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In this section:

There are about 340 sites listed below. It might as well be 340 million for all the good it will do a reporter who doesn’t build and update bookmarks for sites about their beats. So the logical question should be: How do I do that? Well, SPJ's Staci Kramer advises journalists not to surf on deadline but to look for Web site information off deadline, when there is time to putter around the ’puter and explore online nooks and crannies. The sites below should help reporters discover info on and off beats during what we could laughingly call our "downtime."

The architecture of what follows is built around those "gotta have" sites, which are repeated in the (non-Kerouac) beat section; specific sites for Buffalo and the region, the state, the feds and oh, Canada; and then a loose topical/beat structure that is (even more) loosely alphabetized within each group. Don't be afraid to browse, but set a time limit per day when browsing to stay fresh.

If the URL is known, but a reporter wants to know if it is included, consult the alphabetical listing first to find out where it may be grouped.

All sites were current as of spring 2002.

 

A dozen gotta haves

 

Shuffle off to Buffalo, et al (12)

 

New York state (8) (also check under individual subjects)

 

Oh, Canada! (4)

 

Beat index

Airlines (5)

Autos (2)

Biographies (3)

Business (42)

ANNUAL REPORTS:

COMPANY INFO:

CONSUMER CONCERNS:

DATA & STATS:

EDGAR (see Securities and Exchange Commission in this listing)

GOVERNMENT:

MARKETS:

MONEY MATTERS:

PUBLICATIONS AND WATERING HOLES:

RESOURCES:

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION:

Calculators (8)

Census (2)

Computers & Tech Stuff (8)

Culture & Entertainment (12)

Education (3)

Elections (13)

Energy & Environment (5)

Facts & Data (9)

Finding People (18)

DEAD OR ALIVE?

Finding Sources (11)

Foreign Governments (6)

IRS (2)

Law (includes courts, criminal justice, etc.) (14)

COPS & ROBBERS STATS & STUFF

LAW & LEGAL STUFF

Mailing Lists & News Filters (7)

Media, etc. (19)

FOI

Medicine (12)

Nonprofits (3)

Patents (1)

Public Records & Databases (3)

Real Estate & Property (3)

References (also see Facts & Data) (17)

Reporting Tips (15)

Search Engines & Directories (33)

BACKGROUND

LIBRARY GATEWAYS

SEARCH THE INVISIBLE WEB

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC DATABASES

 

 

Speeches & Quotes (4)

Sports (2)

Stats Stuff & Even More Fun With Numbers (5)

Translations & Languages (3)

U.S. Gov't. (agencies & misc.) (16)

U.S. Gov't. (elected officials) (7)

Weather (3)

 

 

Alphabetical index:

#'s

10kwizard.com (business)

209.8.151.142/vlj.html (reporting tips)

50lycos.com (search engines)

A

about.com (mailing lists)

abuzz.com (search engines)

academicinfo.net (search engines)

access.gpo.gov -- Government Printing Office (U.S. gov't., agencies)

achoo.com (medicine)

acronymfinder.com (references)

acronyms.ch (computers)

aint-it-cool.com (culture)

airliners.net (airlines)

airnav.com/airports (airlines)

albany.edu/sourcebook (law)

aldea.com/guides -- UniGuide to U.S. universities (education)

allaboutcollege.com (education)

allwny.com (Buffalo)

altavista.com (search engines)

amazon.com (culture)

anywho.com (finding people)

archive.org (media)

arts.endow.gov -- National Endowment for the arts (culture)

artsbuffalo.com (Buffalo)

askjeeves.com (search engines)

askoxford.com (references)

assignmenteditor.com (reporting tips)

associationcentral.com (elections)

