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You could spend the rest of your life slogging through the links of the Web to find something. Instead, check out these tip sheets on where to go first for the best resources. I've selected 5 Web sites in 20 categories to give you a headstart on finding useful resources on the Web. I chose Web sites based on usefulness, usability, and depth and breadth of coverage. My goal here is not to present an exhaustive subject tree of all Web resources (see subject resources for those), but to give you a handful of Web sites in each of these categories representing the best of the Web.

If you know of a better resource to replace an entry in one of these lists, let me know.

Click on the wherever you see it to view a table of all the sites.

  • Art: human creative expression in visual, performance or musical contexts; includes sites devoted to art practice as well as art appreciation and aesthetics
  • Business: activity involving producers of goods or services seeking and trading with customers; includes resources about business and for businesses people
  • Computers: devices made to perform logical operations according to instructions; includes sites about computer news, hardware, and software, in industry and academia
  • Education: activities involved with acquiring, developing, imparting knowledge or skills; includes resources for educators; emphasis on primary education, but some higher-education resources
  • Entertainment: the enjoyment of performances, mostly prepared, performed and recorded in some media for broadcast; includes television, movies, books, theater, and recorded music; or live sports viewing
  • Government: the process by which the actions of a society are directed through a system of rules and regulations; includes information sources about United States federal United States local, governments around the world, and multi-national governmental bodies
  • Health: medical, wellness, and nutrition information
  • Humanities: the humanities: languages, history, literature, philosophy, and culture
  • Keywords: resources for searching the World Wide Web by queries to Web sites that locate documents based on keyword matches
  • Lookup: reference resources used to look up specific facts or pieces of information, such as dictionaries, almanacs, and ready reference collections
  • Marketing: activities involved in making goods and services known to potential and current consumers through advertising, promotion, and public relations; includes online marketing
  • Money: personal finance and money management
  • News: reports about current events and issues; includes sites of individual media outlets as well as Web sites that combine content from a variety of sites
  • People: resources to help locate people via a variety of Web-based methods including address and phone lookups as well as other registries
  • Recreation: active sports, games, pastimes, travel
  • Science: knowledge and systematic study of the natural or physical world; deals with a body of observations to prove or disprove theories about the operation of general laws; includes educational and research sites
  • Software: instructions used to direct the operation of a computer; includes archives of software including shareware and freeware
  • Subjects: resources for finding information on the Web by traversing webs of information arranged (usually hierarchically) according to subjects, topics, and sub-topics
  • Top: resources for discovering interesting Web sites based on Web sites ranked in a variety of categories by means of editorial selection, user nomination, or traffic flow and popularity
  • User: user-generated content for discovering interesting Web sites based on user tagging, navigation, popularity, or other participation; includes social bookmarking as well as shared news content

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