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Recommended Subject Directories

About Subject Directories:

What

Subject directories are listings of Web sites compiled either by volunteers or paid staff who list and categorize them. These directories do not attempt to categorize the entire Web, but merely offer access to what each directory considers important or the best Web sites. It is important that the searcher be aware of the selection policies and/or any bias employed at each directory. Who is making the selection of Web sites and how is it determined which Web sites to include?

How

Subject Directories can be divided into a number of different categories by type:
1 - Academic or professional directories
These are compiled and maintained librarians, subject experts and professionals in the fields they oversee. They are designed to be collections of the best and most authoritative Web sites in a field.
2 - The Commercial Subject Directory
Designed to appeal to the searching public and needs to garner traffic in order to be profitable, they use professional reviewers to organize the Web for you.
3 - Directories compiled by net citizens
Here, the average hobbyist or individual with a particular interest volunteers his/her time "helping the Internet organize itself." The Open Directory Project is an example of this type.

When

- A problem with Subject Directories is that of currency. With the Web expanding almost exponentially, it is difficult for the computer programs employed by Search engines to keep abreast of new Web sites being added; the human selection factor employed with the maintenance of Subject Directories make them much slower to add sites.

About.com

A commercial site containing over 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links which are covered in the hundreds of guides organized into the channels of the About network. Each guide is headed by a subject specialist trained by About.
Help using About.com Use broad terms or browse in the About "Channels".

Academic Info

This directory lists sites with an academic focus for upper high school level research and above. It offers as a priority, sites with online digital collections from libraries, museums, and academic organizations.
Browse the extensive Table of Contents or Click on the Search button to type in your search terms.

BUBL Link

A British directory from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland that offers selected, evaluated, and cataloged Web sites. Also arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Offers an extensive search feature, in addition to the subject or Dewey browse feature.

Internet Public Library

From the School of Information and Library Studies at the University of Michigan. Intended for the searching public. Bills itself as " the first public library of and for the Internet community."
Browse the subject collections or Search the site. The site search feature is still under construction, however, and

does not search all text on the IPL site.

Librarians' Internet Index

A searchable, annotated directory of over 14,000 Internet resources, "selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries." The librarians of the East Brunswick Public Library highly recommend this resource.
Browse by subject. Search using broad terms. Help Searching LII

Ready Reference Internet Sources

from The Rutgers University Libraries Especially good for New Jersey Resources.
Browseable list of subjects.