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Links used during the Introduction to "Using the Internet"

The following Web sites are used in the Introduction to "Using the Internet" workshop. They are presented here in the order in which the sites are used.

Internet, WWW And Browsers

Search Engines And Effective Searching

Evaluating the Quality of Information Online

  • Itrainonline aims to provide a single source on the web containing a selection of the best and most relevant computer and Internet training resources. The 'Finding Information on the Internet' section provides a number of tools and resources to help you to evaluate the quality of information you find online.

Subject-Based Information Gateways

  • The Resource Discovery Network provides access to high-quality Internet resources for learning and research communities including: Health, Life Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Law. Pinakes
  • Pinakes provides links to over 50 subject-based information gateways covering a very wide range of subject areas.

Email for Teaching, Learning and Research

  • JISCmail hosts hundreds of electronic discussion lists (mailing lists) for the Higher Education community. These offer a forum for discussions of work in progress, issues for debate and announcements. All messages sent to the lists are archived and most are publicly available via the JISCmail World Wide Web site.
  • IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) hosts a wide number of mail lists for library and information professionals.

Literature searches and current awareness

  • Selecting your country from INASP's Eligible Countries page will give you access to electronic resources available in your country that could be useful in carrying out a literature search. Many of the journals will allow you to sign up for a free email alert to journals of interest to you.
  • Ingenta allows you to search the Tables of Contents and Abstracts of over 27,000 publications.
  • Libdex is an index of over 18,000 library homepages or Web-based OPACs.
  • The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography provides links to e-print and institutional repositories.

Making professional contacts

  • The University of Berkeley Library Beyond General WWW Searching guide provides links to resources for making professional contacts online. Conferences and professional development
  • The RDN and Pinakes (see the SBIGs section on this page) provide extensive links to professional associations, conference calendars, etc, within each of the subject areas they cover.
  • UNESCO's Library Portal links to professional groups, conferences and meetings worldwide for library and information professionals.

Teaching and learning resources online

  • Itrainonline provides a single source containing a wide selection of computer and Internet training resources relevant to developing country contexts.
  • The Online Books Page is managed by a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. It provides listings and links to over 20,000 online books which are free for personal, non-commercial use. It also lists archives of books in many languages other than English.

Data archives

Software archives

Statistics packages

  • Statlab is run by the Department of Statistics, at Carnegie Mellon University and provides access to statistical software, datasets, and information via the Web.

General Reference

  • The Virtual Library is the oldest catalogue of the web. It is run by volunteer subject experts who compile pages of key links for their particular areas. The General Reference area provides access to dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc.


  • IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) has a section on Copyright and Intellectual Property which provides a comprehensive bibliography of copyright related documents which are available online at no cost.

Training Others

  • Itrainonline's Trainers Section provides links to resources to help people to become a more effective trainer and develop training strategies for their organizations.


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