E-Tools You Can Use

A recent article in the Library Journal, cited below, has informed and inspired this post highlighting several useful e-tools.

C-SPAN Video Library

Do you want to see what the president said yesterday?  What about what the speaker of the house had to say about your pet issue?  The C-SPAN Video Library is the best place to begin searching for such content.  From the site: “…a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content…”

Docteur Tweety

This site does charge a small fee, but it is useful to keep up with how your tweets are performing.

European Language Social Science Thesaurus

This site bills itself as “a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences” and is useful for those who do business within the European Union.

Google Translate Offline Capabilities

You can use Translate even when you’re offline, by taking a picture of the text in question.

The Internet Broadway Database

From the site:  “…the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.”  So, it’s like imdb.com, but for theater.

Irish Films Archive

“The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.”

Knoema

Knoema is full of helpful data on every country in the world.  “We discover, extract, and normalize data to make it usable through our open data platform. Knoema’s smart search engine moves beyond simple keyword search results to dataset discovery and auto-generated visualization collections to represent your data query.”

NewsNow

This is a UK based site, but you can personalize a free homepage with news from sources you prefer from sources all over the world.

Original article:

Price, Gary, and Henrietta Verma. “E-toolkit redux.” Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2016, p. S18+. Business Collectionhttps://goo.gl/bf4xWQ

 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

http://oxfordre.com/

If you are researching an unfamiliar topic and seek peer-reviewed material, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias may be a good resource.  From the site:

“The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic.

Designed to inform academic research at all levels, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias will be a constantly growing and evolving reference source. Each subject goes beyond the basic facts to contextualize topics within existing scholarship and help pave the way to deeper engagement and inquiry.”

Several different subject areas are covered, from African History to Religion, and from the link above you search the topic on the right hand side of the site.  Once you choose a link you are directed to an entire site dedicated in great detail to the topic.  One drawback to the site is that some of the information may only be accessed via subscription, though there is some free content as well.

International Energy Statistics

http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/IEDIndex3.cfm

Published by the United States Department of Energy, this dataset provides international energy statistics going back to 1980. The data is listed by petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, renewables, total energy, and by country. Fuel information by reserve, consumption, production, imported, and exported are all listed. The country data has a summary of all fuels by country. Total ranking by country compared to the rest of the world is also included. Information is listed on an annual basis, except for certain OECD members. Those OECD members have information posted monthly or quarterly.

HealthStats

http://datatopics.worldbank.org/hnp/

From the website, “HealthStats is the World Bank’s comprehensive database of Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) statistics. It includes over 250 indicators on topics such as health financing, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria and tuberculosis, health workforce and health facilities use, nutrition, reproductive health, population and population projections, cause of death, non-communicable diseases, water and sanitation, with background information on poverty, labor force, economy and education. Users can access HNP data by country, topic, or indicator, and view the resulting data (and wealth quintiles) in tables, charts or maps that can be easily shared through email, Facebook and Twitter.”

Offshore Leaks Database

http://offshoreleaks.icij.org/search

The Offshore Leaks Database is provided by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. From the website, It “allows the public to search more than 100,000 secret companies, trusts and funds created in offshore locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Singapore.” The information covers thirty years. All company searches must be put in quotes, i.e. “Bank of America”. The offshore entities and listed addresses are shown.

The Ocean Health Index

www.oceanhealthindex.org

From the site, “The Ocean Health Index is the first comprehensive global measurement of ocean health that includes people as part of the ocean ecosystem.It scientifically compares and combines all dimensions of ocean health – biological, physical, economic and social, in order to generate an objective and accurate snapshot of the health of the ocean controlled by every coastal country.

The Index assesses the ocean based on 10 widely-held public goals for a healthy ocean. They are:

  • Food Provision
  • Artisanal Fishing Opportunities
  • Natural Products
  • Carbon Storage
  • Coastal Protection
  • Sense of Place
  • Coastal Livelihoods & Economies
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Clean Waters
  • Biodiversity”

Over 170 countries and territories are measured for the health of the adjacent water. The highest score that can be reached is a 100. The goals above can be searched on a global, as well as country scale.

Internet Archive

http://archive.org/

The Internet Archive website provides free full access to out of copyright materials. Government documents, books, audios, moving images, and a music archive are all available to be viewed.  The content on the site is provided by any person or institution who would like their materials preserved.

On the site, the Wayback Machine is a place where old internet websites can be viewed and digital content can be saved. Over 150 billion pages are provided.

The Moving Images library has over 500,000 free movies, films, and videos. Educational and community videos are included.

The Live Music library provides over 100,000 items from over 5,000 bands. Live concerts that are strictly non-commercial are listed.

The audio archive and MP3 library lists over two hundred thousand free digital recordings, from concerts to news programs to book readings. Many of the audios are available for download.

The E-books and texts archive has over 3,000,000 fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books. Many use the Creative Commons licenses. Some international collections are also included.

These and many other libraries are listed on the website.