~ potpourri of Web resources and
Gleanings: Objects or ideas that have been
gathered or amassed over a period of time,
especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library
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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on
the Internet. Enjoy!
December 22, 2005
December 21, 2005
December 19, 2005
The Twelve Days of Christmas are the days from Christmas until the
beginning of Epiphany (January 8th; the 12 days count from December 25th
until January 8th). On the updated calendar—since Epiphany is celebrated
on a Sunday—these days may actually be more or less than twelve. We have
16 days on the tree because the Christmas season extends until the feast
of the Baptism of Christ and we have included them all (Click on the
numbers on the Christmas tree).
December 16, 2005
The Fishers of Men project: United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB), Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation.
- Thai Table: learn to
prepare authentic Thai dishes in the comfort of your kitchen.
- Fact Monster
is a reference site for kids that provides a dictionary, encyclopedia,
almanac as well as homework help and a variety of daily features,
including This Day in History, Today's Birthday, and educational games –
Fact Monster is indeed a monster site!
December 15, 2005
December 14, 2005
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Carmelite Saints:
contains selected writings from St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila), St. John
of the Cross, St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Lisieux) and St Edith Stein
(Theresa Benedicta of the Cross)
- The Cool Spot
created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The content of the site is based on a curriculum for grades six through
eight developed at the University of Michigan, and much of the material
will be of interest to young people, parents, and professionals who work
with young people on such issues. The site contains a selection of
external resources that may be of assistance to persons with a drinking
problem, or for those with a family member who is having a problem with
Dartmouth Writing Program: Online Writing Materials.
Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II : A Collection of Primary
Sources. In timely fashion, the National Security Archive has released
another of one of its well-devised electronic briefing books for
consideration by the general public. This particular book is edited by
William Burr and contains 77 declassified US government documents on the
atomic bomb and the end of the war in the Pacific theater of operations.
As the site notes, "Interested readers can see for themselves the crucial
source material that scholars have used to shape narrative accounts of the
historical developments and to frame their arguments about the questions
that have provoked controversy over the years." Additionally, there are
notes that contain detailed bibliographic information of external sources
used to expand on the details for each document.
- The National
Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute
and library located at The George Washington University in Washington,
D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired
through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
December 13, 2005
Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.
- MedlinePlus: good
health information from the world's largest medical library, the National
Library of Medicine, plus extensive information from the National
Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 700 diseases and
conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical
encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish,
extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbal
and dietary supplements, health
information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
- WebMD provides valuable
health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those
who seek information.
MedicineNet.com is a network of U.S. Board Certified Physicians and
Allied Health Professionals. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth,
authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust,
user-friendly, interactive web site.
- Government Printing Office:
disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal
- Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
for Kids: provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and
teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use
of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO
Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO
Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide
provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for
- HomeworkNYC.org developed by
The New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens
Public Library in coordination with the New York City Department of
Education as part of the "Learning in Libraries" initiative, supported by
The Wallace Foundation. The site will assist students throughout New York
City with their homework, research and studies." Learning in Libraries"
focuses on changing the way libraries serve youth outside of the
- MyMoney.gov: the Federal
Government's website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about
their money–how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet your personal
goals." You'll find information on 'Budgeting & Taxes,' 'Credit,'
'Financial Planning,' 'Home Ownership,' 'Privacy, Fraud & Scams,' to name
some of the topics.
Deposit Insurance Corporation has developed an online curriculum
designed to further educate the public on money management skills. You'll
find an Information Booth with all the tips you can possibly need, from
Budget Considerations, Budgeting Tools, Buying a Car, Checks, Checking
Account, Check Writing Tips through Credit, Loans, Saving, information you
need for sound money management. The 'Contents' section is the actual
course with an instructor guiding you through the various aspects of
banking and money management. Click on the 'Getting Started' button for
the complete presentation.
- uExpress.com is the ultimate
source for advice and opinion on the Web. uExpress.com offers the biggest,
best-known names in advice and opinion: Dear Abby, News of the Weird,
Scott Burns, Pet Connection, William F. Buckley and many, many more.
December 12, 2005
December 9, 2005
national Catholic weekly magazine. Analysis and opinions on issues facing
the church and the world.
Kodak: Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures. Do you wish you were a better
photographer? All it takes is a little know-how and experience. Keep
reading for some important picture-taking tips. Then grab your camera and
start shooting your way to great pictures.
December 7, 2005
- The Free
Dictionary: English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer
Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference
Library, and a Search Engine all in one!
December 6, 2005
- St. Nicholas
Center: To educate people of faith, and the wider public, about the
true St. Nicholas, and why he is important in today's world; it provides
resources for families, churches, and schools.
- Roni Benise -
fiery Spanish Guitar melodies and high-energy rhythms weave a stunning
tapestry of emotions from deep within. Roni’s artistry and incomparable
guitar technique is both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as
edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual.
- Interfaith Calendar:
Primary sacred times for world religions. We believe in the peace making
value of religious understanding and the importance of clear and accurate
Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings
of poets reading their work. You can enjoy listening here, free of charge,
to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the
- Cornell University Law School -
Legal Information Institute
December 2, 2005
Bibliotheca Alexandrina aims: To be a center of excellence in the
production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue,
learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.
Tribal Justice Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse
of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal courts,
providing both technical assistance and resources for the development and
enhancement of tribal justice system personnel. Programs and services
developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal justice system
personnel -- whether working with formalized tribal courts or with
tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums.
- The Anxiety Disorders
Association of America (ADAA) is a nonprofit organization whose
mission is to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety
disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them.
December 1, 2005
Greetings: Free Online Greeting Cards, Free E-cards, Holidays,
- RedOrbit.com: the
premier internet destination for space, science, health, and technology
enthusiasts around the globe with over 300,000 pages covering the vast
ideological spectrums of space, science, health, and technology.
November 30, 2005
- Digital Information Fluency
(DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information
effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital
information is different from print information; having the skills to use
specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the
dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers
and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students
will become better equipped to achieve their information needs.
- Digital History:
using new technologies to enhance teaching and research. These virtual
exhibits can help teachers and students from kindergarten through high
school learn about American history. The depth offered is outstanding.
The National Memorial Institute for the
Prevention of Terrorism located in Oklahoma City is dedicated to
preventing terrorism or mitigating its effects.
- Terrorism Knowledge Base:
Developed by the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of
Terrorism (MIPT), offers in-depth information on terrorist incidents,
groups, and trials.
programs connect colleges and universities with producers in their
area to provide local farm products for meals and special events on
campus. These programs may be small and unofficial, mainly involving
special dinners or other events, or they may be large and
well-established, with many local products incorporated into cafeteria
meals every day.
November 29, 2005
- MyCatholic.com: the
first Catholic portal that let's you customize your content.
Astrobiology Magazine: NASA sponsors this online archive of past
issues, on everything from life on Mars, extrasolar life, stellar
evolution and climate. The Image Gallery is dedicated to the art of
astrobiology; the Studio presentations give the visitor access to all of
the gallery images, the Panoramas let you view the material in flash
panoramic as well as zoom style, Terrafirma has the 'EarthView Now.' The
search engine is the backbone for detailed research and retrieval of past
articles. You'll surely want to check out the 'On this day in...' feature
for your complete history of important events in Astrobiology.
Ancient Observatories: Chichen Itza. This exhibition, developed by the
Exploratorium Museum, gives an overview of Mayan History, Mayan Mythology
and a Map of the excavation. Be sure to visit the Alignments, the
background on the intricacies of how the Mayans aligned their structures
for best observing the heavens. This site portrays an advanced ancient
civilization and is a testament to the ingenuity of these peoples. Don't
miss the Activities, a Mayan Calendar and Mayan Math where you can lean to
count in Mayan using the ancient stone documents.
- ValoreBooks.com is
the student's premier marketplace for college textbooks.
November 28, 2005
daily publication of Food News Service, which syndicates food news and
articles to newspapers, magazine publishers, and Internet sites around the
All Recipes.com - Bread
American Heart Association announces updated emergency care
guidelines. New emergency care guidelines include dramatic changes to
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emphasis on chest compressions,
according to authors of the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.
