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

2007 Archives:


December 21, 2007

December 17, 2007

  • What Are the ’O Antiphons’?: Fr. William Saunders (Arlington Catholic Herald). Refers to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil.
  • CoolQuotes: striving to be the best place on the internet to get good quotes. Try the random quote generator or enjoy the Quote of the Day feature.
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation: The online version of the standard reference work on legal citation appeared in May by the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell University's Law School.
  • MicroMatters™ (bioedonline.org): teaching materials and online resources in microbiology and infectious diseases. An introductory mini-magazine sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach and Center for AIDS Research at Baylor College of Medicine designed to introduce students to the following topics: Healthy and unhealthy microbes | Communicable diseases | How microbes are spread | Different epidemics in history | The immune system and vaccines | HIV/AIDS.

December 13, 2007

  • AskEraser: a new privacy feature from Ask.com that allows users to erase search queries. When AskEraser is enabled your search activity will be deleted from Ask.com servers. The AskEraser link is featured prominently in the upper right corner of the home page and Ask.com search results pages—clearly and constantly indicating to you when your search activity will be 'erased.'

December 12, 2007

  • Biblia Clerus: Reading the Word of God with the Church. This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis. The downloadable version allows you to connect Sacred Scripture to the complete works of many Doctors of the Church, Councils, Encyclicals, teachings of the Popes, Catechisms, as well as commentaries from secular literature, etc.
  • Advent and Christmas Inspiration: poems, quotations, readings and sermon illustrations for the Advent and Christmas season.

December 7, 2007

  • Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship. © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

December 5, 2007

  • Good Housekeeping Site of the Day Archive. List of web sites featured over the last several years.
  • Charles Dickens Page: dedicated to bringing the genius of Dickens to a new generation of readers. Dickens was 19th century London personified, he survived its mean streets as a child and, largely self-educated, possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age.

December 4, 2007

  • Hanukkah: the Jewish festival of lights honoring the perseverance of Judaism during ancient times, and the story of how the Menorah lamp miraculously remained lit for eight days. Hanukkah begins Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at sundown and ends Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at nightfall.
  • Theology of the Mass: A Seven-Week Florida Catholic Online Series by Father Tom Margevicius, instructor of liturgical theology at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
  • American Made Products Directory: Let's all do our part to keep it that way American Made Products List.
  • KidsHealth: largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Separate areas for kids, teens, and parents—each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone.
  • Food Safety FIRST: online education program designed to help you and your students gain food safety knowledge, safe food handling practices, and critical thinking skills.
  • Plant Information Online: details on over 134,000 wild and cultivated plants, along with information on over 2200 North American retail and wholesale seed and nursery firms. From the homepage, visitors can search the plant database by scientific or common name, and they can also take a look at the search tips for a bit more guidance. Additionally, the site also contains links to selected websites that feature both images and more detailed regional data on thousands of plants.
  • Science Animations: Educators seeking high-quality animations need look no further than this very useful site. The animations are divided into a number of topics, including plants, ecology, astronomy, geology, anatomy, and biology. Each section contains links to a host of fascinating and helpful animations.
  • Deutsche Grammophon - DG Web Shop: Universal/Deutsche Grammophon launches classical music site making the majority of its huge classical music catalog available online for download. Almost 2,400 DG albums will be available for download.
  • IFAP - Information for Financial Aid Professionals: a library of Title IV documents, guidelines and policy documents on the administration of the Federal Student Aid Programs.
  • Recipes: Advent Google | Ask.com Chanukah  Google | Ask.com Christmas  Google | Ask.com

December 3, 2007

  • DIY Christmas Crafts: great craft projects to decorate your home for the Christmas season. And forget wading through crowds at the mall: this year create your own Christmas gifts with these ideas for hip handmade gifts sure to please everyone on your list!
    • DIY Network: Home Improvement, Craft Ideas, Gardening, Autos & Woodworking Projects and Videos.
  • Annoyances.org: the most complete collection of information assembled for and by actual users of Microsoft Windows. Explore this free web resource by selecting one of the destinations in the left column, or use Search to find a specific solution.

November 30, 2007

  • Advent Calendar (EWTN): Daily inspirational reading and prayer during the season of Advent.
    The Advent Workshop (Catholic Culture): Season of Advent, Jesse Tree, O Antiphons, Prayers & Hymns, Activities & Customs.

November 29, 2007

  • Mothers Day Central: celebrating mothers all year long. In the U.S. and many other countries around the world, Mother’’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Includes gift ideas, activities, planning checklist and Mother’s Day resources to help ensure that Mom enjoys her special day.

November 27, 2007

  • Franciscan E-cards: Send a Free Catholic E-Card. Includes Saints, Angels, Feast Days, Inspiration, Sympathy, Memorial, Get Well, Birthday, Holy Days, Sacraments, Religious and more.
  • Human Life International: to promote and defend the sanctity of life and family around the world according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church through prayer, service and education. We strive to train, organize and equip pro-life leaders around the world.
    • Pro-Life Library on Compact Disc ($24.95): Contains thousands of documents, all hypertexted for easy browsing. Includes The Catechism of the Catholic Church, all 293 papal encyclicals, all sixteen documents of Vatican II, The Summa Theologica of Aquinas, Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, plus much more.

November 26, 2007

  • Edumax: free "virtual classrooms" on various subjects and you can learn for free as long as you have access to the internet! Learn Microsoft Office, Learn Programming, Learn Computer Basics, Learn Database Basics, Learn Web Development, Learn Internet Business.
  • 10-fast-fingers.com: Here you can learn the touch typing system online and for free
  • Get Ready for Digital TV (DTV): Digital television (DTV) is an innovative new type of over-the-air broadcasting technology that enables TV stations to provide dramatically clearer pictures and better sound quality.
  • Small Business Administration: Free Online Courses. Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed. Most of the courses take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and they include such offerings as "Starting Your Small Business," "Developing a Successful Business Plan," and "Building Your Brand."
  • Student's Guide to the Medical Literature: Designed especially for medical students, but it can be used by anyone who wants a guide to the medical literature. If you are having trouble researching a medical question, or want an easy guide to critical appraisal of journal articles, this is the site for you!
  • SearchMedica Primary Care presents results from Web sites dedicated to practicing medical professionals.
  • BioEd Online: Biology Teacher Resources. BioEd Online utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects.
  • AllPsych Online: The Virtual Psychology Classroom. Contains eight primary sections which cover everything from classic psychology studies to an extensive reference area. People interested in entering the field of psychology will want to click on over to the "Careers and Education in Psychology" section for the materials on various academic programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology.
  • College Algebra Online Tutorials: Series of online algebra tutorials for students and anyone else who might be returning to the world of algebra. First-time visitors should feel free to browse through any of the 59 tutorials offered here. Each tutorial contains information about learning objectives, full explanations, and numerous examples of how to correctly solve problems.
  • CARMA (CaRbon Monitoring for Action): includes information on over 50,000 power plants and over 4,000 power companies. A map on the front page shows the most polluting power plants in the world. You can also do a search—by zip code, state, county, or other geographical specs.
  • SearchVMware.com: Dedicated to helping IT organizations evaluate products, services and business strategies that can lead them to successful implementations of virtualization technologies in VMware environments. Access the latest news, articles, tips, expert advice, learning guides, white papers, and webcasts covering all areas of VMware, such as implementing VMware-related virtualization technologies for server consolidation, disaster recovery, lab and test, desktop centralization or other production usage.
  • Religious Orders: a comprehensive and ecumenical list of male and female religious orders, congregations and communities.

November 21, 2007

November 20, 2007

  • Vatican Resource Library: includes The Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church with Compendium, Code of Canon Law, and II Vatican Council Documents. Most are available in different translations, such as, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and other languages.

November 19, 2007

  • ThriftyFun - Thanksgiving Advice: Baking/Cooking Tips | Crafts/Decorations | Hosting Tips | Recipes | Turkey Tips.
  • For Your Marriage: Resources for living happily ever after. Because the Catholic Church cares about your marriage, we’ll help you with information, skills, inspiration and resources, and maybe a little humor along the way. Whether you’re dating, engaged, newlywed or a mature couple, you’re in the right place, because we’re For Your Marriage. Brought to you by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Education World: the Educator's Best Friend, a resource that includes a search engine for educational Web sites only, lesson plans, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom.
  • Worksheet Library: home to over 5,000 printable K-6 worksheets for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. Includes a great selection of Best Teacher Sites.
  • American Folklore: contains re-tellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each and every one of the 50 United States.
  • Journal Buddies: Powerful, simple and practical tools to help improve your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Surgical Planning Laboratory: introduction to the marvels of modern medicine and technology. Stop in at the Image Gallery for actual movies, animations and 3-D renderings of many surgical procedures. The Anatomy Browser provides "a rich, highly detailed, hierarchical view of human anatomy," certainly not intended to replace Gray's Anatomy but what a complementary resource.

November 15, 2007

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility (USCCB). Includes: Bulletin Insert | Other Bishops' Documents | Vatican Statement: Participation of Catholics in Political Life | Parish Planning Suggestions.
  • Stewardship and Teenagers: The Challenge of Being a Disciple (USCCB)
  • SourceWatch: your guide to the names behind the news. SourceWatch is a collaborative project of the Center for Media and Democracy to produce a directory of the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda. A primary purpose of SourceWatch is documenting the PR and propaganda activities of public relations firms and public relations professionals engaged in managing and manipulating public perception, opinion and policy.

November 12, 2007

  • 60 Minutes: MRSA: Fighting The Superbug. As Reports Of Infection Rise, Expert Says More Research Is Needed To Find The Root Cause
  • Emergency E-mail and Wireless Network (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): gives you e-mail and even cell phone alerts about emergency situations happening in your area. Select your state, county/parish and then decide what type alerts you would like, be it weather, homeland security, medical situations to list a few. Currently posted is information on Seasonal Influenza (flu), basics, prevention and treatment including the available vaccines. Even if you do not want the alerts, the site is useful to visit periodically in order to find what is happening in your area.
  • PDRhealth™: the consumer Web portal of the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR®), which has provided trusted and authoritative drug and clinical information to physicians for over 60 years. The PDRhealth site offers consumer-friendly explanations of disease states and conditions as well as the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal medicines.
  • Essortment: Thousands of free online articles on everything. Arts & Entertainment | Family & Parenting | Careers & Job Searching | Health & Fitness | Science & Technology | Food & Drink Recipes | Home & Garden and more.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica: online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, heroes and heroines and legends. It currently contains over 7,000 entries on gods and goddesses, heroes, legendary creatures and beings from all over the world.
  • Biology4Kids: one of a series of online introductions to the world of science and features links, in addition to the Biology pages, to Chemistry, Geography and Physics. Here is the perfect resource to begin your basic science courses with the material presented in such a way that everyone can have fun learning about what makes our planet function!

November 9, 2007

  • The Ernest Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Library is the most comprehensive body of Hemingway material currently available in one place. Research in these materials is essential to anyone who attempts a definitive study of Hemingway and his writing.

November 7, 2007

  • Free-Reading.net: an "open source" instructional program that helps teachers teach early reading. Because it's open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. It's designed to contain a scope and sequence of activities that can support and supplement a typical "core" or "basal" program.

