Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Searching for teaching open source... no results

This is a complaint.
As part of one of my assignments in writing a white paper, I had to find a couple of sources of each of these types of sources:
  1. reputable sources like NY Times, Washing Post, The Economist
  2. trade publications - I used this list of trade magazines
  3. journal articles
And these are my conclusions:
  • reputable sources have OK search engines but did not find the results I was looking for
  • trade publications have search engines that just threw at me whatever they would feel like (Yes, websites have desires and feelings)
  • journals - I love journals, they are structured, well categorized, labeled and with a lot of meta data regarding other sources
I am really dissapointed with the search engines withing portals that I have found and with the educational system that makes everyone do the same assignments even if the topic of research that I have chosen does not come out of standard sources.

It feels that I have to cage my topic even if it looses steam by doing it...


  1. It's rarely useful to search a newspaper's website. What you need to do is go to Lexis-Nexis or something like that.

    If you have a Toronto Public Library Card you can access their Virtual Reference Library. From there you can get to nearly any newspaper or magazine article from a major publication.


  2. Thanks James, I will give a try