November 23, 2005
- MyPlan.com helps students
and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed
decisions about their education and careers.
Band-Aides and Blackboards is about children growing up with serious
medical challenges. The site presents an unforgettable experience of
seeing how these youngsters are coping with problems of which most of us
have never heard. Read short biographical sketches of the children, their
words, their stories, their poetry, and much more.
Advent Workshop: History, Customs, Activities and Folklore of Advent.
- Thanksgiving Short
Stories and Articles: Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries
- Internet Public Library: began
in 1995 as a graduate seminar project in the School of Information and
Library Studies at the University of Michigan.
- Librarians’ Internet Index: founded
in 1993 and is maintained by librarians, in this case a small staff
supported by funds from the California State Library system and the
Washington State Library, and several dozen volunteer contributors, most
of whom work in public, university or school libraries.
November 22, 2005
November 21, 2005
November 18, 2005
Franciscan Archive: Internet Resources on St. Francis & Franciscanism.
It is published for those interested in Franciscanism, in any aspect of
its theological, devotional, historic, artistic, ethical, spiritual
- The Federal Citizen
Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for
answers to questions about consumer problems and government services.
- FirstGov for Kids: the U.S.
government interagency Kids' Portal. Divided into educational subjects
found in schools, the subjects are further divided into 'Government,
Organizations, Education, and Commercial, giving a full range of coverage
of the various material. Take FirstGov's invitation to explore, learn,
- FindLaw's Family Law Center.
This section contains 5 topics, each containing helpful articles and
resources - Adoption: Types, Laws, Child Custody: Types, Who Gets
Custody?, Child Support: Receiving, Paying, Divorce: Property, Alimony,
Laws, Marriage & Living Together: Prenuptials, Laws.
November 17, 2005
November 16, 2005
Smithsonian Students - Education: A Place for Kids to Explore, to
Discover and Learn. Visitors will find sections on Everything Art, Science
and Nature, History and Culture and People and Places. Amazing Collections
where you can explore the riches of the Smithsonian’s collections, learn
how to start your own collections, and see what kinds of things other kids
collect and the ever popular Mr. President section where you can learn the
facts about each of our nation’s presidents. Here's a great place for
browsing, research, or homework help!
- The National Library
of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health
in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library
collects materials and provides information and research services in all
areas of biomedicine and health care.
Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914: provides access to a number of
key primary historical documents that deal with a number of areas, such
as women’s health, public health, and clinical works of enduring
historical value. Currently, there are a total of eight works in the
archive, and they include Clara Barton’s "The Red Cross of the Geneva
Convention" from 1878 and L. Emmett Holt’s 1894 work "The Care and
Feeding of Children: A Catechism for the Use of Mothers and Children’s
Nurses". For many of the generally curious and those with a penchant for
the world of medical and scientific history, this website will be quite
- Origins of
CTRL-ALT-DEL: David Bradley describes how he invented CTRL-ALT-DEL,
then tries to backpedal after he inadvertently slams Bill Gates for making
it famous. Notice Gates' facial expressions toward the end.
- CopyRight.com: Providing the
most complete and convenient access to copyright permission and compliance
solutions for millions of publications worldwide.
- Herpetology News and Links:
Links are divided up into major categories (reptiles, amphibians, Internet
resources) and subcategories (snakes, skunks, classified ads, pet stores).
November 15, 2005
- Purportal.com: That
story that your misguided (yet sweet) friend just sent to you and forty
other people sounds true…Put it to the test here. Take a couple key words
from the message, paste or type them into one of the boxes below (includes
Snopes Urban Legends Archives, About.com Urban Legends, CIAC Hoax
Database, CERT Computer Security Database, Symantec (Real) Virus
Encyclopedia, and click Search.
the Great - November 15 - Internet Links
Library of Pittsburgh: Thanksgiving - History and Facts
- Food & Cooking:
resources for seasonal & holiday recipes, food topics, organic foods.
Electronic Text Center's (University of Virginia’s Library) holdings
include approximately 70,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in many
languages (including online Chinese and Japanese literature) and hundreds
of thousands of related images.
- National Storytelling Network
(NSN): Bringing together and nurturing individuals and organizations
that use the power of storytelling in all its forms.
- The Advocacy Committee:
to promote the recognition of performance storytelling as an art form
suitable for adults and children in a wide variety of venues, by
institutions, and by the general public.
- Interfaith Story: a
discussion group of the National Storytelling Network (NSN), is a
gathering of storytellers and listeners who share a common desire to bring
the teaching and healing power of wisdom tales from around the world and
sacred stories from every spiritual or faith tradition, present and past,
to individuals, groups and communities.
- MythSearch.com: dedicated to
making your search for myths, legends, folklore, and religions both past
and present easier and more enjoyable. From the stories of the Greek Gods
to the mysterious religion of the Celts, this site tries to give a fair
and unbiased listing of sites.
Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project: Bringing Yesterday's
Classics to Today's Children. Our focus is on literature for children that
is in the public domain in the United States, including: Nursery Rhymes,
Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Legends and Hero Stories, Literary Fairy Tales,
Bible Stories, Nature Stories, Biography, History, Fiction, Poetry,
Storytelling, Games, and Craft Activities.
- "Stories for the
Seasons": dedicated to offering seasonal nature stories together with
an extensive bibliography for any storyteller, teacher, or general reader
who is seeking stories and legends about animals, plants, and the land
- Just So Stories by
Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
- Story Arts Inc.: founded by
storyteller/author Heather Forest. Current concert and workshop
programming focuses on the ancient art of storytelling and the diverse
ways that storytelling can enrich multi-cultural understanding,
interpersonal communication, and literacy.
Storytelling Resource Centre: the One-stop Site for All Storytellers
- SurLaLune Fairy Tale
Pages: A portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies
featuring 35 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar
tales across cultures, and over 1,200 illustrations. Discover hundreds of
fairy tales from around the world here.
Storytelling Power: Through a plethora of free articles, we provide a
useful guide for anyone who wants to use the power of storytelling at
home, at work and in the community.
November 14, 2005
Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana (EBCA): "This digital edition
of the important and out-of-print Biologia Centrali-Americana makes all 58
biolological volumes available. Descriptions of over 50,000 and images of
over 18,000 species of animals and plants are now accessible as never
before. This is the first step toward an extraordinary new set of
electronic resources and knowledge tools for biodiversity studies -- the
Biologia Centrali-Americana Centennial."
Find a Farmers Market in Your Area: Fall's here, and you know what
that means. FARMERS MARKETS! The USDA has a map of Farmers Markets in the
- Searching for
Immigrants in the Castle Garden Database: Castle Garden was a
Manhattan immigration center before Ellis Island. CastleGarden.org allows
you to search the records of 10 million of the immigrants processed
through this site (there's apparently another two million records that
need to be digitized.)
- Answerbag.com is a
compilation of human knowledge and experience. It is a universal,
user-generated set of frequently-asked questions (FAQs). It is built and
policed by its users, a worldwide information community that is working
together to make Answerbag an authoritative collection of questions and
answers on any topic relevant today."
November 11, 2005
- The Web Gallery of
Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting
and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries. It was started in 1996 as a
topical site of the Renaissance art, originated in the Italian city-states
of the 14th century and spread to other countries in the 15th and 16th
centuries. Intending to present Renaissance art as comprehensively as
possible, the scope of the collection was later extended to show its
Medieval roots as well as its evolution to Baroque and Rococo via
Mannerism. More recently the periods of Neoclassicism and Romanticism were
- The Art of
Giotto: His stays in Assisi, Padua, Rimini, Milan, and Naples
produced local schools of artists, called the "Giotteschi".
Traditionally, Giotto was Cimabue's pupil.
- St. Francis
Pilgrimages: We have created beautiful itineraries in Italy where St.
Francis of Assisi and the early Franciscan saints lived.
provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology
industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your
computer, and protect your personal information.
Computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and equipped with multiple
processors that support processor power management features may experience
November 10, 2005
- Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) resources:
- PandemicFlu.gov: provides comprehensive government-wide information
on pandemic influenza and avian influenza. In the event of a pandemic,
this will be the authoritative site for U.S. government information on
- Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) -- Avian Influenza (Bird Flu): Provides general
information for the public as well as special populations, such as
health care professionals, international travelers and poultry workers.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs: Avian Flu Fact
Sheet: Aimed at international travelers, this document "alerts
Americans to the most recent occurrences of Influenza A H5N1 (avian
influenza strain)" and provides a brief explanation of the virus, in
Plus: Bird Flu: Offers news, vetted links to related websites and
organizations, and information about research, clinical trials, public
policy and more.
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) -- Avian
Influenza: CIDRAP's (University of Maryland) mission is to "prevent
illness and death from infectious diseases through epidemiologic
research and the rapid translation of scientific information into
real-world practical applications and solutions." Offers news, technical
briefings, journal articles, statistics, guidelines and related links.
DeleteOnClick is a very simple to use program that securely deletes
(wipes) files so they cannot be undeleted or recovered, rather than
sending the file to the recycle bin. It's implemented as a Windows
Explorer extension so you just need to right-click on the files then
choose Securely Delete to wipe the files.
A public service by Orbizon, Inc. The public have access to information
about offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of
sexually-violent offenses against adults and/or children and certain
sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The
offenders are listed by state, 38 of which have thus far participated in
this online registration with others to be online in the near future. A
Google map is used to show the offenders locations in relation to an input
address; the registered address as well as the offender's picture is
returned. Be sure to educate yourself periodically; the map is updated as
new data is made available.
- AARP is dedicated to
enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social
change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and
November 9, 2005
Seasonal Driving Tips: Turn off your cruise control. When the road is
slippery, turn off your cruise control system. Snow, ice, slush or even
rain can cause wheel-spin and loss of control. However, an activated
cruise control system will continue to apply power, keeping the wheels
spinning. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) - Road Safety.
- Ultimate Guide to Live
TV Webcasts: select a country at the left. After that select a stream.
1075 TV Stations Listed.
ClearType Tuner PowerToy: An alternative to Microsoft's popular online
ClearType Tuner, Windows XP PowerToy lets you activate and tune your
ClearType settings via the Windows Control Panel.
- Microsoft Office and Word tips:
November 8, 2005
Catholic Saints by Name: Many of us were named after Catholic saints
at Baptism. Find your namesake saint in this alphabetical listing.
Benedict XVI "Photogallery" posted on Vatican Site: Photographs
capturing some of the key moments of Benedict XVI's pontificate are now
posted on the Vatican's Web page. The new "Photogallery," which presents
pictures of the Pope, can be accessed via the "News" section of the main
page. Click of
"Photo Gallery" at bottom of page for more photos.
Halo Greetings and Stationery:
Christian/Catholic greeting cards for every occasion.
Free E-Cards Online -
Free e-cards for all occasions: You will find an extensive library of free
e-cards including birthday cards, love cards, Christmas cards, etc. More
free e-cards will be added every month.
designed to provide the online faith-based audience with great looking
e-cards with unique messages of God's love, inspiration, encouragement and
NewScientistSpace.com: resource for everything happening on the space
frontier! 'Explore by Subject,' 9 subject areas that provide a guide to
the various topics, and the 'Special Reports,' more in-depth coverage of
selected topics. There are also special areas dedicated to the 'Solar
System,' 'Space Technology,' 'Human Spaceflight,' 'Astronomy,' as well as
'Archives' of over 60,000 articles from the online site and the hard-copy
November 6, 2005
& Ideas: Here's where you'll find expert advice for your reading
group, whether your group is many years old or brand new, or even if you
want to start a group from scratch.
ReadingGroupGuides.com—Recipes: Over the years some of our readers
have shared recipes for snacks, entrees and desserts that their groups
have enjoyed during their discussions. See the links on the left to view
these recipes. Do you have a recipe to share?
November 4, 2005
- Computer Support
at Answers That Work: devoted to providing free computer support–whether
you are having problems with your software, your hardware, your network or
just trying to find out what is going wrong with your computer period. It
includes The Ultimate Troubleshooter for checking out what might be
causing your computer to misbehave.
- Supreme Court
Information: OYEZ offers a good deal of information about the US
Supreme Court and its history, including past and present cases appearing
before the court, information about the justices and even a podcast. The
site also offers a multi-media tour of the court.
Complete Works of
Paleoclimatology: study of past climate, for times prior to
instrumental weather measurements. Paleoclimatologists use clues from
natural "proxy" sources such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean
and lake sediments to understand natural climate variability. NOAA
Paleoclimatology operates the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology and
the Applied Research Center for Paleoclimatology, with the goal to provide
data and information scientists need to understand natural climate
variability as well as future climate change.
U.S. Census Bureau Fast Facts About the Upcoming Holiday Season: U.S.
Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures
from its data collection.
- WebExhibits is an online museum,
with exhibits that encourage people to ask questions and examine issues
from several points of view.
- Daylight Saving
Time: "The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called 'Summer
Time' many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We
change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight
from the morning to the evening. President G.W. Bush signed the Energy
Policy Act of 2005 which—among its many other provisions—moves up the
start of DST to the second Sunday of March, and pushes the ending back
the first Sunday of November.
Chartres Cathedral is among the best preserved of the major French
cathedrals, with extensive programs of sculpture and stained glass. It was
a major site of pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin Mary, to whom the
cathedral is dedicated. This website provides access to a comprehensive
collection of images and detailed descriptions of Chartres Cathedral.
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention,
1774-1789 from the Library's Rare Books and Special Collections
Division. The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and
the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274
documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and
ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals
of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and
early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence. Most broadsides are one page in length;
others range from 1 to 28 pages. A number of these items contain
manuscript annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the
delicate process of creating consensus. In many cases, multiple copies
bearing manuscript annotations are available to compare and contrast.
- Museum of Online Museums
(MoOM): links to online collections and exhibits covering a vast array
of interests and obsessions. The MoOM is organized into three sections:
The Museum Campus contains links to brick-and-mortar museums with an
interesting online presence. Most of these sites will have multiple
exhibits from their collections (or, in the case of the Smithsonian,
displays of items not on display in the Washington museum itself). The
Permanent Collection displays links to exhibits of particular interest to
design and advertising. Galleries, Exhibition, and Shows is an eclectic
and ever-changing list of interesting links to collections and galleries,
most of them hosted on personal web pages. In other words, it's where all
the good stuff is.
- Folkstreams: To say that
finding certain obscure documentaries can be difficult is quite an
understatement. Fortunately, finding documentary films about American folk
or roots culture just got much easier, courtesy of the good people at
Folkstreams.net. On this website, visitors can view dozens of very
compelling documentaries. Visitors looking for specific films can search
the entire website for such viewing material, along with searching program
transcripts, images, and essays. The site also contains an RSS feed and a
worthwhile blog which allows visitors to leave audio feedback.
- Science and Photography
Through the Microscope: A web site devoted to microscopy science
education. This site provides both a fine image bank for general use and
general information about the art and science of this interesting field of
scientific endeavor. The first stop for most visitors should be the
education image library area of the site. Here they can search the
database of micrographs in its entirety, or browse the contents by
category, which includes such areas as crystals, insects, or protozoa. One
rather fun feature on the site is the "Most Wanted Bugs" section, which
contains twelve "bug mugs" and "bug body" shots taken through the process
of photomicrography. The site is rounded out by the "Zoom In" area, which
allows users the opportunity to zoom in on a black ant, a fruit fly, or a
Finding Copyrights and Trademarks for Free. Businesses increasingly
have reason to conduct research related to copyrights or trademarks. The
ever-more competitive business world makes protecting a company's
intellectual property a key component to its success. Trademark-related
research might concern clearing the name of a new business, product or
service for use in commerce. It might involve monitoring new trademark
applications, business filings and domain name registrations for potential
infringements. Originally published in The CyberSkeptic's Guide to
Internet Research (June 2005).