B

barnesandnoble.com (culture)

bartleby.com (culture)

beaucoup.com (search engines)

bfn.org — Buffalo Free-Net (Buffalo)

bhw.buffnet.net — Buffalo History Works (Buffalo)

bigyellow.com (finding people)

biography.com (biographies)

bioguide.congress (U.S. gov't., elected officials)

bizweb.com (business)

bloomberg.com (business)

bloomberguniversity.com (business)

bls.gov -- Bureau of Labor Statistics (stats stuff)

britannica.com (facts & data)

buffalocvb.com (Buffalo)

buffalolib.org (Buffalo)

buffalonewspaperguild.com (media & Buffalo)

business.gov (business)

businessweek.com (business)

businesswire.com (business)

C

campaignfinance.org (elections)

carfax.com (autos)

cdc.gov -- Centers for Disease Control (medicine)

cdc.gov/mmws — morbidity and mortality rates (business)

cdc.gov/nchs -- National Center for Health Statistics (medicine)

census.gov (census)

ceoexpress.com/default.asp (business)

ci.buffalo.ny.us (Buffalo)

cia.gov (foreign gov'ts.)

cjr.org/resources -- Columbia Journalism Review (calculators)

cjr.org/resources/lc -- CJR (culture)

clearinghouse.net (reporting tips)

clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.php3 (U.S. gov’t., elected officials)

cnnfn.com (business)

consumerreports.com (business)

consumerworld.org (business)

contemporarypoetry.com (translations & languages)

copernic.com (search engines)

corporateinformation.com (business)

crime.org (law)

culturefinder.com (culture)

cyberjournalist.net (search engines)

D

dailynews.yahoo.com/fc (media)

daypop.com (search engines)

dead-or-alive.org (biographies)

defenselink.mil -- Defense Dept. (U.S. gov't., agencies)

dictionary.com (references)

digital-librarian.com (search engines)

ditto.com (facts & data)

dnc.org -- Democratic Party (elections)

dogpile.com (search engines)

domania.com (real estate)

dpsinfo.com/dps.html (finding people)

E

econdata.com (business)

edgar-online.com (business)

eff.org -- Electronic Frontier Foundation (media)

eia.doe.gov. -- Energy Info. Admin. (energy & environment)

empirepage.com (NYS)

encarta.msn.com (references)

encyclopedia.com -- Concise Columbia Electronic Encyc. (references)

epa.gov. -- Environmental Protection Agency (energy & environment)

epic.org -- Electronic Privacy Info. Ctr. (media)

erie.gov (Buffalo)

F

faa.gov (airlines)

facsnet.org (finding sources)

fagan.f2s.com (search engines)

fallstourism.com (Canada)

fbi.gov (law)

fdic.gov -- Fed. Deposit Insurance Corp. (business)

fec.gov -- Fed. Election Comm. (elections)

federalreserve.gov (business)

fedstats.gov (stats)

fedworld.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

ferc.fed.us -- Fed. Energy Reg. Comm. (energy & environment)

findarticles.com (media)

findlaw.com (law)

firstgov.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

flightview.com (airlines)

followthemoney.org -- Nat. Instit. On Money in State Politics (elections)

fool.com -- Motley Fool (business)

forbes.com (business)

foreignwire.com (foreign gov'ts.)

freeedgar.com (business)

freetranslation.com (translations & languages)

ft.com -- Financial Times (business)

G

gallup.com (elections)

gao.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

give.org -- BBB Wise Giving Alliance (nonprofits)

gksoft.com (U.S. gov't., agencies)

google.com (search engines)

groups.google.com (finding sources)

growbuf.org (Buffalo)

guestfinder.com (finding sources)

guidestar.org (nonprofits)

guinnessrecords.com (references)

gwis2.circ.gwu.edu -- Speech & Transcripts Ctr. (speeches & search engines)

gwis2.circ.gwu.edu/~gprice/listof.htm (reporting tips)

