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2010 Archives

December 30, 2010

December 20, 2010

December 17, 2010

December 13, 2010

  • 6 Wonderful Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas - Free eCookbook (from Editors of This collection of traditional Christmas dinner ideas includes easy-to-follow recipes: from one of the most popular Christmas soup ideas, to Christmas entrée ideas, to an irresistible option for Christmas dessert recipes.
    • 50 Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes - Free eCookbook (fromEditors of This eCookbook is full of easy cookie recipes and has everything from chocolate Christmas cookies and nutty Christmas cookies to traditional cookie recipes and fruit-filled cookie recipes.
    • 7 Family-Friendly Christmas Dessert Recipes (from Editors of Classic holiday desserts from all over the holiday spectrum. There's no shortage of treats for Christmas. Best of all, we have plenty of children's Christmas dessert recipes.
  • Conversion Tool: Different systems of measurement are used around the world. People worldwide can make conversions of units of length, temperature and weight, for example converting a length measured in inches into centimeters.
  • Convert Special Characters into HTML Format: If you are having a problem with special characters then you can use Stanley Shilov's Special Characters to HTML converter.
  • Writing Center Handouts (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Resources on the art and craft of effective college-level writing. The materials are divided into four areas: "Writing the Paper," "Citation, Style, and Sentence Level Concerns," "Specific Writing Assignments/Contexts," and "Writing for Specific Fields." The "Writing for Specific Fields" area is a great place for students who have declared a major, and each piece contains a bit of background on the nature of writing in each field.
  • Nazareth-Souvenir: original Christian Holy Land Gifts Crafts and Souvenirs

December 7, 2010

December 3, 2010

  • Cookies and Bars Recipes - The Old Farmer's Almanac
  • Study Bible: Online Parallel Bible Study Tools. Search Greek, Hebrew, KJV, interlinear, and literal translations and versions. Strong's Lexicon and Concordance.
  • MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program (
  • extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment.

December 1, 2010

  • Advent Calendar 2010 - EWTN
  • "Reasons for Hope: Meditations for the Advent Season" by Bishop Robert J. Baker. Download free eBook of 28 days of reflection to guide you and your family towards the celebration of the birth of our Lord. Enjoy a combination of Scripture, quotes from saints and spiritual leaders, prayers and questions for reflection each day of the Advent season.
  • HathiTrust: a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

November 23, 2010

November 22, 2010

November 19, 2010

November 10, 2010

  • 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.
  • World Holidays (Online History, symbols and customs for numerous holidays celebrated around the world.
    • Holidays on the Net: a collection of multimedia holiday celebrations.…Each holiday celebration also offers a wealth of information about the holiday, including its history and holiday-related activities.
  • Guide to Copyright Laws (Online The core principles of copyright law in the United States are laid out in the federal statute of the Copyright Act of 1976.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing Lessons (Online student lessons for efficient grammar and writing.
  • Frisbee: The Ultimate Sport (Online History, rules, and prominent tournaments of Ultimate Frisbee.

November 4, 2010

  • Catholics and "Do-Not-Resuscitate" (DNR) Orders: The Moral Principles Behind Its Ethical Use. Q: Is a "do-not-resuscitate" order ever ethical? Answered by William May of the Culture of Life Foundation.
  • Greeting Card Message: Contains hundreds of links to all categories of greeting card messages, including anniversaries, "get well soon", and wedding invitations.
    • Best Card Messages: Categories include Mother’s Day, Birthday, and Baby Card messages. The site includes both traditional and funny messages that can be copied.
    • Poemsource: Features poems of Christmas, Friendships, New Years, Birthdays, and other common categories.
    • Verses 4 Cards: Contains several dozen categories of poems, quotes, and sayings for all occasions. Also includes seasonal messages, thank you messages for teachers, funeral and sympathy poems…
    • a huge database of birthday, romantic, motivational, inspirational, wise, and funny quotes, poems, and messages.

November 3, 2010

  • Discover Life: free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life…
  • Mr. Food: the originator of quick and easy cooking. Includes one-pot recipes, breads, breakfast, casseroles, meats, pasta, desserts, relishes, sauces and seasonings, sandwiches, soups and salads. This weeks’s recipes.

November 2, 2010

  • Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holiday Recipes (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)
  • National Geographic: Best Photo of the Day. In addition to the current posted photo, actually composed of various galleries, the viewer has access to a whole collection of National Geographic photos.
  • "Earth From Above": aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It's a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet.
  • Images Database: 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals developed and maintained by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

October 29, 2010

October 28, 2010

  • Politics 101: Principles First by Dr. Jeff Mirus ( Seven key Catholic social principles which we are all supposed to apply in making decisions affecting the larger social order, including political decisions.

October 27, 2010

October 26, 2010

  • "Steward Leadership" by James Nolan (Woodstock Report, October 2010, 98, p. 1, 4). "Something is missing in the prevailing focus on business leadership.…What was missing was a question of identity, a state of mind, a fundamental orientation. What was missing was the self-understanding of those in business and particularly those in positions of leadership that all the resources at their disposal do not belong to them but to God. They are entrusted to use them in order to carry out God’s purposes.…"
  • International Etiquette, Customs and Protocol Guides: Understanding other people's languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos is of great value to the traveler or visiting business person. Scroll down the page for information on a selected number of countries. Topics include language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquettes.
  • Facebook: The (Very) Unofficial Privacy Guide ( This amazing guide outlines a variety of things regarding Facebook privacy, starting from how to make sure a comment meant for your friends isn't seen by co-workers to keeping your Facebook information off Google's search results and blocking unwanted users. Plus a few things you probably didn't even know you wanted to know.
  • Pumpkin Carving 101: Carving history, choosing pumpkins, carving tools and stencils
  • College Depression (Mayo Clinic): What Parents Need to Know
  • The Ohio Bird Gallery - Identification of Ohio Birds

October 22, 2010

  • The place for daily recognition. Recognition gifts, resources, e-Praises and custom awards.

October 21, 2010

  • 2010 Revised Guidelines for CPR (American Heart Association): The AHA now recommends that chest compressions be the first step for lay and professional rescuers to revive victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the association said the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of CPR should now be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing).
  • Travelers' Health ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): information to assist travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.
  • FAQ Alert: a Human-edited, Question & Answer Directory that gives contributors the ability to promote their business or website by submitting a Frequently Asked Question. No "adult content" accepted.

October 15, 2010

  • ClipGrab: Makes it Simple to Download Videos Off Websites. Copy the link, paste it into a single program and download a video. A cross-platform program for downloading web videos to your computer.

October 14, 2010

  • 2010 Fall Foliage: Franciscan University, Steubenville OH (scroll down to Fall Foliage section).
  • "Your Created Goodness: Developing and Improving a Positive Attitude and Healthy Self-Worth – A Concept for Spiritual Wellness" by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR. "Discovering and embracing a sense of one's own created goodness is an underlying principle for developing spiritual wellness, as well as for personal wholeness."

October 7, 2010

October 6, 2010

October 4, 2010

  • Memorial of St. Francis of AssisiOct. 4 (
  • Principles of Catholic Environmentalism - Jeff Mirus (
  • Instacalc Online Calculator: a solution to those who need a variety of calculations and conversions done simultaneously. With Instacalc, just need to type in a calculation or operation and the answer will appear. The application also includes some programming tools and advanced math functionality, and the application can be embedded or linked, depending on the user's preference.

October 1, 2010

September 28, 2010

  • Continuous Chest Compression CPR: Learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
  • The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World: Guide to focus on the specific issues associated with developing content for the online medium.
  • Cue Sport Group: Know more about hundreds of pool & billiards games…everything that you need to know about the sport: equipments, game reviews, pro players profile, trick shots and a whole lot more!
  • Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN): self-contained boot disk that will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis. Click Download link at top left to download the program.

