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2013 Archives

December 17,  2013

  • Christmas Short Stories, Articles and Resources: Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries
  • Healthline 3-D BodyMaps: "an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works."
  • The Complete Teenager’s Guide To Online Privacy – Facebook Tips ( When it comes to giving teenagers advice about online conduct, many adults have no idea what to suggest in terms of protecting their privacy and making good choices about their public image. And frankly, it’s dangerous to let teenagers figure it out entirely for themselves.…We’ll discuss privacy in terms of Facebook, but the lessons will be equally valuable for any social network or activity online.

December 17,  2013

  • Las Posadas: A wonderful Mexican Christmas tradition, las posadas literally translates in English as "the inns" or "the lodgings." and symbolizes the Biblical journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched for shelter in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.
  • US Federal Reserve – History Web Gateway: "…offers students, educators, researchers, and others information about the founding of the Fed and its purpose, more than 230 biographies of key individuals, essays on major events in the Fed’s history, and access to various Fed archives."
  • Winter Power Outage Tips – Emergency Preparedness (Tufts University): The following tips are republished from a press release issued by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on October 30, 2006.
  • Practical tips from the federal government (FTC, Justice Dept., Homeland Security, IRS, US Postal Inspection Service, Commerce Dept., SEC, FDIC, NCIS) and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
    • Protect Kids Online: Parents can help reduce kids risks of socializing online by talking to them about making safe, responsible decisions.
  • Cyber Safety: Top 10 Tips for Youth
  • Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Cyber Safety Experts Share Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online.

December 13,  2013

  • Writing Explained: Free online writing class that provides writing examples, sentences, and style advice according to AP and Chicago Style.
  • Human Anatomy: a first year medical school course presented by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. The faculty and staff…are committed to providing students with an opportunity to learn about the wonders of the human body in a modern, clinically relevant course.

December 11,  2013

December 5, 2013

  • Monastery Greetings: hundreds of religious and spiritual gifts from Abbeys, Convents, Monasteries, and Hermitages. Sales of their products directly support them.

December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

November 27, 2013

November 20, 2013

  • Blue Letter Bible: provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library, with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith.

November 19, 2013

November 18, 2013

  • Thanksgiving Recipes & Planning Guide: resources for planning Thanksgiving dinner, including recipes, desserts, pies, how to carve a turkey, what to do with leftovers, and more.
  • Sympathy Thank You Card Verses
  • Research Guides at Harvard University Library: From African Studies to Zoology, each guide contains information culled from both print resources at Harvard's libraries to a plethora of digital resources from around the Internet. There are a number of particularly rich guides here, including those for Data and Biological Sciences.
  • Webpageanalyse: a free analysis tool for websites. They collect domain-related data from various sources and condense, analyse and process it. Afterwards they generate a report for every webpage. Beside a complete domain analysis they offer different information like whois, website load time, IP lookup and PageRank as independent tools.

November 15, 2013

November 13, 2013

  • Dictionary of Nutrition (American Heart Association): information on common nutrition terms to help you make heart-healthy decisions at the grocery store and in your kitchen.

November 12, 2013

November 11, 2013

  • Veterans Day - November 11: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.
    • The History of Veterans Day -
    • Veterans History Project (VHP): As a partner with filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS on The War, this special Web site enhances the viewing experience of this epic yet intimate look at those who sacrificed so much to serve their country during World War II.
    • Virtual Vietnam Wall: Names of Vietnam War Casualties by City and State. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

November 6, 2013

November 4, 2013

October 30, 2013

  • American Folklore: Contains retellings of folktales, myths, legends, fables & fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore, and ghost stories from all over the Americas.

October 28, 2013

October 25, 2013

October 21, 2013

  • (Khan Academy & Bank of America Partnership): New way to learn the "why" and the "how" behind personal finance to help you put that knowledge into practice more effectively than ever before.
  • Reynolds® Kitchens – Recipes: Featuring everything from easy recipes, 30 Minute Meals, classic favorites, and lavish spreads for the whole family.
  • Reynolds® Kitchens – Tips & Techniques: Whether it’s the basics of cooking with aluminum foil or something more advanced, Reynolds® wide variety of easy-to-follow tips will help you all around the kitchen and beyond.

