everyone, at one time or another, likes to leaf through an atlas and
of far off lands. This fantastically well presented online atlas will
you do just that whether for pleasure or study. Offering colourful
and physical maps of just about every country in the world, the real
is in the extra information that accompanies them. Aside from details
the geography and culture of each country, you'll also find statistics
on everything from rainfall to GNP.
overcoming early teething problems, Expedia has grown into the best
portal on the web. Using it is simply a matter of entering the name of
a city or area anywhere in the world into the search engine and up pops
a map. They're not the most detailed you'll find but the fact that the
whole world is covered is a bonus. The really handy aspect of the
is the list of local links that appears alongside the map, giving you a
real insight into the area.
of the first sites to map the entire world online, the scope of
is truly stunning. Simply enter any location worldwide, from the
where you live to Mexico City, and within seconds you'll be presented
a road map of the area. You'd be hard pressed to use the maps as your
mode of navigation but to get a rough idea of your location, they're
and even go down to street level. There's also an easy-to-use route
and a well-stocked shop if you require a more detailed map.
site doesn't provide online maps as such but is so beautifully designed
and contains so much other information it's well worth a look for
and intrepid travellers alike. You can purchase a map of any area you
think of, either in a digital downloadable format or the more
paper variety. You can also access travel guides and an excellent
section, which contains trivia, links, quizzes and more.
this is impressive. Again, it's confined to Great Britain but the level
of detail is absolutely incredible. Simply enter any postcode in the
and the site will pinpoint it almost exactly. The street maps are also
surprisingly accurate. If you're on holiday in another part of the
or on a business trip this invaluable site could save countless wrong
and cross words. If you don't know the relevant postcode you can also
by place or street name.
Subway and Tram Maps
who has ever attempted to negotiate the tube will realise, finding your
way around an alien transport system can be very confusing at the best
of times. Imagine being stuck in a foreign country and not being able
understand the signs or ask for help. That's where this useful site
in. It contains maps of over 300 underground and train systems around
world, all of them in colour and all of them detailed enough to be
out and taken with you.
live in the capital, you'll be well aware that London's maze of streets
can prove to be a minefield even for the most streetwise Cockney. So if
you're visiting the capital you'd be well advised to take a look at
fantastically detailed site. The street maps of the capital are the
of anything you'll find in an A-Z while the road atlases of the rest of
UK are also colourful, familiar and easy to follow.
site may not help you find your way home but it will certainly give a
perspective on the world. It's a huge library of amazingly detailed
shots taken from satellites orbiting the Earth. Even more impressive,
can search the site for a specific area and even look for an image of
place where you live, which you have the opportunity to purchase if you
wish. Each entry is also accompanied by links to Encarta so you can
out about each place in more detail.
Web - The On-line Medical Dictionary
On-line Medical dictionary from Cancer Web is a huge searchable
of terms and expressions used in the medical profession. The quantity
words and terms, taken direct from Webster's Dictionary, is
but it also includes a fair amount of non-medical words. The accidental
inclusion of unrelated words, such as 'dog', doesn't inspire confidence
and so lets down an otherwise excellent resource. Finding medical words
without using the search facility can be difficult, due to the sheer
of data, which isn't presented in the most user friendly format.
Internet and Unix dictionary is not the most exciting of websites, but
then again it's a technical reference and you can't please all of the
all of the time. Categorised alphabetically by initial, the quantity of
entries is large but the descriptions themselves are somewhat brief. If
you are totally new to the Internet this isn't an ideal place to start
learning. However, if you already have a basic understanding then
is definitely worth a look when you pick up a new geek word in
is not just an online dictionary, it has a hyperlink to Thesuarus.com
makes it a useful resource for anyone who has something to write. Other
features include an online translator which works in a number of
European languages and word of the day email facility, allowing you to
have a new word automatically emailed to you each day, a sure-fire way
to help improve your vocabulary.
the Internet now firmly established as a basic business tool and
becoming an increasingly important way of selling, companies are no
limited to selling to local customers. Although doing business overseas
has been made easier, it means learning a whole new legal and trading
That's where Duhaime's Law Dictionary comes in. Lloyd Duhaime has
written and published this free online legal dictionary, covering all
basics of World and American law.
claims to be the most comprehensive financial glossary available both
and offline. Over 5,000 words and terms are arranged alphabetically
groups of links that take you direct to a concise definition, in plain
English. Each of these descriptions contain further links to other
words, where appropriate, making it easy to work your way around the
As you would expect, this website doesn't exactly attract your
with its design, but then contemporary design and flashy graphics would
be out of place.