September 27, 2010

  • Education Nation - Sept. 26–Oct. 1: A in-depth conversation about improving education in America. NBC News will turn Rockefeller Plaza into a "Learning Plaza," a series of five galleries, open to the public, which will allow visitors to explore America's educational "ecosystem." During the entire week of September 26th, NBC News will highlight education stories as well as broadcast live from the Plaza.
  • General Principles of Fair Use in Education (University of Minnesota Libraries -- Copyright Initiatives)
    • Working With Fair Use (University of Minnesota Libraries -- Copyright Initiatives). Fair Use allows users of copyrighted works to exercise some rights under certain circumstances without seeking permission or paying royalties. The Fair Use Doctrine is probably the most important exemption to copyright protections for educational settings, allowing many uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching and research.
  • Online Stopwatch - Countdown Timer: a simple full-screen online stopwatch and countdown timer.
  • TeenChatDecoder: Do you often wonder what those acronyms are that your teenager is typing when they go online to chat? Are you always worried about the things your kid is doing online? If you have answered yes to these questions, then Teen Chat Decoder is the right site for you.

September 23, 2010

  • Free Microsoft Word Templates for Letterheads, Newsletters, Proposal, and more.
  • The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC): offers visitors a glimpse of traditional cultural items and detailed history about the Comanche People. 2010 Oklahoma Museums Association Award Winner for Best Website.
  • Easily Create A Favicon. If you have a blog or website then creating a favicon is a very good idea. This makes your link stand out from all the links that don’t have favicons. Secondly, a favicon brands your site and gives it that extra professional look.
    • Favicon Generator: A favicon (short for "favorites icon" and also known as a page icon), is an icon associated with a particular website or webpage that is displayed in the browser address bar next to a site's URL.
  • Apples & More - Univ. of Illinois Extension. History & Legends, Apple Facts, Varieties, Facts on Growing Apples, Selections & Uses and Recipes (most important before entering that apple pie baking contest).
    • Apple Recipes - Univ. of Illinois Extension: Plus, apple recipes for diabetics.

September 22, 2010

  • Historical and Public Figures: A General Portrait File to the 1920s. Over 30,00 portraits of a wide-range of public figures, including political, religious, cultural, literary and artistic personalities, with an emphasis on the 16th – 19th-centuries. Includes some original prints, but is principally printed pictures.

September 17, 2010

  • Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement  – September 17-18, 2010
  • "Don't Let Conflicts Keep You from Success"  by Chris Widener
  • "The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda)"Medieval Sourcebook. "The Golden Legend" by Jacobus de Voragine, writing about 1260, achieved dominance in later western hagiographical literature – about 900 manuscripts of his Golden Legend survive. From 1470 to 1530 it was also the most often printed book in Europe.…the Medieval Sourcebook makes available the full text of the seven volume edition published by Temple Classics in 1900. That was based on an older English translation by William Caxton, but with a text modernized by F.S. Ellis. Any notes in [square brackets] were added for this e-text.

September 16, 2010

  • Pope Benedict XVI's - Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom (16-19 September 2010) on the occasion of the Beatification of Card. John Henry Newman. Vatican Web site for all Pope Benedict XVI's homilies, messages, and photos of his Apostolic Journey to the U.K.
  • God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage: a marriage preparation supplement that offers engaged couples a more complete understanding of God's glorious plan for marriage and human sexuality than perhaps any program available in the Church today. Based on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body, this supplement is not a replacement to current diocesan or parish programs. It is intended to enhance a key component of marriage preparation: catechesis in the theology of marriage and the gift of human sexuality. God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage can be implemented as a one-day seminar, or over multiple evenings.

September 15, 2010

September 14, 2010

  • - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
  • Derek Redmond - Never Give up in Life! (1992 Barcelona Olympic Games). Inspirational video clip.
  • Gardening Advice (The Old Farmer's Almanac). The best planting garden dates, transplanting gardening tips. Gardening Jobs by the Month: click on a month tab for gardening advice for that month.
  • Sleep Disorders (Medline Plus). The most common kinds are: insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy - daytime "sleep attacks." Plus, nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep talking, head banging, bed wetting and grinding your teeth are kinds of sleep problems called parasomnias. There are treatments for most sleep disorders. Sometimes just having regular sleep habits can help.
  • Freemake Video Converter (Freeware): Convert between video formats, rip DVD, convert to devices, burn DVD, create photo slideshows and music visualizations, cut, join, rotate and upload video, photos, music to YouTube with our free video converter.
  • Rohn Design Group: Liturgical designers, artists and artisans. A family-owned and operated business.

September 13, 2010

  • The Emily Post Institute Etipedia: the online etiquette encyclopedia, full of tips and advice on wedding etiquette, everyday manners, children and teen etiquette, business etiquette, and more. Check categories along top bar and in left column.
  • 100 Ways Google Can Make You a Better Educator (Online Education Database - OEDB)
  • Dendroica: aid to identifying North American birds by sight or by sound - Canada, USA, and Mexico.
  • "premier news and resource site about how the digital technology is transforming the media."…"Offers tips, news and commentary about the future of media, social media, mobile trends, innovation in media, online journalism and digital storytelling."
  • ReCAPTCHAs: used by many websites to prevent abuse from "bots," or automated programs usually written to generate spam. No computer program can read distorted text as well as humans can, so bots cannot navigate sites protected by CAPTCHAs.
  • Fotomorph: simple program that makes it possible to morph images and created animated GIFs within seconds.
  • PDClipart: public domain clip art collection of 25,00+ clip art files for you to use in your blog posts, projects and presentations. All of them are in the public domain, meaning you don't need to worry about copyright infringement, licences, attribution, commercial usage and all that.

September 8, 2010

September 7, 2010

  • The National Writing Project (NWP): nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing in the nation's schools. Check out the "Resources" section and the topical sections that cover "Teaching Writing", "Teaching Reading", "Standards and Assessment."
  • Guide to Grammar and Style: a miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage.
  • The Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr.: classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
  • BugGuide: online insect identification guide of pretty much any insect in North America.

August 31, 2010

August 27, 2010

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation - National Library of Medicine (NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). The goal is to help you return to an active life, and to reduce the risk of further heart problems. A team of specialists will create a plan for you that includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling.
  • a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
  • North Carolina Tests of Computer Skills Student Handbook. For students who entered grade 8 from 2000–2001 school year and beyond.

August 26, 2010

August 25, 2010

August 23, 2010

  • Catholics Come Home: Dedicated to presenting the historical and miraculous aspects of the Catholic Church, and honest truth about even very difficult subjects.
  • New Scientist: Science news and science articles.
  • AllAboutBirds: Online Encyclopedia of Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Language Guide: A collaborative project to develop interactive, sound-integrated language learning resources. Provides interactive language lessons, quizzes, and texts that allow the language learner to hear the word or text pronounced by fluent, often native, speakers.
  • Font Squirrel: Free fonts licensed for commercial work.

August 16, 2010

  • Smithsonian Students - Education: The Smithsonian has an interesting site for 'Students, A Place for Kids to Explore, to Discover and Learn.' Visitors will find sections on 'Everything Art,' 'Science and Nature,' 'History and Culture' and 'People and Places.'
  • Mathew Brady Civil War Photographs: The U.S. National Archives has digitized over 6,000 images from the series "Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes."
  • International Etiquette Guide: Country Profiles - Guides to Culture, Etiquette, Customs and Protocol.

