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April/May 2005 Library News

  
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Favorite Web Sites: Telephone Directories

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association. Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet.

    AT&T's AnyWho directory functions as a single telephone listing so that the user does not have to search across multiple directories. Furthering the quick and easy search, AT&T claims that their directory is one of the fastest available, with web pages designed for dial-up use. Overall, AT&T's AnyWho is a comprehensive method for quickly locating listed telephone directory information. The reverse directory is useful and AT&T has also partnered with MapQuest to easily allow users to retrieve a map and driving directions for the address information supplied in any given listing. (Revised summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

    In October 2000, Verizon New Media Services, Inc. completely redesigned the former GTE SuperPages by merging BigYellow.com and BigBook.com into it and formed SuperPages.com. This newly created online phone directory is very well organized and devoid of superfluous advertising commonly found in its online competitors. The main page has a simply designed area where users can search the yellow pages to locate businesses by category or business name. The site also provides quick search tabs at the top of the page for the following areas: People Pages to search the White Pages; Super Topics that provide web links ranging from automotive to travel; the Consumer Guide which contains reviews to thousands of products; and City Guides, an online resource guide to over 60 major U.S. cities.

    Launched in 1996, Switchboard.com was the first web site to provide a free, national directory of U.S. residential and business listings information online. The well designed main page allows the user to simply enter specific information for people and businesses in the Find a Person or Find a Business areas. The site also includes quick search buttons at the top of the page to locate products, business services, maps and directions and city guides. Despite its many competitors, Switchboard.com still remains the most streamlined and easy to use telephone directory on the Internet today.

    Telephone Directories on the Web is an index of online phone books comprising " 400 links to Yellow Pages, White Pages, Business Directories, Email Addresses and Fax Listings from over 170 countries." This site is notable for its international coverage and claims to be the most complete index of online phone books. The site is organized first by continent and then by country and very easy to navigate. The links are updated regularly. Additional resources include websites about area codes worldwide and E-mail address directories. This is a handy bookmark for anyone who regularly needs contact information. (Revised summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Locate Current Company and Business Information with Lexis- Nexis Company Dossier

The IU Northwest Library recently added Company Dossier with Country Profiles to its Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe subscription. Company Dossier contains extensive current information on over 35 million U.S. and international public and private companies. Detailed reports are provided by some of the following sources:

  • Disclosure(r) Online Database- U.S. Public Company Profiles
  • America's Corporate Finance Directory
  • Directory of Corporate Affiliations
  • EDGARPLUS(r)
  • Hoover's Company Capsules
  • Hoover's Company Profiles
  • INVESTEXT Database: Current Reports
  • Standard & Poors Register of Corporations
  • Federal and state cases

Additionally, the Country Analysis section features financial, economic and political data on over 190 foreign countries and 57 industries.

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can access Company Dossier from on campus computers or off campus via the proxy server by going to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page and selecting the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link under the Electronic Resources  heading. From the next screen, click Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. At this database's main menu, Company Dossier may be searched two ways. First, company information may be directly retrieved by entering a company name or ticker symbol in the Company Dossier search box located at the bottom right side of the main menu. If more detailed information or links are needed, choose the Business link under the Academic Search Forms area and Company Dossier's main search page will appear. For further assistance, consult the Help link located at the top right side of the web page.

 

 

 

 

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