June 2010 Archives

Miscellaneous Crime Sites

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Courts and Law Coverage Beat Guide
From the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Simply go to the website and page click on "Learn more" on the "New Resource" box.

Victims and the Media Program
From the Michigan State University's School of Journalism, this site "educates journalists of today and tomorrow about how to report on victims of violence and catastrophe with the dignity, compassion and sensitivity they deserve." It provides journalists information on trauma and the impact it can have on them. Includes a three-week online course for victim advocates and service providers on how to Build an Effective Media Strategy.

National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Center on Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern University School of Law site about a group freeing prisoners wrongfully accused of serious crimes. Includes resources, experts, news and events page and bios of many of the people freed.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Prosecutors Research Institute
Newsletter, newsroom, research and publications on a wide variety of topics, including child abuse, homeland security, traffic law, DNA, gun violence, gangs, identity crime, white collar crime and crimes against women.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
A great collection of resources, experts and education on child abuse, sexual abuse, violence against women, etc.

The National Center for Prosecution of Violence Against Women
Part of the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

Bureau of Justice: Family Violence Statistics

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
"The oldest criminal justice research organization in America, NCCD promotes effective, humane, fair, and economically sound solutions to family, community, and justice problems. The organization conducts research, promotes reform initiatives, and seeks to work with individuals, public and private organizations, and the media to prevent and reduce crime and delinquency."

Bureau of Prisons Library Web Site
A wealth of resources covering the field of corrections and related fields of study including, criminology, sociology, psychology, and business.

U.S. Department of Justice: Office for Victims of Crime
FBI site designed to help catch bank robbers.

CQ Press: City Rankings (Crime) 2008

Gun Law Forum
Look up crimes by state, classification, population group, etc.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: Juvenile Hearings
Guidelines on access to juvenile courts.

FBI 2004 Uniform Crime Report

International Center for Not-For-Profit Law Directory
The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law has a searchable directory of legal documents, court cases, reports, and other civil society resources from countries around the world. ICNL's Online Library currently contains 2,300 resources from 144 countries in 37 languages. The center is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world.

Center at Georgetown University for the Study of Violence: Violence News

Taser Gun Web Site
Press clippings, outlines of target zones, and more.

SafetyDefense.net: Stun Gun Laws By State

ID Theft Basics
Background from the University of Oklahoma Police Department.

Criminal Justice Journalists: Crime Resources
A nice collection of links for crime beat reporters.

FBI Uniform Crime Report (.pdf)
The site features an image map that helps locate stats from major cities. Sort stats by type of crime, too.

ComputerUser.com: Internet and Identity Theft

FBI: Detecting Fake IDs

NFC Global


Police Foundation Research Brief: Catching Career Criminals

360Degrees.org: The U.S. Criminal Justice System
Perspectives on the U.S. justice system.

Washington Post Supreme Court Coverage
In-depth coverage and facts about the highest court in the land.

Covering Courts Criminal Justice Links
Dr. Greek's criminal justice links.

Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media
A tips and ideas sheet from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School. Designed to help journalists cover suicide responsibly.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Food Marketing Institute: 50 Most Popular Items Stolen from a Market

National Neighborhood Watch

Office of National Drug Control Policy

National Clandestine Laboratory Register
Use the image map on this DEA site that reports locations where law enforcement agencies found drug labs, etc.

Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association
Nonprofit organization dedicated to provide training, technical support, legislation assistance and expert testimony to all law enforcement, prosecutors and emergency service personnel.

National Rifle Association

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

American Hunters and Shooters Association

Gun Law News

News, links, treatment, information for policymakers and other issues related to methamphetamine.

VineLink: Who's in Jail/Prison
Use this image map to select a state, then sort through the listed jails and prisons to track who's in jail and who is about to be released. A great resource.

National Fallen Firefighters Association

COPS: Concerns of Police Survivors

National Town Watch

Police Notebook
Crime safety tips from the University of Oklahoma Police Department. Good tips for on and off campus.

FEMA: U.S. Fire Administration
Fire emergency resources.

PBS Frontline: Criminal Justice
A collection of companion Web sites on various crime, legal system and justice topics.