October 17, 2013

October 16, 2013

  • Enhancing Fall Photos - Paint Shop Pro: The colors of fall make for striking photos and using PaintShop Pro’s different tools and features will help you turn even the dullest photo into a rich masterpiece.

October 15, 2013

October 9, 2013

  • Athletic Commissioning Mass: Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his homily at the annual Athletic Commissioning Mass. The Mass is offered up for all of the athletes, coaches, and support staff that participate in Franciscan University's NCAA Division III athletic programs.
  • USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab: "The mission of the program is to design and develop large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of the program we also develop identification tools and keys for native bee species. One aspect of creating those tools is creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with."
  • Economic and Personal Finance Resources: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. For educators, bankers and consumers of all ages to understand how the economy functions and know what tools are available make better financial decisions.

October 8, 2013

  • What's in Season: Fall Recipes. Autumn still offers a bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables. Bring fresh apples, potatoes and pumpkins to the table with these fall recipes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe archive.

October 7, 2013

  • Manuals Online: Locate user manuals, installation instructions and tutorials from thousands of manufacturers and hundreds of thousands of products. Manuals for Automotive, Cell Phones, Computer Equipment, Appliances, Lawn and Garden, Photography, Power Tools, TV and Video, and more…

October 2, 2013

  • Teaching Copyright curriculum: Created to help teachers present the laws surrounding digital rights in a balanced way. Teaching Copyright provides lessons and ideas for opening your classroom up to discussion, letting your students express their ideas and concerns, and then guiding your students toward an understanding of the boundaries of copyright law.
  • Digital Photography School: Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. A community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.
  • DIY Photography: Includes tips on lighting, home studios, inspiration, techniques, camera hacks, interviews and reviews.

October 1, 2013

  • My Accounting Course: free online accounting course that provides financial accounting examples and problems for students and professionals…"over 400 articles discussing different accounting topics."
  • Scout: an alerts service for updates on federal and state legislation, as well as speeches in Congress and Federal regulations. Use Scout to track when legislation important to you moves ahead in Congress or in state houses.

September 30, 2013

September 27, 2013

  • The PLANTS Database (USDA): Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged.

September 23, 2013

  • Patients Rights Council: Committed to the principle that you have the right to know all the facts about the critical issues of life, death, and assisted suicide. Includes information on Advance Directives, Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD).
  • Should a Catholic have a "Living Will"? by Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Catholic News Agency (CNA).

September 20, 2013

  • The Church Fathers: Apostolic Fathers, ante-Nicene Church Fathers, and post-Nicene Church Fathers. Click on Topics in left column.

September 19, 2013

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

September 16, 2013

  • "What I would have said at the Consistory": An interview with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 30 Days, Issue no. 11 - 2007.
  • Faith and Reason (Franciscan University of Steubenville): Church and culture. Politics and philosophy. Morality and the marketplace. You can explore it all, deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith and your understanding of the world in which we live. With numerous videos from the world’s top Catholic scholars, thinkers, and leaders, plus articles, blog posts, and more.
  • Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images (Harvard Law School Library). This guide will help you find and correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons images for your project or presentation.
  • Science Of Everyday Stuff: A team-up of Discovery Education and 3M. Students and teachers from kindergarten to the 12th Grade can use the site. Learning tools are separately arranged for students, teachers, and families.
  • Science behind the News - free resource of NBC Learn. NBC has partnered with the National Science Foundation in an educational initiative that seeks to explain the science behind everyday events. Check additional NBC Learn free resources in left column.
  • Calendar-365 (for those in UK): Calendar is very useful when you are looking for a specific date (holiday or vacation for example). Also every week number for every day is displayed for the year 2013 with all public/bank holidays and week numbers, a nice moon calendar and a lot more.

September 13, 2013

  • "Three Minutes a Day" – The Christophers: daily reflections of hope and inspiration.
  • Federal Statutes: A Beginner’s Guide (Law Library of Congress). "We will try to de-mystify federal statutory research by explaining the statutory publication process and describing where each type of statutory publication can be found."

