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ITT: resources and tips about navigating the Internet and researching topics

Feel free to post your own resources and tips too.

I'm going to post a lot of my own that I have gathered over the years.
I ask that random chit-chat in this thread is kept to a minimum except regarding technical questions & answers on the topic matter.
This is so that resources are kept as compact as possible, and so, readable.

First I'll dump resources and tips for researching various topics.
Note: I don't even have access to or use some of these myself (e.g. LexisNexis which seems to be pay-to-use), but I figure they could be helpful in some narrow cases. I use most of these myself. If the initial things I post don't interest you, keep reading anyway. I'm going to be dumping a lot of content.

Find key terms in newspapers and magazines.
I would say this is more helpful for finding sources that do exist rather than for reading them, per se. You can try to read the articles elsewhere than PressReader if you know their titles or part of their body text. The site appears to brand itself as pay-to-use, however you can use the search tool anyway and even read some resulting articles.
e.g. https://www.pressreader.com/search?query=Facebook

Nexis newspaper database
I can't speak much about it because I have not used it. I learned it existed because of a mention in a FAIR.org article. It's apparently a searchable database of newspapers similar to the above-mentioned PressReader. So I can't vouch for it (plus it's pay-to-use). But it's worth a mention. It seemed like at least one university system uses it.

Chronicling America
Library of Congress project that lets you search some historical American newspapers. By no means is it an archive of *all* historical newspaper content.

The Wikipedia Library
This is a list of various resources compiled or provided by the Wikipedia Library, which is a system aiming to help the site's editors gain better access to sources. Some of this requires you to be an active editor on the site to access, some of it doesn't.
A. https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/partners/
Their main program, which provides access to partnered pay-walled content for active Wikipedia editors.
B. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Find_sources
'Find sources', for finding sources in the first place. Useful for non-editors, too.
C. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Find_your_source
'Find your source', for finding a source you already know about but can't access. Just a general advice page, much of it you don't need to be an editor to exploit.
One editor's misplaced advice supplementing C.
D. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:RD
Wikipedia's reference desk. You don't need to be an active editor to ask questions here. You might also try /marx/ (see later planned entry about /marx/ for best info).
E. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Find_your_library
Some advice from WPL about finding a library with a source you are seeking (like a book).
F. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Free_resources
Free resources list. Compilation of resources on a plethora of topics usable by non-editors.
G. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Free_English_newspaper_sources

Project Gutenberg
Free e-book library.

The Internet Archive
Also a free e-book library. Has video and audio too. Make an account and you can freely check out e-books as though it were a physical library.

Google stuff
A. Google's "Talk to Books"
Enter natural queries, get related books.
Related projects: https://research.google.com/semanticexperiences/
Broadly, but rarely helpful.
B. Google Scholar
I recommend unchecking "include citations" on the side, will save you a lot of asshurt.
C. Google Newspapers
I have no idea why this isn't visible from the main Google search area.
D. Google Books
E. Programmable Google search engine
This was programmed to find Wikipedia references but it should be broadly useful.
F. Tips to improve your Google search effectiveness.

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Anti-paywall tools for news, magazines, etc.

12 Foot Ladder
Hops most news paywalling.

Saves an archive of article without scripts. Works to hop paywalls on some sites like the Financial Times.

A comment on this, it's best practice to replace the domain endings (e.g. ".is", ".ph", ".md") with a ".today". This is because from there it will direct you to an Archive.Today instance that isn't blocked in your country. I found that a friend in a foreign country wasn't able to access archive.ph or a few others, but when he used the archive.today link for that archive he was able to view it.

So I used https://archive.today/XIoH1 instead of https://archive.is/XIoH1 for an example

The Wayback Machine by the Internet Archive
Hops some pay-walling.

Hops some straggler paywalls like The Economist, also gives you a shareable URL that break sometimes for whatever reason.

This Chrome extension
Plugin for Chrome. I haven't tested it and thus can't vouch for it.

Honorable mentions
PressReader and the Wikipedia Library again.


Some resources of /leftypol/'s own and co.

Notable for some reasons given here: https://archive.today/cDhZe
Ismail is thus a competent reference desk operator, especially for topics directly concerning Marxism.
A note, as was mentioned in that /meta/ thread, though: it doesn't currently have a standard HTTPS related certificate. This means that you should assume anything that you post on that website is exposed. This includes passwords used to register to the site. This remains true until the site gets such a certificate. If you register, use a password you have never used and never will use anywhere else.
You can post pseudo-anonymously as a "guest" if you prefer that.

