In our most recent webinar,”Topnotch tools, tips, and tricks for library success,” infoDOCKET editor Gary Price discussed some of his favorite online resources. The recorded webinar is available above and the slides are located at the bottom of this post.
After the Webinar, many audience members participated in a lively Q & A session about top research sites and best practices for collecting information. Due to time constraints, we were unable to get to all of the questions, but Price kindly answered more here with a list of extra resources:
Greetings SAGE Webinar Attendees,
Gary Price here with some answers to follow-up questions and a sizable helping of more resources.
Before we get started thank you for your interest in the presentation. I really appreciate it. Also, as a quick reminder, I share a lot of new resources, news and research of interest to the info pro on infoDOCKET.com. New material is posted seven days a week at:
Now, to some of your questions:
Q. What is the difference between archiving sites in the Wayback Machine and just screenshotting?
A. The major difference is that you don’t have to worry about losing the screenshot file, a corrupted file. Also, the links to a page stored on the Wayback Machine are live and will take you to archived versions of the page. Plus, Wayback, in many cases, provides a number of versions of a page or PDF (across many years). Of course, by saving material to the database you also help make a more complete archive of the web. Finally, if naming files is an issue (it often is for me) the original URL of the page placed into the Wayback Machine interface is all you need.
By the way, if you want to know about an interesting project that leverages the Wayback Machine database and other archives of web material that you can now demo for yourself, take a look at the Memento Project.
Q. You mentioned a useful web resource to acquire news sources from around the world and from non-English language sources. What’s the URL?
A. The directory is part of the EU Media Monitor database (also useful). The database of sources is available here.
Q. Resources to take a step back and consider the source?
A. Regardless how you personally feel about Wikipedia, it is a resource that people use and will continue to use. One resource that I think can quickly show that and demonstrate ‘considering the source’ (including Wikipedia) is this page of debunked Wikipedia hoaxes that Wikipedia makes available. It includes how long the hoax was posted to the site.
Q. Do you know how to search text (CTRL-F) on the iPad or iPhone?
A. If I need to do this while browsing the web on my iOS device, I use one of -many web browsers with this feature built-in. There are many to select from, but I have used iCabMobile for years and it provides this as well as MANY additional features that Safari does not. Also, Chrome for iOS also offers a “Find in a Page” tool.
Q. Do you have any insights into what’s happening with TheFind.com and Facebook?
A. I don’t have an answer to this one but my bet is that TheFind is no more. What Facebook will do with technology is TBD but if it does come back my bet is that the technology will likely be used in a Facebook branded shopping engine.
My bet is that you have tried and used many of the comparison shopping sites out there. However, this report for webmasters includes data about the most popular ones. Perhaps there is one here you have yet to try.
Finally, I have had good luck with this search tool, FindTheBest that makes comparing all sorts of data easy. My one major issue here is how often the data is updated. Of course, understanding that fact makes this resource even more useful.
Q. Can you review what you said about public access to fee-based ArchiveIt?
A. Take a look at the conclusion of this infoDOCKET post. Even better, head to ArchiveIt and start browsing the collections of web content that this service makes available and also review this page.
Q. Best engine to find financial and economic information?
A. That’s an extremely tough one to answer without more info.
That said, I will share two:
1) Since the beginning of 2015 all data from the International Monetary Fund is available at no charge direct from their web site.
2) If you’re in need of historic U.S. economic data and history the FRASER database/archive from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis is superb with new material always being added. Make sure to also take a look at their FRED, GeoFred, ALFRED databases. Impressive!!!
Q. How do I keep track of open web resources?
A. Lately, I’ve been capturing a page(s) from a resource, adding basic metadata, and the saving it to Evernote. If you have the fee-based version of Evernote (not expensive) all of the words on saved pages are access points too! If you prefer to not share this material to the cloud you can do pretty much the same using the free, open source, bibliographic management tool, Zotero.
EVEN MORE RESOURCES
Here are some additional resources that some of you might find useful:
1) I recently wrote an article about a wonderful and free current awareness tool for scholarly articles from an academic library in Scotland. It’s named JournalTOCs.
2) My friend and colleague Shirl Kennedy now maintains a resource we began together that provides a steady stream of new full text reports from the government, think tanks, NGO’s, and others loaded with charts, stats, etc. The site is named FullTextReports.com and like infoDOCKET we think it can be a useful tool for open web collection development.
3) Launched last week:
Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature Debuts on Library of Congress Web Site
Excellent resource for current and archived weather data.
This site not only allows you to set-up price alerts for EVERY item in the Amazon.com database but also provides pricing history for each item. Free.
Reverse Image Searching.