By RICH MEISLIN
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For business links, see Business Connections;
for politics, Political Points.
Searching the Net? Here Are Places to Start
- Google gives terrific results by analyzing a page's popularity. It also offers a government search.
- Alta Vista, efficient free-text searching of the Web
- Yahoo: Subject guide and free-text searching of the World Wide Web
- Fast Search lives up to its name
- Excite's concept searching is highly effective (Also visit their Magellan guide.
- Northern Light categorizes search results to help you focus
- Hotbot, from Hotwired and Inktomi, scored high in a recent study of completeness
- search.com has the Infoseek engine as well as more obscure topic-oriented choices
- Ask Jeeves searching with a human touch
- Ultimate Bulletin Board actual humans answering questions from each other
- Wired Cybrarian Selected links, with descriptions, in two dozen categories
- ProFusion combines major search engines and filters the results
- SavvySearch, Dogpile and Metacrawler offer simultaneous searches of multiple Web search engines
- Magellan describes and rates Web resources. Also visit Voyeur to spy on other searchers
- Looksmart searches a selection of sites chosen by humans
- About.com, formerly the Mining Co., has humans who assemble mini-sites on a wide variety of topics.
- Britannica adds human judgment to searching
- Reference.com searches and archives mailing lists, web forums and Usenet groups.
- ForumOne One-stop guide to forum topics around the Web
- Deja.com (formerly Dejanews) lets you search for Usenet postings or posters
- C|Net combines computer news, reviews, software and services. Also see their news.com and Snap! service
- Achoo and The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences catalog health related sites
- Archieplex: Search FTP archives around the Internet
- Liszt and Tile.Net will help you find Internet mailing lists
- Yack Guide to live events on the Web
Collections for Journalists
- FedWorld Information Services: Comprehensive guide to Government databases
- Federal Government Agencies, a clean, easy-to-use listing
- Federal Web Locator allows searching
- Federal Information Exchange
- Fedstats collects and organizes statistics from 70 agencies
- National Archives and Records Administration catalogs records held by Government agencies
- DefenseLink News and live briefings from the U.S. Department of Defense
- Statesearch, state-level information on a variety of topics
- The White House
- House of Representatives
- The Senate
- GPO Access searches the Federal Register, U.S. Code, Congressional bills and other Government publications
- Thomas, the Library of Congress information service. Also try the experimental Web catalog
- Census Bureau home page, 1990 Census tables and Ferret, for recent population and income data
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service
- Criminal justice links assembled by Cecil Greek at the University of South Florida
- APB Online crime news and information, including police scanners from major cities.
- United States Geological Survey, current earthquake information and Earthquake Information Center
- National Hurricane Center
- United Nations and U.N. Web locator
- The European Journalism page
- Newsahead upcoming news events around the globe
- FindLaw has an extensive collection of legal links
- KnowX Free and low-cost information about lawsuits, bankruptcies, U.C.C. and other public filings for businesses and individuals
- WebGator has a variety of useful investigative links
- Federal Aviation Administration databases of airline safety reports
- Landings Comprehensive aviation site offers databases of plane registrations, service difficulty reports, pilot certifications
- UniSci gives updates on scientific research at U.S. universities
- Top 200 Government contractors from Government Executive
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has links and information, including a fill-in-the-blanks Freedom of Information request.
(This list of Federal freedom of information officers may be useful, as well as this
New York State FOI page)
- The Freedom Forum Journalism, journalism education and first amendment issues
- Telecommunications information resources: social, economic, political
- The Smoking Gun presents (undigested) documents obtained from court files and through freedom of information requests
- Business & Finance references are available from Business Connections
The Reference Desk
- Research It all-in-one reference desk: dictionary, quotes, translators, more
- Onelook has more than 400 dictionaries, specialized and general
- Roget's Internet Thesaurus
- Information Please Almanac Almanac, dictionary and the full Columbia Encyclopedia
- Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia brief, cross-referenced biographies of more than 15,000 notables.