September 12, 2013

  • Healthline Pill Identifier Tool: a free, doctor-reviewed tool that allows users to search a database of over 11,500 drugs by color, imprint, shape, numbers, and text.
  • Mesothelioma Lawyer Center: Free resources for mesothelioma victims and their loved ones. Comprehensive asbestos disease information and resources.

September 11, 2013

September 9, 2013

  • Mary's Meals International: sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
  • Report Spam Text Messages to 7726 ( Ever get a text message that appears to be spam, but you don't really know what to do with it? It turns out, most carriers will let you report it by forwarding it to 7726 (SPAM).

September 5, 2013

September 4, 2013

September 3, 2013

  • Q/A on Stem Cell Research - Statement by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
  • Narrow Web search with Parameter "diagram". A fantastic short article on how to tilt your Web search results toward the technical by using one little word - diagram!
  • a large compilation of information on all types of substance abuses, and medications that are available.
  • The History of Labor Day - U.S. Dept. of Labor: How it Came About; What it Means.
  • National Writing Project: Teachers and others will enjoy this website from the National Writing Project, as it is replete with strategies for getting young people excited about writing. The materials are divided largely into the sections Art/Craft, Teach/Learn, Provocations, and Community.
  • Teach With Movies: Great resource for those looking to integrate moving pictures into their classroom environments. On this website, visitors will find Snippets & Shorts, Sciences, Movie Worksheets, and a substantial variety of other areas. The Snippets & Shorts area is a particular gem, as it offers suggestions for using a range of popular films to teach concepts in science, history, English, and other subjects.
  • USA Ultimate: National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States. "To advance the sport of Ultimate in the United States by enhancing and promoting Character, Community, and Competition."

August 29, 2013

  • USCCB Labor Day Statement 2013: Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, September 2, 2013. Scroll down for more Catholic Social Teaching resources. Click for PDF version.

August 29, 2013

  • ChemCollective (Carnegie Mellon University): Collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams. Students can review and learn chemistry concepts using our virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials.

August 28, 2013

  • "I Have a Dream" Speech: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. King was the 16th speaker that day. On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it would be good to take about 12 minutes to listen again to "I Have a Dream." The struggle for jobs, freedom, civil rights, to eradicate hunger and poverty is still a dream unfulfilled. Download PDF of the full text of the speech.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Intervention: How to Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction. An intervention can motivate someone to seek help for alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders or other addictive behaviors. Discover when to hold one and how to make it successful.

August 27, 2013

  • Consumer Price Index deflator: areppim’s Mathematics & Financial Calculators. The real value of US dollars after deflating with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), 1913-2013. "This CPI-based deflator is used to calculate real dollar values when dealing with private consumption. If your interest extends to private investment, exports, imports or government consumption, expenditure and investment, please use  areppim’s GDP deflator-based calculator."
  • The National Weather Service: a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. Customize your local forecast in the left column.

August 26, 2013

  • 50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World. Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before.

August 23, 2013

August 21, 2013

  • Curious: Believe in lifelong learning. Learning for its own sake. Learning that happens beyond classrooms, and not only in academic subjects (unless you count beer brewing, pipe soldering, and organic gardening as academic). Learning as a necessity of living.

August 20, 2013

  • Beloit College Mindset List for Class of 2017: Providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. Prepared by Beloit’s former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, the list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references.