November 3, 2005
- American Policy Roundtable:
the umbrella organization under which the Ohio Roundtable and the Florida
Policy Roundtable operate as non-profit education and research
organizations. The mission statement of APR and each state-based operation
remains the same: To restore traditional Judeo-Christian principles to
American public policy. APR maintains a firm commitment to stand
independent of all political parties, candidates, and media.
- Special 2005 USAVOTER Ohio
Issues Edition: Learn more about the statewide ballot issues that
you will see on Tuesday, November 8th. Click on each issue in
the left column for the Ballot Language. Also, contains ARGUEMENTS FOR
and ARGUEMENTS AGAINST each issue. Once you've made a decision make a
selection on your personal sample ballot. Print your sample ballot and
take it with you into the polls. Don't forget to vote Tuesday, November
8th! USAVoter.info is a service of the
American Policy Roundtable.
- Inside Higher Ed:
the online source for news, opinion and career advice and services for all
of higher education. Plus, a powerful suite of tools to help higher
education professionals get jobs and colleges identify and hire employees.
- The New Dictionary of Cultural
Literacy, Third Edition: Completely Revised and Updated: E. D. Hirsch,
Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil. The manifestation of one of the most
influential modern educational theories, the 6,900 entries in this major
new reference work form the touchstone of what it means to be not only
just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural
November 2, 2005
- Music Videos for your web
sites: Got a blog, website, myspace, or any type of web-based page? Spice
it up with a music video. Look around, find the video of your choice, copy
the code at the bottom of the screen and put it in your website! It's that
easy, at no cost. In no time, you will have a smooth video running on your
own page, thanks to your friends at MVSpot.com!
'THE gourmet food and cooking resource.' This site is actually a 'culinary
directory [that] contains thousands of links to food, cooking, and drink
web sites.' You'll find ethnic foods, wine, beer, even culinary
definitions should you question any of the terms bandied about by
experienced chefs. There are even tips on growing your own foods. Spend a
few minutes getting acclimated to the site, then bookmark it for more
particular research when you need food resources at your fingertips!
October 31, 2005
Words: Michael Quinion writes about International English from a British
viewpoint. Origins of English words, phrases, linguistics and form of
Dictionary: Alphabetical Index - A Collection of Strange Beliefs,
Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions.
The Word Detective on
the Web is the online version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column
answering readers' questions about words and language.
Phrase Finder: Looking
for the meaning or origin of a phrase, saying or idiom? Meanings and origins
of over 2,000 English sayings, phrases and idioms.
Everything you need to know to be a better journalist.
Human Resources humor: Disclaimer –
remember this is "humor."
Marine Ornithology: an
International Journal of Seabird research and Conservation. Started in 1976
by John Cooper, the journal is operated by an editorial board, under the
direction of the Pacific Seabird Group. Some of the more recent articles in
the latest issue deal with such topics as parasites and diseases of the auks
and aspects of the breeding biology of the Gentoo penguin. For those looking
for back issues, the full-text of every past issue dating back to 1988 is
also available on the site.
BBC - Science & Nature: The BBC is
well-regarded for their laudable efforts to provide high-quality online
content that complements their fine radio and television offerings. Devised
as part of their general Science and Nature website, this particular corner
of the web offers a number of educational resources on science and nature.
Corporate Angel Network
is the only charitable organization in the USA whose sole mission is to ease
the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for
cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the
empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business, thanks to the
generous cooperation of 500 of America’s top corporations, including 56 of
the top 100 in the Fortune 500. Eligibility to participate in our program is
open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients
who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling.
Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often
October 28, 2005
Tips for Halloween: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FaithStreams: The debate starts every October—is Halloween simply a
fun day and night for kids to get candy and party or something more
sinister? See what our faith partners and others have to say about it.
- The Moonlit
Road: The Moonlit Road, a road where the visitor can read and even
hear 'ghost stories and strange folktales of the American South, told by
the region's most celebrated storytellers.' There are pictures to go along
with the stories as well as 'cultural background' links that enable the
viewer/listener to find out more about the background of each story.
Volunteer Service - great web resources from
students.gov: In the wake
of one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in history, students and
others around the country have a renewed commitment and interest in
volunteering their time and energy to help others recover from disaster.
- Even Peace Corps volunteers
have begun working domestically, for the first time in the Peace Corps’
44-year history. Peace Corps activated its
Crisis Corps volunteers last
week to aid the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief operation
in the gulf coast region.
- USA Freedom Corps: The
largest network of volunteer opportunities online, where individuals can
find service opportunities that match their interests and talents in
their hometowns, across the country or around the world.
- AmeriCorps: Discover
national service opportunities with AmeriCorps. When you complete your
AmeriCorps service, you will be eligible for an education award to cover
costs for college and vocational training.
- Volunteer.gov/Gov: A
partnership between federal and state agencies, connecting people with
natural resources or veterans’ volunteer opportunities in the public
sector. Search by state, keyword, topic, and more.
FERPA - the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: This federal
law protects the privacy of your education records. The law applies to all
schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S.
Department of Education. After age 18, you have certain rights under FERPA
(until you are 18, your parents have these same rights, on your behalf).
You have the right to review your records at the school, and request that
the school correct any errors in those records. You also have the right to
a hearing, if your school disagrees with you. With a few exceptions, the
school cannot release your education records to other parties without your
written consent. The exceptions include law enforcement, emergencies,
transfer schools, officials at your school with a legitimate educational
interest, and a few others.
- THOMAS - Library of Congress: to
make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet
October 27, 2005
- 5th World
Meeting of the Families (WMF) July 1-9, 2006: The World Meeting of the
Families (WMF) is a large gathering that the Pope calls every three years
to celebrate the divine gift that is the family. It brings together
hundreds of thousands of families from the five continents to pray, talk,
learn, share and go into depth on the understanding of the role of the
Christian family as a domestic Church and basic unit for evangelization.
- ZENIT is an International News
Agency: Our mission is to provide objective coverage of events,
documents and issues emanating from or concerning the Catholic Church.
ZENIT's coverage includes: activities of Benedict XVI, such as his
travels, documents and audiences; the Vatican, including diplomatic
activity, humanitarian efforts, and profiles of Church leaders; interviews
with and features about leading lay Catholics, including researchers,
politicians, writers and entertainers.
- To receive ZENIT Services BY E-MAIL you can
subscribe to our distribution lists.
online archive of the psychology journal Dissociation, the past
official journal of the International Society for the Study of
Dissociation, has been created by The University of Oregon Libraries. The
Journal, which appeared quarterly from 1988-1997, has not been fully
digitized so there are some missing issues here.
PodSpider Podcast Search Engine: PodSpider recently announced that
they've opened a new PodSpider Portal which provides a search engine and
directory of over 20,000 podcasts, both browsable and searchable by
Food Safety 101: USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers tips
to students and consumers on how to prevent foodborne illness. The USDA
Meat and Poultry Hotline regularly responds to calls from students with
questions about how to safely cook and prepare foods while away at school.
October 26, 2005
The Spider Myths Site: Myths, Misconceptions, and Superstitions About
Spiders. The spider, a much-aligned creature especially around the
Halloween season, is the topic of the Burke Museum of Natural History and
Culture site. The curator, Rod Crawford, seeks to dispel the myths,
misconceptions, and superstitions about spiders. Mr. Crawford naturally
gets many questions and comments about his work when individuals learn of
his passion for arachnids.
Apple Varieties: Which apple varieties are best for pies, salads,
sauces, baking or eating fresh. Also, an availability calendar.
October 24, 2005
CatholicRadioDramas.com - a
collection of over 500 theological commentaries, original writings,
discourses letters and sermons of the early Church Fathers and the great
saints over the past 20 centuries.
CatholicPRWire is a Catholic
content news bureau providing the latest in Catholic news and information
for general distribution at no cost to providers or contributors. At
CatholicPRWire you are able to access breaking news from thousands of
organizations around the globe as well as post your news.
