Web Subject Directories
Last updated Oct. 01, 2007.
by Greg R. Notess
Subject directories include human-selected Internet resources and are arranged and classified in hierarchical topics. Most search engines and portals have a subject directory component or partner. Use these for with broad topics and to find a few good sites on a particular topic.
|User Submitted, editors||3,000,000?||+, -||Automatic, except in phrase||t:title
|Categories then Google|
|75,000 editors||4,830,000||and, or, andnot, +, -||Yes, *||None||Categories then sites|
|Librarians' Index (LII)||Public Librarians||10,000||and, or, not, ( ) "phrase"||Yes, *||Subject, title, author, more||Relevance|
|InfoMine||Academic Librarians||120,000||and, or, and not, ( ), near4||Yes, *||Subject, title, author, more||Relevance, title|
|Academic selections||30,000?||and, OR, -||No||None||Relevance|
There are many other specialized subject directories and many other general ones. About.com is arranged like a subject directory and includes over 400 meta sites on many topics. Others to consider include the World Wide Web Virtual Library, GoGuides, and JoeAnt. Also consider using Wikipedia as a very selective directory. Find an article on the topic and look for "List of [topic]" entry like "List of Web directories" or the "External Links" section of an article.