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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
  • DMOZ: Open Directory Project; Collaboratively edited, built in the spirit of Open Source, this project provides links to thousands and thousands of topic areas; its contents are available to other sites, so this subject tree serves as the "guts" for many other search portals; the clean, no-nonsense design and editorial diversity make this an excellent subject tree; it shows the value of human editors; weakness exists where no human editor is working diligently on a topic area; DMOZ is an acronym for Directory Mozilla because the Open Directory Project (ODP) is loosely associated with the Mozilla Web browser project; sites can get listed for free in the ODP
  • About: Subject-specific guides; written by editors, the about.com guides go beyond simple lists of links but contain explanatory informaiton on a range of subjects
  • Wikipedia: free-content encyclopedia; openly-editable content; supported by the Wikimedia Foundation
  • INFOMINE: librarian-built directory of scholarly Internet information sources; resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level; databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers; organized for keyword searching of the collection as well as subject/topic browsing
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