Merriam-Webster Online is published in the US it is still a very useful
resource. The home page presents you with the option to search either
WWWebsters Dictionary or Thesaurus and although the tacky play on words
may put you off the search is conducted quickly and the results are
concise. Some English variations in spelling, such as colour, are also
in the form of Word of the day, Word for the Wise and word games.
the only down side is the design - this website looks more than a
is the sister site to Dictionary.com, with exactly the same look, logo
and layout, but in yellow instead of blue. The data for Thesaurus.com
straight from the renowned Roget's Thesaurus and is published online by
Lexico. To add extra functionality the entire English language has been
divided into six broad categories by the nature and meaning of the
within. Other additional features are a word of the day and a selection
of online word games, good for passing time at work or running up a
phone bill at home.
be ridiculous to expect a free translating dictionary to cover every
currently spoken by man, but Travlang's is having a pretty fair go at
Translation between practically every European language is available as
well as Latin, Africaans and Esperanto. The only down side to
is the design - the plain HTML text and logo on a watermarked page
do credit to the content.
more than Hobson's Choice, in fact, with information not just on the
than 180 UK universities and colleges, but on establishments of
worldwide - be it at school or college level, first degree, or
and professional qualifications. Information on global careers means
can ensure that you are obtaining the correct qualifications for
as a lawyer in New York or New Guinea say, as well as getting an idea
the lifestyle awaiting you there, with local club, pub and gig guides.
a host of sites telling you how to have weeks of riotous fun as a
The National Union of Students site is a little worthier than that.
stuff all the same. Find out what your grant entitlements are. Find out
what to do if your grant, horror of horrors, doesn't arrive. And for a
wider perspective, get the NUS's take and action on Government moves
you the student.
useful - in fact, indispensable - for students coming from abroad to
in the UK. Find out about UK universities, colleges and short courses.
Discover about the cost of living, the vagaries of the UK's travel
and the idiosyncrasies of the lifestyle. Good news pages to discover
latest moves and legislation in UK education and a friendly chatroom so
you won't feel so far away from home.
Universities and Colleges
engine Yahoo has saved you a lot of time and trouble (though be careful
how you type in that Web address) by compiling the definitive listing
universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. So if you've decided
the seat of learning you want, or you're still weighing up four or
why not click onto the link that will take you straight to the
website and see what it has to offer.
30 years of encouraging us into distance learning courses, the Open
should know how to put together resources such as this, and it doesn't
disappoint. The site roughly divides into pages on the infrastructure
the university itself - courses, fees, maps to the various study
access courses for disabled people and so on; and the pages about
faculties and courses.
are the days when you had to choose between Reading, Salford and Aston.
There's nothing (finances and fear of flying permitting) stopping you
in Arizona or Alaska should you wish. US Education Journal offers a
for potential students to get direct information on courses and
from specific American universities. Click on the map of the US to find
faculties in your chosen region and subject area.
in which the students themselves have their say. Of course official
websites aren't always going to paint the whole picture, and certainly
won't tell you if their halls of residence come a poor second to the
Hole of Calcutta. This resource, with links to unofficial home pages
by existing students, started by asking first years whether their
matched up to expectations, and went on to ask school leavers what
they would like to get before they went up to university.
