The Web sites below offer general resources that may be helpful to both teachers and students in all four of the University Core Courses. Links may be found under the following headings: Web Matters: Writing for the Web, How to Use the Web, Teaching with the Web, Search Engines and Directories, Ethics and the Web, Web Security, Making Web Pages. Other Matters: Critical Thinking, News, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, The United Nations, History, Art, Education.
Using the Web:
Writing for the Web
The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. A primer that will be of great help to many students who find themselves grappling with writing college-level assignments and papers. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies, Eldis Programme: Writing for the Web. Tutorial examining differences between communicating on paper and communicating online and designed to help users present their research and writing effectively on the Web. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Chicago Press:The Chicago Manual of Style, Frequently Asked Questions. This site answers some of the questions that commonly vex writers and editors. If you don't find what you're looking for here, CMS provides an email address for you to write and ask directly. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
How to Use the Web
American Library Association: Information Literacy. A gateway to resources and discussion on information literacy focused on "improving the teaching, learning, and research role of the higher education community." From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Pew Internet and the American Life Project A portal to government web sites.
University of South Carolina, Beaufort Library: Bare Bones 101: A Very Basic Web Search Tutorial Addresses topics such as meta-searchers, subject directories, evaluating sites, Boolean logic, and field searching. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
University of Texas System Digital Library: TILT [Flash]. Requires registration. Introduces undergraduate students to basic research sources and skills. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Resource Discovery Network and Resource Discovery Network Virtual Training Suite. Collection of free interactive tutorials to help students, researchers, and instructors discover some of what the Internet has to offer in their subject areas.
Pew Internet Project: Getting Serious Online [.pdf]. Reports that Americans are becoming increasingly more demanding and thoughtful when it comes to the Web, spending more time interacting with it in personally meaningful ways, particularly by communicating with friends and family. The report also reveals that 55 percent of Americans now access the Web from work and that use is more and more focused on overall quality of services and resources, as well as on access speed and reliable connectivity. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu.
Teaching with the Web
Online Computer Library Center: White Paper on the Information Habits of College Students: How Academic Librarians Can Influence Students' Web-Based Information Choices [.pdf]. Revealing students' awareness of shortcomings of information available from library Web sites as well as presenting their views of successful information delivery, this report offers recommendations for librarians on how they can better influence students' Web-based information choices. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Web-Based Education Commission: The Power of the Internet for Learning: Final Report. [.pdf]. Placed online by the US Department of Education, the final report of the Web-Based Education Commission constitutes the "most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of education and the Internet." Users can read the full text of the 169-page report in its entirety or in five parts in .pdf format. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet ScoutProject 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
National Center for Education Statistics: Teachers' Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers' Use of Technology. The NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment: Volume 1: Definitions and Assessment Methods for Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Writing. Volume 2: Selected Institutions Utilizing Assessment Results. Examines the availability of computer and Internet technology in the classroom, teacher training and preparation for using such technology, and the barriers that teachers encounter to its use. The NPEC Sourcebook on Assessment Volumes 1 and 2, offers "a tool for researchers who are seeking comparative data about the policy-relevance of student outcomes measured in the primary skills areas of critical thinking, problem solving, and writing." From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Idaho, Engineering Outreach: Distance Education at a Glance. This Website is designed to "help teachers, administrators, facilitators, and students understand distance education." More for those looking for a thorough introduction to distance education than for those researching it. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Maryland University College: UMUC-Bell Atlantic Virtual Resource Site for Teaching with Technology [RealPlayer]. The site consists of two modules. The first focuses on using Web-based technologies to design online courses and links to over 40 examples of Web-enabled assignments from a variety of disciplines. Each is briefly described, with notes on the Web-based technologies employed. The second module concerns delivery in online courses, offering six interviews (video, audio, and transcript) "on significant dimensions of online teaching, with particular emphasis on managing interaction." Each interview includes a collection of related (annotated) links. This site should be useful to those studying teaching and technology as well as those who would like to make better use of the Internet and related technologies in their classroom. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Maryland: Human-Computer Interaction Lab. An interdisciplinary lab comprised of faculty and students from Computer Science, Education, Psychology, and Information Studies. The lab develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology and provides collaborative research summaries, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, as well as workshops and symposiums. There is also a "research project highlights" area that currently contains information on new approaches to information visualization, interfaces for digital libraries, multimedia resources for learning communities, zoomable user interfaces, technology design methods with and for children, and instruments for evaluating user interface technologies. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries: Standards and Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services.
