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Sites to see from the 2011 Virtual Reference Summit

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Some of us here at the Oregon Legal Research blog are recently returned from the 2011 Virtual Reference Summit, where many Oregon library staff go to share an interest in the triad of reference, service, and technology issues and ideas we regularly encounter in the field. Some fun and potentially useful sites were presented that our readers might enjoy:

EasyBib: Free automatic bibliography and citation maker for books, websites, newspapers, and so on. The usual style suspects are included: MLA, Chicago, APA.

OttoBib: Same thing, for books only; but creates the citation/bibliography immediately using just the ISBN and also can provide a permanent URL for the bibliography.

Newspaper Map: Find and translate newspapers worldwide; filter your search by language, location, or both. Or just click the area on the world map that interests you. Over 10,000 newspapers are represented.

Newsmap: This site takes news from the Google News aggregator and creates a colorful visual map clustered by the volume of media coverage. Viewers can modify the map by topic, region, and/or time.

Newseum’s Front Pages: Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays those newspapers’ front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form. You can sort by region as well as view the Newseum’s top ten picks for quality graphic design.