August 16, 2013

August 14, 2013

August 13, 2013

August 12, 2013

  • Sunday Sermons: Includes Sunday sermons for yearly cycles, stories for sermons, and joke for sermons.
  • Pope Francis’ Encyclical Lumen Fidei: Vatican Radio begins a five-part series on Pope Francis’ first Encyclical letter Lumen Fidei or Light of Faith, Msgr. John Kennedy, an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
    • Chapter 1: "We Have Believed in Love" Explores the Roots of Faith
    • Chapter 2: "Unless You Believe, You Will Not Understand"
  • "Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding," USCCB). The video includes a brief overview of the sacrament of marriage and an explanation of the three forms of the Rite of Marriage. It answers basic questions such as when and where Catholic weddings can be held and how non-Catholic clergy can participate in the ceremony.
  • GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery created by National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a helpful resource for the teaching and learning of genetics. On the site, visitors can find labs and experiments, fact sheets, and teacher resources on topics including DNA forensics, genetic conditions, evolution, and biostatistics.
  • Sports Injuries & Prevention: OrthoInfo by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Check out all the topics in the left margin.
    • Spine Conditioning Program: After an injury or surgery, an exercise conditioning program will help you return to daily activities and enjoy a more active, healthy lifestyle. Following a well-structured conditioning program will also help you return to sports and other recreational activities.
  • Pixlr Express: a fun and free photo editor that lets you quickly crop, re-size, and fix any picture, remove red-eye, and whiten teeth. Then choose from more than 600 effects, overlays, and borders to personalize any image-all for free. From the makers of Pixlr-o-matic, Pixlr Express will make you look like a pro, even if you've never edited a photo before. Google Play or the App Store.
  • Apply a screen protector, bubble-free for your smart phone or tablet (CNET How To).

August 2, 2013

July 26, 2013

July 25, 2013

July 24, 2013

  • Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film. Roosevelt’s everyday life was chronicled on a large scale by several motion picture companies from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919. This collection from the American Memory project at the Library of Congress offers up 87 films from the Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection.
  • Cell Biology Online Videos (iBioSeminars): These lectures can be used in the classroom or for personal edification. Visitors can find over a dozen lectures by professors from the University of Utah, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MIT, and other schools. Lectures include Tissue Engineering, Fruits of the Genome Sequence, and Bacteriophages: Genes and Genomes.
  • RECLAiM Sexual Health offers an anonymous, science-based, Catholic online program, and provides resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their lives, and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.
  • wikiHow - How to do anything: The world’s collaborative how to manual. "We are driven by a shared passion to create a high-quality collection of how-to guides…the single most helpful set of step-by-step instructions available on that topic anywhere." See Explore Categories at bottom of home page.

July 23, 2013

July 10, 2013

  • Nursing Home Abuse Guide – Paul & Perkins PA. Created to inform and educate the public on a devastating epidemic which is overwhelming our nations senior population. Within our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly 10%, or roughly 150,000 seniors experience elder abuse each year.
  • "Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, information, and healthcare solutions. All of our information has been thoroughly researched and is meant to provide comfort, knowledge, understanding, and solutions to this rare disease."

July 5, 2013

  • Practical Chemistry: Nuffield Foundation with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Practical activities designed to "enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and understanding of chemistry in novel investigative situations." It's important to browse the Topics area, as this contains sections like States of Matter, Bonding, structure, properties, Analysis, Energy and entropy, and The Earth and atmosphere.
  • Get Body Smart: An online textbook created by Scott Sheffiel. Subject include Skeletal System, Nervous System, and Histology. Each of these areas includes an introductory tutorial, along with short quizzes designed to test the visitors on each topic. The site also includes a specific area dedicated just to quizzes, and it's quite useful for teachers seeking a way to keep students up-to-date.

July 1, 2013

June 24, 2013

  • Take health care into your own hands; find out how the Affordable Care Act affects you. Get the answers at
  • Wingclips – Movie clips that illustrate and inspire: Now you can view inspirational movie clips from many of your favorite films. These WingClips™ can also be downloaded to use in your school, church or other organization. Search by Movie Title, Scripture, Category, of Theme.

June 19, 2013

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Digital Encyclopedia. Drawing on a range of primary sources, this project brings together hundreds of entries divided into over a dozen topics, including Agriculture, American Revolution, American West, Family, Military, Personal, Presidency, and more.

June 13, 2013

June 12, 2013

  • Aquatic Food Webs (NOAA Education Resources): This collection contains a variety of multimedia, lesson plans, data, activities, and information to help students better understand the interconnectedness of food webs and the role of humans in that web.
  • PDF to Excel Conversion Online: Do you need to convert your PDFs to Excel spreadsheets? Use free online PDF converter to easily turn your PDFs into re-usable, fully editable .xls spreadsheets.

