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7 Library Tools Students Would Find Handy

Internet as we know it has become a major source of information for many students. Getting maximum amount of knowledge on all sort information such as books, journals, electronic articles is now just a few clicks away. Today, we have gathered a list of 7 online library services all students should get their hands on.

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WorldCat

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat is one of the largest network of library content and services which students can use to complete their projects, essays and other school/university related work.

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LOC Catalog

LOC Catalog contains a massive library of books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials which can be useful for students. They can search for different books to study for their exams, complete assignments and much more.

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Smithsonian Institution of Libraries

SIL was founded in 1846 and manage around 20 branches today which contains hundreds of thousands of books and electronic journals which students can check and take help from.

Libweb

Libweb consists of over 8000 pages in over 146 countries which can be used to search libraries, their location, name and other information and can be used by students to find out about libraries in their areas.

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National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library and collects materials, provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

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Library Elf

Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings and helps users keep track of what they have on loan from the library.

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IPL2

ipl2 is a public service organization which helps students get answers to different academic questions from other students, volunteer library and information science professionals.

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Free Premium Download: WinX DVD Copy Pro

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WinX DVD Copy Pro is specially designed to meet users’ up-to-date DVD backup demand; clone DVD to DVD disc for safe storage; copy DVD to ISO image for later burning, playing or ripping; copy DVD to MPEG2 file with intact content for further usage in media center, DVD library establishment and DVD playback in PS3, HTPC.

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7 Excellent (And Fun) Ways To Create Avatars That Represent You

People have been using avatars for as long as I can remember. Be it any web forum or a social networking website it has always been fun creating Avatars that looks like you and represent yourself. One of the most widely used Avatars were the South Park characters which people used all over the internet by making them look like yourself. For those who are looking to create an Avatar for themselves let’s look at 7 fun and cool ways of creating avatars that represent you and your ideas.

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Androidify

If you are an Android fan or just someone who finds the Android avatar really cool, Androdify is an app that will let you take that little green Android avatar and turn it into yourself, your friends, your family or anyone. You just need to download the app for which you will need to sign-in with an account with which there is an Android phone associated. The app comes for FREE, so get started.

Eightbit.Me

Do you remember the Atari days when the graphics came in eight bit? well Eightbit.Me is a website on which you will be able to create an eight bit avatar of yourself. You just need to sign-in with your twitter account and visit the website on your iPhone and the website will walk you through easy steps to make a cool eight bit avatar of your choice. It’s for FREE.

ThatsMyFace

ThatsMyFace takes your avatars to real life. What you need to do is upload a Front Photo and a side photo (optional). The website will give you an image of yourself in 3D which you can edit to change race, age, gender or even face cuts. Once you are done with the changes just choose a product you want your face on. You can have custom action figures, 3D portraits and masks, ornamental heads and papercrafts. These products will cost you from $10 to $129 and all of the come in 24-bit true colors.

Avatarizeyourself

Avatarizedyourself is a really cool website that lets you make avatar of yourself. The avatars that we all fell in love with from the movie of James Cameron’s Avatar. The website comes in German language so you should either know German or you can use the Google Translate to understand it. To create an avatar just upload your picture and position it using the guidelines given and create. It’s for FREE.

ClayYourself

ClayYourself is a cool website that lets create an avatar just like an animation out of the clay cartoons. To create your clay avatar just go to the website and click on get started. The websites will take you step by step starting from letting you choose gender, head shape and skin tone. Then you choose a set of eyes, eye brows, a nose, lips, hair style, beard if you have chosen male and earrings & necklace if you have chosen a female. Then you choose a head wear, eye wear, shirt design and color and you are done. It is for FREE.

MPChange

MPChange is a fun website where you can upload a picture of anyone and change them by adding from a range of selection of moustache, beard, female hairstyles and different head wear. The picture has to be frontal, expressionless, can only be in JPEG format and should not be bigger than 1 MB. Once you have uploaded a suitable picture the website will make a 3D image of it and will let you change it the way you want. Once done just take a picture of your customized face and save it to your computer. Using this website won’t cost you anything.