August 13, 2010

  • Types of Stem Cells (International Society for Stem Cell Research): Adult Stem Cells or Tissue-specific Stem Cells | Fetal Stem Cells | Cord Blood Stem Cells | Embryonic Stem Cells | Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS cells)
  • Bingle: Search Bing and Google At The Same Time. For Bing and Google loving people, Bingle was created. As you can tell from the name, Bingle is Bing (+Goog)le. The site is a search engine tool to search Bing and Google at the same time. When you type in a search query on Bingle and "bingle" it, a webpage opens with Bing results in the left pane and Google results in the right pane.
  • Geomagnetism: The National Geophysical Data Center maintains archives of geomagnetic data to further the understanding of Earth magnetism and the Sun-Earth environment. Data at NGDC include surface, ocean, airborne and satellite measurements, as well as models of the main field and its secular change, and models of the Space - Earth environment.
  • "Offering sun protective clothing, sun protective hats, sun protective swim wear, and other unique UV protective products for your sun safety."
  • PowerPoint® Templates (free) for Your Presentations: 12 unique and 100% free templates that you can download, unzip and revise to create a great presentation. There is no hidden cost. Each template is free and has several slides included that are ready to use.
  • St. Clare of Assisi - August 11 (
  • Ask a Librarian (Library of Congress)
  • Virtual Reference Shelf: (Library of Congress): Almanacs & Fast Facts | Calculators | Dictionaries & Thesauri | Encyclopedias | English Language & Literature | General Reference Resources | History (U.S.) | Politics & Government | Quotations | Research & Documentation | Science & Technology
  • Basics of Copyright (U.S. Copyright Office): Contact information & FAQs

August 6, 2010

  • Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress. A new, lavishly illustrated history of the sport features more than 350 of the best items in the LOC collections, some dating as far back as the late 1700s."Baseball Americana" examines baseball's hardscrabble origins, rich cultural heritage and uniquely American character.
  • Web Site Accessibility - Section 3: Section 508, ADA, and Web Sites. Section 508 and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) establish U.S. requirements for Web accessibility. The annotated resources below provide links to official documentation and articles and tutorials about how to follow these guidelines and regulations.

August 5, 2010

August 4, 2010

August 3, 2010

August 2, 2010

  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy for Healthcare Professionals: The Merck Manual Medical Library, includes Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Best Free Grammar Resources ( Great free grammar guides that can help you brush up on your grammar rules.
  • Synonym-Finder: Dictionary of Synonyms Online. Speak and write with confidence. To help you avoid using the same word too repetitively, redundantly, recurrently, incessantly, etc.… Note links at top of page to search for Antonyms and Definitions.
  • Infoplease Homework Center: "Largest free reference site. Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Almanacs, and Homework Help on English, math, history, geography, science, and social studies."
  • How to Write a Research Paper: This wikiHow page summarizes the single steps of how to write a research paper in a broad overview.
    • How to Write a Research Paper - Infoplease Homework Center. Divides the process of writing a research paper into nine single steps. Each chapter contains further steps with straightforward instructions and clear examples.
    • A+ Research & Writing: Guide for high school and college students providing details, outside links, and a lot of background information for each step of writing a thesis.
  • How to Write a Paper in Scientific Journal Style and Format. Bates College has published an incredibly thorough guide to writing scientific papers. The first chapter deals with scientific writing, followed by a chapter on how to go about writing the actual paper. Most useful, however, are the "How Do I Write the…" and "How Do I…" sections, that explain the different elements and conventions of a scientific paper.
  • ipl2 - Resources by Subject: merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by ipl2 staff for their usefulness in providing accurate, factual information on a particular topic or topics.
    • ipl2 - Pathfinders: "IPL Expert Guides" intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library. Covers Arts/Humanities, Business/Consumers, Education/Libraries, Entertainment/Leisure/Hobbies, General Reference, Health/Medicine/Nutrition, History/War, Law/Politics/Government, Science/Technology, Society/Culture.
    • ipl2 - Homeschooling: educating children at home with educational materials and content chosen by parents. In the United States, homeschooling is a legal option for parents who wish to educate their children in a different learning environment than what exists within the schools of the community. Different states in the U.S. have different legal requirements if children are to be homeschooled.

July 23, 2010

  • ARKive: creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists. Explore site by species or geographical region.
  • The Robert Louis Stevenson Website: celebrates Robert Louis Stevenson's life and works…not just a children's author, but also a poet, a playwright, a Gothicist, an essayist, a historian, an anthropologist, a Victorian, a Modernist and a Postmodernist, amongst other things. By detailing his diverse writing career, RLS aims to bring Stevenson out of the margins of literary study.
  • Aquinas and More Catholic Goods: "the largest on-line Catholic store…" featuring Catholic Bibles & books, Catholic jewelry/gifts/rosaries, art & statues, Christian apparel, church supplies.
    • Catholic Church Supply: Altar Supplies, Church Furniture, Liturgical Worship Books, Parish Service and Support, Sacramental and Communion Supplies, Sanctuary Appointments, Vestments/Clergy Apparel.
  • Online Literary Criticism Guide: This helpful guide to the best of literary criticism resources for authoritative and critical works was made possible via ipl2, the merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII), collected some of the best starting places for finding online critical writing. This resource is particularly good for finding information on English-language authors, but also includes many authors whose works have been translated into English.
  • USDA - National Agricultural Library (NAL): one of four national libraries of the United States. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.
    • Alternative Farming Systems Information Center: The USDA–National Agricultural Library's website focuses on topics related to sustainable and alternative agricultural systems, crops and livestock, which includes ecological pest management, agritourism, renewable energy on the farm, and aquaculture.

July 22, 2010

  • Fight Mesothelioma Cancer: Connect with US Cancer Treatment Centers approved by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), read up on lung cancer research and treatment options.

July 21, 2010

  • Social Media Guidelines - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Church can use social media to encourage respect, dialogue, and honest relationships…To do so requires us to approach social media as powerful means of evangelization and to consider the Church’s role in providing a Christian perspective on digital literacy.
  • MathTV: instructors demonstrate the power of online video for solving math problems in basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.
  • FreeVideoLectures - Bringing Free Education to All: "to organize the world's educational videos and make them universally accessible and down-loadable". Offers 90 + free online video courses from leading universities. All courses are categorized by Subjects and Universities. Subjects range from the usual Anatomy, Economics, and History.
  • 3 Popular Image Licenses You Need To Be Familiar With Before Using Someone's Photos – Creative Commons | GNU Public License | Public Domain. You can't just use any image you find online on your blog…because most of the photos on the Internet are subject to copyright, meaning the photographer who took the photo has the exclusive legal right to use the image.

July 20, 2010

  • "Abuse of Minors. The Church's Response" - Vatican Resources. The Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis. The Vatican has gathered all the pertinent documents on the Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis and posted them together on it's Web site. Includes the update to the 2001 apostolic letter "Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela," which outlined the norms for addressing cases of serious offenses.
  • L.L.Bean's Park Search: the world's parks at your fingertips. It's the perfect place to start planning your next adventure, and it's easy to use. Start your search by entering a park name or by choosing a region of the world you want to explore.
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps Virtual Experience: Explore the U.S. Marine Corps' proud heritage and marvel at the Marine aircraft suspended throughout the Leatherneck Gallery; experience bootcamp as a new recruit; watch historic footage of Marines landing on Iwo Jima; and much, much more.
  • Inspireweb: Inspirational sayings and famous quotes.
  • Veezzle: search for free high quality stock photos. A simple search engine that crawls multiple free stock photo resources so you can find and download them easily. Just enter the keywords you want to search for and Veezzle will display a number of results collected from different sites.
  • Quinoa: Ancient "Grain" of the Incas. A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to South America not only high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Article about quinoa at Wikipedia.