June 10, 2013

  • A free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation. There are currently 164204 entries in the dictionary.
  • "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb" (USCCB): To support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for – and recognition of – the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society.  Other Blessings: Blessing of a Monument to the Unborn and Order for the Blessing of Parents Before Childbirth.

June 4, 2013

  • TeamViewer (free for non-commercial use): The friendly All-In-One solution for Remote Maintenance, Support, Remote Access and Home Office. Simple, fast and secure over the Internet. Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds, or use TeamViewer for online meetings. TeamView Remote Control brochure.
  • The Career Toolbox: The Guide for Educators. Education careers require extensive training, some certifications, and boundless creativity – especially now that technology grows more and more important in the 21st century classroom. Check programs for Blackboard certification; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; The New York Institute of Technology’s 15-credit certification focusing on 21st century teaching skills; Google Teacher Academy, and more.
  • Mitosis: Learn about the process of cell division by directly interacting with the cell. You'll have a glossary of relevant definitions at your fingertips, and you can listen to a recording that describes mitosis while you follow along in the text. Best of all, Mitosis is a free app for your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Herbarium Collections Catalog - University of Florida: Contains over 450,000 specimens in the vascular plant and bryophyte and lichen collections. Currently, over 55,000 of these specimens are available on this searchable database.

May 29, 2013

  • Science Education: Research & Training (National Institutes of Health). This NIH  website offers helpful science education resources for young people from the elementary grades to college. Front and center here is the Featured Site, which might at any given visit contain an interactive exploration of the human eye, a series of pages on environmental health designed for children, or another science-related gem. Scrolling down, visitors will find the Resources for Educators area.
  • The Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) offers a fine range of educational materials for educators hoping to build their students' "understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science."
  • Converseen: an open source image converter and resizer that supports more than 100 image formats. Converseen allows you to convert, resize, rotate and flip automatically an unlimited number of images. It can process more than one image with one mouse click!

May 24, 2013

May 23, 2013

  • The H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better TomorrowHelping Other People Excel. The foundation works to reach out to young people, young leaders, educators and coaches to help promote positive development opportunities and initiatives. "We have an obligation to help raise the quality of life for others. We have a responsibility to help life up the human condition. We have a duty to help improve the human experience." ~Frank DiCocco, founder.
  • Better World Books: Library Discards & Donations. Offers a no cost program to help you manage your discarded and donated books. We make the most of your books by selling them on one of 53 channels and sharing the proceeds with you and one of our nonprofit literacy programs.

May 21, 2013

May 20, 2013

May 16, 2013

  • "Take Back Your Kids: How to Teach and Get Respect" by William J. Doherty, Excellence & Ethics (Winter/Spring, 2013): 1-4 (CERC). "We are facing an epidemic of insecure parenting. We may now have the most child-sensitive generation of parents the world has ever known and – the most confused and insecure.…" PDF version.
  • The Learning Brain - Neuroscience. Topics covered include brain structure, neurons and the nervous system, human senses and movement, learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the brain and body.

May 15, 2013

  • 2nd Fortnight for Freedom (USCCB)June 21 - July 4: Consists of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. It will take place from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day. Includes Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty.

May 10, 2013

  • U.S. Army Center of Military History: First-time visitors may wish to start at the Medal of Honor area, which provides some detailed information about this most celebrated award, along with its recipients. Visitors shouldn't leave without looking over The Green Books series. This series covers all aspects of the Army's involvement in World War II; titles include "The War in the Pacific," "The Middle East Theater," and "The Technical Services."

May 8, 2013

  • Places to Visit in Assisi: Here’s a check list of favorite attractions when visiting Assisi, Italy – Basilica di San Francesco, San Damiano, St. Mary of the Angels, The Porziuncula, the Carceri, Santa Chiara, Sanctuary of RivoTorto, San Rufino, Chiesa Nuova, Santa Maria sopra Minerva (aka Roman Temple of Minerva), and more.
  • a single resource for everything related to defective medical devices and drugs in order to promote education and awareness for victims, their families, and the general public…, and to advocate for a greater awareness of the dangers of multiple drugs and devices that are still in use today.

