Saturday, April 27, 2002

50 ways to save money We have organized our recommendations into 11 categories where you can pick and choose what suits you. Deep Web Search Flipper uses Quigo's revolutionary search technology that indexes the Deep Web (or Invisible Web). Flipper users will now be able to find information not available on any other search engine.
The Covers Project We're building a database of cover songs (songs performed by an artist other than the original performer) with the intention of creating cover "chains." A cover chain is a set of songs in which each song is a cover of a song by the band who covered the preceding song.
Ameristat AmeriStat gives you instant summaries — in graphics and text — of the demographic characteristics of the U.S. population Education: Best Graduate Schools 2003: Rankings Index The U.S. News rankings spotlight the country's academically excellent graduate programs, and, in doing so, they can start you on the right track toward picking the right school for you.
Statistics Sources Statistical sources on the Web.
Virtual Reference Shelf - Selected Web Resources (Library of Congress) For answers to many general reference questions
Getting Screwed By Yahoo! If you use Yahoo mail, or have ever shopped @ yahoo, you need to sign in and Change Your Privacy Options.
Google Answers: Researcher Application As a Researcher, you work from your own home and computer to answer questions for Google Answers. You earn 75% of the price set for a question that you answer.

Thursday, April 25, 2002

RealEstateJournal | City Profiles Just click on a city name to review our exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of information.
Press Release The new rating will appear in Morningstar products in the United States beginning in July, using performance data for the period ending June 30, 2002. Historical star ratings will not change.
eSylvan - Live Online Instruction. Certified Teachers. Guaranteed Results! At eSylvan, we offer customized programs in reading for 4th-9th grade students, and in math for 3rd-8th grade students. Clear launches Google by e-mail Cape Clear used its Web services technology to build Google-mail, an application which lets anyone use Google by sending a search query in the subject line of an e-mail to The system instantly replies by sending the top 10 results via e-mail.
The Ohio Long-Term Care Consumer Guide: New! Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Post Quality Measures
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have posted Quality Measures on the Nursing Home Compare Web site. The Nursing Home Quality Initiative is a six state public reporting pilot project of new quality information on nursing homes in Florida, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington State.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Consumer WebWatch: Building Trust on the Web The Consumer WebWatch mission is to investigate; inform; and improve the credibility of information published on the World Wide Web. We plan to use the methods developed by for their successful e-Ratings of sites to begin rating Web sites.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Ex Libris--an E-Zine for Librarians and Information Junkies -- issue 136 Perhaps we need to consider what our users will think about our library on the basis of their first telephone contact with us.
"Why Do We Need to Keep This in Print? It's on the Web...": A Review of Electronic Archiving Issues and Problems [Progressive Librarian] Indeed! It may be on the web today, but is there a plan in place to ensure that it will be there in twenty or more years?
JAYWALK Incorporated - The Independent Research Provider Standard By bringing together top Independent Research Providers (IRPs) in one platform, the JAYWALK Incorporated system is the only comprehensive source for multiple independent research reports and opinions.
Deep Linking Returns to Surface Some sources believe the future of deep links may be decided by the outcome of a preliminary injunction filed by the Danish Newspaper Publishers' Association. The association wants the court to ban newsfeed service Newsbooster from deeplinking to Danish newspaper stories.
Google worldwide : countries,languages used and offered Google supports approximately 80 languages or dialects and offers a personalized version of his engine for more than 30 countries.
Area codes on-line resource, area code listings for the US and Canada, area codes directory by state or in numerical order An On-Line Area Code Look-Up Resource
State Privacy Laws Regarding Library Records The American Library Association encourages all librarians, particularly those in public libraries, to work with their local legal counsel to ensure they understand state confidentiality laws so they may respond quickly to any requests from law enforcement.
Relocation Central: Your Complete Source for Relocation Information. Relocation Central is The Online Guide for People on the Move. Nationwide source for the latest information organized by city and categories of interest from apartments to zoos
LitLinks The Internet provides all kinds of information to aid your research, so we've compiled LitLinks — annotated to show you what kinds of information about a work, its author, or period you'll find on each site.
Omniglot - a guide to writing systems This website provides a guide to over 200 different alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems including a few you will find nowhere else.
Citing Sources, Guide to Library Research How do I cite...
Boggle's World: ESL Teacher Resources and Worksheets ESL for Kids
Library Cats Map Click on a region (or state) to see a list of library cats!
Google Accounts Welcome to Google Accounts, the easy way to access all Google services that require a username and password. - Glossaries 1682 glossaries are currently indexed by topic and
by ISO 639-2 language codes - Welcome! This is the place to come to find syndicated news feeds on a wide variety of topics.
Google Answers Live Researchers answer your questions on any topic for a fee.