July 9, 2010

  • Understand, Prevent and Resolve Life's Challenges. Expert information and non-commercial resources for mental and emotional health, active healthy lifestyles, and aging issues.
  • an overall dictionary of English terms used in everyday conversation, to help improve your vocabulary skills.
  • a tool to research the meanings of a wide variety of contemporary slang terms and phrases.
  • the history and etymology of many common English words, explaining date and language of origin, and how the word developed its present meaning.
  • an accounting dictionary covering all aspects of corporate finance including tax laws, retirement funds, and balance sheets.
  • over 20,000 terms and over 115,000 links between related terms providing a clear and concise description of any and all business terms.
  • key banking and finance terms ranging from personal finance to institutional finance matters.
  • explains aspects of commerce ranging from physical storefronts, office politics, e-commerce, and international trade.
  • an in-depth look into key economic theories, principles, and terminology.
  • a glossary of marketing topics including branding, advertising, sales, and public relations.
  • over 7,000 words and phrases crucial to human resources and personnel management.
  • over 25,000 terms related to food items, nutrition, catering, digestion, and food preparation.
  • an explanation of software, hardware and Internet technologies for either a novice user or a computer whiz.
  • Essential Information Science terms relating to library science and knowledge management, and the role of technology in these areas.
  • a helpful guide to diseases, medical procedures, treatments, biological functions, nursing, and medicine.
  • a sports medicine dictionary detailing and terms relating to sports injuries, nutrition, exercise, and training.
  • a sports dictionary which explains the key terms in over 175 sports and games.
  • a legal dictionary that explains the meaning of all words frequently used in civil, criminal and commercial law.
  • an essential reference tool for anybody who wants to understand the terminology used in politics, government and public administration.
  • a science and technology dictionary which includes topics ranging from Aerospace to Zoology, and everything in between.
  • a list of military vocabulary, helpful in understanding ranks, orders and commands, and any military equipment.
  • a comprehensive look into of the word of wine, from the production process to grape varietals and wine tasting terminology.
  • Ancient Observatories: Chichen Itza. Developed by the Exploratorium Museum, gives an overview of Mayan History, Mayan Mythology and a Map of the excavation. Be sure to visit the Alignments, the background on the intricacies of how the Mayans aligned their structures for best observing the heavens.

July 6, 2010

July 3, 2010

July 1, 2010

  • Wolfram Education Portal: dedicated to the advancement of science and mathematics education. For both students and educators, this educational portal contains a collection of resources spanning all pre-college grade levels, including dynamic classroom Demonstrations.

June 30, 2010

June 28, 2010

  • BBQ & Grilling Recipes ( more than 1,620 trusted BBQ and grilling recipes from appetizers, to the standard meats and burgers, sauces and marinades, side dishes and even desserts and vegetarian recipes.
  • National Center for Home Food Preservation: Current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center advises people on how to can foods safely, along with offering recipes for how to make delicious foods.
  • Indexing recipes from across the web-500,000 recipes from sources like Allrecipes, Epicurious, Food Network, Chow, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart, My Recipes, Real Simple, and Recipezaar.
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - MedlinePlus
  • Photovisi: free and easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it's available for download and print!
  • Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art. On Sat., Oct. 2, the Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, Pa) will host Vatican Splendors exhibition presenting unique objects illustrating 2,000 years of art, history, and culture. The History Center is one of only three venues in North America to host this extraordinary exhibition.
  • Cool Text Fonts: over 1,200 free fonts available for download.

June 24, 2010

June 22, 2010

  • Big Huge Thesaurus: Synonyms, antonyms, and rhymes. Also blog post ideas and story plot/logline resources for writers.

June 21, 2010

  • The Ultimate Business Ethics Resource ( Includes Ethics of Finance | Human Resource Management | Sales & Marketing | Production | Property & Intellectual Property Rights | Technology | International Business.

June 18, 2010

  • "Advice for Fathers" by James B. Stenson. Happy Father’s Day! Excerpt from Father, the Family Protector (Princeton, NJ: Scepter Publishers, 2004.)
  • The Bioethics Research Library - Georgetown University: World’s largest collection related to an interdisciplinary and multi-format collection on ethical issues related to health care, biomedical research, biotechnology, and the environment.
    • Bioethics Syllabus Exchange Database - Bioethics Research Library (Georgetown University). A clearinghouse for syllabi to promote the study of bioethics. The study of bioethics at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate school levels continues to grow exponentially, and a number of online resources help educators who seek to incorporate this subject into their courses. This collection contains over 100 syllabi that relate broadly to ethics and genetics, and the materials come from seminars and short-term continuing education classes.
  • Learning Study Guides & Teacher Resources ( offers learning study guides and e-books covering Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare, US History, Civics, Biographies and Teachers & Librarians Resources.
  • Teach.Genetics - Genetic Science Learning Center (University of Utah): provides resources for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and public educators. These include PDF-based Print-and-Go™ activities, unit plans and other supporting resources. The materials are designed to support and extend the materials on Learn.Genetics.
  • Learn.Genetics - Genetic Science Learning Center (University of Utah): delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health.
  • National Association of Scholars (NAS): NAS stands for intellectual integrity in the curriculum, in the classroom, and across the campus—and responds when colleges and universities fall short of the mark. NAS upholds the principle of individual merit and oppose racial, gender, and other group preferences. And NAS regards the Western intellectual heritage as the indispensable foundation of American higher education.

June 17, 2010

  • Ancient Greece - The British Museum: Explore the world of ancient Greece using hundreds of objects from the British Museum.
  • Masters In Public Health: Search MPH Degrees, Schools, and Programs.
  • Global Language Monitor (GLM): documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.
  • YourDictionary: "a free online dictionary that offers definition search from Webster’s Dictionary for word meanings and thesaurus.…Also find legal dictionary, technical words, glossary, foreign language translation, medical dictionary, and rhyming dictionary lists." In addition, there are "Grammar and Reference Articles."
  • OneLook Dictionaries - The ultimate "Search dictionary web sites for words and phrases," indexes over 18,373,069 words in 1052 dictionaries. A unique feature of the site is the capability to enter a pattern of letters with wildcard symbols allowing you to retrieve the words that match the entered pattern.

June 15, 2010

June 14, 2010

  • "A Father's Pledge" by J.L Edwards (Happy Father's Day - June 20, 2010). Provides a starting place and a sustaining force for fathers who are choosing to eliminate alcohol or other negative forces from their lives. It is based on the belief that with God's help, a sacred pledge made from a father to his family can empower him to change his life forever.
  • Our National Spiritual Heritage as Presented In Presidential Quotes: Dozens of spiritual quotes by our United States Presidents, is taken from Ed Moore's book, Prayer Force One: Across America. It is presented here in order to preserve the foundations of our nation's spiritual heritage.
  • No. 1 camera information website with everything you need to know about compact and digital cameras, comparing cameras and camera reviews.

June 10, 2010

  • NOVA scienceNOW: featuring stories from the frontlines of health & biosciences, technology & math, medicine, and more
  • Untold Stories of D-Day (National Geographic): "A grand hoax, top secret maps, and live-ammunition rehearsals set the stage for June 6, 1944, when 200,000 soldiers stormed Normandy's beaches to help free Europe."
  • Victor A. Lundy WWII Sketchbook Archive (LOC): new online archive of eight sketchbooks made by architect Victor A. Lundy when he served in World War II…a total of 158 pencil sketches.
  • BeeDictionary: Online American English dictionary With Flash Cards, Pronunciations & More.
  • Scholastic Teachers - Where Teachers Come First. Teaching Resources, Children's Book Recommendations, Student Activities.
  • Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825: traces Russia's movement from relative isolation to global empire through its contacts with Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Divided into five sections, 'each of which considers Russian and world history during a given period.' The sections are composed of essays and visual accompaniments that cover the history, maps, personalities, themes, events and special features.
  • Wolfram|Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine: Gives you access to the world's facts, without searching. Contains 10+ trillion pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Check out Examples by Topic.

June 7, 2010

  • - Service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (U.S. State Dept.): The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs is to protect the lives and interests of American citizens overseas - international travel, passports, visas, law & policy.
  • The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. All four stanzas, along with historical background.

