ERIC Identifier: ED415919
Publication Date: 1998-01-00
Author: Shankar, Kalpana
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse for
Community Colleges Los Angeles CA.
Internet Resources for Community College Practitioners. ERIC
The Internet is an international computer network consisting of thousands of
smaller interconnected computer networks. This digest describes some of the
Internet resources that are available to community college practitioners.
Practitioners should begin by contacting their campus or department systems
operator for Internet access. Secondly, the campus library should be visited
either in person or on the Internet, since often libraries have compiled lists
of resources for students, faculty, and staff.
GUIDES TO INTERNET RESOURCES
Argus Clearinghouse of
Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides: A large collection of guides to
Internet resources categorized by topic. <http://www.clearinghouse.net>
There are numerous search engines and other guides that will help you look
for particular topics or page. Some of the most popular are:
Yahoo! is a subject-oriented search engine that you can access hierarchically
or by searching: <http://www.yahoo.com>
AltaVista, a search engine with advanced searching capabilities:
Hotbot, another search engine that ranks the most pertinent results first:
COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERNET SITES
American Association of
Community Colleges is a non-profit advocacy organization for community colleges
and other two-year degree granting associations. They provide information on
programs and services, conferences, government relations, and job listings. <http://www.aacc.nche.edu/>
The League of Innovation is a non-profit educational consortium of leading
community colleges organized to stimulate innovation and experimentation in all
areas of community college development <http://www.league.org:80/>
The National Center for Technology Planning indexes college technology
planning documents. <http://www.nctp.com/>
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems provides information
about funding and assessment strategies for the use of technology in higher
Community College Press is a publisher specializing in books for community
college administrators. You can order books on-line.
Community College Web contains a searchable collection of pointers to Web
servers at community colleges as well as other related resources.
Education Virtual Library lists education related Web sites alphabetically
and by education level, resources provided, country, and type of site.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges has collected bibliographies on
community college topics. <http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/eric.html>
Florida Tech Education Gopher: Provides
a collection of reference sources, including the American English Dictionary,
Roget's Thesaurus, the U.S. Zip Code Directory, the CIA World Factbook,
telephone area code directories for the United States and foreign countries, and
1990 U.S. Census data. <gopher://sci-ed.fit.edu> (select Reference Desk)
Libraries of Purdue University: An extensive collection of ready reference
The Internet Public Library: The first public library on the Internet, the
IPL has a reference desk, collections for browsing, links to electronic texts,
and links to on-line newspapers. <http://www.ipl.org>
The U.S. Department of Education
provides information on legislation, programs (such as Goals 2000 and
School-to-Work), publications, statistics, and educational software on their
gopher. Links to other education WWW sites are included. <http://www.ed.gov>
Library of Congress includes Congressional, White House, and State Department
information as well as links to international, federal, state, and local
government resources. It also contains over 27 million searchable records of
materials cataloged and held by the Library of Congress.
THOMAS is a U.S. Federal government WWW site that provides access to the full
text of pending bills, the Congressional Record, committee information, and the
text of historical documents. <http://thomas.loc.gov>
The U.S. Census Bureau gives population/demographic statistics that can be
used in research. <http://census.gov>
The best place to start is the home
institution's library's web page. This will give information on books and
journals at your institution as well as other local institutions. Also, the
library may have purchased access to electronic journals and bibliographic
databases on line. Some other library resources include:
The Book Wire Index provides a list of libraries, sorted alphabetically and
by geographical region. They also have a list of special libraries.
Yahoo! has an extensive list of library catalogs, library resources, and
The Library of Congress also provides telnet access to their holdings, as
well as U.S. government copyright files, federal legislation, and foreign law.
Usenet Newsgroups are an electronic
bulletin board system, accessible through the Internet, that consists of
discussion forums on thousands of topics. Contact your system operator for
instructions for access. Community college practitioners might be interested in
the following groups:
Listservs are automated programs that serve as
distribution centers for e-mail messages. They are organized around a central
theme or issue, and provide a forum for individuals to pose questions and share
information with colleagues. To participate, you must subscribe by sending an
e-mail message to the listserv program. For example, to subscribe to COMMCOLL
you would address the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your message would read "subscribe commcoll."
Below are some listservs of interest to community college practitioners:
Colleges referred journal
college administrators, faculty and staff.
development for Internet-taught courses
For a list of more listservs, e-mail the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community
Colleges at email@example.com and ask for "A Guide to Listservs for Community
College Practitioners." Also check
http://garnetl.acns.fsu.edu/~jschaeff/listservbs.html for more listservs related
AskERIC is a human mediated question
answering service for teachers, parents, administrators, and others involved in
education. A project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at
Syracuse University, AskERIC uses the resources of the ERIC system and the
Internet to answer questions sent by electronic mail. Send your questions to
firstname.lastname@example.org. They also maintain a WWW site at http://ericir.syr.edu/.%20
Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides help on correct
English usage and writing. Tutors will answer questions by e-mail. Send the
question to email@example.com. They also maintain a WWW page at
The following books are on the Internet and
Ellsworth, Jill. Education on the Internet: A Hands-On Book of Ideas,
Resources, Projects, and Advice. Indianapolis, IN: Sams Publishing, 1994.
Hahn, Harley. The Internet and Web Yellow Pages 1998 (5th Edition). Berkeley,
CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1997.
Jackson, Earl Jr. College Connections Web Directory 1997. Que Education and
Porter, Lynette R. Creating the Virtual Classroom : Distance Learning With
the Internet. John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Note: This digest was prepared in December 1997. The Internet is volatile,
and the addresses are subject to change.