October 21, 2005
- Audacity is a
free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X,
GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record
live audio; Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs; Edit
MP3, and WAV sound files; Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together;
Change the speed or pitch of a recording; and more!
Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows XP: Create slideshows using your
digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate
pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice
narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and
captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an
e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based
- Eraser is an
advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely
remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times
with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000,
XP and DOS. Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under
GNU General Public License.
October 20, 2005
Guide to E-mail (Inc.com): What follows is a guide to the biggest e-mail
concerns, particularly security, compliance, and archiving. We'll give you
tools for building an e-mail policy now, which can save headaches later, and
also advice on buying the right system. Topics include: How to Avoid
Scammers, Spammers, and the Rest of the Bad E-Guys, Spam Glossary, 5 Ways to
Avoid the Junk Mail Folder, The Coolest PDAs and Who Needs Them, The Secrets
of E-mail Stash, Is Instant Messaging an Instant Menace?, 5 Things You
Didn't Know About E-mail, The Government's Take on E-mail, The Rules You
Make about E-mail.
- Newman Reader:
The life and writings of Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman by The
National Institute for Newman Studies.
- FarmToday.com: 'The
Internet Home for Today's Farmers.' You don't have to be a farmer to
benefit from this site. This portal is actually a unique meta-search
engine with links to just about everything associated with agriculture,
gardening, etc. You'll find information on Animals, Environmental issues,
Field Crops, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Pests and Diseases, to name
some of the sections as well as the Recent Trends on the agricultural
front. Here's a site that great for gardeners, students, farmers and
general public information!
The Cardinal Van Thuân International Observatory has been instituted
to promote the social doctrine of the Church at an international level. It
offers information about the Social Doctrine of the Church and
systematically collects data, documents and studies concerning it. It
makes this information available, also on-line, to whoever may be
interested in it.
October 19, 2005
October 18, 2005
Scan 35 mm Slides On a Flatbed Scanner: a cheap and easy way to scan
35 mm slides on an ordinary flatbed scanner and avoid buying the
Transparent Media Adapter for several hundred dollars.
- Finding books with Google
Print is easy: just enter the keyword or phrase you're looking for
into the Google Print search box. For example, when you search for "rock
climbing" or for a phrase like "one small step Armstrong," we'll find all
the books that match your search terms. Click on a book title and you'll
see a relevant page from the book as well as information about the
publisher. You can then search for other topics within the book using the
"Search within this book" feature and click on the links under "Buy this
Book" to go straight to an online bookstore where you can purchase it. If
the book was scanned from a library, you can also click on the library
link to find a local library that has the book.
October 17, 2005
Flu Wiki: Our goal is to be a reliable source of information, as
neutral as possible, about important facts useful for a public health
approach to pandemic influenza; a venue for anticipating the vast range of
problems that may arise if a pandemic does occur; a venue for thinking
about implementable solutions to foreseeable problems.
- Wikipedia: the
free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. In this English version, started
in 2001, there are currently 776,105 articles.
PC World's Info Center For Spyware & Security: Your one-stop source
for tools and tips to help you fight spyware and maintain your PC's
- L.L.Bean's Park Search™
puts the world's parks at your fingertips. It's the perfect place to start
planning your next adventure, and it's easy to use. Start your search by
entering a park name or by choosing a region you want to explore.
October 16, 2005
Karen's Calculator is a high-precision calculator. Unlike ordinary
calculators, it returns completely accurate results, even with operands
containing thousands of digits. If you're patient, operands and results
containing hundreds of thousands of digits are possible too!
- Social Psychology Network:
Searchable database of more than 11,000 annotated Web links related to
psychology. Quick keyword searches from the home page or use an advanced
search form that, while initially a bit confusing, allows for some
interesting options. If you simply want to browse all the sites in
specific categories, choose the second radio button -- Display all the
links in the category below -- and then check the categories of interest
in the next section of the form. If you want to search, enter your keyword
in the text box in the first section of the form and select a the radio
button next to Search for term in the categories below. Again, use the
check boxes to indicate categories of interest in the second section of
the form -- organizations, academic units, publications, persons, college
courses or syllabi, software, online study/survey/experiment, "Other types
of websites" or "All of the Above."
October 14, 2005
Search for video: As more folks surf the Net with broadband
connections, streaming video is taking off in popularity. A new search
engine helps you find video clips by category.
- ClocX: Windows' own clock
(in the taskbar tray) is small and plain. It doesn't display seconds, and
it has no alarm. Replace it with ClocX, a freebie that lets you set alarms
to go off once or on a regular schedule. The alarms can play a sound,
display a message, launch an application, or even exit Windows. You can
display a pop-up calendar for a quick check of the date, or see both the
date and time on your clock face. Set ClocX to stay on top of open
windows, or activate its "click-through" to place it beneath windows.
Navigator: America's premier independent charity evaluator, works to
advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by
evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities.
International Forgiveness Institute is dedicated to helping people
gain knowledge about forgiveness and to use that knowledge for personal,
group, and societal renewal.
Picasa - Free
graphic image editing and organizing software: Helps you instantly
find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open
Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot
you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder
names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and
make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are
- Science News
for Kids: Devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 13. Our
goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by
suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and
other useful materials. Our emphasis is on making the Web site appealing
by offering kids opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask
questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical
puzzles, and submit their own work for possible Web publication. At the
same time, we are interested in offering teachers creative ways of using
science news in their classrooms."
October 13, 2005
- WebMD Health Consumer Portals:
WebMD Health services enable consumers to obtain detailed information on a
particular disease or condition, analyze symptoms, locate physicians,
store individual healthcare information, receive periodic e-newsletters on
topics of individual interest, enroll in interactive courses and
participate in online communities with peers.
- Medscape from WebMD
Professional Portal: Medscape from WebMD, our primary public portal
for physicians and healthcare professionals, helps physicians and
healthcare professionals improve their clinical knowledge and practice
of medicine. Its original content, including daily medical news,
commentary, conference coverage, expert columns and continuing medical
education, or CME, activities are written by authors from widely
respected academic institutions and edited and managed by our in-house
Medscape Patient Education Centers: Collections of resources for
Medscape Resource Centers: Regularly updated collections of
Medscape's key clinical content
October 12, 2005
Retire that computer more safely: Tips on how to help reduce risks
when selling or discarding computer hardware. If you're ready to replace,
sell, or put your old computer out to pasture, it's very important to
eradicate personal data stored on your computer's hard drive before
unplugging it for the last time. You should always remember that manually
deleting computer files doesn't mean an identity thief can't recover them,
possibly putting you or your family at risk.
- Windows disk-cleaning utilities (freeware):
Active@ Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser 1.1:
Active@ KillDisk is powerful and compact DOS software that allows you to
destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any
possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders. This is
security software for unrecoverable data elimination for any computer
capable of booting in DOS mode from floppy drive.
Disk Cleaner v1.4.0a: Do you ever wish that your computer would clean out its own garbage,
without your needing to hunt down and delete "trash bag" folders? Disk
Cleaner lets you clean up disk space used by temporary files, Internet
Explorer's Cache and Cookies folders, as well as the Recycle Bin. You can
also set it to automatically execute, delete chosen files, and exit, without
ever showing a dialog box (unless there's an error).
Sure Delete - Destroy sensitive files and clean disk space: Two utilities that work to permanently delete data from a hard drive.
Whether you want to shred sensitive information or free up resources on your
hard drive, this program ensures that its done right. Rather than simply
deleting file references on your computer, the program actually destroys the
Exploratorium- The Science of Cooking: Discover how a pinch of
curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and
Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food
October 7, 2005
- Pumpkin Carving
101: Trick-or-treaters won't hit the streets until later in the month,
but it's not too early to start carving that jack-o-lantern. This site
provides excellent pumpkin-carving primers.
