Specialty Search Roundup #1

Even though Gary Price left SEW Blog a few months ago and is now working at Ask.com, ResourceShelf, the site he compiles and edits with a team of librarians is going strong as an independent resource.

As I’m sure you remember, Gary has a strong interest in specialty search tools. One thing (there are many others) that stood out, since Gary’s departure, was that we were missing coverage of some specialty search topics. So, here’s a quick rundown of some of the databases he’s posted about recently on ResourceShelf.

* Two New Newspaper Archives (Tens of Thousands of Articles, Free) Now Available One contains articles about global warming, the other on immigration. Links to other archives are also available.

* Yes.com and More Real-Time Databases Near real-time access to music played on most commercial radio stations in the U.S. Search for stations and then review the list.

* Terrorism Knowledge Base Quick Reference Guide and More

* College Opportunities Online Locator “A consumer information tool for students, parents, high school counselors, and others interested in postsecondary education in the United States. The site allows users to see and compare profiles of nearly 7,000 colleges and universities throughout the nation.”

* New Database: So, what’s it worth? “In 1680, employing a craftsman for 13 days would cost you the equivalent of just one hour with a modern plumber. In 1270, for the same amount, you could add five extra days of craftsman work, 14 lbs of wool and a bale of wheat. These are just some of the many interesting facts you can look up on The National Archives new currency conversion program.

If you like these recaps, let me know, and i’ll try to do these specialty search roundups more often. I personally enjoy getting my Gary Price fix weekly, what about you?

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