As you have already discovered, there is a lot of information available on the Web. If you know about a web site or have a URL, finding that site is easy. But how do you find information if you don't have a URL, or are not sure if there is a web site?
There are several different methods for finding information on the Web. Each method has its own pros and cons, and sometimes you will need to use more than one. In a nutshell, you can:
Browse through APAdirec, APAnet's online information center.
APAdirec has been designed specifically for Asian Pacific American non-profit agencies. It contains web sites which have been identified and organized for your needs. A resource like this is an excellent place to start your search for information, especially if it relates to the Asian Pacific community.
Consult other subject-specific directories and guides, such as Wataru Ebihara's Asian American Cybernaut's Guide, or other related web sites, such as the Asian Community Online, or ACON site.
Both of the resources mentioned here are also excellent tools for information about the Asian Pacific community because they were designed for the Asian Pacific community. As you find other sites, be sure to write down the URL and share them with your colleagues and with APAnet.
Browse a general Web directory service, such as Yahoo.
When looking for non-Asian specific information, or if your initial searches are less than successful, going to a directory service is a relatively easy way to search for information. Yahoo is the oldest and best known of these directory services, which are similar to the "Yellow Pages" in a telephone book. Web sites are organized by category; to find a site, you select the category that seems most appropriate for your needs.
Search engines, as discussed in the earlier section, are a powerful tool for finding information when all else fails. Basically, search engines allow you to search for key words in web sites.