With this latest device, those who are so inclined can share information
about their own personal libraries across great distances. Currently users
can catalog up to 200 books at no charge and also create tags for each
record as they do so. Overall, this is a rather fun little tool, and it
may become quite addictive over time. Library Thing is compatible with all
- Renewable Energy Policy
Project: The Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP) has spent the past
decade educating the general public about renewable energies. This is
accomplished by providing competent and rigorous policy analysis about the
myriad of issues surrounding the viability and sustainability of such
energy sources. Visitors to the site’s homepage will find clickable icons
(such as those depicting wind, solar, and hydrogen), and they can discover
the variety of resources associated with each type of renewable energy
- Free the Grapes!
is a national, grassroots coalition of consumers and wineries who seek to
remove restrictions in 20 states that still prohibit consumers from
purchasing wines directly from out-of-state wineries.
October 5, 2005
iPod Subway Maps
- Acronym Finder:
The world's largest and most accurate dictionary of acronyms,
abbreviations, and initialisms. Searching over 2,438,000 definitions!
(pronounced "sith-ee-yin") is a young Celtic band of four young men in
their 20's based out of the D.C./Metro area. Their music ranges from
traditional folk to high energy Celtic, with strains of gypsy and Klezmer
in between, and they are quickly becoming known for their intense,
high-energy shows and dynamic crowd interaction.
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology is a
3,700-page compendium of 19th century classical scholarship. The
Dictionary covers a dazzling array of historical characters, authors,
gods and heroes in great detail and depth.
October 2, 2005
Is October a 'surprise' from God? The sacred Muslim lunar month of
Ramadan and the sacred Jewish lunar month of Tishrei (which includes the
High Holy Days) both begin October 3-4; October 4 is the Feast of St.
Francis of Assisi; and October 2 is World-wide (Protestant/ Orthodox)
Communion Sunday. "The Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah" has issued a
call, endorsed by others, to make this three-year confluence of holy days
a time of connection and healing.
September 29, 2005
- SciPeeps.com: your
one-stop shop for information on sciences' most prominent people. Here,
you will find information about astronomers, biologists, chemists,
engineers, inventors, physicists, and radiologists.
Writer: Create PDF documents on the fly — for Free! Portable Document
Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable
distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the
world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of
commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a
"printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications (must
be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents - with just
a push of a button! (The downloads are in the upper left column)
SnagIt 7 is the perfect utility to capture and share images, text or
video from your PC. Creating beautiful presentations, flawless
documentation and just saving your favorite online content is now easier
than ever before with SnagIt 7.
September 28, 2005
British Library's Online Gallery--Turning the Pages: The British
Library is making 14 of its most priceless texts available online for
close scrutiny, with audio and visual annotation to boot.
- iFirstAid: St. John
Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic First Aid
techniques. You may need to use them at any time at home, at school or
work or even while you're travelling. Knowing what to do can make the
difference to a person's recovery, and you could even save their life.
- Spaceship Radio: Love classic
sci-fi? Love podcasts? This site's producing versions of radio shows from
the 40s and 50s, and many of the genre's greats are already represented.
Find-A-Human: Bookmark this page—it's your
get-out-of-voice-mail-jail-free card. Find out how to bypass the automated
system of big companies.
September 27, 2005
Teresa of Calcutta Center: Centralized and authoritative source of
information on Mother Teresa, to facilitate the spread of authentic
devotion to her, and to safeguard her words and image from misuse or
September 26, 2005
Abroad Web Resources (Students.gov) dedicated to helping students find
information about studying abroad. Study abroad can be an enriching and
eye-opening adventure, where learning extends to the world beyond the
classroom walls. Over 80,000 American college students spend time studying
in a foreign country every year. Start exploring your options by visiting
- Worldstudy.gov–Learn without borders: Introduces American undergrad and grad students to
the benefits of studying outside the U.S. and provides information about
the David L. Boren Scholarship/Fellowship program, which provides
significant funding for study and research abroad.
- Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (US Dept of State): The Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs provides numerous resources to foster mutual
understanding through international education and training. This page
contains links to all State Department programs and exchanges.
U.S. Network for Education Information: International Education (US
Dept of Education) USNEI provides a description and guide to foreign
systems of education as well as American education in order to promote
international educational exchanges.
Travel Tips for Students (US Dept of State): A word to the wise from
the folks at the State Department. To have a safe trip, become familiar
with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before
you travel and avoid reckless behavior.
Katrina Info for Students and Parents (US Dept of Education): Help for
students and parents whose schools or families have been affected by
Hurricane Katrina. Important info, links, and questions & answers here.
September 23, 2005
Religiosorum Institutio: Instruction on the Careful Selection And
Training Of Candidates For The States Of Perfection And Sacred Orders -
Sacred Congregation For Religious (February 2, 1961)
September 19, 2005
September 18, 2005
- University of Wisconsin
Digital Collections provides quality digital resources from its
academic libraries to UW faculty, staff and students, citizens of the
state, and scholars at large.
- The James Joyce
Scholars' Collection: The selected works compiled in the James Joyce
Scholars' Collection (JJSC) all share two characteristics: 1) all the
books are currently out-of-print and 2) they are valuable, perhaps
indispensable, to those who seek a more complete understanding and
appreciation of the richness of James Joyce's literary works.
- Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention - Disaster Mental Health Resources:
Information on general strategies for promoting mental health and
resilience that have been developed by various organizations based on
experiences in prior disasters.
September 17, 2005
- HeyMath! is
an E-learning system that supports the work of teachers in teaching and
assessment, whilst helping students build a strong foundation in Math and
become independent learners.
September 16, 2005
- National Park
Service: the American Civil War: The American Civil War remains a
complex and interesting subject. This omnibus website provided by the
National Park Service provides a number of thematic sections that include
"Civil War Education", "Civil War Parks", and "African Americans in the
Civil War". For those who may be less familiar with the basic events and
chronology of the Civil War, there is a section titled "About the Civil
War" which provides a detailed timeline of events, an area of stories
about the Civil War.
- New Jersey Public Records and
Archives: Contains thousands of documents related to the state's
history and development dating back to the colonial period. Most visitors
will want to proceed directly to the "State Archives" section, which
includes a number of fine online digital archives. Historians and others
will enjoy such collections as those that contain images of the Morris
Canal in 1903 and state government offices in Trenton from 1938. Visitors
will also want to check out the current and archived issues of the New
Jersey Gazette made available on the site. Here interested parties can
learn about current and past history and preservation projects initiated
by the New Jersey State Archives, the New Jersey Historical Commission,
and the New Jersey Historic Trust.
September 15, 2005
- EverNote 1.0, you
can easily store and quickly access typed and handwritten memos, webpage
excerpts, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms,
sketches, documents and more! Download the FREE version from the link
September 14, 2005
September 13, 2005
Science Clips (BBC), has interactive lessons to teach kids about
everything from healthy teeth to the properties of different types of
- Gourmet Sleuth:
culinary directory contains thousands of links to food, cooking, and drink
September 11, 2005
Chicago Manual of
Style - Visitors may register for free and gain access to the search
tool for this latest edition. While this feature is certainly helpful, there
are a number of equally useful aspects of the site. The first is the area
that gives a number of examples of Chicago-style documentation, such as the
humanities style and the well-known author-date system. Equally helpful is
the "Q&A" section where the editors answer timely questions.
Turabian Citation Guide - based on Turabian's A Manual for Writers of
Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 6th ed. 1996.
The International Center for
Not-for-Profit Law - ICNL is primarily concerned with helping establish
a legal framework for strengthening civil society across the globe. The
"Tools and Publications" area will be quite helpful to practitioners in this
area as it includes assessment tools (such as a bibliography on the
nonprofit sector and civil society) and a number of guidelines for laws
affecting civic organizations.
Year of the Eucharist - Vatican documents, encyclical, apostolic letters
and homilies for the Year of the Eucharist.
Carnegie Council on
Ethics and International Affairs: Established in 1914, the Carnegie
Council on Ethics and International Affairs was created by the noted
philanthropist Andrew Carnegie with the lofty and admirable goal of working
towards world peace. Today the Council continues to be a well-known forum
for research and education in a number of areas, including ethics and
international policy. The two primary publications featured here include
Ethics & International Affairs and Human Rights Dialogue. A real treat is
the access afforded here to the well-known publication, Worldview, which was
published from 1958 to 1985. Visitors can read classic articles by Noam
Chomsky and Reinhold Niebuhr which originally appeared between the covers of
this important publication.