Avatara

If you are looking to create a cartoon clone of yourself from your photo avatara is the right website for you. To use this website you need to log in using your facebook account or just create a new account with your e-mail address. Once signed in you, just upload a front faced picture of you in which you have your nose pointing towards the camera with a mouth closed relaxed expression. Your eyes should be wide open and looking straight ahead. The picture should have your entire face and your glasses should be removed. The picture should also be taken in a way that no hair is covering the forehead. Once uploaded a proper photo you can clone yourself into a cartoon of yourself.

6 Lesser Known Websites To Buy/Sell Your Cars

With online business  and trade being commonplace these days, there’s no wonder when we talk about online automobile selling/buying. For years now, there have been countless websites present online which allow people to buy and sell cars. AutoTrader is a famous portal for doing automobile business online. However, today we would be presenting a few websites which are great place to go and shop for your next car but don’t come in the limelight due to some reason. This does not mean that they’re not good. Have a look:

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Clcarz


Clcarz is a website for US based customers who want to buy/sell their automobiles. The website provides a search engine which allows users to search for cars across multiple cities. There are a lot of search options available which include make, models, year of production, price range. Search results are displayed beautifully sorted against different cities.

EcoFOURCOURT

If you’re interested in eco-friendly cars, then this is the place to go to buy eco-friendly cars. It has separate search options for vehicles based on environment friendly fuel systems and the normal fuel systems cars. Moreover, you can list your own eco-friendly car on the website as well so it can come up in the eco-friendly searches performed by other people as well

Honk

Honk is a unique type of online car shopping portal since it advises the visitor on what kind of car would be suitable for them keeping in view their requirements. Moreover, Honk has a car review section as well which reviews new car models from various manufacturers around the world.

Mota

Mota is an online car buying place which specializes well in used cars. If you’re someone who is looking to buy used cars, Mota is the place to go since it has a great features listing section for each car on sale. Moreover, it allows people willing to sell their cars a platform which can effectively be used to market their car across different domains such as social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.), blog ads etc.

Motortopia

Motortopia is a complete online portal related to automobiles. It has various sections such as cars, new rides of the week, cool rides, car photos and videos, forums related to automobile talk and so much more which any car lover would like. Moreover, it allows its users to perform selling and buying of cars as well. Motortopia also lists any automobile related events which are to be held at any place in the US.

TrueCar

Truecar not only helps you to search for the car which you want, but also tells you what is the average price paid for similar cars which have been sold in the area. This helps users to get an accurate estimate on how much to bargain for a good car deal.

Nine Powerful Apps That Convert Your iPhone Into A Knowledge Hub

No matter how many applications you have installed on your iOS device, you are always on the lookout for the next free and fun iOS app and specially for those apps that may make your iPhone more useful for you. Thanks to countless iOS developers you have a plethora of such apps to choose from. To save your time that would otherwise be spent on searching for these apps, we present a wonderful list of  free and useful iOS applications for iPhone or any type of iOS users.

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NASA App

The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package.

Dictionary & Thesaurus

The free Dictionary.com app delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. No internet internet connection is needed to search words. The app includes nearly 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blog.

History:Maps of World

“History:Maps of World” is a fun and educational collection of high-resolution historical maps. Check it out to keep up with your history, learn something about history.

Science Glossary

A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies. All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules. Though geared for high school and undergraduate student’s using it’s website, the glossary and modules are appropriate for anyone generally interested in science.

World Wiki

You can get quick access to detailed demographic information of almost 250 countries around the world, right on your iPhone or iPod touch.

WhatTheFact?!

WhatTheFact?! is a collection of over 400 true and bizarre facts. With WhatTheFact, you can impress your friends with your knowledge of pointless trivia, or simply waste hours of your life obtaining knowledge you’ll never need in the real world!

AllTheCountries

This application gives you detailed information (Flag, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Ethnicity/race, Religion, Literacy rate, Economy, Government) about all the Countries of the World.

HowStuffWorks

The HowStuffWorks app not only gives you instant access to a massive collection of articles and podcasts right on your iPhone or iPod Touch, but also you gives you direct access to our famous podcasters and HowStuffWorks experts.

