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You can visit LogisticsWorld's Newsgroups page, or look at a few newsgroups related to logistics:
Internet search engines offer a good way to locate logistics resources on the world wide web; however, there are some things you know. For example, one popular search engine contains over 16,000,000 data base entries. A search for the term "logistics" returns over 5,000 entries. Of those 5,000, some 2,000 are flukes or duplications. Another 1,000 or so of these pages offer little or no relevant information. This leaves about 2,000 unique sites (uniform resource locators, URLs) that contain some measure of useful information on the subject of logistics. This ratio of about 1-to-3 is a general rule of thumb to apply to most searches. However, your odds go down as you narrow your search criteria and focus your search subject. Visit the particular search engine's "Search Tips" page to see how to focus your search.
Another means of locating logistics information on the world wide web is through the use of catalogues and indexes such as the World Wide Web Virtual Library or the University of Michigan Clearinghouse. These indexes are maintained by people who visit and review the resources, and then manually compile the listings. The advantage of these indexes is in the quality and relevance of the resources.
The difference between using internet search engines and manually-maintained internet indexes is perhaps quality versus quantity. If you have ample research time and you need a lot of information, use a search engine. If you need to find specific information quickly without having to explore several sites, use a manually maintained index. However, as search engines become more and more powerful, and as you learn how to focus your searches, the search engine, ad banners and all, may be your quickest resource.
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