Collection of stories from famous murder cases. Information on psychological profiles of the criminal mind.

Click on "courts and the law" and "crime and law enforcement". Includes many links to key criminal justice sites.

Privacy Rights.org
Documented identity theft cases are archived on this site.

Criminal Justice Journalists Resources

Law and Policy Institutions Guide
A great collection of legal and legislative information.

PI Newslink
A blog for private investigators/researchers.

Law and Policy Institutions Guide
A great collection of legal and legislative information.

PI Newslink
A blog for private investigators/researchers.

Opinion, commentary and resources on the war on drugs.

Police Executive Research Forum
Provides links to many important criminal justice agencies.

U.S. Justice Department: White Collar Crime

The National White Collar Crime Center
Source contact information and research.

High Technology Crime Investigation Association

2007 FBI Bank Robbery Statistics

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Mob Project
A great in-depth series on organized crime in Chicago.

Cyberspace Inmates
Lists 1,625 inmates' sites.

Lists 1,006 inmates' web sites.

White House Drug Office

A forensic scientist, Campbell will soon have a book out, "Legal Ease: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure" and is offers contact information as a source at her Web site.

Police Abuses
This site examines what it calls common obstacles to accountability for police abuse in fourteen large cities, from Atlanta to Boston to San Francisco.

Florida State: Graphic of the Criminal Justice System
An interactive graphic of the criminal justice system.

Diana K. Sugg: Police Reporting
Anyone starting a new beat should be sure to read this article from a veteran cops reporter now on the health beat.

Child Abuse Prevention
An long list of state and federal resources.

About's Organized Crime Page

Youth Crime Watch of America
News articles, links and other resources on crime prevention targeted at kids.

Listing almost 500 Australian convicted sex offenders.

National Funeral Directors Association
Stats and other resources.

Fraud Defense Network

Crime Magazine
An encyclopedia of crime, organized by types.

Australia's National Crime Prevention Site
Links, databases and more.

Prison Zone

National Crime Justice Reference Service: The International Chiefs of Police

State Fire Marshals

Burn Prevention Foundation

Burn Prevention Foundation

Fire Fighters Association

The Journalism Center on Children & Families

The Journalism Center on Children & Families: Tips for Covering Child Sex Abuse Cases

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
Takes effect October 2002.

Run by former Watergate convict Charles Colson, this ministry works with churches and community groups to provide fellowship for prisoners and former prisoners.

Casebook: Jack the Ripper

The Lindbergh Case

The Memory Hole: CIA Crimes
Features a congressional report on CIA-sponsored international crimes that includes data citing a large number of crimes committed by CIA agents in other countries.

LII.org: U.S. Patriot Act Resources
Resources from the Librarian?s Index to the Internet.

Handy image map links you to local law enforcement agencies. Great for sourcing out-of-state.

USCourts.gov: Journalist's Guide to the Federal Courts

Offers state-by-state links to online court record search services at trial courts and government agencies. Find court locations, other legal services offered and more.

Court Records Blog
Part of CourtReference.com's site, this blog covers some of the basics of court records, understanding documents, how a court room works, etc.

Free Public Records Directory
Free state court resources.

Knight Center: A Beat Guide to: Courts & the Law

Covering Crime and Justice: A Guide for Journalists

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs

Michigan State: Victims and the Media Program

UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Office for Victims of Crime

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs

A legal site that lists more than 140 expert witnesses on litigation issues. Can be helpful for sourcing stories on various topics, which are listed alphabetically.

Poynter: Tips for Covering Mass Shootings
Track who is tweeting a site or blog.

National Runaway Switchboard
Media page and expert sources on the topic.

National Legal Aid & Defenders Association

Knight Center Beat Guide: Courts & the Law

NFL Player Arrests 2000-Present
List compiled by the San Diego Tribune and published in May 2007. Great for reference.

National Clandestine Laboratory Register
DEA site features an image map of the U.S. that helps you track labs, locations, seizures, etc.

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association
Lists experts on the topic. Great for sourcing.

Methamphetamine Treatment Project
Studies treatment for methamphetamine dependence.

Meth research, stats, etc.

The Methamphetamine Menace
Fact sheets, how states are handling the issue.