November 6, 2007

  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH: Health and Human Development Information
    • Curriculum for Nurses: Continuing Education Program on SIDS Risk Reduction (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH)
  • Mark Twain Project Online: applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents.
  • Legal Writing Institute: a non-profit organization dedicated to improving legal writing by providing a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research.
  • Chordbook: interactive guitar chords resource. Includes guitar chords | guitar scales | guitar tuner.

November 2, 2007

  • GodTube.com: video-driven social network designed for both Christians and non-Christians to share the message and love of Christ. A family-friendly site where people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and nationalities can share and belong.

October 30, 2007

October 24, 2007

  • 50 Top Computing Tips (PC Magazine): Whether you're looking to fix what's broken, speed up what's slow, or just tweak for fun, our Tip of the Day can help. Here are 50 of the most popular tips from the past year.
  • SyncToy: a free Microsoft PowerToy to copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers, and thumb drives. Provides an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

October 23, 2007

  • Hard Surface Hygiene Fact Sheet: Information on Disinfecting and Sanitizing Products. A new consumer fact sheet published by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) describes the safe, beneficial, and proper use of surface cleaning products and disinfectants.
  • BoogieJack.com: primarily a webmaster resource site featuring HTML tutorials, CSS tutorials, web graphics and very cool products you won't find elsewhere. Check out the Inner Circle benefits
  • Did You Know – Facts Fun Info: a delight for all trivia fans or for anyone who likes to have facts at his/her fingertips. You'll find all sorts of fascinating facts, including ones relating to music, sports, history, literature, animals, Bible, and literature, to name a few of the categories.

October 19, 2007

  • University College Writing Workshop: Writing Handouts. The University of Toronto's Writing Center provides dozens of helpful writing tips. The handouts cover topics like organizing an essay, the effective and correct use of quotations, and the use of articles. Each section includes specific advice and guidance, and even the most effective writers may learn something new from these guides. Composition instructors may also wish to recommend this site to their students if they are looking for additional high-quality writing resources.

October 17, 2007

  • VegCooking: Vegetarian Recipes, Products, Restaurants, and Much More!
  • Our Inner Source: to bring people together, help to expand their consciousness of new ideas and concepts, and give people the support they need to bring love and gratitude into their hearts.
  • The Moonlit Road: Ghost stories haunt the moonlit back roads of the American South. Their roots in Southern culture and folklore are deep. Each month, The Moonlit Road brings you these ghost stories and other strange Southern folktales, told by the region's best storytellers.

October 9, 2007

  • About GOOG-411: Google's new 411 service is free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try now and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses for free.
    • How do I use GOOG-411? Call 1-800-GOOG-411. (That's 1-800-466-4411). Say where you are and what you're looking for. GOOG-411 will connect you with the business you choose.

October 8, 2007

  • The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
  • NOZA: a database for nonprofit fundraisers. The world's largest searchable database of charitable gifts.

October 4, 2007

October 3, 2007

  • J.R.R. Tolkein: The Children of Hurin, Tolkein Library, Biographies, Tolkein Gallery, Forum.
  • BusinessDictionary: over 20,000 definitions and over 115,000 links between related terms providing a clear and concise description of any and all business terms.

September 28, 2007

  • St Peter's Basilica: Providing information on St. Peter's Basilica and Square in the Vatican City. Includes, floor plans, images, library, documents and more.
  • The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. Includes: USA.gov | Kids.gov | Consumeraction.gov
    • Pueblo.gsa.gov: consumers can read, print out, or save the current Consumer Information Catalog and access additional information on a wide range of subjects by clicking on different topic headings. Hundreds of publications, the latest product recalls and scams, updates of consumer news from various Federal agencies, and a calendar of consumer- related events are also available.
  • MyMoney.gov (U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission): dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you do it better.
  • Math Science Center - Southwest Wisconsin Technical College: resources related to learning about applied math, occupational math, elementary algebra, technical science, and the fundamentals of chemistry. Start by looking at the "Resources" section where you will find online tables and scientific calculators, sets of tips such as "Fractions: The Basics" and "Using the Place Value System", and some rather fine tutorials that cover health occupations and culinary mathematics. Moving on, the "Topics" area provides access to the various resources on the site organized into subtopics such as "Finance", "Geometry", and "Statistics".

September 24, 2007

September 21, 2007

  • Spell It! - the Scripps National Spelling Bee: created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster. Spell It! focuses on about 700 words, divided into sections by language of origin. Studying language of origin will enable you to learn and remember several important rules, tips, and guidelines for successfully spelling words in English—the most challenging language of all for spellers!
  • Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports. CDC’s new youth sports tool kit teaches coaches, athletes, and parents to play it safe when it comes to concussions.
  • ChemTutor: begins with the fundamentals and gives expert help with the most difficult phases of understanding your first course in chemistry. Chemtutor is not necessarily a complete text for your course or a complete outline, but we are proud to offer some insightful help in the parts of primary chemistry that have been, from our experience, the hardest for students to grasp.
  • BioEd Online: instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Our goal is to provide useful, accurate, and current information and materials that build upon and enhance the skills and knowledge of science educators. Includes "The Cell: Cloning", "Diversity of Life: Introduction to Human Behavior", and "The Human Organism: Influenza Vaccination". Also has interactive lesson demonstrations, lab techniques, and teaching strategies. Equally important for instructors is the "Seeking a Teaching Position", which includes presentations like "So You Want to Teach?" and "High Stakes Communication: Interviewing for a Teaching Position".
  • C-SPAN Classroom: "to enhance the teaching of Civics & U.S. Government through C-SPAN's primary source programming." Visitors can start their journey by viewing the "Clip of the Week", and then looking through the other thematic sections on the site, which include "Principles of Government", "Legislative Branch", and "Political Participation". Visitors will need to complete a short free registration form to access all of the clips, and this only takes a few minutes.
  • Connections: This Sunday's Gospel. Exegetical notes and homily themes to get you started this weekend.
  • Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, and More: a variety of materials, mostly related to biblical and liturgical studies, intended for scholars, teachers, students, pastors, believers, seekers, and others.
  • The Roman Catholic Lectionary: comprehensive tables of the scripture readings from several Latin and English editions of the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Mass. Easily obtain an overview of all the readings used in a particular liturgical season (Advent, Christmas, etc.) and/or in a particular year of Ordinary Time (Sundays in Years A, B, C; Weekdays in Years I & II).

September 20, 2007

September 18, 2007

  • Love Poems: dedicated to the poetry lovers. Features Romantic Love Poems, Friendship Poems, Love Quotes, Love Stories and Letters. Enjoy the best love poems, inspirational poetry and more.

September 17, 2007

  • Founding Fathers Info Guide: Contains The Federalist Papers Online, One of the most important works on political theory | Other founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and other Amendments to the Constitution | The American Flag | History of the USA | Founding Fathers Image Gallery | Founding Fathers Quotes. No student of American History should pass up such a good introduction to the early history of the republic!
  • TryScience: discover the amazing world of science and technology "Science is exciting, and it's for everyone!" Science centers around the world contribute to this site, updating it with new content often; the site is always changing, never boring.
    • TryScience Teachers: a wealth of resources to help you integrate TryScience and science center resources into your classroom activities, connect with your parents and students, and more!
  • BAM! Body and Mind: online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as food & nutrition, diseases, physical fitness, safety, your life, your body.
  • The Wildflower Center's Native Plant Information Network allows you to search for native plant info by plant traits or names, browse through our collection of 17,000 native plant images, and pose your plant question to our resident horticulturalist.
    • The Native Plants Database: Search for native plants by scientific or common name or choose a particular family of plants. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the combination search or our Recommended Species lists to explore the wealth of native plants in North America.
  • OneLook Dictionaries: The ultimate "Search dictionary web sites for words and phrases," contains over 8.8 million words indexed in 937 online dictionaries. A unique feature of the site is the capability to enter a pattern of letters with wildcard symbols allowing you to retrieve the words that match the entered pattern.
  • The Coffee Science Information Centre: dedicated to providing "accurate, balanced and consistent information to all…who have an interest in coffee, caffeine and health."
  • The Robin Hood Project: designed to make available in electronic format a database of texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information about the Robin Hood stories and other outlaw tales.
  • Sherlockian.net: answers all your questions about the master sleuth, his family, his colleagues, his arch enemy, 221B Baker Street, just about everything associated with Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
  • Silent Era: the silent films website. The ultimate resource for fans of the silver screen's silent era. Carl Bennett developed this site initially using as his primary resource his own database of 17,000 films. The site is continually updated with the latest in news and announcements, making it now the one-stop resource to follow the happenings in the silent industry.
  • InstallationWiki.org: the home of free software installation tutorials. Designed to provide you with comprehensive and free guides to installing software.
  • The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), maintains a consumer complaint database of violations of the laws that the FTC enforces. Consumers can submit complaints online at www.ftc.gov and forward unwanted commercial email to the FTC at spam@uce.gov.

September 14, 2007

  • SanctaMissa.org (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius): online tutorial for priests and altar servers learning to celebrate the Latin Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal. Provides the rubrics of the 1962 Roman Missal in English, a ceremonial for altar servers, articles on the spirituality of the Tridentine Latin Mass, and a ceremonial for liturgical music.

September 11, 2007

  • The September 11 Digital Archive: to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.
  • Intelways.com: a one-stop search tool, a convenient and fast way to search for (almost) anything on the web, through its comprehensive set of search channels organized into different categories—General | Images | Video | News | Social | Files | Reference | Academic | Business | Tech | Shopping. Type your search query and select any one of these search tools; the results appear in a frame below the search boxes.
  • The Breast Cancer Site: Your click on the "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • The Hunger Site: founded to focus the power of the Internet on the eradication of world hunger. Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism, helping to feed the world's hungry and food insecure. On average, over 220,000 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the yellow "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button.
  • The Literacy Site: founded to help promote literacy among children from low-income families nationwide. Partnering with First Book and Room to Read, the site makes books available to children around the world, giving many children their very first book. With the generous support of our sponsors, each click provides 1% of a book.

September 10, 2007

  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center: Official site established by the Missionaries of Charity to promote and support authentic knowledge and devotion to Mother Teresa.
  • National Capital Language Resource Center (U.S. Department of Education, George Washington University, Georgetown University, The Center for Applied Linguistics): excellent resource for language teachers at all levels…First-time visitors may wish to start by looking at some of their specialized sites, such as "The Essentials of Language Teaching", which is a "how-to" guide for university-level languages teachers. After that, they may want to look at "The Culture Club" area, which serves as a place where teachers and students can share multicultural and multilanguage resources.
  • British Library - Sacred: Discover what we share. The world's greatest collection of Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy books.
  • Rosh Hashanah - Judaism 101 (begins September 12, 2007): The name "Rosh Hashanah" is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.
    • Rosh Hashanah: Celebrated as the New Years Day of the Jewish calendar, but actually Rosh Hashanah has a fourfold meaning - It is the Jewish New Year, the Day of Judgement, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.
    • Rosh Hashanah Recipes (Ask.com)

September 6, 2007

  • The Vegan Chef: wonderful way of eating, with animal-free recipes created from a vegan chef's perspective. The recipes section contains a large selection of my vegan creations, many of which are raw, wheat-free, gluten-free, low-fat, and/or sugar-free—click on the "recipes" button on the left.
    • Recipes from the Betty Crocker® Kitchens: 1000s of delicious recipes tested in the Betty Crocker® Kitchens.
    • AOL Food: recipes, menu ideas, drinks, entertaining and in-depth information about everything from herbs and spices to weights and measurements.
    • Chefs.com: culinary information provided by professionals and amateurs alike. Here you can browse through hundreds of cooking-related categories and subjects.
    • Awesome Chef: primarily recipes but also plenty of information on cooking, cooking with herbs, spices, chilies and fish.
    • The Firefighters Cookbook Recipes (FireHouseChef.com): Everyone knows firefighters make great chefs! Here you will find easy to prepare and tasteful recipes created by firefighters world wide.

