PORTALS (What is a portal?)
What is a portal?
A portal is a website that aggregates a pre-selected array of content, in effect acting as a pathway for users to access and manage academic information and knowledge. Portals present information from diverse sources in an organized and unified way, like the Yellow Pages or Rouquette Library.
What is the difference between a portal and a search engine? While portals provide access to information in a very controlled and organized manner, search engines access the entire Web through keyword searching. A portal provides its links to information sources as a prepared list. One of the advantages of using portals is that the websites listed can connect researchers, instructors and students with vetted information resources which are pre-selected for their authoritative content, timeliness and relevance.
On the other hand, websites listed as part of a keyword search, using a search engine like Google, are not necessarily authoritative, timely or relevant. Determining whether information on a website is authoritative, timely or relevant can be very time consuming. Using a portal can save precious time and effort. In addition, inexperienced keyword searchers are sometimes overwhelmed with hundreds, if not thousands, of websites retrieved using poorly constructed search strategies. In contrast, a portal has its information laid out on the page according to the specific desires of the portal's creators. Thus, with a reputable portal, the quality of source information is much higher than that accessed through a random search engine search.
A searchable web directory intended for the general user.
Digital Public Library of America
Brings together different collections in a single platform and portal providing free and open access to our nation’s digitized cultural heritage.
Access to millions of artworks, artifacts, books, videos and audios from across Europe.
Searches the full text of books and articles that Google has scanned and converted to text using optical character recognition.
Google search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.
Searches the full text of over 50,000 free and open books that the Gutenberg Project has scanned and converted to text using optical character recognition.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
Searches the full text of free and open books and articles that the Hathi Trust has scanned and converted to text using optical character recognition.
Searches its collection of free and open books, films, music and archived web pages.
Searches the digital content of personal, public and academic collections full text of free and open books, films, music, and photos from around the world.
United States Government
Official portal for the U. S. government arranged by subject, linking to a wide variety of information which has been collected by government agencies.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Has some really useful search tools for data mining the portal. Look under "Tools" on the left menu bar.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP)
A peer-reviewed academic resource.
A comprehensive index and bibliography of works in philosophy
Philosophy: An Online Research Guide
Beginner Philosophy Resources.
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog
News and views about philosophy.
Vatican: The Holy See
The official website of the Vatican.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The official website of the USCCB.
Catholic Research Resources Alliance
Enables easy, effective, and global discovery of Catholic research resources.
Web directory featuring reviews and news on technology related issues.
A portal for bioethics research created by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.
Access to some free, open journal articles in the sciences.
ARTS & HUMANITIES
Voice of the Shuttle
A web directory of scholarly arts and humanities websites assembled by the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a web server at Georgetown University. The original medieval portal site.
The internet connection for Medieval resources.