British Department for International Development, Commonwealth of Learning: The Changing Faces of Virtual Education. A follow-up to The Development of Virtual Education: A global perspective, 1999, the 152-page report finds that examples of virtual education have proliferated and that new technologies play a part in the planning agendas of most organizations involved with education. Nonetheless, the digital divide continues to persist, and many developing nations lack the infrastructure to implement virtual education programs. The report traces trends ("macro developments"), such as online learner support systems and new organizational models, with a particular eye to the impact these changes may have on education in developing countries. Users can download the report or view it online. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of Baltimore: Interactive Learning: Impact of the Internet on Learning & Teaching. Created by Dr. Hossein Arsham, The Wright Distinguished Research Professor in Management Science and Statistics at the University of Baltimore, this site reveals insights gained by Arsham and colleagues from their experiences teaching in the first accredited all on-line MBA program at the University of Baltimore. "The site covers how to begin, how to operate, and how to make e-learning successful and enjoyable." Also included are a set of recommended web sites and references. Although originally launched in 1995, this site has been updated often and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in online learning and teaching. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
UNESCO: text-e [Adobe eBook, Microsoft Reader]. The Bibliotheque publique d'information, Centre Pompidou, the Institut Jean Nicod, and EURO-EDU have combined forces (with the help of GiantChair.com and UNESCO) to bring us the first entirely virtual symposium. Launched October, 2001, the symposium concentrates on the impact of "New Information and Communication Technologies" and their effects on "our relationship with information and the written word." A new paper will be published online every two weeks, with the symposium consisting of ten papers altogether. Each paper will be discussed by the ten contributors and 30 guests, and interested members of the public can register to receive papers via email and participate in a forum. The first paper in the symposium is Roger Chartier's "Readers and Reading in the Age of Electronic Texts." The full program, a moderated forum, a bibliography, a registration form, and other resources are all available at the text-e site, which is available in English, French, and Italian. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
SRI International: TAPPED IN Services. TAPPED IN is an online work place for an international community of education professionals, ranging from educators, librarians, and students in K-12 and higher education to researchers who are engaged in professional development programs and informal collaborative activities. TAPPED IN is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation. It is an online service that helps "professional development projects, education agencies, philanthropic organizations, and for-profit organizations use the Internet to connect with and support teachers via the Web." With technological support grounded in a "web-based multi-user virtual environment," the site uses an integrated set of communication mechanisms designed to support large numbers of education professionals in a single virtual place. It offers free membership and comprehensive explanations of their services. If interested in holding discussions, offering training, or collaborating with students and colleagues, it is definitely a site to explore. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Search Engines and Directories
Internet Archive: Building an Internet Library. The Archive has been cataloging Webpages since its inception in 1996, and for their fifth anniversary has opened the archive to the public by launching their "Wayback Machine." To operate the "Machine," users type a URL into the search box, which will call up dated, archived pages of the site. The Internet Archive holds ten billion Webpages, making it the largest known database. Since announcing public access to the overall database, the site has experienced a great deal of traffic. They are in the process of adding servers, but users should be warned that, in the meantime, access may be tricky. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit, which has received funding from a number of sources including the Library of Congress and the NationalScience Foundation. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
All Academic. Database of scholarly articles and a list of links to online journals all available at no charge on the Web. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Inventive Communications: The INet Library. The INET Library searches the internet, screens and reviews for appropriate content, and then organizes each site into an easy-to-use library search system.
Social Science Information Gateway. Search Engine The premiere social science gateway to quality social science research and education resources, hand-picked and described by librarians and subject specialists. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.
Joint Information Systems Committee.
