One of my favorite sites on the Web is Web MD, a comprehensive medical resource with tons of information on literally anything medical-related you could possibly think of. I've written up a quick article titled Eight Ways to Search Web MD for Health and Medical Information; included here are useful resources such as the Web MD directories, physician finder, and medical video search.
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About.com is a fantastic source of information for a wide variety of medical topics, all written by experts in their fields. Check out the following resources:
Last.fm is a unique way to listen to free music on the Web. In the words of Last.fm itself: "Last.fm taps the wisdom of the crowds, leveraging each user's musical profile to make personalised recommendations, connect users who share similar tastes, provide custom radio streams, and much more." Put simply, it's a social music platform. Learn more about Last.fm.
A friend of mine is planning her honeymoon, and asked me if I knew of anywhere on the Web where she could find cheap flights. After I asked her if she could take me along to Hawaii (no), I put this article together: What's the Best Site for Cheap Flights?.
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- How to Find Cheap Gas: With gas prices getting as high as they are, it's a good idea to do a bit of Web research first in order to find lower gas prices in your area.
- 15 Ways to Save Money on the Web: The words "save money" have a delightful ring to them, don't you think? Find out how you can use the Web to save money every month.
All-purpose search engines, visual search engines, people search engines...you'll find all these and more in this list of search engines, a comprehensive guide to the best search engines on the Web.
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It's natural (and absolutely essential) these days to turn to the Web as a source of information. However, when you use the Web as a source, you're never quite sure if what you're coming across is absolutely credible; after all, simply doing a cursory Google search is going to probably net you more results than you know what to do with, and Wikipedia, while ostensibly a good resource, is a community-edited wiki that is not necessarily considered to be a reliable resource.
So what's a student to do? Well, while there is a ton of information available at your favorite search engine, there's even more information - like hundreds of times more information - available by diving into the Deep Web. The Deep, or Invisible, Web includes databases, content, and obscured resources that a general search engine query won't necessarily see; however, you can get in there using some special search skills and a few specialized search engines. Sound interesting? Get started with these five Deep Web search engines, specialized tools you can use to find scholarly research and information on nearly any subject you can possibly think of.
More help with research on the Web
You probably already know that you can bookmark your favorite Web sites in your browser. But if you want to go a little bit further and organize your Web searches even better, here are four tools you can use for free:
Clipmarks Save anything - content, videos, messages, etc. - and save them to your Clipmarks. You can share them with others, too, if you want.
Diigo is the prima donna of research tools. You can use it to save your favorites, highlight information, archive, bookmark, annotate, and access your information from anywhere.
Evernote can save anything for you, even screenshots; then it will organize them for you. Couple of ideas you can use Evernote for? Try creating a detailed vacation itinerary with maps, ticket information, and tourist spots, or how about keeping all those notes from that business meeting right where you can find them next time (and you can even take pictures of the whiteboard!).
Are there free tools you use to organize your Web searches? Share them with us in the comments.
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I really enjoy listening to audio books, especially when I'm on a long car drive or working on something that's somewhat repetitive. However, I don't like paying exorbitant prices for quality audio books, and you probably don't either, right? That's why I put together this article, Free Audio Books: The Top Eight Sites. It features eight websites that offer a huge variety of books to listen to, from classics to romance to science fiction to kids' stories. Check it out and see what you think.
And speaking of books.....
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School is still in full swing for many K-12 folks and college students. For many people this time of year, the dreaded Research Paper is starting to loom menacingly on the horizon, with something called "proper citation required" tagging right along behind. If you use something you've discovered on the Web as part of your paper, you need to cite it a little bit differently than you would a book, magazine, or encyclopedia. Find out more here: How to Cite an Article from a Website.
Back up a second. Before we start citing anything, you need to make sure that the website is a reputable, credible source. You can do that with this article: How to Evaluate a Website: Is It Worthy of a Citation?
How do you test a website for credibility? Are there certain signs, signals, or informational content that you look for in deciding whether or not you should believe what a particular website is trying to tell you? Let us know in the comments.
I've written up an article on anonymous surfing: what it is, why you might want to learn about it, what information is available about you on the Web, how to accomplish anonymous surfing, and more. Here it is:
- Anonymous Surfing 101: What is Anonymous Surfing?
- How Does Anonymous Surfing Work: Anonymous Servers
- More Ways to Surf Anonymously: Free Anonymous Proxy Sites and Services
People have many reason for wanting to surf the Web anonymously, but they all boil down to the need to protect something or someone. If you are at all concerned with your privacy on the Web, you'll want to read these articles.
If you come across a Web page that you'd like to print out and take with you somewhere, try the HTML to PDF Converter, a simple tool that instantly converts Web pages to PDF files. Just enter in the URL, click "Make PDF", and you're good to go.
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