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General reference and research guides
Included under this section are a few select web sites that provide a general overview for conducting research and locating information using the Internet.
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Many libraries with an online presence provide excellent guides and tutorials for conducting research online. Internet Tutorials, provided by the University of Albany Libraries, is one example. Included is a very detailed explanation of the technical aspects of the Internet as well as guidance on conducting research and evaluating the types of resources available online. The site also provides links to a number of search engines and subject directories and clarifies the difference between these two types of information retrieval systems. The Search Engines page has links to dozens of individual search engines, meta search engines, FTP search engines, and search engine collections. As well, the Subject Directory page is quite comprehensive.

Some of the sites available through the University of Albany Libraries web pages include a collection of Internet subject pages from the University of Delaware Library, the Argus clearinghouse, the Librarians' Index to the Internet, and INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections. Also available is the Internet Public Library, from the University of Michigan. Any of these sites can serve as a starting point for basic research. By searching under the subject headings such as history, technology, or engineering, you can begin to access a variety of sources related to maritime topics.
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BUBL Link (BUlletin Board for Libraries), an Internet information service from the University of Strathclyde Library, is also available through this site. Under the humanities section you can access archaeological and historical topics organized by era or subject. You can also connect to history links to access sites such as HISTORY, provided by the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. HISTORY links to a comprehensive selection of online resources including libraries and digital collections worldwide. Also available under "history links" is the Do History web site, developed by the Film Study Center at Harvard University. Do History includes a collection of how-to essays that can help you conduct your own historical research as well as a collection of links to other sources including the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.

Through BUBL you can also link to an exhaustive list of naval architecture and marine engineering sources through the naval engineering section as well as the WWW Virtual Library. The WWW-VL provides a "Complete Subject Index" and by selecting the subject term "history" you connect to the WWW-VL History: Central Catalogue. This section allows you to link to maritime history resources as well as a comprehensive set of links to electronic texts that include links to online books and more.
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In addition to their own extensive resources and collections, national archives and libraries can also offer gateways to other relevant and useful materials. Some good examples include the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Library of Canada, the Library of Congress, and the National Library of Australia.

The National Archives and Records Administration preserves and manages Federal records of the United States. Their web site includes sections on how to do research at NARA with tips for conducting archival research, guides to NARA's holdings and publications, and links to other helpful research resources. The Archives and Preservation Resources page links to the Archives Library Information Center that provides a virtual library with links to U.S. historical documents, legal information, on-line military dictionaries and encyclopedias, ship and aircraft databases, and more. From this page you can also access sites such as webcat and hytelnet that are comprehensive collections of links to online library catalogs.
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The National Library of Canada includes a link to their collection of digital projects. Passages: A Treasure Trove of North American Exploration is one of their newer efforts. This site is also a convenient way to link to other Canadian library web sites.
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The Library of Congress American Memory collection of digital historical materials is available online. Examples of maritime resources that can be accessed through the American Memory collection include documents produced by the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER). More information about HABS/HAER is available on the National Park Service web site. Various ship and other maritime images can be found under the Detroit Publishing Company collection and the Prints & Photographs (P&P) Online Catalog. In addition to detailed information about using its collections and services, the Library of Congress also provides an Internet gateway and access to other library catalogs.
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The National Library of Australia provides access to other libraries and collections in Australia and various Internet resources.


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