H

healthcarefordummies.com (medicine)

healthfinder.gov (medicine)

healthsquare.com (medicine)

home2.doc.gov -- Dept. of Commerce (U.S. gov't., agencies)

homefair.com (calculators)

hoovers.com (business)

hotbot.com (search engines)

hotbot.lycos.com/help/domains.asp (computers)

house.gov -- U.S. House of Rep. (U.S. gov't., elected officials)

howstuffworks.com (computers)

hud.gov (real estate)

I

iaf.net -- Internet Address Finder (finding people)

ibiblio.org (finding sources)

ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html (media)

ils.unc.edu/crfilter (U.S. gov’t., elected officials)

imdb.com -- Internet Movie Database (culture)

indo.com/distance (stats)

indorgs.virginia.edu -- U. of Virginia (real estate)

info.alexa.com/data/destination_site/missing_link (search engines)

infobel.be (finding people)

infoctr.edu (U.S. gov't., agencies)

infopeople.org (search engines)

infoplease.com (references)

infoseek.com (search engines)

infospace.com (finding people)

internetnews.com (business)

invisibleweb.com (search engines)

ipl.org/ref/que/pf -- Internet Public Library (references)

ire.org -- Investigative Reporters & Editors (reporting tips)

irs.gov (IRS)

iTools.com (references)

iwantmedia.com (media)

ixquick.com (search engines)

J

journalismnet.com (reporting tips)

journalistexpress.com (reporting tips)

journaliststoolbox.com (references)

jsc.nasa.gov (calculators)

K

kbb.com -- Kelley Blue Book (autos)

L

labor.state.ny.us — NYS Labor Department (business)

landings.com (airlines)

law.cornell.edu (law)

lawguru.com (law)

lawoffice.com (law)

lib.lsu.edu -- Louisiana State (business)

lib.uiowa.edu -- Hardin Lib. For Health Sciences (medicine)

libraryspot.com (references)

lii.org (search engines)

link-usa.com/zipcode (stats)

liszt.com (search engines)

lobbyistdirectory.com (elections)

loc.gov -- Library of Congress (U.S. gov't., agencies)

M

mapquest.com (facts & data)

marketingsource.com/associations (finding sources)

math.com (calculators)

medialin.com (finding sources)

mediamap.com (finding sources)

merckhomeedition.com (medicine)

mervinblock.com (reporting tips)

mesa.rrzn.uni-hannover.de (finding people)

met-www.cit.cornell.edu — Northeast Regional Climate Center (weather)

moneywords.com (business)

moreover.com (media)

m-w.com -- Merriam-Webster (references)

N

nara.gov -- National Archives (speeches)

nasa.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

nasdaq.com (business)

nasdr.com (business)

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

nces.ed.gov — Nat. Ctr. For Ed. Stats. (education)

ncjrs.org -- Nat. Crim. Just. Ref. Service (law)

news.com -- CNET (business)

newsblues.com (media)

newsdirectory.com (media)

newsengin.com (calculators)

newsindex.com (mailing lists)

newslab.org (calculators)

niagaraparks.com (Canada)

nicar.org (media)

nih.gov (medicine)

nlm.nih.gov -- Nat. Lib. of Medicine (U.S. gov't., agencies)

nonprofits.org (nonprofits)

nrc.gov -- Nuke Reg. Comm. (energy & environment)

nyse.com (business)

nysl.nysed.gov (NYS)

nysparks.com (NYS)

nytimes.com/library/cyber/reference/busconn.html (business)

nytimes.com/library/tech/reference/cynavi.html (reporting tips)

nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html -- NY Times Book Review (culture)

nws.noaa.gov -- Nat. Weather Service (weather)

O

odci.gov (foreign gov'ts.)

officer.com (law)

ogs.state.ny.us (NYS)

ojp.usdoj.gov -- Bureau of Justice Stats. (law)

onlineconversion.com (calculators)

ontariotravel.net (Canada)

opensecrets.org (elections)

oscars.org (culture)

osha.gov (business)

oyez.com (law)

