9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Computers and the Internet
Translation of Web documents to and from English, French, Spanish,
German, Italian, and Portuguese; type in a URL or some text and
click on the "translate" button. The translation is approximate
in most cases. Works best with Internet Explorer.
Guides for Electronic Documents
Maintained by the International
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, this site
provides a list of resources on how to cite electronic resources
in bibliographies and footnotes, including links to various online
Computer Associates Threat
Information about current online threats, a virus
encyclopedia that can be browsed or searched by keyword, and
a somewhat technical glossary
of virus-related terms.
Computer Emergency Response Team
A division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software
Engineering Institute, CERT provides a wide range of information
resources regarding Internet and computer security, including advisories
on viruses and other computer problems.
From human factors engineer Charles Hymes, a list of Internet
hoaxes and tips on how to avoid being taken in by them.
FILExt: The File Extension Source
An alphabetical listing of standard computer file extensions,
e.g. ".wpd" for WordPerfect documents. An offshoot of
Tom Simondi's Computer Knowledge
Internet search engine which organizes results by "page ranking"--selecting
sites based on the number of other sites that link to them (the
online equivalent of citation analysis). The main search interface
is extremely simple; the user types in a search phrase and clicks
either on "Google Search" (for multiple hits arranged hierarchically)
or "I'm Feeling Lucky" (for the one hit that Google considers most
relevant); the latter option often yields unpredictable results.
Google also caches many web pages; if a page from a search result
is temporarily unavailable, it can often be retrieved from the cache.
An attempt from a non-profit organization to create an archive
of websites for research purposes. The "Wayback
Machine" enables users to search archived versions
of both current and defunct websites by URL.
Internet Scout Project
(from University of Wisconsin, Computer Sciences Department)
Funded by the National Science Foundation,
the Project provides a number of tools intended to facilitate
effective use of the Internet as a scholarly information resource.
These include the Internet
Report, a weekly online publication providing annotated
listings of new Internet resources. Searchers can view the
current issue of Scout Report or browse
previous issues by date. The
Scout Report Archives allow users
to browse site summaries by Library of Congress classification or search
by keyword. The annotations and controlled vocabulary subject access make the
various Internet Scout Project resources useful in tracking down
websites of serious scholarly utility. This selectivity and labor-intensive
subject access comes with a price--some subject areas are not well
represented here, and some of the annotations are a year or more
Resource which includes a searchable
online encyclopedia of computer viruses, as well as an alphabetical
list of Internet hoaxes. Symantec is a company that creates
and sells anti-virus software.
United States Computer Emergency
Readiness Team (US-CERT)
Home page of the office responsible for coordinating computer
security issues among U.S. civilian government agencies; part
the Department of Homeland Security
since March 1, 2003. Includes a listing of current
computer security issues and an extensive archive.
An extensive current listing and historical overview of false
virus alerts, Internet hoaxes, and misinformation about real viruses
making the rounds on the Internet, maintained by information security
analyst and Internet hoax authority Rob Rosenberger. As of July
2003, the site functions as an archive only and is no longer being