- Travlang language-to-language translation dictionaries
- Shark Talk: Nolo's Law Dictionary
- The Elements of Style The 1918 version
- C.I.A. World Factbook
- Library of Congress, including Marvel and Locis
- The New York Public Library
- The World Wide Web Virtual Library
- National Library of Medicine and Medline
- Carl Uncover Free citations from 17,000 publications; charge for full articles
- The Merck Manual guide to diseases
- RxList: The Internet Drug Index Extensive information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Nutrient database from the U.S.D.A.
- Law Guru gives access to hundreds of legal search engines and the Internet Law Library
- West's Legal Directory and Martindale-Hubbell's Lawyer Locator
- The U.S. Constitution
- U.S. Patents since 1971, from I.B.M.
- The Bible Browser
- I.R.S. information and publications. For more tax sites, try taxsites.com.
- Citynet guide to Net information in and about major cities
- Metroscope city, business, entertainment guides for major cities
- Mapquest gives a street-level map for any U.S. address
- Social Security death index
- Consumer World has consumer finance rates, company contacts, consumer information
- Currency converter from Olsen & Associates converts from any currency to another
- Cost-of-living calculator and other useful tools
- How Far Is It? gives the distance between two cities
- U.S. Naval Observatory clock
Telephone & E-mail Directories
Publications on the Net
Breaking News & Daily Publications
Magazines & Features
Guides to Many Publications
The New York Region
- New York City Reference, a subject guide to sites on all aspects of the city
- NYC Blue has New York web sites in easy-to-use tabular form
- New York Today Arts, entertainment, restaurants and New York life from The New York Times
- New York Sidewalk from Microsoft
- CitySearch NYC, a guide to arts and entertainment
- Digital City New York from America Online
- The Paperless Guide to New York City, from Mediabridge (updated sporadically)
- NYC Link, New York City's official web site
- The People's Green Book will help you find contacts in city government
- The Official I Love New York State Tourism Guide
- M.T.A. maps and schedules for subways, Long Island Railroad, Metro North
- New York City Culture Guide and Calendar from the Alliance for the Arts
- Playbill On-Line includes Broadway, off-Broadway, national and international theater listings
- The New York Daily News
- The New York Post
- The Village Voice
- Cafe Los Negroes offers a black and latin voice
- papermag.com, virtual sister to the magazine of the Downtown scene
- New Jersey Online
- New Jersey Web
- Amazon.com Books, music, videos, games, electronics, auctions -- and growing
- Barnesandnoble.com and Borders have books and music to enjoy off line.
- BizWeb: Internet commercial sites by category
- Buyer's Index searches 6,700 Web sites and catalogs for the product you seek.
- CD Now and Tunes.com Online music stores
- Ebay online auction house
- Internet Fashion Mall
- NetMarket and Shopping.com have discounts on brand name goods
- PriceLine lets you name a price for travel, cars or mortgages, and see if anyone will bite
- PriceScan compares prices for computer hardware and software, as well as books.
- Product ReviewNet Reviews of products from a variety of publications
- Travelocity, Biztravel, Expedia and Preview Travel have airline tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations, travel information
Sports & Recreation
- ESPN SportsZone
- Sportsline from CBS
- CNN/SI from CNN and Sports Illustrated
- The Sports Network gives up to the minute news and results
- Allsports has news, scores, odds, audio feeds and more
- Total Sports well organized sports news, plus Head to Head Baseball, which lets you compete online with others using real players' stats.
- NFL.com from the N.F.L.
- Fastball, a Cox Newspapers baseball service with live play-by-play and tons of stats
- majorleaguebaseball.com from Major League Baseball
- GORP, the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, has extensive information on parks and outdoor activities of all sorts
- The WWW Bicycle Lane A bit dated, but still a good collection of links
- The Tennis Server and Tennis Country have news, schedules, rules and more
- GolfWeb, GolfDigest.com and Golf.com cover the golf world
Demonstrations and Miscellany
About This Page
Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web.
Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide
range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find
a useful set of links of their own. Its secondary purpose was to show people that there's a lot of fun
and useful stuff going on out there.
The list is by its nature highly selective and constantly changing. Suggestions are always welcome.
Maintained by Rich Meislin.
Last revised 9/1/99.
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