Wikipanion

Accessing Wikipedia has never been faster and easier than with Wikipanion, designed for easy, search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries. Streamline your browsing with history grouped by visit date, and bookmarking that not only bookmarks individual entries, but individual sections within an entry.

Five Excellent (Yet Free) Video Converters For Your iPhone And iPod

As entertaining as they are, unfortunately portable media players cannot handle all media types you throw at them. Unless there comes an all-format-accepting portable media player, we have to use video conversion software to transform our media type before our iPhones and iPods can play them.

For my fellow iPhone and iPod owners who are looking for a competent yet free software solution for video conversion, here are 5 of the best options available online. I am sure that you will find them as useful as I did.

FreeStudio

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FreeStudio is DVDVideoSoft’s handy video conversion freeware that will excellently suit iPhone and iPod video conversions. The application is compatible with Windows computers and facilitates various video format conversions. While its download size is quite high – 58MB – the features surely justify it.

Daniusoft Video Converter Free

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In addition to iPods and iPhones, Daniusoft Video Converter Free also supports video conversions for PSP, Zune, and other cell-phones and portable media players. The download is 12MB, much smaller than the abovementioned program. Supported media formats include AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, MPEG1, MPEG2, FLV, MP3, WAV, and WMA. You can install Daniusoft Video Converter Free on your Windows computer.

Any Video Converter Free

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Any Video Converter Free is a personal favorite of mine because it excellently blends functionality with an appealing user interface. A wide variety of media formats are supported and converting video for your iOS device will be very easy. You can control advanced conversions options as well such as video and audio bitrates.

Quick Media Converter

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Quick Media Converter comes in the setup size of 28MB. Along with supporting video conversions between various file formats, it provides a progress bar with each conversion process so you know how much of the process has completed and how much is left.

Format Factory

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Although Format Factory does not offer the prettiest user interface, it does offer the most functionality out of the other entries in this list. Supporting media conversions between various video, audio, and image formats, Format Factory can quite easily become your default media conversion application. The program has a setup file size of 38MB.

Eight Great Tools Windows Users Would Never Want To Miss

There are many apps out there for you, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing The Eight Great Tools Windows Users Would Never Want To Miss. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery allows you to find and recover recoverable deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes. Pandora Recovery will scan your hard drive and build an index of existing and deleted files and directories (folders) on any logical drive of your computer with supported file format.

BatteryCare

BatteryCare is a software created to optimize the usage and performance of the modern laptop’s battery. It monitors the battery’s discharge cycles and helps increasing it’s autonomy and improving its lifetime.

AllDup

AllDup is a tool for searching and removing file duplicates on your computer. The fast search algorithm find duplicates of any file type, e.g., text, pictures, music or movies. The powerful search engine enables you to find duplicates with
a combination of the various criteria.

System Explorer

System Explorer is a great software for exploration and management of system internals. This small software includes many usefull tools which help you keep your system under control. With System Explorer you get also fast access to
file database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats.

Simnet Registry Repair

Simnet Registry Repair is a powerful tool for windows that allows you to scan and repair registry problems easily. Registry problems are the main reasons of windows system errors which can get your computer slower and less stable.
Registry Repair scans your entire registry for those problems and removes them safely.

Disk Defrag

Disk Defrag will speed up your computer by optimizing file system. It can defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part of the disk. With AML Free Disk Defrag you’ll get the maximum out of your hard drive performance. It is supplied with a powerful engine and smart algorithms which allow Disk Defrag to run much faster than similar tools.

dupeGuru Picture Edition

dupeGuru Picture Edition is a tool to find duplicate pictures on your computer. It is specialized for duplicate pictures matching. dupeGuru PE runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. dupeGuru PE is efficient. Not only can dupeGuru PE find exact matches, but it can also find duplicates among pictures of different kind (PNG, JPG, GIF etc..) and quality. On Mac OS X, dupeGuru PE can scan your iPhoto library too.

