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15 Seconds

15 Seconds provides a wealth of high quality information focused on servers.


ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is an association of information technology professionals and students worldwide with 80,000 members. The benefits of membership include association with peers, a large digital library of IT publications, and 450 free online courses in: software, programming, certification, and project management. These benefits are worth many times the $190 annual dues - just one of the online courses, taken elsewhere, would cost more than the dues.


Bitpipe is a primary source for IT related whitepaper, webcasts, research guides and case studies. This site has tons of IT resources.

CIO Council

Federal CIO (Chief Information Officers) Council oversees IT policies of the federal government. Most of the information on the site is accessible to the public. It is useful for papers on best practices in IT and vendor sources.


ComputerWorld has excellent coverage on 11 IT topics.


Earthweb covers IT management, networking, web development, hardware and systems, software development and IT news.


Educause is a “nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology” (para. 1). Although membership is only open to colleges and corporations serving the college IT market, the Educause website offers a wealth of information on IT best practices to visitors. Visitors can create a logon to access most of the content. Be sure to take the excellent “Tour” of the website to quickly learn where to find information.


EEVL Xtra by Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland provides cross-searching of 20 engineering, mathematics and computing databases, including content from 50 publishers, by keyword searching.

Elder Geek on Windows XP

Elder Geek on Windows XP contains a wealth of information on Windows XP.


eWeek has in depth coverage on ~30 IT topics. These topics are listed in the lower left of the home page and on the Topics link. is a classy site for networking professionals and is recommended by Cisco Network Academy.

Gartner Group

Gartner Group offers custom IT research and sells research reports. They employ 1,200 IT research analysts and consultants who advise executives answering more than 215,000 client questions every year. The home page has a listing of research categories entitled Research Fast Finder that link to the reports they offered. Prices are in the hundreds of dollars and vary depending on the report. A report costing $1,400 could save tens of thousands of dollars on a project.


IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers), IEEE Computer Society is an association of electrical engineers, information technology professionals and students worldwide with 360,000 members. The benefits of membership include association with peers, a large digital library of IT publications, 800 free online courses in: software, programming, certification, and project management. These benefits are worth many times the $325 annual dues - just one of the online courses, taken elsewhere, would cost more than the dues.


Internet Society is an association of organizations and individuals in 180 countries for global cooperation in developing the Internet. Its mission statement is, "The mission of the Internet Society is to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world" (All About ISOC, Mission/Strategic Plan, para. 1). Among their operations, they offer network training to countries in the early stages of Internet development. This site can be searched by visitors for information related to the Internet.


ITarchitect (formerly Network Magazine) provides access to articles from their current and back issues.


ITIL & ITSM provides documentation for IT best practices (IT Infrastructure Library & IT Service Management). Cost is about $200 per plan.


Microsoft is the main launch point to all of Microsoft. This home page is a model of clarity and ease of navigation to all the sub-launch points at Microsoft.

Microsoft IT Pro Resources

Microsoft IT Pro Resources is the portal to Microsoft resources for IT Professionals.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the portal to all Microsoft information on the office Suite.


NCSTRL (Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library) is a collection of research papers on networked computing from 90 universities and research centers.


The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has a deep Web search engine developed to search multiple free government databases.

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Window

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows is the place to go for information on Microsoft's beta products.


Slipstick is devoted to Outlook and Exchange issues. is a good resource for information on SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).


TechAtlas provides IT planning tools for non-profit organizations.


TechRepublic offers free and fee-based (TechProGuild, $90/yr) memberships. This site is for IT professionals and offers a wealth of free resources – online books, white papers, forums, mailing lists, and articles. They also sell tutorial CDs on system administration, project management, security, etc. These are the main portals on this website: Career Development, CIO & IT Management, Data Management, Desktops, Laptops & OS, Enterprise Applications, How-To, Network Admin, Security, Servers, Software/Web Dev, and Storage.


TechSoup provides IT planning tools for non-profit organizations.


TechWeb gives daily technical news including a video newscast of "Your Technology Minute."


WindowsITPro publishes five IT magazines with very practical articles on implementing technology: Windows IT Pro, SQL Server magazine, Exchange and Outlook Administrator, Windows Scripting Solutions, and Windows IT Security. They offer a fee-based subscription to access their entire digital library of past issues.

ZDnet BizTech Libary

ZDnet BizTech Library contains 400,000 articles from 372 technology magazines, journals, and newsletters. The cost for a subscription is $70/yr. Its companion free site is here.

General - Articles & Databases

California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is one of the largest digital libraries in the world and is freely accessible.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education is a publication that has a wealth of resources for people involved with higher education. is a database of technical and scientific literature sponsored by the School of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University.


COS (Community of Science) is a for profit corporation leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines. COS aggregates information so less time and money is spent searching. Find funding with COS Funding Opportunities: search the world's most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 22,000 records representing nearly 400,000 opportunities, worth over $33 billion. Identify experts and collaborators with COS Expertise: search among 500,000 profiles of researchers from 1,600 institutions throughout the world. Discover who's doing what -- current research activity, funding received, publications, patents, new positions and more. Promote your research with a COS Profile: showcase your research and expertise among researchers and scholars from universities, corporations and nonprofits in more than 170 countries. Membershiop is free to individuals and educational institutions.


The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) covers 1,803 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Of these 446 are searchable at article level.

Educator’s Reference Desk

Educator’s Reference Desk has 2,000+ lesson plans, questions and answers, and a directory of 3,000+ links to online education information.

Element K

Element K provides online and printed courses for eight industries, including information technology. It offers over 2,400 courses related to information technology. These are the industries it covers: discrete manufacturing, education, financial services, hospitality, membership organizations, information technology, training centers, and process manufacturing.


ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the world’s premier database of education literature.


FindArticles allows one to quickly search 10 million full-text articles by keywords.


FirstGov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal is a central source for government information, linking every federal agency and state government, and crawling all .gov domains. It has a simple yet powerful search tool. Public records are vastly distributed over thousands of sites. FirstGov is an excellent attempt at unifying these records, however, much information remains dispersed. Sankey, Flowers, & Weber (2004) organizes these sites into an excellent reference book. In addition there are 1,500 search firms that can be hired to research public records, including pre-employment screening firms – all 1,500 are listed here.

HighBeam Research

HighBeam Research contains 34 million documents from 3,000 sources. Sources include newspapers, magazines, books, transcripts, maps, images, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. You can save articles to an online folder to read at a later time, or export them to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. It costs $100/yr and a 7-day free trail is available.


InfoMine is a University-level deep Web research site sponsored by the University of California - Riverside, and the U.S. Department of Education. InfoMine was organized by librarians for ease of use and is one of the best academic resources available.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with surface Web and deep Web resources.


MagPortal allows one to quickly search hundreds of magazines for full-text articles by keywords.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library is a huge library and the sitemap is well done.


NTIS (National Technical Information Service) offers a keyword searchable database of unclassified government-sponsored technical and scientific reports. Reports are downloadable. Most reports are under $20.

OAIster (Oyster)

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan to create a collection of freely available, previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources. It contains 5 million records from 535 institutions.

Rand Corporation

The Rand Corporation is a nonprofit research organization that provides analysis and solutions to challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. The search engine provides abstracts and some full-text reports. Reports not present may be obtained from libraries.


Scirus is a search engine limited to scientific information, including IT. It indexes over 200 million science-specific web pages.


SearchEdu contains over 20 million pages from university and educational sources.

STINET, Public

Public STINET (Scientific and Technical Information Network) provides free access to unclassified DOD (Department of Defense) research.