TECH TIP: Searching? - Where to look
Do you need some information but don’t know where to look? Here are some great websites that I have used?
Find something fast – http://google.com - Google is the #1 general information search engine – great for most searches.
Narrow your search - http://soople.com - If you haven’t check out Google’s first cousin, Soople, try it! You can narrow down searches – search for a specific item in variety of ways. Very Cool - my favorite!
Use a directory to do a topic search - http://dir.yahoo.com/ - Yahoo is a directory – different than a search engine like Google or Alta Vista. Click on this link to read about how directories work.
Have a specific question to ask - http://www.ask.com/ - They are getting better and better (they currently rank 5th in the search engine market share).
Look up a spelling or use a Thesaurus - http://m-w.com/ - The Merriam Webster dictionary is quick and easy.
Search general-interest subjects - http://home.about.com/index.htm - Browse the various subjects or search for one.
Biographies - http://www.infoplease.com/people.html - over 30,000 biographies here
Need Government information - http://firstgov.gov/ - the US government’s official website.
Want a quick summary of the day's news - http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/nlp/newsblaster/index.html - maintained by Columbia University – great site!
Want more complete news - http://dailynews.yahoo.com/ and http://news.google.com/
Want local news - http://www.topix.net/ - Just type in a zip code and read the latest local news.
Like to read Op/Eds (opinions/editorials) - http://www.headlinespot.com/opinion/oped/ - from all over the country
Need an encyclopedia, try - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page - about a half a millions articles.
Here’s an on-line library - http://www.alllearn.org/er/ - Universities of Oxford, Stanford and Yale
Search for classroom clipart - http://classroomclipart.com/ - over 36,000 images
Find royalty-free clipart - http://creativecommons.org/find/ - don’t have to worry about copyrights here.
Search for a sound - http://www.findsounds.com/ - sound effects, musical instruments, and more
Search for shareware software - http://www.shareware.com/ - it’s all free or cheap
Find a radio station – anywhere in the world - http://www.publicradiofan.com/ - hundreds of stations to choose from.
Need a map - http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/ - find maps and more here.
Need driving directions and a map - http://www.mapquest.com/ or http://maps.yahoo.com/ - I like the Yahoo site best.
Search for a quote - http://www.quotationspage.com/search.php3 - find out who said it.
Ask an expert a question - http://www.allexperts.com/index.htm - it’s free!
Ask a librarian a question - http://www.247ref.org/portal/access2.cfm?lib=Public - librarians are experts on everything, aren’t they?
Search engine for kids - http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/ - safe for kids.
And last – in case you’re wondering, here are the stats on Search engine traffic: Google: 35%, Yahoo: 28%, AOL: 16%, MSN: 15%, Ask Jeeves 3% (Source: SearchEngineWatch.com)
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