This week’s Website of the Week is Vintage Ad Browser.com. Vintage Ad Browser is an indexed website devoted to advertising images stretching from the mid 1850s to the present day. Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look. This site is an amazingly useful tool for English, Media Studies, Art and HASS amongst other subjects. It allows you to compare the depiction and marketing of a product over time and between countries. Fantastic for tracking society’s changing relationship with a particular commodity such as alcohol or tobacco. Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here.
Once again remember using sites such as these improves the quality, relevance and authority of the information you will find. Understanding the nature of your information search and utilising a range of different types of sources will provide better results and save you time.
This week’s Website of the Week is 100 Search Engines For Academic Research from te@chthought. Teachthought is a learning and technology blog that offer users really useful reviews of new and existing technologies used in education. Their post on 100 Search Engines For Academic Research is a truly excellent annotated list of search engines, gateways and information portals for academic research. Sites are organised into General, Meta Search, Databases and Archives, Books & Journals, Subjects, Other Niches and Reference.
The good news about using sites such as these is that the quality, relevance and authority of the information is much more likely to be high than simply using a generic search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
This week’s Website of the Week is instagrok. Instagrok is a visual search engine that allows you to search by keyword and display your results visually. Search terms are displayed in a concept map which can be enhanced by pinning websites, videos, images and key facts to it. There is a journal facility to annotate your search results and an impressive glossary of related terms for your keywords.