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Winter, 2001
Volume 47, Number 4

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Internet Reference Resources

by Scott Silet

Epguides.com
http://www.epguides.com

Expansive database of episode guides for over 1,800 television programs produced primarily in the United States. Currently more than a third of these programs offer in-depth episode information including title, summary, number, original air date, guest stars, writers, and directors. Program entries include cast photograph, regular and recurring cast member lists, total number of episodes (and dates), as well as links to the Internet Movie Database for complete acting credits. Includes handy genre guide (http://www.epguides.com/menu/genre. shtml) with nearly a dozen different categories from which to browse. The database has a few holes (notably The Rookies, Room 222, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and other classics) but the editors continue to add new shows as time allows. Includes handy search engine (http://www.epguides.com/search/) to search episode summaries. Compiled by a dedicated group of tv hounds from hundreds of sources.

The Rosetta Project
http://www.rosettaproject.org

A comparative linguistic research project in progress, the Rosetta Project is an archive of more than 1,200 languages covering Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Entries could include detailed description of the language, genesis translations, glossed vernacular texts, orthographies, Swadesh word lists, inventories of phonemes, audio files, basic color terms, as well as miscellaneous texts. Entries also include language name, language family, and country where the language is/was spoken. Produced initially by the Long Now Foundation with funding from the Lazy Eight Foundation.

Making of America
http://moa.umdl.umich.edu and http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa

Growing full-text digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. "The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science, and technology." These two collections, produced by the libraries at the University of Michigan and Cornell University and made possible through funding from the Mellon Foundation, include thousands of books and more than 100,000 journal articles (totalling nearly 5 million pages) from 19th-century imprints. Both collections offer basic and advanced searching but are not searchable simultaneously. Both also allow users to browse entries by author, title, subject, and journal title.

Manuscripts Catalogue of the British Library
http://molcat.bl.uk/msscat/INDEX.ASP

Searchable catalog of more than 100,000 manuscripts acquired by the British Library since 1753. Search the collection index (heading names) or collection descriptions. Manuscript descriptions vary widely in size and content but most include brief content entry and provenance of the collection. Copies of manuscripts may be ordered from British Library Reproductions.

Art Atlas: Art Galleries of the World
http://artatlas.com/

Address and phone directory of nearly 5,000 art galleries around the world. Particularly strong for Central and East European countries. Search for galleries (businesses that sell art) by name, city, artist name, or keyword. The Atlas has started to include links to gallery Web sites, but most entries don't have that information yet. Compiled by the German-based firm Datenraum.

CNET Bandwidth Meter
http://webservices.cnet.com/bandwidth/

This meter, provided by cnet.com, allows users to determine the speed at which their computer is accessing information from the Internet. Simply type in an area code, connection type, and Internet Service Provider (ISP), if known, and the Meter will graphically output the speed and compare it to speeds at which other connection types generally process Internet data.

Encyclopedia of Education Statistics
http://nces.ed.gov/edstats/

This encyclopedia brings together four of the top publications of the Department-of-Education-based National Center for Education Statistics: The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, Education Indicators: An International Perspective, and Youth Indicators. The Encyclopedia allows users to search all publications or browse each publication by table of contents. Includes links to past editions.


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