Archive for the ‘Online Searching’ Category

Librovox.org

Monday, January 17th, 2011

With over 4,000 audio books in it’s inventory, Librovox claims to be the largest online resource for free audio books.  Librovox was started in 2005 by Hugh McGuire with the goal of using volunteer readers to create downloadable MP3 files of books.

More information from the website:  “LibriVox audiobooks are free (*). You may use them for whatever purpose you like. Click here for information about our public domain license. Click here to hear some samples of LibriVox recordings.”

Download from the audio book catalog today at Librovox.  You can also subscribe to their podcasts and, if you are so moved, you can also consider becoming a volunteer reader.

eHow

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Would you like to know how to make pizza dough?  How about learning how to change the oil in a car or balance a checkbook?  There is an amazing list of things you can learn online.  eHow.com is a website that makes it easy to learn just about anything.

eHow.com is an online community that strives to give people a place where they can reasearch, discuss and share all kinds of knowledge with anyone.  According to their about page they have accumulated over 1.5 million articles and 150,000 videos that were created by experts and ordinary people.   If you have something to contribute you can join the eHow Community also.

Take some time out of your day and learn something new today at eHow.com.

Google Books

Monday, June 14th, 2010

In a way, Google Books is the original idea that launched Google.  According to Google’s own official history of the project, “In 1996, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were graduate computer science students working on a research project . . . Their goal was to make digital libraries work, and their big idea was . . . a ‘web crawler’ to index the books’ content and analyze the connections between them”

By 2004 the technical challenges of scanning millions of books without damaging them had been overcome and Google entered into a formal agreement to scan the public domain content of Oxford University’s Bodleian library.  Partnerships followed with Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford and Stanford.  Today the list of worldwide Library Partners continues to grow.

The Google Books Project uses special book scanners and optical character recognition to create a searchable digital library.  The project has drawn criticisms and controversies relating to copyright infringement, but a settlement is in the works.  Most recently Google has announced plans to open an online book store called Google Editions.

So search Google Books today and see what it has to offer!

More about the Google Books Project (from PBS NEWSHOUR, Dec. 2009):

Spokeo – Online People Search

Friday, May 28th, 2010

All these computers and all this connectivity…  it’s just a matter of time before the ultimate online people search engine appears.  Spokeo.com is yet another attempt at creating a searchable online database of people.   Here are some others:  Pipl, ZabaSearch, ZoomInfo, and many more.

According to their website:  “Spokeo is a search engine specialized in organizing people-related information from phone books, social networks, marketing lists, business sites, and other public sources.”  You can learn more here

You should check out this website and type in the names of some people you know and maybe even yourself.  It can be very enlightening to find out just how much information there is out there.