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[Revisited] The "Revisited"-sign indicates that the resource has been visited and/or updated within the last four weeks.
[New] The "New Record"-sign indicated that the resource was added to Anglistik Guide within the last four weeks.
METADATA: The "METADATA"-button leads to a more detailed description of the selected resource ("Full Metadata Template")
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GENERAL

[Schematic Overview Anglistik Guide (14k)]


STEP BY STEP:

(1) Select mode of entry
There are three ways to get to the desired information: the Source Type Catalogue, offering an overview by formal criteria (e.g. journals, virtual libraries, bibliographies etc.), the Subject Catalogue, offering a subject specific overview (a thematic listing of the subject) and the Local Search (simple and advanced), where the whole guide can be searched by authors, titles, keywords, etc.

(2) Narrowing the search
The Source Type Catalogue as well as the Subject Catalogue offer further options for narrowing down the search. Both catalogues there contain detailed lists of subcategories that are outlined below. Browsing the two catalogues or submitting a query will lead to a list of relevant documents in a basic metadata template.

(3) Selecting the resource(s)
In this list a brief selection of metadata (title, subject class, source type, URL, evaluation) for the documents are shown. From here the system offers two options:

(3a) View information on resource ("METADATA"-button)
For every document there is a detailed description (full metadata template), providing information on the autor, editor, language, description of the site, availability (restrictions, costs), evaluation, etc. This template serves as an overview of the resource and may save time intensive "surfing" of the site itself.
(3b) Access resource directly (bypass metadata)
The basic metadata template contains a direct link to the respective URL of the individual resources (cf. 4).

(4) Accessing the resource
The resources can be accessed via the resources' URLs.

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SOURCE TYPE CATALOGUE

For those seeking an overview of available resources by formal criteria ("source types"), the Source Type Catalogue is the appropriate perspective on Anglistik Guide. Four main groups of resources are distinguished here:

1. INFORMATION PROVIDERS / SERVERS
2. FACTUAL REFERENCE WORKS
3. BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
4. INFORMATION SOURCES

A few selected source types have been linked directly from the starting page for your convenience.


INFORMATION PROVIDERS/SERVERS

Typically, resources in in this group do not contain information per se. Rather, they serve as a gateway or point of entry for further research.
Libraries Major subject-specific libraries with significant and relevant scholarly holdings in particular areas. (Subject-specific collections are categorized as Bibliographic Sources).
Museums Subject-specific museums and their collections. (Individual collections categorized as Primary Information Sources).
University Departments Entries in this category point to the homepages of university departments. Links are not onto specific sections or to particular information offered through these sites, but on the homepages in general as starting points or points of entry into the serverīs informational supply. Sites classified with the this key typically include information on academic and/or educational matters such as course and degree programs.
Research Institutes "Pure" research institutes, university-affiliated or not. While the department key above characterizes sites with a significant educational content, this category is used for the homepages of institutes which mainly offer information on high-level (i.e. beyond undergraduate) research, with findings and information primarily addressed to other scholars in the field. Examples would be independent research institutes or think tanks.
Organizations and Societies Homepages of organizations and organizational units. Examples would be academic associations, non-profit organizations, and other non-governmental organizations
Official Governmental Server Servers of all branches of government on international, national, regional, or local levels (ranging, e.g., from the UN to official servers of individual communities or localities). Not included are servers of institutions which may be initiated or funded by but are not officially part of government.
Commercial Provider Commercial providers with a subject-specific focus. Typical entries in this category would be publishers or companies presenting themselves and/or their product and service portfolio on the internet
Communication Forums Various discussion groups, news groups, news lists, and mailing lists available on the internet. Addresses typically lead to the starting point of individual subject-specific communication forums, e.g. sites where one can subscribe to mailing lists or from which one can enter into an ongoing discussion.
 
 
FACTUAL REFERENCE WORKS

This section includes those resources which provide direct factual references. In contrast to the resources classified under the section above, the user will be directly lead to specific sources.
Encyclopedia and Biographic Lexika Encyclopedia (typically characterized by a broad and in-depth treatment of issues, eventually stretched over several volumes or entries), and biographical directories.
Dictionaries, Thesauri Subject-specific dictionaries (languages, technical, etc.) and thesauri.
Norms and Standards Normative documents which do not have the formal status of laws. Typical examples would be ISO or DIN standards.
Manuals Technical manuals, didactic manuals (e.g. for writing techniques, presentation methods, publication procedures, etc.), and other "how to" materials.
(Current) Research Projects Research projects, research networks, or particularly significant individual projects. Examples would be the German SFBs (Sonderforschungsbereiche).
 
 
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES

In this section, the various bibliographic sources are grouped. In contrast to the entries in other sections, the user may also be directed to linklists.
Reference Books and Virtual Libraries Major individual sources (reference books) and virtual libraries. The latter can be broad in scope or subject-specific, taking to the format of single-issue information systems or subject guides.
Special Subject Virtual Libraries Virtual libraries focussing on a narrow(er) topic or range of topics. Typically, these resources entail short introductory texts and some bibliographic information (linklists or "classic" bibliographies), at times also some source materials.
Author-Specific Sites Sites dealing with individual authors. These sites may contain bibliographical and biographical information, lists of links and other information on the author.
Current Bibliographic and Abstracting Series Major or continuously maintained, renewed, or updated bibliographic series, including review and abstract series.Umfangreiche und regelmäßig erscheinende oder ergänzte Bibliographien, Neuerwerbungslisten wie auch Serien mit Abstracts und Reviews
Completed Bibliographies of Special Subjects Bibliographies which are not continuously maintained or updated. Bibliographies included here can also be on relatively specific issues.
Bibliographies by Specific Document Type Linklists to providers of various document types. They are unusual in that they are among the few cases in SSG-FIīs source type system where pure linklists already existing elsewhere and provided by others are also incorporated.
Lists of Periodicals/Journals
 
