One of the first search engines out there, used to be the most popular. Now mostly maintains its popularity only because of the features attached to it like email and Instant Messenger. Drawback: Have to scroll down to see the directory. Does have search box at top but its database is not as big as Google’s because it is hand-crafted.
Does have search box at top but its database is not as big as Google’s because it is hand-crafted. Can browse by category if you’re not sure what search terms you should use to search for a page.
Google is the front-runner in the search engine world even though it was a bit of a late-comer to the game. Used to be just a search engine but is now a hybrid and has several options for finding web sites including a directory and image search.
Ixquick is a meta-search engine and searches lots of “search engines” at once. Helpful when you’re looking for something REALLY obscure.
Can select and deselect which search engines you’d like it to search
Most newspapers now have an online version. Search for your local newspaper using one of the search tools mentioned. Can also look for newspapers local to an area before you go traveling there. Before I went to Africa…
Google News allows you to search hundreds of newspapers for a particular subject. For my professional website about technology in libraries I frequently search Google News for articles that I can add to my site so I can keep it current.
Weblogs or blogs are a recent phenomenon. Tend to have a more editorial look at the news and a more casual writing style. Also tend to be subject specific. My professional site is a weblog and people who are interested in libraries and technology can go there for news rather than trying to go to several different sites to get information.
Job Monkey specializes in those jobs that aren’t the traditional 9 to 5. Teaching abroad, working in tourism, etc. The site includes what to expect out of the job and things to know beforehand. Job Hunters Bible was created by the same guy that wrote “What color is your parachute?” It talks about how to network and searching for jobs on the Internet Monster.com is a HUGE site that offers tons of resources. One of the best features is a “first-timers” page that helps you find all the services available on the site. Monster will host your resume online, provides employer research, job listings and a career center. Headhunter.net is more global and provides links to international job search sites. It offers a resume writing center as well as containing job listings and company profiles.
NARA (National Archives & Records Administration) offers tips for beginners including articles about how to obtain records and get around research problems.
The definitive resource and one of the first sites for genealogical research on the web. Has links to more than 150,000 sites on the Internet. Ask anyone who does genealogy about websites and 99% of the time one of the sites they mention will be Cyndi’s List.
Started years ago this site is the collaborative work of volunteers all across the country. Can search by state, then county for historical records on individual family members. Even includes family reunion bulletin boards. Ancestry.com provides access to social security, immigration, and military databases. Some free some for pay.
Can get really good travel deals by going to company sites and looking for their “web only” deals. Hotwire is great if you have flexibility in your schedule and don’t care what company you use. Orbitz doesn’t usually get quite as good deals as you can get through Hotwire but offers more flexibility in scheduling and prices based on your travel needs.
Available through individual banks. Can view accounts and balances. Some banks also offer online bill pay so no more sending the checks in every month or having to worry about paying bills while you’re on vacation.
Talked about wealth now talk about health. Offered through Columbia University. A Question & Answer site for finding information on topics like fitness and nutrition, general health and even emotional health.
Big concerns for child safety on the Internet that has recently gone all the way to the Supreme Court. There are a lot of sites out there specifically focused on kids. Sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Education, gives info on how parents can protect kids while still allowing them to reap what the Internet has to offer. Resources on K-12 homework subjects maintained by the Multnomah County Library. Resources for fun and learning sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children.
We’ve talked about kids now for the other end of the spectrum… Wired Seniors contains TONS of links to sites of general interest to folks over 50. SeniorNet is a site belonging to a nonprofit org that provides access to computer technology education for adults over 50. Elderhostel not-for-profit org that provides inexpensive travel opportunities for those 55 and older. Home Exchange connects folks who want to exchange homes for vacations or extended stays in places such as Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, etc.
1. Bookmark This! A Tour of the Most Popular Websites
2. ABCs of Evaluating the Web <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are their credentials? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the site tend to give only one point of view? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How recently was it updated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How frequently is it updated? </li></ul></ul>
3. Search Sites <ul><li>Search Directories – Categorized lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo ( http://www.yahoo.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Engines – Type a search term in a box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google ( http://www.google.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meta Search Engines – Search several search tools at one time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ixquick ( http://ixquick.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Natural Language Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask Jeevs ( http://www.ask.com ) </li></ul></ul>
4. Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com)
5. Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com)
6. Google (http://www.google.com)
7. Ixquick (http://ixquick.com)
8. Ixquick (http://ixquick.com)
9. In The News <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and foreign </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searchable news </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs (Weblogs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject specific news </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drudge (haven’t checked this one out yet) </li></ul>
21. Go Ask Alice (http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu)
22. RX List (http://www.rxlist.com)
23. Just for Kids <ul><li>Child Safety on the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents Guide to the Internet ( http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homework Aids </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework Center ( http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib/homework ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun Stuff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>700+ Amazing, Spectacular, Mysterious, Wonderful Web Sites for Kids and the Adults Who Care About Them ( http:// www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites ) </li></ul></ul>
25. Expanding Your List of Favorites <ul><li>Class handout </li></ul><ul><li>Search for your own favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what other people’s favorites are </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark them on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Save your favorites to a disk </li></ul><ul><li>What sites do YOU recommend? </li></ul>