Methamphetamine Publications
Various publications listed on this site.

Tips for Uncovering Sealed Cases

SecretNoMore: Publicly Accessible FBI Files

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Has several helpful resources, including a blood alcohol content calculator.

FBI Violent Crimes Statistics 2006
Review nationally, by region, state, county, city, universities, etc.

Federal Hate Crime Legislation

Relatives and friends of prison inmates use the site to find advice on a range of issues affecting them. Crime reporters might find this site useful for generating story ideas or sourcing.

A great election resource that tracks state supreme courts, their elections and news on judges.

Maryland-Virgina Sniper Shootings

Washington Post Coverage
Stories, columns, photos, graphics, video helpful links, etc.

Crime Library.com: Serial Killers Page

Crime Magazine
An encyclopedia of crime, organized by types.

Rural Pipe Bombings

Reporter's Toolkit: Covering Sexual Assaults on Campus
From the Center for Public Integrity.

ATF: Stats and Resources on Mailbox Pipe Bombings
Press statements, studies, stats and more.

National Academies: Better Pipe Bomb Detection Needed
Information calling for new research being needed to improve detection, identification techniques for finding pipe bombs, catching bomb makers.

Emergency.com: History of Pipe Bombings
Some stats and references to past pipe bombings.

Crime and Terrorist Attacks

Terrorism Research Center
Resources and research including comprehensive listing of links to terrorism-related Web pages including profiles of individual terrorist groups compiled by the U.S. Navy's Dudley Knox Library.

National Police Chaplains Association
Has some terrorist-attack related resources.

Chicago Crime
Author Kevin Guilfoile writes about Chicago crime issues, trends, history, etc.

FBI site designed to help catch bank robbers.

TOOOL: Lock Picking Organization

Lock Pickology

Lock Picking 101


Miscellaneous Job Sites

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FindHow.com: How to Become a Journalist
Great resource for aspiring journalists.

Online job classifieds at all levels.

PR Talent
An excellent job-hunting site. Includes job alerts, RSS feed, forum page and job-hunting tips.

Career One-Stop
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

A meta-search job site.

A job/internship site tailored to college students looking for multimedia jobs. Watch imbedded videos from professionals on how to find jobs, interview, write cover letters, etc. If you are interested in Web reporting/production or TV production, take advantage of the advice on this site.

Academic Employment Network
Online job classifieds at all levels.

Career Infonet
State profiles, occupational and employment information.

Career advancement for professional women, with free, anonymous resume posting.

Best Jobs USA
USA Today?s jobs database.

Career Journal
Thousands of job listings.

Career Resource Center
Great tips and search tools.

Career Builder
Post a resume.

Part-time and freelance opportunities.

Wall Street Journal Job Listings
A deep, searchable database.

Great tips on how to assemble one and avoid jargon and meaningless phrases.

A great job postings site.

MSN: Jobs and Paychecks by County
Track the best and worst for jobs, pay, pay increases, etc.

Job Web
Another solid database.


Preparation resources and listings.

43 Weird Things Said in Job Interviews

Yahoo! Summer Jobs Directory
Includes some internships.

Monster.com Online Career Center
Searchable listings by geographic location.

Top 100 Electronic Recruiters
Ranking of top job sites.

Hire/post freelance positions.

UK Journalism Job Search
Full-time, freelancers, etc.

UK Journalism: Recruiting Editorial Staff?

Freelance Writing Organization International
A free site that hosts thousands of writing resources and writing links in a massive online database. 40+ genres, funds for writers, job listings, education, news, submission calls, research library. Writing resources range from adventure to westerns, agents to publishers. Professional resources for all writers, editors, journalists of all mediums.

SunOasis Jobs Board

Authorlink Jobs Available

MediaBistro Job Listings
Extensive list of writing, editing and journalism jobs.

The Write Jobs

Writerfind Jobs
Looking for work? These jobs can be done from a home office.

Offers extensive job listings, plus a free weekly e-mail newsletter update.

JournalistUSA Jobs Page

Associated Collegiate Press Jobs Page

Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Jobs Page

Louisiana Press Association Jobs Bank

New Jersey Press Association Jobs Bank

Hold the Front Page UK Jobs Page

The Riley Guide Jobs Page

Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communications
From the University of Georgia Grady Center, this site samples recent journalism graduate about issues such as the job market.

