FOR many weeks, this column has been used as a forum to address many issues surrounding the use of on-line services and the Internet. One thing that has become clear is the on-line community is inevitably merging into the Internet, at least when you look at the fact that most commercial services now are connected to the Net in some fashion or another. So, it would seem to be high time, then, to address a key issue: how to find out where interesting things are on the Net. There are a wealth of guides available at no cost (except your on-line time to get them) on the Internet, and often these are more useful than any expensive book on a store shelf. Take the now almost legendary Internet services guide by Scott Yanoff. This invaluable tool is updated regularly and takes a subject-orientated approach to listing hundreds of ftp sites, gopher servers and telnet services. While the guide does not make provide in-depth description or analyses of the services listed, it is a small, compact file with a large selection from which to choose. An interesting guide is The Internet Press distributed by Kevin Savetz, who came to my attention as a result of his information file on faxing from the Internet. The Internet Press provides information and descriptions of a collection of Internet-based publications about the Internet, including the Netsurfer Digest and HotWIRED (even if it is a self-promotional piece). An excellent general guide to the Internet is Zen And The Art Of The Internet, which provides an overview of the Internet and its organisation, and a guide on to how to use the various tools needed to navigate the Net, including ftp, Archie and others. When it comes to searching for the widest available list of resources on a specific subject, these general guides may prove limited. This is where the University of Michigan comes in. Its gopher server offers the Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides, which is regularly updated and provides an excellent way to delve more deeply into the resources in a specific field. But, even with the best guide to the Internet, little fun can be had exploring and delving further into how to extract what is often information of little relevance to life, unless there is some greater gain. That is where the Internet Hunt comes in. The Internet Hunt is a monthly collection of 10 questions that require a user to scour the Internet for the answers. Each question is rated in difficulty from one (easy) to 10 (difficult) and this is used to score people's responses. Started in 1991 by a student from Tuscon, the Internet Hunt provides a selection of prizes each month to help motivate participants. Often obscure, the questions push a Net surfer to the limit of navigational skills to find the answers. Prizes each month include a selection of books and journals, mostly related to the Internet.