Chad Perrin: SOB

7 March 2006

The Good

Filed under: — apotheon @ 02:45

Research Resources:

  • general-purpose research on a specific topic with a specific term in mind — tends to start with a definition or two of the term, and gets progressively more general and descriptive with results further down the page
  • BitLaw: It’s a resource for technology-related legalities
  • Clusty, the Clustering Search Engine: a search engine that respects privacy and provides results organized by topic area
  • FOLDOC: the Free OnLine Dictionary Of Computing
  • Google: It’s the search engine that has become a verb. It is excellent for getting a start on finding the information you seek when you’re not exactly sure what terms should be used in the search. Throw related terms at it, though, and it will quickly lead you to relevant results that help nail down the actual terminology you need — and you can search for things by specific, rare phrases that might appear within a given document by putting quotes around the phrase in the search string. You probably already know all this, though.
  • IMDB: the Internet Movie DataBase is information about movies, actors, books, TV shows, cartoons — basically, most of modern entertainment culture
  • Jargon File (ESR version): probably the most “official” online Jargon File at this time, though not the original, useful primarily for essays and explanations attached to it
  • Jargon Wiki: the Ursine Jargon Wiki, a probably better alternative to the ESR-maintained Jargon File for glossary purposes
  • OneLook: comprehensive dictionary search site
  • Snopes: the best site of its kind (which isn’t difficult, since it’s pretty much the only site of its kind) — dedicated to debunking urban legends
  • The Unix Forums: a forum devoted to getting and giving help for all things Unixy
  • Wikipedia: What can I say? I love these guys. I used to work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and I really miss it sometimes. It’s truly encyclopedic in the breadth and depth of knowledge, and then some. I’ve learned more from editing it than I have from reading other, supposedly more “authoritative”, sources — and in less time. Surprisingly, it also serves as a sort of targeted search engine for the Web with regards to finding some of the most relevant (and often least biased) documents related to a given topic: just scroll to the bottom of an article and start looking at the related external links.

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