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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!

2005 Archives:

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

  • The 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 drinking.
  • Dartmouth Writing Program: Online Writing Materials.
  • The 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

  • The Earth 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.
  • 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 Government.
    • 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 kids.
  • 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 classroom.
  • 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.
    • Federal 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.
  • is the ultimate source for advice and opinion on the Web. 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

  • AMERICA: 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 information.
  • The 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 past.
  • Cornell University Law School - Legal Information Institute

December 2, 2005

  • The 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.
  • The National 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, Birthdays, Anniversaries.

  • 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.
  • Farm-to-College 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

  • 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.
  • is the student's premier marketplace for college textbooks.

November 28, 2005

  • is a daily publication of Food News Service, which syndicates food news and articles to newspapers, magazine publishers, and Internet sites around the world.
  • Turkey Leftover Recipes:
  • All - Bread Recipes
  • 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

November 22, 2005

November 21, 2005

November 18, 2005

  • The 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 character.
  • 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, have fun.
  • 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 a find.
    • The Digital Bookshelf
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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, Urban Legends, CIAC Hoax Database, CERT Computer Security Database, Symantec (Real) Virus Encyclopedia, and click Search.
  • St. Albert the Great - November 15 - Internet Links
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Thanksgiving - History and Facts
    • Food & Cooking: resources for seasonal & holiday recipes, food topics, organic foods.
  •  The 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.
  • 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.
  • The 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 itself.
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
  • Chinese Tea Stories
  • 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.
  • The 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 US.
  • Searching for Immigrants in the Castle Garden Database: Castle Garden was a Manhattan immigration center before Ellis Island. 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.)
  • 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 also included.
    • 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 decreased performance.

November 10, 2005

  •  Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) resources:
  • 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 service.

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

  • Roman 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.
  • Crosscards is designed to provide the online faith-based audience with great looking e-cards with unique messages of God's love, inspiration, encouragement and fun!
  • 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 magazine.

November 6, 2005

  • ReadingGroupGuides.comAdvice & 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.
    •—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 William Shakespeare
  • NOAA 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.
  • LOC - 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 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 mosquito.
  • 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! 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 democracy.

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!
  • '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

  • World Wide Words: Michael Quinion writes about International English from a British viewpoint. Origins of English words, phrases, linguistics and form of speech.

  • The Skeptic's 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.

  • Poynter Online: 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 as necessary.

October 28, 2005

  •  Safety 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 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.
    • 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 public.

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.
  • An 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 keyword.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Apple Varieties: Which apple varieties are best for pies, salads, sauces, baking or eating fresh. Also, an availability calendar.

October 24, 2005

  • Lives of the Saints: - 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 portable device.
  • 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

  • The Complete Guide to E-mail ( 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.
  • '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

  • Recipe*zaar: This cooking site has over 150,000 recipes, and many come with photos of correctly prepared dishes. Community "cookbooks" make for a tasty read.

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 security.
  • 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.
  • Charity 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 always organized.

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 editorial staff.
    • Medscape Patient Education Centers: Collections of resources for your patients
    • 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 data itself.
  • 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 and cooking.

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.
  • LibraryThing: 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 operating systems.
  • 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 source.
  • 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!
  • Scythian (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.
  • Smith's 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

  • 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.
  • CutePDF 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

  • The Mother 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 abuse.

September 26, 2005

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 above.

September 14, 2005

  • Pontifical Academy for Life: Established by Pope John Paul II to study questions and issues connected with the promotion and defense of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective, and foster a culture of life.

September 13, 2005

  • Science Clips (BBC), has interactive lessons to teach kids about everything from healthy teeth to the properties of different types of rocks.
  • Gourmet Sleuth: culinary directory contains thousands of links to food, cooking, and drink web sites.

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

  • Learn more 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 glyphs).

September 2, 2005

  • Lifehacker: 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.
  • Kids do 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 conservation issues.

September 1, 2005

  • CareerAdvantage: 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

  • Cards for School: various types of note cards, especially a nice selection of academic note cards.
  • The college experience is challenging by design. Let 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 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 could find.

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 copyrighted works.

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 enjoy it!
  • Google's 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.
  • 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.
  • Theology 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 web sites.
  • 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 the world.
  • "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 Library (CQEL).
  • 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 topics
  • 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 chanteuses.
  • 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 Reports.
  • 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 these technologies.

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.
  • Interactive 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 copyright holders.

August 11, 2005

  • The 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.
  • Consumer Guide to Handling Disputes with Your Employer or Private Health Plan, 2005 Update
  • Beijing Organizing 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.
  • Home Made Simple: Solutions for easy living.

August 8, 2005

  • Wilderness 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.
  • National 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

  • KidsHealth: 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
  • BibleWorks 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

  • Project 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

  • avast! 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 antivirus software.

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
  • StartupNation: 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.
  • A Guide for the Pizza Amateur: The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

July 31, 2005

  • U.S. Chamber 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 this site.
  • 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

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 questions about.
  • 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 - an 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 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 the mouse!

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

July 2, 2005

  • BioEd Online - important pedagogical tools sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University.

July 1, 2005



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