Polish Declarations Collection: Recently, the Library of Congress
digitized one of the most interesting (and little-known) documents in their
collection, the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the
United States. The 111-volume collection was given to President Calvin
Coolidge in 1926 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of US independence.
These ornately decorated volumes were signed over an eight-month period by
nearly one-sixth of Poland's population in 1926, totaling close to 5.5
million signatures. The Library of Congress has digitized the first eleven
volumes, and placed them online here for consideration by genealogists,
historians, and other interested parties. Visitors can search the contents
by keyword, geographic locations, and by title.
September 10, 2005
September 3, 2005
about fonts: In typography, a typeface consists of a co-ordinated set
of character designs. Such a set usually comprises an alphabet of letters,
a series of numerals and a selection of punctuation marks. Typefaces also
exist of ideograms and symbols (for example, mathematical or map making
September 2, 2005
Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker
recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually
save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live.
Ecology: Here's an ecology site for kids presented in both English and
Spanish. The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 'teamed
up with Los Marineros, a yearlong marine educational program in Santa
Barbara, and formed Kids Do Ecology.' Budding young ecologists will find
an introduction to the scientific method, a learning lab, pages on Marine
Mammals, a section on World Biomes and Conservation Projects. Should your
inquisitive youngster have questions, he/she can also 'Ask an Ecologist'
if the question is not already answered in the FAQ's. The site is geared
toward fifth-graders but should be of helpful to anyone interested in
ecology and the presentation of these concepts to children. Don't miss the
EcoLinks, especially the 'Fun' ones, for great activities to support the
September 1, 2005
the Internet's most comprehensive resource for information on vocational
schools and adult trade schools and colleges in the fields of business,
culinary arts, information technology (IT), graphic design, web design,
fashion design, interior design and more.
- Adobe Photoshop
tutorials: Step by step animated Viewlets tutorials.
August 31, 2005
School: various types of note cards, especially a nice selection of
academic note cards.
The college experience is challenging by design. Let campusblues.com help
you locate resources at your college or university and provide tools for a
successful college career!
August 29, 2005
- Exploratorium -
Online Museum: The online Exploratorium Museum features a collection
of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature,
art, technology, and human perception.
Academic Resources: Great web resources from students.gov offer free resources that other universities have developed
for their students, and may be helpful to you, as well, with school
projects and coursework.
- MIT OpenCourseWare
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology): MIT's OpenCourseWare
program reflects the commitment of the MIT faculty to advancing
education by openly sharing their academic materials with the public
through the Internet. Self-learners can access course materials for
hundreds of classes.
- The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing: Nuts and Bolts is for anyone
who wants to learn how to write more clearly, gracefully, and effectively,
regardless of topic. Written by a college professor who created this guide
to help his students, it's a great resource for students!
- The Writing Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison): This useful web
resource from The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
offers guidance on improving your writing style, avoiding common grammar
and punctuation mistakes, and using proper citations.
- Study Skills Self-Help Information (Virginia Tech): Great tips for
managing your time and studying more efficiently. Five online study skills
workshops and 24 articles provide a comprehensive guide to getting the
most from your study time.
August 27, 2005
Boogie Jack’s Background Magic: The ultimate solution to creating web
graphics that reflect YOUR perfect taste. You can easily create
top-quality web page backgrounds with complementary buttons and banners
that say exactly what you want them to say, not just the closest thing you
August 25, 2005
- 21st Century Information
Fluency Project (21CIF): Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the
ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively,
efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is
different from print information; having the skills to use specialized
tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions
needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians
develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become
better equipped to achieve their information needs.
Copyright and Licensing Digital Materials - A Resource Guide: The
digitization of life in our world is creating more and more questions in
the world of copyright and licensing. The following information is meant
to give you a brief overview of some of the many issues you may encounter.
Additionally, it is meant to provide you with some reliable resources to
use in your quest to obtain appropriate permissions for the use of
August 22, 2005
- Rocks for Kids:
Here you will find out stuff about rocks & minerals and where to go to
find out more. If you already collect rocks then this is the place for
you! Find out where you can get more rocks, look at some super pictures of
rocks, learn how to identify the rocks you already have and discover neat
things you can do with rocks. If you are doing a school project on rocks &
minerals, you will find things here that you can use and you might even
Web Search Features: In addition to providing easy access to more than
8 billion web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find
exactly what you're looking for. Click the title of a specific feature to
learn more about it.
- HappyNews.com: What
you'll find on is "Real News, Compelling Stories, Always Positive." We
believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That's why we bring you
up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives. Add in a
diverse team of Citizen Journalists reporting positive stories from around
the world, and you've got one happy place for news.
Resources: designed to bring together the latest resources and sources
on an ongoing basis from the Internet for theology resources.
August 19, 2005
- Mamma Health is a
"smart" metasearch engine specializing in finding health medical and
health related information on the web using eight different medical/health
- Executive Planet is
designed to help those doing business in foreign countries with advice on
dress, topics of conversation, gift giving and business entertainment to
make your business relationships more effective and productive. You can
even download their helpful advice to your Palm. This site is valuable for
any who are interested in learning more about the different cultures of
- "CQ Press in Context" is a
free, nonpartisan resource for information on pivotal events and issues
shaping today’s world of government and politics. This site contains a
selection of full-text documents from the subscription-based CQ Electronic
Review of Markup Languages: Markup languages use sets of embedded tags
or labels to characterize text elements within a document so as to
indicate their appearance, function, meaning or context. Originally used
for production within the publishing industry, markup languages have
proliferated since the widespread adoption of XML.
- Ohio State University WebGarden:
This site serves as a collection of fine online resources dedicated to
providing information about the world of gardening, and about plants, more
generally. The "PlantFacts" area is one worth taking a look at, as it
contains several important digital collections, including an image
database of high-quality plant images and a FAQ section which provides
answers to over 800 gardening queries. Equally compelling is the Pocket
Gardener, which is a selection of webpages that have been developed
especially for both PocketPC and Palm PDA users. These web pages contain
material on grasses, perennials, and vines, and five other important
- Playbill: For those who find
themselves away from the theater for a time, this website will prove to be
a most efficacious way to catch up with all the latest theater news.
Visitors can peruse the latest theater news offered on the homepage, and
peruse features such as profiles of the Great White Way's most notable
- Open CRS - Congressional Research
Service: a "think tank" provides reports to members of Congress
on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these
reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be
easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology
through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS
Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the
public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS
- The Duke Law &
Technology Review offers bi-weekly e-articles about the relationship
of law and technology. Recent articles have looked at P2P technology,
Gmail, and nanotechnology. Articles focus mostly on the legal aspects of
August 18, 2005
- Need a daily dose on
inspiration? DailyInbox.Com is a free e-mail delivery service that's
been inspiring loyal readers with wholesome, inspirational educational
content on a daily basis since 1998. Since our first delivery of Chicken
Soup for the Soul we have delivered over 2 billion stories to people all
over the world.
Dad: The mission of Interactive Dad is 'to be the premier source of
information for fathers on issues relating to family and finance; to
connect dads worldwide; and to advocate for today’s dads who struggle to
balance fatherhood and career.'
- Section 108 Study Group -
Independent Copyright Committee: launched by The Library of Congress
to conduct a reexamination of the exceptions and limitations applicable to
libraries and archives under the Copyright Act, specifically in light of
the changes wrought by digital media. The group will study how Section 108
of the Copyright Act may need to be amended to address the relevant issues
and concerns of libraries and archives, as well as creators and other
August 11, 2005
Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary
Sources. The National Security Archive publishes the most comprehensive
on-line collection to date of declassified U.S. government documents on
the atomic bomb and the end of the war in the Pacific. Besides material
from the files of the Manhattan Project, this collection includes formerly
"Top Secret Ultra" summaries and translations of Japanese diplomatic cable
traffic intercepted under the 'Magic' program. Moreover, the collection
includes for the first time translations from Japanese sources of high
level meetings and discussions in Tokyo, including the conferences when
Emperor Hirohito authorized the final decision to surrender.