September 5, 2007

  • Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator: Confused by net slang? Can't read a text message? Translate internet slang and acronyms.
  • CapsUnlock supersedes the locking mechanism of the CapsLock key and thus prevents the accidental turning on of CapsLock. It runs as a little tray application in the taskbar. The user can select an override option, which allows CapsLock to be switched on and off by holding down the left Shift key while pressing CapsLock. Furthermore CapsUnlock also disables the Insert key.

September 4, 2007

  • Tabs and Lyrics: one stop music resource! All guitar tabs, guitar chords, bass tabs, drum tabs and lyrics are sorted a-z, so you can find your chosen lyric or tab faster. 100's of new songs are added weekly.
  • Birthday Wishes 4 U: Wish your loved ones on their birthday with these birthday wishes cards.

August 30, 2007

August 29, 2007

  • Lessons from Sports Ezine: goes beyond just the playing field to share timely articles, interviews and stories related to success and achievement on and off the field.
  • Herbal Medicine (U.S. National Library of Medicine-NIH): An herb is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine products are dietary supplements that people take to improve their health. Many herbs have been used for a long time for claimed health benefits. They are sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts and fresh or dried plants. However, some can cause health problems, some are not effective and some may interact with other drugs you are taking.
  • College Health and Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Fathers of the Church (CatholicCulture.org): To search the text of the Fathers, use the drop-down search Menu – Browse Alphabetically by Author or Browse Chronologically.

August 27, 2007

  • OmniMedicalSearch.com: search authoritative medical search engines, Conditions & Diseases, MedPro for Medical Professionals who need peer level information, latest health and medical news, journals, databases and image collections.

August 24, 2007

  • Respect Life Program 2007-08 (USCCB) now available in preparation for Respect Life Sunday, October 7. This year's theme is taken from Luke's Gospel (1:44): "The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy." The biblical theme contrasts their sense of awe at the unborn child with contemporary society’s view of the human embryo as a mere commodity that can be created, manipulated, or even destroyed for research purposes.
  • Green Energy News: News and commentary in regards to clean, efficient and/or renewable energy in relation to business, technology, issues and policy. Green Energy News is geared to a wide audience ranging from consumers to industry professionals to the educational community to government officials.
  • TeachersFirst: web resource for K-12 classroom teachers who want useful resources and lesson plans to use with their students.

August 20, 2007

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: contains news briefs, feature articles, expert essays, and a number of online extras in the field of public health.
  • How to Compost: designed to be a hub for all composting information. No matter what your interest is, you'll find something here worth you time. Our goal is to be the best resource on the internet covering all topics about composting and organic gardening.
  • NationMaster: a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
  • StateMaster: statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. Information compiled from various primary sources such as the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statistics. More than just a mere collection of various data, StateMaster goes beyond the numbers to provide you with visualization technology like pie charts, maps, graphs and scatterplots. We also have thousands of map and flag images, state profiles, and correlations.
  • CardsDirect: specializes in printing corporate Christmas and holiday cards for large and small businesses. Businesses can choose to personalize a card from our wide selection of card themes, or create their own card with a logo. Cards can be personalized and previewed right on our site, and most orders ship in 2-3 business days.

August 13, 2007

August 9, 2007

  • FreshBattery: a reliable online source for built-to-order notebook computer batteries, offering healthy, long-life lithium ion batteries at competitive prices. FreshBattery is a one-stop source for batteries compatible with today’s popular models including Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP-Compaq, IBM-Lenovo, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba.
  • The Periodic Table of Elements (Ask.com Smart Answer): numerous additional resources and a drop-down menu listing each element.
  • CDC WONDER (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): powerful database tool that puts CDC health data at Web users’ fingertips. The easy-to-use, menu-driven system is free to public health professionals and the general public.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. Topics: People & Households | Business & Industry | Geography | Special Topics: Hurricane Data and Emergency Preparedness - Census Calendar - Training - For Teachers & Students - Statistical Abstract - FedStats - USA.gov
  • State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States: In every US State and the District of Columbia, agencies are creating databases of useful information - information on businesses, licensed professionals, plots of land, even dates of fish stocking. Click on a state name below to find a list of databases by agency.

August 8, 2007

  • Consumer Advice: How to Avoid Phishing Scams (Anti-Phishing Working Group): The number and sophistication of phishing scams sent out to consumers is continuing to increase dramatically. As a general rule you should be careful about giving out your personal financial information over the Internet.
    • The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global pan-industrial and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.
  • Audacity 1.2.6: This editor can record and play sounds and import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files. Edit your sounds using cut, copy, and paste features (with unlimited undo functionality), mix tracks, or apply effects to your recordings. The program also has a built-in amplitude-envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode, and a frequency-analysis window for audio-analysis applications. Built-in effects include bass boost, wah wah, and noise removal, and the program also supports VST plug-in effects.

August 7, 2007

  • Security Tips for Wireless Internet Users - AT&T's Customer Education:  Protect your privacy by preventing unwanted access to your private home network.
  • Tips for Cutting Down on Drinking (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
  • Tools for Print Journalists (Committee of Concerned Journalists): collection of some of journalism's best ideas, strategies and techniques to help journalists and citizens alike.
  • Catholic News Agency (CNA): provides up-to-the-minute news affecting the Catholic Church, the Holy Father and Holy See.
  • The Catholic Association (TCA): a faithful Catholic voice in the public square and the public arena. TCA champions the cause of Catholic values wherever they need defending - above all the values of marriage and family, and respect for life in all its seasons. TCA is in the forefront of protecting religious liberty for Catholic individuals and institutions under attack because of their faith and identity.

August 1, 2007

  • Internet Accountability & Parental Controls:
    • Covenant Eyes: the Standard for Internet Integrity with Accountability through Monitoring. Safeguard your Internet world from the dangers, risks, and liabilities of Internet pornography.
    • X3Watch: accountability software program helping with online integrity. Free version for Windows and Mac.
    • Google's SafeSearch: blocks web pages containing explicit sexual content from appearing in search results.
    • Safe Eyes™: developed by InternetSafety.com provides online protection for PCs and Macs in homes, businesses and schools. Rated as the #1 parental control solution by America’s leading consumer advocacy publication.
    • Bsafe Online (American Family Association): Ultimate Online Family Protection. Filters unwanted online adult content, monitors & logs chat rooms, monitors & logs Instant Messaging, advanced SPAM filter & popup blocker.
    • CYBERsitter 9.0: a full-featured content management product that keeps kids safe by restricting access to millions of objectionable Internet websites, providing detailed logs of all Internet access. A 5 time winner of PC Magazines Editors Choice award.
    • Net Nanny: powerful parental control solution that helps parents protect their children and monitor their Internet use. Blocks pornography and protects families and children.
    • CyberPatrol Internet Security Software - Protecting an Online Generation
    • Netmop: Total Family Protection. Blocks known pornographic sites on their Netmop protected computers. Netmop is a total solution for web, chat, email, news, keywords in search engines, and file sharing. Not Just Pornography - Netmop blocks many other categories of objectionable material such as Illegal Activities, Drugs, Bombs, etc.
  • Privacy Library: the most comprehensive collection of privacy laws and regulations ever assembled, the result of years of research and experience working with clients around the world. The website provides companies with an essential tool to help them navigate the privacy labyrinth.

July 30, 2007

  • Pewsitter - Voice of the Catholic Lay Faithful: provides a voice for the Catholic lay faithful and allows them to stay abreast with what is happening in the Church on a local, national and international basis. It provides a forum and a means to communicate with the Universal Church as well as with their local Church by reporting news events within their local parish and dioceses that would not be other wise reported.

July 27, 2007

  • KU Writing Center - Undergraduate & Graduate Writing Guides: Academic Essays | Avoiding Plagiarism | Critical Thinking, Reading, and Study Strategies | The Writing Process | Writing Your Research | Citing and Documenting Your Sources | Grammar and Usage | For ESL Learners | Personal and Professional Writing | Theses and Dissertations | Writing in Your Courses.
  • EDGAR Corporate Filings — U.S. and Otherwise (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission): Public corporations (domestic and foreign) and certain "insiders" are required by law to file certain documents on a regular basis. This information, of course, is scrutinized by investors, financial analysts, journalists, etc. A good basic tutorial is available on the SEC website. It was updated earlier this year.

July 26, 2007

  • Vatican City State - Governorate of Vatican City State: Contains five sections—State and Government, Services, Other Institutions, Monuments and Shop. The site also offers a photo tour of the Vatican Gardens, as well as giving real-time access via five webcams to some of the most famous sights: the dome of St. Peter's, St. Peter's Square, a panoramic view of Rome, the tomb of John Paul II and the palace of the Governorate. Visitors will soon be able to purchase Vatican coins, stamps and other articles available from the Vatican Museum's publications and reproductions sales office.
  • Chordie.com: Guitar chords and guitar tablature made easy. Chordie is a search engine for finding guitar chords and guitar tabs.

July 13, 2007

  • Drinks Mixer: Includes Bartender Guide, Glossary, Search for drinks recipes, Measurements and Terminology.
    • Bartender.com (Bartender Magazine): Hundreds of Cocktail Recipes - Blender Drinks, Bourbon Cocktails, Champagne Cocktails, Cool Drinks (for Hot Weather), Cordials, Gin Cocktails, Irish Cocktails, Juice Drinks, Martini Recipes, Miscellaneous Favorites, Rum Cocktails, Shooters, Summer-tinis, Tequila Drinks, Vodka Cocktails.
    • Drinkstreet.com: home of the best drink recipes online. Browse over 1500 drink recipes. Organized by category so that you can learn how to make them quickly and see other drinks that you might be interested in. Or use the search box to search for the recipe for your favorite drink.
    • Drinkalizer: Search for drinks by color, name, category, by type of spirits, or by liqueurs.
    • Allrecipes - Cocktails: has more than 290 trusted cocktail recipes complete with ratings, reviews and mixing tips.
    • The Foody - Drinks Recipes: Includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails

July 12, 2007

  • Google: Webmaster Guidelines. Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site, we strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the "Quality Guidelines," which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. Includes How to add your website to Google’s index?
  • The Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance Website is a joint project of Michigan State University Libraries, the Center for Great Lakes Culture and the California Preservation Program. It provides a number of resources, but the unique thing here is a Disaster Recovery Resources database you can search to find supplies and services nationally — or in your own state.

