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Email lists may be hosted at many sites, using a variety of programs. While Listserv is the most popular, many lists are hosted using Google, Yahoo, or MSN groups or other Listserv like programs such as Majordomo, Listproc, and Mercury. Lists may exist but not appear in response to queries because list owners can choose how their lists are advertised. With Listserv, advertising may be local, global, or not at all.

Practically speaking, the easiest way to find a list is usually to ask someone you know or do a web search!

Listserv Definitions

  • local list - one hosted at SU on our installation of Listserv
  • global list - one hosted elsewhere, running on Listserv
  • Listserv - a particular email mailing list manager sold and maintained by LSOFT, Inc.

Search For Listserv Lists Using Email

All SU centrally hosted lists use Listserv, although colleges may have local lists.

There are two methods for sending commands to Listserv

  • If you own one or more Listserv lists and have a Listserv login, go to, choose choose the link "List Management Interface." Then choose "List Management>Listserv Command" from the menu.
  • You can send commands to listserv via email
    • create a new email to 
    • In the body of the list:
      • to find local lists hosted by listserv, send the command:
          list (all lists)
      • list /xxx (all lists contining string xxx in the title or name)
      • To look for a global list, send the command:
          list global /xxx (all lists containing xxx)

Search for Listserv Lists on the Web

You may well be most successful asking friends or colleagues, or doing a Google search. Here are some other ways to find a list:

This is the official worldwide directory of Listserv public email lists. This list is very accurate and up to date, but it includes only Listserv lists.

Aims to include every mailing list everywhere (including the lists in the previously mentioned CataList). This site is not perfect. Some of the information is out of date or incorrect as there is no reliable central source from which to compile the information. However it is still useful.

The Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-Conferences
This is another resource; it probably has a lot of overlap with Liszt.


List owners are responsible for all questions from list members

  • List members should contact their list owner(s) for help at <>. For example, if the listname is "clocks", send email to <>. If you need help contacting the owner, please contact the ITS Service Center by email at or by phone at 315-443-2677.
  • List owners may receive help by sending email to or contacting the ITS Service Center at 315-443-2677.

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