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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
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December 19, 2017

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December 1, 2017

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October 17, 2017

October 9, 2017

October 3, 2017

  • All Federal Inspector General Reports In One Place. A publicly accessible, searchable website containing the latest public reports from Federal Inspectors General who are members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).

October 2, 2017

  • Public Speaking Speech Topics and Ideas (My Speech designed to help you with making a public speech: from selecting a topic, to writing and delivering.
    • Speech Topics Help: 10,000+ speech topics with free persuasive and informative ideas and class writing tips on outlining your public speaking…
  • A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online: "Is it safe enough for children to be online?", "How can we, parents, keep our children out of danger on the network?"
  • Pedagogy Unbound Educational Technology: launched in 2013 by David Gooblar in order to provide a space for college instructors to discuss and share ideas about curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy in higher education.
  • The Sophia Project: an online collection of original articles, primary source texts, and commentaries in the fields of philosophy and ethics…

September 29, 2017

September 20, 2017

  • The Health Magazine – Better Knowledge, Better Health. Provides health information about health & wellness, vitamins, supplements and herbs, diet and nutrition.

September 19, 2017

September 13, 2017

  • Yale University Libraries: Free Web Resources on Religion. Helpful collection of online resources relating to religious studies that are available for free.
  • Stockio: Free Photos, Videos, Icons, Illustrations, and Fonts For Your Projects. Choose from thousands of photos licensed in multiple categories such as nature, abstract, models and many more. All photos are free for personal and commercial use. No attribution required.

September 11, 2017

  • Understand Addiction: "Helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse and addiction rehab and recovery as well as direct you to the best sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
  • Body-Hacking: guidance to people of how to get their bodies healthy and strong for everyday activities. How to diminish certain pain in certain parts of their bodies. How to live a healthy lifestyle. We want to help people to start working out, as that first step is always the hardest one to make.

September 8, 2017

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August 29, 2017

  • Microsoft Excel Training Tutorial: This tutorial covers in-depth lessons on how to use various Excel formulas, Tables and Charts for managing small to large scale business process.
  • Free Accounting Tutorials: an absolute beginner guide to accounting.
  • Quit Smoking Community: information regarding quitting smoking, as well as resources and tools to help them begin and complete their quit journey.
  • Types of Clouds (The Old Farmer’s Almanac): By observing clouds, you can often predict the incoming weather. Clouds are classified by their altitude (height in the sky) and their shape. Here are some common types of clouds.
  • How to Make a Website: Without Having to Learn Code, for Free.
  • Powdery Mildew Remedies for Plants: Here’s how to control this plant disease with natural remedies, including a homemade baking soda spray treatment.

August 22, 2017

July 31, 2017

July 21, 2017

  • Guide to Senior Safety at Home: This resource guide will review the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors, discuss how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It concludes with a list of resources for additional information on senior safety.
  • The Best MOOC Platforms of 2017 by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are providing access to world-class education to anyone with an internet connection, which opens up a world of possibilities.…Additionally, those who can’t afford to quit their job to go back to school to further or change their career path can take MOOCs in their free time.
  • "Perfectionism Doesn’t Look Like We Think it Does": Most of us associate perfectionism with achievement, but they are not the same. Aleteia | Calah Alexander | Jul 20, 2017.
  • Bioed Online: Courses. Baylor College of Medicine offers a wealth of resources for biology teaches in Texas and around the world. These series of online courses are designed to help teachers (and lifelong learners) expand their expertise on a number of scientific subjects.

July 20, 2017

  • Catholic Straight Answers: Everything you want to know about the Catholic Church…but are afraid to ask. Scroll down for Answers by Category: Christmas & Advent, Confession, Easter & Lent, Holy Eucharist, Liturgical Calendar, Mary, Mass, Other Religions, Prayer & Devotions, Saints, Virtues.
    • RCIA – Catholic Straight Answers: free RCIA video series to gain a comprehensive overview of the Catholic Faith! Each year Fr. Saunders teaches an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) class, which is attended by Catholics and non-Catholics, the young and old, individuals preparing to join the Catholic Church, and individuals simply wanting to grow in their love for God.
  • Extreme Heat Information. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Disaster Preparedness and Self-Storage. What You Need to Know. Disaster preparedness involves storing items you can use in the event of a disaster, but it also involves planning for the storage of the items you use every day.
  • Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets (Humane Society): How to keep pets safe in natural disasters and everyday emergencies.