University of Waikoto: New Zealand Digital Library [RealPlayer, QuickTime, MPEG]. Documents, reports, articles, bibliographies, periodicals, and audio/ video files from substantial collections, which include materials from the UN University, the Food and Agriculture organization, the Humanity Development Library, the World Environment Library, the Bibliotheque pour le Developpement, and more. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Social Science Electronic Publishing: Social Science Research Network. [pdf]. The core of the site is the SSRN Electronic Library, which contains an Abstract Database with over 15,600 entries and an Electronic Paper Collection, which currently contains over 4,200 full-text papers. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Multnomah County Library:Homework Center: Social Issues Topics include, but are not limited to, Abortion, AIDS, Creationism, Environmental Protection, Flag Burning, Genetic Engineering, Global Warming, Gun Control, Homelessness, Prayer in Schools, Sweatshops, and Welfare Reform. Despite the primary audience of K-12, the materials here would be suitable for college level undergraduate research or general information gathering. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Bright Planet: CompletePlanet [pdf, zip]. Concerns itself with "content that resides in searchable databases, the results from which can only be discovered by a direct query," and thus cannot be indexed or queried by traditional search engines. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
WebExhibits. Covers the gamut from the biosphere to Rembrandt, from frogs to Freud, offering ratings and annotations of the Websites. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Minnesota State University, Mankato:E-Museum [RealPlayer, MP3]. Online exhibits in the fields of history, biology, cultures, prehistory, and archaeology. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Conference of European National Librarians: Gabriel. This gateway to Europe's National Libraries has been redesigned and updated and is now showcasing an improved, more user-friendly platform. Covering 41 European national libraries from the 39 countries represented in the conference, Gabriel offers information on their services, online exhibitions, and printed and electronic collections, as well as instructions on how to gain access to their online catalogues and services. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Ethics In Computing. A project of Professor Edward F.Gehringer of the faculty of North Carolina State University. Articles and essays on privacy, intellectual property, speech issues, and social justice issues, among others. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Department of Homeland Security: Information Analysis, Infrastructure Protection.
Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute: CERT Coordination Center: Home Network Security.
University of California, San Diego: Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis.
System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute: Emergency Incident Handler: Internet Storm Center.
Gibson Research Corporation: Shields Up! Free security test for home computers.
Symantec: Norton Utilities: Internet Security for the Home. Free security test for home computers.
Making Web Pages
The MS Word to Web Page: An Academic's Guide to Quick Web Page Construction. This site is designed to help academic instructors place their syllabi on the Web without devoting tireless hours to transferring their manuscripts into HTML format. The site provides a brief tutorial on how to successfully turn a manuscript or syllabus into a properly formatted, fully functional Web page in as little as ten minutes. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
About.com [This may help those who wish to venture out of the toaster.] An About.com guide created and maintained by Linda Roeder, offers help in the form of a number of articles and numerous related resources to help users design and create their own personal Webpages. Beginners should start with the Creating a Web Site Tutorial, while others will benefit from the archive of weekly articles, tips of the day, design tools, and product reviews. In addition to covering the process of creating and maintaining a personal Website, the guide addresses topics such as online diaries, Webcams, statistics-keeping, and Webrings. [MD] From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Critical Thinking On The Web.
The Fallacy Files.
Newsmap. An application that visually reflects "the constantly changing landscape" of the Google News news aggregator. This format is able to "reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change across the globe." From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/
Public Radio International: The World [Windows Media Player].
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Dictionary.com The site features (1)definitions from different, reputable dictionaries, allowing users to compare meanings; (2) a Q/A page where visitors can askquestions relating to words and grammar; (3) a translation page that translates anything from a phrase to an entire Webpage from one major European language, including English, to another. There are word games, online foreign dictionaries, and links to writing resources here as well. [DC] From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Oxford University Press: AskOxford.com. This site offers an array of resources to help visitors make the best use of the English langauge. Features include a word of the day, quote of the week, language and writing tips, question and answer, word games, a jargon buster, and education resources. Users may also email queries to the Oxford Word and Language Service. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
OneLook Dictionaries. Contains over 4 million words indexed in more than 700 online dictionaries. Whether you're looking for a definition or translation, OneLook will provide a list of Web dictionaries that can answer the questions you're seeking. Equally important, for those rare occasions when the spelling of a word is unknown, OneLook allows you to type in a pattern of letters with wildcard symbols such as "*" and "?," and it will retrieve a list of words matching that pattern. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Columbia University Press and Bartleby.com:Columbia Encyclopedia.