Questions that don't need their own thread:
Reading General:
Our booru (image arsenal):
highlights (keep in mind some of it is parody like the Hibernian conspiracy shit lol):
Welcome thread which links some resources:


Archiving tools.
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine and Archive.Today are basically the standard archiving services at time of writing. I will list some others for fallback options.

The kings


Google Cache
Note this seems to purge itself after a while. Usable as a stopgap option.

This is more intended for scholars and I haven't used it yet. It might not be usable by laypeople, I have no idea.

Misc archiving tools + how-to's


Email: some options.
a. Tutanota. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutanota
b. ProtonMail. https://protonmail.com/

a. Temp-Mail. https://temp-mail.org/en/ (plus alt. domains)
b. 10Minutemail. https://10minutemail.com/
c. Guerilla Mail. https://www.guerrillamail.com/
d. StartMail. https://alternativeto.net/software/startmail/


Misc. missed

I've heard some good about this meta-search engine but no idea yet if it's better than SearX:

Web Archives: Firefox add-on for viewing already created archives of the page you're on.

Search for "(topic) handlist" to find some recommended works.
"Marxism handlist" returned me these for example:


Some alternative social media.
Similar to Twitter. Part of the fediverse.

YouTube alternative.

Similar to Fandom/Wikia, but non-profit. A lot more customizable as well it seems.

Front-ends for mainstream social media.
Invidious / YouTube
This is a list of Invidious instances. Some are more private than others.
IncogTube will proxy your connection to the video through their own servers, for instance, so you never have to connect to Google's servers (probably better recommended if you're accessing via the Tor Browser where you must allow the video-hosting site to run scripts to see the video). But it has no log-ins and it has no thumbnails for videos that haven't been loaded by anybody yet.
You can alternatively use this for some convenience as it doesn't have the pitfalls of the above, but it will expose your IP to Google. This is less information given to Google than just straight up using YouTube, but it's something.
Either of these allow you to download the video or audio from what you're viewing.

Bibliogram / Instagram
I don't know how well this works, I don't use it. It seems to at least be partly working. It lets you view Instagram profiles without Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) gathering data on you.

Nitter / Fritter / Twitter
View Twitter posts on PC without Twitter collecting data about you.
Some general info: https://www.inputmag.com/tech/nitter-is-a-new-front-end-for-twitter-that-helps-hide-you-from-advertisers

Same concept as Nitter, but for mobile devices.

Teddit / Reddit
View Reddit without the site collecting data on you.


Stuff about chans.

A. Search tools
(both broke for me lol)
https://find.4chan.org/?q=test (not broke)

B. General archives
also https://wiki.archiveteam.org/index.php/4chan

C. Find when somebody saved an image from 4chan using the unix code generated when they saved it.
Stick their filename into here and then remove the last three numbers. So >>9307 (1641521876691) returns "07 Jan 2022" (though in this case that number was generated because anon posted an image, not because anon saved an image) when the last 3 digits are removed.

also I generally would recommend using 4chan-X. https://www.4chan-x.net/


Some misc.

Link shorteners
Link unshortening

Organizing files

Shareable file/document storage tools
CryptPad: collaborative, openly viewable. https://cryptpad.fr/
GhostBin: Private. Instances known to go down unannounced. https://ghostbin.com/
Streamable: store and share video files easily. https://streamable.com/

Web scraping tools
A. LinkGopher: grab all links from a page. Includes ability to filter. Plugin is also on Chrome. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/link-gopher/
B. How to screenshot an entire page:
Firefox has it built in. Just click the three dots in the URL bar (…) then 'take screenshot' and then you can select full web page in the top right corner.
C. Gesturefy has an option for saving a whole page (in a sometimes wonky fashion) as a PDF if you create a custom gesture for doing so.


Social media
A. Map of Reddit: Offers a view into how different subreddits relate. https://anvaka.github.io/map-of-reddit/
B. Just a random tip but if you go to the top of your Twitter feed, press the sparkles symbol and do "latest tweets" I swear it makes the site so much less cancerous. Also, utilizing the "lists" feature is helpful. I created a list for compiling news items for example.
C. Tips about shadowbans on Twitter. Don't repost identical text or images a lot, they'll think you're a spambot. The more followers (ratio of followers/following matters) and interaction (read: likes and retweets) your account has the less likely you are to be penalized. Don't tweet too rapidly, and don't follow-unfollow people rapidly. Having an older account protects you from penalization to an extent. Blue checkmarks (verified accounts) are probably immune. Tweeting in an aggressive way will get you penalized.
D. Twitter video downloader. https://twittervideodownloader.com/
E. Glowcord server finders.
F. Finding quote-tweets (example), you would insert the desired tweet ID from the URL. This is useful because Twitter doesn't always show you all of the quote tweets for some reason. https://twitter.com/search?q=-from%3Aquotedreplies%20url%3A1477752056471506948&src=typed_query&f=live


