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

2008 Archives:


December 19, 2008

  • Daily Scripture Readings & Meditations: These readings are intended as an aid for daily prayer and meditation. The selection of gospel passages follow the daily church readings for the season. Also, meditations for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the Parables of Jesus.
  • Christmas Recipes: Google and Ask.com

December 16, 2008

  • Foodreference.com - Holiday Recipe Section: A collection of modern, classic, historic, cookbook, restaurant and chefs recipes, cooking tips, techniques & methods.
  • Meals.com: Meal Planning Made Easy. Sponsored by Nestle, Meals.com is dedicated to being your ultimate meals resource. It definitely tries to meet its goal with thousands of recipes available for perusal. You'll be able to search for a particular dish, find just the recipe for that is 'In Season.'
  • Childbirth.org: Pregnancy and childbirth information. Educating yourselves, knowing your options, and how to provide yourselves with the best possible care are essential to a healthy pregnancy. Enjoy the many links of educational, informational, and personal nature. Here is one of the most complete childbirth resources.
  • BookHive - Your Guide to Children's Literature and Books. Developed by the library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, for the purpose of categorizing and suggesting children's books. If you're looking for a particular subject, the 'Find A Book' section has the reviews grouped into various categories such as Adventure, Classics all the way through Scary literature.
  • Hort Corner - University of Illinois Extension: Horticulture site with ‘seasonal’ features. Features include: Christmas trees, The Poinsettia Page, pumpkins and apples, The Miracle of Fall and Winter Storm Resources.

December 15, 2008

  • AllRecipes.com: Everything you need to know about recipes and ingredients. Section tabs for Recipes, Budget Cooking, Holidays and Baking. Special tab for Christmas recipes, cookies, candy, Christmas brunch casseroles and entertainment.
  • The Khan Academy: a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. Includes 600 videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, Singapore Math, physics, finance and money and banking. Khan has also developed a free, adaptive math program. To keep abreast of new videos as we add them, subscribe to the Khan Academy channel on YouTube.
  • Reading Rockets: a program, initiated by public television and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, that addresses how young children learn to read, why they struggle to read, and how adults can help. The Reading Rockets website takes a multimedia approach to getting information out to parents and educators. To read the site in Spanish, click on "En espanol" halfway down the page, on the left side.

December 12, 2008

  • How to Clean Stuff: information and tips on how to clean just about anything. Includes guides to clean: House, Kitchen & Bath, Floor & Carpet, Clothing & Fabrics, Auto, Outdoors, Pets. Also, for every cleaning tip that you submit and they publish they will donate .25¢ to the Clean Water Fund.
  • Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person). Instruction from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our heavily scientific age.

December 11, 2008

  • LearningScience: Divided into seven primary sections, including "Physical Science," "Life Science," "Earth and Space" and "Science & Tech," "Nature of Science." Browse through teaching resources, interactive web-based lessons, and links to external resources created by organizations such as PBS and Rice University. One section worth singling out: "Tools to Do Science."
  • Media Monkey 3.0.6: Performs a very crucial task--wrangling together one's digital music collection. Developed as an alternative to other music management software, Media Monkey gives users the ability to create detailed tags for each song, sync tracks, and also link up to various portable music devices.

December 5, 2008

December 2, 2008

November 26, 2008

  • Advent–Christmas Seasons: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments). Principles and Guidelines for  Advent | Advent Wreath | Winter Interstice | The Blessed Virgin Mary and Advent | The Christmas Novena | The Crib | Popular Piety and the Spirit of Advent | Christmastide | Christmas Eve | Feast of the Holy Family | Feast of the Holy Innocents.

November 25, 2008

  • The Encyclopedia of Television: more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.
  • Halta Definizione: Every art historian's dream has come true. The Italian masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era viewable online at a stunning resolution. Free.

November 21, 2008

November 20, 2008

  • BusinessPlanet: created by The World Bank Group as a visual learning tool to complement the Doing Business database, which provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 175 economies. Take a trip around the world to discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in various developing countries.
  • Intercountry Adoption (the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs): Devoted exclusively to intercountry adoption. Includes information such as who is eligible to adopt, from which countries Americans adopt children, what protections the Hague Adoption Convention provides families, and advice to prospective parents about selecting an accredited adoption agency. The site also provides information for foreign citizens who are interested in adopting American children.
  • Business.gov: The cross-agency web site managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Includes Small Business Guides, Gov’t Forms, Stat & Local Info and Resources. Also, a new search feature to help business owners and prospective business owners find government financial assistance for their enterprises.
  • Government Computer News and its affiliate publications, Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology, take a look at latest technology applications, policy developments and integrator solutions shaping the government’s approach to green IT.
  • Open CRS: a project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.

November 19, 2008

November 18, 2008

  • GoodCleanTech: The Independent Guide to Ecotechnology. Aims to provide you with news, tips, advice, and ideas about how to do more with less.
  • "The Golden Legend" or Lives of the Saints compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275. First edition published 1470. English edition by William Caxton, first edition 1483.

November 17, 2008

  • Thanksgiving Guide (Butterball.com): Preparing for the holidays is hectic enough. That’s why Butterball put together a helpful guide to help make your holidays easy and delicious.
  • The Thanksgiving Day topic page (NY Times): features recipes, articles, Q&As, multimedia and more.
  • Recipezaar: A fun and lively site that brings together thousands of recipes. First-time visitors can look at the "Recipe of the Day" feature on the homepage, and then browse recipes by ingredient, cuisine, occasion, course, and preparation.
  • First World War: The seven-part series from the Guardian and Observer on the history of the first world war. This intriguing site created by the Guardian newspaper in Britain features slideshows, articles, and a set of external links to additional websites of note.
  • Biology Animation Library (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory): Include a brief overview of cloning, several on DNA, gel electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reaction. The site is rounded out by a section on the left-hand side that contains links to other educational resources created by experts at the Dolan DNA Research Center.

November 13, 2008

  • OpenCongress: brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, comments with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement.
  • PolitiFact: A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates' speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate.
  • Instructables: The World's Biggest Show and Tell. Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.
    • Thanksgiving dinner: We want you to be able to have the perfect feast ready. So we've whipped up a fresh batch of Instructables that will help you out with everything from the turkey to the side dishes and even a dessert and a bit of apple cider.
  • Roadside America: Guide to uniquely odd tourist attractions throughout the USA. Offers maps, directions and tourist attraction details.
  • Powell's Books: One of the world's great bookstores. Powell’s focuses primarily on books with superior reviews. Includes a section of Rare and Collectible Books.
  • Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity state-by-state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.
  • Inauguration Day 2009 (Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies): Official site for information about the January 20, 2009 inaugural ceremonies. Events, history, how to get tickets, how to sign your band up to play in the inaugural parade, photos, and more. Items of special interest include: What Happens on Inauguration Day | Facts and Firsts.

November 12, 2008

  • Advent and Christmas Resources and links (AppleSeeds.org)
  • C-Span: Lincoln 200 Years: February 12, 2009 will mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and the C-SPAN network will be ready with this website and a host of special programming to commemorate this important date. The materials on the site are divided into five sections including "Schedule," "Timeline," "Video," "In His Own Words," and "Gallery." The "Timeline" offers a brief overview of important events in Lincoln's life.

November 10, 2008

  • Thanksgiving Articles and Resources (JoyfulHeart.com)
  • The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans: fulfills its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. Additionally the Society awards college scholarships so if you're on the higher education trail, you certainly want to become familiar with this group!
  • FamilyFun: Fun stuff for Kids, Parents - and More Great Family Fun Ideas. Includes seasonal arts/crafts, recipes, holiday ideas, and more.
  • Molecular Movies: A Portal to Cell & Molecular Animation. An organized directory of cell and molecular animations, as well as a collection of original tutorials for life science professionals learning 3D visualization.
  • The Nature & Science of Autumn: A Guide to Selected Resources (Science Reference Services - LOC). Selected Titles | Selected Articles | Selected Internet Resources.
  • Presidential Transition Project: this website will be your source for the latest news, events, and announcements so that you can follow the setting up of the Obama Administration. And just as this historic campaign was, from the beginning, about you—the transition process will offer you opportunities to participate in redefining our government.

November 7, 2008

  • The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education (The Cardinal Newman Society). To study Catholic colleges and universities in accordance with the guidelines of Ex corde Ecclesiae and in a manner faithful to the Holy Father and Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  • Get Religion: blog that analyses media coverage of religion, on the premise that the secular media does not 'get religion'.

