Basic Internet Guide

NEED TO FIND SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET?

The Internet is composed of more than 100 million host computers and tons and tons of information. When we refer to the World Wide Web, we are referring to the graphical portion of the Internet. The key to doing effective research on the Internet is getting to the right information quickly. There are a number of excellent sites that will provide you with the "basics" of using the Internet and pointers on using Internet search engines to find the information you need. Some of these sites are included in this guide.

Getting Started on the Internet http://www.imagescape.com/helpweb

A helpful and intelligent introduction to the Internet from the Imaginary Landscape team.

Internet Tutorials http://library.albany.edu/internet/

Collection of tutorials assembled and maintained by the University at Albany Libraries for topics from Basic Internet to Search Engines to Software Training.

Learn the Net: An Internet Guide and Tutorial http://www.learnthenet.com/english/

Multilingual guide offers a humane introduction to the basics of cyberspace.

Internet Guides and Tutorials http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/global/internet/training.html

A more complete listing of links to guides and tutorials from the Library of Congress.

Search Engines

The most popular search engines are:

AltaVista http://www.altavista.com

CNet http://www.search.com

Excite http://www.excite.com

Google http://www.google.com

Hotbot http://www.hotbot.com

Lycos http://www.lycos.com

Northern Light http://www.northernlight.com/search.html

WebCrawler http://www.webcrawler.com

Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com.

All of these "general" search engines will yield different results given similar search keywords. This is because each search engine is organized differently and uses different databases. If your search results in too much information, look more closely at the advanced search options that are provided by many of the search engines. If you follow their instructions, you can effectively narrow your search.

There are also "specialized" search engines, such as:

LawCrawler http://www.lawcrawler.com

Rominger Legal http://www.romingerlegal.com

Thomas Register of American Business http://www4.thomasregister.com

 

NEED TO DO SOME BUSINESS RESEARCH?

Research in economics and business requires familiarity with a number of different kinds of sources: statistical, informational, and analytical. The researcher may need demographic data, sales figures, analysis of a trend, or up-to-date information on changes in a given industry. This guide provides leads to research tools for economics and business.

CEO Express http://www.ceoexpress.com

This site offers links to a vast collection of business resources.

Researching Companies Online http://home.sprintmail.com/~debflanagan

An excellent guide to the process of researching companies, with lots of links to the tools used in the research process.

United States Corporate Information http://www.corporateinformation.com/uspriv.html

 

This site provides information on publicly traded companies (companies that trade on one of the stock markets), privately held companies, regional-based sites (companies in one particular region), and sector-specific sites (companies within a particular sector or industry).

The Forbes 500 Top Private Companies http://www.forbes.com

 

This list gives the top 500 private companies and their ranking. Click the link to the International 500. Then click individual company names to find more information and a brief write-up on the firm. Originally published in Forbes magazine.

Bizjournals http://bizjournals.bcentral.com/

American City Business Journals Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers, serving 40 of the country's most vibrant markets.

Annual Report Service http://www.prars.com/

The Public Register's Annual Report Service (PRARS) offers company financials, including annual reports and prospectuses on over 3,600 public companies free of charge to the U.S. investing public.

Hoovers Online http://www.hoovers.com

Hoover's Online features links to news, lists, stock quotes, and other products, such as Hoover's Industry Snapshots (global industry overviews). Hoover's offers approximately 250,000 company profiles (company histories, strategies, market positions, major events, and other information) available via online subscription.

CorpTech Database http://www.corptech.com/

This site lists 50,000 manufacturers and developers of high-tech products. This site also has lots of other demographic information and good search features.

 

NEED MORE BUSINESS INFORMATION?

This section contains sites that may also be of assistance in researching a private (or public) company. The following sites don't have corporate profiles, but they tell you interesting details about the company you are researching. Sites with raw data are often better research sources than sites that attempt to rank the "best" companies.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Database http://www.uspto.gov/

Sometimes it is useful to know what (if any) patents a company has. This site will help you search, but remember that sometimes a patent might be in the individual inventor's name or perhaps in the name of a subsidiary. Of course, you can also check individuals' patents here.

Copyright Research http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright

Research copyrights registered since 1978 at the Library of Congress.

RTK Net Environmental Databases http://www.rtk.net

Provided by the Right to Know Network, this site offers various government databases about environmental issues that companies face. The searching takes a bit of getting used to, but there are help files available.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration http://www.osha.gov

Get all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections and violations noted since 1972.

