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A Research Guide to the Internet

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If you need to find information on the Web, where to begin can really be confusing. I hope that this page will assist those who need a solid starting point for their information needs. This list is constantly changing as new reference sites are created. Your suggestions for new inclusions are always welcome.

Maintained by Jim "P.C." Lyons"

New Additions: Anywho from AT&T has fast, clear directory service, and a reverse directory. . . . The National Hurricane Center has storm information and satellite maps. . . . iVillage and women.com concentrate on the women's perspective. . . . Broadcast.com brings you audio and video from all over. . . . Drop by New York Today, The New York Times's new tool for New York living. . . .  For business links, the New York Times also has Business Connections; and for politics, The New York Times has Political Points.

Searching the Net? Here Are Places to Start

  • Achoo and The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences catalog health related sites
  • Archieplex: Search FTP archives around the Internet
  • AltaVista One of the top Internet search engines, AltaVista provides news, stock quotes and general interest zones, as well as a refinable Web-searching tool.
  • Ask Jeeves! Jeeves is a trusty information servant for millions. Employ him to find sites relating to any subject simply by asking in plain English. Jeeves will offer a wide variety of answers, including top-10 results from popular Internet search engines.
  • Beaucoup! There's no kidding around at this low graphics/high function site that is a directory of search engines grouped by category. Find what you need by linking to general search engines, or those built to inspect databases of a specific subject area.
  • C|Net combines computer news, reviews, software and services. Also see their news.com
  • Cyber 411 Time saving keyword searches are possible with this resource which enters your keyword into 15 different search engines for the optimal returns.
  • Dejanews lets you search for Usenet 1000 postings or posters
  • Dogpile There's nothing fecal about this meta search engine that uses many tools at once to find search results from the Web, Usenet and FTP, as well as stock quotes and business news.
  • eBLAST: Encyclopedia Britannica's Internet Guide Delivering extensive listings of categories and modern and hip articles, eBLAST, Encyclopedia Britannica's Internet Guide, also provides links and a search engine.
  • Excite But first, are you experienced? If not, Excite offers scintillating services for the active WWW surfer: free e-mail, chatrooms and perhaps most interestingly an instant paging service called PAL.
  • ForumOne One-stop guide to forum topics around the Web
  • Google! Search Engine Born, raised and still living on the server at that hotbed of geekdom, Stanford University, this no-frills, lightning fast search engine offers nothing especially new. However, its speed and reliability will attract users outside of the ivory tower.
  • Gopher Jewels an index of gopher sites (yes, they still exist)
  • GoTo.com Proclaiming the idea of the simplfied search engine, with options, GoTo.com offers a few ideas and information about the company along with the Web-searching tool.
  • Highway 61: Meta Search This one stop search shop employs five of the most popular search engines simultaneously, and allows users to adjust several variables such as time and number of results to get them what they want when they want it.
  • HotBot HotBot, one of the many services of HotWired, will conduct your highly-specific Web search for you. You can search for just audio or video files or general web sites depending on your need.
  • Infoseek A solid general directory with search engine, daily news, weather and sports. They search by word association so you're likely to always get a result.
  • Liszt and Tile.Net will help you find Internet mailing lists
  • LookSmart Looksmart allows its users to search or browse internet Web sites through its 18,000-plus topics of interest directory.
  • Magellan An online directory with personality. Though it lacks a certain aesthetic pizzazz, it clearly has enough meat to merit browsing.
  • MetaCrawler Why choose between search engines when you can use several of them at once? This University of Washington resource houses a search engine that draws on seven major directories for listings pertaining to your particular topic.
  • The Mining Company has humans who scour the Net and assemble mini-sites on a wide variety of topics.
  • Northern Light Providing both a regular Web search engine and a fee-based special collection, Northern Light allows users to refine a search and to sift through journal, book and industry data.
  • Planet Search Make the planet seem much smaller with this user friendly and speedy resource. In addition to a Web-wide search service, Planet Scan will comb business listings, e-mail addresses and government pages.
  • ProFusion Search Engine The Kansas 1000 Jayhawks, who developed this meta search engine, graciously offer the user several choices. Ask it to use any or all of the nine major engines it has handy to search the Web or Usenet for sites that match your keywords.
  • Reference.com searches and archives mailing lists, web forums and Usenet groups.
  • SavvySearch Type in your search words and wait as this service summons the power of no fewer than 23 popular search engines and databases. This is the good news and the bad news. Chances for finding obscure sites are better, but results can be overwhelming.
  • Search Broker, The Focus is the obsession of the Search Broker. It asks first for the subject of your search, as it will automatically send the rest of your query to the search engine that specializes in that field.
  • Search China A service of the European Internet Network, this search engine operates only in the Chinese language.
  • Search Engine Robots/Spider List There is no danger, Will Robinson. The robots on this list are not angry killers, they're the most devout research geeks you've ever seen. Choose from roughly 30 famous and obscure search spiders at this site.
  • Search.com Search.com assembles hundreds of different search engines, making information access easy and convenient. Aside from the major search tools like Infoseek and Alta Vista, you will find collections of topic-specific engines for news, computing and more.
  • Search: BotSpot Bots retrieve and index information on the Web by intelligently responding to data sent their way. Visit this site to choose from a collection of search Bots -- services that use these artificial smarts to more effectively get you what you want.
  • Snap Snap's comprehensive search and navigation service provides a directory of hand-picked Web sites covering a multitude of topics. Regardless of whether you're an expert or novice Internet user, you'll find what you're looking for here.
  • Spire Project, The: Serious and Professional Information Research This page is devoted to making the process of finding information more expedient. Read articles about finding information in various subject areas and link to sites provided.
  • Starting Point Starting Point offers categorized information sections, a search engine, Web highlights and products such as free e-mail accounts and home pages. Weather and maps are also available.
  • Ultimate Bulletin Board actual humans answering questions from each other
  • Voyeur Do you like to watch? Voyeur is a site to spy on other searchers!
  • Web Crawler Let the funny little spider help you "search before you surf." Web Crawler is sort of the little brother of search services, supporting a small database of its picks for the best of the Web.
  • Wired Cybrarian Selected links, with descriptions, in two dozen categories
  • Yahoo! In 1994, two grad students at Stanford University created a guide to the Internet that would eventually become a household name. Yahoo!'s size is both an asset and a liability, but nonetheless, the guide has survived and thr 1000 ived for good reason.

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Maintained by Jim "P.C." Lyons. Last revised 12/22/98.

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