November 5, 2008

October 31, 2008

  • Political Responsibility Center: Priests for Life Election Action Center. Includes Priests for Life Voters’ Guide and a comparison of the Democratic and Republican party platforms.

October 21, 2008

  • Stem Cell Information - Archdiocese of Detroit: Advocacy & Programming, Statements, News & Articles.
  • Writing Skills (Infoplease): dedicated to helping develop communication skills. Includes tips on writing Essays, Research Papers, Biographies, Book Reports, Five Paragraph Essays, Bibliographies, Speech Writing, Spelling & Grammar, Sentence Structure and other topics.
  • American Rhetoric.com: comprehensive online speech databank to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
  • Creativity-Portal.com: the voices of creativity coaches, artists, writers, and business professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise to inspire creative exploration and expression through free learning, arts, crafts, writing, and other creative activities.
  • ExecutiveBooks.com: The Internet's Premier Supplier of Leadership and Motivational Media! Featuring Charlie "Tremendous" Jones, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, Ken Blanchard, Zig Ziglar and more.

October 13, 2008

  • Amherst College: Online Resources for Writers. A fine set of online resources for use by their Amherst students and members of the web-browsing public. This particular set includes a long list of resources divided into thematic headings such as "Preparing to Write," "Thesis and Argument," "Clarity and Grace," and "Using Sources."
  • 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites (PC World) -- Complete List by Category. You'll find these sites indispensable – Tools to help you manage and conserve your money; Sites That Will Boost Your Political Awareness; Great How-to Web Sites; Sites for Buying, Selling and Renting Almost Anything; Sites that best aggregate, organize or host great-looking online video of all kinds; Sites for Fitness and Travel; Sites About Music and Literature; Specialty Sites You Should Know About, and more.

October 10, 2008

  • Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults. Written for men and women ages 18 to 64, this booklet is based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Celiac Disease (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases). Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.

October 8, 2008

  • Ohio 2008 Ballot Measures: Five ballot questions will appear on Ohio's November 4 statewide ballot. The total includes three measures put on the ballot by the state legislature, one initiative and one veto referendum.
  • Amazing Space: uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of our universe.
    • Tonight’s Sky: highlights of the October sky. Your guide to constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and events.
    • Amazing Space - Teaching tools: Reveal the beauty and wonder of the cosmos to your students with this comprehensive listing of all of our interactive activities, graphic organizers, science content reading selections, and more.
    • Amazing Space - Homework Help: Get ideas for projects and research them on the Amazing Space site.

October 6, 2008

  • Medieval Imaginations: created and maintained by the University of Cambridge's Faculty of English. The purpose of the site is to provide access to the "images corresponding to the main episodes dramatized in the English Mystery Plays, because these present the medieval view of human history from the Creation to the Last Judgement."
  • Religion Newswriters Association: Helping journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight. Founded in 1949, the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) works "to advance the professional standards of religion reporting in the secular press as well as to create a support network for religion reporters."
  • Doing What Works (US Dept. of Ed.): dedicated to assisting teachers in the implementation of effective educational practices. Contains practice guides developed by the Department’s Institute of Education Sciences that evaluate research on the effectiveness of teaching practices described in the guides. Also contains examples of possible ways this research may be used, but not necessarily the only ways to implement these teaching practices.

October 2, 2008

October 1, 2008

  • CatholicVote.com: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, "As Catholics (and Christians) we have an obligation to form our consciences in the light of the truth the Church teaches." If Catholics are to form their conscience properly, then we need to understand the vital issues in this election cycle. That’s why the CatholicVote.com Research Team has compiled articles and Internet resources. We think you will find them to be powerful and compelling.

September 29, 2008

  • How to Clean Anything: collection of cleaning hints for in and around the house, compiled by industry professionals. Divided into Recreation General Cleaning, Articles, Reviews, Car Detailing and Housekeeping Tips, in addition to seasonal cleaning tips–fall, summer, spring and winter. A new feature is the Product Review section. On these pages are reviews of cleaning products.

September 26, 2008

September 25, 2008

September 22, 2008

  • American Heart Association - Healthy Lifestyle: Better lifestyle habits can help you reduce your risk for heart attack. Learn what you can do to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
  • FindHow - the "How-To" search engine: high-quality How-To's, typically from well-known, recognized brand names or individuals auto, careers, education, family/relationships, hobbies/crafts, holidays, entertaining, home/garden, finances, travel, sports/recreation, writing/speeches.

September 16, 2008

  • Pfizer - Medicine Safety Education: Pfizer developed this interactive educational resource to help health care providers, public health professionals, patients, and caregivers learn more about medicine safety. "Understanding Risk", "Medicine Safety Timeline", and "Partnering to Protect Patients" have been developed for professional audiences. "Medicine Safety for Patients" has helpful information developed especially for patients and caregivers.
  • Mrs. Claus Cookbook from the NorthPole Kitchen. Includes recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, breads, fudge, candy, and other recipes.

September 15, 2008

  • Copyright Clearance Center: By offering licenses and permissions to content from the world's most sought-after publications CCC helps to advance education, innovation and the free flow of information—all while encouraging respect for intellectual property and the principles of copyright.
    • Business: content licensing and permissions services that enable businesses and other enterprises to collaborate effectively, while ensuring that they respect the intellectual property of others.
    • Academic Services: Faculty and staff at more than a thousand institutions license content through CCC for coursepacks, e-reserves, course management systems, interlibrary loan and other classroom and educational uses.
    • Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance: Designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves. Includes an Introduction overview, Copyright Basics, Using Content, Copyright Compliance, Other Campus Copyright Issues and Quick Links.
    • Tools and Guidelines: For Academic Institutions, For Businesses, For Copyright Holders
  • National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The Biology Project: The Chemistry of Amino Acids. A basic introduction to amino acids, offering a brief description of their role as the "building blocks" of protein. After reading the introduction, students can learn about the structure of amino acids, and then take on a few exercises in the "Test yourself" section of the site.

September 12, 2008

September 11, 2008

  • 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.
  • Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices (Institute of Education Science-U.S. Department of Education). This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.
  • RealCatholicTV.com: to provide everyone with means to increase their personal holiness through catechesis and evangelization about the truth of the Christian faith. We aim to convert non-Catholics to the faith founded personally by Jesus Christ, and strengthen the faith of existing Catholics.
  • <hyper>gURL.com: Learn how to create, improve and promote a website. Tools for webmasters including web templates, html codes, Javascripts and tutorials all help to create your site.

September 9, 2008

September 5, 2008

  • Disaster and Emergency Resources (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services): Prepare, Respond, Recover
  • National Archives (NARA) has preserved and provided access to the records of the United States of America. Keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and many other public records.
  • Drug Error Finder (United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP))Look-alike/Sound-alike Drug Names: A service to healthcare practitioners, industry, consumers, USP has developed a free tool for accessing drug names that have been identified with a medication error. USP's Drug Error Finder allows a user to search more than 1,400 drugs involved in look-alike and/or sound-alike errors. It not only lists the other drugs involved in a mix-up, but also designates the severity of the error where at least one report was received through USP's Reporting Programs.

September 4, 2008

September 1, 2008

  • The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty (USCCB): Everything you need to know about the Catholic Church’s involvement in ending the use of the death penalty. Includes Campaign Brochure | Campaign Launch Information | Facts About the Death Penalty | What You Can Do | Statements by the U.S.C.C.B. | In the Courts | State Catholic Conference and Individual Bishops’ Statements | From the Vatican | News Releases | Press Releases | Resources.
  • Index Analyticus–Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997 English Tran.): Index that appeared in the Latin typical edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Merriam-Webster's WordCentral: There is an online dictionary, a thesaurus and even a section where you can create your own word collection. Teachers, the ‘For Educators’ section will point you to all sorts of valuable word resources.
  • Child Development Institute: recommended by ‘Psychology Today.’ Designed for parents to help with all aspects of child rearing, from prenatal, newborns, up through teenagers. There are sections on child development, parenting, child psychology, teenagers, health, safety and learning disabilities including Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia.
  • John Rosemond’s Traditional Parenting: psychologist and nationally syndicated columnist, has developed a web site for common-sense parenting, a must for every parent. Excellent resources including John's weekly column, his Q & A of the week, parenting stories submitted by visitors like you, resource directories, and weekly polls.
  • ExecutivePlanet.com: guide to international business culture, customs, and etiquette, which covers many aspects of doing business worldwide. Dress is covered as is entertaining appropriately and even acceptable public behavior.
  • Collect Britain: one of the British Library's largest digitization projects to date. You can now view and hear a staggering 90,000 images and sounds from our world-renowned collections without ever needing to visit the prestigious building in London.
  • Ropers Knots Page: step-by-step instructions for all types of knots.
  • The Mercury Theater on the Air: features the ‘finest radio drama on the air,’ Orson Welles’s notorious "War of the Worlds." Here you’ll find not only "War of the Worlds," but many surviving shows from the series, a collection of some of the most chilling radio theater of the 1930s.