May 7, 2013

  • – Smart Disclosure Data: These federal datasets contain a wealth of information to help consumers make important choices and drive innovative consumer products and services - either from information in a single dataset or by combining data from more than one place. Local data on environmental quality, for example, could be combined with data on housing and rental prices to help consumers decide where to live.

May 6, 2013

May 3, 2013

May 2, 2013

May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013

  • "Common Errors in English Usage" by Paul Brians (Emeritus Professor of English Washington State University): This is not a site dealing with grammar in general. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and personnel officers.

April 29, 2013

April 25, 2013

April 22, 2013

  • Earth Day – April 22, 2013 (Earth Day Network): The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children.
  • Dry-All for Smartphones: Dries all phones to 0% humidity - Recovers wet Smartphones in as little as 6 hours - Guaranteed to dry all wet smart phones.
  • Math Worksheets Land: Over 6,000 Printable Math Worksheets for all grade levels. The largest and most comprehensive K-12 math worksheets site aligned directly to the core curriculum.
  • Wit and Wisdom of Nasreddin Hodja (variously Nasrudin, Nasrettin, etc.): a legendary folk character in the Middle East and Central Asia, portrayed as a wise fool, clever simpleton, or instructive prankster. About 400 handwritten manuscripts that narrate anecdotes demonstrating his quick wit and wisdom have survived.

April 19, 2013

April 17, 2013

  • U.S. federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms

April 16, 2013

  • Growing Each Day: The archive of essays of wisdom by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.

April 10, 2013

  • Varsity Tutors Practice Tests: a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels – ACT, AP, CLEP, GED, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT and other levels.

April 9, 2013

  • The Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF): A non-partisan, non-denominational, not-for-profit organization devoted to raising public awareness of adult stem cell therapies and supporting adult stem cell research, development, and storage.

April 5, 2013

  • "Studying Earth's Most Diverse Organisms." Aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

April 3, 2013

March 28, 2013

March 27, 2013

March 25, 2013

  • Holy Week 2013 (The Vatican): Includes homilies, audiences, meditations from Palm Sunday to Easter’s "Urbi et Orbi" Message
  • Holy Week: Easter Triduum - Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday's Passion of the Lord, Holy Saturday, & its summit in the Easter Vigil.
  • Questions on the Paschal Triduum: USCCB Committee on Divine Worship
  • Way of the Cross Meditations: Vatican archive of Good Friday Meditations and prayers.
  • Resources for Lent (USCCB): The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Check out More Resources for Lent in the right hand column.
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge and expertise to the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community.

March 19, 2013

  • Sports Concussion Toolkit: The American Academy of Neurology has the following resources available on sports concussion for physicians, coaches, parents, and athletes.

March 15, 2013

March 14, 2013

March 8, 2013

  • Office of Science: Discovery & Innovation (U.S. Dept. Energy). Browse through recent stories that address nanoscience's role in creating "lithium-air" batteries and efforts to recycle waste heat into electricity. Also includes a fascinating area called Brief Science Highlights, profiles of work on drug discovery aided by supercomputers and the quest for new desalination technology. The site is rounded out by a section called Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Highlights.
  • Laboratory Safety Videos – UC-San Diego: Designed for use in academic settings, these short and informative videos provide a wealth of information. Currently there are twelve videos on the site and they include "Flash Chromatography 101," "Basic Fume Hood Air Flow and Operation," and "How to Handle Pyrophoric Reagents." One of the more fun videos here is "The Periodic Table of Videos," which offers a brief video on each of the elements.
  • National Museum of Natural History: Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources. The National Museum of Natural History has a myriad of exciting resources for those who wish to help young people learn about natural history. On the site, visitors can make their way through three sections: Lesson Plans, Web-based Student Activities, and Resources for Teachers & Classrooms.