Lifehacker: What Sites Future Employers Are Checking When Looking at You

Journalism Job Sites
A listing of about 30 sites.

Writing Job Center

Resources for international journalists, including extensive job listings for editors, writers, and other media-related professionals (primarily in the UK).

The Media Network
This UK site offers a great selection of writing and editing jobs and gives journalists a place to post their resumes and "jobs wanted."

IwantMedia.com Job Layoffs Page
News industry gossip and stories on cutbacks.

CJR: Media Layoffs

Society for Technical Communication
Members include writers, editors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educators, students, engineers and scientists. Both national and chapter sites include permanent and contract job listings.

Media Layoffs
Lists and tracks layoffs in the industry.

I Want Media: Media People
Interviews with various folks in the media, including CEOs, editors and media writers.

SLA News Division Jobs and Internships Page
Site is primarily news librarian jobs and internships.


The Riley Guide Job Listings

The Riley Guide Resumes & Cover Letters

Linked In
A business site that networks thousands of professionals. Helps you find jobs, locate employees and close deals.

Presscard.com's Print Jobs



One-stop search tool covers job web sites, newspapers, and company career pages by keyword and location to fit your needs. You can search jobs alphabetically by state, job title, company, etc.

Gradlink's Careers in Journalism

MIT's Knight Science Journalism Fellowship

Western Kentucky's Journalism Jobs Page

Pittsburg State's Journalism Job Listings
Dozens of great links!

HRM News Careers.com
A listing of news jobs several areas.

Medialine Jobs Page
Broadcast jobs and resources galore: Agent directory, talent listings, links and mailing list.

A free real job salary data information site.

Media Job Pod


DMGT Recruitment Site
Has some journalism jobs.

Quint Careers Writing Resources

Quint's Careers Toolkit
Links, tips and more .




Online Public Relations
The site offers lots of links, including links to research sites, career resources and public affairs resources.

Jeff Gaulin's Canadian Journalism Job Board

Canada's biggest job site.


South Asian Journalists Association Job Bank
Journalism job listings and more!

Association of Health Care Journalists Job Site
Must be a member to use.

Society of Environmental Journalists Career Page

Check the Monster Board regularly.

A great listing of journalism jobs.

Yahoo! Club's Journalism Careers Page and Chat

Knight International Press Fellowships
The organization aims to improve the quality of journalism worldwide, and trains its participants to establish free press models overseas in conjunction with the local media. Seminars, programs and fellowships with an international focus are also available.

Knight Journalism Fellowships in Business, Medicine, Law and Education

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
MIT's mid-career program is designed for experienced journalists who cover science, technology, medicine or the environment, or for journalists who wish to prepare themselves to cover these fields. Fellows spend an academic year on campus, attending courses and participating in twice-weekly seminars with top researchers.

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism
Up to 10 fellowships are awarded each year to qualified journalists interested in enhancing their understanding and knowledge of economics, business and finance through study at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Nieman Fellowship
Twelve mid-career U.S. journalists and 12 from other countries are awarded the annual fellowship, which includes a yearlong individualized program of study and weekly seminars at Harvard University.

CyberSearch: Writer's Guide to Finding Jobs Online

The Resignator
This fun tool helps you draft a resignation letter.


Morning Coffee: Freelancing Writing Jobs Newsletter
From FreelanceWriting.com.


Search Engines/Blog Search

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Google Blog Search Tool

Search tool scans thousands of blogs. Search by directory or by posts.

Offers a specialty blog aggregator designed to help busy editors and news execs keep an eye on the blog conversation about the future of news. It offers a targeted search engine that will let you search all the blogs included, a daily digest of what news stories the news innovation blogs are linking to, excerpts of the latest posts (updated every 15 minutes) and links to the posts where the most robust discussions are going on in comments.


Ice Rocket
Similar to Google! in structure. Has a great advanced search page.

Google maps and Flikr use a global image map to show updated blogs in various cities.

Put in the URL of a page you want to keep tabs on and it automatically checks to see if the content has changed.

