Sam Saunders' internet insights;Briefing;Research Focus
* Information gateways provide some of the support that researchers need to find useful resources on the Internet. Contributors to higher education's Electronic Libraries Programme http:www.ukoln.ac. uk serviceselib have been conducting a lively debate about how such help is best organised and what services it should provide.
For their part, education professionals can use at least three good UK-based gateways and form their own view of which best fills their needs. SOSIG at Bristol is the social science gateway, with an education section. The address is http:www.sosig.ac.uk BUBL is a well-known general gateway that has education links. It is at http:www.bubl.ac.uk NISS at http:www.niss.ac.uk has lots of useful lists and regularly helps me to remember where school performance tables and reports by the Office for Standards in Education are to be found. Further education college addresses and school postcodes can also be traced very quickly. Once you have used these gateway sites, it is harder to complain that the web is chaotic.