August 29, 2008

  • Our Sunday Visitor - "Heritage" series: articles focusing on American presidents and Catholicism. To date the series has profiled George Washington, America’s first president; Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson; Reconstruction presidents Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant; and two 20th century giants, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, among others. There will be more throughout the election season.
  • Great Images in NASA: collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs. Please note that downloading these image files may take some time, although searching and browsing should be relatively quick.
  • Dynamic Periodic Table of Elements: This periodic table is far more feature-filled and interactive than even the most complex standalone applications.
  • FixYourOwnPrinter.com: Reference guides, error codes, printer repair kits, manuals and printer cartridges. What printer do you need help with?
  • Top Secret Recipes®: original custom recipes that have been created from scratch in the test kitchen by Todd Wilbur who has devoted the last 15 years to kitchen cloning. Todd can often spend days at a time and dozens of attempts creating the perfect clone of a famous brand-name product.
  • Mathematics Illuminated: a 13-part multimedia learning resource for adult learners and high school teachers in math and other disciplines. The series explores major themes in the field of mathematics, from mankind's earliest study of prime numbers to the cutting edge mathematics used to reveal the shape of the universe. Rather than a series of problems to be solved, mathematics is presented as play we engage in to answer deep questions that are relevant in our world today.
  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (National Institute of Mental Health): An easy-to-read booklet of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Includes casues, symptoms, help and resources.
  • Internal Threat Encyclopedia: A free online encyclopedia of internal network security issues by network security provider Promisec, which includes popular Web-based applications among possible data-loss threats. Internal threats may come from various sources such as usage of USB (Universal Serial Bus) memory sticks, programs like Skype, unwanted file types, and any services or applications that are not permissible or aren't covered by registered software licenses.
  • Quick View Plus 10 — For Windows Vista, XP/2000: Support for over 300 different file formats, including Microsoft Office 2007, QVP-10 lets you view all the files and email attachments you need, instantly – without purchasing numerous software programs. Quick View Plus maintains the formatting of the files you view. So you can see and print files as they were originally created and meant to be seen, complete with fonts, text formatting and graphics.

August 20, 2008

  • Novena for Faithful Citizenship - USCCBNovena for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB): U.S. Catholic bishops "campaign to help Catholics develop well-formed consciences for addressing political and social questions." They invite Catholics to pray before the November election a novena for life, justice, and peace. Free podcasts are available for download providing prayer Web resources to help focus on common values and identity as Catholics."

August 18, 2008

August 14, 2008

  • Sallie Mae - 'Education Investment Planner': to help families build a customized plan to pay for college. Free online tool enables families to estimate full cost of a college degree, compare schools, determine if student loans are needed and project monthly payments.
  • ICEL - English translation of The Order of Mass I (White Pages-Study Text) © 2008, International Committee on English in the Liturgy
  • The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors. Established in 2003 to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure, US-CERT coordinates defense against and responses to cyber attacks across the nation.
  • Nature Online Video Streaming Archive: Designed to complement selected articles and letters from Nature magazine, these videos feature analysis and commentary from Nature editors and selected scientists. This archive contains over two dozen video features that report on the honeybee genome, smoking and lung cancer genes, and the evolution of language.
  • EveryRose - The Rose Reference Database: descriptive information on every rose currently being sold, and the most important historical and species roses. Search for a particular rose by name, by color, by just about any 'rose' characteristic. There are over 7150 different roses listed as well as 2500 photographs.
  • 32 Keys: A Collection of Ideas About Life. Topics includes: Life, Love, Attitude, Friendship, Relationship, Happiness, Confidence, Purpose, Appreciation, Values, and more.
  • Color Matters: Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite.
  • Old Time Radio – Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. An American comedy duo, comprising singer Dean Martin (as the "straight man") and comedian Jerry Lewis (as his stooge). The pair worked together in nightclubs, on radio and television, and film from 1946 until 1956.
  • CenterWatch - Clinical Trials Listing Service: "a wealth of information related to clinical trials such as a listing of industry and government-sponsored clinical trials as well as new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA."
  • "Forgiveness: Part of Healing" by Elaine Walton ("Marriage and Families," April 2001): "We can say, "I forgive," but still question if we have truly forgiven. We may not be able to decide if forgiveness is important or valuable.…"

August 13, 2008

August 1, 2008

  • Citizen Media Law Project's Legal Guide: Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is important for anyone who publishes online. The CMLP's legal guide addresses the legal issues you may encounter as you gather information and publish your work. The guide is intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training, as well as others with an interest in these issues.
    • Citizen Media Law Project: to provide education, legal training, and resources for individuals and organizations involved in citizen media. We also provide research and advocacy on free speech, newsgathering, intellectual property, and other legal issues related to online speech.

July 31, 2008

  • SelfGrowth.com: Provides informative, quality Self Improvement, Personal Growth and Natural Health information to help people improve their lives. Provides information ranging from Goal Setting and Stress Management to Natural Health and Alternative Medicine.

July 30, 2008

  • Barbecue'n On The Internet: The Best Source of Barbecue Information on the Web, offers complete and accurate information on barbecuing, grilling and general outdoor cooking worldwide. From free newsletters to cookbook giveaways, your complete source for outdoor cooking information.

July 28, 2008

  • Grammar Pretest: (The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation). #1 Source for Grammar and Punctuation Answers. Learn all about who and whom, affect and effect, subjects and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, and much more.
    • English Rules: Grammar Rules | Punctuation Rules | Capitalization Rules | Commonly Confused Words | Rules for Writing Numbers.
  • How the United States Is Governed: national, state, and local governments in the U.S. Chapters focus on the federal government, state governments, local government, elections and the electoral process, nongovernmental organizations and institutions that influence public policy, and similarities and differences between the U.S. system of government and other forms of democratic government (Department of State).
  • Early Childhood Education: effective teaching practices in center-based settings with 3- to 5-year-old children who are not yet in kindergarten: teaching phonological awareness and using interactive and dialogic reading. Find tools and templates you can use (Department of Education).
  • NASA Images: collection of historic photographs, film and video available to the public. 21 major NASA imagery collections merged into a single searchable online resource.
  • Head and Brain Injuries: Also called: Concussion, TBI, Traumatic brain injury. Every year, millions of people in the U.S. sustain head and brain injuries. Some are minor because the skull is quite good at protecting the brain. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. Serious head injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
  • The Pathway to Genomic Medicine - BioEd Online.

July 24, 2008

  • Math Worksheets Center: over 8,000 K-12 math worksheets, lesson, homework, and quizzes. Created by a group of Math Teachers assigned the task of helping a struggling school district evaluate and choose a math curriculum that would help their students achieve success.
  • The Medpedia Project: the world's largest collaborative online encyclopedia of medicine. Physicians, medical schools, hospitals, health organizations and public health professionals are volunteering to collaboratively build the most comprehensive medical clearinghouse in the world for information about health, medicine and the body. This free public site will officially launch at the end of 2008.
  • The Writing Center at Franciscan University: Includes Dictionaries | Thesauri | Encyclopedias | APA | MLA | Chicago | Turabian | Research | Writing Process Avoiding Plagiarism | Grammar & Style | Rhetoric | Misc. Writing Resources.

July 23, 2008

  • "Canticle of Creation": photo galleries of spring 2008 flower staken on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR. Also, includes sunrises/sunsets, fall foliage and Stations of the Cross.

  • CDC: Travel Health for Olympic Games. Many Americans will travel to China this summer to witness the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. If you’re one of them or know someone who is, keep reading to learn about safe and healthy travel to China.
  • The Rosary (Catholic Culture): Includes How to Pray the Rosary | The History of the Rosary | On the Most Holy Rosary (including the Luminous Mysteries).