Sort of a Google feel to this blog search tool. Basically, it's a blog directory and aggregator all in one.

Subscribe to 15 different search engine feeds at the same time. Enter a search term and click the 'make monitor.opml' button to get a list of RSS feeds in OPML format.

Blogging Network is the easiest way to blog and the only site where you earn money blogging. You'll get readers right away, since your blog is automatically listed in the Blogging Network directory. The blogging system has a full set of features, from Microsoft Word-like rich text editing and up-to-date search to customizable templates and syndicated headlines. All you need is a Web browser -- there is no software to download.

A search tool that pulls results from social-networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn. The site also pulls results from other sites where users keep public profiles.

Suite101.com: Journalism
Resources from Daryl Lease.

Social search.




MSNBC: Weblog Central
The site claims is "serves as a perch from which you can observe and participate in the brave new world of personal news." Will Femia writes a daily Blogspotting Weblog.

Lets users create blogs.

Twitter Search
Look up thousands of Twitter feeds.


Web Search Techniques for Journalists
A great set of tips, both basic and advanced.

George Washington University: Space Policy Institute
Benefits of space research, satellites, etc.

NuevaSchool Search Tips and Links
A great quick-reference index of how to use search engines and other online research tools.

Google's Search Tips
Guidelines for using Google and other search engines.

Searching Tips
A short, but thorough quick reference on searches.

This site lets you automatically collect new information from your favorite Web pages when they?ve been updated. You?re then sent an e-mail or a personal Web page collects your updates.

Gary Price: Web Research Tools for Journalists
A great collection of Web site tools from guru Gary Price.

HotBot Quick-Search Deskbar
The free tool sits at the bottom of your computer screen and lets you make searches without an open browser.

Organizes searches into folders and groups similar items together.

Detailed info. on search engines.

A free newsletter from Search Engine Watch featuring web search news, reviews, tools, tips, and search engine headlines from across the web. SearchDay is published daily, with headlines only on Fridays.

Full of tips and other resources.

Power Reporting.com: Tips for Using Search Engines

Google Labs
Check out Google technologies in development.

Google Hot Trends
Track what people are searching for on the web.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Info, Reference and Search
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts on the web.

Local Website Archive
This free download offers a fast and easy way to store websites from your browser permanently for future reference. Information on the web often vanishes quickly, sometimes before you even have a chance to make use of it. Let Local Website Archive store the information you're interested in.

Get a list of 10 in-progress searches being conducted on the MetaCrawler search engine. It's updated every 15 seconds.

Altavista Real Searches
Top recent searches in specific categories.

Ask Jeeves: Peek Through the Keyhole
Get a list of 10 in-progress searches being conducted on this search engine. It's updated every 30 seconds.

Forbes.com: Best of the Web
Tracks trends in many e-industries and includes lists of links.

Wendy Boswell's About.com page on on web search.

Links2go: Journalism

Latest news and top videos/photos from the web.

Google Zeitgeist
An archive of what people are searching for online.

AltaVista Search Trends

The Search Engine's Search Engine
Listings of search engine links as well as ranking of the
21 top search engines and search directories in the United States.

The Yahoo! Buzz Index Top 20 Searches

The Lycos 50
Track search trends for the week.

Google Search Trends
Tracks patterns and gaining queries.

News about search marketing and search engines.


One of the Web's hottest specialized search sites.

Google Toolbar
It's worth the download. Makes surfing the Web much easier.

Google: Government Sites
Search government-only sites with this special Google feature.

Google Labs
A "how to" section on Google that looks at the site's emerging technologies, including Google Spreadsheets and Google Transits, where you can track public transportation.

Google News Archive Search
Search newspapers, magazines and article databases such as Factiva, LexisNexis, etc.

MSN's search tool that launched in June 2009.

This site, created by some former Google engineers, claims to search more web pages than any other search engine, and three times as many as Google. The site "searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When it finds a page with the keywords, it stays on that page and analyzes the rest of its content, its concepts, their interrelationships and the page's coherency.



The new, improved version of AskJeeves.com.

A very simple search tool that has special sections for films, etc..