July 10, 2007

  • TheMemStore offers the ultimate in advanced technology Flash Memory products for sale in North America. A new breed of on-line retailer that has taken the step from being one of the largest Flash Memory Product Distributors to selling directly to the end user though our portal web site. Offers the customers the ability to purchase products for the same price as the retailers without stepping foot out of your house or office.

July 9, 2007

  • The American Catholic History Classroom: Created as a curriculum supplement on specific topics from American Catholic history that provide teachers with background information, related primary source documents, information and questions for students, and suggestions for further reading. Includes: Catholics and Industrialization, Catholics and a Living Wage, Catholics and Education, Catholics and Labor, and Catholics and Race.
  • HealthyMinds.org - The American Psychiatric Association (APA): useful resources to educate consumers and patients about maintaining healthy minds and healthy lives. Plus, Hotline Numbers (toll-free), Non-profit resources, Associations and Government resources.
  • The Art of E-Newsletters: Ideas to Effectively Create and Market Electronic Newsletters by Mary Ellen Bates

July 5, 2007

  • The Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA)—"How to Buy": Information on what to look for when purchasing fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs cheese, dairy products, meat, poultry and potatoes.
  • The National Archives - Charters of Freedom: Features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Marbury v. Madison, Louisiana Purchase, slavery, Civil War, 13th Amendment, immigration, and woman suffrage.
  • We the People: Library of Congress (LOC) presents a compendium of American history online resources for teachers and students.

July 2, 2007

  • GetNetWise - Families: The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. Includes: Online Safety Guide | Tools for Families | Web Sites for Kids | Reporting Trouble.
  • Comics.com - By Category: You’ll find the current day’s cartoon for over a hundred different strips, many of which have archives for past selections or the ‘best’ of a particular cartoonist. In addition to the ‘funnies,’ there is a separate section for editorial cartoons.
  • The National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA): Advocates for the full integration of young adults in the life of the Catholic faith community in order to connect them with Jesus, the Church, the mission of the Church, and their peers. Develops and promotes programs and resources while providing opportunities for networking and communication.
  • Catholic Leadership Institute: mission is to build Catholic leaders for today and tomorrow. We empower people with the finest leadership skills and tools to help them reach their God-given potential as Catholic leaders and Christian witnesses in their family, workplace, community and Church.

June 30, 2007

June 29, 2007

  • National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage (USCCB): U.S. Catholic bishops call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. Bringing Catholic belief into dialogue with contemporary needs, the bishops urge the Catholic Church to become a community of hope and help for marriages and to join others in building a culture of marriage. The Initiative weaves together the Catholic faith tradition and its pastoral practice, the data of social science, and the experience of married couples to offer guidance and resources, including a pastoral letter, in order to promote, strengthen, sustain and restore marriages.
  • ZoomInfo: The premier business information search engine, with profiles on more than 35 million people and 3.8 million companies. ZoomInfo delivers a single site for quick and easy access to in-depth information on industries, companies, people, products, services and jobs.
  • MIT Libraries: Virtual Reference Collection
  • "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln" online: The Abraham Lincoln Association published the first major scholarly effort to collect and publish the complete writings of Abraham Lincoln, "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln" in 1953. Recently, the University of Michigan’s Digital Library Production Service digitized all eight volumes, including Lincoln’s correspondence, speeches, and other writings, and placed them online here for the benefit of historians, rhetoricians, and those who are generally enamored of the 16th President. Visitors can perform simple searches, boolean searches, and proximity searches to their heart’s content.
  • Classroom Resource Bank: the Math Teachers Link initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researched and compiled a set of online resources that will be of interest to those teaching mathematics and related subjects at the high school and college level. The links are divided thematically into sections that include geometry, algebra, calculus, and a special section titled "Integrating Internet Projects In Your Classroom".
  • U.S. Treasury: Office of Financial Education: The site includes a good set of educational resources developed by organizations within the U.S. Treasury and designed for teachers, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and others. The materials here include "Money Smart", which is a curriculum designed to help adults understand basic financial services and "Building Wealth", which presents an overview of such important strategies as creating a household budget and managing debt. These various tools could potentially be used in applied economics and mathematics courses, and teachers will appreciate the flexibility of these different resources.

June 27, 2007

  • WWII Missing Service Members Database: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that an electronic database listing the names of service members still unaccounted for from World War II is now available for family members and researchers. This WWII database, along with databases listing the missing from the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War and Gulf War.
  • American Rhetoric: Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews. Plus, the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, according to 137 leading scholars of American public address, as compiled by Stephen E. Lucas (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Martin J. Medhurst (Baylor University).

June 25, 2007

  • Google Labs: Google's technology playground. Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time. Your feedback can help us improve them. Please play with these prototypes and send your comments directly to the Googlers who developed them.
  • Microsoft Sandbox: This is the place to play with new MSN technologies, look at prototypes, and peek behind the scenes at some of our new ideas. Let them know what you think about how they can improve MSN for you.
  • The Library of Congress (LOC) joins the Science.gov Alliance. The nation's oldest federal cultural institution and largest library in the world, the LOC serves as the research arm of Congress with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The addition brings the Science.gov Alliance membership to 17 organizations. Currently in its fourth generation, Science.gov provides search of more than 50 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 1,800 scientific Web sites and 30 deep Web databases.
  • SustainLane Government: the premier online sustainability best practices knowledge base for state and local government. Free to government professionals and their consultants, SustainLane Government also provides a searchable network of sustainability managers, experts and practitioners, enabling government entities, large and small, to work more efficiently toward sustainable policies and practices.
  • AOL Travel’s Travel Guides Beta lists over 1,900 destinations and 96,000 hotels worldwide for your travel planning needs. Complementary, city-specific information such as restaurants, bars, sights and events adds to the depth of our Guides. Additionally, you can now tell us what you thought of a particular destination you’ve visited or hotel you’ve stayed at—good or bad!
  • SilentGrief.com: A Message of Hope for the Grieving Heart. Offers "support for all who have suffered miscarriage and other child loss" to provide a community to help those persons silently grieving due to child loss; in addition to parental solace, siblings and other family members will find this site helpful. The 'Healing Thoughts' is a daily thought of hope, 'Daily Food', a positive scripture for encouragement, the 'Community Message Board' a place for sharing.
  • Beliefnet - Food Channel
  • Academy of Natural Sciences: Exhibits include a photographic tour of Thomas Jefferson’s famed fossil collection and an overview of the work of Joseph Leidy, a noted 19th century paleontologist and anatomist. The "Scientific Research" area of the site provides copious amounts of printed literature (including reports and briefs) based on research done at the Academy.
  • The Calculus Page: features dozens of links to valuable online resources that deal with this branch of mathematical inquiry and discovery. The first section of the site is dedicated to providing materials for students of calculus (including calculus animations and sample exams) and a number of resources for instructors follow.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Working with different schools of the Beyond Crossroads consortium, this website provides a number of helpful resources on this important subject. The site is divided into areas that include "What is Quantitative Literacy?" and "Quantitative Literacy Websites".
  • OpenLearn: free access to course materials from The Open University. Topics include: Arts & History, Business & Management, Education, Health and Lifestyle, IT & Computing, Mathematics & Statistics, Modern Languages, Science & Nature, Society, Study Skills, Technology.
  • Copyright Clearance Center: makes it easy to get the permissions you need to share, innovate and collaborate. Access the world's most extensive rights licensing database. Get instant permission to use and share content from thousands of the world's most sought-after publications, in print or electronic form. From course management systems to e-reserves, technology is changing the way faculty, staff and students share information. CCC's permissions and educational resources support all the ways your campus uses content in print, online and in the classroom.

June 22, 2007

  • CatholicReference.net: Trinity Communications has released a complete Modern Catholic Dictionary (authored by the late Fr. John A. Hardon) in cooperation with Eternal Life. Just type an entry into the Search box, or select a letter from the alphabetical list.
  • Sun Safety Information for Everyone: Magellan’s Travel Advice - Health Issues.
  • Lyme Disease: JAMA Patient Page (American Medical Association)

June 20, 2007

  • We All Use Math Every Day: In partnership with CBS, and working in association with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Texas Instruments (TI) has created an educational outreach program promoting the many uses of mathematics and supporting math teaching. The program includes TI and NCTM-developed math education activities for teachers and students based on the "NUMB3RS" TV show.
  • Assisi–Rome slide show: Franciscan Friars, TOR Pilgrimage – May, 2007.

June 18, 2007

  • Religion & Ethics Newsweekly - PBS: provides insightful coverage and analysis of the news, people, events and trends behind the headlines in the rich world of religion and ethics.
  • American Libraries Focus is the delivery point for all American Libraries video content, including interviews, commentary, features, and humor. Viewers will be able to search, sort by content tags, and directly respond to each video.
  • 50 Great Free Online Libraries
  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators (DiscoverySchool.com): a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
  • DiscoverySchool.com: Provides innovative teaching materials for teachers, useful and enjoyable resources for students, and smart advice for parents about how to help their kids enjoy learning and excel in school.
  • MathDL is an online resource published by the Mathematical Association of America. The site provides online resources for both teachers and students of mathematics.
  • HumanDimensions.gov (HD.gov): a new collaborative effort by agencies, academia, NGOs and private organizations to provide a credible online portal of information and tools related to the human dimensions of natural resource management.
  • Digitized Version of The Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 — Commentary. The Geneva Conventions are international treaties that constitute one component of international humanitarian law. This authoritative commentary on the 1949 Geneva Conventions consists of four volumes, fully searchable text. Each of the volumes, published between 1952 and 1959, corresponds to one of the four Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949. The authors examine the four Conventions, article by article, and deal with questions concerning the implementation and application of international humanitarian law.

June 15, 2007

  • The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) focuses on topics related to sustainable and alternative agricultural systems, crops and livestock. We work to implement the NAL mission of "advancing access to global information for agriculture."
  • Catalog of the Coleoptera of America North of Mexico (National Agricultural Library Digital Repository)
  • UI Plants (University of Illinois): database on woody landscape plant identification, culture and usage for the Midwest, including native and introduced species and their major varieties and cultivars. This encyclopedic resource serves as a learning tool for students, avid gardeners and industry practitioners who want basic and in-depth information on woody plants commonly found in the northern portion of eastern North America.

