NEED TO FIND SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET?
The Internet is composed of more than 100 million host computers and
tons and tons of information. When we refer to the World Wide Web, we
are referring to the graphical portion of the Internet. The key to doing
effective research on the Internet is getting to the right information
quickly. There are a number of excellent sites that will provide you
with the "basics" of using the Internet and pointers on using Internet
search engines to find the information you need. Some of these sites
are included in this guide.
Getting Started on the Internet
A helpful and intelligent introduction to the Internet from the Imaginary
Internet Basics from A-Z
Many helpful sections on this site, including tutorials.
Collection of tutorials assembled and maintained by the University at
Albany Libraries for topics from Basic Internet to Search Engines to
Learn the Net: An Internet Guide and Tutorial
Multilingual guide offers a humane introduction to the basics of cyberspace.
The most popular search engines are:
All of these "general" search engines will yield different results
given similar search keywords. This is because each search engine is
organized differently and uses different databases. If your search results
in too much information, look more closely at the advanced search options
that are provided by many of the search engines. If you follow their
instructions, you can effectively narrow your search.
There are also "specialized" search engines, such as:
NEED TO DO SOME BUSINESS RESEARCH?
Research in economics and business requires familiarity with a number
of different kinds of sources: statistical, informational, and analytical.
The researcher may need demographic data, sales figures, analysis of
a trend, or up-to-date information on changes in a given industry. This
guide provides leads to research tools for economics and business.
This site offers links to a vast collection of business resources.
United States Corporate Information
This site provides information on publicly traded companies (companies
that trade on one of the stock markets), privately held companies, regional-based
sites (companies in one particular region), and sector-specific sites
(companies within a particular sector or industry).
The Forbes 500 Top Private Companies
This list gives the top 500 private companies and their ranking. Click
the link to the International 500. Then click individual company names
to find more information and a brief write-up on the firm. Originally
published in Forbes magazine.
American City Business Journals Inc. is the nation's largest publisher
of metropolitan business newspapers, serving 40 of the country's most
Annual Report Service
The Public Register's Annual Report Service (PRARS) offers company financials,
including annual reports and prospectuses on over 3,600 public companies
free of charge to the U.S. investing public.
Hoover's Online features links to news, lists, stock quotes, and other
products, such as Hoover's Industry Snapshots (global industry overviews).
Hoover's offers approximately 250,000 company profiles (company histories,
strategies, market positions, major events, and other information) available
via online subscription.
This site lists 50,000 manufacturers and developers of high-tech products.
This site also has lots of other demographic information and good search
NEED MORE BUSINESS INFORMATION?
This section contains sites that may also be of assistance in researching
a private (or public) company. The following sites don't have corporate
profiles, but they tell you interesting details about the company you
are researching. Sites with raw data are often better research sources
than sites that attempt to rank the "best" companies.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Database
Sometimes it is useful to know what (if any) patents a company has.
This site will help you search, but remember that sometimes a patent
might be in the individual inventor's name or perhaps in the name of
a subsidiary. Of course, you can also check individuals' patents here.
Research copyrights registered since 1978 at the Library of Congress.
RTK Net Environmental Databases
Provided by the Right to Know Network, this site offers various government
databases about environmental issues that companies face. The searching
takes a bit of getting used to, but there are help files available.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Get all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections
and violations noted since 1972.
Federal Trade Commission
With this archive, you can search Formal Actions to see if the FTC has
ever taken action against a company.
Federal Election Commission
Find out if a company or other organization has given "soft money,"
and to whom.
NEED TO DO SOME GENERAL RESEARCH?
NEED TO LOCATE A GOVERNMENT AGENCY?
NEED A JOB?
As its name implies, this site targets job seekers. The site provides
a search engine for millions of job sites. So even if you aren't necessarily
looking for a job, this might be a good place to find out what a particular
company does. Descriptions vary in length.
America's Job Bank is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor
and the state-operated public employment service.
U.S. occupations are featured in this information-rich resource from
the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It includes job duties, working conditions,
training and education requirements, salary, and number of people employed
in an occupation as well as a projection of the growth or decline in
INTERESTED IN SPORTS?
NEED TO CALL SOMEONE?
This site contains a yellow pages directory for the United States. You
can select up to five business types to look up. It can display up to
100 business names, addresses, and phone numbers on each page. You can
select one particular state, an area code, a Zip code, or a city.
This site offers names, addresses, and phone numbers of millions of
American businesses. Also provided for free is a personal credit rating
(e.g., excellent, very good, good, etc). For $3 you can order a brief
profile about a company-a sample has been provided for free.
WANT TO WATCH SOME TV?
WANT TO READ A NEWSPAPER?
WANT TO READ A MAGAZINE?
NEED A BREAK?