Digg posts prominent links based on users, building a "social news site."

A search system in which you can visualize the Web site's screenshot previews before you click it so you don't have to access a link to figure out that it's a "not found page." Works well with mobile, too.

This search engine pulls images and video from all kinds of news resources. Browse by category, etc.

Yahoo! Next
Shows what tools are in beta and coming soon.

A multiple engine search tool.

This site provides basic information for free, including birth year, month, phone number and address for free and deeper background information for a fee. There is a fee for queries that return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes.

A search engine for movie clips online.

Search by ZIP code to see who in your area contributes to federal election campaigns.

An incredibly fast, helpful search tool. The site's FAST search technology scans more than 3,000 news sources worldwide and adds more than 800 articles per minute to its news catalog.

Helps you find e-mail addresses and phone numbers for friends, family you've lost touch with.

News Lookup
A great global search tool that lets you search by nation or topic.

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine

A great news search site that includes top headlines of the day.

Google Scholar
Search journals, articles, academic papers and more.

Science search tool is "the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web."

Online Journal Science Search Engine

Biology and genetics research.

A search engine dedicated to searching the Web for cures for specific diseases. Also has a news search feature.

Omni Medical Search
Search news, images, discussion forums, MedPro, etc. A great quick-search tool.

Bates Info Tip Newsletter
Search tips.

Displays search results as an image gallery of actual Web pages.

Allows to download an entire website from the Internet to a local directory, copying recursively the structure and all the content.

Meta-search site.

Image meta-search site.

Searches the web for photos.

A great meta-search tool for visuals.

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

Myriad Search
Meta-search tool that lets you use four search engines at once.

Pandia Search Tool

Do a video or web search.

Reporters can use this to track people and news stories on more than 50 popular sites, including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

Saves your search history. A very handy toolbar.

Will search the entire web, or you can limit the search to UK-based sites.

Search online videos and watch TV shows.

Search tool helps you find video and audio online.

Media sharing and video search tool.

Smashing Apps: Great Google Tricks
Cool search tips.

A great tool for analyzing and managing your search results. No plugins, logins or passwords required. You can see your results in a gallery you can pan and zoom save individual results to personalized workpads.

Search globally for radio stations and streaming sites.

Radio Directory

A search engine just for kids!

Search Engines Features Chart
A comparison chart of the major search engines and the factors that affect if and when a page is indexed.


Dewey Browser
Lets you point and click through the Dewey Decimal Classication to entries of interest, and browse a collection of Worldcat records and other material.

Time Magazine Archives
More than 81 years of articles are now online and searchable.

LifeHacker.com: Locate Original Documents Online
A guide to finding public records, etc.

Lifehacker: Top 20 Search Engine Helpers


MESA E-Mail Search

Lifehacker: Searching the Invisible Web

This site gives users the option to receive results from 24 search engines at a time.

This site is billed as a cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia. It provides searchers with full sentences about their search topic, rather than the sentence fragments most search engines offer. It seeks out authoritative and informative content, preferring encyclopedia-style fact-based descriptions to the chatty, spammy and inconsequential.

Yahoo! SearchMonkey
Enhances search engine performance with several add-on tools and tags.

College@Home: Niche Search Engines

Access 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free.

SearchSpy from Dogpile
Metasite that combines Google, Yahoo! and others into one search tool. A scrolling list of what people are searching at that moment.

Leadership Directories
Find leaders in government, foreign affairs, legal, media, etc.


KPLAY Search Site
Find a person's phone number, e-mail address; find local businesses, weather, etc.

Lycos Multimedia Search

MSN Windows Live Search
Adds new tools and a new look to help compete for advanced search users.

A France-based search engine that piggybacks on Google and other engines but presents its results unconventionally: as "maps." The results are displayed in a way that allows you to tell which sites are more important.


The site offers "transcript search" of podcasts. The site is fee-based service and allows you to search nearly all major TV networks and some local stations. The site also has a free transcript search of TV news video available on the open web from MSNBC, Reuters, etc.

Blinkx Video Search Engine

Free downloadable toolbar that discovers Web sites about topics you're interested in. More than 500 category topics to choose from. You must register, then click the "stumble upon" button.

