John Lye’s General Resources Page

A few good links....

Department of English
Communications, Popular Culture and Film

Note: these links are now distributed over three different pages.

General Resources


Writing Essays:

Writing web pages

Fine Art & Music

English Literature

Major link pages

More specialized sites

Teaching pages

Creative writing

Electronic Editing

Publishing and books:

Publishers & booksellers

Publishing on the Web

Book Awards and Reviews

Communications Studies, Popular Culture and Film Resources

Major link pages

Canadian Communications Links at CPCF, Brock University

Theory in particular

Critical and Cultural Studies


Popular Culture




News Resources

New to the Web? Try Learn the Net

General Resources:

Megasources An impressive list of resources maintained by Dean Tudor at Ryerson

Open Directory -- the search engine's first stop

Librarian's Index to the Internet (Berkeley)

Yahoo A major search and resource information center on the Web;  Yahoo Canada; there also good resource pages at some of the major search engines, for instance Altavista and Hotbot

Research-It! -- quick on-line dictionary, thesaurus, translation, quotations, etc.

A Web of On-Line Dictionaries -- over 800 dictionaries in 160 languages, grammars, thesauri, at Bucknell; other dictionary sources are One Look Dictionaries which searches multiple on-line dictionaries, and YourDictionary.Com

Virtual Reference Desk -- Bob Drudge

The Scout Report -- Weekly posting of annotated links of interest to serious-type folks

Canadiana, the Canadian Resource Page -- lotsa links

The Canadian Encyclopedia (English version; French version)

Canadian Information by Subject -- National Library of Canada

The Voice of the Shuttle A not-to-be-missed page for research in the Humanities

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

The 50 best science dn technology sites -- Popular Science

Internet History Sourcebooks Project -- at Fordham, very good

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line. H-Net is a set of academic discussion lists supported now by a Web presence.

The World Factbook 2000 The CIA's information page; information of various countries can also be found at E-Conflict, a site devoted to cultural understanding, and at Worldskip a site with lots of links for each country in the world.

World Area Studies Internet Resources Western Connecticut State U. -- a good page

Foreign Affairs On-Line

College and University libraries on-line a part of Webcats, library catalogues on the WWW.

And now for something completely different -- The Dark Side of the Net: get Gothic!


Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources (Virginia Polytech & State U)

Finding Information on the Internet: a Tutorial (Berkeley)

Bare Bones 101 -- a tutorial on searching the Web from the University of South Carolina

Search Engine Showdown The Users' Guide to Web Searching

Open Directory -- the search engine's first stop

JournalismNet has some good search resources, in categories. Canadian, too.

There are a number of sites which search many engines at once (but single searches are more reliable) -- e.g. ixquick ; Dogpile;   Metacrawler;   Findspot

There are many fine individual engines, possessing differing features. This is my order of preference: Google;  Fast;  Hotbot;   Lycos;   Altavista ;  Excite; Northern Lights (has a nice feature in that it puts like items into 'folders')

In addition to the search engines there are edited directories, such as Open Directory; another of the best is Looksmart, and of course there is Yahoo; there are good edited directories at some of the major search engines, for instance Altavista and Hotbot. See also Suite 101 -- a directory-type, annotated engine which gives you the five top sites first;   Links 2 Go -- a portal or meta-page that uses machine-learning and intelligent-agent technology to generate a selective list of links "most representative" of each of thousands of topics

A newer information source is the 'expert' site, where, for free or cash, depending, experts in various fields answer questions. Among then are Ask Me.Com (free), Expert Central (free), (a 'bid' site).

Search Engine Guide: The Guide to Search Engines, Portals, and Directories -- 2243 search engines, etc; categorized

There are many different kinds of searches on some pages, including the All-In-One Search Page

Search news groups, mailing lists (listservs) at Reference.Com

List of Lists Find the discussion groups on the topics that interest you.