P

pac-info.com (public records)

people.yahoo.com (finding people)

people-press.org (elections)

piperinfo.com (NYS)

plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine (facts & data)

poisonkitchen.com (media)

politicalgraveyard.com/index.html (finding people)

political.resources.net (foreign gov'ts.)

politicsny.com (NYS)

powerreporting.com (reporting tips)

poynter.org/dj/shedden/031901.html (census)

poynter.org/medianews (media)

poynter.org/morningmeeting (reporting tips)

profnet.com (finding sources)

profusion.com (search engines)

publist.com (media)

Q

quickbrowse.com (mailing lists)

quotationspage.com (speeches)

R

rcfp.org (media)

refdesk.com (facts & data)

regional.niagara.on.ca (Canada)

register.com (computers)

reportgallery.com (business)

reuters.com (business)

rhymezone (references)

rin.buffalo.edu — Regional Info Network (Buffalo)

robertniles.com/data (facts & data)

robertniles.com/stats (stats)

rnc.org -- Republican Party (elections)

rxlist.com (medicine)

ryerson.ca (finding sources)

S

s9.com (biographies)

samspade.org (finding people)

savvysearch.com (search engines)

sci.lib.uci.edu -- Martindale's Ref. Desk (references)

scorecard.org -- Envir. Def. Fund (energy & environment)

search.com (search engines)

searchedu.com (search engines)

searchenginewatch.com (search engines)

searchmil.com (search engines)

searchsystems.net (public records)

sec.gov (business)

sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar (business)

sec.gov/edgarhp.htm (business)

semaphorecorp.com (finding people)

senate.gov (U.S. gov't., agencies)

senate.gov/legislative/legis_act_rollcall_today.html (U.S. gov’t., elected officials)

si.edu-Smithsonian (U.S. gov't., agencies)

siliconinvestor.com (business)

smartmoney.com (business)

snopes2.com (reporting tips)

spaceimaging.com (facts & data)

spinsanity.com (elections)

spj.org (media)

sportsearch.com (sports)

sportspages.com (sports)

state.gov -- State Dept. (U.S. gov't., agencies)

stete.ny.us (New York state)

stateline.org (reporting tips)

supremecourtus.gov (law)

switchboard.com (finding people)

T

tech.mit.edu -- Shakespeare (culture)

teldir.com (finding people)

teoma.com (search engines)

terraserver.com (facts & data)

thomas.loc.gov (U.S. gov’t agencies)

tile.net (mailing lists)

timeanddate.com (references)

timeconverter.com (calculators)

topica.com (mailing lists)

totalnews.com (mailing lists)

trac.syr.edu -- Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (law)

tracerlock.com (computers)

tray.com-FEC (elections)

tvnews.vanderbilt.edu (media)

tvspy.com (media)

U

un.org -- United Nations (foreign gov'ts.)

urbanlegands.about.com (reporting tips)

usps.com — U.S. Postal Service (U.S. gov’t. agencies)

uspto.gov (patents)

V

vitalrec.com (public records)

vlib.org (search engines)

voa.gov (references)

vote-smart.org (elections)

vpcalendar.net (references)

W

w100.com -- Business Web 100 (business)

weather.com (weather)

webmd.com (medicine)

webopedia.com (computers)

webring.org (search engines)

webslingerz.com -- congressional e-mail directory (finding people)

whatis.com (computers)

whitehouse.gov (speeches & U.S. gov't., elected officials)

whitepages.com (finding people)

whois.net (finding people)

whoisaliveandwhoisdead.com (finding people)

whowhere.lycos.com (finding people)

wnywired.net (Buffalo)

world.altavista.com (translations)

worldskip.com (foreign gov'ts.)

wwar.com -- World Wide Arts Resources (culture)

XYZ

x-rates.com (business)

xrefer.com (facts & data)

yahoo.com (search engines)

yahoogroups.com (mailing lists)

yearbook.com (finding sources)

yil.com/daily/useful/archive.asp (reporting tips)

zpub.com (business)