June 14, 2007

  • Monastery Stays: Places to stay in Italy operated by religious organizations with a long history of hospitality. You needn't be religious as they have no expectation of any kind of religious commitment from you.
  • Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs: Programs are developed to provide pilgrims with an opportunity for personal conversion; to see the world through Francis' and Clare's eyes; to love all people as Francis and Clare did; to know oneself in relationship to God and appreciate one's God-given gifts.
  • Order of Carmelites: The Index of Carmelite Information on the Web
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan, OFM)

June 13, 2007

  • Research Copyright: learn all about copyrights, patents, trademarks, and intellectual property. Learn how to copyright your own works, whether you are a writer, artist, musician, filmmaker, or other creative person. Learn about copyright infringement and how to search for copyrights to obey U.S. Copyright Laws. Download our free guides on copyright law, copyright search, and how to use copyright protection.
  • American Camping Association: If your youngsters are interested in the camping scene, the American Camping Association's website can help you locate the perfect camp for your family. In addition to the children's camps, you'll find listings for adult, family, and senior camps. If none of these types fits into your adult summer plans, try your hand as a counselor and see if you can keep up with those active campers.
  • The Chicago Sunday Evening Club gives voice to faith stories and ideas that enrich individual lives, engage people of all faiths, and encourage spiritual growth. CSEC produces 30 Good Minutes, a television broadcast and web site that features some of the leading voices in religion, as well as the stories of everyday people whose lives reflect the rich tapestry of religious life in America.
  • Journeys of the Spirit: developed by The Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, the Vatican institution whose mission is to evangelize through pastoral tourism and the ministry of pilgrimage. JOSP provides travel planning and tour groups capable of meeting the needs of pilgrims traveling to Rome and other pilgrimage destinations around the world.
  • Plus, the Best Science Site on the Web: opens a window to the world of math by providing articles from the top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport. Now in its tenth season of posting science news on the Web, Plus has weekly mathematical news, publishes an online journal quarterly and of course has archives of past articles and journals available. Winner of the 2001 celebrated Webby award.
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)
    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. As with adults, a wide range of CAM therapies are used in children, including herbs and dietary supplements, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, naturopathy, and homeopathy.
  • Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (University of Plymouth, UK): developed instructional materials designed to help both novice and experienced math teachers. This particular area of their website provides access to a number of interactive mathematics tutorials. The materials are divided into eight units, including those that deal with factors, mathematical diagrams, proportion, and estimating; users will find coverage of everything from prime factors to the sometimes-daunting Pythagorean theorem.
  • Getting Started With Excel: This tutorial is part of the StudyFinance.com of the University of Arizona. It is divided into eight sections, which include "Entering and Editing Data", "Formatting the Worksheet", and "Creating a Chart". Each section contains several short paragraphs of text, complemented effectively with a few helpful graphics. The tutorial is rounded out by several problem assignments that will make sure students have mastered some of the basic features of Excel.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences Visual Resources for Ornithology (VIREO): the world's most comprehensive collection of bird photographs. It houses over 105,000 35mm slides and 5,000 black-and-white prints of over 6,300 bird species" and includes every species of bird known in North America.
  • Blue Web'n: an online library of outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). Blue Web'n does not attempt to catalog all educational sites. Sites are hand-picked and are, in our opinion, among the most useful for classroom or instructional use. The sites in Blue Web'n are chosen by the Education Advocates.
  • CampusTours - Virtual College Tours: the source for virtual college tours of hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States. If a college tour trip is in your plans, whether it be a family trip or an individual one, you might want to use. For those of you researching colleges, this site can help you narrow your prospective list and find the match that should be just right for you. Welcome to modern day recruiting!
  • The Napoleonic Guide: offers insights into his life, career, love life, and family as well as a well-organized introduction to French history between the years of 1796 to 1815. Here's your one-stop reference for all of your Napoleonic questions. As you get delve deeper into this period of history and learn more about the men who shaped it, try your hand at strategy as you attempt to defeat Wellington at Waterloo.
  • NewsDesigner.com: A weblog about newspaper design
  • Popcorn - a whole grain food. The Popcorn Board is a non-profit organization funded by U.S. popcorn processors. The Board strives to raise the awareness of U.S. popcorn as a nutritious and versatile snack through domestic and international marketing efforts.

June 5, 2007

May 31, 2007

  • Windows Movie Maker 2.1: you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD. Using third-party software you can even take movies you've made and turn them into DVDs. You can also save your movie back to the video tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself. If you have XP Pro it should be already loaded, check Programs > Accessories >Windows Movie Maker.

May 14, 2007

  • Parenthoodweb.com: online parenting resource dedicated to 'helping families grow.' Our goal is to help you understand and connect with your child. You'll find articles on worry-free parenting so that you can raise a happy, healthy child from conception to graduation. Don't forget to take advantage of our online tools for getting pregnant, estimating your baby's due date, calculating the cost of raising a child, and choosing the best baby names. Be sure to visit often for easy recipes, online parent forums, contests, polls, and updated articles on parenting in today's world.
  • Habits of the Heart: The Science Museum of Minnesota developed this resource for students and teachers on the cardiovascular system. You'll find 'lesson plans,' 'classroom activities,' 'videos about the heart,' 'links to other sites about the heart and lungs' and even 'instructions on making a heart rate monitor.'
  • Travelers' Health—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lyme Disease — Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
  • Martindale's Reference Desk: a complete reference site that is updated daily with world affairs and other items of interest. The site has a comprehensive index that covers just about every subject from languages to construction, to science and physics as well as a variety of online calculators.
  • Native American Sites: dedicated to facilitating communication among Native peoples and between Indians and non-Indians and also to providing links to other sites that contain solid information about American Indians. The links are well-organized with entries including individual nations, language, culture including pow-wows and festivals, education, as well as other topics.
  • SearchMash–Google: a new user interface test bed worth checking out. You won't see the Google brand anywhere on the front page or the search results, but rest assured that, under the hood, the Google engine is purring. You have almost all the search functionality of the regular Google web search; phrase searching works, as do the usual Boolean operators, and format and field limiters, although there is no advanced search page on SearchMash. And don't look for any sponsored links; there is no advertising on this beta search site. But what sets it apart is the search results page. For starters, SearchMash sorts the results into web pages, images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia entries, all on one screen.
  • The National Agricultural Library (NAL): advancing access to global information for agriculture. NAL, one of four national libraries of the United States, houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.

May 11, 2007

  • Mother’s Day (May 13th, 2007): a special day for honoring Mothers through out the world. Mother's Day holds great significance for all of us. Includes Interesting Facts | Mother Teresa Sayings | Some Typical Motherly Advice | Things You Can Do | 10 Reasons to Treat Your Mom | Prayers | Mother's Day Poems | Mother's Day Crafts and Cards.
  • Innovative Teaching Exchange developed by The Mathematical Association of America in order to facilitate the exchange of interesting and compelling teaching resources from a wide range of educators. As their site indicates, "The intention is to encourage more experimentation with more methods than the traditional lecture/questions method."
  • What You Need to Know (CatholicCulture): articles & essays on areas of Catholic faith, traditions & teachings.

May 10, 2007

  • U.S. Postal Service raises Rates and Fees. Effective May 14, 2007
  • 2007 List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations (The National Trust for Historic Preservation): the country’s largest private, nonprofit preservation organization, today announced the selection of its 2007 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly preserved communities in the United States.
  • National Geographic: Secrets of Egypt. An excellent presentation of the pyramids of Egypt. Take a virtual expedition to King Tut's tomb, view photos and a video aired on the National Geographic Channel and participate in the 'Interactive Features.' Teachers and parents will appreciate the Lesson Plans with age specific designations, plans that will help students understand more about these ancient mysteries.
  • PollingReport.com: In this age of the superhighway of communication public opinion polls are always being cited. This site is indexed by categories on which major polls have been conducted. Click on the subject for the latest results. If more than one poll has been conducted, the different results by date will be listed. If more than one pollster conducted similar polls, the different results are displayed by the polling entity.
  • Film Ratings Search (The Classification and Rating Administration–CARA): movie ratings for releases as far back as 1968, so visit this site prior to your stop at the video store or movie theater!
  • Historic Government Publications From World War II: a project of Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Central University Libraries. The organization of the site encourages browsing; you can browse all documents via an alphabetical title list, or jump right to a special collection of (fascinating) Pocket Guides to foreign nations prepared during the war for U.S. servicemen.
  • Jewish American Heritage Month—May: The Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.

May 9, 2007

  • PennSound: an online poetry audio archive developed by professors at the University of Pennsylvania. Features about 200 writers and more than 10,000 recordings contributed by poets, fans and scholars worldwide.
  • Government resources (AllPages.com): Includes City & County Government | Federal Government | Foreign Government | Misc Government | Political Organizations | State Government.
  • Steubenville, Ohio Yellow Pages (AllPages.com)

May 8, 2007

  • Chilling Effects Clearinghouse: Understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity. A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics.
  • Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA): Security is on the minds of many in higher education, and CSSIA is very interested in playing a major role in this area of training and scholarship. With funds from the National Science Foundation, CSSIA has been working on developing an associate’s degree program in information technology security, and on providing professional development opportunities and curricular materials.
  • Science and Engineering Encyclopedia: Will be of great use to students of engineering and science, and educators working in these broad areas. Visitors can click around at their leisure through the alphabet of terms, or they may also wish to start off in one of the topical areas, which include mechanical engineering, computing, chemistry, and physics. Visitors can learn about acoustic mirrors, aerodynamic noise, auralization, and benzene rings.

May 4, 2007

  • The Mental Floss Geography Challenge asks questions like these: Where is Cote D'Ivoire? How about Holy See or Azerbaijan? The challenge is to identify as many countries as possible in two minutes. Watch for the name of the country on the lower portion of the screen, then use the small map to move to the correct continent before selecting the country on the large map. Don't let the little flags confuse you--they point to small island countries. Micronesia, anyone?
  • Healthy Heart Handbook for Women (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • ZDNet: How to REALLY erase a hard drive. Secure Erase, a set of commands embedded in most ATA drives built since 2001.

May 2, 2007

April 23, 2007

April 19, 2007

  • Early Childhood Education: On Line Resource and Links. Google | Ask.com
  • Christian Youth Mentoring - Long Island: To assist the Christian church on Long Island in the responsible evangelism of at risk youth and their families, providing them with hope through caring relationships and developmental opportunities for the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical, social).

April 18, 2007

  • AskMoses.com: a vibrant, innovative online resource offering instant advice from the qualified men, women and Rabbis on our team of expert scholars. These scholars are available 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, and stand ready to address topics ranging from simple questions about Jewish holidays to complex inquiries on personal issues.

April 17, 2007

  • Filcoo: Italian bed & breakfasts and hotels. Specializing in searching for the most suitable Hotels, B&B's and Guesthouses Worldwide.
  • FootSmart: Direct retailer of foot and lower body healthcare products in the United States. 1000s of products including shoes, socks/hosiery, and foot health care. In addition, FootSmart’s relationship with The Podiatry Institute helps the company fulfill its mission to provide quality products to best meet your needs.
  • Pinecombe Studios: a design studio specializing in inspirational greetings, including Catholic sacramental greeting cards, prints and stationery products.

