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eGyankosh reactivated

eGyankosh, a national digital repository of open and distance learning resources developed by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) had earlier been taken off due to copyright issues (as was informed by the site itself!).  It has recently been relaunched.

eGyankosh is an invaluable resource for higher education enthusiasts since IGNOU is known for maintaining high standards in its content.  The course materials and videos related to all the courses run by IGNOU are available on eGyankosh. One may access this huge repository just by registering.

Log on to eGyankosh at http://egyankosh.ac.in/

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The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services

New, lower cost educational  programs are undermining the  perceived value of traditional  programs says this white paper on “The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services” by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

The paper unveils several interesting things on how digital technologies are changing the landscape of libraries.  Download the paper at http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub162/pub162.pdf

For Font Frenzy Folk !

For all those font frenzy folk out there, here’s neatfonts.com. With loads of free fonts to download, neatfonts.com presents a really neat interface to preview and download fonts free. So, no hustles to search for fonts all over the Web. A neat alphabetical index welcomes you to check out fonts by their name. It’s here at neatfonts.com that you “Discover Free Fonts from all over the Web.” Neat Fonts is, really, the ‘ultimate’ destination for free fonts. So, log on to neatfonts.com…now ! !

The Free Dictionary (But not just that…!)

“English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!” Do you really have one such place where you get all this? “Yes!” says The Free Dictionary. Search for the meaning of a word or for an article, get “Article of the day”, “Word of the day”, take part in “Spelling Bee” contest, test your vocabulary with “Match Up”, get interesting News and do lots more on The Free Dictionary. All this is absolutely free. You can customize your homepage too !!! Log on to The Free Dictionary at http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

Free Software Magazine

Free Software magzine claims to be “the only magazine worldwide that is dedicated to the promotion of free software as a whole.” But Free Software Magazine, indeed, is very useful for those who always crave for free software. These are the days of free and open source software and therefore, websites like Free Software Magazine, will have greater impact on the readers and help in promoting open source movement. The magazine, apart from its issues, has a blog, newsletter, book reviews and often releases online articles too ! Free to read, free to subscribe, the Free Software magazine can be accessed at http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/

ISBN to ISBN-13

booksprice.com is a site which helps to compare book prices from multiple online book stores. But more than that, I am here to give you a link to a very useful service from booksprice.comISBN to ISBN-13 conversion tool. As we all know, as from January 2007, ISBN has been redefined from 10 digits to 13 digits and hence called the ISBN-13. This service helps to generate ISBN-13 for existing ISBN – a truly useful service for publishers, booksellers, libraries and even buyers. Not only that, it can generate an Excel file for ISBN in a succession. More – the Java source code for the conversion program. Log on to booksprice.com‘s ISBN to ISBN-13 Conversion tool at http://www.booksprice.com/ISBN13.jsp

Text to Pictures at txt2pic.com

There were many times when I desperately searched for online utilities which would enable me to generate customized images with my own text on the image. My search ended once I found this awesome site/directory of online image generation utilities – txt2pic.com. txt2pic.com lists out a number of sites which offer you customized images taking the text input from you. Here’s what I generated. A completely customized image with my own text. txt2pic.com not only lists out the sites, but also gives a one-line description of what the site can do for you. This is a real help for those who have no/less knowledge of image editing software such as photoshop or gimp. And more so for those who are designing their own web pages, for generating banners, button, logos, avatars, etc. So, go ahead to txt2pic.com because…”Rupesh suggests U 2 try it” 😉

Wouldn’t you like to have something like this?!!! 😉 Log on the http://txt2pic.com/


W(V)isit – Watch – Write

Are you a newbie to web development? Are you looking for a good place on the Web to learn about the Web? Come to w3schools, the best place for online Web Tutorials. w3schools is a good place to start learning about web design and development. With its simple language, it takes you to a journey to the fascinating world of the World Wide Web. This is a good entry point to the world of web development. w3schools has tutorials beginning with simple HTML to the latest AJAX, from ASP to PHP and from SQL to WML.

Its “Quick Starters” section contains sample programs and examples sufficient enough to understand the basics of web development. And that’s not all ! you can even get your web pages validated by w3schools. And there’s certification too !

Select the tutorial from the menu on the left of the home page.

Log on to w3schools.com for more…

Fly ‘High’ in Research with HighBeam


As HighBeam.com says, searching – “More than Search… it’s Research” Find articles on varied disciplines from more than 35 million documents and 3,000 leading publications on HighBeam.com, a comprehensive database of free and paid articles. The search may be in HighBeam Library or Web or Reference Search. With an appealing tabbed search interface, HighBeam presents a daunting array of information, well searched and well arranged. You can find articles by subject too. An interesting feature is “Research Group” creation in which you can search only the sources you select.

It’s better experienced than explained 😉

Log on to HighBeam.com…now!!!

Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians

Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians is an excellent web document written exclusively for the library community. Eric H. Schnell takes you through a fascinating journey into the world of the Web. From the rudimentaries to the Advanced concepts of the web are presented in the simplest manner. This document is authored not to serve as an in-depth HTML guide for librarians, but as an introduction to Web content creation. With a well-arranged table of contents, list of more useful readings at the end of each chapter, a compact list of references and a glossary, this document is an indispensable source to gain a minimal knowledge of the web content creation process and tools.

Most interestingly, it is fully free!!!

Check out the table of contents at http://bones.med.ohio-state.edu/eric/papers/primer/toc.html

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