The useful side of the Net

A few issues ago, I discussed the Google search engine and all that it can do for you. Even though you can find just about anything through Google...

Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FICD

A few issues ago, I discussed the Google search engine and all that it can do for you. Even though you can find just about anything through Google and other search engines, there are plenty of other great "specialty" sites out there where you can find some very useful information ... and sometimes must faster.

What follows is a listing of some of these specialty information sites.

How to do things: www.howstuffworks.com

How to find product recalls: www.recalls.gov

Hardware and software support: www.computing.net

Windows tips: www.brians buzz.com

Computer self-help: www.ehow .com

PDA help: www.pdasupport.com

Defining terminology: www. webopedia.com

Troubleshooting appliances: www.appliance411. com

Do-it-yourself guides: www. diynet.com

Facts and figures: www. refdesk.com

A directory of just about everything: www.freepint.com/gary/ handbook.htm

Homework helper: reference. yahoo.com

A free encyclopedia: en.wiki pedia.org

Find new stories: www.daypop.com

Find magazine articles: www.magportal.com

Financial information: moneycentral.msn.com

Information on our government: www.first gov.gov

Finding information in national and state records: www.searchsystems.net

Search for demographics: www.melissadata.com

Cooking information: www.epicurious.com

Wine information: www.winespectator.com

Medical information: www.mayoclinic.com or www.webmd.com

Free Medline access: www.citeline.com

What's happening around the world: www.what sonwhen.com

Comparison shopping: www.shopping.com or www.pricegrabber.com

Opinions of products: www.epinions.com or www.consumerreview.com

Finding the right gift: www.surprise.com

Take personality tests: web.tickle.com

How popular is a web site: www.alexa.com

Finding people: www.anywho.com

Finding a good restaurant for ordinary people: www.chowhound.com

Reading a multitude of movie reviews: www.metacritic.com

Information on car prices: www.edmunds.com

Finding continuing-education programs: www.findce.com

Information on digital cameras: www.dcpreview.com

Genealogy information: www.ancestry.com

Maps and directions: www.mapquest.com

Drug information: www.rx list.com

How to make puzzles: www.puzzlemaker.com

Reviews and downloads: www.cnet.com or www.zdnet.com

Where to travel: www.expedia.com or www.travelocity.com

I could go on and discuss many other categories, but there would not be enough space in this issue of Dental Economics to list them all. The listings in this column will give you a variety of sites to start using to find useful information. Make a copy of this column and save it ... or, add all of these sites to your list of favorite Web sites to visit. They will come in handy at one time or another.

Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FICD, practices general dentistry in St. Louis. He also is the editor of St. Louis Dentistry magazine and spokesman and critical-issue-response-team chairman for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. His address on the Internet is www.dfdasmiles.com. Contact him by email at jeff@dfdasmiles.com, by phone at (314) 567-5612, or by fax at (314) 567-9047.

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