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By Margaret Berkland, Published on August 14, 2001

Margaret Berkland is the president of Data Vision Design, Inc., which specializes in providing IT solutions to the legal community. Founded in Fredericksburg, VA in 1989, Data Vision Design, Inc. provides services that include: applications development, business process design, applications integration, electronic file tracking and, access expedition. Prior to becoming the president of DataVision Design, Inc., Margaret was the Info. Resources Technology Specialist for McKenna & Cuneo.

http://milton.mse.jhu.edu/research/education/net.html

Elizabeth Kirk, Librarian and Johns Hopkins University has compiled this guide to evaluating information found on the Internet. The topics covered include authorship, publishing body, point of view or bias, referral to other sources, verifiability, and currency.

Famous Name Changes 
http://www.famousnamechanges.com/

This is a fun as well as useful site for determining the birth names of famous persons. The site is divided into categories: actors, singers/entertainers, sporting heroes, politicians, religious leaders, and others such as models, opera singers, writers, comedians, and many more. Each person's date of birth, location, and a brief statement concerning their claim to fame is provided.

Figures of Speech
http://www.unipissing.ca/faculty/williams/figofspe.htm

Seven categories of figures of speech are included along with definitions of each type. Each category has a link to the types of figures of speech in each category. Each type includes a definition and an example. The categories included are: tropes, metaplasmic figures, figures of omission, figures of repetition (words), figures of repetition (clauses and ideas), figures of unusual word order, and figures of thought. The site is maintained by Professor Grant Williams of Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The Glossarist: A Searchable Glossary Directory 
http://www.glossarist.com/

The Glossarist is a searchable directory of glossaries on the Internet. The directory includes twenty-one categories and innumerable subcategories. Each entry includes a link to the listed glossary's website, a brief description of the glossary and the url. You can browse the categories or search by keyword. 

Multilaterals Project
http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html

"The Multilaterals Project, begun in 1992, is an ongoing project at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts to make available the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments." The conventions are organized into ten subject areas. There is also a chronological listing of the conventions. You search the site by key word or browse by category or subject.

Online Calculators, Conversion Tools, Measurements & Weights 
http://www.library.wwu.edu/ref/Refhome/refmeasure.htm

This directory is arranged alphabetically by the name of the website within each category. A link to each website and a brief description are included. 

Featured Site (August 20, 2001): Nielsen-NetRatings.com - This measurement and research service is primarily an online marketing tool. Over a quarter of a million users in 26 countries have real-time meters installed on their computers to track their Web usage.  There are numerous, free reports published regularly here, including:  Top 25 Web Properties; Top 25 Advertisers; Average Web Usage; and Special Findings about specific web sites, most recently on IRS.gov.  (Editor - Sabrina I. Pacifici)