|The Essential Web||A presentation at Computers in Libraries 2000, March 2000|
|Karen Hartman||Ernest Ackermann|
- Topical lists of selected WWW resources, hierarchically arranged
- Use these tools for researching broad topics
- Many directories rate and review Web resources
Some examples: Magellan | Open Directory Project | Yahoo!Virtual libraries are directories that contain collections of resources that librarians and information specialists have carefully chosen and organized in a logical way. These people usually rate or analyze the resources and arrange them so they will be found easily.
- These are directories that contain very selective resources
- Contain subject guides or meta-pages, which are great places to begin research on a topic Also contain reference works like dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.
TIP: Directories and virtual libraries are most useful when
There are three major types of resources that virtual libraries are most apt to contain: subject guides, reference works, and specialized databases. Subject guides are Web resources that include hyperlinks to sites on that particular subject. Reference works are full-text documents, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and so forth.
Some examples: Argus Clearinghouse | Internet Public Library | Librarians' Index to the Internet
Specialized databases are searchable indexes that catalog certain types of material, such as journal article citations, financial data, and so forth.
Some good places to find specialized databases (other than virtual libraries): Fossick.com | The Invisible Web | Library Spot
Check our annotated lists of selected directories and virtual libraries for some of the more popular ones.
|Presented at Computers in Libraries 2000||March 2000|