April 16, 2007

  • PBS Teachers: Free multimedia resources and professional development for preK–12 educators. Standards-based resources: The Arts | Math | Health & Fitness | Reading & Language Arts | Science & Tech | Social Studies | Early Childhood Educators | Library Media & Tech Coordinators.
  • Campus Technology: tracking changes in the ways technology is harnessed on college campuses. Visitors can read through sections that address current news items related to campus technology, take a look at their latest newsletter, and read articles from the print edition. One section that is particularly useful for those in the world of information technology is the "Resources" area that includes "White Papers" on timely topics.
  • Five Steps to Multimedia Reporting (UC-Berkeley & Knight Media Center): offers a number of tutorials that will help such persons learn about choosing a story, doing fieldwork, editing their piece, and even offer a few tips on shooting video. The site is divided into sections that provide tips on picking the right video camera for the assignment and those that give some useful information on the various audio recording devices that might come in handy.
  • BBC - Free Online Broadcast & New Media Courses: These particular guides and modules were originally designed for in-house use with BBC staff, and few editorial changes have been made in the interim. Visitors can browse through such sections as "Television", "Radio", "Broadcast Technology", and "Journalism". While some of the materials can bit a bit technical, there are many that provide basic operating procedures on creating effective radio interviews and editing existing video segments.
  • The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century teaches the geographic skills and concepts that are necessary to understand the world. Geography educators and content experts from around the globe shed light on the physical, human, political, historical, economic, and cultural factors that affect people and natural environments. Maps, animation, and academic commentary bring into focus case studies from 50 sites in 36 countries. Originally produced in 1996, the entire series has been updated. Each case study features new interviews, maps, video footage, and graphics in order to reflect the geographic issues of our world in the 21st century. A coordinated Web site provides further content information and connection to the National Geography Standards.

April 13, 2007

  • Custom Sign Generator - FREE with no installation or registration: Create your own free customized special messages with your own customized captions, quotes, sayings, phrases from thousands of free dynamic JPEG, GIF & PNG image creators. Customize FREE logos, blog headers, parody photos, buttons, banners, email sigs, comics, signs, and more.
  • Medem's Medical Library provides patients with reliable health care information from introductory to advanced texts—Diseases and Conditions, Therapies and Health Strategies, Health and Society.
  • Autism Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals. Experts define autism and related pervasive developmental disorders as severe neurodevelopmental conditions that seriously impair social, communicative and behavioral functioning.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources: A comprehensive guide to locating poetry resources available on the Library of Congress's Web site.

April 12, 2007

  • Glossary of Church Terms (USCCB): Arranged in three categories: Celebration of Mass, Ministers, Liturgical Objects.
  • Busted Halo.com: For spiritual seekers in their 20s and 30s who are desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives but whose journey has little to do with traditional religious institutions. BustedHalo.com strives to reveal this spiritual dimension of our lives through feature stories, reviews, interviews, faith guides, commentaries, audio clips, discussions and connections to retreat, worship and service opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else.
  • The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics exists to help Catholics and others to explore the Church's position on bioethical issues. Its perspective is informed by Catholic moral teaching, but in defending such teaching it seeks also to enable dialogue with those of no religious faith.
  • FotoTagger 2.3: Users can add embedded comments on the photos. Additionally, the program allows users to create photo blogs, and upload and download photographs to Flickr accounts with all of these wonderful captions preserved intact. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 2000 and XP.
  • Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 300 million science-specific Web pages.

April 11, 2007

  • Divine Mercy Sunday—April 15, 2007: Internet resources and links. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that "throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come."
  • The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): To serve as a model-builder for innovative, standards-based, technology-intensive mathematics and science instruction at the K-16 levels. Online Resource Catalog – Mathematics: Number & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof. Science: Biology, Chemistry, Periodic Table, Significant Figures & Measurement, Lab Reports, Titrations, Physics.
  • The Ohio Historical Society: "...to promote a knowledge of archaeology and history, especially in Ohio." The society exists to interpret, preserve, collect, and make available evidence of the past, and to provide leadership on furthering knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the prehistory and history of Ohio and of the broader cultural and natural environments of which Ohio is a part.
  • Federal Judicial Center: Clearinghouse of information about the federal court system, its history, and its judges. Visitors can go straight to one of the primary sections—“Federal Judicial History”, “Publications & Videos”, and “Educational Programs & Materials”. In the “Publications & Videos” area, visitors can use the search engine to look for specific items of interest, or they can also browse the archive’s contents by subject or by date of publication. Type “copyright” in the search box for the Copyright Law, Second Edition, Robert A. Gorman, 2006. For most visitors, the “Federal Judicial History” will be of greatest interest, as it contains biographies of federal judges since 1789, the histories of individual courts, and summaries of landmark decisions.

April 10, 2007

  • Franciscan E-Cards: Free Catholic E-Cards—Seasonal, Sacraments, birthday, anniversary, holidays, Holy Days, Franciscan saints, devotional, get-well, sympathy, and more.
  • Spiritbreak (FaithStreams.com): When you need a pause for reflection, something to bring a smile, a bit of advice or encouragement, SpiritBreak provides these moments in little stories, in tiny grains of wisdom chosen to meet you where you live. Three categories—Insights, Uplifting Moments and Spiritual Parenting—each with ten spiritual video clips, feature noted theologians, sociologists, writers, teachers, artists and experts in the field.
  • Said What?: Famous quotes, inspirational quotes, serious quotes, funny quotes, motivational quotes. Said What? has over 22,000 quotes and proverbs online…the only site you will ever need.....you can quote us on it!

April 5, 2007

April 2, 2007

  • Holy Communion and Celiac Sprue Disease, A Short Introduction (USCCB): Low-gluten altar hosts are available from: the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Altar Breads Department, 31970 State Highway P, Clyde, Missouri 64432 (Phone:1-800-223-2772).
  • The Diseases and Conditions Index (DCI): This new Web health index gives you a quick and easy way to get complete and dependable information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.
  • Business Plans and Profiles Index (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): A subject guide to sample business plans and profiles for specific business types. This index lists types of small businesses and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry.
  • The National Association of Social Workers has created a portal to make web content at schools of social work, specialty social work organizations, NASW Chapters and all NASW Web Sites More Accessible.

March 30, 2007

  • Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
  • Math Goodies: 30 complete math lessons that cover these topics: Perimeter & Area of Polygons, Circumference & Area of Circles, Number Theory, Understanding Percent, Percent Applications, Integers, Probability/Statistics, Pre-Algebra, Symbolic Logic, Data and Graphs.
  • The State of Aging and Health in America Report 2007 (Center for Disease Control): Contains the full text of the report for anyone with an interest in public health, gerontology, and other allied fields, along with the 2004 report as well. Visitors will also appreciate the extra features offered here, which include state-based report cards that examine fifteen key indicators of older adult health, such as obesity rates, smoking habits, flu vaccine updates, and others.
  • Preservation Online (The National Trust for Historic Preservation): online version of the award winning magazine, Preservation. The "Today’s News" feature is quite nice, and it contains brief profiles of current preservation stories written especially for this website. The "Preservation 911" area features pressing preservation stories submitted by preservation advocates, and the "Story of the Week" focuses in on a particular ongoing preservation issue. The site is rounded out by an online archive which allows visitors to search back issues from 1992 to 2006.
  • The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Celiac Disease. Visitors may also wish to browse on over to the "Do I Have Celiac?" area, which contains a checklist which may help visitors determine whether they have the disease. Finally, the "Events" section contains information on gluten-free events and other such affairs.

March 28, 2007

  • Family Watchdog (National Sex Offender Registry): "Free national US search for registered sex offenders. Map registered sex offenders to see who lives in your area." The mission is to build a bilingual safety portal for awareness of nearby threats by providing accessible and accurate sex offender location information. Contains information from all states, and is updated on a daily basis to ensure that the information is as current as the states from which sex offender data is received.
  • Google Guide - Making Searching Even Easier. An online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between. I developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Google's capabilities, features, and services than I found on Google's website.

March 26, 2007

  • Yahoo! Shortcuts are special features designed to help you to find answers quickly. Click the title of a specific feature to learn more about it. Try a search using any of these Yahoo! Shortcuts: Airport Information, Airline Registration Information, Area Codes, Calculator, Dictionary Definitions, Encyclopedia Lookup, Exchange Rates, Flight Tracker, Gas Prices, Hotel Finder, ISBN Numbers, Local Search, Maps, Movie Showtimes, News, Packages, Patents, Sports Scores, Stock Quotes, Synonym Finder, Time Zones, Traffic, UPC Codes, VIN Number, Weights, Measures and Temperatures, Weather, Zip Codes.
  • Yahoo! Comics: B.C., Dilbert, Doonesbury, Frank & Ernest, Garfield, Heathcliff, Peanuts, Wizard of Id, Ziggy, and many others; plus a variety of editorial cartoons.
  • Citizendium: a "citizens' compendium of everything," is an open wiki project aimed at creating an enormous, free, and reliable encyclopedia. The project aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring contributors to use their real names. We will avoid calling the Citizendium an "encyclopedia" until the project's editors feel comfortable putting their reputations behind that description.

March 23, 2007

  • National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: to increase knowledge and understanding about digestive diseases among people with these conditions and their families, health care professionals, and the general public.
  • Writing Resource Center (Empire State College): provides access to electronic writing resources developed for adult learners and faculty use. Currently, the site features documents from The Genesee Valley Center Writing Program, The Writer's Complex and the Library web site selected by a faculty writing panel.
  • BusinessJournalism.org: Created by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. Include instructional materials, including tutorials on how to cover financial markets and understanding financial markets.
  • Business Writer’s Free Library: Writing letters or memos in the world of business is an acquired skill, and those beginning to learn about this process will appreciate this site, which was designed by the Authenticity Counseling Company. The helpful resources offered here are divided into several sections, including "General Resources and Advice", "Basic Writing Skills", and "Basic Composition Skills". One other section is worth noting as well, and this is the section titled "Some Types of Correspondence". This is perhaps the section most relevant to business writing practices, as it includes sample memos, meeting minutes, and procedures for composing effective business emails.
  • Concept and Practices of Leadership: The concept of leadership is relevant to any aspect of ensuring effectiveness in organizations and in managing change. Topics in the Library include Gaining Broad Perspective on Leadership, Is Leading Different than Managing?, How Do Leaders Lead?, Traits and Characteristics That Leaders Should Have.

March 22, 2007

  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LOC): Administers the free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment. Materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
  • Guide to World War I Materials: Includes photos, essays, primary documents, films, and sound recordings related to World War I. Read news accounts of the war, including in The Stars and Stripes, a newspaper written by and for American soldiers at the war front.
  • ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center: An internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature indexed from 1966 to the present.

March 21, 2007

  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

March 20, 2007

  • Introduction to Genetics (GlaxoSmithKline): Includes Basics of Genetics, DNA and Human Diversity, Mutations, Genes and Interactive Animations.
  • Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (Mathematical Association of America): Each issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains original research articles on student learning via online materials, class-tested web-based learning materials, and substantive reviews of important online resources. View a drop-down subject list that covers such topics as number theory, basic algebra, and arithmetic.
  • Introduction to Accounting: Include "Lessons", "Problems", "Solutions", and "Downloads". In the "Lessons" section, visitors can make their way through eight separate lessons which cover the elements of financial reporting all the way up through natural resources and depletion. The "Problems" section contains a basic set of accounting problems keyed to the eight lessons mentioned above, and the "Solutions" cover all of the problems and their execution in detail.
  • National Association of Biology Teachers: Instructional Materials. A number of very fine instructional materials designed for use in the classroom; even seasoned educators will find new approaches to teaching bioethics, gene sequences, and other related topics on the site. The "hooey stick" exercise is quite a bit of fun, and along with being aligned with National Science Education standards, it allows students to learn about empiricism and logic in science.
  • ProcessLibrary.com is the definitive reference point for anyone who needs comprehensive information on the innumerable processes running silently in the background, deep in the recesses of any computer. The explanations are accompanied by exhaustive advice on whether these processes are important for the stable and secure running of your system. It also recommends if you should terminate processes or leave them untouched.

