Online General References
- Alta Vista Web (and
Usenet) Search Engine
- The best search engine on the planet? Searches available for both
the web and the usenet. Usenet articles are updated in real time, unlike
with DejaNews which takes 2 days
last time I checked. With regard to
web searching, Lycos is big, but Alta
Vista seems bigger to me,
perhaps 22 million web pages compared to 11 million. Compare searches
on both services.
- Switchboard -- A Free
National Residential and Business Telephone Directory
- Millions of phone numbers of persons and businesses across the
country. They had mine! AT&T ain't going to like this.
- Tiger Map Service (from the
U.S. Census Bureau)
- Just about every street in the country is on these maps and now on
your screen. The maps are cross-referenced with Census Bureau data, so
you can find out how much your neighbors make (or more accurately, the
average salary of the neighborhood), and other nifty things!
- The Free Online
Dictionary of Computing
- An online computing dictionary with extensive
descriptions--not your pocket Webster.
- New York Times
- Not really a fax but a daily downloadable 8-page digest of the
New York Times (in .pdf format for use with, for example, the Adobe
Acrobat reader, a Netscape helper application). The format is much like
the New York Times newspaper. Learn how capitalists think with NYTFax.
- Mizzou's excellent online
Ovid and InfoTrac Databases
- The databases include ABI/Inform, Biological Abstracts, CINAHL,
Contents, Dissertation Abstracts, ERIC, Medline, Newspaper Abstracts,
Periodical Abstracts, PsychINFO, InfoTrac, and others. Why venture to
the library again? Note: At the telnet prompt, login as "library."
(Only available to Mizzou folks.)