Sites of Significance for Semiotics

By Michelucci, Pascal | Applied Semiotics/Semiotique appliqué, February 2010 | Go to article overview

Sites of Significance for Semiotics


Michelucci, Pascal, Applied Semiotics/Semiotique appliqué


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If you use this page to build your own, please have the courtesy of providing a link to this site. This is standard practice in a community of scholars, even on the WWW. This page is called "Sites of Significance for Semiotics": please read the name and title at the top of this page and quote them correctly--it makes a great difference for search engines.

If you are not yet familiar with quoting from or referring to electronic documents, the Purdue University Writing Lab has provided a very practical guide, Documenting Electronic Sources. The page provides pointers to numerous online style manuals for citing electronic sources (MLA, APA and discipline-specific).

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I have tried to be considerate and address all kinds of semiotic interests in putting this resource site together. Yet, I obviously could not include the hundreds of home pages providing course descriptions, or a great many isolated essays located hither and thither in the bulk of personal home pages. If you wish to find custom-tailored information, I highly recommend paying a visit to the Alta Vista Main Page. Alta Vista provides instant keyword search options among sixty billion word occurrences in thirty million web documents, making it the largest gathering of information on the WWW. The sheer quantity of retrieved information, however, makes Alta Vista's search engine a double-edged tool, thoroughness sometimes turning to overload or disarray. A query for "semiotics", for example, returns next to thirty thousand matches!

To make your searches a little more accurate, you might want to sample Alta Vista's Advanced Query. Do not hesitate to specify ALL parameters, since this does not significantly slow down searches.

As far as isolated articles are concerned, I prefer to use the Carl UnCover database. Carl UnCover--an institutional site with a free consultation over Telnet or HTTP--is an "online article delivery service, a table of contents database, and a keyword index to over 18,000 [mostly English-language] periodicals". Close to nine million scholarly papers can be ordered on-line, in which case they may be faxed or xeroxed and sent to you in sometimes less than an hour, all for a fee of US $ 10.00 and copy rights. A smaller number of periodicals can be sent to your desktop in image format, if you are a Windows user. A nominal fee of $ 25 per annum gives you access to fifty titles.

A large number of dissertations, as well as other documents of scholarly relevance, can be bought online through Contentville [NEW]. The client has a choice of .pdf format and classic paper, bound or unbound.

For bibliographies, Bill Winder from UBC has pointed out the CL/MT Research group at the University of Essex. "It provides easy access (via the World Wide Web, or email) to over 11,000 bibliographic entries in linguistics, including the "CSLI Bibliography" and "Sussex: NLP in the 80's" bibliography, as well as a large (over 6,000 items) database created by members of the CL/MT group at Essex over the last few years."

In all other cases, I would trust this page for good finds in and about the semiotic web.

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Voice of the Shuttle: Literary Theory Page (Alan Liu)

Put together at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Voice of the Shuttle has been rated one of the top 5% web sites. It provides a massive list of links to essays. Regularly updated, fully searchable by keywords (full text or page titles). Several mirrors worldwide. Addresses: general theory, periods, specific theories.

Humanum. Research Institute for the Humanities

Put together by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. An exceptional resource for philosophy and reference (with access to hundreds of dictionaries on-line). Very powerful search engine. …

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