Internet Subject Directories

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See also Academic Info: Digital Library ; Science & Technology Directories

Unlike Search Engines, Directories are compiled by real people, often librarians, and are very good starting points when looking for academic resources on the Internet. When you discover a reliable directory (hopefully like the one you're using now) the first thing to do is bookmark it.

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EARLweb
"...your ready reference to information on the Internet. EARLweb is a ready-made collection of useful bookmarks assembled by EARL to help you find your way around in cyberspace."
Section include: Global Library ; Imagination and Memory ; Lifelong Learning ; Online Enquiry Desk ; Science and Technology ; Business Intelligence ; Citizen in Society ; The Public Librarian.

GeoURL ICBM Address Server
"GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you."

High School Hub
"The High School Hub is a noncommercial gateway to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. It features a reference desk, college information, and subject guides for English, mathematics, social studies, and science."
By Dyann K. Schmidel

Librarians' Index to the Internet
"...a searchable, evaluated, and annotated subject directory of more than 9,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. It's meant to be used by both librarians and non-librarians as a reliable and efficient guide to described and evaluated Internet resources."
Coordinated by Karen Schneider on the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

Library of Congress - Alcove 9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
"The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress has eight alcoves. This ninth "virtual alcove" is a collection of websites selected and annotated by Humanities and Social Sciences Division subject specialists. All of these websites have components that are free and available to the public; some might require user registration, or may have links to fee-based services."
- Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Ready, 'Net, Go! Archival Internet Resources
"This service is an archival "meta index," or index of archival indexes. That is, from here we refer you to the major indexes, lists, and databases of archival resources."
Special Collections Division, Howard Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University

Repositories of Primary Sources
"A listing of over 3500 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections

The WWW Virtual Library
Really a directory of directories. Each subject guide is an independent directory maintained by librarians or specialist in the field.

Academic Libraries Internet Subject Directories

The following are all compiled by librarians at college or research libraries and are usually the most current and reliable Internet directories. If your school library has an Internet subject guide and Academic Info is not listed please request them to add it / Thanks.

Bloomsburg University Andruss Library - Internet Collegiate Reference Collection
"Selection is based upon the contribution of the site to general undergraduate learning in the United States, and not aimed at the needs of any particular institution or geographic location within the United States. Most sites are selected for their contribution to undergraduate research and writing, but a few are chosen for students' personal needs."

The Webliography
Internet Subject Guides from LSU Libraries

Web Resources Organized by Subject
MIT Libraries

Rice's Subject Guides to Internet Resources
Fondren Library, Rice University

Internet Resources Arranged by Subject Category
Rutgers Libraries

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