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Sites that are good candidates for the Computers and Technology will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for users to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the question.Sites that will not be accepted to Ask an Expert: Computers and Technology:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to questions in many topics.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.

The Computers and Technology subcategory of the Ask an Expert section of the directory is for websites that allow users to submit their own questions about things related to computers and technology. Questions about the purchase, repair, or maintenance of hardware, as well as creation and maintenance of software, or questions about the internet are acceptable. While archives of useful answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Businesses such as computer repair, software design, or search engine optimization consulting should be listed in their appropriate business categories, since having experts on your staff is not the same as being appropriate for the Ask an Expert category. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions related to computers, the internet, and technology to a pool of experts and have them supply an answer.

Please read these guidelines carefully, as submitting your site to the wrong category will most likely prevent your site from getting listed in the ODP.

Sites that are good candidates for the Ask an Expert: Education category will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for users to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the question.

Sites that will not be accepted to Ask an Expert: Education:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to questions in many topics.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.

Sites selling advice or help or services should be sent to Reference/Education/Products_and_Services/ or Reference/Ask_an_Expert/For_A_Fee.

The category is NOT for Homework Help sites or sites that have more advice topics than just education.

The Ask an Expert: Education Category is for websites that allow users to submit their own questions for answers, specifically related to education. While archives of useful answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Businesses, including tutors and homework help services, that are trying to promote their services should be listed according to their industry and/or geography. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions to a pool of experts and have them supply an answer.

These sites should offer a wide variety of experts and expert advice, preferably in the area of education and academics.

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These websites offer answers to questions for a fee. The answers are given by human experts and not by computer programs, website searches, or software.

Please read these guidelines carefully, as submitting your site to the wrong category will most likely prevent your site from getting listed.

Sites that are good candidates for the Homework Help category will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for students over the age of 13 to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the questions.

Sites that will not be accepted to the Homework Help category:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to general questions, not homework questions.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.
5. Sites that complete homework assignments, rather than guide students in their own work.

The Ask an Expert: Homework Help category is for websites that allow students to submit their own questions for answers. While archives of useful answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Tutoring agencies, private tutors, and after-school programs will not be listed in this category. They should be submitted to the Regional category that corresponds with their base of operations. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions to a pool of experts and have them supply an answer.

Finally, sites listed in this category should be accessible by younger students.

Please read these guidelines carefully, as submitting your site to the wrong category will most likely prevent your site from getting listed in the ODP.

Sites that are good candidates for the Ask an Expert: Libraries will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for users to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the question.

Sites that will not be accepted to the Libraries category:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to questions in many topics.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.

Thanks for submitting your site to the Ask an Expert: Libraries category. When you are submitting your site, please indicate the geographic location of your library, if the title of the web page you are submitting is Ask a Librarian or similar standard title. Also, please link directly to the question asking page or mailto form, not the main page of your library.

This category is for sites that have access for people to get answers to reference questions via the Internet, either by email, live chat, or some combination. It is fine to submit your site if your service requires a library card, or had other restricted access, but please indicate that in the description. Thanks.

The Ask an Expert: Libraries category is for websites that allow users to submit their own questions for answers. While archives of useful answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Businesses that are trying to promote their services should be listed according to their industry and/or geography. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions to a pool of librarians and have them supply an answer.

Please read these guidelines carefully, as submitting your site to the wrong category will most likely prevent your site from getting listed.

Sites that are good candidates for Ask an Expert: Science will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for users to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the question.

Sites that will not be accepted to the Science category:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to questions in many topics.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.

The Ask an Expert: Science category is for websites that allow users to submit their own questions relating to different areas of scientific study. While archives of answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Businesses that are trying to promote their services should be listed according to their industry and/or geography. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions to a pool of experts and have them supply an answer.

Please read these guidelines carefully, as submitting your site to the wrong category will most likely prevent your site from getting listed.

Sites that are good candidates for the Ask an Expert: Writing category will have the following characteristics:
1. An easily accessible interface for users to submit their questions.
2. Human experts who will answer the question.

Sites that will not be accepted to Writing:
1. Sites that provide information, but not directly in response to user questions.
2. Site that provide answers to questions in many topics.
3. Sites that provide answers or advice for a fee.
4. Sites that are promoting a specific business.

The Ask an Expert: Writing category is for websites that allow users to submit their own questions regarding the use of written English. While archives of answers and information are useful, in order to get listed in this category, there must be a live human answering questions, not just a search engine or computer.

In addition, this category is for sites that provide this human service free of charge. Answers that are available for a fee should be listed in Ask an Expert: For a Fee. Businesses that are trying to promote their services, such as editors or publishers, should be listed according to their industry and/or geography. Forums also are not appropriate for this category, and should be submitted to the relevant subject category, as they are a different type of site and have a different function.

Again, we ONLY want web sites where you can submit questions to a pool of experts and have them supply an answer.

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