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Last Update: Friday, Feb. 2, 2013

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Recent Additions to This Section
(This section features sites added to the page in the last few weeks.
Each link is cross-referenced on the page in its proper category.)

iPhone
Official page from Apple provding complete data, information and specs of iPhones and iPhone types.

Prepaid iPhone
Blog listing a guide to pre-paid iPhone offers, accessories, cases and plans.

Payphone Project
Lists thousands of pay phones around the world.

Ersys
A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

Argali White & Yellow Pages
A new free telephone (and related) directories search engine that is useful to journalists. The main advantage is that it searches multiple directories at once. This is especially useful because different directories use different databases which on average overlap only 70-80%. Many different search types are supported: people, business, toll-free, reverse search (by phone or address), search for area and zip codes. It also searches for maps, email addresses and weather conditions and forecast. Search results can be sorted by name, address, street, city, state, zip code or phone number and can also be saved on disk in various formats (plain text, csv/excel, or html).


E-mail Directories

World E-mail Directory

Lycos WhoWhere E-mail Directory

E-mailAddresses.com

411 Locate
Find e-mail addresses for individuals.

Meta E-mail Search Agent

Timeless Mail
This product allows you to send e-mail after you're dead. Ties into your social security number and delivers pre-authored message.

Usenet Newsgroup Search


Phone Directories

Tipsheet for Finding People on the Web
From Jeff South's Virginia Commonwealth Site, this handout was written by Nora Paul when she was at Poynter. Very handy.

Toll-Free Government Numbers
A must bookmark.

Smartpages.com

Switchboard.com

mobilephone.no.com
Look up cell phone numbers. Just don't call 'em while they're driving, OK?

Reverse Phone Directory.com

555-1212.com
Use for reverse-lookup on phone numbers and e-mails

Payphone Project
Lists thousands of pay phones around the world.

Argali White & Yellow Pages
A new free telephone (and related) directories search engine that is useful to journalists. The main advantage is that it searches multiple directories at once. This is especially useful because different directories use different databases which on average overlap only 70-80%. Many different search types are supported: people, business, toll-free, reverse search (by phone or address), search for area and zip codes. It also searches for maps, email addresses and weather conditions and forecast. Search results can be sorted by name, address, street, city, state, zip code or phone number and can also be saved on disk in various formats (plain text, csv/excel, or html).

InfoUSA.com
Use for reverse-lookup on phone numbers.<

Reverselookup.com

Anywho.com
Phone directory and reverse-lookup capabilities.

WhitePages.com
A great reverse lookup tool.

Thinkdm.com
A reverse lookup directory.

Findlaw.com Reverse-Lookup Directory

The Real White Pages
Numbers, addresses and neighbors of. It occasionally has unlisted numbers.

People Finder

PhoneNumbers.net

Pay Phone Number Catalog
A list of pay phone numbers from around the world and their locations.

PeopleSearch Reverse Lookup Directory

InfoSpace Reverse Lookup

College Phonebook Gateway
More than 300 university phone books.

U.S. Blue Pages Directory
Federal Gov't contacts, including phone numbers and Web sites.

WebGator: State and Government Phone Directoriesfont>

McLeodUSA.com
An internet and phone directory.

Big Yellow
Phone index of businesses.

Bigbook.com
A national Yellow Pages directory.

Superpages.com

Toll-Free Directory

Telephone Directories on the Web

Telephone Directories of the World

The Ultimates
Ultimate White Pages and e-mail directory. It lets you surf several databases simultaneously

U.S. City Directories
City directories, arguably one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s. This web site attempts to identify all printed, microfilmed, and online directories, and their repositories, for the United States.

Ringthem.com Directory

Search Bug
Web search site that locates people by name, phone number, address and e-mail address. The site also includes links to other Web sites by subject area.

Athand.com
Directories for airlines, attorneys, doctors and other categoris.

Business Telephone Directory

Global Yellow Pages

InfoBel Worldwide Telephone Directory

Asia Yellow Pages

Area Code De-Coder
This database helps you track down confusing area codes.

State Agencies Directory

Humansearch.com

UK Phone Book

192.com: UK Directory
United Kingdom directory information.

Canada 411 Directory

E-mail Addresses for Global Press
Not sure how updated it is, but it's a pretty big database sorted by company.

Infospace UK
Phone directory for great Britain.

BT PhoneNet
Phone directory for great Britain.

Phone Company Complaints

PhoneSpell
What does your phone number spell?

555-List
An online database of fake phone numbers from movies and TV shows. Hilarious. It's a fan site, however.


Postal Information, Addresses, Locators

PostInfo Links
General postal informaton. Codes, geographical information and more.

USPS Zip Code Finder

Postal Information for the Planet

Shiraz Zip Code-Based Maps
Does zip-code based maps on everything from brownfields to public-assisted households to entitlement zones.

UPS Quick-Cost Calculator

Celebrity Address Search Engine

Classmates.com
A limited database, but it's a good longshot for hunting down people.

Alumni.net
Similar to classmates.com.

GradFinder.com
Similar to class-
mates.com.

ClassReunion.com
Similar to classmates.com.


Maps and Map Searches

Mapquest.com
Get lost all the time? This will help you search by address and zip code.

Mapsonus.com
Search by address and zip code.

The National Atlas of the United States
A set of interactive maps, including some special maps on volcanoes, exotic species, vegetationgrowth, federal Indian land areas, hazardous waste, nuclear sites, etc. The site is updated weekly.

MapBlast.com
Search by address and zip code.

Maps in the News

Atlapedia Online
Full-color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

National Geographic's Map Machine
Maybe the best online atlas on the Web.

Geographic Encyclopedia

Maptech MapServer

National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Use the GEOnet names server.

National Geographic: Afghanistan Maps
A political map and a satellite view of the country.

Metro Planet
Mass transit guides for any site in the world.

The Yale Map Collection
Maps from the 16th through 19th centuries.

Manhattan Address Locator
Helps you find the cross streat to the avenue and number. Easy to use.

Terrorist Attacks: Regional Maps of Afghanistan
Several maps of Afghanistan, Kabul and several other places in the country and region. From the University of Texas at Austin.

CIA Maps

Maps Related to the Terrorist Attacks
Gathered from major U.S. newspapers.

Historical Maps of Afghanistan

Ersys
A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

The Geography Network

CNN Interactive Maps of Sept. 11

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

UN Graphics

Shiraz Zip Code-Based Maps
Does zip-code based maps on everything from brownfields to public-assisted households to entitlement zones.

Maporama.com

How Far Is It? Distance Calculator

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