Favorite Web Sites: Humanities
The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated
and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic
and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best
Free Reference Web Sites List for the American
Library Association. Here is a list of selection
criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task
Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will
find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and
authoritative information on the Internet.
Bartleby.com is "the preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference
and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious
with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge." Included
are works like Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the King James Bible, and
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations. The site is easy to navigate and the
interface is clear and clean. Users may search by keyword across the entire
contents of the site or search specific subjects or works. Resources are
also listed under the categories "Reference," "Verse," "Fiction," or "Nonfiction." A
summary or short note about the origin of the work is given above the search
bar for each resource. Reference Librarians will find this full-text site
and all that it contains to be very valuable. (Summary used by permission
of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
Encyclopedia Mythica is "an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and
more." The Mythology section covers 23 different cultural mythologies ranging
from Aboriginal to Roman with articles and definitions of varying length. Characters
or events mentioned within one article are linked to the corresponding full-length
article entry. Articles may be submitted by anyone, but there is a long list
of contributing editors who verify and edit information accepted for the site.
There is a 260-image gallery of mythological creatures and the genealogy tables
(some of which are under construction) provide information for the major mythical
families. The "Consorts and Offspring of Zeus" table is a good example of the
helpful information provided in the genealogical section. A pronunciation aid
is available from the "Areas" page under "Miscellanea," and the entire site is
searchable. This is a great companion for readers of all levels studying mythology.
(Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
. The Guide to Philosophy on the Internet is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed resource
of collected links to scholarly works, Web sites, and texts of philosophers that
are online. The site also links to other guides in English and foreign languages.
The site may be navigated either by the table of contents or by the limited area
search engine. A search on Heidegger, for example, produces papers explaining
his philosophy, Web sites in several languages and references to papers that
mention Heidegger in context with other philosophers. The Guide is easy to navigate,
and includes contact information and an FAQ. The site is
undergoing revision, and when complete, will be maintained by the International
Association for Computing and Philosophy. (Summary used by permission of the
MARS Best Free Websites Committee)
The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing Recently Added
to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Journal Collection
The Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing (OJKSN)
joined the IU Northwest Library's growing list of electronic journals a few months ago.
Published by Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, "the OJKSN is
a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the scientific advancement of evidence-based
practice (EBP) in health care." The journal provides full-text access through
clickable table of contents links to articles published from 1993 to the present.
The articles can also be searched by author or by complete list of titles.
To access this online nursing journal fron any IU Northwest campus or off-campus computer,
go to the IU
Library's Electronic Information Page and under the Library Catalogs,
Electronic Journals & Other Databases heading, select Electronic
Journals. At the next menu screen, click the Online Journal of Knowledge
Synthesis in Nursing link.
, Library News Web Editor