June 3, 2010

  • Legal Issues: Understand Your Legal Issues ( Get a good understanding your legal issues and find the answers you need and the help you want. Find definitions to legal terms using our dictionary.
  • Legal Help Center - Focuses on the specific area of law with which you might need assistance—Administrative Law, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Adoptions…Consumer Law & Consumer Protection, Contracts, Copyrights…Labor & Employment, Land Use, Planning & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant Law…Mesothelioma & Asbestos Exposure, Wills & Probate, and more.
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Information Center: Fast facts, remedies & treatments.

June 2, 2010

  • Glary Utilities: #1 free, powerful and all-in-one utility in the world market! It offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.
  • iFixit: Free Online Repair Manuals For Your Computers & Gadgets. Make it easy for you to fix things yourself with online step-by-step repair guides, troubleshooting tips, and a thriving global community of repair technicians who want to help.

May 28, 2010

  • Cards for Causes: helps support worthy causes by offering hundreds of Christmas, Holiday, Business, all occasion cards and invitations where 20% of every card purchase is donated to the nonprofit cause of the customer's choice.
  • Video Toolbox: free powerful video editor lets you convert videos, add watermark text, cut videos, crop videos, merge several video files, demux video files and much more.

May 26, 2010

  • USCCB - "Setting the Record Straight": Bishops' Position on Health Care Reform (May 21, 2010).
  • MeetTheBoss - The Executive Channel: a collection of high quality leadership training videos focusing on talks and interviews with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of many prestigious organizations from visionary entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 CEOs.
  • Math TV - Math and Algebra Help: tutorial videos on topics that range from basic math to Calculus. Videos are broken into short but very useful lessons that vary between 5 and 10 minutes in length and are very clear.
  • Purple Math Forums: Helping students gain understanding and self-confidence in algebra. Includes tutorials from all topics you might need for the SATs and more.
  • - World of Math Online: Free math lessons and math homework help — basic math, everyday math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus and beyond.
  • Algebra Homework Help: Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Physics. Archives contain hundreds of problems solved by the tutors
  • Illuminations (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the U.S.): 105 online activities that help to make math come alive in the classroom or at home, and a collection of 551 lessons for preK-12 math educators.
  • Major Tests: a large collection of prep tests for the SAT, GRE, GMAT covering math, verbal critical reading, and writing. As well, there is a word list with over 1500 essential words to build your vocabulary.
  • VocabTest - the place for SAT Vocabulary Tests: Series of English tests for all levels divided by grade, from Middle School to AP Senior. Select a level and take a test. It will tell you whether you are right or wrong and in the end, provide you with an explanation of the words and your average score compared to other students.
  • pElement: a free interactive periodic table software application (requires download). It contains over 65 information items on each element, user selectable skins, 12 colored maps, find element tool, unit conversion tool and more!
  • CollegeAtlas - A World of Higher Learning: Helping aspiring students and education minded professionals make an informed decision about which college to attend or which degree program to pursue by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date information about college and higher education opportunities.
  • Memorial Day Recipes: Google |

May 24, 2010

  • Catholic Bible Search Engine ( to "help the faithful in their Biblical studies and to facilitate Scripture sharing"…enables people to find specific Scripture passages using keywords.
  • Roman Catholic Funeral Readings. The selection of passages from the Bible is an important part of planning a funeral ceremony, as we want to turn to God's word for wisdom and comfort in this time of loss. To make this easier for the family, the Catholic Church has pre-selected a number of Biblical passages which are appropriate for the occasion of a funeral.
  • SweetSearch: search engine designed for students. Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by research experts.
    • SweetSites collections - Dulcinea Media: Search engines designed for students, librarians and teachers, organized by subject and academic level.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection: Database and Digital Images at the Harry Ransom Center - University of Texas–Austin. This database contains 215 medieval or Renaissance manuscripts that date between the 11th and 17th centuries.
  • Research Guide on Malignant Mesothelioma Lung Cancer and Asbestos. Including types of cancer, treatment options, hazardous careers @ risk of asbestos exposure, clinical trials and more.
  • SpecialTeas - Premium Loose Leaf Teas: Organic Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Blended Tea, Decaffeinated Tea, Flavored Tea, Fruit Blend Tea, Rooibos, Herbal & Mate.

May 19, 2010

  • Viktor Frankl - Why to Believe in Others (TED). In this rare clip from 1972, the legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning—and the most important gift we can give others.
  • Math Exercises That Prompt Students to Think - Dan Meyer (TEDxNYED): Today's math curriculum is robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems–formulating them. Classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
  • James Beard Foundation - Food & Recipes. Check out the Search options in right column.
  • W3Schools - Internet Developers Portal. Full web building tools - FREE. Covers HTML Tutorials | Browser Scripting | XML Tutorials | Server Scripting | Multimedia | Web Building, and more. W3Schools will help you become a professional Web developer.

May 18, 2010

  • a site for serious photographers to connect with other photographers, explore photo galleries, discuss photography, share and critique photos, and learn about photography.
  • USCCB: Q/A Regarding the Canonical Process for the Resolution of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Deacons

May 14, 2010

May 13, 2010

  • "Peacemaker's Toolkit" for Practitioners in Conflict Zones - U.S. Institute of Peace. A multivolume series of handbooks designed to collect and share best practices and lessons learned in a format practical for immediate use by mediators involved in preventing or ending conflicts. The five volumes published to date are: Managing a Mediation Process, Managing Public Information in a Mediation Process, Integrating Internal Displacement in Peace Process and Agreements, Debriefing Mediators to Learn.
  • Google Translate: free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. This translator supports: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish.
  • Identify North American Birds - Dendroica: interactive website developed to help students, volunteers and professionals improve their skills at identifying birds by sight or by sound, particularly so that they can participate in nature survey and monitoring programs. The site includes birds from throughout Canada, USA, and Mexico.

May 12, 2010

  • BreadWorld - Fleischmann's: Everything you need to know about baking bread. Includes resources & tips for beginners, sweet treats, pizzas & calzones, classic breads, holiday & specialty breads, rolls & buns, baking with kids.
  • Local Harvest: America's #1 organic and local food website maintains a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Just use the search engine or click on the map to find direct links to and information about the local food growers in your area.
  • 10 Most Downloaded Software For Audio Files - MP3 & audio software. Apps used to convert, organize or listen to digital audio files as well as rip physical music to a digital format.

May 11, 2010

  • Confusing Words: collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.
  • "Teaching the Ethics of Communications in a Catholic University" by Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at Minuto de Dios University, Columbia, October 8, 2009.
  • How Many Calories in Your Food? Find out how many calories in over 90,000 foods. Get the nutrition facts – food calories, carbs, fat, protein & more. Calorie counter, diets & more. It's Free.

May 6, 2010

May 5, 2010

  • Cornerstone of Hope: dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion Cornerstone offers comprehensive grief support services to those seeking support after the death of a loved one and to the professional community who serves the bereaved.
  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: provides detailed, peer-reviewed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. Texts have been collected from public domain sources and from articles submitted by professional philosophers. Search by key words or by timelines of philosophical movements and thinkers.
  • Language Courses online (U.S. Foreign Service Institute-FSI). Covers 41 languages, from Amharic to Yoruba. Pick a language from the list on the left, click it, and you’ll get a list of student materials on the right. There are student texts (available in PDF) and teaching tapes (available in MP3.)
  • Nelson Fine Art & Gifts: Committed to providing the best Catholic products on the market-period. Whether you're looking for a simple wood plaque or a custom piece of framed artwork, we're here to help.

