Our mission is to bring users the best information on the Web for any topic, employing human insight and methodical review.
FindingDulcinea presents only credible, high-quality and trustworthy Web sites, saving time for the novice and the experienced user alike.
Each piece, whether a Web Guide, a Beyond the Headlines story or a Netcetera article, receives the same meticulous research. The Web sites included in each piece are connected through original narrative, providing users with information on each site before they even click on it.
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Mark E. Moran started findingDulcinea in September 2006 to help Internet users quickly and easily find the best, most credible Web sites. Web search is becoming increasingly difficult for even the savviest of users. Sometimes the site that answers a user’s question is buried on the tenth, not the first, page of search results. Other times, a site that looks like it offers objective information is actually sponsored by a company who wants to direct you to purchase a specific product or service. Mark felt that the best way to cut through the clutter of dubious, useless information was to develop an Internet Librarian: a virtual version of the librarian who helped you find the best books in the library for any topic when you were a kid.
After more than a year of developing the concept and building the backbone of the site, we launched findingDulcinea in October, 2007.
Our Ex-CEO and founder, Mark Moran, comes from a very large family. Mark’s father, Eugene, has seven children and 21 grandchildren. His favorite book is Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel, “Don Quixote.” Every time a granddaughter was born in the Moran extended family, Mark’s father begged the parents to name her after Don Quixote’s ideal woman, Dulcinea. It never happened, but Mark has provided his father with the next best thing: a family business named for Dulcinea.
In Cervantes' classic work of fiction, Don Quixote is an unlikely hero, but someone, many of us, can relate to. He spends his life on a quest for an imaginary, idealized woman named Dulcinea. His unrelenting search for her gives his life meaning and transforms him into a chivalrous knight.
Internet users are faced with a similar quest as they search for that one best and reliable answer in the vast sea of information that is the Web. Don Quixote never fulfilled his quest; but we believe that by guiding you to the best sites on the Internet for any topic, findingDulcinea can help you fulfill yours.
We are also revamping the entire website as we took over the business, so you can expect to see a whole new look and feel soon. We’re excited for readers to explore the site and find something new and exciting in the future.
In Miguel Cervantes' classic work of fiction, the hero Don Quixote spends his life on a quest. His search for an imaginary, idealized woman named Dulcinea transforms him into a chivalrous knight. The unrelenting search for her, while unfulfilled, gives his life meaning.
Internet users are faced with a similar quest as they seek ideal Web sites in a vast expanse of information. findingDulcinea is determined to fulfill your ideals by guiding you to the best sites out there. Unlike Don Quixote, who never found his ideal, we believe that with findingDulcinea you can find yours.
Our quest is to turn the Web into a platform where everyone can access the wealth of quality information available.
If you want to read more about Don Quixote or Dulcinea, read the findingDulcinea Don Quixote Web Guide.
Dulcinea Media, Inc. is a Silicon Alley-based team of savvy Internet users. Our mission is to untangle the Web, clearing it of clutter and spotlighting only the sites that matter. We aim to provide a richer experience for every Internet user.
To find out more about Dulcinea Media, visit the "Our Team" page.
Our Web Guides provide resources on thousands of topics.
Our collection of Web Guides began with the original Guide to Web Search. With the Guide to Web Search, you should be able to find any Web resource you need, but we've drilled down into much more specific topics to help with more targeted searches.
Our collection of nearly 300 topic-specific Web Guides is always growing, and our research team updates the Web Guides already on the site frequently.
To find a Web Guide, use our site search function (in the upper right corner of any findingDulcinea Web page) or browse our guides from the most general guide on the Web Guides main page to the most specific guides by using the Web Guide topics shown on the right side of any Web Guides page.
Our Beyond the Headlines section takes news stories and current events and provides answers to the questions that most media sources neglect. Instead of just presenting you with a story, our Beyond the Headlines will give context to the background of, and opinion about a current event or popular news story. Find biographical information about the key players in a news story, get a link to the actual document at the root of a political debate, get the background you need to understand an international conflict, and much more.
Beyond the Headlines not only provides extended coverage and resources for the news stories and current events of today, but with its On This Day coverage you'll learn about a historical event each day of the year. Today's News Roundup provides you with an overview of all of news coverage each day around the globe.
Visit Beyond the Headlines to learn more.
Netcetera features all that's entertaining and topical on the Web. We provide a daily dose of the best of the Internet, including tasteful humor, profiles of inspiring people, virtual tours of diverse countries, reviews of innovative, useful sites, and weekly articles that distill widely discussed issues. Our aim in this section is to explore the whims and personality of the Web, finding you insightful sources that might otherwise go undiscovered.
Visit Netcetera to learn more.
findingDulcinea's policy is to not receive payment to recommend any Web site, story, or other online source. We endeavor to specify clearly on our site whenever any of our information is sponsored by a third party.
If you would like to suggest that we include a site in a Web Guide, Beyond the Headlines story, or Netcetera feature, please e-mail the appropriate section and one of our researchers will be happy to evaluate your suggestion. However, only if suggested site meets our strict evaluation criteria can it be selected for inclusion. To find contact information for each section, please see our "Contact Us" page.
We evaluate Web sites on many criteria including credibility, usability, and design.
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