Lets you easily share and discuss the Web and receive a real time broadcast of activity by people you like. Socialbrowse also shows you what's good on every page by embedding small icons next to links your friends have shared or commented on, right within the page.

Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines

This domain name search engine offers some unique features.

More than 2,000 searchable databases.


Infoplease.com Almanac Search Page

This site uses news aggregation and categorizes news stories on the Web into more than 150,000 pages. It relies on computer algorithms to sort stories. It monitors breaking news from over 3,000 sources, 24 hours a day. These algorithms read every story as it is released and then categorize each one into one or more topic pages. Among the category pages are separate ones for 30,000 U.S. cities and towns, 5,500 public companies and industries, 48,000 celebrities and musicians, 1,500 sports teams and personalities, and many, many more. Most helpful is the People page.

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine

A specialized directory for people and public records searching.

Grub uses the power of distributed computing to build Web searches. It automatically crawls the Web in the background, borrowing your computer's spare clock cycles, so you won't even notice it's there. The download is quick, you control how much you crawl, and a screensaver shows you the real-time progress your computer is making.

Amazon.com search site.

Track who has lifted content off your website. Just type in the URL of your site.

Search engine and online news, tools.

Pandia Search Engine for News Sites

Like Google News Search, this engine finds current news from all around the Internet. It automatically searches major online national and city newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade publications and press releases.

A free online article search.

A searchable directory of glossaries and subject directories covering hundreds of topics.

A British site with many U.S. resources. Updates every five minutes.

Search Moreover.com News Feeds
Searches many news feeds.

Fagan Finder
A great search tool that added several new features in May 2002. Journalists will be especially interested in the search engines, reference, news and law sections.

Search engine with great polls and surveys on user habits.

AltaVista Image Search

Check your spelling as you submit a query.

Search SEC Filings

Findia.Net Search
A good general search tool.

Library of Congress: Thomas Search Engine
Tracks congressional bills as they pass through the system.

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search

Quick reference area codes and zip codes.

Searches the web for podcasts.

Washington Post Bill Tracker
Search bills by state, voters, those who missed a vote, vote margin, etc.

FirstGov.Gov Search Database
The new database is built and powered by FAST Search and Transfer. FAST also provides the AllTheWeb engine. Limit terms by title, URL, text, state government, federal government or a specific domain.

A clipping-type tool that automatically looks for changes on web pages, any page at any level), as often as you like (every 30 minutes, hourly, daily, etc.) and then highlights precisely where on the page changes occur. Results are delivered via the tool or via e-mail.

A clipping-type tool similar to WebSite-Watcher.

Locally focused search engines from hundreds of countries.

All Law
Search engine and legal directory that has state resources.

Business search engine.

Business Publications Search Engine
Find several great topics, including Internet business, intellectual property issues, industry publications, economics, management and more.


1st Headlines
Searches current news headlines and can be refined by topic, country, breaking news.

A search time-saver: on one page, there are the search boxes for 20 of the most popular search engines. Not just links to each engine, although those links are there as well, but the actual search box for each engine.


Descibes itself as "an intelligent search engine."


A guide to Web portals. Many helpful tools.

The Paperboy.com

Inference Find

Washington Post.com World News Search
Enter country name in a database for news and Web links.

CNET Search.com

Metahoo! is an AD-FREE Web portal dedicated to simplifying the search process for its users by bringing back relevant and timely results as efficiently as possible. It offers users the ability to quickly and easily find information on the Web by searching through indexes of web documents. A user may enter a search term or terms and review a list of the best matches from all indexed Web pages.

Search texts, newsfeeds, study guides and message boards.

Powered by Google, the Web?s best search engine, it hunts down anything legal online.

An online search service for news and current events that delivers "meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines."

Another search tool that allows you to search blogs by geographic location.

Regret the Error
A blog that reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications, and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in North American media.

A reader blog that monitors the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Wayback Machine
Tied to a database of 10 billion archived Web pages that go back five years. See what old and defunct sites looked like. Heavy use, so download may be slow.

Yahoo News Search
Still in beta-testing. This site covers thousands of periodicals and web sites.

Downloadable software that makes searching the Web easier. The site has many Web search tools.