  • Hope Notes: "to bring encouragement and hope to others." Create a stackful of notes with messages of hope and leave them in public places. Includes a template to download.
  • Henri Nouwen Society: to foster the spirituality of solitude, community and compassion that was embodied in the life and teaching of Henri Nouwen.
  • Popular Science: a leading source of science and technology news since its inception way back in 1872. With up-to-the-minute tech news, insightful commentary on the new innovations, we aim to be your first stop for what's new and what's next.
  • Graspr.com: online video community that offers high quality instructional content on a wide range of topics. Its mission is to make the world a smarter place by bringing together people who possess different kinds of expertise, and helping them share what they know with others. Graspr wants to make knowledge more accessible, and thus empower users to explore new interests, cultivate new skills, and become even more proficient in the subjects they know well.
  • Muscle Atlas - Musculoskeletal Radiology: Created by Doctor Michael Richardson at the University of Washington, this online muscle atlas covers the lower and upper extremity, and is primarily designed for use by health science professionals.
  • Sport Science (Exploratorium): interactive exhibits, activities, and video clips on the world of sport science. The materials here are organized primarily by sport.
  • Coming of the American Revolution (1764-1776): Before the American Revolution, the British colonies along the eastern seaboard of North America were a rather disparate group of competing entities. Strong dissatisfaction with various policies of the British government stirred them to action during the 1760s and 1770s. This fine website from the Massachusetts Historical Society takes visitors inside that struggle through official documents, personal correspondence, and newspaper pieces from those tumultuous decades.
  • WYDChallenge.com: forum for World Youth Day pilgrims to stay connected by way of service projects. God Squad Communications, its sponsor, is based out of the Archdiocese of Miami. "Registered pilgrims will receive monthly community service challenges that will have them involved in a variety of activities in their local diocese. Challenges can include donating their time at a local hospital, organizing a food drive, or using their talents for simple acts of kindness. Our global partner organizations will also sponsor some of our challenges."
  • Codex Sinaiticus - Oldest New Testament Bible. Online high resolution images of the Gospel of Mark, several Old Testament books, and notes on the work made over centuries from the University of Leipzig, one of the four curators of the ancient text worldwide.
  • Musicals101.com: The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film
  • Government Information Clearinghouse & Handout Exchange: The goal is to gather into one place the many tools available to government information librarians to assist in the successful management of electronic government information and in building advocacy skills to promote access to this information. Divided into four areas: Guides & Handouts for Depository Management, Subject-oriented Guides and Tutorials, Source- and Geography-oriented Guides and Tutorials, Product-oriented Guides and Tutorials.
  • The Paleobiology Database: to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data. The project’s wider, long-term goal is to encourage collaborative efforts to answer large-scale paleobiological questions by developing a useful database infrastructure and bringing together large data sets.

July 7, 2008

  • The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College: to "serve the wider policymaking community in the United States and the rest of the world by enabling scholars and leaders in business, labor, and government to work together on problems of common interest."
  • Nature & Science - Teacher Resources (National Park Service): Exemplary set of educational resources which draws on their greatest assets, namely national parks from Maine to Utah. The main area on their homepage features over a dozen teacher guides and park programs that feature detailed geology lessons that draw on the landscapes of Yosemite National Park and the dynamic volcanoes of Hawaii.
  • English Composition: Writing for an Audience ( Annenberg Media). How does one write a great essay? Is it possible to come up with an original voice? These two questions and many more are discussed in this 26-part series on English composition. This video series "introduces basic principles and strategies for communicating in writing to a variety of audiences and improving general composition skills."
  • Tom Volke's Fungi: A comprehensive study of mushrooms including a search facility to help you locate the exact fungi that you're seeking. Don't think you have to be a biologist to find this feature valuable…helpful for 'choosing and using the different mushrooms for various dishes…interesting to anyone who enjoys eating, growing or cooking with these fungi.'

June 30, 2008

  • Low Impact Living: lower the environmental impact of your home and your daily life. The best green products, practices and service providers to help you achieve your environmental goals.

June 27, 2008

June 26, 2008

  • wiseGEEK: dedicated to providing clear and concise answers to common questions. "Although there is a vast amount of information available on the internet, sometimes relatively simple questions are difficult to resolve because the answers are scattered across multiple websites.…At wiseGEEK we try to digest and simplify disparate information into concise answers."

June 23, 2008

  • Mayo ClinicSymptom Checker: Tools for healthier lives. Use this guide to discover the most common causes of common symptoms.
  • In Pictures: online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They're the easiest way to learn computer subjects. Includes tutorial for Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Dreamweaver, HTML & CSS, MySQL basics, PHP basics, Perl basics and web graphics.
  • StoryBin: an Internet Collection of Positive Thinking. Includes 'Newest Additions' for easy access to the latest postings…. The categories include topics from Positive Living to Perspective Builders, just the right prescription for an 'attitude adjustment.' Also a 'Quotation Database' should you need additional help to find just the right 'saying.
  • Don Markstein's Toonopedia™: the first hypertext encyclopedia of toons—the Internet's most comprehensive source of information about the entire spectrum of American cartoonery.
  • The Foundation for Sacred Arts: a Catholic nonprofit organization which has been founded to encourage and inspire the production and promotion of sacred arts for the glory of God and the transformation of society.

June 20, 2008

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June 16, 2008

  • Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC): a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services.
  • SBA Economic Stimulus Package Resource Center: The U.S. Small Business Administration welcomes you to this new resource center, which connects America’s entrepreneurs with tax management tools and strategies to maximize savings from the 2008 Economic Stimulus Package.
  • WorldWideScience.org: a global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases. Accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of global science sources.
  • Affirmation Therapy: describes the psychiatric work of Conrad Baars, MD and Anne Terruwe on the nature of man based on St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. Their approach is named affirmation therapy, and the important clinical discovery of Emotional Deprivation Disorder . It involves treating people by guiding them in learning to love and receive love, thus healing all negative behavior.
  • Aunt Lynnie's Kitchen: You'll find recipes, cooking tips, emergency ingredient substitutions as well as information on how to fix those cooking goofs that we all make, goofs such as sticky rice, lumpy gravy, etc.
  • The Healing Story Alliance: a special interest group of the National Storytelling Network. Our goal for this special interest group is to share our experience and our skills, to increase our knowledge of stories and our knowledge of the best ways to use stories to inform, inspire, nurture and heal.
  • Wee Ones Online Magazine: brings families the best in today's children's literature. Wee Ones wishes to encourage children to read and make it an enjoyable and fun experience. Wee Ones is designed for young children between the ages of 5 and 10.

June 10, 2008

  • WCBS-FM 101.1 — New York's favorite oldies station. Click on "listen Live."
  • The Art of Manliness: The Art of Manliness is dedicated to helping men uncover what manliness means in the 21st century. What skills and knowledge should a 21st Century man acquire? What traits should they develop? Generation X and Y is a generation of Lost Boys. We live in a Never-Never-Land where boys stay boys and never become men. More and more males today are putting off college, family, and adult responsibilities in order to play video games and do keg stands.
  • yBENEDICT: specifically established to serve pilgrims across the world in the lead up to WYD2008. The site has two principal aims—to provide resources for those interested in registering, promoting and preparing for World Youth Day 2008, and to provide daily reports on the latest WYD news from across Sydney, Australia and the world.

June 5, 2008

  • Scholastic.com: 'Where Children Love to Learn and Learn to Grow.' This site has a wealth of information organized into sections, including one for Families that has 'everything you need to know to encourage a love of learning,' one for Kids where the younger set can find lots of online fun and experience their favorite characters coming to life, and a section for Teachers chock full of classroom tools and other resources. Continually updated with weekly articles and new activities.

June 4, 2008

  • The Thrift Project: a multi-year initiative to conduct scholarly research on the meaning and history of thrift as an American value and to bring together leaders from across the political spectrum who can lead a national conversation on thrift and make recommendations for the future. The project is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

June 2, 2008

  • Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat (National Athletic Trainers' Association). Read NATA’s complete Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illnesses.
  • Exercise is Medicine (American College of Sports Medicine & the American Medical Association): the primary objective is to encourage athletic trainers, physicians and other health care providers to record physical activity as a vital sign during patient visits. Able patients will be advised to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity, and 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training, five days a week. Includes sections for Physicians, Health & Fitness Professionals, the Public, Media and other Exercise Resources.
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus – § 166-73: A brief treatment of the biblical foundations and historical development of devotion to the Most Sacred Heart from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments).

