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I am especially fond of this Infographic because I was “there” for the late ’80’s and ’90’s portion of Internet history! As an early adopter and teacher of how to use it, I was happy after 10 years that people stopped being confused by my profession of being a search specialist on the Internet.

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If you are in the job-search mode it is probably a good idea to keep handy this list by Careercast.com of the 10 Best Cities to Find a Job (as of April 2010. ) They compile it from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. If  you click through the picture gallery you can find out more information about the job climate there as well as each cities’ rankings within this list.

This month’s cities in order are:

Washington D.C.

Boston, MA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Chicago, Il

New York, NY

Denver, CO

Philadelphia, PA

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The “Invisible Web,” that part of the World Wide Web that is not commonly searched by our standard search engines such as Google or Bing is estimated by the Library of Congress to be close to containing 91,000 terabytes.

Saikat Basu’s article at MakeUseOf.com, quotes a Wikipedia article in which that figure is an increase from close to 3,000 terabytes back in 1997.

When you consider that the ‘open’ web most people take for granted they have access to is only 167 terabytes, one can finally understand how much of the information and web pages on the Internet are closed to us for most of our searches.

MakeUseOf.com’s article tries to help out by shedding the light on some of what they refer to as the Web’s “Dark Continent” -content unindexed by standard Search Engine Spiders like Google.

They list and describe 10 Search Engines that you may want to try the next time you need to do some deep research that a normal, everyday search just can’t seem to dig up.

Here are the 10 resources they recommend getting to know for your research deep diving:

Infomine at http://infomine.ucr.edu/ Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

The WWW Virtual Library at http://vlib.org/ Oldest Catalog on the Web

Intute at http://www.intute.ac.uk/ Esteemed British Resources

Complete Planet at http://aip.completeplanet.com/ Indexes 70,000 Databases

Infoplease (with it’s kid spinoff: Factmonster.com) at http://www.infoplease.com/ Info Portal to Encyclopedias, Almanacs, Biographies, Atlases

DeepPeep at http://www.deeppeep.org/ Beta service indexing databases not normally covered by the standard search engine

IncyWincy at http://www.incywincy.com/ Metasearch engine filtering results of the Invisible Web

DeepWebTech at http://www.deepwebtech.com/ Five Deep Search Engines covering Science, Medicine and Business

Scirus at http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/ Science Research

TechXtra at http://www.techxtra.ac.uk/index.html Engineering, Math & Computing in Industry

(For more details please see the original Full Article athttp://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-search-engines-explore-deep-invisible-web/ )

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Search the PopSci Archives | Popular Science.

Popular Science” magazine,  inspiration of millions of  science and technology nerds, has partnered with Google to give access to its entire 137-year archive for free browsing. You can find each of their issues looking just as it did originally at publication. Delight in period advertisements while you geek out. This is an awesome and very timely resource that will be useful to researchers and  anyone with an interest in science, technology and the future. I believe that accounts for everyone I know.

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I love Infographics and Fast Company has them. Charts galore constantly being added to as  their “Infographic Of The Day.” They are beautiful and often interactive. I am featuring this one with an article by Cliff Kuang since the subject is very timely. I’m don’t necessarily agree you should chuck the resume but if you are good with making visuals, you could add one of these type of charts for yourself to get yourself noticed!

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The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

contains a treasure trove of information about Careers. Here is a streamlined list taken from their

Career Voyager’s chart of the Most Desired Occupations

to fill by Employers, in order of preference. The data is all fed by the most current data from a recent BLS survey.

The chart includes Projected Need for Employees, Projected Growth, 2008 Hourly Wage where available, and Education&Training needed.

You can navigate to the full chart which includes the latest salary information for these jobs as well. All of the occupations are displayed in descending order using the Top 50 rating (most desirable to least desirable).

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. General Operations Managers
  3. Physicians and Surgeons
  4. Accountants and Auditors
  5. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  6. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  7. Lawyers
  8. Sales Representatives,Wholesale and Manufacturing,Except Technical and Scientific Products
  9. Computer Systems Analysts
  10. Management Analysts
  11. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  12. Chief Executives
  13. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  14. Financial Managers
  15. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  16. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  17. Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  18. Construction Managers
  19. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  20. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
  21. Electricians
  22. Computer Support Specialists
  23. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  24. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  25. Pharmacists
  26. Sales Managers
  27. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  28. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  29. Civil Engineers
  30. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  31. Teacher Assistants
  32. Medical and Health Services Managers
  33. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  34. Insurance Sales Agents
  35. Administrative Services Managers
  36. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
  37. Marketing Managers
  38. Industrial Engineers
  39. Financial Analysts
  40. Fire Fighters
  41. Personal Financial Advisors
  42. Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
  43. Engineering Managers
  44. Dentists, General
  45. Dental Hygienists
  46. Physical Therapists
  47. Cost Estimators
  48. Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
  49. Food Service Managers
  50. Loan officer

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) For a complete list of occupations and to find more information on education requirements and salary ranges, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections Web page at http://www.bls.gov/emp/home.htm

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Magatopia, 1500 free online magazines at a click

I , like many  these days, have

reduced the paper

in my house and workplace by replacing reading material where possible with sources on the Internet.

My research roots lie in print so I have always preferred to find a known and familiar print resource online if it exists. This applies not only to newspapers but journals and magazines as well. Many in the print world are anxious about the demise of these traditional sources, but when they are online I usually find them as valuable for research as when they were formerly only in print.

This is why I recommend Magatopia.com.   This site which has an accompanying blog and twitter feed is the oldest directory to free online magazines. It links you to the magazines’ sites. You are not charged a fee to view their site. Their home page always gives you guidance to what’s trending by featuring selections from certain magazines.

There are over 2500 magazines, none of which have graphic adult or hate-based content and has won a number of internet awards, press clippings and praise from users.

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