Schools & Colleges
UK is a sprawling, well-designed site that mixes entertainment and
to good effect. The music and film reviews are as good as you'll find
on the net, while issues such as money, travel, health and careers are
all dealt with in lively, unpatronising fashion. You can also join in
debate on the busy message boards and win attractive prizes in the
of Drama Schools
Coward's advice would be not to put your daughter on the stage at all,
of course. But if you must, ensure that you check the CDS website
The Conference was formed to encourage the highest standards in
for actors and stage managers, as well as hosting its own training. A
at the members' roster - RADA, the Central School of Speech and Drama,
the Guildford School of Acting - confirms that quality.
one for the Victorian parents among us, the Montessori system has the
of allowing young children "to grow naturally, to retain their
and develop their own unique personality". And the network of nursery
has spread over the last few decades, from the original organisation in
Italy to reach, it seems, almost every country in the world. Wherever
are, there's a Montessori school near you, and this site will tell you
how to find it.
handy resource for parents wanting to check on the relative
of the schools on their list. Simply type in the name of the school
its postcode, and up pops its latest league table performance plus a
of the last Ofsted report. It's a useful alternative to hiking through
lists of schools and reams of figures, and best of all it's very quick
and absurdly simple to get to what you want.
- Schools and Colleges
can tell a lot about a school by looking at its website. So click onto
this useful listing of UK school sites by search engine Excite. There
listings of schools from John O' Groats to Lands End, providing useful
details on curricular and extra-curricular activities, sports and drama
as well as extra-mural work. It is often handy for getting the pupils'
views rather than just that of the head teacher and governors.
stated aim of the Education Exchange, producers of Schoolsite, is to
every school in the UK realise and contribute to the educational value
of the internet." Simply register for free web space, tell Schoolsite
the site goes live, referring to EDEX's frequently asked questions
if you have any problem, and they will hook you up. The impressive
of schools already linked shows it's an offer many have taken up.
starting point for parents checking out independent schools in the UK.
Complete and regularly updated details of 1300 accredited independent
are listed, and search facilities are built into the site to let you
for schools that meet your criteria. There is also lots of more general
information about the independent sector and how to go about choosing
right school for your child.
tough for the tots taking their school reading work home, spare a
for the parents. This site, though, is an excellent support. It gives
hints on how to approach the 'literacy hour' - introducing the kids to
the book, talking about the cover, making the whole thing friendlier by
talking about the author and discussing whether the book is happy or
Boarding Schools Directory
listing of UK boarding schools, both primary and secondary. There's a
index of schools and useful contacts of course, plus details on the
for visiting and assessing each school, and advice on whether boarding
will suit your child. You'll find full curricular details and
about the league table performance of each school and - swallow hard -
details of fees. There's also a useful section on financial assistance
and bursaries available.
that Dixons' Internet service provider has a few more tricks up its
apart from single-handedly revolutionising the ISP market in Britain
selling bucketloads of shares - the company has some A1 content too.
are sections for each age band of the national curriculum and for the
subjects of English, Maths and Science. Key subject areas are
and you simply click for revision tasks or tests.
the BBC claims to be the "first ever revision guide via TV, books and
internet". Bitesize is a nicely produced site, with slick graphics of a
smiling shark (bitesize, geddit?) to guide you around. As the name
the site doesn't attempt to talk you through endless reams of text -
very little point in that approach online anyway - but instead provides
digestible, bite-size gobbets of information to assist your GCSE
and if you get stuck you can email a teacher with a question.
face of it this site is a guide to the school's library - which we're
is very good. But more useful to the rest of us is a list of links to
revision and exam preparation sites, targeted specifically at GCSE
Here you will find a load of sites dealing with Maths, Science,
Geography, Art, Music, Drama and general revision practices. It is also
interesting to get an insight into examiners' marking schemes on the
for those worried their A-level grades may be insufficient to secure a
place at the university of their choice. This site is a comprehensive
of links to pages covering all the main A-level subjects. Nominated for
a Yell! 99 Award (Yell being the online version of Yellow Pages) this
is certainly as thorough as you could wish. Psychology has recently
added to an impressive list of subjects that already includesBiology,
Geography, Physics... well take a look for yourself.
a little when we read 'the only cool revision site on the Net'. But
from trying a little too hard to make doing your homework sound hip,
site has lots to recommend it. All the core GCSE subjects are covered.
Click within history, say, and you raise a list of key revision topics.