Friday, April 19, 2002 Best of the Web Our editors have scoured the Web for the most useful sites for everything from researching an investment to buying a car to trying to help your child get information for her latest science project. 101 Best Websites for Writers
PresenceWorks, Inc Alexandria, VA. (April 3, 2002) - PresenceWorks, Inc., a leading developer of presence technology, today announced an agreement with America Online (AOL) under which it will offer leading consumer Web sites the ability to add value to their sites by expanding the reach of AOL ® Instant Messenger (sm) (AIM).
WellCard(tm), medical savings, discounts drugs and doctor fees. As a Pharmacy – WellCard™ member you have unlimited access to prescription evaluation program that will save you from 20% to 50 %

Thursday, April 18, 2002

‘Don’t Dumb Them Down’ Web-design guru Jakob Nielsen this week is releasing “Usability of Websites for Children,” a study that analyzes how youngsters (ages 5-11) navigate their way through popular kids’ sites. The report (coauthored by Shuli Gilutz, his colleague at the Nielsen Norman Group’s “user experience think tank”) debunks a number of myths. Web2Mail even enables you to search the web by email. For example, to search for "peanuts" send an email to with the subject "search peanuts" in your email message. We will use a popular search engine to perform your search then reply to you with your search results, usually within 5 minutes.
Business 2.0 - Web Article - Enter the Dragon: Microsoft Goes Wireless It was only a matter of time before Microsoft (MSFT), the software behemoth everyone loves to hate (and sue), recognized the mobile-phone market for the massive revenue source that it is. Now, much to the chagrin of phone manufacturers like Nokia (NOK), Microsoft has made clear its intention to enter this market with a proprietary mobile operating system that's a little like a wireless version of Windows.
E-Commerce News -- Amazon to Author's Guild: Back Off! first pooh-poohed complaints from the Author's Guild about used book sales on the e-tail site, but now the company is taking them seriously enough to warrant a response from the boss.
Wired 10.05: Must Read Blogging is changing the media world and could, I think, foment a revolution in how journalism functions in our culture.

Saturday, April 13, 2002

The Pressure Is On to Play the Oil Card Nearly 30 years ago, the Arab oil-producing countries in the Middle East first used oil as a weapon against Israel, the U.S. and their allies. The 1973 OPEC oil embargo, which came on the heels of the Yom Kippur War between Israel and its Arab neighbors--Egypt and Syria--rocked the post-World War II global order. Oil prices quadrupled, motorists waited in long lines at filling stations and the global economy began to slide into a prolonged recession. Can this happen again?
Concordances of Great Books Great Books -- Texts and Fully Searchable Concordances
Infinite Mind - Speed reading,Brain Enhancement Technology The goal of this program is to strengthen the eyes and enhance the brain’s ability to process information. This is accomplished with eye exercises to increase the field of vision, allowing users to read multiple words at a time. The interface is one of the easiest to use. (LJ 2/1/01) | Opinion | Lit lite Adults spend 91 hours a year reading books, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, down 10 percent from 1995. They devote more than 17 times as many hours to watching TV. Yes, 17 times.
SearchDay - Curling Up with a Good Book Search Engine - 10 April 2002 These book search engines can help you find new titles and authors based on your personal tastes and preferences.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Which storybook character are you? Please make sure you've answered all the questions!
NewBreed Librarian ::: Interview ::: April 2002 Michele McGinnis is the personal librarian to Kevin Kelly, cofounding editor of Wired Magazine. Education: Best Graduate Schools 2003: Rankings Index The U.S. News rankings spotlight the country's academically excellent graduate programs, and, in doing so, they can start you on the right track toward picking the right school for you.
GuideStar - The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations Search GuideStar's database of more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations. It's free. The World's Best Companies Simply put, that's what these 400 companies are.
Coming to a library near you? While this machine is aimed at cancelling continuous, predictable noise - such as that produced by compressors, drills and generators - a more sophisticated version is also on the way. This will require different software to cope with unpredictable noises such as speech and music.
Overture sues Google over search patent - Tech News - AdWords Select requires advertisers to pay only when a visitor clicks on the ad. Google's previous program, AdWords, was based on a traditional online system that required payment by the number of impressions delivered.

Thursday, April 11, 2002

The Free Medical Journals Site The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.
FreeBooks4Doctors FreeBooks4Doctors! is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the Internet.
Insight on the News The site has been featured on ABC's 20/20, as well as articles in Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, which said " offers more background information and definitive answers on the veracity of popular rumors than any other site we looked at."

