Alta Vista: The fastest
search engine, the broadest scope. Doesn't do too well at sorting results by relevance.
DejaNews: searches Usenet, or newsgroups.
There are newsgroups for any discussion topic you can think of.
Infoseek: Can understand plain english.
Does a good job of sorting by relevance, but won't return as many hits as some search
Excite: Learns what you are searching
for by finding similarities between sites you choose.
Yahoo: A searchable directory, not a search
engine. A good tool for general searches or major sites.
WWWebster Dictionary: A searchable
Merriam-Webster dictionary cross-referenced with a thesaurus.
This site has translation dictionaries for more than a dozen languages, a language
identifier, a Frech verb conjugator, an acronym dictionary, a currency converter,
ZIP code lookup and more.
A searchable database of 15,000 famous people.
The CIA World
Factbook: Maps, demographics, government information, economic statistics
and infrastructure descriptions on every country in the world.
Freedom of Information Act: From
the Society of Professional Journalists, a guide to filing an FOI request, including
downloadable sample letters.
The Beat Page: The investigative
Reporters and Editors home page links to useful sites, organized by beat.
Facsnet: Compiled and written by reporters
from all over the country. Look here for background and primers on hot issues and
tips for finding information and sources online.
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