Created and maintained by David Novak, the Spire Project has been expanded and refined since its original review in the January 14, 1999 Scout Report for Social Sciences
. Offered as both a research guide and search-engine alternative, the site offers a number of searching tutorials on specific topics which feature numerous links and search forms. While each tutorial is different, most contain a mix of official or governmental sites, databases, libraries, and commercial resources. The Government Resources section, for instance, covers general sources for government information and a number of specific ones for the US, UK, and Canada. Other tutorials include Finding Articles, Searching Patents, Company Information, Country Profiles, and Finding a Library, among others. Most offer some final thoughts in a conclusion as well as search strategies. While the site will certainly prove a considerable help to newer users, more experienced internauts may also want to poke around a bit to find some new resources or brush up on their searching strategies.
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