July 19, 2017

  • How Do You Support a Grieving Spouse? – Mind & Spirit: "…deep grief is messy and disorienting and affects every single part of us in ways we can’t prepare for, articulate, or even understand. How can we best support a spouse when he is lost in grief, no longer the person he once was, someone neither of us recognizes?"
  • Vatican – Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life: Includes information, updates & videos on World Youth Day, Vocation of Women, Popes and Sports, Patristic texts on Family, Pro-Life resources…
  • Online-Convert: Free online file converter. Convert media free, fast and online. No software installation needed.

July 3, 2017

June 30, 2017

  • Exercise and Physical Fitness (Medline Plus): It is important to be active and get regular physical activity. In fact, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
    • Exercise for Seniors (Medline Plus): Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. There are four main types and each type is different – endurance, or aerobic, activities; strength exercises; balance exercises; flexibility exercises and stretching…

June 26, 2017

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June 16, 2017

  • The Civil Engineer: a useful one-stop shop for news, scholarly publications, educational resources, and job information related to civil engineering. Two especially helpful sections of this website are the Publications and Education sections. Another great feature of the Education section are the Calculation Examples and Educational websites.
  • How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone: If you really want to be on top of protecting your kid from the potential dangers of smart phone use, then the infographic below is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Don’t know your Snapchat from your Kik? You can bet that your kid does, so maybe it’s time that you got with the programme and found out precisely how to protect a modern kid from the dangers of the modern world.

June 15, 2017

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June 6, 2017

  • Future Learn: Offers a diverse selection of free, and paid for, online courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
  • Catholic Door: premier Catholic store online for art, statues, spiritual books, religious medals, rosaries, crosses, gifts, stationary, and jewelry.
  • What Is VPN For? VPN Benefits Explained: As the VPNs are increasingly becoming the talk of the town among the web community, you need to know: What is a VPN for? And why should you have one?

June 5, 2017

  • How To Download Facebook Videos in HD Quality: This video tutorial will show you how to download Facebook videos in HD quality without the need of installing any third party software or any tool. Simple steps to download a Facebook video to an mp4 file – quick and easy. I did it in under 5 minutes!

June 1, 2017

  • Grammar Cheatsheet for Bloggers (Art of Blog): A quick reference for the everyday mistakes a blogger or someone writing for the web might make, as opposed to trying to cover every single grammar rule.
  • What Is REM Sleep? There two main types of sleep, or ways of sleeping. The first is Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and the other is non-REM. It’s during REM sleep that we dream, although only about 25% of our time sleeping is spent in this state.\
  • 113 Most Useful Links for Photographers (Light Stalking). Ranges from an amazing array of free blogs and tutorial sites to really useful photography tools and portfolio sites for you to display your creativity as well as photography books and magazines.
  • Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • Burgers and Hot Dogs (Food Network): Find your perfect burger and hot dog.

May 25, 2017

  • Memorial Day ( a federal holiday observed the last Monday in May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
    • Memorial Day (History Channel): Officially observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
    • Memorial Day (
  • Barbecue & Grilling Recipes & Sauces

May 23, 2017

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May 8, 2017

  • A Fair Use Primer for Graduate Students (InsideHigherEd). "I prefer to see the fair use doctrine as a safeguard against accidental plagiarism, recognition for the rights of the original author, and protection against copyright infringement."
  • Tuck – Advancing Better Sleep. Aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources.…Includes information covering Sleep Disorders, Sleep Resources, Mattresses, Circadian System, Demographic Guides Sleep Health Sleep Medicine.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Tutorials: YouTube
  • What is Web Proxy? It provides a level of privacy for the user by masking their information from the websites they are visiting.

