In its final form, Cosma will provide access to millions of discrete resources across over a thousand subject pages. At this point it already provides systematic access to hundreds of thousands of resources over a growing list of pages. 1 This page provides just a glimpse into just a few of the most basic, common and standard resources you can access using the system already. They are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…
Library of Congress Research and Reference Services
Library of Congress Reference Shelf
Library of Congress Alcove 9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Refdesk Reference Shelves on the Net
Refdesk Essential Reference Tools
Refdesk Quick Reference
Refdesk Indispensable Links
resource : (1) a source of supply or support : an available means —usually used in plural (2) a source of information or expertise (3) something to which one has recourse in difficulty — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary
1. The Knowledge Resources Inventory, which is at the heart of Cosma, is based upon M. E. Hopper’s belief that there is a definable, stable set of core knowledge resources in the World that can be identified in a systematic, top-down search and then tracked and presented in a “directory” like structure. This led a to a long-term initiative to do just that. Here is one of many presentations where she described her project.
Hopper, M. E. (1999, October). A Project About Projects: Watching Academic E-Media Projects Evolve [Presentation]. Media in Transition: An International Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.