Don't Overlook Human Edited Directories

Using a search engine to find information on the web is virtually reflexive for most of us these days. We tend to forget that search engines aren't always the best information finding tool. Indeed, some of the oldest human-edited directories are still around today, and often help turn up information we might not easily surface otherwise. Guest writer Mary Ellen Bates revisits two of the best web directories in today's SearchDay article, A Pair of Web Pathfinding Gems.

About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was About.com's Web Search Guide.