May 3, 2017

  • Virtues for Life: Designed to inspire and coach you in the daily practice of virtues so that you can achieve your personal best and, consequently, lead a more extraordinary life.
    • Virtues List: Virtues are the essence of our character and character does indeed determine destiny. The more we recognize the potential impact that practicing virtues can have on our lives, the more our lives open up to new possibilities and to greater joy and fulfillment.
  • The Pollinator Partnership: to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

April 24, 2017

  • Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz: The Pew Research Center offers this ten question cybersecurity quiz that allows visitors to test their own knowledge of cybersecurity issues and see how their knowledge compares to 1,055 Pew research survey participants. After completing this multiple choice quiz, users can check the accuracy of their answers and learn more about a variety of cyber security issues.
  • Mathematics Teacher Resources: The University of Michigan Library offers this helpful list of web resources for teaching mathematics. This list includes items that will appeal to K-12 mathematics instructors, adult educators, and college level mathematics instructors alike. Resources are divided into three categories: resources for teachers (most resources fall into this category), resources for algebra, and resources for statistics.
  • Spiders & Other Arachnids (Australian Museum of Sydney): Dedicated to facts and artistic depictions of spiders and other arachnids found in Australia and around the world. Those new to the world of arachnids may want to start by checking out Spider Diversity or A Spider's Life. These sections provide overviews of the lifespan, origin, and variety of spiders. Interested in identifying a particular arachnid or just learning what different kinds of spiders look like? Check out Australia's Spider Fauna for close up photographs and detailed descriptions of select species.
  • Kid's Guide to Saving Energy: SaveOnEnergy provides a downloadable workbook and Teacher Instructions.

April 13, 2017

April 11, 2017

April 6, 2017

  • Easter Recipes & Menus (Food Network): Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert and Sides.
  • Ward off Plagiarism: How to Paraphrase Writing (Inforgraphic)
  • Beginner's Guide to Internet Safety: 14 Tips for Being Safe Online
  • Celiac-Friendly Gluten-Free Recipes: These recipes don't contain any of the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye, so you can enjoy them without triggering uncomfortable Celiac symptoms.
  • Thousands of Kosher Recipes! Search by ingredients, category, occasion, etc.
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility: an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments providing access to data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.
  • Bob Ross – ‘The Joy of Painting’: unofficial database for 'The Joy of Painting'. You can find a list of paintings Bob Ross has done on the show. There are currently 403 of the 403 episodes added to this website. All linked episodes are available on the official Bob Ross YouTube channel.
  • over 4k pages of information about mesothelioma, including associated cancers where it can commonly metastasize or be affected by asbestos. This includes brain, breast, heart, liver, prostate and ovarian cancer. "We also have a section dedicated specifically to veterans and the military.
  • VPNMentor: The Authority on VPNs and Web Anonymity. Get reliable advice, useful tips and VPN reviews on the best VPNs. An authentic review site that lets actual users review and rank the services themselves.
  • Consortium of Midwest Herbaria: Extensive index of midwestern plant specimens, the region includes the six states that border the western Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. visitors may also browse the Consortium's extensive collection of photographs via the Images tab.
  • Hall of Human Origins for Educators: The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of helpful resources to aid K-12 educators teach human origins and evolution. Educators may want to start by downloading the Educator's Guide and one of three activity guides, divided by grade level (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). Here, instructors will find a variety of "pre-visit" activities designed to help students prepare for a museum visit; however, many of these activities can also be adapted for use in any science classroom around the globe. Meanwhile, the More Resources for Educators section of this website offers materials that can be used to enhance classroom instruction or as study resources for use outside of the classroom.

March 27, 2017

  • Plagiarism (Vancouver Community College): What it is and how to avoid it. Free tools to detect plagiarism.

March 10, 2017

March 3, 2017

February 27, 2017

February 22, 2017

  • 2017 Lenten Daily Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron. Would you like to receive these daily Gospel reflections in your inbox every morning?
  • Safe Internet Browsing: Guide to Keeping Your Browsing Experience Safe & Secure
  • English Grammar Handbook: Learn the proper rules and use of punctuation and complexities of English grammar.
  • Recall Report: "to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products.…the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe."
  • Retirement Message Ideas: "If you’re having a difficult time finding the words for a meaningful, heartfelt or funny retirement message to go in your retirement card then you’ve come to the right place!"
  • Math Resources: Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Matrices, Complex, Functional and Harmonic Analysis, and much more.