March 16, 2007

March 14, 2007

  • HeroicStories™ - Restoring Faith in Humanity…One Story at a Time: Brings diverse, international voices to the world—reminding us that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter. "Our mission is to publish examples of people being good to each other, to inspire similar heroic actions in others."

March 13, 2007

  • Garden Guides: a leader in online gardening information, providing detailed and extensive information on plants, pests, gardening tips & techniques, gardening recipes, seeds & bulbs, gardening books, nurseries & landscapers, and much more.

March 12, 2007

  • The Ten Commandments of Cell Phone Etiquette: There are some real abuses of wireless technology being perpetrated all around us, and the time has come to create some social order out of the cell phone chaos. This is by no means an exhaustive list simply because as the technology evolves, new annoying traits will surely emerge.

March 9, 2007

  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders.
    • How the Heart Works (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute): Includes visual and animated sections: heart anatomy, heart circulation/contractions, electrical system and heart disease.
  • The Moving Image Collections (MIC) contains a number of online collections of different archived media. Visitors can use the "Collection Explore" feature to search the MIC Union Catalog, which lists moving images collected and managed by participating organizations. Fourteen total organizations participate and they include the CNN Library, KYUK-TV, and the Academic Film Archive of North America.
  • Presenters University has assembled a fine selection of articles on presentation "do’s and don’ts", along with a section where visitors can "Ask The Professor" about their most vexing presentation quandaries. The most useful material on this site is contained in the "Courses" area. Here, visitors can read such timely pieces as "Storytelling-A Leadership Development Tool", "Themes in PowerPoint 2007", and "How to Write and Deliver a Dynamite Speech". Plus, terrific free PowerPoint templates.
  • Leader's Institute: articles related to Team Building, Public Speaking, Leadership Development Tips and Resource Center.

March 8, 2007

  • Lent with Benedict XVI (Vatican): a compilation of the Holy Father's teachings and other tools for celebrating the liturgical season. The site's Focus section offers five tabs: Words of the Holy Father, Lenten Stations (Italian only), Lenten Music, Calendar of Celebrations, and Live.
  • ReleMed (University of Virginia School of Medicine): Search millions of biomedical articles for the most relevant answers. Covering the whole MEDLINE®, and updated daily.

March 5, 2007

  • MedTerms™ – online medical dictionary is the medical reference for MedicineNet.com, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. This online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell and often misspelled medical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing.
  • Active Living by Design is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
  • Teacher Resources by Annenberg Media: distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.
  • Macaulay Library’s Animal Sound & Video Catalog (Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology): contains thousands of audio and video recordings of animals such as the harp seal pup, the golden-fronted woodpecker, and a variety of turkeys. Check out the Best of the Collection links.

March 1, 2007

  • UTOPIA – The University of Texas at Austin: K-12 educators can take advantage of an extensive collection of lesson plans for all subject areas and grade levels, as well as a variety of professional development resources.
  • Perry-Castañeda Map Collection – The University of Texas-Austin Libraries: a one-stop shopping site; not only will you find many different types of maps right here, but links are also provided to related maps all over the Internet.
  • Women’s History Month (Library of Congress) – "Generations of Women Moving History Forward." This year's theme seeks to recognize the wisdom and tenacity of the generations of women past, present and future.
  • The 2006 Gold Mouse Report: Recognizing the Best Web Sites on Capitol Hill marks the third time that CMF has evaluated all Member, committee, and leadership Web sites and recognized the best Congressional Web sites with Mouse Awards. 2006 CMF Mouse Award Winners.
  • American Field Guide: Immerse yourself in the great outdoors without ever leaving your desk. Tap into the sights and sounds from a wide variety of environments throughout America. We've collected over 1400 video clips that enable you to experience America's wilderness firsthand—simply browse the topics or search for your particular interests.

February 26, 2007

  • Fathers of the Church (CatholicCulture.com): A collection of the Fathers of the Church, from Adaeus to Vincent of Lerins (and everyone in between)! Click on any heading to open that section.
  • Explorezone - For the Intellectually Curious: For anyone interested in space, the solar system, astronomy, space shuttle mission launches, and atmospheric sciences, among other topics.…contains clearly organized and well-written articles of interest to children and adults alike. And check out the reference section for information on almost any space-related thing you can think of. Also find links to major announcements at NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

February 23, 2007

  • InterMath is a professional development effort designed to support teachers in becoming better mathematics educators. It focuses on building teachers' mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations that are supported by technology. InterMath includes a workshop component and materials to support instructors.
  • Center for Bioethics (University of Minnesota): "to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences." Visitors will want to check out the "Resource Center" section. Here, they will find short summaries on a variety of bioethics topics, detailed overviews with thorough bibliographies, as well as an excellent set of resources for teachers who wish to incorporate bioethics into the classroom.
  • The Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative of the American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools is a repository of digital resources for the study of religion. The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
  • Microsoft Word Training Modules: These training modules address such topics as inserting images in MS Word, creating signs with MS Word, and keyboard shortcuts. Each of the modules is written with introductory users in mind, and they include helpful graphics that illustrate different actions and tools. Additionally, the site also includes a series of "Beyond the Basics" learning modules that provide guidance on how to use the mail merge function and how to create hyperlinks within MS Word.

February 22, 2007

  • HEALTHmap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). HEALTHmap provides a jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and international travelers.

February 20, 2007

  • Lenten Reflections - EWTN: on-line Lenten calendar for reflection.
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE): "More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: art, history, language arts, math, science, and others. The website that makes federal teaching and learning resources easy to find."
  • International Reading Association: Web Resources for the Literacy Community
  • The Presidential Timeline: Highlights Pivotal Events in 20th Century American Presidencies. Provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Among these assets you’ll find documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives.

February 16, 2007

  • Presidents' Day links and resources - February 19, 2007 (Yahoo): Includes resources for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and U.S. Presidents.

  • Online Mathematics Textbooks freely available on the web.
  • GeroNurseOnline.org, developed through the Nurse Competence in Aging initiative, is the "go to" website for authoritative information and evidence-based content on nursing care of older adults. Also the portal to the geriatric content of 55 specialty nursing associations and health organizations. Check out Resources > Assessment Tools.

February 15, 2007

  • Lenten Links and Resources: Ask.com and Google
  • Family Education: 'information for parents on every aspect of family life.' Includes resources on child health, child development, nutrition and fitness for the whole family, and child safety. You'll also find information on social and emotional issues, like child discipline, communicating with your kids, teaching good behavior, and building your child's self-esteem. Don't miss tips on family travel, vacations, and family finance!' Here's everything you need to know to help you with the difficult job of parenting!
  • Flashcards Exchange: World’s largest flashcard library. Includes study tools for Early, Elementary, High School and Higher Education, Science, Medicine, Information Technology, Languages, Military, Paramedics, Real Estate, Accounting, Trades and Occupations.
  • Dictionary.com is a multi-source dictionary search service (Dictionary.com Unabridged--v1.1, Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English--Preview Edition, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language--Fourth Edition), including a link to "Cite This Source" with style formats for American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual Style (CMS) and Modern Language Association (MLA). Also, includes a tab for Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus.
  • WeddingDetails.com: everything you need to know about planning the wedding of your dreams. Get advice and information on wedding etiquette, music, photography, catering, invitations, traditional attendant duties, even marriage license requirements for your state. Use the helpful worksheets and checklists to make sure you have everything under control. This site is a fabulous resource for anyone involved in the wedding party–bride, groom, parents, and attendants alike!
  • NOAAWatch: aggregates real time weather, climate, and environment related news and statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. The site is referred to as NOAA’s "All Hazard Monitor."
  • Nature China is dedicated to highlighting the best research from mainland China and Hong Kong providing scientists from around the world with a convenient portal into research drawn from across the scientific and medical literature in all disciplines.

February 12, 2007

  • DrugDigest is the most comprehensive source of noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer-oriented drug information on the Internet. Database includes more than 1,500 drugs and remedies, herbs & supplements and pill images.
  • Visual Cognition and Perception: In the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It's that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white. Once the movie is over, write down the number of passes you have counted. Click "Video Link" and then "view results."

February 9, 2007

  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts - Daily facts from the editors of the best-selling American reference book of all time.
  • Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP – PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. Includes Color Control Panel Applet for Windows XP, SyncToy, RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer, ClearType Tuner, HTML Slide Show, Alt-Tab Replacement, Open Command Window Here, Tweak UI, Power Calculator, Image Resizer, CD Slide Show Generator, Virtual Desktop Manager, Taskbar Magnifier, Webcam Timershot. Note: We take great care to ensure that PowerToys work as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. PowerToys are for Windows XP only and will not work with Windows Vista.
  • Math Review: Basic Mathematics. Created by the staff at the Student Learning Assistance Center at San Antonio College, this site offers a set of online presentations and exercises that review topics such as whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, and statistical measurement. Users will find a slideshow overview and a set of short exercises designed to make sure that students understand the material. Additionally, visitors can click on the "Mathematics handouts" section to examine worksheets that cover the concepts of beginning algebra, exponents, and other more advanced mathematical subjects.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS): This important United States government series serves as the official documentary historical record of major foreign policy decisions. Produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian, many of these printed volumes have been digitized and placed online here as part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections project. Working with collaborators at the University of Illinois at Chicago, this archive includes those volumes published from 1861 to the year 1960. Each volume has a subject and author index available for consultation.

February 8, 2007

  • The Season of Lent 2007 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 21. Lenten calendar, activities, readings & reflections from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week and Good Friday ((AmericanCatholic.org).
  • Lenten Radio Retreat—online: (Franciscan Radio &  U.S. Catholic bishops).  Using either the Windows Media Player, Real Player or any MP3 player, including Apple’s iPod, take this opportunity to focus clearly on what God is saying to you this Lent. Each week our group of bishops leads you, in English or in Spanish, through the Lenten Gospels.
  • Law Library of Congress is to provide research and legal information to the U.S. Congress as well as to U.S. Federal Courts and Executive Agencies, and to offer reference services to the public…To accomplish this mission, it has created the world's largest collection of law books and other legal resources from all countries, and now moves into the age of digitized information with online databases and guides to legal information worldwide.
  • The EM-DAT Emergency Disasters Database: maintained by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), provides access to useful information concerning both natural and manmade disasters, such as famine, wind storms, extreme temperature, industrial accidents, drought, and earthquakes.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Interactive online learning units that deal with topics such as geometry, arithmetic, and trigonometry. The "About" section includes a tutorial designed for educators who wish to use the materials as well as another tutorial that will teach educators how to create lessons and activities. Visitors can also browse teacher published lessons, all of which have been vetted by staff members at the National Library. Finally, visitors will want to definitely look over the virtual manipulatives library, which includes instructional materials that students will find quite engaging.
  • HVACReducation.net: Online learning for the HVACR industry. Complete, comprehensive and growing online education programs, endorsed by the leading experts in the HVACR industry as the primary online education resource for the HVACR industry.