Data Recovery Wizard

Free and powerful data recovery software to recover 1 GB data free of charge. It solves all data loss problems and recover files emptied from Recycle Bin, or lost due to software crash, formatted or damaged hard drive, virus attack,
lost partition and other unknown reasons under Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7. It recovers data from formatted partitions with original file names and storage paths.

8 Totally Awesome Apps That Can Turn Your iPhone Into What It’s Not

No matter how many applications you have installed on your iOS device, you are always on the lookout for the next free and fun iOS app and specially for those apps that may make your iPhone more useful for you. Thanks to countless iOS developers you have a plethora of such apps to choose from. To save your time that would otherwise be spent on searching for these apps, we present a wonderful list of  free and useful iOS applications for iPhone users.

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Genius Scan

Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. Fast and streamlined, Genius Scan enables you to quickly scan documents on-the-go, send the scans by email or whole documents as PDF. Unlike other scanner applications, Genius Scan is lightning fast and user input is kept to a minimum.

Coin Flip

Wanna flip a coin for a hard decision? This app let you select your favorite coins to try your luck. The coins in iPhone will flip just like real coins flipping in the air. You can even use your iPhone to toss a coin with the same gesture tossing a real coin. The coins are beautiful, making you feel even better than tossing real coins.

Brightest Flashlight

Brightest Flashlight Free is a great flashlight that offers you all the convenience of a Flashlight for your iPhone, iPod and iPad. This is very handy for night time illumination. You can use Flashlight Free not only as a Flashlight, but as a night light and reading lamp as well.

USB Disk

USB Disk lets you store and view documents on your iPhone and iPod. It has an amazing built in document viewer and is very easy to use, with a simple and intuitive interface, yet it contains many powerful features. You can drag and drop files in iTunes to transfer them to your iPhone / iPod, then view them anywhere.

Compass

Compass is a a measuring instrument which indicates the cardinal points under the sunlight. Put your finger in the middle of the compass and line it’s shadow up with the app’s shading.

TV Remote

This application is Wi-Fi remote control of Samsung Internet@TV for 2010. If both your iPhone and TV were connected to the same access point, your iPhone is linked with TV automatically and you can use your iPhone like general remote.

Mirror in your pocket

We all need to check our hair or makeup sometimes and this application is here to help. Just tilt the mirror properly so that you can get a good light from behind, you will then be able to perfectly see your reflection in the black background of the mirror.

Metal Detector

MetalDetector is a app for iphone 3Gs. It use the magnetometer to measure the magnetic field when the iphone is placed near a feromagnetic metal like iron or steel.

10 Addictive Games That (ACTUALLY) Demonstrate The Power Of HTML5 Technology

Wondering how to have fun on the internet? One obvious way is to play online games. And it may double your fun when you found these HTML5 based browser games which are worth checking out. There are many games out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy specially when it’s about html5 technology. That is why I am sharing 10 Addictive Games That Demonstrate The Power Of HTML5 Technology. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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Pirates Love Daisies

Pirates Love Daisies is a tower defense game, developed using JavaScript and HTML5 features, many of which are not supported by older browsers.

Gridshock

This special version of Gridshock runs entirely on HTML5, using a bit of the DOM, a lot of canvas, a little local stroage, and some audio too. Flash Player is not used by the game in any way.

Crystal Galaxy

Crystal Galaxy is an action space shooter game. It has a unique, mouse based control scheme that allows you to move and aim your ship in any direction. The object is to get through the levels without dying, shoot enemies, and collect as many power-up crystals as you can.

jqueryRacing

This is a nice looking 2d racing game with career mode and different cars to feel the heat of track on your modern web browsers,

Red Shooting Hood

This is a game about a Little Red Shooting Hood on her way through the forest to the grandma’s cottage. She wasn’t afraid of the hordes of wolves living deep in the forest as she always carried her machine gun with her to battle with them.

WordSquared

A massively multiplayer online word game which can be considered as a popular word solving game “Scrable”.

Z-War

This is a tower defense tank game. You just need to stop the enemies from invading your base and go further.

Google Pacman

This is a copy of Google’s playable Pacman game logo hosted for Pacman’s 30th Anniversary.

