There are over 18,000 news groups and the number rises daily! To find news groups, you can:
Be aware that most sites do not carry all news groups so you may need to ask your news administrator to get a news group you are interested in.
- use news group search tools
- browse hierarchical or flat or other news group lists
- read and participate in news groups about news groups
- browse lists of new news groups
- browse lists of news groups about news of the world
- visit other pages that have news group info
News Group Search ToolsThe following provide search engines that let you search news group names and descriptions for text that you specify.
Note: Use these tools when you are looking for news groups related to a particular topic; you need to use different tools to find and search archives of news groups' messages.
- Internet America Airnews
- Ed Kubaitis
- Usenet Info Center
- Presbyterian College
- Deja News top page now has a field for newsgroup searching. Fill in the text box that follows the text: ``Enter one of your interests below, to find which newsgroups talk about it''
Hierarchical News Group Lists (with links)These lists are organized by the news group hierarchy names which, unfortunately, are not very intuitive or logical. The best way to find a news group is to use one of the search tools listed above. The following lists are most useful if you just want to browse. Note that none of these are complete. For example, many of them do not contain any of the fairly new humanities.* news groups.
- Oxford University - includes links to hypertext FAQs on the same page as the link to the news group
- Deja News News Group Hierarchy Browsing - includes message archives of the groups
- TILE - includes statistics and links to plain text FAQs on the same page as the link to the news group
- Cambridge University
- Usenet Info Center
- The Daily News - includes San Francisco Bay Area groups
- Interport Communications
- University of Technology Vienna
- University of New Brunswick
- Gulfnet Kuwait
- Harvard - anyone can browse but group links only work if you have a Harvard account
- Presbyterian College - doesn't have links to the groups
- W3 Consortium - very old and incomplete list but it's interesting from a historical perspective!
- In Netscape Navigator and some other browsers you can use the URL news:* to generate a hierarchical list of news groups available on your NNTP host. If your host carries a lot of news groups, it will take a while to generate your list.
Flat News Group ListsEach of the lists in this section contain a long "flat" list of news groups and take a LONG time to download. These lists are most useful when you want to use the search abilities of your browser to search through a list.
- Airnews full group list (over 18,500 groups!)
- Usenet Info Center (with links)
- Joe's List from the University of Oregon
- Lists of news groups are regularly posted to the group new.lists. Each of these periodic postings is archived on many servers around the world. You can view lists of:
- Stanford Netnews Filtering Service List of Filtered Newsgroups (without links)
- UUNET Technologies' list of over 18,000 news groups with descriptions (but without links) is available from ftp://ftp.uu.net/networking/news/config in GNU compressed (.gz), and Unix compressed (.Z) formats. These take a long time to download! Uncompressed lists, which are not as complete as UUNET's lists, are at:
Other News Group Lists
News Groups About News GroupsDiscussion about proposed new groups takes place in news.groups and announcements about new and existing groups are posted to news.announce.newgroups. People help each other find news groups in news.groups.questions. Reviews of news groups are posted to news.groups.reviews.
New News GroupsAs mentioned above, new groups are announced in news.announce.newgroups. New mainstream and alt groups are listed in articles named "Changes to..." in the news.lists periodic postings linked to above. You can also view the following lists of new groups at particular hosts:
News Groups About News of the WorldSince the word "news" is used to mean both "Internet discussion groups" and "what's going on," it's sometimes hard to find news groups devoted to "what's going on." The following should help:
- ClariNet e.News
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Last content update on September 29, 1996
Last tweak on April 19, 1997