Some privacy tools
1. Anti-surveillance by EFF. https://ssd.eff.org/
2. Some recommended to try: Noscript, uMatrix Decentraleyes, HTTPS Everywhere, uBlock Origin.
3. Worth a look: SessionBox. Decent for hopping some paywalls as well.
4. The Tor Browser. Some documentation here. https://www.reddit.com/r/onions/wiki/index

Some advice about URL "campaign" trackers… >>>/leftypol/676218
And more:

A tip about your HTTP referer header. If you leave this setting at default, I think websites are able to view what the last page you were on prior to visiting theirs was. I know this is true if you clicked a link that brought you to their website (thus, it shows them your "referrer").

This gives you instructions

I generally recommend Firefox over Chrome-based browsers but there are some okay browsers out there that are Chrome based, like Brave browser.
Note that disabling your referer header WILL break some pages. I've sometimes found it difficult to launch games, use various tools (like unshorten.it), etc. So you'll have to keep flipping this setting on and off throughout the day if you're as active as I am. I'm willing to do this for the extra privacy, but know what you're getting into there.

I think there's a Chrome extension that makes this process a lot easier. Don't know about Firefox.

With the URL "campaign" trackers, you have to be discerning.
There are other symbols than "?" which demarcate the beginning/end of tracker crap in a URL.
In this case you have "&" symbols, you might see those.
But actually, in this case you want the stuff after "?" and "&" to remain. Because it's altering what content you're looking at. It shows you a particular page and all. You can basically deduce this by what the rough encoded text on the URL looks like. For a tracker URL campaign it will look different.


Some other random browser tools.

Search by Image
Easily reverse image search. I have mine set so I can quickly use Google, Yandex, Bing, TinEye, Karma Decay, Pinterest and trace.moe

This actually works on certain Invidious instances! Go and tamper with the settings. You have to feed it which Invidious instance you're using. I also recommend flipping on certain switches in the settings, to skip things other than sponsors in videos. Such as non-music in music videos, self-promotion, all sorts of crap.

Privacy Badger
You may have to temp disable this on some pages since it'll break some content on a rare occasion. It blocks trackers.

Cookie Quick Manager
I use this on Firefox, you'll have to find an equivalent for Chrome-based browsers. It's good for purging cookies

And a bonus. Here's a porn-free search engine if you care about that. It's also meant to be a more private search engine, as many alternative search engines claim


Academic metadata search engine:

Another academic search engine. Poached from 4chan. Looks good, tested it once.

Directory of searchable, curated open-access (freely accessible content) journals

Free educational books

Brief resources list curated for the /dprk/ Matrix chat, and partially from their recommendations: https://ghostbin.com/Erc03

Just generally worth digging around in despite the random garbage you'll encounter:


Starter Pack selection:

Archive.org (they have a big online library at https://openlibrary.org/ ), Sci-Hub, LibGen, Google Scholar, the Google power search tips (which you can find at various compilations online, not just the ones given above).
My main anti-paywall tools ( 12ft.io, archive.today, outline.com, SessionBox ).
Lately I would recommend our own leftybooru more than ever after seeing how much is there plus adding a lot of my own images to it.

Protonmail is decent for email, never been very fussy to use. If you can get a Riseup email (invite-only but seems like invites aren't impossible to find) it may be worth it.
TagSpaces seems really good for organizing if you have a lot of files like me.
uBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere (an anon above said Smart HTTPS is better though), you can just install and basically done, don't have to think of it again most likely. Sponsorblock and Search by Image you install and tune the settings and done, don't have to think of it again although you'll probably use them daily if you're like me.

Not a substitute for looking through each of the above but I put this starter pack together for you and it's mostly focused on some basic quality-of-life improvements and basic research tools that people may not know of than on stuff like privacy (if you want to start looking at that, SponsorBlock works with some Invidious (YouTube proxying) instances which may be a fun place to start tinkering). There's plenty of stuff that's cut out that's still worth checking out above.


Does an archived version of this thread exist? It would be a shame if it was lost.