May 29, 2008

  • About.com: Autism. Lisa Jo Rudy, autism guide. Includes: What is Autism? | Life with Autism | Treatments | latest articles and research.
  • Direct Gardening: Nine of the largest producers and distributors of home gardening stockHouse of Wesley, Royal Dutch, Burgess Seed & Plant, Exciting Gardens, Four Seasons Nursery, Inter-State Nurseries, Farmer Seed and Nursery, Kelly Nurseries, and Honeycreek Nurserieshave joined along with ComeToBuy Inc., an Internet services company, to make DirectGardening.com available to garden enthusiasts.
  • FabricLink: "educational resource for fabrics, apparel, home furnishings and care," for all things textile related. Includes laundering tips for the various fabrics, how to read those perplexing 'care' symbols on labels, how to handle the new 'high tech' fabrics of which much of the new sportswear is made. Visit the 'Fabric University' designed to help you make informed decisions on the purchase and care of fabrics.
  • PosteRazor 1.5 (free): Want to print an image the size of a poster--but you don't have a wide-format printer? One solution is to print the image in smaller sections, each taking up a sheet of standard paper, and then put those sections together to create the full image. PosteRazor is available as a Windows, an OSX and a Linux version.
  • Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes (Library of Congress): How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author. Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase.
  • How To Go Organic (Organic Trade Association): provides in-depth information for producers, processors, and individuals about how to make the transition to organic. The primary sections of the site include "Pathway for Producers", "Pathway for Processors", and "Key Resources," which includes thematically organized resources that deal with crops and farming, business and marketing, certification, and livestock and ranching.
  • Annie's Remedy: Essential Oils & Herbs. Caveat: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs provided on this site are for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Many traditional uses and properties of herbs have not been validated by the FDA. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

May 26, 2008

  • Memorial Day (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs): History of Memorial Day, The Story of Taps, Story of the Poppy, "In Flanders Fields"
    • Memorial Day (History.com): The history of Memorial Day
    • Memorial Day: History, How to Observe, Prayers and Poetry, President’s Remarks, Speeches and Essays.

May 21, 2008

  • Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: covers the following topics: ethnobotany, ethnomycology, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, traditional medicines, traditional healthcare in households and domestic arenas, migrant healthcare/urban ethnobiology, pluralistic healthcare in developing countries,, as well as other related areas in environmental, nutritional, medical and visual anthropology.

May 20, 2008

  • Smithsonian: Science and Technology: Visitors can scan the left-hand side of the page for alphabetically organized resources from aeronautics to zoology.
  • The Baldwin Library Digital Collection (University of Florida): includes over 2500 fully digitized children's books, published in the United States and Great Britain between 1850 and 1900 (selected from more than more than 100,000 in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, dating from the mid-1600s through 2007).
  • Food CrisisWorld Bank Topics: World Bank's "New Deal" on global food policy includes creating safety nets such as school feeding, food for work, and conditional cash transfers. Look at the "Understanding the Crisis" section which provides brief synopses of the situation in different parts of the world, including Africa and Asia.
  • "Evangelization—Grace and Vocation": Bishop Serratelli (Diocese of Paterson), Pastoral Letter

May 19, 2008

  • Templeton Foundation: a series of conversations among leading scientists and scholars about the "Big Questions."
  • The Nizkor Project: Nizkor is a Hebrew word which means "We will remember"; this site is dedicated 'to the millions of Holocaust victims who suffered and died at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime.' Here is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the Holocaust of World War II.
  • SparkNotes.com: study guides to help students learn and practice basic skills, write a paper, study for a test and achieve their academic goals. Each guide contains thorough summaries and insightful critical analysis of a nearly endless range of subjects including English literature, Shakespeare, History and Math and Science.
  • BBC - The Life of Mammals hosted by Sir David Attenborough. Research a particular species by a variety of methods, by an animal's habitat, by his diet, by body shape, intelligence and behavior, all designed to give an up close and personal introduction to our beastly friends, both domestic and wild.
  • Technology Assisting Literacy Knowledge (TALK): The Classroom Literacy Guide is a rollup of best practices in literacy, consistent for all grade levels, that is put into a form useful for instructional planning, self-evaluation, peer-mentorship and staff development. It is the "how to" for a good literacy-based program.
  • DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids: necessary resource for all adults who find themselves in the position of entertaining children, of finding constructive projects for the younger set. The site 'features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.'
  • The Empire That Was Russia: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was photographer to the Russian Tzar Nicholas II. The photographs on this site 'offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution.'
  • Allergy Basics Center: links to informative articles on asthma, food allergies, children's allergies, latex allergies, hay-fever, airborne and seasonal allergies, skin allergies, insect bites and stings, allergy testing and anaphylaxis. Don't let the disclaimer at the beginning scare you out of using the site—the information is invaluable for those with allergies of any sort.
  • "A Catholic Physician Talks to Engaged Couples": marriage-preparation by William White, MD
  • The Greatest Films: interpretive, descriptive reviews and historical background on classic American films. A wealth of film reference material (including a complete Academy Awards History and Film History) is featured as well as hundreds of colorful, vintage poster reproductions for some of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century. This site is an outstanding, all-around resource with reviews of classic American films, historical and genre information.

May 12, 2008

  • The Speculum Romanae Magnifcientiae Digital Collection (University of Chicago Library): collection of 994 engravings which depict major monuments of Rome and Roman antiquities by Antonio Lafreri, a master printmaker and publisher in 16th century Italy. Visitors should click on the "Itineraries" to find mini-exhibitions designed by scholars that will allow them to travel through the collection based on a theme, location, collection, or artist.
  • Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942: During the 1930s and 1940s, teams of writers and scholars scoured the United States on behalf of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) collecting materials about the places they saw and the people they met. This particular digital ethnographic field collection brings together materials which document the Arabic, Bahamian, Cuban, Green, Seminole and Slavic cultures across Florida.
  • Radiology Anatomy Teaching Modules (University of Washington): radiology anatomy teaching modules designed to supplement regular instruction and to serve as a reference resource for medical educators and students. Along the left side of the site visitors will find a muscle atlas, an online radiology guide, and the "Teaching Files" area.
  • Indoor Tanning Is Not As Safe As You Think. In fact, It's Totally Out (American Academy of Dermatology)

May 7, 2008

  • May, Month of Mary (CatholicCulture.org): Includes Act of Consecration, Devotionals, Mysteries of the Rosary, documents and articles, and pious practices.

May 6, 2008

  • Local Harvest: Just enter your ZIP code to locate the 'home grown' markets where you'll find the freshest meats and produce available in your area. Here's your opportunity to 'Buy Local' and at the same time introduce you and your family to regional products.
  • UnsafeHome.com: Do you know about the ingredients found in the common household products you use everyday – do you know which ones might be dangerous to you and your family's health? UnsafeHome.com educates 'the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children's health.' Now you can find all the pertinent information you need to know about these toxins.
  • Cards for Causes: premier provider of personalized Business Greeting Cards and Holiday Cards that benefit charity and other good causes—20% of order goes to charity or non-profit of your choice. Feature cards: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Congratulation and Thank You cards.

May 1, 2008

  • Dinosaurs - Fact of Fiction - USGS (U.S. Geological Survey – U.S. Department of the Interior): This pamphlet contains answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions.

April 29, 2008

April 28, 2008

  • The HistoryNet.com: contains daily features, photo galleries and over 1,200 articles originally published in our various magazines. Brought to you by the Weider History Group, a group of ten history magazines published in Leesburg, VA.
  • eNature.com: premier destination for information about the wild animals and plants of the United States. Includes Online Field Guides for flora and fauna, Gardening for Wildlife to help you with your garden patrol and a Birds and Birding for bird enthusiasts. A zip code search is available to help you locate and research your local wildlife.
  • Catholics Come Home: a welcoming ministry for anyone who has left the Catholic Church, for whatever reasons. Whether it was resentment, anger, divorce, isolation, apathy, rebellion, or a lack of understanding of the faith, coming home has never been easier. Includes: Questions About Catholic Teachings and Practices | Overview of Basic Catholic Teachings | Catholic Resources to Guide You.

