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A Net Explorer's Log

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A Net Explorer's Log

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BUSINESS

U.S. Business Advisor http://www.business.gov/

A one-stop shop on the Net is the U.S. Business Advisor-the "electronic link to government for business" developed by the Small Business Administration and National Performance Review. Among this site's more valuable features is the Search page, which covers Online Government Information, Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulations, the Code of Federal Regulations, GPO's Databases of Congressional and Executive Branch Material, Regulations in Development, and FinanceNet. The first search option, Online Government Information, links to a page that boasts a collection of "106,151 web pages from government sites around the country." You need a forms-capable browser to exploit this resource, which ranks as a gold mine for the data-driven digger.

Trade Point USA http://www.tpusa.com/

One business arrangement encouraged by the Internet is partnering, evident from this page sponsored by the United Nations and featuring international trade information from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services, and Price Waterhouse.

A range of services is offered, from free and subscription to listing and special. The free services include the I-TRADE Export Guide, I-TRADE Exhibition Center for catalogues and listings, and I-TRADE Forum for experts.

GOVERNMENT

Federal Communications Commission Telecommunications Act of 1996 http://www.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Given the continuing interest, if not controversy, in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC has developed a Web site with more than adequate data for the most ardent researcher. Included are schedules of FCC proceedings, copies of news releases, announcements of meetings, and charts depicting FCC research. You also find links to resources beyond the FCC.

HUD User http://www.huduser.org/ gopher://huduser.org:73/

For the statistically-minded, the HUD User site has a wealth of data on housing and housing industry trends and is the major source for Federal Government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, and urban planing. The handsome opening page is just one step from the HUD User Database-a forms-rich array wonderful for researchers. A minor weakness is several unexplained icons, so avoid the icon choice if possible.

LEGAL

The Police Officer's Internet Directory http://www.xensei.com/users/hubcom/police.htm

This is the one-stop shop for law enforcement information. This site contains both the Complete Directory of Law Enforcement Agencies and the Complete Directory of Law Officer's Home Pages. You also find Police-Related Internet Sites and Police-Only Mailing Lists. Announced as coming soon are A Directory of Police-Related Internet Sites by Category and A Directory of Criminal Justice Resources. One obvious weakness is this site's deep blue background, which makes reading and navigation difficult. (You can, however, change the background color from your browser. For example, with Netscape Navigator, choose Options/General Preferences/Colors. Change the Background to Custom and select a color such as white or gray. You might also check the box, "Always Use My Colors, Overriding Document.")

World Law Resource List: Non-U.S. Law-Related Resources for Internet Users http://www.law.osaka-u.ac.jp/legal-info/world1st.html

This 176KB page, edited and copyright by Makoto Ibusuki (kgh11346@niftyserve.or.jp), offers legal references for 57 countries with links to each country's government documents. The contents page includes internal links to a description of the list, the Country and Area Index, the Resource Index of each Country and Area, and Reference Books and Articles for Legal Research on the Internet.

POLITICS

National Political Index http://www.politicalindex.com

As the political season drags on, you may need a site to gather last-minute research and review what's been said. …

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