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Gleanings -  Objects or ideas that have been gathered or amassed over a period of time, especially when they form a collection or comprehensive whole.
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Following are discoveries I've gleaned during reference searches on the Internet. Enjoy!
No compensation received for these listing, except an occasional link exchange.


April 23, 2015

April 21, 2015

April 20, 2015

April 17, 2015

  • Find a Doctor – US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): A new tool to make it easier for green card applicants to find exam-performing doctors. "The improved Find a Doctor locator lets you enter your address or ZIP code to search for a doctor based on distance. You can also look up directions and find local transportation. And we have added a helpful checklist of what to bring with you to your doctor visit.…Only doctors authorized by USCIS, known as civil surgeons, may perform the exams that are usually required as part of the process for obtaining permanent resident status."

April 14, 2015

  • The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and it is co-sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association. The project is dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime.
  • Consumer Dangers: Promoting consumer safety and protecting consumers from consumer products, and medical dangers. Have you had a negative safety experience by a consumer product or medical danger, report safety problems.
  • How to Cook the Best Asian Food: featuring delicious recipes.

April 10, 2015

  • International Forgiveness Institute: dedicated to helping people gain knowledge about forgiveness and to use that knowledge for personal, group, and societal renewal. The IFI is an outgrowth of the social scientific research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 by Dr. Robert Enright and his colleagues. Check out Ask Dr. Forgiveness.

April 9, 2015

  • Aesop's Fables: online collection includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed.
    • Aesop's Fables: This famous Book of Fables, which are always referred to as Aesop's Fables, date back to the 5th Century BC.

April 7, 2015

  • ENGL Professional Writing Program (University of Maryland library): jam-packed with resources for writers and teachers of writing. The Researching a Topic section is a great place to start. Also, know your audience, finding information, scholarly vs. popular sources, citing tools, business writing assignments, and more.
  • Student’s Guide to Citation Styles for Research Papers: "Citations give credibility and authority by showing proof of your research. References help readers understand how you came to your conclusions and they support your ideas. Citing resources will also avoid plagiarism, by crediting to those who provided the research used to create a paper."
  • Way of the Cross 2015 by H.E. Msgr. Renato Corti. Available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

March 25, 2015

  • Holy Week & Sacred Triduum

March 24, 2015

March 19, 2015

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March 11, 2015

  • A Plagiarism Guide for Students: It’s Stealing, so Avoid It. "With the amount of information on the Web, it’s easy to plagiarize, both intentionally and accidentally. Read this to learn how to avoid plagiarism."

March 10, 2015

March 4, 2015

  • Ad Imaginem Dei: Thoughts on the history of western art, from a Catholic perspective…offering information and reflections on more general questions regarding the interaction of faith and art throughout history.

February 27, 2015

  • "Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging" by Dr. Richard J. Hodes is the Director of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Hodes talked about how important it is to exercise regularly—at any age!
    • Healthy Aging with Go4Life®. Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH is a national exercise and physical activity campaign aimed at people over 50.
  • Neuroscience & the Classroom (Annenberg Learner): Making Connections. The course is presented in eight segments, including units about Different Brains, Emotion & Thinking, Seeing Others, Different Learners, Neural Networks, Implications for Schools, and an Introduction and Conclusion. Videos and a variety of Visuals and Interactives make the information compelling and accessible.

February 24, 2015

  • USDA Mixing Bowl Web – USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services: a searchable database of more than 1,000 mouth-watering recipes that are scaled for large quantity foodservice. Most recipes for school nutrition yield 50 or 100 portions per recipe, while most recipes for child care centers yield 25 or 50 portions per recipe. So that these popular dishes can be shared with parents and prepared at home, many of these recipes are available in the household search with fewer portions per recipe.

February 20, 2015

February 19, 2015

February 18, 2015

  • Pope Francis’ Messages for Lent: available in multiple languages
  • Lent, Holy Week & Triduum (EWTN): reflections, meditations, devotions, Stations of the Cross.
  • The Lenten Workshop (CatholicCulture): Lenten information, prayers, hymns, activities, Stations of the Cross.
  • Lenten Radio Retreat – Year-B (USCCB). Listen to inspiring messages for Sunday Lenten reflection.
  • Birds of America: The National Audubon Society…is making available high-resolution downloads of John H. Audubon’s classic original 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds. Audubon’s plates were engraved by English engravers and colorists between 1827 and 1838.

February 12, 2015

February 3, 2015

  • Science360 Video Library: features cutting-edge discoveries and big science stories of the day in science, engineering, technology and math. We gather the latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science Foundation and more. Each video is embeddable to put on your own personal websites, blogs and social networking pages.
  • Public Domain Project: delivers 9,715 HD video clips for use in creative or commercial products and anything else you can think of.

February 2, 2015

January 28, 2015

January 27, 2015

  • Franciscan University: The Musical. A senior wrote the music and most of the songs for this performance as a project for the Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is playing the piano (and kazoo in the opening number). This is a parody of the dating situation at Franciscan University along with that of discernment towards priesthood. There are a number of elements that might be confusing as they reflect a distinct local culture. Enjoy!

January 23, 2015

  • Sport God’s Way: "What it looks like to be a Christian in sports culture.…to see Christians glorifying God in sports culture rather than just conforming to it." Click on Topics for articles on various different topics that are prevalent in sport.
  • Recall Guide: Get critical information regarding FDA recalls, medication warnings and other important information so you can avoid any serious health problems and are alert to the various dangerous side effects of your medications.
  • The Consumer Justice Foundation: Informs consumers about defective drugs and medications that are currently being prescribed to patients, and information regarding previously available drugs and products.
  • Small Business Loan Calculator: Easily calculate fixed-rate loans for your business.

January 21, 2015

  • Nine Days of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage (USCCB): 9 Days for Life: January 17-25, 2015.
  • The Words of Sacred Admonition by St. Francis of Assisi. Translated from the Critical Latin Edition, edited by Fr. Kajetan Esser, O.F.M. "Of all the writings of St. Francis, The Admonitions contain the most stirring and enduring words of his legacy and are a monument to his profound wisdom of spiritual realization."
  • Musopen: non-profit intent on providing classical music resources and educational materials online. On the site, readers will find recordings, sheet music, and even textbooks free of charge. One may click either Music Catalog, Sheet Music, or Music Education to begin scouting the site.
  • Animal Facts: National Geographic. This enormously informative site will delight and edify. The Animal Facts are categorized by Amphibians, Birds, Bugs, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, Prehistoric, and Reptiles.
  • Historical Thesaurus of English (University of Glasgow): online thesaurus of over 800,000 words. "Said to be the only resource to make the meaning of every English word from the last millennium available to the public online. It is a digital version of the Historical Thesaurus of English Project, the printed version of which was first published in 2009 after 44 years of work by academics at the University of Glasgow."

January 13, 2015

  • Teaching Climate (NOAA): Earth's climate is a mind bogglingly complex system of interdependent parts and teaching about that system is no easy task. This site from NOAA climate.gov provides all the resources teachers need to bring the subject to life.

January 9, 2015

  • Introduction to Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes: by Hossein Pishro-Nik. An open access peer-reviewed textbook intended for undergraduate as well as first-year graduate level courses. It can be used by both students and practitioners in engineering, mathematics, finance, and other related fields. Includes: short video lectures that aid in learning the material, online calculators for important functions and distributions, solutions manual for instructors.

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