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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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How do you guys research topics that you are interested in? I want to learn about the civil war in china but I'm not sure how to go about it.


Don't know if it's exactly what you're looking for, but People's History of Ideas podcast about China is pretty excellent and show notes include sources and names to research


I don't know where else to ask this but does anyone have know or have a good biography of Ho Chi Minh? I know of The Selected Works but I'm looking to learn more about the man himself


Is there any sort of pastebin for images, instead of text? I've been putting mine on a personal whatsapp group, but it's very disorganized. I also have no interest in saving them all in my computer.


That's exactly it. Thanks, anon.


https://imgbb.com/, not that dumb channer shit that’s gonna link rot in a year or 2 tops


Hello I'm a brainlet but this seems the right place to post something like :
It searches a lot of sources from Wikileaks to newspapers in many languages to sci-hub, locally without a server and you can add new sources, export results and do all sorts of fancy filters. IDK how good or new this is actually, but it's blowing my fucking mind tbh, and it wasn't posted so here. Enjoy.



Meta-Press.es is a tool to search the online press (international reference press, specialized reviews, general purpose press…). It can be used to make press reviews for big associations for instance or scientific press coverage (via dedicated sources). Researches are keyword driven and you can select precisely in which sources to search (via type, language, theme, result type…). So users have full control over the sources queried to perform their searches and they even can add their own sources.

Then it’s possible to schedule daily searches (or monthly ones).

This search engine is shaped as a web browser addon (WebExtension standard format). The search and sort job is handled by the the extension itself, on the computer of the user and it allows to gives the user fine grained control over the tool.

Meta-Press.es is already able to search through hundreds of sources and this number regularly grows.

Using Meta-Press.es, there is no central server involved, to watch over and profile users, to adapt search results to their behavior and habits or to add targeted ads. So there is no bubble effect like with commercial mainstream search engines.

Meta-Press.es works great with the Tor Browser (which have been made, among other goals, to read the press with more confidentiality than with an ordinary web browser).

Meta-Press.es is a free / libre software with open sources. Those whom know HTML and JavaScript can explore its source code and adapt the tool to their needs (or easily add new sources).

To finish, Meta-Press.es is an energy efficient tool : there is no need for polar circle datacenters to perform searches through the online press…


I just want to thank OP for this post! Really useful websites!




Hello everyone! If you can speak/read in russian there's an awesome reading list by Marxist Science. If you've been following on "drama" they've been destroying others on topics such as bourgeois counterrevolution of 1953, were nuking philosophy out of marxism, all in all pretty consequent scientific communists. this reading list is a gem, i'm gonna be studying mainly guided by this.


>were nuking philosophy out of marxism
revisionist garbage.


Can someone get me a digital copy of Pikkety's Capital?


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marx and engels were revisionist garbage


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>nuking philosophy out of marxism
<hurr durr, i'm gonna butcher marxism because my STEMautism tells me so
Reminder that saying that philosophy is useless is philosophy in and of itself (also know as metaphilosophy).
Feel free to stop calling yourself marxist anytime then, pseud.


Marx, famously a huge fan of interpreting the world in various ways


>implying philosophy can't do that while also being made into concrete action
That was precisely Marx's inovation in the field, jfc.


thesis: change da world
antithesis: interpret da world
synthesis: interpret da world so you can better change da world


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>Philosophy is nothing else but religion rendered into thought and expounded by thought, i.e., another form and manner of existence of the estrangement of the essence of man; hence equally to be condemned


Yeah yeah yeah, the fact that he criticised philosophy didn't mean he wasn't actively partaking in it. Otherwise he wouldn't have thought of concepts such as hismat and diamat later in his life, which are nothing but philosophical products.


marx never thought up histmat or diamat
historical materialism was already developed by french enlightenment thinkers and barely referenced by marx himself, with engels mostly referencing it
dialectical materialism was developed by the second international from an interpretation of capital and later on adopted by the "marxist-leninists"


Recurso para los hispanohablantes


This is a list of SearX instances. SearX is a meta-search engine. This means you can search on Yandex, Bing, Google, etc. all at once. I haven't preferred to use it but it's a way to not be tracked by Google. From my experiments you can't actually use the Google power-searching tips listed at the end of my last post, so I haven't really preferred it for that reason.

https://sci-hub.se/ (main site)
https://twitter.com/ringo_ring (social media)
https://twitter.com/Sci_Hub_tweets (social media)
https://vk.com/sci_hub (social media)
For accessing scientific literature. Works on some books I think, particularly if they're hosted on sites that also host scientific papers.
With Sci-Hub, it's often useful to try multiple existing links for the same paper if you want to access it and it doesn't work the first time. For example, you would try the regular page URL for where the paper is hosted, and also its DOI code that should be on the page somewhere, and also URLs for any alternative hosts of the same paper you may find through Google (exact searches with quotation marks around available text strings or the exact title are often most helpful for academic papers), plus the alternate DOI codes for those.
And here's Sci-Hub's own advice about what to try if you need access to a paper and Sci-Hub doesn't have it.

Library Genesis (LibGen)
Not even going to link the actual site because I don't know which one is the best instance up right now. There's several mirrors up. You may find best info on that subreddit.
To my knowledge anybody can upload things there. I would suggest exhausting other means of obtaining access to a book before this, or else only read it in a virtual machine if possible, though I didn't bother with that and just took the risk because I'm not too experienced with good VMs. I don't want to FUD this site, I might just be overcautious.

While you can generally read papers hosted here on Sci-Hub, it isn't really foolproof. I recommend making an account, you can get access to up to 100 papers a month on there for free. You can also use this:
JSTOR's text analyzer. It will analyze a PDF you feed to it and then show you papers it thinks are related.

RationalWiki's recommended sites
A lot of this is shit. I still thought it was worth a mention since some of it isn't shit.

The Free Library
Research anything, organized by topic


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 [email protected] 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.


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