February 20, 2017

  • The ARDA Dictionary: look up a religious word or term in The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives).
  • Biology Online Dictionary: free and open dictionary with over 60,000 biology terms.
  • Business Dictionary: Resource for all types of business terms and words.
  • Search for legal words, terms, and phrases
  • Online Etymology Dictionary: Provides details on the meanings and sounds of words dating back many, many years.
  • OnMusic Dictionary: Search for musical term or composer
  • Rhyme Zone: Enter the word that you want to rhyme with, click Search, and see your results.
  • Sign Language Dictionary: Provides a short video with each word definition showing how to create it with sign language. You can search by term, topic, or letter.
  • Giphy: More than 2,000 Gifs to Teach You American Sign Language (ASL). Giphy cut videos from the popular educational series Sign With Robert, adding text descriptions to make the GIFs look like looping flash cards.

February 1, 2017

  • Around the World in 7 Chicken Wings (Food Network Kitchen): We took a spin around the globe (think Morocco, India, Greece and more) to reinvent this classic party food seven ways.

January 31, 2017

  • "Life Before Birth - In the Womb" (Naked Science): Documentary explores the development of the growing fetus from conception to delivery. Using cutting edge technology, go inside the womb and follow the incredible nine month journey from conception to birth, showing how the struggle for life turns into the miracle of birth.
  • Ditch That Textbook: all about teaching with less reliance on the textbook with an emphasis on using technology and creative teaching ideas.
  • Important Legal Documents for Emergency Preparedness: One of the things that many people forget about is the important documents they need in the event of an evacuation. If your family suddenly has to vacate your home, and you only have time to grab your disaster kit and run, you will want to make sure it has the right documents to keep you on track. This list will help you prepare for the next disaster with the right documents.
  • Copyright Information: Is this fair use? John Paul II Library, Franciscan University of Steubenville, guide for understanding Copyright Laws, Fair Use Exceptions for Instructors, and Public Domain issues.
  • Open Textbooks Library: Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.
  • Blender Salsa 6 Ways (and Beyond!) Food Network: Sweet, spicy or smoky, these salsas are fantastic as written. But you can also mix and match ingredients until you find a combo you love.

January 25, 2017

  • Soup Recipes – AllRecipes: Find delicious soup recipes, including steamy potato soup, slow cooker taco soup, chicken noodle soup, and more!
  • Word Counter: free tool initially created as a simple word count tool. Today, Word Counter measures not only the number of words in a text, but also measures sentence length, keyword density, estimated reading level, and estimated reading time. Users can find out this information by simply pasting any amount of text into a text box.
  • Biology Corner: Resource site for biology and science teachers and students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory life science and advanced placement biology.
  • Loaded Landscapes: active blog with a lot of tips and articles related to landscape and nature photography.

January 24, 2017

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January 16, 2017

  • The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
  • The Practical Guide to Mac Security: Gary Rosenzweig's "FREE course with 24 lessons that will enable the typical home and office Mac user to secure their Mac from dangers like malware, online account break-ins, data loss, and online scams."

January 12, 2017

  • The Ultimate Legal Guide for Photographers: The following guide provides professional and amateur photographers with a thorough description of the most important legal regulations concerning photography in the US and UK.
  • Saint's Name Generator: Use this simple tool to choose a saint at random for a cause or time period, or simply to get to know new saints.

January 9, 2017

  • Marriage: Unique for a Reason. An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. Each of the videos in this initiative, with its companion written material, is intended to be used by a priest, deacon, catechist, or teacher.
  • Catholic Recipes for the Liturgical Year (Catholic Culture): Browse recipes by meal type, liturgical season, and food category.
  • Online Safety ( Be aware of these scams when you’re online. What’s on This Page: Internet Fraud Online Security and Safety Phishing and Vishing
  • Advanced Password Tips and Tricks (Federal Trade Commission): A little extra attention when you create a strong password can prevent an attacker from getting access to your account. Your password should be long, complex, and unique. Here are additional steps you can take to help create strong passwords and secure your accounts:
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Cyber Bullying ( Although it takes place in cyberspace, there are several things you can do at home to protect your children from being harassed online. These tips will help you get started.

January 6, 2017

  • "Asking Effective Questions": Chicago Center for Teaching (The University of Chicago) by Brandon Cline, Divinity School and Teaching Consultant at the Chicago Center for Teaching (scroll down until "The Power of Questions" section).





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