Tara Calishain is the co-author of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research, 2nd Edition, and author or co-author of four other books. She is the owner of CopperSky Writing & Research.
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TechnologyEvaluation.com (http://technologyevaluation.com/) recently announced several upgrades to its research site. TechnologyEvaluation.com was designed to be a one-stop-shop for research and information on the IT industry.
When you first hit the site you’ll see two distinct navigation tools. There’s a set of pointers to research on the left side of the screen, and a set of navigation tabs in the upper-middle part of the screen. The research pointers will take you to summaries of research information with blue headlines and summary text. The summary headlines are clickable, but you’ll have to register to get access to the more extensive information. (Registration appears to be free but they do ask for a variety of personal information.) This site also has a search engine if you’re looking for something very specific.
In addition to providing bankruptcy information on large publicly held companies, BankruptcyData.com (http://BankruptcyData.com/) now offers a free daily news service for subscribers who would like to receive e-mail highlights on significant companies operating under bankruptcy protection. The site also offers key dates in corporate filings, background on pre-negotiated Chapter 11 filings and in-depth information on Bankruptcy Courts nationwide. Sign up for the newsletter at http://BankruptcyData.com/OnlineNewsSubscr.asp; see the headlines that make up the newsletter at http://BankruptcyData.com/PRACTICE/NewsEdgeFramesPage.htm .
If you’re looking for newsletters on several different topics, check
out BRIEFME.COM at http://www.briefme.com/. They have dozens of newsletters, from Advertising and Marketing to Women’s Health and Fitness. Before you sign up, go poke around in the archives at http://www.briefme.com/archive/. It looks like all the newsletters are provided in plain text and delivered weekly. Once you find a few you want, you can subscribe to as many as you like at http://www.briefme.com/subscribe/sub.cgi .
Pacific Information Systems has added dozens of links to its index of public information databases, including
Canada – Postal Code Lookup
Canada – Bankruptcy – Insolvency Name Search
Quebec – Business Directory
U.S. Nationwide – Adoptions
U.S. Nationwide – Automobiles- Lemon Check
U.S. – IRS Bulletins
Pacific Information currently provides links to over 1,250 databases. Access it at http://www.pac-info.com/.
If you’re looking for obituaries, the Internet is giving you a couple of new options. ObitFinder (http://www.legacy.com/ObitFinder.asp) assists you in finding recent obits from over 1,000 different newspapers. You may search by keyword or name, and narrow your search to certain states. Just a quick search of the database found obituaries that were almost a year old. Legacy.com also offers a map of newspaper obituary sections which covers the US and Canada; access that at http://www.legacy.com/NewspaperMap.asp. FuneralNet (http://www.funeralnet.com/ ) also offers obituary searching; skip the front page search and go right to the advanced search at http://www.funeralnet.com/memorials/obits_list.cgi?action=advanced . You can search by name, city, country, and month and year of death. A quick search left the impression that this database is not as large as ObitFinder’s.
The Louisiana statutes are now online and searchable at http://www.legis.state.la.us/ . The search form itself is at http://www.legis.state.la.us/tsrs/search.htm . The codes (Civil, Criminal, Children, Evidence, Civil Procedure) will be available “soon,” according to SH who sent this in. Thanks SH!
Have you noticed that the bigger the Internet gets, the more relevant humans become in navigating it? The latest support for this hypothesis is the announcement of the askahistorian.com joint venture announcement, March 29. This new service will employ professional historians for everything from answering basic queries to providing in-depth research and analysis. The service will not be available until September, 2000 (it is estimated) but the site is live at http://www.askahistorian.com/ (they’re recruiting).