May 3, 2010

  • Teen Dating Violence (CDC). Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a "normal" part of a relationship. But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
  • Alliant Energy Kids - Making Energy Fun and Safe: 'Through interactive and engaging activities, elementary students can learn about electricity and natural gas, how to use them safely and wisely, and the importance of conserving energy.'
  • A collection of free video lectures & talks from some of the world's most influential thinkers.
  • Math Is Fun – K-12 math concepts: Features include numbers, geometry, algebra, "Systems of Measurement"- Metric and US Standard, understanding money & compound interest; plus puzzles games, worksheets & an illustrated math dictionary.
  • Stain Removal Solutions (University of Illinois Extension). a comprehensive list of stain solutions. Each solution contains the supplies you will need and the preferred method for cleaning the stain.

April 30, 2010

  • Revised Roman Missal - 3rd Edition (Liturgy Training Publications): news update concerning the third edition of the Roman Missal. Includes What Is the Roman Missal? Liturgical Resources and FAQs.
  • FitClick Exercise Program: Customize a free exercise program and fitness plan. Browse 1000's of exercise plans or build your own. Workout tracker, 700+ exercises & more. It's Free.
  • Brazilian coffee - Kona Luna and Kona coffee blends online. Brazilian blend brings out the savory of fine Santos coffee and the intense floral aromas of our best Kona coffee.

April 29, 2010

April 28, 2010

  • Hot Dog Sauce Recipes (Google): Including Coney Island Chili, A&W Chili Dog Sauce Recipe, Michigan Chili Dog Sauce, and more.

April 26, 2010

  • For Your Vocation: an initiative of the Catholic Bishops of the United States as a resource for men and women in discernment, as an aid for promoting a vocation culture within the home, and a range of tools for educators, youth leaders and vocation directors. Por Tu Vocación en español.
  • Just Food Recipes: Includes gluten-free recipes, seasonal & holiday recipes, recipes by country, vegan recipes.

April 21, 2010

April 15, 2010

April 13, 2010

  • Vatican - CDF Guidelines on Sexual Abuse Allegations. The Vatican published a guide to understanding the procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual abuse allegations towards minors.
  • Vatican Information Service (VIS) now has its own blog which includes news items from the last few years in Spanish, English, French and Italian. The blog also allows access to the Vatican's Twitter account and YouTube portal.
  • Facts About Youth (Facts): resource designed to give educators, parents and students important science-based information about healthful approaches to youth who may be conflicted about gender identity and sexual orientation. This site is a project of the American College of Pediatricians, in coalition with other organizations who share a concern for the well-being of all youth.

April 7, 2010

  • Mesothelioma Web: one of the most comprehensive sites on asbestos and mesothelioma providing information and support to those who have been exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma Common Questions and Treatment.
  • TeAch-nology: The Online Teacher Resource. Free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today's generation of students. Includes Lesson Plans, Printable, Themes, Tips & Tools, and Worksheets by Subject areas: Arts & Humanities | Language Arts | Mathematics | Music Education | Physical Education | Sciences | Social Studies.
  • English Verb Conjugation: Conjugation is the regular arrangement of the forms of the verb in the various voices…conjugates 15,000 verbs in the affirmative, interrogative, and negative forms, with all tenses and persons. There are popular conjugated verbs on the front page, too (along with some verbs generally regarded as rude - watch your filters.)
  • 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.

March 31, 2010

March 29, 2010

  • National History Education Clearinghouse (U.S. Dept. of Education): designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. Areas to explore are "History Content," "Teaching Materials," "Issues & Research" and the "Weekly Quiz."
  • The Genetic Science Learning Center (University of Utah): Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Teach.Genetics provides resources for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and public educators.
    • Stem Cell Research: An introduction to stem cells, the building blocks of the body. What are some different types of stem cells? Issues in stem cell research?

March 26, 2010

  • Copyright for Librarians: a joint project of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL). The goal of the project is…to inform librarians concerning: copyright law in general, the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.
  • The Ultimate Plagiarism Resource: Detecting Plagiarism & Preventing It. This comprehensive resource will tell you everything you need to know about plagiarism, from the basic facts to free detection tools to preventing it in both the physical and online classroom.
  • Words of Inspiration - Powered by God: May these calming words of inspiration and encouragement provide a fresh perspective on life and a renewed hope for your journey.

March 25, 2010

  • Sistine Chapel - Virtual tour: a joint project of Villanova University and the Vatican. The Sistine Chapel is stunning, in floor-to-ceiling detail. You can crawl up and down Michelangelo’s frescoes with the mouse—just don’t spin it too quickly or you’ll get dizzy.
  • CM Almy: church supplies, Catholic vestments, clergy apparel & liturgical supplies since 1892.
  • Google Code University: learn more about current computing technologies and paradigms. The Courses section contains tutorials, lecture slides, and problem sets for a variety of topic areas: AJAX Programming, Algorithms, Distributed Systems, Web Security, Languages.

March 24, 2010

  • Catholic Books and Gifts: Catholic Bibles, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Apologetics, Saint Biographies, Prayer Books, Church History, Holy Orders, Catholic Bibles in Spanish (Biblias Catolicas en Espanol), Catholic Books in Spanish (Libros Catolicos en Espanol), Rosaries, Saint Medals, Crucifixes, Gifts. Free Shipping on orders of $20.00 or more.

March 23, 2010

  • Search the Health Reform Bill: Updated to include House of Representatives bill H.R. 4872, The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, March 18, 2010 (6,219 pages). Also search the combination of the Senate & House of Representatives health bills passed in November & December 2009.
  • Experience a 34 Week Online Retreat for Everyday Life: A Ministry of the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University.
  • The Abraham Lincoln Association: Includes The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 1953, The Abraham Lincoln Association Serials, which includes The Abraham Lincoln Quarterly, 1940-1952, Bulletin of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 1923-1939, Lincoln Centennial Association Addresses, 1909-1918, and the Lincoln Monographs.
  • Chemistry Educational Digital Library (ChemEd DL): "destination for digital content intended for chemical science education." Partnered by the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the Journal of Chemical Education, and The Chemistry Collective.
  • The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education (CACHE), a division of The Cardinal Newman Society, advises and assists academic and religious leaders in efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity and academic quality of Catholic colleges and universities.
  • How to Build A Free Resume Online: What is the difference is between a CV and a resume? The main difference is the length. A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, and experiences. A CV covers more details and is primarily used when applying for jobs in academia, education, science, and research.
  • FREE study guides that focus on literary analysis. Includes study guides that are concise and accurate to better understand classic and contemporary Literature.
  • NatureSound Studio: Lang Elliot features the sounds of birds, frogs, mammals, and insects.
    • Frogs and Toads in Color and Sound: a sampling of 12 species of frogs, complete with a detailed picture, actual sound recordings and a short description of the particular frog, his habitat and call.
  • Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency: Guidance for journalists who are ready to learn how to transform themselves into multimedia journalists. This series should demystify many of the new options for storytelling that have been made possible by digital tools.
  • "How to Give a Great Speech" by Earl Nightingale
  • C-SPAN Video Archives Online: currently more than 160,000 hours of footage dating back to 1987.
  • Legal Information Institute - Cornell Law School: all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code.
  • HealthyChildren (American Academy of Pediatrics): The mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Gardening Resources - National Gardening Association. Programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country. We serve as a bridge to connect people to gardening in five core fields: plant-based education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening.
  • My Religious Goods: distinctive Holy Land Christian gifts & Christmas ornaments & olive wood religious items.
  • 5 Cool Websites With Guitar Tuning Tones

March 12, 2010

  • Careers: How-To Guide (Wall Street Journal). Includes Your Career in a Tough Economy | How to Start a Job Search | How to Succeed in a Job Interview | Managing Your Career | How to Overcome Career Obstacles | How to Identify Job Opportunities | How to Search for a Job | How to Work With Executive Recruiters.
  • Reuters: Handbook of Journalism. This handbook is not intended as a collection of "rules". Beyond the obvious, such as the cardinal sin of plagiarism, the dishonesty of fabrication or the immorality of bribe-taking, journalism is a profession that has to be governed by ethical guiding principles rather than by rigid rules.