Noesis: Philosophical Research On-Line -- a dedicated search, easy to use

For a guide to search engines, what they are, which does what best, how to use them, visit The Webmaster's Guide to Search Engines; see also the relevant page at Learn the Net

search the Brock Library

A source for finding discussion groups ("listservs")

Forum One's Forum Finder: search over 37,000 Web discussion groups

Canada 411 -- phone numbers, etc for Canada on-line News Searches

Search the Bible

Writing Essays:

Style and other guidelines:

Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online -- a very fine site for finding and documenting sources in the major discipline areas.

Writer's Handbook at Wisconsin, including APA style, MLA style, Chicago style. There is a good APA page at Bill Borst's APA Writing Style Guide '2000

Material from Capital Community-Technical College, including:

There are many valuable links as well on the Voice of the Shuttle Style Guide list on its Reference Page

General help

As well as the sites above, try these: has writing tutorials, resources; Traditional Grammar: An Interactive Book -- complete grammar text, on-line quizzes

good general advice on writing essays and research papers can be found at Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Jack Lynch has a disorganized but useful page, Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors

check the Writing at the University of Toronto site.

the U of Toronto Philosophy Department's writing site has some good advice on various specific kinds of assignments.

Citing electronic sources

Fine Art & Music

Write your own web pages:

Here is the dope on programs to compose web pages: you can do a better job, and for the most part, quicker in the long run, if you will spend a few hours learning HTML rather than fiddling around with that program.

There are an enormous number of sites to help you with all aspect of web page composition, design, and so forth -- for instance, CNET has an collection of sites for work on the Web, as does The Web-Builders' Tool Kit, Web Development Resources (eBORcOM), and The Web Developer's Virtual Library;you can locate tutorials on various aspects of web work at Tutorialfind.

For those who want to learn HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the language for composing web pages, there are a number of excellent resources -- here are some (I had a whole lot of tutorials on this page, but it was somewhat redundant.):

Various sites will lead you to programs that will help you make and improve your web pages. Web Monkey's Toolbox is short, sweet and good; Tucows has an excellent well reviewed selection of programs.

Web Review will help you stay current -- a bigger publication that Web Monkey.

There are a number of sites with a lot of information for web page creation, and for web site development and maintenance, such as Web Development Resources (eBORcOM), and The Web Developer's Virtual Library

In designing your pages, you should check out the recommendations at GDNet's Writing for the Web You should write HTML in a plaintext (asci) program, and save it with the suffix .html to see what you have done so far. Make sure you Save your latest changes, and press the Reload button on your web viewer (html writing programs have an automatic command for doing this). You can use any asci program for your editing, or do it on a regular word processing program and Save As text only; even Eudora will do. There are however good, free editor programs which have the advantage that you can save in UNIX mode -- this puts your text on the server in better shape: for the Mac, BBEdit Lite, for Windows, Note Tab Light.

For the PC there is a composing program that I like that will among other things convert .rtf files into clean, managable and easily editable HTML format, Arachnophilia; it has an ftp function built into it as well. The program is "careware;" it costs no money, you are simply asked to brighten your world a little in recompense.
Once you upload your file (see your local webmaster for details on doing that), you can edit it on the unix server using the Pico editing progam, which works just like the mail program Pine. You will need to log on to your server and either change directory to the directory your file is in (e.g. cd web/courses/1F91 ), then type "pico filename" (without the quotes, of course), or include the pathway in your pico command (e.g "pico web/courses/1F91/filename"). Unlike html, unix is particular about upper and lower cases.

For information on basic unix commands, go to Enough Unix for Your Résumé at Webmonkey; for a fuller set of commands and help, go to Unixhelp for Users; for technical terms you may run across and don't understand, go to pcwebopaedia, an on-line database with links to more information, a good resource.

For some backgrounds, bullets and lines, go to W3Schools' graphics links page or, for more, to Windweaver or The Mining Company. Click on the image you want (a dialogue box will pop up) and save it to your hard drive, then use your file transfer program (ftp) to upload it to the unix. For information on colours, go to this address; for a neat page which allows you to try out varous colour combinations, go here