Start searching the Internet
Yahoo! (WWW directory -- text-only version; no ads)
Altavista (WWW search engine -- text-only version)
Deja News (Search for Usenet postings or posters)
Liszt, Tile.Net, and Nova
(Search Internet mailing lists)
Association of Bay Area Governments
Census Bureau home page
1990 Census tables
FedWorld Information Services
(Comprehensive guide to Government databases)
Federal Government Agencies
(A clean, easy-to-use listing)
Federal Information Exchange
(A list of all federal web servers)
House of Representatives
(Federal Register, U.S. Code, Congressional bills, Government publications)
Thomas (The Library of Congress information service)
USGS and the
Earthquake Information Center
(State-level information on a variety of topics)
Finding people & places
Research It (All-in-one reference desk: dictionary, quotes, translators, more)
CIA World Factbook
Library of Congress, (Including Marvel and Locis)
The World Wide Web Virtual Library
West's Legal Directory
Citynet (Guide to Net information in and about major cities)
Thomas Register of Manufacturers
Whowhere, Internet Address Finder, OKRA and Four11 (Can help find e-mail addresses)
News publications on the net
Zip Code and Zip+4 Finder
Mapquest (Gives a street-level map for any U.S. address)
Switchboard (Nationwide residential telephone and address directory)
AT&T's Directory of toll free numbers
BigBook (Yellow Pages style business information)
The Gate, (the SF Chronicle)
Time Warner's "Pathfinder"
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Christian Science Monitor
San Jose Mercury News
U.S. News & World Report
PoliticsUSA, from American Political Network and National Journal
National broadcast news media
All Politics from Time and CNN
Democratic National Committee
Republican National Committee
Federal Election Commission data on campaign contributions
The Right Side of the Web: Links to conservative sources and issues
Turn Left calls itself the home of liberalism on the Web
The Skeleton Closet, a bipartisan listing of character allegations against the candidates
CNN Interactive and CNNfn
NPR, National Public Radio
PRI, Public Radio International
Internet Shopping Network
The Internet Mall gives access to more than 7,500 Internet stores
BizWeb: Internet commercial sites by category
Mr. Showbiz, entertainment news and gossip from Starwave
The Internet Movie Database
TVNet, a guide to everything TV-related on the Web
National Endowment for the Arts
Internet Underground Music Archives
Dead Sea Scrolls
Queer Resource Directory
Periodic Table of the Elements
The BigBook is a new resource for Yellow Pages-style business information.
Project Gutenberg Public-domain books of historical significance
The Reporter's Internet Guide (or R.I.G.) is absolutely the best place for a beat reporter to begin looking for information on the Internet.
It contains pointers to hundreds of Internet sites and resources, arranged by beat topic.
You have to download it to use it, and it is "shareware" -- which in this case means you are on your honor to pay a one-time fee of $25 for it if you use it more than a few times. R.I.G. i
s available here.
The Internet is vast, sure, but it's not as unfriendly or un-navigable as most folks say.
You can even perform a keyword search of the Internet by using a "consolidated search engine" like the Savvy Search or the Internet Sle
uth, both of which will scour the Internet, looking for references to the words or topics you specify, and provide you with a clickable list of online, freely-available documents relevent to your research.
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat provides a free and useful resource it calls the Ready Reference Collection.
Among other things, this page will lead you to dictionaries, encyclopedias, census data, maps, and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
One of the busiest aspects of the Internet is the part where people exchange public messages (as opposed to e-mail, which is ostensibly private), called Usenet. Countless thousands of people participate every day in Usenet's topical, public conversations,
and there's no way any one person could ever keep track of all the information (and misinformation and disinformation and inane chatter) posted daily to Usenet newsgroups. But you can sift through those innumerable Usenet messages by author or keyword, t
hrough a service called Deja News.
*...This page grew out of an adaptation of the "Navigator" page on the New York Times web server.