March 6, 2013

  • Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics (Wellcome Library). An online research resource for the history of genetics, including digitised books and archives from the Wellcome Library and partner institutions.
  • WikiCancel: the goal is to make canceling a subscription, contract, or account easier by increasing the accessibility of this information. Lists the steps to delete your online accounts, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, cancel contracts with companies, such as Sprint, Comcast, and LA Fitness, and unsubscribe from emails from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial.

March 5, 2013

February 28, 2013

  • Quotes Mother Teresa Did Not Say or Write…Check out quotes falsely attributed to Mother Teresa and significantly paraphrased versions or personal interpretations of statements that are not her authentic words.

February 26, 2013

  • "A Reason To Win – The Only Disability in Life is a Bad Attitude": Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens, his favorite NFL team. It was a perspective of his struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia, in relation to the struggles of winning a Super Bowl, with the ultimate lesson that, "Life is not fair," it doesn't care about feeling sorry for yourself or self-pity.
  • Emotional Health of Athletes and Coaches in Sport - Part 1: Interview with Assistant Professor Benjamin Houltberg from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW); Part 2 of interview with Assistant Professor Houltberg.
  • Science of Innovation (National Science Foundation): This eleven part series, created by the NSF, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and NBC Learn, explores the science of innovation. Narrated by newscaster Ann Curry, each segment is approximately five minutes.
  • The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide ( House Cleaning & Tackling Life’s Toughest Stains, i.e., blood, candle wax, cat/dog urine, coffee, grass, grease, gum, ink, lipstick, marker, and more.
  • Manage My Life (Sears): Unique combination of tools and services for helping you manage your life – online product manuals, timely email reminders, free advice from experts, step-by-step projects, material calculators, troubleshooting guides, home service scheduling and more.
  • Bankers' Almanac Banking Dictionary: a glossary of key banking words/phrases and terms.
  • Retirement Planning Resources (Annuity FYI): Includes Retirement Planning, Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Rollovers, Early Withdrawals, IRS Guidance, State Taxation, Pensions, Annuities & Life Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, Long Term Care, and more.
  • Pilot Weather & Standard Briefing Resources: Useful sites for aviation weather and flight planning.
  • Center for Copyright Information: Online copyright infringement (also called online piracy) has become a serious and growing problem. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) was formed to educate consumers about the importance of copyright protection and to offer information about online copyright infringement. Our goal is to alleviate confusion and help Internet users find legal ways to enjoy the digital content they love.

February 21, 2013

  • Resources On The Papacy: Catechesis on the papacy is an integral part of understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Bishop of Rome, Successor to Peter. To assist with this, the Archdiocese of Washington has created catechetical materials and resources for use in parishes, schools and religious education programs. These resources have been created to support the work of pastors, teachers, catechists, youth ministers, RCIA leaders and homeschool families. Materials are in English and Spanish.

February 20, 2013

  • Examination of Conscience – for Teenagers by Deacon Douglas McManaman
  • Battery University™: Offers hands-on battery information to engineers, educators, media, students and battery users alike. The tutorials evaluate the advantages and limitations of battery chemistries, advise on best battery choice and suggest ways to extend battery life.

February 18, 2013

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Excellent resources for health care professionals. The materials are divided into a dozen sections, including Clinical Practice Guidelines, Heart, Vascular & Lung Diseases, Sleep Disorders, Blood Diseases and Resources.

February 13, 2013

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February 8, 2013

  • Stay Safe Online: powered by National Cyber Security Alliance to educate and empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.
  • Direct Textbook – Find Books Fast, Find Books for Less. Helping students search the best online bookstores for price and availability since 2002.

February 6, 2013

  • Doctrinal Homily Outlines for the Year of Faith: A free service for homilists and others who would like to review the liturgical readings for each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation during the Year of Faith. They are offered in outline form and follow a three-part template: central idea, doctrine, and practical application.
  • Web2.0calc: a fantastic scientific-based calculator that is available only on the web. It's simple to use, easy to understand, and functions like nobody's business.
  • Valentine's Day Recipes: Desserts, Dinner, Cookies, Breakfast. More Valentine's Day recipes.

