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Your next great read! : An interactive guide to help you choose your next great read. Whichbook will match you with books it determines you will like based on the settings you’ve chosen (in terms of: character–race, age, sexuality, gender; plot–conflict, open, quest, revelation, etc.; tone, content, etc.). Alternatively, you can choose from book lists, create your own lists, choose by authors, & more! : an excellent tool for finding books to read based on the elements that you liked about your last great read. Some noteworthy features include lesser known titles (in addition to the “big-name” series), interactive book maps, and a seamless integration of your Goodreads books into a YourNextRead account.

That term that you’ve heard flying around or you know of but don’t really understand : this is a very helpful database of technical terms that explains concepts simply, with hyperlinks that direct the reader to related terms for a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Recommended to me by one of my previous LIT instructors.

Webopedia : this database covers a comparable range of topics (blog, communications, computer industry companies, computer science, data, multimedia, networks, open source, operating systems … there are more). Along the side of each article is a list of related terms, each of which links to a subtopic/branch topic. Very extensive, very user friendly = very useful.

ODLIS (aka Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science) : apparently it’s a thing that librarians love their acronyms. You’ve probably seen some sort of something–OPAC? WEBPAC? ISBN? LCCN?– that’s triggered at least a small pinch of curiosity. So where do you turn? HERE. This is as great, easy-to-use database of all things informational (not just library!) that unravels the word behind the acronym. Seriously, try “Horror.”

Research-y: When you just want to look something up and not have to worry about where you get it from…

ipl2 : the combined efforts of the Internet Public Library + Librarians’ Internet Index = public library serving users worldwide. It offers guaranteed authoritative and trustworthy information sources on a variety of topics (arts & humanities, business and economics, law, government, & political science …) and you can “Ask an ipl2 Librarian” 24/7. Many of the librarians are actually volunteers–students and LIS/MLIS graduates and professionals–because it’s a great way for them to gain experience and apply the skills they’re learning/have learned (or they just really enjoy reference service).


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