Click on each of those and you get a series of brief revision notes
all the key factors to be swotted up.
example of schools and colleges using the Web to share, for free, some
of their accumulated wisdom with other suffering students. There is
very flashy on this site posted by Longhill High School in Rottingdean,
Brighton. Instead, there is a section of good, commonsense,
tips on structuring your revision to be as effective as possible,
for help from the right places and not panicking when things go wrong.
up anyone who can work out what this site does. Well okay, the name's a
bit of a giveaway. It is of course an excellent resource offering free
help and advice with problems in Mathematics and Statistics at GCSE,
BTEC, GNVQ and Foundation year degree level. The deal is this. You
them your question. They email back with hints and general advice. What
could be simpler or more vital than that?
for the 21st Century" as the DEN bills itself, so it's obviously
on being around for some time to come. Whether you're a student, an
professional or just browsing, this is the place to come for an
database of courses the world over. Click on Thailand, click on media
and the site will find a course for you to pursue.
World is "where the educators go to learn" according to the puff. More
to the point, it is where adults can go to find literally thousands of
courses on every conceivable subject the world over. We can't state
strongly enough - you don't have to study at your local college
if the course you want is at the University of Missouri, then sign up
a distance learning course there.
billing itself as the UK's "number one course website," On Course has a
bold tilt at Floodlight's domination of the London course listing
It's actually a very simple site but incredibly comprehensive and easy
to navigate. Your first port of call is by broad subject area - Art,
and Design, Computer and Office, Fashion and Beauty and so on. These
then take you to the individual colleges and you simply click on their
logos to reveal details of courses and whom you need to contact.
much online learning is a pale imitation of the 'real' face-to-face,
environment, so it's a delight to discover a site that addresses the
and difficulties of distance learning and tailors a site to suit. The
Network is the online arm of the Open College, itself a sister
to the Open University. The site is devoted to promoting access to
education for as many of us as possible. Browse and order materials,
for courses, tutor support, the lot.
Open College Network
National Open College Network is one of the largest awarding bodies in
the UK and accessibility to education is what it's all about. It offers
awards to adult learners, and in particular to those for whom more
qualifications are not available or inappropriate. The NOCN operates a
national credit framework through 31 local Open College Networks based
across the UK. And it offers just about every course you could dream of.
National Organisation for Adult Learning is the leading
organisation for adult learning in England and Wales. Its aim? To give
as many adults as possible the opportunity to return to education. A
part of its work is campaigning, undertaking research, hassling the
and generally raising the profile of adult education.
no getting round this. If you want to study at higher or further
level in the Big Smoke then you need Floodlight as your guide. The
version of this crucial resource has been writing the book on studying
in London for years now, and the online version is even better. Why?
it would be a pretty comprehensive local newsagent in Perth or Penzance
if it stocked a London listing magazine, whereas the website is open to
University Business School
offshoot of the marvellous Open University, and one equally good at
adult education via the Web. Covering management education in this
OUBS pulls on the more than 30 years' experience of the Open University
and is one of the world's largest business schools, with more than
managers a year studying. Click on to the Experience page to get a
of working and learning with the OUBS.
years ago the encyclopaedia became available on CD for those with a
of hundred pounds to spare. Now, thankfully, the publishers have seen
to publish it free online, so everyone can delve in and look for the
page changes daily, including today's news, sport and business. As the
news is supplied by the Washington Post it has a distinctly US slant,
UK specific content is promised soon. You can also choose to search a
range of topic headings, including arts, books, education, politics,
if you keyed in the URL you will doubtless be looking for the actual
Encyclopaedia entries themselves. The search is quick and painless and
comes up with a number of resources. There will doubtless be the main
entry, but you might also get a few alternative entries suggested as
on related topics. You will also be presented to links to a number of
resources, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and a wide
range of magazines. Again the US slant comes out, but UK material is
being the first people to use a pun that was all but inevitable,
is a very rewarding stopping shop for those after an intensive source
material. Not exactly an encyclopaedia, it provides a list of links to
the people in the know on a colossal range of subjects. It's a rather
collection and finding the exact information you require is a
process; but the site is connected to a dazzling array of expert
often of an academic pedigree.
after information or facts and figures on nearly every country in the
then look no further than the Atlapedia online. The information is
overly comprehensive, including details of main exports, primary
the military, communication, economy and other areas to numerous to
There's even a brief account of each country's history from WW2 to
Two world maps are available, geographical and political, which can be
viewed by selecting the required country from a drop-down list and
a link button.