March 8, 2010

  • St. John Lateran, Roma - 360 Virtual Tour: Instructions: After you click on the site below, select an image and, then hold down the left mouse button and slowly move the cursor around the room., zoom in/out.
  • Math Worksheets World: every K-12 teacher, homeschooler, and students´ dream come true! 12,000 printable K-12 math worksheets, lessons, and resources.

March 5, 2010

  • Popular Science Magazine Free Online Archives: The entire archives (137 years) of Popular Science is now accessible and searchable.
  • Stop Bullying Now! Campaign: created especially for adults by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Here you'll find resources about bullying awareness, prevention and intervention. No matter how you interact with children and youth, there are many ways you can Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!

March 4, 2010

  • Baseball Reference: resource for major league baseball statistics and history. You'll have access to just about any fact concerning baseball, from players to teams, leagues, managers, schools and even games.

March 3, 2010

  • PSA Testing Decision Aid - Health Crossroads. This Crossroad is intended for men who are considering whether to have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a blood test to determine the PSA level. The test may lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  • American Journeys (Wisconsin Historical Society & National History Day): contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later, plus a digital library and learning center.
  • TestSize: View Your Web Site in Different Screen Resolutions. One of the most integral parts of developing a website is to test it in different screen resolutions. There are several ways to go about it but none of them are faster and smoother than TestSize. A simple web app that lets you view site in different resolutions.

March 2, 2010

  • PaperRater: Diligent students should make sure that their work is well-written, original, coherent, and grammatically correct. PaperRater is a free web service with robust grammar and spell checking, plagiarism detection, and writing suggestions to improve your writing.
  • A digital library of authoritative medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine. This is the "all-in-one" site for every medical student.
  • Medical Matrix: Guide to Internet Clinical Medicine Resources covering Specialties, Diseases, Clinical Practice, Medical Literature, Education, Alternative Medicine, Ethics & Law, and Medical Computing, Internet and Technology.
  • eMedicine: point-of-care clinical reference featuring up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles organized in specialty-focused textbooks, and is continuously updated with practice-changing evidence culled daily from the medical literature.
  • The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI-NIH): advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.
  • A to Z Teacher Stuff For Teachers: FREE online lesson plans, lesson plan ideas and activities, thematic units, printables, themes, teaching tips, articles, and educational resources.
  • The Teacher's Corner: Teacher resources, lesson plans, thematic units, printable worksheets
  • North American Mammals (National Museum of Natural History): a searchable database of all living mammals of North America. Based on "The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals," by Don E. Wilson and Sue Ruff (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999) and "Mammals of North America," by Roland W. Kays and Don E. Wilson (Princeton University Press, 2002), over 400 mammals native to North America are included.
  • Irish Beer Finder: Directory of U.S. Irish Bars and Taverns. The site lists 2,400 Irish bars and taverns in all 50 states.

February 24, 2010

  • Winter Storm Safety Checklist (Red Cross): Preparedness Fast Facts - What should I do? What supplies do I need? What do I do after a storm?
  • KeepVid: Download and save any video from Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, iFilm and more!
  • Sumatra PDF: free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features. It's small and starts up very fast. It's designed for portable use: only one file so you can run it from external USB drive. Doesn't write to registry. Download Sumatra PDF

February 23, 2010

  • NOVA - Life's Greatest Miracle: Tracks the human development from embryo to newborn by way of the extraordinary microimagery of Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. Includes explanations of diagnostic and screening techniques currently used to assess the health of an unborn child, the stem cell debate. This site is indeed an important educational resource with a teacher's guide as well as suggestions for associated discussions and activities. This hour-long program is divided into eight chapters.
  • NOAA’s National Weather Service - National Hurricane Center. Get storm forecasts, hurricane awareness and preparedness info, and the 2010 Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
  • America's Test Kitchen - Cook’s Illustrated: The absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. We test each recipe until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.
  • "In Search of Silence" by Chris Roe. A sample selection of Poems and Prints.
  • Justice for Priests and Deacons: referral program to advise priests and deacons about their rights under Canon Law and to process appeal cases. Seeks to serve the needs of clergy who are unaware of their rights under Canon Law; its canonists are available for consultation and representation.

February 19, 2010

  • NBC Olympics logo NBC 2010 Winter Olympics: Coverage includes TV Listings | Videos | Event Results & Schedules | Team USA
  • AMS Books Online (American Mathematical Society) Works to further mathematical research and scholarship can be browsed by author or subject. The subject headings include analysis, general interest, logic and foundations, and number theory. Users can download individual chapters from each book, and there are currently over thirty books available on the site.
  • How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists): For your entire pregnancy, the baby depends on you for all the things it needs to grow and thrive. Although each pregnancy is unique, the growth and development of a fetus take place in a fairly standard pattern. Month by month, you and your baby prepare for birth and a new life.
  • New York Heritage: a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in the Empire State's history. The site contains information from over 160 collections from library, museums, archives, and other resources across the state of New York.

February 18, 2010

  • Pillfinder - MedHelp: useful tool that helps to identify prescription pills online, be it tablets or capsules, using their name, shape, color, or markings.

February 17, 2010

  • The Nutrition Source (Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health): Provides timely, evidence-based information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals, and the public.

February 15, 2010

February 12, 2010

February 11, 2010

  • a comprehensive database of 1000s of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. Includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers. A-Z Drug Index.

February 10, 2010

  • Votetocracy: where every citizen can see every bill currently in congress, vote on those bills and send those votes to their representatives.

February 8, 2010

  • February is Library Lovers' Month: a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.
  • eSkeletons (University of Texas-Austin): devoted to the study of human and primate comparative anatomy. It offers a unique set of digitized versions of skeletons in 2-D and 3-D in full color, animations, and much supplemental information. The purpose of this site is to enable you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates and to gather information about them from our osteology database.

February 5, 2010

February 3, 2010

  • Super Bowl Food and Recipes ( Here are dozens of Super Bowl recipes, including party snacks and finger foods, dips and spreads, hearty sandwich recipes, and more.
  • A premier cooking & recipe internet resource featuring thousands of recipes. Includes a Cooking Dictionary of useful resource of culinary definitions for various cooking techniques, terms and recipe ingredients.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: February is Black History Month. The Freedom Center opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in August of 2004. Their mission is to 'reveal stories about freedom's heroes, past and present, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.'

February 1, 2010

  • "Armed With The Faith: A Catholic Handbook for Military Personnel" (Knights of Columbus): "The Knights of Columbus holds in the highest esteem the men and women of the Armed Forces and we present this special edition of Armed with the Faith, to respond to the needs of those in training, those in the reserves or those on active duty here at home."
  • LawInfo's Free Legal Resource Center: Information you need to better understand the law and get answers to legal questions. From free legal forms and informational videos, to thousands of frequently asked questions, articles and guides, here’s the answers you've been searching for.
    • FreeAdvice: free legal advice in 100+ law topics and insurance advice. Includes: Accident Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property, and more.
    • - Dictionary: Comprehensive list of (probably) every legal term known to man. Each term is accompanied with its definition, respectively.
    • Justia: Law & legal information for lawyers, students, business and the public. Covers Legal Practice Areas | Legal Research & Law Practice | Cases in the News - Documents.
    • Social Media Law Student: "to connect lawyers with new technologies in hopes of making the practice of law easier."
  • AmericanFactFinder (US Census Bureau): Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

January 29, 2010

  • Institute for Marital Healing: to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts.
  • Earthwatch Institute: scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch-Education: curriculum ideas and lesson plans inspired by other educators' experiences on Earthwatch expeditions. These resources are free and available for you to use. We also have available The Classroom Earth Series, a collection of case studies from Earthwatch expeditions.

