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Tue, Sep 09, 2003

Online Conflict Studies Syllabus Collection

The website features a searchable collection of sample syllabi from a broad range of conflict resolution-related courses. The bulk of the collection is available as pdf files, with some of the newer additions providing links to an online copy of the syllabus. Please note that access to the collection is limited to folks who register at the site, but this process is brief and opens access to a number of different databases offered by the project.


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Fri, Sep 05, 2003

The EduResources Portal—a Gateway to Higher Education Instructional Resources

Dr. Joseph Hart, Director of Distance Education at Eastern Oregon University has created an online portal to materials supporting teaching and learning . The collection is searchable, and divided into the following classifications for browsing purposes.

General Multi-Discipline HE Repositories      
Guideline Referatory Sites for HE Faculty        
Search Tools for Academic Resources    
Discipline-Specific Selected HE Repositories      
Experimental/Developmental Resources  
K-12 Selected Repositories/Referatories      
Sample Certificate/Vocational Prog. Collections
Sample Commercial (Fee-Based) Collections  
Sample Learning Objects Information  
Sample Metadata Information/Organizations      
Sample Open Source Information    
Sample Student Learning Resources        
Selected Associations/Organizations        
Selected Digital Libraries      
Selected Scholarly Resource Sites      


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Wed, Aug 27, 2003

Lots of RSS Feeds for Law

How can you find weblogs and RSS feeds related to law? You might start with the section of The Virtual Chase’s Legal Research Guide entitled RSS News Feeds for Law. RSS, or rich site summary, is simply a method for delivering current information. You will find both blog and RSS/XML addresses here.


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Tue, Aug 12, 2003

NPR News Briefs available in digital Audio Format

Hear the latest News by New Public Radio, and get updates via RSS if you want to browse what’s new in your news reader. To search for individual segments, go the NPR audio archives search page at  The link for the RSS 9.1 feed (provided by NewsisFree) is
You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to listen!


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Google adds Email News Alerts

Google has added a new feature that allows you to do an advanced search on their news and then have matching results emailed to you daily or as news breaks. The Google News Alerts tool is in beta at 

The advanced search page on Google News provides a number of ways to fine tune a search to eliminate unwanted results. You can incorporate these techniques in your Google news alert settings by selecting the conditions you want on the Google News advanced search page, then clicking the “Google Search” button. When the results page appears, copy the text that appears in the search box on that page and paste it into the box on the Google News Alerts home page labeled “News search.”

I’m currently using the following (without quotes) for one of my alerts, and it has proved an interesting way to monitor campus conflict news. My search terms “campus conflict OR dispute OR mediation OR conciliation location:usa”

Check it out…


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Wed, Jul 30, 2003

Free Full-Text Articles at

While many folks in higher education are benefiting from full-text library resources available electronically, access is usually restricted and not always convenient. A free, but ad-sponsored alternative is The site provides a large archive of published articles that you can search and view online for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals.

You will find articles on a range of topics, including business, health, society, entertainment, sports and more. Unlike other online collections, each of the hundreds of thousands of articles in FindArticles can be read in its entirety and printed at no cost. Tip: using the print view reduces the number of ads and makes reading the article easier (less screens to page through).

Our friends at CRInfo have thoughtfully created a page of preset search links into and other online news services for folks in a hurry.

FindArticles is a content-distribution partnership between LookSmart, which provides the search infrastructure, and the Gale Group, which provides the published editorial content.


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Fri, Jul 25, 2003

Super Conflict Resolution MetaSearcher

The metasearch “LaunchPad” provides quick access to the conflict resolution and higher education field’s searchable databases.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2003 07 25 | Filed under Research Tools  

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