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Access selected resources in a variety of topic areas; check out these tip sheets on where to go for the best Web resources in a variety of topic areas. 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. Reviews here are my opinion and are subject to change; if you know of a better resource to replace an entry in one of these lists, please let me know.

Welcome

This web helps you explore some of the best resources on the World Wide Web; here, you'll find organized and annotated links to Web sites about reference, science, commerce, and society; you can view and link to this information in a variety of ways, and your suggestions are welcome. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate and access this information.

Top of the Web Search

Access search tools and directories to find information; includes Web site search engines and reference resources to locate information, people, or interesting Web resources

Keyword

Find information on the World Wide Web by keyword queries; Web sites that locate documents based on keyword matches; many of these sites have expanded to searching images, news, maps, blogs, weather, and reference sources such as encyclopedias and dictionaries; some of these Web sites contain or are associated with subject-oriented search directories

Subject

Browse information on the World Wide Web by topic; subject-oriented Webs are arranged hierarchically according to subjects which are broken down into topics and sub-topics; subject trees are the Web's oldest information structure and were the sole navigation tool used by the ancient Geeks; in a subject tree, you navigate down through successive Web pages to find links of interest; or you can search the annotations in the subject directory itself about the Web sites included in it; see also: user-generated navigation, Top site lists for more selective subject-oriented lists or lookup resources for specific, professionally-edited topic lookups

People

Find people through their phone number, address, or other means; includes a variety of Web-based methods such as address and phone lookups; see also: keyword for finding references to names on the Web

Lookup

Look up specific facts or pieces of information; includes professionally-edited and maintained reference works like dictionaries, almanacs, and ready reference collections; see also people locating resources, keyword resources, and subject resources

User

Discover user-generated navigation sites; a variety of Web sites allow users to contribute, share, participate, and otherwise build or tag information content; this shared content is useful for navigating the Web or discovering Web resources; specific applications include social bookmarking as well as news-sharing

Top

Discover interesting Web sites based on ranked lists; a variety of approaches to ranking Web sites are possible: editorial selection, user nomination, or traffic flow and popularity; these ranking list sites are useful to help locate interesting or useful resources without having to sift through massive directories or puzzle through keyword search results; these sites are also useful for new users of the Internet who want to gain an awareness of notable or excellent sites

Top of the Web Science

Find out about the 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

Science

Locate general science sites; find educational and informative sites for general audiences; these sites provide extensive original content that explores and explains general science topics; see also: computer

Computer

Learn about devices made to perform logical operations according to instructions; includes sites about computer news, hardware, and software, in industry and academia; see also: software resources

Software

Search archives for software to do a variety of tasks; includes for-sale software, shareware, and freeware

Health

Find out about health-related issues; topics include medical treatment, advice, and information as well as prevention and wellness in physical, mental, and nutrition health

Top of the Web Commerce

Find out about the activities of producers and consumers involved in trade

Business

Locate information about producers of goods or services and their customers; includes resources about business and for businesses people; see also: marketing resources and money resources

Money

Locate and use tools and information for personal finance and money management; includes information about handling money, investments, and practical advice and tools

Marketing

Learn about activities involved in making goods and services known; communicating with potential and current consumers through advertising, promotion, and public relations; see also: business resources

Top of the Web Society

Learn about activities involving human social organization, expression, and communication

Government

Locate information about governments at various levels; includes information sources about the United States, governments around the world, and multi-national governmental bodies

News

Find reports and perspectives about current events and issues; access sites that aggregate news from a variety of sources; these news portals offer a wide variety and of news items from many sources and thus less reliance on the editorial bias/spin of any one news source; some news portals offer customized news pages, advanced searches, blog searching, or user comments

Education

Locate educational resources, information, and activities involved with acquiring, developing, imparting knowledge or skills; includes resources for educators; emphasis on primary education, but some higher-education resources

Humanities

Explore the humanities: languages, history, literature, philosophy, and culture; see also: Art resources

Art

Locate information about human creative expression in visual, performance, language, or musical contexts; includes sites devoted to art practice as well as art appreciation and aesthetics; see also entertainment and humanities

Entertainment

Enjoy activities, performances, and information about entertainers; includes online, video, movies, books, theater, and music

Recreation

Locate information about recreational activities; participatory sports and games, pastimes, hobbies, and travel

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