Microsoft: copious content and a slick, smooth lay-out lure you into
online version of their popular CD-Rom encyclopaedia, and almost before
you realise, you're paying the subscription fee. It costs $6.95 a month
or $49.95 annually, but the product looks so nice and the usability is
so wonderfully streamlined, it's almost worth it. The articles aren't
studious as the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but they're well-structured
the internal links whisk you to every conceivable related angle on the
of the Orient
Encyclopaedia of the Orient is a very individual online reference
containing facts specific to North Africa and the Middle East.
ranges from historical accounts to passages on people, towns and
The encyclopaedia can be used by conducting a keyword search or by
the A-Z of entries. Navigation between search results and the many
of the site is quick and easy, by using the A-Z of entries down the
side of the page.
are over 14,000 articles in Encyclopaedia.com, all taken from The
Columbia Electronic Encyclopaedia, shortened and published here online
for free. The scope of the topics covered is wide, but the shortened
are a little too brief to offer the depth you would expect. However,
is an excellent starting point to help you conduct a larger search, or
a great one-stop for those looking for a few tit-bits of information.
online encyclopaedias are few and far between, despite a fairly obvious
need for them with so many children having Internet access at school or
at home. Over the last few months Letsfindout.com has grown both in the
number of entries and in the depth of information offered. It now
excellent articles on a very wide range of subjects, perfect for
that late night homework essay.
Tech Encyclopaedia, a sub-section of CMP's Tech Web, provides highly
and easy to understand descriptions of practically every computer
term around. All those apparently meaningless acronyms, such http, as
also included with a accurate description and often a brief insight
the possible future of the technology in question. This is a browser
must for anyone in regular communications with their companies IT
It doesn't look half-bad either, the layout is fairly standard but
easy and quick to use.
the fine line between the intellectual seriousness of History Today and
the plain wackiness of the likes of Fortean Times, History House takes
a wry look at the lesser known stories and figures in history. Whether
it is the tale of Kamal Ataturk banning the fez from daily wear in
the curious sexual foibles of Hitler's high command, history will never
be a series of dry dates again if you look at this site.
know what happened at certain points in history - it's all there in the
text books after all. But what if? Uchronia is concerned with the
what if's of the past - What if the moon didn't exist? What if the
World War had never happened or if Germany had won? There's an enormous
canon of works here. The amount written on the subject shows our
with what might have been, and can give us a different take on what is.
history has to be one of the most commonly occurring words on the World
Wide Web, and there's not much point in your trawling through the
of country music when you're after web pages dealing with medieval
Your first stop should be an excellent resource such as the one
by search engine Yahoo. They've done the legwork for you, and you'll
section headings from Alternative History right through to Web
UK's most-respected history magazine has something of an intellectually
fearsome reputation. But if you're expecting a dry-as-dust website,
not. Excellently organised into Ancient, Medieval, Early modern and so
forth, you can also search by subject - politics, military and so on.
with book reviews, competitions and resources for students whether at
or research level, this site elegantly covers the popular and serious
of the subject without falling down on either.
enjoyable site for anyone who yearns to know more about ancient Egypt.
Manages to be a weighty historical resource and very good fun at the
time (just take a trip to the Clickable Mummy to give you a whole new
on the preserving process). There's a dynasty by dynasty list of the
a beginner's guide to the gods and beliefs of ancient Egypt, and an
on the art, architecture, tombs and temples of the past.
is the science of historical motivation; 'putting the world on the
as this fascinating history of the American Institute for Psychohistory
would have it. It aims to combine the insights of modern psychotherapy
with the research methodology of history. So we know there was a Gulf
but what complex of thoughts created it? What events in our childhood
to war and social violence? Sometimes more questions than answers.
site is put together by secondary school teachers, so you can be sure
not only is the content hugely engrossing, reliable and neatly
into date and subject periods, it's also tailored towards the needs of
the History National Curriculum. It majors on modern history, and
areas include Religion and Society, the trade union movement, the
industry, encyclopaedia of the First World War and emancipation of