Archive for Research Tips

Online British Dissertations

The EThOS system from the British Library is a portal to dissertations generated by 129 British institutions. Currently, over 350,000 dissertations are listed here with over 120,000 freely available online.  One must remember that the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database primarily covers United States and Canadian research; to access other work, you need to go to EThOS or Dart-Europe.

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Cybersecurity Policy

With Chinese cyberspying being on the front pages as of this writing, this collection of resources from the Council on Foreign Relations is an very valuable starting point for identifying major organizations and reports dealing with cybersecurity. From data, history, surveys to government publications to universities to think tanks, this heavily-linked site is well worth a visit. It can be used in conjunction with the oft-updated CyberSecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources.

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Need to Find Facts?

You want to use a reliable source to find facts on autism, Al Sharpton, or the Eiffel Tower? Then try Fast Facts from CNN. These updated briefings contain numerical, narrative, or biographical information on the subject being examined. There are over 900 entries on this site; there isn’t a browse mechanism, so you need to scroll to find subjects of interest. But trust to the rules of serendipity!

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A Guide to Cybersecurity Resources

The CRS has just updated its Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources containing a wealth of information from government and private sources. A previous blog entry examines an earlier version of this report in greater detail.

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Looking for Book Reviews?

If you need to find book reviews on all subjects, ranging from anthropology to zoology with side trips into science fiction and mystery, then by all means stop at the Sunday Book Review from The New York Times. Containing thousands of reviews since 1981, this section does indeed give one access to critically reasoned evaluations of currently produced work. In addition, another special feature is podcasts with authors, editors, and critics on new books, bestsellers, and the literary scene. The famous best seller lists are also accessible on this site as is By the Book, an ongoing series of interviews with prominent authors. And let’s not forget the section’s profiles of hundreds of authors both past and present.

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Free Access to The New York Times Video Library

For some time, The New York Times had erected a paywall around some of its features, including the video library. Now, with underwriting from corporate sponsors, this valuable learning tool is once again free. Covering the world, arts, science, business and other topics, these films can act as useful adjuncts for current events research.

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Millions of Medical Articles Freely Available Online

If you are looking for peer reviewed articles or meta studies from  medical journals such as the Autism Research and Treatment or bioethical writings from such titles as Journal of Medical Ethics, then PubMedCentral is a place to start. As of this writing, 2.7 million articles are available for free from this component of the National Library of Medicine. Simple and advanced searches are offered as well as a “limits” feature that allows an even more specific search strategy.  Articles are in pdf format, and when you click on an article, a suggested list of related articles is also displayed for your perusal. A valuable tool. In addition, HighWire from Stanford University offers access to hundreds of titles in the medical sciences along with many other fields.

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