I think that I would have to agree with this statement below. Yes, in some cases a good directory can in fact be better than a typical search engine.
Though we rely heavily on search engines these days, sometimes a good “old fashioned” human edited directory is a better choice for helping us locate high quality information on the web.
I’m currently working on a book about how to conduct research on the web, (to be published by O’Reilly next year) and I had a chance to really look closely at a couple of librarian-built web directories that I’ve used for years. Looking at them in a new light reminded me of how valuable these resources are.
So, even though you’ve probably got your own favorite web directory sources (perhaps Yahoo! Directory or the Google version of the Open Directory Project, I encourage you to pay these old favorites another visit. [Read the rest]