February 5, 2013

  • Synagoga Judaica (Juden-schül) by Johannes Buxtorf. A Christian’s observations scrupulously documenting the customs and society of German Jewry in the early 1600s. Newly translated and annotated in English by Alan D. Corré.
  • How Does the Government Work? "When the founding fathers designed the United States government they considered how they would make sure that it would work well. The first goal was to design a government that would not be unfair."

February 4, 2013

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January 23, 2013

  • Skills and Strategies for Web Researching: Before the Internet was invented, academic research was largely restricted to library books, journals, or personal accounts.…We are fortunate today to have such tremendous resources at our fingertips, but it is important to know how to use it correctly.…The key is in knowing where to look for reliable resources, and weeding out good content from bad.

January 18, 2013

  • educational portal developed for students by students. Contains thorough guides on how to write essays; assistance for formatting and structuring essays in addition to providing essay-writing tips, describing essay types, giving essay topics, and providing essay samples; information about essays, plagiarism, grammar, and spell checkers. Also caters to fresh graduates who are looking for their first job by providing resume-writing tips and tools as well as job interview advice.
  • GetBodySmart: This remarkable online textbook was created by McGraw Hill Higher Education. The site contains eleven subject areas: Overview of Human Body Systems | Skeletal System | Muscle Tissue Physiology | Muscular System | Nervous System | Circulatory (Cardiovascular) System | Respiratory System | Urinary System | Histology | Anatomy and Physiology Quizzes.
  • The Earth Science World Image Bank: a service provided by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). This Image Bank is designed to provide quality geoscience images to the public, educators, and the geoscience community. Resources for Educators.

January 17, 2013

  • CollageMaker: A free online service which allows you to create wonderful collages online in a few steps and you can download the collage to your desktop. There are various templates available for you to customize.
  • CDBurnerXP – A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs [Windows]. A free application to burn CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and HD-DVDs on essentially all relevant versions of Windows, including Windows 8. It’s one of the best tools for the job.

January 16, 2013

  • Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian UnityJan. 18-25, 2013. Jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
  • Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage (USCCB) – January 19-27, 2013. On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Includes Blessings of pro-life pilgrims, and Closing Eucharistic Holy Hour.
  • Liturgical Resources for Prayer During a Crisis (USCCB): Resources useful for anyone charged with organizing prayer services or the liturgy during a time of crisis. Excerpts from the Book of Blessings.
  • Lesson Planning Articles (LessonPlanet): Timely and inspiring curriculum planning and teaching ideas and strategies that you can apply in your own classroom. These articles are written by experienced Pre-K-12 teachers and provide you with useful links to lesson plans that have been reviewed by our teacher team.

January 15, 2013

  • Healthline's Symptom Checker: provides a comprehensive overview of the symptoms of thousands of health conditions for individuals and/or their loved ones. Healthline is HON certified and all information has been reviewed for medical accuracy by an MD.
  • Learn Chemistry: Chemistry Resources for Teachers. The Royal Society of Chemistry has created this most useful website to help teachers and students of chemistry learn about the field via interactive experiments, diagrams, animations, and so on. The site includes over 3,300 resources.
  • Learning Math: Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability (Annenberg Media group). Provides teachers with materials to teach data analysis, statistics, and probability. The materials here are organized around the content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The focus is on introducing these concepts as an integrated problem-solving process.
  • Depression Health Center - WebMD: Recovering from depression takes time and effort. It's important to keep working closely with your doctor and therapist. You need to keep taking your medicine as prescribed, finding ways to manage stress, and avoiding triggers that may have contributed to your depression before.
  • Your Paintings – BBC: aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.
  • "How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations" ( Public speaking and presentations is an art. So what makes the perfect presentation? Well, there isn't just one thing that you must do, but a collaboration of things.
  • Steubenville Facts blog: Sponsored by the City of Steubenville and the Steubenville Police Department. The goal of this site is to disseminate the most accurate information about a recent case involving sexual assault charges pending against two juveniles in Steubenville (Jefferson County Juvenile Court Case Numbers 2012-DL138 and 2012-139). City officials will update the site as new information becomes available.
  • Prepare For Emergencies Now - Dept. of Homeland Security (

January 3, 2013



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