Knowledge Portals and Resource Directories


Many Web Portals—"gateways"—began as Search Engines, and still retain the search option. Over time, to compete for users, they have added selected links, often arranged by subject, to many other resources on the web. In the latest round of improvements, some portals are adding free PIMs (Personal Information Managers), software which provides address book capability and even calendaring facilities. Other sites included here have always striven for excellence in their selection of links and topical guides.

This site lives up to its motto: "the Human Internet", offering more 600 Guides on thousands of topics. Each topical Guide is the responsibility of a human selector, who is an expert in the field.

In addition to its search engine and Babelfish translator, Alta Vista offers 13 major categories of links, each with a fly-out menu and submenus.

With its powerful NetFind tools, Subject-oriented Web Centers, Shortcuts to interesting sites, Shopping and Community gateways, AOL has a lot to offer, and membership is not required for access.

A Librarian's choice of the best of the web, divided into 90 categories.


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Web directory, news, weather, classifieds, chat, e-mail, and many personalized features in addition to its famous search engine.

Web portal that integrates the highest quality content and services of recognized leaders to create a powerful and unique online experience.

This award-winning vertical information portal of the best library and reference resources on the Web, was one of 33 Web sites selected by Forbes magazine as a "Forbes Favorite" Web site in the publication's new Best of The Web guide.

Headlines, Shopping, tools, 14 major subject categories and many more features mounted by Lycos A2Z site.


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Michigan's own resource guide.

News, e-mail, subject directories, local information, and a lot more!

The Open Directory Project has as its goal to produce a comprehensive, selective directory of web resources. The Project rests upon the contributions of volunteer subject specialists. There are 16 major categories, each of which is subdivided into several topical groups, all of which are searchable..


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One-click access to all online U.S. Federal Government Resources.

The oldest catalog of the web, continuously updated. Virtual Library was started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web itself. Widely recognized as being among the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web.

A browseable and searchable directory of internet resources. Access "Yahoo! Metros" and World Yahoos' regional directories, a kids' guide, and many personalization options.


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