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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
The Internet is the world's largest library containing millions of books, artifacts, images, documents, maps, etc. There is but one small problem in this library: everything is scattered about on the floor, with growing hordes of confused and bewildered users frantically shifting through the maze, occasionally crying out, "Great Scott, look at what I just found!"
By trade I am a Family Therapist, a clinically trained, MSW social worker. I am the first born - three months before Pearl Harbor - child of a librarian who probably knew the Dewey Decimal Classification before I knew how to walk :-). My mind likes to create and maintain order. In June 1995, I began refdesk in an attempt to bring some semblance of order to the chaos of the Internet. Somewhere along the way, refdesk became my passion, my source of bliss. I took Joseph Campbell's advice and followed my bliss. Amazing adventures have ensued, along with meeting hundreds of people world wide. Such is the nature of the Internet. We are next door neighbors, you and I. My son, Matthew, is editor of the successful Drudge Report. Matt calls himself a "Citizen Reporter," and his work has come to symbolize First Amendment issues on the Net.
Refdesk has three goals: (1) fast access, (2) intuitive and easy navigation and (3) comprehensive content, rationally indexed. The prevailing philosophy here is: simplicity. "Simplicity is the natural result of profound thought." And, very difficult to achieve.
Each day on the Net begins anew with a visit to First Things First. To stay current with additions to refdesk, see New Sites Added during the week. Other features include Indispensable Sites and Editor's Picks. Recognition for refdesk is at Awards and Reviews. Feedback from site visitors is available at Comments and Testimonials.
Refdesk's database is on three levels: quick, studied and deep. For thumbnail snapshots: Fast Facts, Quick Reference / Research, and Facts Subject Index. For a more studied approach: Newspapers - USA & Worldwide, Search Engine Resources, Internet Help, and Writing Web Documents. For an in-depth exploration: Facts Encyclopedia with over seventy volumes of indexed subjects and Facts Subject Index with twenty-four subject categories.
And, since the vast majority of Internet users prefer 'surfing' from one site to another, refdesk presents: Daily Almanac,Indispensable Links, Weather Links, Fast Facts, Select Sites of the Day, Best of the Net, and Windows Operating Systems Resources. For those seeking fun and diversion: Fun Stuff, Free Stuff, My Download Page, and Devices and Gadgets on the Net.