ISG planning notes: Putting the links to work

In support of the research component of this project, we have started to build up what should in time develop into a useful  library of links to what we regard as outstanding sources of activity and information in the sectors we are investigating here. It is our hope that the students will spend a bit of time reviewing and working with them, especially in the early stages in which they are starting to get their research and projects in order.  And for our part we shall continue to work on this important research tool in the months ahead.

Note 1:You will find the directories of the links in the second half of each page on this site.

Note 2: If you let your cursor linger over the link address you will see in each case a descriptive note on the entry content.

Note 3: And remember this: you are invited to share your best links with us and all the others. If you send on simply the URL and the name, we will do the rest. Thanks in advance.

Uses and limits of Wikipedia and other Wikis

We have turned to the Wikipedia for a certain number of introductory pieces, as sources of useful first information on concepts, terms, phenomena and forces, many of which have a role in shaping the environment of the next decade (the scope of this seminar) and beyond. The entires need to be treated with caution, but in many cases they make a good first-stop shop when you are looking into a topic area for the first time. A number of them are exceptionally good as introductions and provide references and links for those who wish to go further. But Caveat Emptor is always a good idea.

Combined search engine:

We have built an efficient Combined Search Engine for this project which will allow you to search all the indicated links here with a single key word search. It works very well and uses all the standard Google search procedures.

Since this is a very large database, we suggest that to narrow your search to manageable dimensions it will be important to make good use of key words. putting quotation marks around key phrases and the usual Boolean AND/OR combinations. Let’s consider an example. If you call up “carbon tax”, you will have a very large number of hits, so a bit of narrowing might help. Thus if you add “China AND Kyoto”, for example you get a far more manageable collection. And if you don’t find what you are looking for there, a full Google search can be called up of your key words with a single click on the top menu.

* To go directly to our CSE click here – Combined Search Engine


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