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Using the Internet
Evaluating Internet Sources
Military Services and DoD
- CALL Military Domain Search, includes index of .mil-only sites not available to Google and other engines below. However, if you think the file you are looking for might be available to commercial search engines, then try the ones below first. This engine at CALL is very good on comprehensiveness (searches more .mil pages than do public search engines), but the relevancy of results can sometimes be lacking -- i.e., you may have to scroll through a lot of results to find the one you need, unless you come up with a really good set of search terms.
- Statistical Resources on the Web - Military and Defense, U. of Mich.
- Military.com, includes search for military units and people you served with
Searching Government Web Pages
- Google can be limited to just edu
Military Bases, Education Offices, People, Pay, etc.
Embassies, Travel, & International Studies
- See also AWC Gateway to International Studies, includes military and civilian links, travel medicine, weather, nonverbal communication, etc.
- US Embassies and Consulates
- The Electronic Embassy, guide to Washington, D.C., foreign embassy community
- Foreign Government Resources on the Web, by U. of Mich.
- Library of Congress, Country Studies, all aspects, from historical to cultural to political -- built-in search engine -- recently added the countries of Central Asia, although info often is only as new as 1996
Search Engines, General
MetaSearch, Using Multiple Search Engines Simultaneously
Searching the Invisible Web and non-Web Internet Resources
Portals and Starting Points
- Searching the Internet, National Defense University Library ( Local Copy)
- Evaluating Web Resources, NDU Library ( Local Copy)
- Reference Websites, NDU Library ( Local Copy)
- Tutorials, Tools, & Training re: searching the Internet, NDU Library ( Local Copy)
- List of Search Engines and Internet Catalogs, NDU Library ( Local Copy)
- Sample Searches on a Variety of Search Engines, NDU Library ( Local Copy)
- AU Research Web
- Web 101, Search Engines Explained, from HotWired (http://www.hotwired.com/webmonkey/guides/web/index.html)
- Military Research on the Internet, by Bird, from Army History magazine -- dated, but still may give you some ideas for searching, especially the non-Web portions of the Net
- Bibliographies Compiled by AU Library (http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/bib97.htm)
Finding People and Companies and Biographies
- Air Force White Pages - only available thru AF Portal
- Contact Congress and Other Policymakers, info courtesy EFF
- For both of following you have to put your data in to view others from your unit who may be registered. Read registration info and privacy policies carefully. Only put in what you're comfortable with. But they do offer you a chance to maybe track down a former comrade in arms.
- Yahoo! People Search, e-mail search, phone search, and search of online databases such as court records, licenses, etc.
- Yahoo! Yellow Pages
- Yellow Pages online
- International Yellow Pages
- Air Force Leader Biographies, both active and retired
- Google, just type in the name (ex. General Michael Ryan ) of the active or retired AF general officer, sometimes need to put general in front of name, usually pretty cotton pickin' fast
- Other Biography sources, on the AWC Gateway reference page
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Style, Grammar, Etc.
- Britannica.com, online encyclopedia
- Merriam-Webster OnLine, dictionary and thesaurus
- Acronym Finder - & spells 'em out
- Internet Public Library
- Air University Style Guide for Writers and Editors
- Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing
- Writer's Handbook: APA Documentation Style, Univ. of Wisconsin
- AWC Gateway to References, Online and Off, including service pubs, magazines, style guides, speeches, etc.
- AWC Gateway to Communications, including speaking and writing tools
Images and Multimedia
Samples and Comparisons