Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 16, 2001, page 16
Here are six high-quality online resources for students that so far have survived the pullback of advertisers and investors in education-related web services:
– Encyclopedia Britannica (http://www.britannica.com). The site includes the Encyclopedia Britannica and access to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus, as well as other links. Pages do include pop-up ads.
– Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org). Created by the University of Michigan’s School of Information, this site provides information and links to other sites by subject, similar to a physical library.
– Cool and Useful Student Resources (http://www.teleport.com/~burrell/). Designed for high school students, this site compares and ranks web sites by topic. Updating is spotty, as some links lead to defunct sites or incorrect addresses.
– Bigchalk (http://www.bigchalk.com). This is one of the best commercial search engines in the education market. Users can ask to search by subject and for grade-appropriate material simultaneously.
– WWW Virtual Library (http://www.vlib.org). This site features a search engine designed to find the most-relevant information, not the most commonly visited sites on a subject. This is in contrast to the underlying logic of many leading search engines, such as Google, which provide responses based on which sites are visited most often.
– Tutorcafe (http://www.tutorcafe.com). This is a clearinghouse for tutors on every subject imaginable. The site lists prices, location, and expertise of tutors online.