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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 35 September 2006 
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  • Online Libraries
    by Jon Alexander
    September 2006
    Since school is starting again for everyone from kindergarten to Masters Degree students, we are providing a list of online resources that are available to the general public. Chances are your local library is a great place to start!

    Public Libraries
    Walla Walla Public Library

    What is is a knowledge exploration and self-education tool about information technology, especially about the Internet and computers. It contains over 4,500 individual encyclopedic definition/topics, a number of "Fast Reference" pages and learning tools. The topics contain about 12,000 hyperlinked cross-references between definition-topics and direct you to other sites for further information. The site is constantly updated. It started as a dining room table experiment in hypertext. quickly turned into a useful repository for what couldn't be easily remembered. Launched in September 1996 with 350 alphabetized words about computers and the Internet,'s audience grew rapidly, reaching one million page views a month by late 1998. In January 2000, was acquired by TechTarget and became a kind of portal for over 16 other information technology Web sites.

    How Stuff Works is an amazing source of credible and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded in 1998, the site has since grown to be an award-winning online resource for millions of people of all ages. From car engines to search engines, from cell phones to stem cells, and thousands of subjects in between, HowStuffWorks has it covered. No topic seems too big or too small for their editorial staff to describe...or for you to understand. In addition to comprehensive articles, helpful graphics and informative videos walk you through every topic clearly, simply and objectively.

    Questia provides access to an enormous online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. You can search each and every word of all of the books and journal articles in the collection. You can read every title cover to cover.
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