Notes from the Librarian
Educatioal websites you can visit
By Yvonne Sligh
The Mendocino College Library has six internet terminals available for students to use. Web pages have quickly become a standard source for research material for college papers as well as just for personal interest. Here are a few pages you might want to visit.
Dogpile is a metasearch engine that will search the major engines all at once (Yahoo, Lycos, Magellan, Infoseek, Webcrawler, Excite, Altavista and more) and give you the top results from each.
Louisiana State University's Webliography is a great starting place for research on a subject.
The Press Democrat's Research on the Web site is a research tool for journalists but students can make use of it as well. It features links to all sorts of great research and reference tools.
For news, there are many good sites. The ones I use most are:
· New York Times on the Web
· CNN site and for local news
· KGO's page
If you need help with your language homework, a great site to know about is the AltaVista translation service The page gives you a window in which you can type text, then ask for a translation into French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. I've tried it and the translations are good.
Don't miss the home page for the Library of Congress This is a window to a wonderful assortment of links and resources.
For fun, get your biorhythm daily from the Facade page It could explain why you're not having a good day.
Remember - when doing research on the Internet, think of the Net as one resource, not the only resource. If you don't find what you are looking for right away, ask for help - and don't spend an hour on the Internet looking for some statistic or simple fact that could be found in a couple of minutes in a book!

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