25 February 2006

FOUND ON THE WEB—Miscellaneous Web Sites

Here are some interesting sites (and blogs) I’ve come across recently.

Regret the Error
This blog “reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the media.” Unfortunately, most of these corrections are never entered into the search engines or databases, so they aren’t found in the search process. Produced by Craig Silverman, a writer and consultant from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Yahoo! Podcasts
Here’s the place to search for podcasts (“an audio recording posted online”) and to listen to them. The home page also has suggestions, lists of most popular and highly rated podcasts, and searching by categories or keywords.

World Public Opinion
A product of PIPA, the Program on International Policy Attitudes, based at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, USA., this site was established “to provide a source of in-depth information and analysis on public opinion from around the world on international issues.” You can explore by region or topic (development/aid, environment, globalization/trade, governance, international security, justice/human rights, United Nations, etc.). There is also a section on “Americans and the World—comprehensive analyses of US public opinion on international issues.” Very interesting.

WebJunction’s Focus on Space Planning for Libraries
This article, by Linda Demmers, Los Angeles-based library facility planning consultant, covers the basics of space planning and has many links to other sites. If you’re planning a new library or just remodeling the one you have, this is a great place to start.

All About Plagarism
A wonderful site from an unlikely source, the librarians at the Gananda Central School District, Macedon, New York, USA. It is aimed at high school students, but can be useful for writers of all ages. Included are: questions to ask about information, definitions of plagiarism, how to avoid plagiarism, and many good real-life examples of the impact of plagiarism (how it can ruin one’s career, etc.). Very nicely done site.

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