Government 2.0

March 2, 2009

Thanks to Resource Shelf for alerting me to this compilation.  I don’t usually repost source alerts like this unless I do a review of the sources.  However, since this is a compilation from from USA.gov I feel confident that the sources are reliable.

So if you have a need to know how the federal government is approaching the world of 2.o check this out.

Constance Ard March 2, 2009


Research Source: Business

February 10, 2009

Read this post for a fuller explanation of the enhancements made to Business.gov.

Since I was not a previous user I can’t contrast the “improvements.”  I will say however, that letting the consumer Answer a question seems a good step in narrowing the field for their search.

I appreciate the simplicity of the sites organization by focusing on legal requirements: register a business name or corporation, obtain a license.  These are important steps for small business owners and making it easy to locate the requirements by entering a zip code and choosing a business type could not be simpler.  Unfortunately, when I tested the search this morning I received an error message.

The practical advise offered on Business.gov is also refreshing.  All in all the site seems like it will be easy to use and offer comprehensive information for small business owners once those technical glitches are worked out.

Constance Ard February 10, 2009


Energy Research Source

February 7, 2009

The University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library has recently launched a new resource related to energy legislation and policy.

If energy policy and legislation is your particular area of interest or practice don’t miss this site.  The site is enabled with RSS feeds and the resources provided are a product of literature review by the Law Library staff of incoming periodicals, journals and law reviews.

The articles are listed in reverse chronological order and .pdf of the first page of the document is provided for your review.  The downside of this organization style is that there does not seem to be a sub-subject organizational structure provided or even an author index. Of course there are only two dates of article upload dates listed at this point so it would be worthwhile to check back later.

As it stands, the organization structure in place is very conducive to the RSS feed style of current awareness.  However, I would recommend optional features for future research use of the site.  Of course, the sources being provided are already being indexed on a greater scale into existing indexing products and thus there may be a very good reason not to reinvent the wheel and I’m all for not reinventing the wheel.

In essence this is a source that provides to you a high quality distillation of the many possibilities available on the topic of energy policy current awareness.  Use it with the power of an RSS feed reader and you will be on top of the mass of literature for Energy Policy.

Constance Ard February 7, 2009


State of States

January 20, 2009

I wanted to share this resource with those of you who need to track state information.  2009 State of the State speeches schedule.  In addition to offering the calendar of the speeches there are links to the State of the State speech for the dates already past.  The site also offers an archive back to 2000.

Constance Ard January 20, 2009


Deep Web Resource

January 19, 2009

While catching up on email this morning I came across a new resource.  As a practicing law librarian I always found great value in content produced by law firms.

Fee Fie Foe Firms uses  Google Custom search and allows you to search for press releases, firm bulletins and articles.  A quick search of e-discovery best practices returned some valuable information.

It seems that they have added a date filter which will be a useful filter.  I was disappointed by the non-chronological display of search results.  However, the refining links to narrow results by publications, people, expertise or media releases is an advantage to this new research tool.

Another useful box on the site is the jurisdiction choice box.  The default is USA but Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and South Africa are available for searching.  I did not search outside the US jurisdiction so if anyone has and can offer comments please post in the Comments field below.

Overall I think legal researchers will be able to mine for some useful gems with this deep web resource.

Constance Ard January 19, 2009


Deep Web

December 30, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:00 p.m. EST

This LLX.com article by Marcus P. Zillman offers a wealth of information.  Most librarians will have already learned about this summary through their own sources.   For those of you who are not librarians I think you will find this of great value.

The invisible or deep web is the place to look beyond Google.  These are the pages with research reports,  grey literature and people finders.  The wealth of information available on the web is beyond my ability to comprehend  Google indexes over 1 trillion pages and they don’t index everything.

Don’t let the term scare you.  You may not even realize that you use the Deep Web.  For instance your public library catalog, the GPO search engine, and the Internet Archive all make up a part of the deeper web.

The Library of Congress collects information to support the work of Congress on every imaginable topic.  You can publish something useful on the Internet that will provide valuable information to someone but can they find it?  This collection of studies and guides into the deep web give you an advantage.  Use it to deepen your research returns.


Contact Searching

November 26, 2008

Sometimes good search advise comes from unexpected sources.  This 10+ Things column from Tech Republic has some simple but effective advise on finding email addresses.

Two of my favorites are:

  • Check your contacts and own email folders
  • Pick up the phone

A third favorite requires a bit of deduction and trial and error.  This method is probably not good when trying to build a long list but for that one person combining names or initials at domains  might prove worthwhile.

Of course, author Jody Gilbert, also provides some search tools that could prove useful when trying to verify email addresses.  What’s your best method for finding an email address for a needed contact?


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