A survey on best Online Resources for Journals, Books, and Doctoral Dissertations


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Information Resources are aplenty in the world wide web. The
proliferation of such resources made it difficult to select the best one's among
them. The notion of “best resources” can only be said in a relative manner.
Some resources might be good and some other worst. This paper attempts to
list out some of the best online sources which will help the web searcher to
retrieve relevant information

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A survey on best Online Resources for Journals, Books, and Doctoral Dissertations

  1. 1. A survey on best Online Resources for Journals,Books, and Doctoral Dissertations Prajeesh Bhaskaran, and Jasimudeen. S Library Assistants Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala
  2. 2. Online Resources Plenty of resources Select Best Resources – need & demand Resource Gateways
  3. 3. Journal GatewaysDOAJ- Free fulltext articles (www.doaj.org)
  4. 4. Journal Gateways Open Science Directory – open access, for developing countires (www.opensciencedirectory.net) Online Access to Research in the Environment- UNEP, Yale University, S&T Publishers (300 owned 1300 journal titles), in 70 low income countries (www.oaresciences.org/en) Worldwide Science- by Energy Dept & British Library, with S&T org
  5. 5. BOOKS ALERTS Newbook Alerts- add favourite authors- e-mail alert (http://newbookalerts.com/) Track New Book – pick books as “seed” , selective (www.tracknewbook.com) Book Buzzes – browser plug-in, create “buzzes”, linked to Amazon ( www.book-buzzes.com) Any New Book - select genres to receive alerts, categories for Kindle ebooks
  6. 6. Best seller books The New York Times Bestseller – weekly list, e-books also available,ranking- retail sale Amazon.com Bestseller- updated hourly, customer discussions, book previewsAbout.com Bestseller – subjective evaluation, recommend list by genre, and topic, book reviews Publishers Weekly – book reviews Book List Online - ALA book reviews, list of award winning books
  7. 7. More on Book Selection YourNextRead – recommend similar books, connected to Amazone BookYap – more use more tune, free sign up Gnooks -presented with a visual map of similar authors Goodreads - bookshelf social network, user recommendations, user can create list Allreaders - search on plot, setting or details about the protagonists
  8. 8. More on Book Selection TasteKid – lists music, movies and TV shows WhichBook - mood-oriented book suggesting, 12 moods are available (happy, serious etc.) Book Lamp – forums, plot search, 500+ books currently in the database WhatShouldReadNext - based on other user’s loved books LibraryThings book suggester - 40 million books in database, search result list 200+ books
  9. 9. Theses and Dissertations NDLTD Union Catalogue - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, OCLC, Virginia Tech Library Systems (VTLS), and Scirus 1 million records, individual collection of NDLTD member institutionsConsortia- digital library of ETDs (Electronic Theses & Dissertations) Search tools for NDLTD Union Catalogue Scirus ETD Search – Elsevier, provide access to related resources
  10. 10. Other ETDs Search ToolsElectronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) ADT (Australian Digital Theses Program)- ETDs produced in Australia http://www.caul.edu.au/caul-programs/australasian-digital- theses Biblioteca Digital de Tesese Dissertacoes – produced in Brazilian Universities http://bdtd.ibict.br/ Cybertesis – developed by Uty of Chile, Lyon, Montreal, Alexandria, Geneva accessing ETDs of many countries
  11. 11. Other ETDs Search Tools Deusche National Bibliothek – Germal Natioanl Library, Dissertations since 1998 https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm? method=simpleSearch&query=Dissertations DiVA – Scandinavia, 26 institutions http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/search.jsf EThOS – Electronic Thesis Online Service- Free Access to UK Theses hhttp://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do;jsessionid=92E4E3B2A
  12. 12. Other ETDs Search Tools National ETD Portal (South Africa) – produced in South Africa http://www.netd.ac.za/ ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – password access, provide North American an selective coverage from world hhttp://www.umi.com/en- US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml RCAAP - Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal – open access from Portuguese Scientific Research,
  13. 13. THANK YOU