Sketchout

Sketchout is another powerful game with awesome visuals that was created with the Open Web Platform and HTML5. In this game you need to protect your planet from attacking aliens.

Agent 008 Ball

This is an online pool game. It uses HTML5 to render the game elements. The visual quality of this game is really high and professional looking which would make you feel quite interesting to play.

7 Must Try Multiplayer Games For Your Android Device

Playing games on your Android smartphone is fun but one can feel monotonous and bored playing the same game all by himself round the clock. The best solution to the problem is playing multiplayer games with other players around the world and socializing at the same time. It will not only make you cheer up but also test you with other insane players. Finding decent multiplayer games can be difficult in the android market and thus here is our handpicked list of 7 most astonishing multiplayer games that will surely groove you and kill your boredom.

Cestos 2 Party Time

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Cestos is one of the most loved multiplayer game in Android and now it just got better with Cestos 2 Party Time. Both Cestos and its sequel are based upon principle of physics and believe me you are sure to love it at the arena. The game can be played online with other players round the globe. In the game a player is given set of marbles and he need to control it by determining their direction and velocity. Once all the player have setup their marbles its time for a launch. The player whose marble make it till the end of the game without falling into the pit and blown by hidden mines is the winner. Cestos 2 is not just about playing game and winning it also provides a bit of social activities such as Avatars and chartrooms to interact to other players. The game runs on a very light engine and will work flawlessly on basic 3G connection.

Project INF Beta

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Project INF Beta is a shooting genre multiplayer game and believe me it’s the best in its class. The game is launched by ChickenBrickStudios and is free to play. The game is slow-paced and provide great control. Players can comepete with one another in deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag events. There are different ranking available for you such as Scout, Marine, or Brute with each having its own set of skills. Well only shooting is not important in the game you also need to collect money to upgrade your inventory. One tip if you are planning to play the game, keep your alias a little more appealing and brood.

Parallel Kingdom Age of Thrones

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No its nothing like Lord of The Rings where you need to kill the king and all it’s horses. The game is set in current time and the map is you real-time position through GPS on Google maps. All what you need to do is fight with other players online near you All you have to do is  fight with other players, place flags, plant trees, gather resources, collect items and fight with a variety of creatures  or visit other players inside the game, place flags, plant trees, gather resources and collect items. The game is very addictive and will surely take you back with its concept and game playing.

Sketch online

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Seriously how good are you in drawing, because this game will test your drawing skills and at the same time your imagination skills too. The game is free alternative of the game “What The Doodle” and is in no way a compromise against money. The objective of the game is simple; a player has to draw a given word while other players have to guess it. If a player correctly guess what you are drawing he and you both gets one point, if no one was able to guess then the game punishes you with a negative point.

2 Player Reactor

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This game is a single device multiplayer game that means you cannot play the game online but rather you can play with your friends on a single device. The concept of the game is the first one to react to whatever’s queried on the screen correctly gains a point. It measure your reflexes against your friends word matches color, 5 different shapes, Mouse in maze, Countdown hits zero, Sad Smiley and many more. If you are running out of your bandwidth or don’t have an internet connection at your camping this game will surely groove you. The game is all about checking the response time of the players based upon some stimulus. The game supports 2-4 players and is lot more fun to play.

HomeRun Battle 3D Free

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The game is dedicated to all the baseball fans. The game has most promising graphics among the above mentioned games. It’s the winner of Best Sports Game of 2009 from Best App Ever, IGN.com and Touch Arcade. The game is all about playing Basebass and scoring as many homeruns as you can competing with several other player around the world.

Pocket Legends (3D MMO)

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Pocket Legends” is a ground-breaking and unique Mobile MMORPG, or ‘massively-multiplayer online role-playing game’ where you can join thousands of players from around the world. Play with your friends and make new friends online. Cooperate to undertake wild adventures in endless dungeon campaigns! Become a part of this unique fantasy epic! Assume the role of a powerful bear-like Ursan Warrior, mystical Elf Enchantress, or Avian Archer. In one word it’s the World of Warcraft in your pockets.