially and politically pretty conservative, but they often publish pretty good stuff from a mechanical materialist perspective. Check it out!


ALPHA Manual (VMS Operating System)

Thanks to Dr David Stuehler, an abbreviated version of the ALPHA Manual which I wrote for student and faculty use at MSU is now available on-line. Click here to go directly to this manual, which you can either use on-line or download.

IF you want to get the latest version of my entire ALPHA manual, click here to mail me a note, and I'll send it to your email address as a Mail message, which you can download or 'extract/noheader' to make into a file at the $ (VMS) prompt. Instructions are on the very first page of the manual.

Click here to go to the ALPHA NEWS READER INSTRUCTIONS, which you may use on-line or download.

The complete manual (over 200 pages) is available in "zipped" format (you must use PKUNZIP or another such program) HERE.

This whole page is extraordinarily useful. Thank you, Doctor Stuehler!


MLA Documentation

The MLA Handbook is copywrighted and sold for profit, and therefore is not on the WWW! 

The MLA itself has some Frequently Asked Questions about MLA style.

Many other sites contain summarized versions of the information in it, which you can use for most research and term-paper purposes. Here are some of these s ites

I would be VERY interested to learn from you which of these sites are most useful, and which are not; which are the most complete, and which are too scanty or simply duplicate the fuller ones. Please let me know, to make these links m ore useful for students!

MLA Documentation from Capitol Community College, Hartford CN.

A Documentation Primer, from Dan Kline's "Chaucer Pedagogy Page". Very well done, and not just for medieval research, but for any research!

Be sure to check out Diane Hacker's Research and Documentation OnLine, a first-rate resource!
Also, note the Sample Paper in MLA Style, linked on this page, or go directly to it here.

How To Cite Online Sources, from Blogging.com.

Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format, from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

MLA Style Documentation, from Indiana University.

MLA Style Citations, from Bridgewater State College, MA - choose either 'Bibliographic Entries' or 'Documenting sources from the Worldwide Web'.

The following site has formats for citing Internet and other "electronic" sources (also covered in the most recent, 5th, edition of the MLA Handbook):

How To Cite Online Sources, at Blogging.com


Using the Internet to Help You Do Your Term Paper.

This is the text of a manual I've written for both student and faculty use. It comes in two files. You can get the first one here, and then the second one here.

The Internet can be a tremendous tool for doing research! This manual is based on my own experiece. Please let me know your criticisms and suggestions!


Search Engines

-- tools for key-word searches of the World Wide Web

There are a lot of "search engines" out there. I'm going to make this section very brief, since there is an excellent collection on the CHSS Home Page, thanks (once again!) to Dr Dave Stuehler:

Search Engines on the Montclair State University CHSS Home Page

... but HERE BELOW is the best of the search engines, in my own view: "ALTAVISTA" by Digital Equipment Corporation. It uses two of the powerful "Alpha" mainframes which MSU itself uses. Try it!

Alta Vista WWW Search Page

Or, if you prefer, you may enter your search in the form below, and it will be sent automatically to ALTAVISTA. Try it!

Search and Display the Results

You may also search with the MetaCrawler engine:

new.gif (12646 bytes)Searching Listserv Archives. This excellent page gives you detailed instructions for searching the archives of many Mailing Lists -- 'pound for pound' the most useful research tools on the Internet. A truly invaluable resource!


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