April 25, 2008

  • LIEmails.com: Have you received e-mails from friends or co-workers about a computer virus? Or suggesting that some big company will send you a check for forwarding their e-mails? Almost all such e-mails are simply not true, and destroy the sender's credibility. It's easy to verify such things before you forward them. When you receive a suspicious e-mail, use the resources we've provided, and find out whether there's anything to it. Don't be responsible for spreading a lie!

April 24, 2008

  • MonkeySee: library of videos on a wide variety of topics, presented in deep detail by accomplished, credible experts. It's a great way to learn something new. Includes: Auto & Mechanical | Beauty & Fashion | Careers & Education | Food & Drink | Games & Gaming | Health & Fitness | Hobbies & Crafts | Holidays & Seasonal | Home & Garden | Love & Relationships | Music & Dance | Parenting " Personal Finance | Pets | Safety | Sports & Leisure.

April 23, 2008

April 16, 2008

  • One Nation Under God - proudly bringing faith into the voting booth. Attempts to provide the background information necessary to make informed decisions when choosing candidates for public office who best reflect Catholic values. In addition, they also focus on public policy issues encompassed in protecting the sanctity of life and preserving the sacrament of marriage.
  • 2008 - International Year of the Potato (U.N.): The potato should be a major component in strategies aimed at providing nutritious food for the poor and hungry. The potato produces more nutritious food more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop—up to 85 percent of the plant is edible human food, compared to around 50% in cereals.
  • WildVoice™ Studio: create a professional-quality Podcast in just minutes. System Requirements: Windows XP; 1 microphone (even a cheap one will do); WildVoice Studio Setup will install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, if it's not already installed. WildVoice™ Studio Users Guide and Tutorials.
  • IrfanView: a fast and compact image viewer/converter. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop…The Slideshow feature has terrific options to select images to burn to a CD (family photos), create an executable (exe) file. or a screensaver (scr) file. Frequently Asked Questions about IrfanView.

April 14, 2008

April 11, 2008

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH): the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems and disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences.
  • Free photo editing software:
    • Adobe Photoshop Express-beta: Upload, sort, polish, and store up to 2GB of photos. All for free. Resize, tint, distort, and more–add your mark to all your images. Then show them off on Adobe® Photoshop® Express or your web page.
    • Paint.NET (Windows): free image and photo editing software; features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
    • Picasa (Google): Locate and organize all the photos on your computer. Edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks. Share your photos with others through email, prints, and on the web: it’s fast, easy and free.
    • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

April 10, 2008

  • Complete Missal of the liturgical celebrations for Pope Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Visit to the United States of America, April 2008

April 9, 2008

  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Journey to the United States of America and visit to the U.N. Headquarters (April 15-21, 2008). Vatican website featuring photo gallery, homilies, speeches and audiences are they become available.
  • Aggie Horticulture: resources of the teaching, research and extension program at the Texas A & M University System. Enter the 'PLANTanswer Machine' for solutions and information on particular horticulture questions; also access the 'PLANTfacts' search engine for detailed facts on particular species. The 'just for KIDS' section is an interesting resource that helps encourage the younger set to learn about plants, gardening and the natural world.
  • Math Central: an Internet service for mathematics teachers and students K-12. A meeting place for teachers to share resources, a service to teachers, students and parents who may need an answer to a mathematical question.

April 7, 2008

  • SurLaLune Fairy Tales: 47 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations. Also discover over 1,600 folktales & fairy tales from around the world in more than 40 full-text eBooks. Investigate how fairy tales have served as a means of establishing moral values, teaching the younger generations about their culture and, of course, entertaining folks of all ages.
  • Classic Reader: Read Free Classic Books Online. Where you can read, search, and annotate great works of literature by authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and many others. The collection 'currently contains 3463 works of literature (including 1998 short stories) by 342 authors.' Access to the content is available by author, by title, by category, e.g. fiction, children's literature, short stories, poetry, etc.
  • Rosary Army: dedicated to evangelizing the faith through promotion of the Rosary prayer. Rosary Army freely provides online instructions on how to make, pray and give away all-twine knotted rosaries either to individuals or organizations of their choosing or for Rosary Army’s worldwide distribution to those in need.

April 4, 2008

  • Off the Chart Visual Nitrous Oxide: dental humor.
  • Neurons: Animated Cellular and Molecular Concepts (University of Toronto). Visitors will find twelve different topical sections here, including "Anatomy of a Neuron", "Axonal Transport", and "Neurotransmitter Release". Each of these sections includes dynamic visualizations, coupled with textual explanations that help users understand what's going on. And for visitors who find themselves having difficulty navigating the site, there is also a "How to Use the Program" primer that's quite nice. Additionally, teachers and others can download selected animations from the site for use in non-commercial purposes.

April 3, 2008

March 31, 2008

  • The Center for Academic Integrity: a forum to identify, affirm, and promote the values of academic integrity among students, faculty, teachers and administrators. Educational Resources include Academic Integrity Assessment Guide, Academic Integrity Articles, Ethics Tutorials, Faculty Workshops and Model Code of Academic Integrity.
  • "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas à Kempis. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration.
  • Leadership U: sponsored by Christian Leadership Ministries. A multi-disciplinary vehicle to help reach professors, students and other thinkers with the best in Christian thought on a variety of compelling issues. Includes Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences/Bioethics, Theology.

March 28, 2008

  • April Fools' Day - Origin and History: sometimes called All Fools' Day, is one of the most light hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
  • Catechetics Online: Religious Education in the Catholic Church. Includes Resources for Catechetics, Apologetics, Spirituality.

March 27, 2008

  • Footnote.com: where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past. The collections feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.
    • Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial: a project of historical document archive site Footnote.com in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration. The virtual version of the famous memorial inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 American military casualties—is searchable. Every name etched onto the real-world wall is viewable online and linked to the veteran's service record. Online visitors can add photos and describe their memories of the servicemen and women who died in the war.

March 26, 2008

  • "Art is Servant" – The Art of David Myers: A passion for religious, specifically Catholic-Christian works of art. David also works by commission, mostly in portraiture.
  • Ethics Updates: designed to be used by ethics instructors and their students to provide resources and updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics.
  • BioEd Online: state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Includes Presentations, Slide Sets and Teacher Resources.
    • The Body Explained: Cassius Bordelon, PhD offers light-hearted answers to common questions about how the human body works. Segments generally run one minute and are designed to help capture students' attention and curiosity.
  • Exploring the Middle Ages: information on heraldry, myths and legends, religion, medicine, and other aspects of life in Britain during the Middle Ages.

March 20, 2008

  • LibrarySpot.com: a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.
  • HomeworkSpot.com: K-12 homework-related resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more. Also features a powerful reference center that provides free, immediate access to many of the world's best libraries, museums, and current event sources.
  • GovSpot.com: non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online.
  • Congressional Research Tutorials (UC Berkeley Library): tutorials on how to find Congressional materials in the Library and on the Internet. Click on any tutorial in the left-hand sidebar.

March 19, 2008

March 18, 2008

  • Chabad.org: Portal of Jewish philosophy of the Chabad-Lubavitch movementa branch of Hasidism. Includes Holidays, Daily Life & Practice, Spirituality, Jewish stories, Classic texts and more Jewish information.
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide (LOC). The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Thomas Jefferson. Consisting of approximately 27,000 documents, this is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world.
  • My Gift is Inside: Positive images of acceptance, friendship, encouragement, love, support and hope on T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, posters, greeting cards and other products.
  • Did You Ever Wonder?: developed by The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A dynamic project designed to allow renowned lab scientists the opportunity to answer questions on a variety of subjects, twelve different questions being posed each month.
  • Science@Berkeley Lab Magazine
  • Foto Search Stock Photography: The best online search engine for stock photo images, digital illustrations and artwork, map clipart, picture clip art, and stock footage from more than 2.5 million images from 140 quality stock photography publishers at one site. Stock photos and images: Bible | Catholic | Christian. Type query into Search box.

March 17, 2008

  • St-Patricks-Day.com: Dedicated to the Irish & Irish at Heart all around the World.
  • Notre Dame Center for Liturgy (NDCL): Dedicated to Liturgical Research and Pastoral Liturgy.
  • SearchAllDeals.com: One-stop shopping to find red-hot specials and the latest price drops—great bargain hunting.
  • MS Windows ClearType Tuner: Delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.
  • Image Resizer: Need to send a photo to someone but it is too large, use Image Resizer to easily resize pics smaller. Right click any image and click Resize Pictures for menu. Part of the PowerToys suite, this add-in lets you resize one image--or several--by right-clicking.

