Research class is really a lot of fun – there is this whole world to explore beyond Google and it’s dad-blasted keyword popularity searches. I have this not-so-hidden inner geek that loves to find out little-known facts on obscure phenomena.
JSTOR is one of my new favourite sites to browse – it is a site that features scanned versions of various academic journals going way back to the turn of the century and the Victorians. For example, you can look up the journal of the American (or Royal, if you prefer) Anthropological Society and find the original writings of Malinowski, Levi-Strauss and Meade on the Trobriand Islanders or whatever. The only catch is that you need to link to the site through a library or college that has access. I am assuming, if you are reading this, you are a library-card-carrying citizen of some description (geeks, unite!)
If you need facts, is a collection of searchable reference books including Emily Post’s Etiquette, Strunk’s Style, encyclopedias and dictionaries, plus complete collections of poems, fiction and non-fiction works of the Western World. Free, free, free! We life-of-the-mind’ers must live cheaply.
I have also discovered several new search engines and directories that offer much browsing pleasure. More on those to come. Till then, smartypants.