Federal Trade Commission http:// www.ftc.gov

With this archive, you can search Formal Actions to see if the FTC has ever taken action against a company.

Federal Election Commission http://www.fec.gov

Find out if a company or other organization has given "soft money," and to whom.

 

NEED TO DO SOME GENERAL RESEARCH?

Britannica Internet Guide http://www.britannica.com/

Dictionary http://www.dictionary.com

Research-It http://www.itools.com/research-it/research-it.html

Thesauraus http://www.thesaurus.com

 

NEED TO LOCATE A GOVERNMENT AGENCY?

Bureau of Labor Statistics http://stats.bls.gov

CIA http://www.cia.gov

FBI's Most Wanted http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/topten/tenlist.htm

FCC http://www.fcc.gov

NASA http://www.nasa.gov

Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov

U.S. House of Representatives http://www.house.gov

U.S. Postal Service http://www.usps.gov

U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov

White House http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

NEED A JOB?

Career City http://www.careercity.com

As its name implies, this site targets job seekers. The site provides a search engine for millions of job sites. So even if you aren't necessarily looking for a job, this might be a good place to find out what a particular company does. Descriptions vary in length.

Job Bank http://www.ajb.dni.us

America's Job Bank is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and the state-operated public employment service.

Occupational Outlook http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm

U.S. occupations are featured in this information-rich resource from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes job duties, working conditions, training and education requirements, salary, and number of people employed in an occupation as well as a projection of the growth or decline in available positions.

 

INTERESTED IN SPORTS?

Baseball http://www.majorleaguebaseball.com

ESPN http://espnet.sportszone.com

Golf http://www.golfweb.com

Indy Cars http://www.cart.com

NASCAR http://www.nascar.com

NBA http://www.nba.com

WNBA http://www.wnba.com

NFL http://www.nfl.com

NHL http://www.nhl.com

Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

 

NEED TO CALL SOMEONE?

555-1212 http://www.555-1212.com

AT&T http://www.att.com

MCI http://www.mci.com

Sprint http://www.sprint.com

Toll-Free #'s http://www.tollfree.att.net/tf.html

SuperPages http://www.superpages.com

This site contains a yellow pages directory for the United States. You can select up to five business types to look up. It can display up to 100 business names, addresses, and phone numbers on each page. You can select one particular state, an area code, a Zip code, or a city.

InfoUSA http://www.infousa.com

This site offers names, addresses, and phone numbers of millions of American businesses. Also provided for free is a personal credit rating (e.g., excellent, very good, good, etc). For $3 you can order a brief profile about a company-a sample has been provided for free.

 

WANT TO WATCH SOME TV?

ABC http://www.abc.com

CBS http://www.cbs.com

CNBC http://www.cnbc.com

CNN http://www.cnn.com

Discovery http://www.discovery.com

NBC http://www.nbc.com

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.com

Fox http://www.fox.com

PBS http://www.pbs.org

UTV Net http://www.ultimatetv.com

Weather Channel http://www.weather.com

 

WANT TO READ A NEWSPAPER?

Boston Globe http://www.bostonglobe.com/

Chicago Sun http://www.suntimes.com

Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com

New York Times http://www.nytimes.com

Philadelphia Inquirer http://inq.philly.com

USA Today http://www.usatoday.com

The Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com

Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com

 

WANT TO READ A MAGAZINE?

BusinessWeek http://www.businessweek.com

Inc. Magazine Online http://www.inc.com

InfoWorld http://www.infoworld.com

Internet World http://www.internetworld.com

Fast Company http://www.fastcompany.com

Fortune Magazine http://www.fortune.com

Minority Business Entrepreneur http://www.mbemag.com

Newsweek http://www.newsweek.com

Reader's Digest http://www.readersdigest.com

Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Success Magazine http://www.successmagazine.com/

Time http://pathfinder.com/time

U.S. News & World Report http://www.usnews.com

Women's Work http://www.wwork.com

 

NEED A BREAK?

Game Web http://www.thegw.com

Gamesville http://www.gamesville.lycos.com

MSN Games http://www.zone.msn.com

Happy Puppy http://www.happypuppy.com

Sierra http://www.sierra.com

Yahoo Games! http://play.yahoo.com/games

Comic Strip http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics

IQ Tests http://www.2h.com/Tests/iqtrad.phtml

Joke Zone http://www.owl.on.ca/owl/joke.html


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