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February 29, 2008

  • Benjamin Moore Paints: Colors for the home. Personal Color Viewer® and "Color Style" Magazine.
  • Sherwin-Williams - Color Ideas & Tools: Need help picking out the perfect color? Learn the science of color and explore our most popular picks. Then mix, match and visualize your palette with our online color tools.
  • Italian Word of the Day – Hear a new word every day in Italian. Audio Phrasebook – Improve your pronunciation and build your vocabulary. Survival Phrases – Essential words and phrases for visitors. Also, Subscribe to the Newsletter (About.com).
  • Critical Thinking Web: OpenCourseWare on critical thinking, logic, and creativity. This educational web site provides over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills.
  • The American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications. Online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers and/or publications of the major founders of the American Republic—that is, those men who served in roles of national political leadership between 1765 and 1815.
  • Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian. An online reference service to the American public. This unique free web based "Ask a Librarian" service will give the public an opportunity to ask librarians questions about government resources.
  • The ePolicy Institute: helping employers, IT administrators, HR and lawyers limit eRisks through the development and implementation of effective eMail, Internet, and software policies.

February 28, 2008

  • Google Sites: People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa). Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer.

February 27, 2008

  • Chiesa.com News Links: News, analysis, and documents on the Catholic Church. Newspapers, radio, and TV from all over the world with a link to a new online Cuban journal: "ConVivencia".
  • Hermitary: resources and reflections on hermits and solitude.
  • ePriest: Includes "Best Practices" of practical, successful parish programs; weekly "Homily Packs" of lessons and illustrations for effective preaching; "Priest Resources," a clearinghouse of articles, news, and links for ongoing formation of the clergy.
  • MedWatch: timely safety information on drugs and other medical products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

February 25, 2008

  • Presidents of the United States: The White House provides biographies and related facts of each president.
  • Seeing, Smelling and Seeing the World (Howard Hughes Medical Institute): presents new findings that help make 'sense of our senses.' Vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste are all covered with current research presented on how the senses work together to give human beings their perception of the world.
  • Sacred, What We Share: The British Library exhibition on the major religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam succeeds well in defining the shared traditions among the world's major religions.
  • Security On Campus: mission is to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes in college and university campus communities across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.
  • Institute for Marital Healing: to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses and marital therapists about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. The Institute employs a time-tested approach to marital therapy that recognizes the importance of both science and faith in the process of marital healing.
  • Empowered Patient: Tips for Savvy Medical Web Surfing

February 22, 2008

February 18, 2008

February 15, 2008

  • The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE): effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more. Click on Educational Resources and Educators Overview.
  • Science Reference Services (Library of Congress): provide reference and bibliographic services and to develop the collections in all areas of science and technology.
  • Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students: designed to help students communicate their technical work. To that end, these guidelines contain advice, models, and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in engineering and science.

February 14, 2008

  • Business.gov: the official business link to the U.S. Government. Includes Small Business Guides, State & Local Info, Government Forms, FAQs.

February 13, 2008

February 12, 2008

  • Abraham Lincoln Internet Resources: Ask.com and Google
  • Dads.org: online resources for Christian Fatherhood. St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers strive for a Christlike concern for the spiritual and material welfare of other families in our community, in our parish, and in other localities throughout the world.
  • Dr. Saul’s Biology In Motion: Animations, interactive activities, and cartoons designed to make learning biology a richer, more engaging experience.
  • Educational CyberPlayGround: provides K-12 interdisciplinary, multicultural collaborative online thematic curriculum modules for schools, home schooled, and learning centers. The main focus of the site is to improve reading and "help all children,…teachers, and regular folks to learn to use and feel comfortable with technology."
  • The Old Fashioned Kitchen: share recipes, cooking tips and memories of the kitchen. Cooking and food is part of our heritage. We pass down recipes and techniques to each new generation, creating memories that will last forever.

February 9, 2008

  • FilterReview.com: designed to help you find the Internet safety solution that will best suit your needs!
  • Porn-free.org: helps people discover the truth about pornography and "sexual" addictions.
  • Freedomeveryday.org: sponsored by L.I.F.E. Ministries (Living in Freedom Everyday).

February 8, 2008

  • Four-Hundred Years of Native American Portraiture: The New York Public Library's digital collection brings together Simon van de Passe (1595-1647), George Caitlin's "North American Indian Portfolio" from 1845, Frederic Allen Williams' "Photographs of American Indians", Edward S. Curtis (1868-1954), and others. In total, this digital collection includes 369 prints and drawings.
  • Google SketchUp 6: a 3D modeling software tool that’s easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth. Are you remodeling a kitchen, landscaping your back yard or adding a deck to your home? From simple to complex, from conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp helps you see your vision before you build it.

February 7, 2008

  • Johnny the Bagger - A True Story of Customer Service: celebrates the incomparable power of customer service delivered from the heart. This will help motivate your employees to take personal responsibility for creating a positive, memorable customer experience—the kind of experience needed to generate customer loyalty, improve employee retention and strengthen team morale.

February 6, 2008

  • For Valentine’s Day (USCCB): Do Something Special "For Your Marriage." This Valentine’s Day, skip the candy and flowers…better yet, this year give your spouse or significant other a little something extra. Check out tips and tools to deal with common issues faced by married and engaged couples and those in serious relationships.
  • Butterflies and Moths of North America: a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. This site includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts, and species checklists for each county in the U.S. and each state in Mexico.
  • Citizen Media Legal Guide - The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP): The guide, intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training, addresses the legal issues that traditional and non-traditional journalists are likely to encounter as they gather information and publish their work online. Contents include: Forming a Business and Getting Online | Dealing with Online Legal Risks | Newsgathering and Privacy | Access to Government Information | Risks Associated With Publication | Intellectual Property | Unique Content: Special Risks | Guides and Resources.

February 5, 2008

  • USCCB Multimedia Online Resources For Lent 2008: begins on Ash Wednesday, February 6. Resources are organized around four pillars of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: What We Believe, What We Celebrate, How We Live, and How We Pray. Includes a new series of "radio retreats" in English and Spanish featuring bishops as retreat leaders, and several versions of the Stations of the Cross.
  • Lifelong Literacy Campaign (Library of Congress): presents a sampling of suggested books that will spark imagination and transport readers to new and exciting places.
  • Great Web Sites for Kids: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. ALSC’s online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.
  • Tiscali Reference: Contains Curriculum Topics | Education | Encyclopedia | Health Information | Phrase Books (French, Italian, German, Spanish) |Tools & Calculators.
    • Tiscali Dictionaries: Contains Computers Dictionary, Multimedia and the Internet | Difficult Words | English Dictionary | Daily Crossword.
  • P. Allen Smith - Garden Home: The garden enthusiast who brings 'you fresh ideas from the garden.' Includes Featured Plants, archives of past 'Features,' Recipes, even medicinal uses of some of the plants growing in gardens as well as 'Seasonal Tips' to make sure you properly care for your garden.

February 1, 2008

January 30, 2008

  • Lenten Calendar - EWTN: daily devotional meditations for each day of the Lent.
  • Practice God’s Presence - Simply Living God’s Will and Way: Devoted to the methods of the famous 17th century Carmelite, Brother Lawrence.
  • The Virtue-Driven Life by Mark Lowery, Ph.D. There are four cardinal moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. They are called "cardinal" from the Latin word for "hinge," (cardo, cardinis) since the whole life of natural virtue pivots on these four key virtues. Think of these as "grooves" in your life that keep you headed toward your final destiny. Every particular virtue—patience, magnanimity, gratitude, trust—belongs to one of these grooves.
  • SearchFreeFonts.com:  collection contains over 13,000 free fonts.

January 29, 2008

  • "What It Takes To Be Number One" - Coach Vince Lombardi. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, as the NFL’s most prestigious award, is a symbol of everything that Vince Lombardi stood for: excellence, discipline, commitment, and of course, winning. To get you ready for Super Bowl Sunday, here’s the "What It Takes To Be Number One" movie containing vintage photos, great quotes, and rare audio segments of Vince Lombardi’s famous speech.

January 28, 2008

  • The Old Farmer's Almanac: since 1792, has published useful information for people in all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise tables and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air. "Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humour."

