Riches in the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is best known for the Wayback Machine to archived web pages but it has much more – books, images, music, and specialized collections.

5 Types Of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up At The Internet Archive by Jessica Coccimiglio, Make Use Of (Jul 16)

Canadians will be interested in the long list of texts and collections from Canadian schools and associations — Canadian Libraries

Bing, Cortana, and Academic Search

Bing will integrate results from academic sources in the general web search – as explained in Bing & Cortana To Get Academic Search Integration At A Whole New Level by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jul 15)

Adding a blow to Google, Microsoft added that “instead of treating scholarly information as a separate search engine – as competitors,” clearly implying Google here. Microsoft Bing will make the academic data as “a first-class citizen in Bing search results.”

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal asistant technology, is the agent. Full description is at Making Cortana the Researcher’s Dream Assistant, Inside Microsoft Research.

That’s great – but is Bing adding records to its Academic Search?

Microsoft technical e-books

Microsoft has made a huge collection of 130 new ebooks available – all related to Microsoft of course: Windows, OneNote, Office, Sharepoint, CRM, networks etc. Get manuals and guides

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more, Eric Ligman, Microsoft.

Evernote’s Search Operators

If you’ve been using Evernote a lot to capture and save content, you’ll need to quick ways to search. This article shows how to use the advanced search operators.

How to find anything in Evernote: 6 advanced search tips, by Alex Castle, PCWorld (Jul 14)

Instead, hone in on what you’re looking for using Evernote’s advanced search operators. These modifiers let you find notes based on where or when they were created, which notebook they’re filed in, or even what type of media they contain. Here are the most useful operators for narrowing your searches.

Digital Commons Network for free, scholarly articles

Those seeking grey literature or scholarly will want to explore the Digital Commons Network of free, full-text scholarly works.  These are sourced from 330 universities and colleges worldwide (although most are in the United States) and curated by the university librarians. Among Canadian universities I noted McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier, University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, and Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. There are surely more.

Digital Commons holds “peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.”

The site opens to a multicoloured wheel for visually exploring the disciplines. Continue browsing by spinning the wheel. You may also click on an academic discipline and begin to narrow by journal, author, or keyword search.

Search wheel for exploring the Digital Commons Network

Search wheel for exploring the Digital Commons Network

The collection is made available through Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress.com).

This stupendous resource was featured in the Digital Shift – Uncommonly Open: The New Digital Commons Network (June 19, 2013)

This resource was reviewed in the BestBizWeb newsletter.