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Librarian: Filters Are Fab But the U.S. Justice Department, which is defending the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in court, is seeking to show that not all librarians agree with the ALA's thou-shalt-not-block stand. Technology | Authors Guild: Remove links to Angered at for offering used editions of current books, the Authors Guild is urging members to remove links on their Web sites to the online retailer.

Saturday, April 06, 2002 Real Tutors. Real Results. Live Homework Help is's new service that allows 4th - 12th graders to connect immediately to qualified tutors for up to 20-minute, individualized, live tutoring sessions. 7 days a week. From 2pm to Midnight EST, every day. Whether you need help with a grammar assignment, a term paper, a trigonometry problem or a lab report, our tutors can help you - now.
Judges Blast Library Filtering A two-week trial over library filtering ended Thursday with a trio of judges criticizing the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) as an unreasonable intrusion into the rights of Americans to view legal material online.
Microsoft sweeps out Hotmail accounts - Tech News - In Microsoft's popular free e-mail service, messages are being swept out and bounced back to senders as the site urges members to upgrade to a premium version that costs $19.95 a year, according to subscribers.
Yahoo users fume over "spam" switch - Tech News - The ire stems from changes in Yahoo's "marketing preferences" page, which the company uses to secure permission to send service promotions. Along with other changes to the page, Yahoo said it had reset the default preferences for all members in a way that would require them to manually request that the company block the messages in the future--even if they had declined to accept such e-mail in the past.
French Book, A Best-Seller, Denies Pentagon Crash -- 04/05/2002 "The Frightening Fraud" by French think-tank leader Thierry Meyssan argues that the crash of American Airlines Flight 77, which killed 189 people, was really a hoax dreamed up by the U.S. government. Legal in all 50 states since the 1980s, homeschooling has often been criticized as a paranoid practice of right-wing religious fanatics that stunts children's emotional growth.

But as that first generation of homeschoolers settles into young adulthood, the criticism is proving unfounded. If anything, some experts say, the homeschoolers are proving to be better prepared for adulthood than their traditionally schooled peers.
Yahoo! News - Oprah Winfrey to Discontinue Book Club Feature on Talk Show In a significant blow to the book-publishing business, talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey is ending Oprah's Book Club, a monthly feature that provided a huge boost in sales to the authors lucky enough to be featured on the show.

Thursday, April 04, 2002

Start-Up Offers Intelligence For Travelers Enter iJET, an Annapolis start-up that provides more than 350,000 corporate employees and 21,000 travel agents with access to detailed travel intelligence on 156 countries.
The National Law Journal: Subsection Finding Court Opinions On The Web
D&B Small Business Solutions - Business Credit Reports, Collection Services, Marketing Lists Look up any U.S. company right NOW! - Free study guides for over 250 books We currently list free book summaries and study guides for over 250 books, and have indexed book notes from all the major study guide sites (pinkmonkey, barrons, sparknotes, etc.)
One Book Reading Promotion Projects Here is a sample listing of one book projects (past and current) state by state.
Google Technology Google's April Fool -- PigeonRank
iTools Quick access to the best Internet tools
U.S. News: Adjust your browser or install a program to stop a Web annoyance (4/1/02) The effectiveness of banner ads–the less intrusive strips that run along the top or sides of a Web page–has ebbed. So Internet marketers are risking viewer annoyance to get attention.
InformationWeek > Online Ticketing > E-Ticketing Threatens Travel Agents > March 21, 2002 Citing the growing adoption of the Web for travel reservations, several airlines last week eliminated travel-agency commissions to make online ticketing more attractive.

Wednesday, April 03, 2002

SearchDay - Teoma vs. Google, Round Two - 2 April 2002 Search engine upstart Teoma has officially launched, and the media is once again touting it as a Google killer. Technology | U.S. prepares to invade your hard drive Hollings' bill, formerly referred to as the SSSCA (Security Systems Standards and Certification Act) but now dubbed the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA), would require any device that can "retrieve or access copyrighted works in digital form" to include a federally mandated copy protection system.
Getting to the Root of All E-Mail ( Most people envision the Internet as a global network that resides on no single physical system or network of systems. While that picture is roughly correct, key pieces of the Internet's technological backbone are concentrated in a handful of physical locations around the world.
E-mail is evolving into fee-mail Though free Web-based e-mail hasn't gone away yet, the service offerings are getting fewer, and charges are creeping in.
Yahoo's 'Opt-Out' Angers Users In e-mail messages that began going out last week, Yahoo advised its users that their account preferences had been changed, by Yahoo, to indicate that they wanted to receive advertising solicitations through spam, snail mail and telephone.