The Cybercafe Search Engine

A search engine for podcast.

Cinema FreeNet
Search for a database of movies, actors, directors, and producers.

She Knows Search Engine
A women's resource search tool: arts, business, education, parenting, health/fitness, finance and more.

Billed as the ultimate Elvis search engine and site directory, this is your Internet guide to the King.


How They Work: Submit keywords in the search box, and it transmits your search simultaneously to several individual search engines, subject directories and their databases of Web pages.

Billed as the "mother of all search engines," this tool keeps it simple.

Provides three types of results: 1) a listing of Web links; 2) clustering related links into categories; 3) "expert links" that bring together resources on specific topics. It removes duplicate links as well, thus speeding your search.

Results page groups links together, making it quicker to scan. Searches Yahoo, AltaVista, MSN/Hotbot, alltheweb, OpenDirectory/AOL, Excite, DirectHit, , EuroSeek.

This site searches Alta Vista, AOL.com, Direct Hit, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast Search, Google, GoTo, HotBot, , Lycos, Magellan, MSN Web, Netscape Netcenter, Open Directory, Snap, Web Crawler,Yahoo! and some international sites.

A metasearch thats search of Altavista, Fast & Wisenut.

Various search tools, people locator.

Surfs about 15 search engines and directories.

AOL, AltaVista, , EuroSeek, Excite, FindWhat, MSN, alltheweb, GoTo, Hotbot, Yahoo! Translates your search into each search engine's syntax.

Searches AltaVista and some minor databases.

A guide to the Web guides. This site makes it convenient to use many search tools all in one place.

Features meta-search capabilities which scan sistes such as ixQuick, AllTheWeb News, and News search from Northern Light. The site also has a "Grammar Matters" review section.


Good for general keyword searches.

Track what people are surfing online.

Debriefing Search Engine
Claims to be the "world's most powerful search engine."


Cyberjournalist Reporter's SuperSearch

Homeland Security Digital Library
Search engine allows you to scan more than 30 homeland security blogs.



Info - Encyclopedia and Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more. Includes Country Studies and North America Gazetteer.

Open directory project. Has look and feel of a Yahoo!

Librarians' Index to the Internet
A "thinking person's Yahoo" subject directory that's updated regularly.

Internet Public Library Pathfinder
University of Michigan librarians organize subject pages that included annotated suggestions for both the Web and library books. A great starting point for any story.

A high-quality subject directory; librarian-selected with flexible search option.

A dialogue-based format where search terms can be placed in natural language style.

Allows you to search products by brand, price and location. Created in Lebanon.

Contains a series of well-organized forms enabling one-click searching of Google's most powerful features, from mathematical calculations to language translation.

National Portrait Gallery Searchable Database
Search for all of their pieces by artist, title, etc.

National Gallery of Art Searchable Database
Search for all of their pieces by artist, title, etc.

A very handy search tool allows you to locate video interviews with non-fiction book editors.

Click on advanced search button.

U.S. City Directories
City directories, arguably one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s. This web site attempts to identify all printed, microfilmed, and online directories, and their repositories, for the United States.

Suite 101.com

Pretrieve.com Public Records Search Engine
A public records search tool designed to make finding information about a person or business from free public record sites faster and easier. Pretrieve provides categorized tabs with links to meaningful and relevant information and delivers users directly to their search results -- not simply dumping them off at the front door of the home page -- by preloading the search criteria.

Scout Report Signpost
More than 8,000 of the best internet resources chosen by Scout Report.

Helps you find any online newspaper in the world.

RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

West Egg ClicheFinder Search Engine
More than 3,300 indexed cliches. Look them up and edit them out of stories.


How They Work: These are databases and online tools that the search engines and subject directories often miss. They're great for finding powerful databases and research on a a variety of topics.

CNET Search.com
This "Invisible Web" tool offers specialized search topics such as business, government, people and travel.

HyperStat Searchable Stats Database
Powered by Rice University.

SearchSystems.net Database Links
Links to almost 5,000 public records databases. Claims to be the largest free collection of public records databases on the Web.

MIT student project tracks videos kicked off YouTube for alleged copyright infringement.


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