Searching for classical sites on the web

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How do I find classical sites on the Web?

General search engine

A popular search engine like Google can be used to search for key words that appear in a site (or in links pointing to it). In most of these search engines, it is worth (a) typing in more than one keyword, as this will narrow down your search considerably from the millions of hits most single words will call up; and (b) skimming beyond the first ten results to the second or third page, beyond the big business and paid advertising sites.

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Specialised directory / search engine

The first specialized classical search engine was set up at Evansville College under the name Argos: all contents were peer reviewed (in a sense), and initially at least it was a useful, limited area search engine. It was withdrawn after a few years because it had become too unwieldy to update, and the department ran out of resources to run it. There are now, however, several sites that serve a similar function, with both subject directory and search features.

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Classical gateways and links

For more reliable links to projects, departmental pages, and publications of academic quality, you may be better off exploring the links in a gateway or link collection compiled by hand by an interested expert in the field. There are many such pages (including some of lesser quality than others). Some of the best sites of this kind are listed below: many of these gateways also list other link sites.

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Other people's bookmarks

Using social bookmarking service, such as del.icio.us, you can discover what other people already found and tagged. Everything on a social bookmarking site is someone's favorite -- so it is full of various bookmarks. Try searching or browsing for a term you are interested in. Another social bookmarking site is Diigo.

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