January 31, 2007

  • G.K. Chesterton - Internet resources.
  • The Christophers: To encourage people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The mission is best expressed in The Christophers’ motto: "It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."

January 30, 2007

  • The Fisher House™ – Helping Military Families. A unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
  • 2007 U.S. Daylight Saving Time Schedule (March 11). Begins on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.

January 29, 2007

  • NetSerf: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources. For dedicated medievalists to find out about various online resources that deal with many aspects of the medieval world.
  • vPlants: the vPlants database allows browsing 90,000 plant specimens. Visitors can search for plant names by family, genus, or common name, also browse a glossary of terms and a set of external links. The database brings the plant life of the region to life through its mix of visual materials and well-written descriptions.
  • International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: an open, peer-reviewed, international electronic journal published twice a year by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Georgia Southern University to be an international vehicle for articles, essays, and discussions about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education today. All submissions undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

January 26, 2007

January 25, 2007

  • Encyclopedia Britannica's profile of the American Presidency. Read about the presidents and explore the electoral process, election results, images, video, and important documents related to the evolution of the nation's highest office.
    • ThisNation.com is a repository of basic information, resources and historical documents related to American Government and Politics. Our primary goal is to promote more effective participation in the American political system by providing factual, non-partisan information about government and politics in the United States of America.
    • State of the Union Addresses of the American Presidents (AskSam.com). Search and analyze the the full-text of all State of the Union Addresses from 1790-2006.
  • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs: a public education project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. Consumers Union is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace and to empower consumers as they buy products and services. Consumers Union accepts no outside advertising and no free test samples. It has no agenda other than to promote and protect the interests of consumers.
  • The Second Look Project: an educational initiative of the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat., The Second Look Project dispels myths about Roe v. Wade and invites the public to reconsider the scope of abortion law in the United States, asking: "Have we gone too far?"
  • DatabaseOlympics.com: The Largest Olympics Statistics and History Database Online. You'll find every medal winner for every country with easy links to each Olympics, sports, and athletes.
  • Motivationsites.info: The online directory of all things related to motivation.
  • NewsVoyager (Newspaper Association of America): the official gateway to local newspaper sites on the Web. You can quickly locate the web site for many newspapers in all 50 states in the US, as well as newspapers in Canada, international newspapers, college newspapers, and an assortment of archives and media organizations.
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Mission is "to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good." Materials are contained within four primary sections, including "Publications", "Activities", "Awards", and "News".
  • Tufts University OpenCourseWare: Includes a wide range of materials, including lecture notes, syllabi, extensive bibliographies, and various media presentations. Visitors can click on the "Courses" heading, which will return a complete list of all the currently available course materials. Ranging from an introductory course on agricultural science and policy to a "physics for humanists" course, there are a number of real finds here.

January 18, 2007

  • Your Success Store: Empowerment and Motivational Training. Includes these personal development authors, Jim Rohn, Stephen Covey, Denis Waitley, Connie Podesta, Chris Widener, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Tom Hopkins, Patricia Fripp, Charlie "T" Jones, Bob Burg, Nido Qubein, and more.

January 17, 2007

  • USASearch.gov: The search engine for USA.gov™ - the U.S. government's official web portal. It is maintained by the Office of Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration.
  • Gilmer Civil Wars Maps Collection: During a long career in the United States and Confederate States of American Armies, Jeremy Francis Gilmer served as an engineer. Responsible for constructing fortifications and conducting land surveys, he created dozens of maps and other such documents. All told, this digitized collection at the University of North Carolina Library currently contains 161 maps, plans, and land surveys, spanning the region from Alabama to Virginia. There are some real gems in this collection, including a map of the battlegrounds of Shiloh in 1862 and a map detailing the military defenses along a portion of the coast of Texas.
  • A Complete Guide to Digital Cameras and Photography (ShortCourses.com): Offers a number of tutorials and informational essays on all aspects of digital photography, camera operation, and editing digital photos. In the site's seventeen sections, visitors can learn about how to choose a digital camera, how to display and share digital photos, and how to best use one's digital camera for a variety of purposes.

January 16, 2007

January 15, 2007

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: American clergyman and civil-rights leader. Internet resources at Ask.com and Yahoo.com
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights - Historical Publications: The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) teams up with the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) and the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law, to provide the American public a website of authentic Civil Rights historical publications.
  • USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov): U.S. government's official web portal or information and services.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoology Museum Collection: digitized versions of heavily illustrated biological journals, a few dated as early as 1859, and the majority from the first half of the 20th century. In addition to searching, journals can be displayed in a gallery view, so users can jump quickly to pages of interest. The Galápagos Collection, an important subcollection at the UWZM, includes skeletons, slides, pictures, books, and research papers collected and produced by UW-Madison scientists and researchers during ten expeditions to the Galápagos since 1969.
  • The Knowledge Bank at Ohio State is working with a number of partners to create a knowledge management system that will support "the creation, organization, storage, dissemination and preservation of the institution’s digital information assets."
  • Geospatial One Stop: This one-stop location allows users to draw on all of the resources of the United States Geological Survey in a timely fashion. To start, visitors can use the basic search engine that asks them to fill in the "What" (such as a river or lake) or the "Where" (such as Onalaska, Washington). After filling out one of these forms, the search engine will return all of the available map materials associated with each place.

January 11, 2007

  • Free Management Library: A complete integrated online library for non-profits and for-profits. The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past 10 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections of these types of resources.
  • National Geographic: "In the Womb-Multiples" - Sunday, January 14 at 8 p.m. (ET). Journey into the incredible fetal world  of twins, triplets and quads in the womb.

January 10, 2007

January 9, 2007

  • Mamma Health -Deep Web Health Search uses search technology to search deep into health sites and extract information that you would not get on a standard search engine result page. Some of the health sites we search are: WebMD.com, MedlinePlus.com, MedicineNet.com , NHSDirect.com, RXList.com, Drugdigest.org, MayoClinic.com, HealthAtoZ.com, Medem.com, eMedicine.com, HealthDay.com.

January 8, 2007

  • Crash Course in Copyright: Covers copyright and fair use as well as the broader area of intellectual property for creators and users. Content includes the background of fair use, using multimedia, digital content in libraries, copyright management, licensing resources, online presentations, a copyright tutorial, and links to additional information available elsewhere. Although focused in the academic area and to University of Texas students, faculty, and staff in particular, the content is useful for anyone with questions pertaining to copyright, fair use, and intellectual property.
  • American Rhetoric combines The Online Speech Bank and The Top 100 Speeches into one easy-to-use, searchable reference database for all ages. The top 100 speeches in this web site are an index to and partial database of full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century.
  • Acronym Finder: world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms with more than 525,000 human-edited entries.
  • Digital History: High-quality historical resources for teachers and students. In addition to primary-source material, including multimedia, the site, which is presented in the form of a digital textbook, features resources such as an interactive time line of U.S. History from 1590-present, subject guides, handouts, and lesson plans. Users are also invited to direct questions to the "Hyperhistorian." The archives of these queries and answers are accessible as well.
  • Constitution Finder: offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet. Features a well placed pull-down index to over 200 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Constitutions are offered in original languages and English (and sometimes Spanish) translations.
  • National Atlas - U.S. Dept. of Interior: Well organized and easy to navigate, placing maps by region as well as type. In addition to political/ geographic maps, it includes maps based on biology/wildlife, environment, agriculture, weather, and history. The site contains encyclopedia-style articles on map-making and the information contained in maps. The National Atlas places a large volume of knowledge at the user's fingertips.
  • Background Notes - United States Department of State: Prepared by the regional bureaus about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. They include excellent overviews of history and economics for each country or region. Background Notes are useful for those studying political science, economics, current events, and business, and the sections on foreign relations can be especially helpful for those studying international business.
  • globalEDGE™ - Center for International Business Education and Research, Michigan State University. This international business and country studies information portal provides access to over 5,000 Internet resources with annotations. Searchers can quickly locate country profiles by using the country drop-down menu or the visual region selection tool and can easily browse well-organized web bibliographies from the Resource Desk.
  • How Products are Made (7-volumes): Search by keyword, browse each volume individually, or browse an alphabetical list of all entries from Accordion to Zirconium. Each entry includes background, perhaps a history, diagrams, the raw materials needed, the manufacturing process, quality control, the future of the product, and a short bibliography titled "Where To Learn More."
  • ConsumerSearch: Excellent resource for those trying to locate and evaluate product review information on the Internet for top-rated products in 13 categories including Photo & Video, Health & Fitness, Computers, Automotive, and Sports & Leisure. The "Fast Answers" page summarizes the research about each of the top rated products and provides links to "The Full Story" for additional background and price information. Links are also provided to ConsumerSearch's ranking of all reviews of the product and to sites offering the product for sale.
  • Nutrition.gov - National Agricultural Library, Food and Nutrition Information Center. "The Best Nutrition Information at Your Fingertips." Answers numerous nutrition related questions, provides helpful hints on planning nutritional meals, food recalls, and food safety. People trying to lose weight can find suggestions for weight control through exercise and proper nutrition. Users can also find useful information about food composition and how your diet can prevent or help manage diseases.
  • TechEncyclopedia (TechWeb Network): provides definitions for over 20,000 information technology terms. Entries range from a brief definition to substantive background articles, many of which are credited to the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia. A highly useful resource for anyone looking for a definition and/or background on an IT term ranging from the history of the Internet to the exact meaning of terms such as peripherals, mainframe, gigabyte, ultracard, or SCSI.
  • The Official Academy Awards® Database - Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. A one-stop source of information about the Academy Awards. Intended for all users, the database contains a plethora of information from the first Academy Awards® in 1927/28 to the present. Users can search one of three search screens: Basic, Advanced and Statistical.

January 5, 2007

  • Strunk & White's Elements of Style: The classic reference handbook on how to write in clear English. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
  • The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in 18 volumes. Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.
  • University Podcast Collection: Smart Lectures & Courses for Your iPod.
  • Media Education: A Kit for Teachers, Students, Parents and Professionals. It proposes a prototype of media education curriculum for the basic qualification of secondary school teachers, but it also extends to adults outside the school system, be they parent, media professional or decision-maker. In addition to a teachers’ manual and accompanying students’ handbook, the kit also contains a manual for parents as well as a handbook on ethical relations with professionals and one on internet literacy.

January 2, 2007

  • A History of the New Year: A move from March to January (InfoPlease.com)
  • Catholic Exchange: Seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church to the world through the modern tools of mass communication.
  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (InfoPlease.com): Brewer’s 1894 "new and enlarged" edition. This was the last version Brewer himself worked on–he died three years after its publication at age 87.
  • Festivals.com: largest resource of information for more than 40,000 community festivals, fairs and special events worldwide.
  • FileHippo.com: download the latest versions of your favorite applications, the newest versions of the best software – without the usual excessive popups or spyware and without the low quality software.
  • Paint.NET: free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.

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