UN:The UN Works . Briefly profiles individuals who have benefited from various UN programs. The profiles discuss how selected programs or agencies have contributed and also offer links to the homepages of each one cited. An important glimpse into how the seemingly remote supernational programs make a difference on the ground. The site could also readily serve as a teaching tool for lessons on the UN and its activities. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Center for Teaching History with Technology:Best of History Websites. Designed for history students, teachers, and enthusiasts. This site not only provides links to online resources, but also rates them on a one to five star scale. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of California at Berkeley, Institute of International Studies:Conversations With History [RealPlayer]. Interviews with over 150 distinguished men and women from all over the world. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Artcyclopedia. "A huge, well-maintained linking site with a database of more than 7000 artists listed by alphabet, movement, medium, subject and nationality. This site and the following are probably the first choices in any search for a particular artist." The source for this link is another very interesting site, newCrit: A Journal of plain talk about new art, a site supported by Western Michigan University and Miami University. At tne newCrit home page click on "Links: Image Sites".
Web Gallery of Art. A major update of a site that has been online since 1996. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
ARTISTE.Still under development, Artiste's image retrieval system seeks to cross link, integrate, and render more searchable the vast holdings of four of Europe's grandest museums: London's National Gallery, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Paris's Louvre, and Florence's Uffizi Gallery. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Information on exhibitions, educational resources, program calendars, publications and reproductions, and other activities and holdings. Online collection of over 3,500 objects from the museum, organized by department: Ancient Near Eastern Art, American Paintings and Sculpture, Medieval Art, etc. Each department's page includes a general overview and links to the images (accompanied by descriptions), 50 of which on average are offered per department. Users can search the collection by keyword, artist, title, or country of origin. After registering, users can create "My Met Gallery," a private online exhibition space where their favorite works are saved. The other two significant resources (both accessed in the Educational Resources section) are Watsonline, an online (Telnet) catalog for the Museum's libraries, and the Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources, a large collection of general and specific art links. [MD] From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development: Education at a Glance: Indicators 2001 [MS Word, Excel, .pdf]. Data on an array of indicators for the OECD's 30 member countries and some non-member countries as well. The indicators fall into three basic categories: resources invested in education, the operation of educational systems, and returns to investments. This year's report adds several new indicators including the use of and access to technology and worker education. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
The New York Times--College Times. Aimed at both students and faculty. Recent news stories organized by over 200 academic disciplines and free email alerts when new articles related to their interests are published. Special sections, for students and faculty: The students section includes recent news from colleges and universities, book and film reviews, and a weekly feature. The faculty area proffers curriculum guides on using the newspaper in their courses, faculty and education news, and links to related content of interest elsewhere on the site. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
University of California at Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education and Information: Higher Education Research Institute. The institute "serves as an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education." It is also the home of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, a national longitudinal study of the American higher education system. The CIRP is "the nation's largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,700 institutions and over 10 million students." Visitors to the site can access extensive press releases and data summaries of the latest CIRP's of incoming freshmen as well as data from surveys targeting entering students, other classes of college students, and faculty members. The CIRP Archives section offers an extensive annotated bibliography of related conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and reports. The Website also provides information to educators and administrators on ordering more targeted data drawn from specific schools and/or specific comparative profiles. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Educational Resources Information Center.
International Bureau of Education: World Data on Education. The materials are kept in two databases: the first provides profiles of national education systems for 144 countries, prepared by the IBE, and the second gives the 1993-1994 national reports on educational development from UNESCO-member countries. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Association for Moral Development and Education. The association was founded in 1976 to provide an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
US Department of Education: Education Resource Organizations Directory. A metasite that indexes over 4,000 sites that offer information and assistance on a wide range of education-related topics. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
National Center for Education Research: Institutional Policies and Practices: Results From the 1999 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, Institution Survey. Part of the 1999 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, this publication reports results from a survey of 960 institutions. It gives data on types of instructors (full-time, part-time, teaching assistant, etc.), gender, ethnicity, and salaries and how these numbers have changed over time. NCES found that 71 percent of undergraduate courses are taught by full time faculty, 27 percent by part-time faculty, and 1 percent by teaching assistants (14 percent in public research institutions). The survey also found that 45 percent of faculty were part-time, and only 53 percent of institutions contribute to benefits for part-time faculty (who worked, according to the survey, an average of 36.9 hours a week). This report should be of great interest to anyone tracking changes in university employment. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001.http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/