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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 searchhttp://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.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips/techtip36.htm
 
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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