January 28, 2010

January 26, 2010

  • Over 20,000 illustrations, anecdotes, stories, jokes, sayings, maxims, and quotations on more than 2,000 topics, a valuable resource for preachers, teachers, youth leaders and anyone who is tasked in public speaking.
  • Classic, famous, and inspirational quotes, maxims, wits, epigrams, sayings, and proverbs.

January 25, 2010

  • VSO Image Resizer: Manage your digital photos with this free resize image software. Create e-mail friendly versions of your images, load them faster. Works with 32 and 64bits edition of Windows XP, Vista, 7. VSO Image resizer is integrated into the Windows explorer shell, right click on your pictures and start working on your pictures! NB: also add a watermark.
  • PhotoOnWeb by VSO: Easily create online photo albums for sharing your pictures on internet with your friends and family. Sort your photos in multiple albums, pick a template and click on the Publish button. Host the pictures with your own ISP, or create an account on VSO's server. No computer programming knowledge is required, HTML editing can be used for custom albums. Uses Flash technology to enjoy the details of the pictures: elegant and professional look and feel.
  • Guidebook To Web Searching ( How to formulate your search queries, instead just 'asking' questions to the mighty Google, and how many different content-specific search engines there are at your disposal.
  • LitCharts: Literature Review Examples to Help You Study Fast. Includes Background Info, Plot Summary, Character Study, Theme, Summary & Analysis, Theme Tracker.
  • Eponyms, List of (Wikipedia): An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) from whom something is said to take its name. The word is back-formed from "eponymous", from the Greek "eponymos" meaning "giving name."
  • WhiteNoisePlayer - If you are stressed out with the noise around you, be it your baby crying or your son playing video games, then you should try this app. WhiteNoisePlayer is a website that streams various white noise to help you sleep and relax while drowning out other noises.

January 22, 2010

  • Google Web Search - Classroom Lessons and Resources. These Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help educators learn better search skills in their classroom. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.
    • Google Help - Cheat Sheet. Here's a quick list of some of our most popular tools to help refine and improve your search. For additional help with Google Web Search or any other Google product, you can visit our main Google Help page.
  • BrainTrack: profiles almost every US higher-education institution with original overviews, home page links, detailed degree data, similar schools, and more. Includes guides for finding schools, such as by religion, and articles on topics such as financial aid, accreditation, transfers, and international studies in the US. All of our listed US colleges and universities are recognized by the US Department of Education as being accredited.

January 20, 2010

  • Academic Earth: free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities. Subjects: AP Test Prep | Architecture | Astronomy | Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Economics | Engineering | Entrepreneurship | Environmental Studies | History | International Relations | Law | Literature | Mathematics | Media Studies | Medicine | Philosophy | Physics | Political Science | Pre-Med | Psychology | Religious Studies.
  • a 'medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focused health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.'
  • Health Channel ( extensive information from trusted sources on over 4,000 topics including diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, surgeries, nutrition, poisons, and special topics. There is also focus on family and community health.
  • Reference Channel ( extensive information from trusted sources on over 100,000 articles covered under earth & environment, history, literature & arts, health & medicine, people, philosophy & religion, places, plants & animals, science & technology, social science, law, sports, everyday life, and more.
  • A Drop of Water - 2000 frames per second. Watch the 2-minute video that shows a drop of water falling into a puddle at 2000 frames a second. You will see something totally unexpected. "Doc" of M.I.T., explains the physics of the event. From Discovery Channel's series 'Time Warp' where MIT scientist and teacher Jeff Lieberman and digital-imaging expert Matt Kearney use the latest in high-speed photography to turn never-before-seen wonders into an experience of beauty and learning.

January 18, 2010

  • American School Search: dedicated to helping you find the right school or university that matches your needs and provides you with the skills you need to start a new and rewarding career.
    • Roman Catholic Church Colleges & Schools - American School Search. Lists all 270 colleges in the USA that are currently associated with the Roman Catholic Church. Lists information on student-to-faculty ratios, enrollment figures, tuition and financial aid packages, on-campus housing costs, degree programs, scholarships, and much more.

January 15, 2010

  • Vatican - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) and throughout the year 2010. Theme: "You are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:48). Resources from Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010 (Jan. 18-25). Theme: You Are Witnesses of These Things. Left column includes Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements | Guidelines to Observing the Week of Prayer | Prayer & Worship resources and Homiletic Notes for the Week of Prayer and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • National Vocation Awareness Week 2010: January 10-16.The USCCB has a sub-site with information and resources for promoting vocations.
  • 1000’s of quick healthy recipes, diets, fitness tips and more! Learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, with all the tools you need to create a healthier you. Information about every kind of diet, from 7-day diets to meal based plans. Of course the best diet is simply to eat well.
  • SpiceAdvice – online guide to using spices. Information on different kinds of spices and helps you to decide the right spice combination for your meal. The site has spice usage tips, a spice encyclopedia.
  • NASA eClips™ - short relevant educational video segments exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. The programs are produced for targeted audiences: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and the general public. Note the selection along the left margin.
  • Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (Penn State University): Guidelines are 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.
  • Virus & Threat Removal Tools - Symantec Security Response. Tools to automatically conduct what would often amount to extensive and tedious manual removal tasks.

January 14, 2010

  • A terrific resource for everything you need to know about using computers and software, and how-tos when they don’t work as they should. Includes how-to articles and reviews of programs.

January 12, 2010

  • Search the Health Reform Bill: a searchable copy of the Senate and House bills so people can track down specific areas of interest in the combined 725,000-word documents. Search the combination of the Senate health bill as amended and passed on December 24, together with the House of Representatives bill passed in November.
  • Manuals–Search-Engine: Google-powered custom search engine which lets you search for all kind of tech & software manuals online.
  • Crossfit: online training program which includes exercises and workouts that help in improving the overall physical fitness of a person. Contains detailed information about the program and the exercises included in it. The program isn't intended for beginners. Hence, if you are a newbie, you should go slow on it.
  • The Center for the Book (Library of Congress): to promote reading, literacy and libraries. The website offers a great many "Resources" on the menu on the left side of any page. "Educators and Parents" section visitors can find wonderful lesson plans, exhibitions, and online activities.
  • Singing Insects of North America: created to be of assistance to both professional and amateur biologists interested in studying singing insects.
  • Astronomy - Selected Internet Resources (Science Reference Services, LOC).
  • - Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Ashland University. Learn more about American history by going back to the original source documents, from the founding through the 20th century and beyond. Includes Document Library, Special Exhibits on the American Founding, Lesson Plans (NEH), and Online Audio Lectures and Discussions.
  • Exemplar - Search for Words in Context. Searches over 1,900 journals from Springer's collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in published literature. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including the life sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law, contributed by some of the world's leading academics in these fields.
  • Geoff - Photography Tutorials. Here are the digital photography tutorials, the techniques that will show you how to become a better photographer and learn to take better photos. Top 10 Photography Tips is a great place to start.

January 6, 2010

  • "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation" - 2010 World Day of Peace Message. Pope Benedict's World Day of Peace message for 2010 has been much remarked with its strong warning of the dangers of environmental disaster. This is the USCCB website presenting Pope Benedict's message and offering resources and materials for preparing the day.
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. A presentation by the Smithsonian Institution outlining how Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe.
  • SweetSearch: a custom search engine designed for students. Searches only 35,000 Web sites that have been evaluated and approved by a staff of Internet research experts at Dulcinea Media, and its librarian and teacher consultants.
  • 10 Websites For A Daily Fix Of Sayings & Quotations
  • QuotePotato: Quotations resource for love quotes, famous quotes, friendship quotes, humorous quotes, inspirational quotes, birthday quotes, motivational quotes, movie quotes. Also, indexed by author.
  • Spiritual Formation of the Priest - 12 Conferences presented by Rev. Raphael Simon, OCSO, MD, St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA. Purpose of the Conferences: The spiritual formation of the priest enabling him then to be a spiritual formator of his people as another Christ moved by the Holy Spirit.



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