Smarter surfing

Author: Daryl Lease
Published on: June 27, 2001

Sreenath Sreenivasan, a Columbia University professor, has taught "smarter surfing" workshops to more than 2,000 writers, editors and broadcasters, including folks at "60 Minutes," The Nation and The Wall Street Journal.

But you don't have to attend one of his classes to benefit from his knowledge. Like many journalism professionals, he's created his own Web site -- -- offering tips on how to make better use of your time online. offers a streamlined list of well-known reference sites, such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Refdesk, plus quite a few sites I've not encountered elsewhere, such as,/ a handy place to find the basics about individual countries.

Sreenivasan's list of search engines is also solid and includes a few lesser-known sites like and In recent years, I've visited -- and promptly forgotten -- numerous engines geared to search for e-mail addresses and phone numbers; some of the sites listed here look like keepers.

Perhaps the most useful part of the site is lumped under "journalism stuff," an easy-to-navigate list of newsie links. I discovered and rediscovered quite a few interesting sites here. I'd recommend spending some time surfing through them.

In addition to the Web site, Sreenivasan offers a free, monthly tip sheet. You can subscribe from a link at his Web site and also take a look at an archive of recent tip sheets.

And for folks who live in the New York City area, you can catch the professor on "Tech Guru" at 6:45 Thursday mornings on ABC's Channel 7. I haven't seen the show myself, but judging from the Web site, it's likely to offer an appealing menu for early birds.


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Author:   elliemik See Complete Message
Date:   June 27, 2001 5:05 PM
Subject:   Thanks!

Thanks for steering me to the terrific list of resources at I found Vivisimo through it, and have been using it for a lot of research today; it is really a handy tool. Many of the other links look to be quite useful also.

Eleanor Mikucki

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