January 25, 2008

  • Chemistry PowerPoint Lessons and Instructional Materials: These particular resources cover atomic structure, quantum mechanics, atomic size, bonding, and several dozen additional topics. Visitors can browse through these resources at their leisure and each topic area includes a brief description of what is covered in each set of materials. Specifically, the resources include labs, assignments, worksheets, and handouts. Many of the resources draw on examples from the "Fundamentals of Chemistry" textbook…
  • National Geographic Maps to launch national trails database that will help outdoor enthusiasts locate accurate trail and recreation information nationwide. TOPO!® Explorer, available to the public in May, will present users with National Geographic’s detailed topographic maps, aerial photography, a hybrid map made from the two, and an extensive, freely browsable, online database of trail descriptions, recommendations and unique points of interest.

January 24, 2008

  • Salesian Spirituality: index to writings concerned with St. Francis de Sales and papal documents devoted to him.

January 23, 2008

  • Home & Garden Television: You'll find ideas and inspiration to transform your space, and the expert help you need to accomplish it—instructions for thousands of home and garden projects, video tips, Decorating, Remodeling, Gardening, At Home, Crafts.

January 22, 2008

  • Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists. Features: Weather and climate basics | The basics of climate prediction | Global Warming basics, and more.
  • Publishing Advice for Graduate Students (Social Science Research Network): Advice is given on how to publish everything from book reviews to articles, replies to book chapters, and how to secure both edited book contracts and authored monograph contracts, along with plenty of helpful tips and advice on the publishing world (and how it works) along the way in what is meant to be a comprehensive, concrete guide to publishing that should be of tremendous value to graduate students working in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Download here.
  • Europe and Islam - Bernard Lewis - 2007 Irving Kristol Lecture (American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research). The 2007 Kristol Award was presented to Bernard Lewis, the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University, and long the free world’s preeminent student and interpreter of Islam, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern Middle East.

January 21, 2008

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: an African-American clergyman who advocated social change through non-violent means. A powerful speaker and a man of great spiritual strength, he shaped the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • MENTOR: premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide.
    • Mentoring Resources: mentoring information, organized by topic with the three most recent articles in each area. We're adding to it regularly to keep you up-to-date on the latest in mentoring information.
    • Elements of Effective Practice: Recently revised and updated, "The Elements of Effective Practice" reflects the latest in quality mentoring research, policies, and practices.
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.
  • Biology Browser: Teaching resources created by Thomson Scientific. Provides science educators with over 190 resources related to various areas of biology activities that can be used in the classroom. Visitors can also glance over a glossary of zoology terms and look over news from the world of taxonomy.

January 18, 2008

January 17, 2008

January 15, 2008

January 14, 2008

  • Google Alerts: email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include: monitoring a developing news story | keeping current on a competitor or industry | getting the latest on a celebrity or event | keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams.
  • NextWave Faithful: a new outreach from Family Life Center International through an online community, conferences, publications, and radio shows, seeks to encourage and equip the next generation to answer the call of Christ. The articles deal with topics important to youth, and the online community is vibrant. Of special note is a detailed list of positive Christian music alternatives to secular artists which is indexed both by type of music and specific artists.
  • Governing: a monthly magazine whose primary audience is state and local government officials—the governors, mayors, legislators, council members, program directors, agency heads, policy advisors and other officials spanning the entire range of responsibility for state and local government. They are the men and women who set policy for and manage the day-to-day operations of cities, counties and states, as well as such governmental bodies as school boards and special districts.
  • Math in Daily Life: Created by Annenberg Media, this set of interactive exercises looks at the manifestation of mathematical principles in areas of life such as home decorating, finances, and of course, cooking. In each section, users will find hands-on exercises that complement well-written essays that help introduce visitors to seven different topical areas. Finally, the site includes a list of relevant websites, including links to The Math Forum, the U.S. Census Bureau, and The Metric Conversion Card.
  • The National Gallery of Art - Collections: one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture and graphic arts from the Middle Arts to the present. The collections can be searched by specific artist, title, or a combination of criteria for easy access to all the individual works.

January 10, 2008

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack: By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Microsoft Office 2007–Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Download Office 2007 Compatibility Pack.
  • Library of Congress (LOC) – Teachers: More than 10 million primary sources online. Kids and Families
  • Spell It!—the Scripps National Spelling Bee study site created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster. The site focuses on the official list of about 700 study words for 2008, each categorized by language of origin, and each linked to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations. There are loads of additional "challenge" words, fascinating facts, and entertaining exercises—all designed to provide spellers of all ages with a winning edge.
  • NOAA Discovery Kits: presents tutorials, lessons, and multimedia activities for learning about corals, estuaries, ocean currents, tides, and pollution from diffuse sources. Learn about the waters and habitats where rivers meet the sea and form some of the world’s most productive ecosystems; and geodesy, the science of measuring and monitoring the shape of the earth and the location of points on its surface.
  • Acronym Finder: With more than 585,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

January 9, 2008

  • The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi - edited by Fr. Kajetan Esser, OFM: The Franciscan Archive
  • 123 Kidz Area.com - Your Family Internet Directory: the largest and most informative directory for families in North America.
  • Alice (Carnegie Mellon University): an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
  • Jazz Old Time on-line: an opportunity to listen to all the old time jazz greats, artists such as Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. Recommended by one of our jazz lovers, the site features 18,760 recorded by every classic jazz musician imaginable.
  • Quotes About Writing!
  • FamilyDoctor.org: "health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians." All of the information is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. You'll find guides for Healthy Living | Smart Patient Guide | Women’s–Men’s–Seniors’–Kids' Health | Over the Counter Guide | Drug Information.
  • Foodreference.com - the food reference website: Long articles about food, short facts and trivia, cooking tips, recipes etc. You will also find the most complete listing of Food Festivals from around the world, a Today in Food History calendar, Cookbook Reviews, thousands of quotes about food, and other fun stuff like food crosswords, poetry and humor and much, much more.

January 8, 2008

  • uMark Lite: add watermarks to your images. uMark Lite enables you to add a text or image watermark to your digital photos. You can choose from 9 pre-defined watermark placements, set a custom font , size and color, as well as opacity level. The freeware version can batch process up to 50 images in a single run.

  • American Civil War: a collection of online resources about the Civil War and includes graphics, letters and information about specific battles, music, fictional accounts of wartime and a host of other civil war related subjects.

January 7, 2008

January 3, 2008

  • Franciscan Wikipedia: information about Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi and an overview of the Franciscan Family. Directory of all pages.
  • LifeTips: "the place to go when you need to know" for millions of readers on the Internet. The featured sites contain a variety of tips categorized into 28 different topics with a well-organized index for easy access. You’ll be able to consult the gurus for the ultimate solution on just about any issue.
  • K3 Smartboard: enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies — transforms elementary classrooms into places for learning where teachers and students use multimedia tools to better understand the world, work together and achieve at new and higher levels. eMINTS evaluation has been recognized as meeting the requirements for the U.S. Department of Education's "Scientifically-Based Research" outlined in No Child Left Behind. The majority of the sites are in the math and language arts categories.
  • Nature: Horses is the companion site to the PBS Nature special on Horses. The site introduction aptly explains the importance of 'Horses' in the following manner: "They have transported us, fed us, amused us, worked for us, fought battles for us. Their beauty, grace, and fiery spirit have inspired us. Many centuries ago, their speed and endurance altered human perceptions of distance, and permitted physical achievements that otherwise would have been impossible. To a degree unmatched by any other animal, the horse has profoundly influenced the course of civilization."

January 2, 2008

  • New Year Traditions: songs, recipes and traditions celebrated differently around the world.
  • The St. Nicholas Center: to educate people of faith, and the wider public, about the true St. Nicholas, and why he is important in today's world, to encourage families, churches, and schools to observe St. Nicholas Day (December 6th), and to provide resources for education and celebration.
  • "Lectio Divina" with Scripture meditations, Sunday and daily, of the liturgical year, Cycles A-B-C
  • Your Good News Source: multimedia information service sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: a free publication of course materials used at MIT. Get lecture notes, problem sets, labs and more. Watch lecture videos and demonstrations. Study a wide variety of subjects. Courses by Department
  • A 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. Includes: A Tutorial outlining a simple 4-step approach to reading medical literature | Search Strategies with links to the best web sites | A Guide to Critical Appraisal of journal articles with step-by-step explanation of the "User's Guide approach.
  • The Gratitude Campaign — support the military

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