Lists of Source Materials
 
Lists of Primary Literature
 
Lists of Secondary Literature
 
Lists of Conference Proceedings
 
Lists of Government Reports
 
Lists of Research Reports
 
Lists of Theses and Dissertations
 
Lists of Map Collections
 
Lists of Standard Specifications
 
Lists of Translation Indexes
 
Subject-Specific Library Catalogues  
 
 
INFORMATION SOURCES

This group comprises resources which feature information sources.
Teaching Materials Resources that have an explicit educational focus and/or intent, such as textbooks, lecture notes, or introductions into certain topics.
Handbooks General and structured treatise on a subject or an issue.
Journals Periodically published resources, mainly journals. Included are "regular" journals as well as electronic journals, i.e. one will find references to printed journals, online versions of printed journals, and online-only journals ("e-journals"). Actual bredth of information available is vastly divergent between individual journals, ranging from only very basic information to tables of contents to full content.
Series of Preprints, Reports, and Working Papers Various formats of advance publications and so called "grey literature", referred to as preprints, working papers, etc. (depending on the academic discipline). Typically, this leads to series of thematically or institutionally related documents, not to the individual documents themselves.
Congresses Material related to congresses (mainly academic), which also appear in the format of conferences, symposia, annual meetings. Sites typically include basic information on these congresses, sometimes also conference proceedings.
Source Materials Sources which can differ greatly from one discipline to the other. Overall, it refers to the materials which form the very basics of research. This key is awarded independently of the actual data format (e.g. a scanned historical handwriting that is provided in the form of an image file).
Primary Texts
Collections of primary texts. This includes primary sources from plain text to hypertext material.
Secondary Texts
Literary criticism.
Maps Thematically closely related map sets or important single maps are classified. Sites spanning map collections on a range of issues are classified as Bibliographic Source (see above).
(Collections of) Pictures, Photos Primary information sources where graphics are the dominant feature. Typically, one would find collections of thematically related graphics, but major or particularly important individual graphics (e.g. large interactive maps) are also included.
Virtual Exhibitions Online Exhibits, typically displaying at least some artefacts and explanatory texts.
Moving Pictures Sources with animated graphics (moving pictures). In the area of offline resources, this would also include videos and films.
Other Residual category: other resources featuring primary information.

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SUBJECT CATALOGUE

The Subject Catalogue is similar to a traditional subject bibliography. It uses existing classifications used in libraries, that have been revised and somewhat modified to serve this special purpose.

For Anglo-American language and literature there is no real international standard classification (unlike for example the Mathematics Subject Classification/MSC). Therefore the Göttinger Online-Klassifikation (GOK) has been choosen as the guide's subject classifacation, along with the Basis-Klassifikation (BK) of the GBV (Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund der Länder Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein und Thüringen) as a secondary classification. (Using this classifications, the guide can be easily searched for the corresponding resources. For further information see Local Search.)

For your conveniance the starting page offers a brief selection of subjects.

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LOCAL SEARCH

LOCAL SEARCH offers two variants:

The question mark can be used for "wildcard" search. Searching for Shakesp? finds Shakespeare, Shakespearean, Shakespeare's, etc.

Some examples for the categories and the combination of categories using bolean operators and, or, not:

"Text":
Text
searches in the whole metadata template, using all categories (full text search).

"Title":
Title searches in this category only.

"URL" :
For URL the URL has to be typed in without the protocol description (http://, ftp:// etc.). For example users.ox.ac.? will find all pages on the Oxford University Computing Services server.
The search engine can't search for parts of addresses within URLs.

"Keywords":
Keywords searches in this category only.

"Language":
For Language (language of the document) the two letter code following ISO 639-1 has to be used , e.g. en for English, de for German, etc.

"Country":
For Country (server location) the two letter code following ISO 3166 has to be used, e.g. GB for United Kingdom, DE for Germany, US for USA, etc.

"GOK":
Primary classification uses GOK (see Subject Catalogue).
"Wildcard" searching is possible. A GOK search for IC? will find all resouces for American language and literature. Please note, that DDC is not used in Anglistik Guide.

"Source Type":
For Source Type the key of our Source Type Catalogue has to be used, e.g. lb for libraries, z6 for journals.

"Last Update":
Last Update finds all resouces updated within the given date. The syntax is: YYYYMMDD. "Wildcard" searching is possible. 199804? finds all resources updated in April 1998.

"Timestamp":
Timestamp searches resources added to the guide within a certain timeframe. "Wildcard" search is possible, 199901? finds all resources added in January 1999.

By using the Advanced Search a number of these fields can be combined and the search can be limited to one formal (Source Type) category, to search only the journals, comercial providers, libraries, etc.

Examples for comined searches:
Keywords = poetry
and Country = US
and Source Type = Internet Journals
will find Internet jounals concerning poetry, published in the United States.

Country = GB
or Country = DE
and Source Type = Libraries
will find libraries in the United Kingdom and in Germany.

Title = Eliot
Source Type =au
Timestamp = 1998?
will find author pages for T. S. Eliot, added to the guide in 1998.

Keyword = Shakesp?
not Source Type = au
not Country = DE
will find pages on Shakespeare not classified as author-specific sites and not hosted in Germany.

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