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Specialty Pages

Specialty Web sites and directories can be very useful in finding new resources; it's easier for a specialty site to keep up with new kinds of pages in a certain area than it is for a general search engine. A specialty web site will be more oriented towards those kinds of resources, more knowledgeable about what to look for, and, depending on the popularity of the site, people are more likely to submit sites on that topic directly to them.

Most searchable subject indexes have a “What's New” page, and most Web sites have some kind of “What's New” or “News” pages. Monitor those for changes. What you'll get and what you'll find useful will change a lot. For example, I want to monitor for new online information collections—archives, databases, etc.—from credible sources. To that end I monitor the home pages of universities (from university libraries if they have “What's New” pages), the front pages of official state sites, the front pages of historical societies that have caught my attention, the home pages for national libraries, etc. For all of these I use monitoring software: if I didn't I wouldn't have time to keep an eye on these several hundred pages.


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