Web resources helpful for librarians doing research

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400+ Tools and innovations in scholarly communication

"This is a shared database that grew out of the "101 innovation in scholarly communication" project. When we published the 101 list of selected innovations our database already contained some 200 innovations/tools. The 101 selection was strictly on innovativeness and thus did not contain recent tools if they where not innovative compared to older ones with the same functionality, even if the more recent ones were more popular or well-known. The database shared here has dropped that strict innovativeness criterion and thus contains multiple tools offering bassically the same functionality. The masterfile that this database is derived from is still being worked on. Additional fields may become available here in a later stage." -- Title page

Academic Librarian Status Wiki

"This wiki was created as a place to gather information about the professional status of academic librarians. Specifically it is intended as an aid to Rank and Tenure committees, library administrators, librarian job applicants, and others interested in issues related to professional status in the library science field." -- Title page

Annotated Selected Bibliography of Full-Text Web-Based Articles Relating to Library Instruction

Organized by topic, such as distance education, evaluation and assessment, teaching methodology, technology in instruction, and so on.

Annual Library Budget Survey

"Each year, PCG carries out a telephone survey at academic, corporate, medical, and government libraries in order to gather their outlook on the following year budget cycle. Institutes in North America, Europe and in the Asia Pacific region are contacted." - PCG White Papers

Article-Level Metrics: a SPARC Primer

" Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This new SPARC primer is designed to give campus leaders and other interested parties an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process. " - SPARC Blog


"Authorea is the leading collaborative platform to read, write, and publish research." - About us


Because its relevance to the stated mission of The Research Librarian is rather peripheral, I have long resisted adding Bartleby.com.  However, because it is in my opinion among the most significant literary contributions to the web community, I am adding it.

A Brief Guide to the History of the Internet

Includes an internet timeline as well as links to variety of histories of the internet.

CC Searchy

"Creative Commons� �CC Search� project will develop and release an open online search and re-use tool that will allow high-quality content from the commons to surface in a more seamless and accessible way. " -- About CC Search


"ClimateQUAL�: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment is an assessment of library staff perceptions concerning (a) their library's commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. It is an online survey with questions designed to understand the impact perceptions have on service quality in a library setting. " -- Homepage

Copyright and Fair Use

Provides links to primary materials; current legislation, cases, and issues; resources on the Internet; and an overview of copyright law.

Conservation OnLine (COOL)

"CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials." -- Title page

CrossRef Citation Plugin

For the researching/blogging librarian - "A WordPress plugin that allows blog entry authors to search CrossRef's metadata using full or partial citations and then insert the formatted and DOI-linked citation into their blog posting along with COINs metadata." -- Download page


"DataFerrett is a unique data mining and extraction tool. DataFerrett allows you to select a databasket full of variables and then recode those variables as you need. You can then develop and customize tables. Selecting your results in your table you can create a chart or graph for a visual presentation into an html page. Save your data in the databasket and save your table for continued reuse." - Homepage

Digital Preservation Outreach & Education

"DPOE fosters outreach and education about digital preservation on a global scale, and promotes continuing education and training opportunities that increase individual and organizational capacity to provide long-term, durable access to digital content." - Homepage


"A journal's Eigenfactor score is our measure of the journal's total importance to the scientific community. With all else equal, a journal's Eigenfactor score doubles when it doubles in size. Thus a very large journal such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry which publishes more than 6,000 articles annually, will have extremely high Eigenfactor scores simply based upon its size. Eigenfactor scores are scaled so that the sum of the Eigenfactor scores of all journals listed in Thomson's Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is 100. In 2006, the journal Nature has the highest Eigenfactor score, with a score of 1.992. The top thousand journals, as ranked by Eigenfactor score, all have Eigenfactor scores above 0.01." - FAQ

The European Library (formerly Gabriel: Gateway to Europe's National Libraries)

"The European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced." -- "About Us" page

Google Books Ngram Viewer

"When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years. " -- About Ngram Viewer

Google Scholar Library

"Scholar Library, your personal collection of articles in Scholar. You can save articles right from the search page, organize them by topic, and use the power of Scholar's full-text search and ranking to quickly find just the one you want - at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your library and we'll provide all the goodies that come with Scholar search results - up to date article links, citing articles, related articles, formatted citations, links to your university's subscriptions, and more. And if you have a public Scholar profile, it's easy to quickly set up your library with the articles you want - with a single click, you can import all the articles in your profile as well as all the articles they cite." -- Google Scholar blog, posted 19 Nov 2013

Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access

"An easy-to-use primer on managing digital conversion projects for libraries, museums, archives, and other collection-holding institutions." -- "NEDCC Publications" page

Hobbes' Internet Timeline

"An Internet timeline highlighting some of the key events and technologies which helped shape the Internet as we know it today." -- "Description" information

Information Literacy Assessment & Advocacy Project (ILAAP)

"The Information Literacy Assessment & Advocacy Project (ILAAP) is an assessment tool designed to investigate the information literacy skills of first and second-year post-secondary students." -- Homepage

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

"IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession." -- "About" page


"ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

"In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. " -- About ipl2 page


"LibQUAL+� is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). " -- Homepage

Library Fact Sheets (ALA)

Provides factual and statistical information about libraries, covering such topics as the number of libraries in the United States, the number of people who work in libraries, the nation's largest libraries, and so on.

Library History Bibliographies

Compiled by Ed Goedeken of Iowa State University, these bibliographies from ALA's Library History Round Table range back to 1990.

Library of Congress Research Tools

"The Library of Congress offers a wide variety of online databases and Internet resources to the public via the Web, including its own online catalog. In addition, LC provides an easy-to-use gateway for searching other institutions' online catalogs and extensive links to resources on the Internet." -- Title page

Library Publishing Directory

"Published in October 2013, the Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing field." -- Homepage

Library Publishing Toolkit

"The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers and authors in the public library setting to hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their position and resources to create and provide access to content. " -- Homepage

Library Research Service

Mission: "The Library Research Service (LRS) is a market-driven public-private partnership that generates research and statistics to inform decision-making in library and information management."

Goals: "To collaborate with clients to design and conduct research projects and supply the results."

Services: "Research design (secondary analysis of available data, questionnaire, interview, observation, focus group)." -- "About" page

Library-Oriented Lists and Electronic Serials

"This document is a compilation of electronic discussion lists, distribution lists and serials which are of interest to library professionals and staff." -- Title page

Libweb: Library WWW Servers

Lists and links to the web sites for libraries in over 100 countries.  Includes academic, public, national, state, regional, special, and school libraries. 


"LISWiki was established to give the library community a chance to explore the usefulness of Wikis. It is not intended to replace or detract from the Wikipedia library and information science articles (or those in the printed LIS encyclopedias for that matter), but exist as a niche encyclopedia covering library-related issues."  - About LISWiki

Making of America
Cornell site: https://digital.library.cornell.edu/m/moa/
Michigan site: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

Many articles and monographs about libraries are preserved here. "Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology." -- Title page 

Map Librarian's Toolbox

"This page has been compiled to organize information on frequently asked questions related to Map Librarianship into one resource." -- Title page

Mary Minow's Map to Library Law

Lists resources related to libraries and legislative matters that concern them (copyright, disability laws, freedom of information, etc.).


"Organize, share and discover research papers. Like iTunesTM for research papers. Mendeley is a free research management tool for desktop and web." -- Homepage

Metrics Toolkit

"The Metrics Toolkit is a resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact. With the Toolkit you can quickly understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it�s good match for your impact question." -- Homepage

MINES for Libraries

"Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the purpose of use of electronic resources and on the demographics of users. " -- Homepage

National Academy Press

Browse or search over 1500 full-text books in this online library.

New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum

"NECDMC is an instructional tool for teaching data management best practices to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences, sciences, and engineering disciplines. Each of the curriculum�s six online instructional modules aligns with the National Science Foundation�s data management plan recommendations and addresses universal data management challenges. Included in the curriculum is a collection of actual research cases that provides a discipline specific context to the content of the instructional modules. These cases come from a range of research settings such as clinical research, biomedical labs, an engineering project, and a qualitative behavioral health study. Additional research cases will be added to the collection on an ongoing basis. Each of the modules can be taught as a stand-alone class or as part of a series of classes. Instructors are welcome to customize the content of the instructional modules to meet the learning needs of their students and the policies and resources at their institutions." -- About page

NewPages: Alternatives in Print and Media

"NewPages is the Portal of Independents! News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more." -- Title page

NISO Standards Online

Free PDF downloads of some interesting and useful NISO standards, such as Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives, Interlibrary Loan Data Elements, and Library Statistics.

ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science

Desperately needs partitioning, but very useful.  "ODLIS is designed as a reference resource for library and information science professionals, university students and faculty, other library users, and the general reader. The primary criterion for including a new term is whether a librarian or other information professional might reasonably be expected to encounter it at some point in his (or her) career. The technical vocabulary of publishing, printing, book history, and computer science has been included when, in the author's judgment, a definition might prove helpful, not only to library and information professionals, but also to laypersons." -- "About" page


"ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized." -- Homepage

On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research

"Though 'On Being a Scientist' is aimed primarily at graduate students and beginning researchers, its lessons apply to all scientists at all stages of their scientific careers." -- Preface

On-Line Books Page: Z Bibliography and Library Science

"The On-Line Books Page is a directory of books that can be freely read right on the Internet." -- "About" page

Open Access Button

"We instantly, legally find you access to the articles and data you need. We're trying to make paywalls a thing of past and share all research data, one request at a time." - About

Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI)

"The National Library of Australia's Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) initiative aims to provide mechanisms that will help to ensure that information in digital form is managed with appropriate consideration for preservation and future access." -- "About" page

Project Information Literacy

"Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a large-scale, national study about early adults and their research habits, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington's iSchool." -- Homepage

Recommended Formats Statement

"Recommended Formats Statement identifies hierarchies of the physical and technical characteristics of creative formats, both analog and digital, which will best meet the needs of all concerned, maximizing the chances for survival and continued accessibility of creative content well into the future." -- Homepage

Repositories of Primary Sources

"A listing of over 4300 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness. Those added within the last thirty days or so are marked {New}." -- Title page

Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources

Just what it says: a monster list of online research resources that you or may not have thought to use.

Research Methods Knowledge Base

"The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods." -- Title page

Research Randomizer

"This web site is designed to assist researchers and students who want an easy way to perform random sampling or assign participants to experimental conditions. Research Randomizer can be used in a wide variety of situations, including psychological experimentation, medical trials, and survey research." -- Title page

Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research

"This page lists FREE resources for methods in evaluation and social research. The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links are to resources that can be read over the web. A few, like the GAO books, are for books that can be sent away for, for free (if you live in the US), as well as read over the web." -- Title page

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

"The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital repositories, e-books, e-journals, license agreements, metadata, and open access." -- Homepage

Scholarly Societies Project: Library and Information Science

From the Scholarly Societies Project, this page lists and links to professional societies in the LIS field.

State Library Web Sites

A listing of state library agency web sites.

Termination of Transfer Tool

"The Termination of Transfer (�ToT�) tool, a collaboration between Authors Alliance and Creative Commons, empowers authors to regain control of their work. This tool enables authors to learn about termination of transfer provisions, which allow authors to terminate licensing arrangements they have made with publishers that have prevented them from sharing openly or otherwise re-releasing their works. Anyone, including artists, photographers, scholars, and scientists, can use this new tool to discover more about eligibility and timing requirements for the right to take back rights previously assigned away. While this tool is currently U.S.-based only, Creative Commons plans to internationalize it for use worldwide." - About


"Topicgraph is a beta tool built by JSTOR Labs as part of its Reimagining the Monograph project. It helps researchers explore scholarly books by letting them understand at a glance all the topics covered within a book and then navigate directly to those pages about topics they�re researching." -About

Trends in e-books in the library market

"PCG and Springer have partnered to produce a new white paper titled �Scholarly eBooks: Best Practices to Encourage High Usage�. PCG conducted a number of in-depth interviews with institutional librarians to understand different approaches to successfully promoting eBooks and library resources in general. " - PCG White Papers

Trends in Journal Subscription Renewals and Cancellations

"These reports provide a detailed example of trends affecting journal subscription cancellations and renewals for scholarly publishers since 2003. Publishers can use this information and the strategic suggestions provided as a starting point for considering the impact of such research on their strategy." - PCG White Papers

Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification (TRAC): Criteria and Checklist

The Center for Research Libraries' "Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification (TRAC): Criteria and Checklist" is a revision and expansion of The Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories, originally developed by RLG-NARA Digital Repository Certification Task Force.

United States Copyright Office

"Here you will find all our key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing, including Congressional testimony and press releases; our latest regulations; a link to our online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more." -- "Welcome" page


Browser extension for finding OA articles. "We find fulltext for 50-85% of articles, depending on their topic and year of publication. We think that's a game-changer for the publishing industry. Now that most articles are free, why subscribe? Over the longer term, we'll keep getting even better as mandatory open access requirements begin to take effect in the US, UK, Europe, and elsewhere. " - FAQ


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