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“Free” information series: Web indexes

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June 19, 2013

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As I continue exploring the digital marketplace and the 80 billion web pages of “free” information available to us today, a proper index of the online databases, references and search engines is an important starting point.

Most of us stumble across new information each and every day, without any real concept of how much information is really available to us. I wanted to provide a high-level snapshot of the free and subscription-based contents, the reference database and “table-of-contents” of our massive and universal online library.

Obviously, this list is a very partial, super-compressed listing that will continue to expand and contract in number. Each of the following eight categories provides a link to the listing, with individual links from the listings to thousands of specific reference databases and engines:

General Directory – thousands of online reference databases:
http://www.directorycritic.com/free-directory-list.html?pg=69&sort=average_points

Academic Databases and Search Engines – hundreds of online academic databases: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_engines

Encyclopedias – hundreds of online encyclopedias:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_encyclopedias

Dictionaries – over thirty online dictionaries:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_dictionaries

Digital Library Projects – hundreds of online digital libraries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_digital_library_projects

Magazines – hundreds of online magazine archives:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_magazines

Newspapers – thousands of online newspaper archives:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives

Search Engines – hundreds of search engines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines

“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.”

– Tim Berners-Lee

Rob Corrao

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Rob Corrao is CEO at LAC Group and is responsible for business operations and integration of all company service lines, mergers and acquisitions.
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