Im trying to digitalize my library of 75~ish books and my uni scanners arent always available. What scanning device is best for books of various sizes?
Ive been saving up all year, and Id rather have them publicly available for all.



tried one of those and broke my camera :( im awful with shit like this


https://archive.ph/dMn5N, save with control+s.
if you feel savvy, you can use https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/wpull
a comparison of web archiving tools exists here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FqxwaZnIhhQ7jDCC-W64NMRf5rDeh2Shx3u01MsBmTQ
or as pdf version in file attached. (if the pdf doesn't render well use zathura (linux) or sumatra pdf (windows)



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you're shown ads based on your browsing history


That makes it even better.


Hello looking for complete works of Tiqqun, preferably still divided into Tiqqun 1 and Tiqqun 2. I can only find certain selected works on t@l and even then its not comprehensive. Would appreciate if anyone has copies of both issues.




lol what a bunch of bullshit. how pretentious can you fucking get?


Can anyone recommend a way to listen to Pimsleur (obviously downloaded with communist torrents) on my android phone? There's no good audio player on my phone, and its a pain to have to find where I was etc.



Here's MARXdown, a digital edition of Capital annotated by Marxists from CMU. Incomplete (annotated up to Ch 4) but high-quality so far.


Arthur Bough is a Trotskyist, but his "Marx's Capital Translated For The 21st Century" series has helped me a ton, but it's not so easily available. I had to buy it with my dirty third worlder debit card.

Here's the PDF.


Volume 1


Full zero exploration of labour isomorphic to abolishing the value form

Problem for the ultra left communist providing the geriatrics who unable to work a somewhat independent lifestyle with some privacy and help on demand when needed immediately reintroduces the value form and turns the communism into geriatric welfare capitalism

This I think is the fundamental theoretical error ultras and leftcoms often fall into

That of introducing metaphysics to replace dialectics


Fucking autocorrect

Worth reading if you've already read the OG?


>Worth reading if you've already read the OG?

Not at all. The original is always better. But English is not my and my collectives' first language, and this is shorter and much easier to understand than the full text.

Marx has a habit of presenting the same concept over and over again slightly differently, and he sticks in a lot of Western literary allusions that are honestly lost on me. So, it's a more practical solution to take Bough's version when educating the workers and students.


I'm trying to learn Chinese, send me some good news websites, blogs or whatever for me to practice reading.


>he sticks in a lot of Western literary allusions
literally the only thing that makes it entertaining. i don't think i could read him without it.


i did it in high school and my main caution is that you need to hammer the tones into your skull before you try to do anything else and never ignore them, or else you'll end up entrenched in your unawareness like i did. the radicals and an understanding of their phonetic significance is a good way to start with the hanzi


Does anybody knows here critique of stand-ups and these so called 'comedians'? I am talking about adorno style, the culture industry making people laugh and all. are comedians actually subversive or sign of modernity, how they differ from pre capitalistsocietal comedians?
something along thse lines:
" “there is laughter” because “there is nothing to laugh at.” In fact, laughter only happens when “some fear passes.” For them, laughter will always be in the wake of what is most. It is an “escape” or “liberation” from “either physical danger or from the grip of logic.” Laughter, in other words, also indicates an inability to face the world and to think in a serious manner. It is a vacation from the world and its problems."
Cause fatfucks like Ricky gervais n all, I've never found em funny plus this sudden increase of supposedly funny rectionary dark humor where sudden horrific shit is somehow 'funny' gets on my nerves a lot.


Talk To Books has been shut down, any replacements?


Archive.org now has a collection for scientific articles:


Does anybody have the ElecBook pdf of selections from political writings 1 and 2 by gramsci? i cannot find them anywhere online. all the versions of selections from political writings are scans and not the actual ebook.


This is on their website, but it's on a CD. http://www.elecbook.com/gramsci.htm


Not entirely true, I get those ads too despite never having read anything Korean whatsoever.


Can anyone recommend me books or chapters or writings talking about the overproduction and ineffective production of capitalism? And how is the communist is different



Currently reading this. This book is terrifying, amazing and probably the most important thing you can currently read.


Guide To English Pornstars: The Intermediate Guide To English Pornstars
English Pornstars


Looking for Michael Hudson's book, "Privatization and the Ancient Near East". Not on Anna's, anyone have it? Tysm


Does anyone got the book "Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students" pdf?


>>22276 (me)
Found a book that is quite close to that, did someone already read it? It looks exactly like what i was looking for:
"ephemera: theory & politics in organization management business anarchism"


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