U.S. Census Bureau: County Business Patterns is an annual series that
provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for
studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes
over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and
databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing
market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising
programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government
agencies use the data for administration and planning.
Guide to Handling Disputes with Your Employer or Private Health Plan, 2005
Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
August 10, 2005
Keys to Exerting Spiritual Influence at Work: Influence is the power
or capacity to produce a desired result, to impact, or to cause some
change to take place. Influence focuses on hearts and changes people from
within. It sways their thoughts, their perceptions, and their
values—changes the soil of their hearts. As a result, influence also has
the power to change behavior.
Made Simple: Solutions for easy living.
August 8, 2005
Survival: Educate yourself on survival techniques. Nature is
unforgiving and you must be prepared to fight to stay alive. The contents
of this website are taken from actual US Army training manuals, this is
the same material used to train the best army in the world. You will not
find a more complete resource on Wilderness Survival.
August 7, 2005
SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and
access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to
share their knowledge and wisdom. Within each of these sections, visitors
can read brief articles about such topics as Alzheimer's disease, reading
for pleasure, and the benefits of volunteering.
Mental Health Information Center: Leads Federal efforts to treat
mental illnesses by promoting mental health and by preventing the
development or worsening of mental illness when possible. The site has a
complete listing of related activities, such as the youth violence
prevention initiative and the Center of Women, Violence and Trauma.
August 5, 2005
provides doctor-approved health information about children from before
birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for
Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate,
up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
College Bound - Survival tips
is the premier original languages Bible software program. BibleWorks
is a tightly integrated collection of software tools designed specifically
for analyzing the texts of the Bible. BibleWorks was designed from the
ground up to provide the best possible computer tools for scholarly study
of the Bible.
August 4, 2005
Cork: Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical
School. "Cork's mission is to assemble and disseminate current,
authoritative information on substance abuse for clinicians, health care
providers, human service personnel, and policy makers. Project Cork
produces a bibliographic database, offers current awareness services,
produces resource materials, responds to queries, and collaborates in
professional education efforts.
August 3, 2005
4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed
exclusively for home users, non-commercial users. Both of these conditions
should be met! Our company offers Home Edition free of charge, since in
our opinion, it is possible to avoid global virus spreading by efficient
prevention; however, many user are not able or do not want to pay for
August 2, 2005
Resources and News for Information Professionals
- ResourceShelf's DocuTicker:
a daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo's, think
tanks, and other groups. DocuTicker is compiled by the librarians who
bring you ResourceShelf.com.
If you are looking for expert advice on all aspects of starting and
growing a business, and want to learn in an entertaining way, you've come
to the right place - StartupNation®. If so, you are
joining a robust community of entrepreneurs and small business owners who
are also "living the dream" everyday.
Guide for the Pizza Amateur: The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making
Your Own Pizza
July 31, 2005
of Commerce - Small Business Center
The Archive of Early American Images: This evolving image database
(planned to eventually contain some 6,000 images) contains numerous images
that have been culled from relatively obscure books printed in Europe that
have visual documentation related to the Americas in the period before
1825. First-time visitors can browse the materials here by time,
geographical area, or subjects, which include such headings as flora and
fauna, industry, maps, and portraits.
July 29, 2005
- Social Science Information
Gateway: Located within the Institute for Learning and Research
Technology at the University of Bristol, the Social Science Information
Gateway (SOSIG) is an online database of high quality Internet resources
that primarily deal with the vast array of social science fields and
subfields. Visitors can perform a simple search, or browse through the
subject headings offered on the homepage.
Understanding Genetics: Visitors can peruse the questions posed to
geneticists in the "Ask a Geneticist" feature, browse a selection of
recent news stories regarding genetics, and take a survey on the ethical
questions posed by the issues of stem cell research and genetically
modified foods. The feature story is a fine resource as well, as it
provides basic, non-jargon-laden answers to such question as "What is a
gene?" and "How do genes work?" The site also contains a number of
activities that can be done at home, including a fun exercise that teaches
users how to extract DNA from strawberries.
July 28, 2005
Ian's Shoelace Site:
This site's original aim was to teach both my Ian Knot, the World's Fastest
Shoelace Knot, and my Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot, a great solution for
today's slippery shoelaces. Since then, this site has expanded to give all
sorts of other shoelace information, some of it useful, some just for fun.
If you wear shoes with laces (or anything else that does up with laces),
you're bound to find something here that they don't teach in kindergarten.
July 27, 2005
- Olga's Art Gallery:
over 10,000 works of art. We are dedicated to bringing you quality
information about artists and their artwork from all around the world.
- The Markkula Center for
Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University: one of the preeminent
centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of
American life. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community
leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in
teaching, research, and action. The center's focus areas are business,
health care and biotechnology, character education, government, global
leadership, technology, and emerging issues in ethics. Articles, cases,
briefings, and dialogue in all fields of applied ethics are available on
Financial Aid Center (US Dept of Labor): The Financial Aid Center from
the Department of Labor's CareerOneStop site can help you find out how to
finance your lifelong learning and training to advance in your career.
- Moving 101: Great web resources from students.gov
July 26, 2005
July 25, 2005
- 21st Century Information Fluency
Project: "Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find,
evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and
ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from
print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding
digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital
information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills
and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to
achieve their information needs."
- The Biology Corner is a
resource site for biology and science teachers. The Lesson Plans section
contains classroom activities, labs and worksheets, feel free to change
any of these to suit your own classroom needs. The Webquest section
contains inquiry based projects that utilize the internet. Internet
lessons (also called miniquests) are smaller activities that use one or
two science related web sites for the students to explore and answer
- First World War:
check out this huge resource regarding World War I. From audio and video
to military documents.
Free Resources to The Da Vinci Code enthusiasts: A web page
containing links to free resources about St Mary Magdalene and The Da
Vinci Code has been published by the Catholic Church.
July 17, 2005
July 16, 2005
- Google Earth – Explore, Search and
Discover - Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in
-- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google
Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
July 15, 2005
- Mark Twain Quotes - One of
America's most beloved authors and philosophers. Hundreds of quotes and
stories; incisively charming, like the man himself.
- Best of History
award-winning portal created for history teachers, students, and general
history enthusiasts. BOHWS contains annotated links to over 1000 history
web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans,
history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history
quizzes, and more throughout its pages.
July 13, 2005
July 8, 2005
- Gray’s Anatomy of the Human
Body - Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body is the classic publication on
the 'study of body structure.' The Bartleby.com edition of the 20th
edition Gray’s 'features 1,247 vibrant engravings -- many in color -- from
the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000. Many
of these illustrations are in color and unchanged since the first edition
in 1859. The search feature gives you direct access to the information and
illustrations. Students of anatomy will find the material fascinating, and
with the aid of the technology be able to browse easily with the click of
July 7, 2005
- Online Etymological Dictionary
- Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words
meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
July 6, 2005
- Country Reports offers
extremely detailed information on every country in the world. Find
national flags, anthems, traditions and even native foods and hobbies.
July 5, 2005
July 4, 2005
of July - Open Directory Project
WorldFood Store: Online
resource for ethnic foods
Helpful information for students of the Western philosophical tradition.
- The Universal Currency Converter
- Multimap.com – Online Maps to
- MD Travel Health helps
travelers look up the country of their choice and offers suggestions on
which vaccinations to get, what symptoms to look out for, what precautions
to take and what food items to avoid.
- GradeSaver is a guide to the
literary world like no other. Staffed by Harvard-educated editors and
researchers, the site offers services ranging from essay-writing tips to
professional editing of your grammatically-challenged work. The real
treasure, however, is the ClassicNotes, a section in which Harvard
students have compiled a wealth of terse and insightful cliff notes for
practically any piece of revered literature you may ever encounter.
- Congressional Reports now
available online. Technology group provides searchable database for anyone
to access free of charge.
July 2, 2005
- BioEd Online - important
pedagogical tools sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M
July 1, 2005