February 15, 2008
10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Times
10x10 is difficult to describe because of its uniqueness. It has 100 pictures and 100 words that are used to describe what is currently happening in the world for that given hour.
This is what the website has to say about what 10x10 is:
10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.To finish reading about 10x10, click here.
This is what the website has to say about how 10x10 works:
Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.To finish reading about how 10x10 works, click here.
To check out 10x10 website, click here.
February 13, 2008
Academic Libraries - Blogging Libraries
Many academic libraries are using blogs as a means of providing information to their students as well as the surrounding community. They may be used to provide information about events, change of hours, new additions or even book reviews. Academic Libraries – Blogging Libraries has created list of library blogs (new blogs are still being added), some of the academic blogs are: Arizona State University Library, College of DuPage Library Blog, Harvard Law School and Moraine Valley Community College Library. To see the complete list go to:
July 02, 2007
Project Gutenberg and Project Gutenberg Canada
The following information is from the Project Gutenberg Canada website: Project Gutenberg Canada and the other Gutenberg sites offer many thousands of ebooks that are:
absolutely free of charge
in standard formats that are easy to use
completely free of Digital Rights Management (DRM)
I have used Project Gutenberg and it has some great books listed. There are thousands of titles available; fiction, non-fiction, and childrens books just to name a few. You can search subject, author, catagory (they have audio books that you can download) and subject heading (there are more options). It is definiately worth checking out. Project Gutenberg Canada is in its infancy and currently has about 50 titles availbe.
June 27, 2007
The Sunlight Foundation is creating a search engine (LOUISdb.org, which is in its Beta Release) for searching for federal documents from the executive and legislative branches of government. LOUISdb.org stands for the Library Of Unified Information Sources.
This is what they have to say about LOUISdb.org:
LOUIS currently contains, in fully searchable format, seven sets of federal documents:
Congressional Bills & Resolutions
In addition, LOUIS delivers these federal documents in an electronic, printable, text format for easier use. LOUIS also lets you access all the pages of a debate in the Congressional Record - or any other document - in one printer-friendly Web page.
You can search broadly for keywords or limit searches to a single document set or range of dates. LOUIS, which daily updates its document depository, even allows you to set up a "standing query" as an RSS feed. LOUIS can alert you every time there is a new document that references your query. For example, if you want to follow "lobbying reform," and Senators debate the lobbying reform measures of an ethics bill, the LOUIS notifier feed will send an update with a link to the relevant transcript from the Congressional Record.
June 06, 2007
Now that summer is here, are you looking for places to: camp, fish, bicycle, or hike? Then Recreation.gov is worth looking into. You can search for the following activities:
Autotouring, Biking, Boating, Camping, Climbing, Educational Programs, Fish Hatcheries, Fishing, Hiking, Historic/Cultural Sites, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Lodging, Museum/Visitor Center, Off-Highway Vehicle Access, Recreational Vehicles, Water Sports, Wildlife Viewing, and Winter Sports
You can search for: campgrounds, RV site, cabins, horse sites, etc. You can limit by state and date. They have posted information on booking tours of historic sites, obtaining permits, scenic routes and much more.
June 05, 2007
Now that summer has arrived it is time to plant flowers and mow the always growing lawn. It is also time to wonder what is causing the brown patches in the lawn, plants to die and how to get rid of the creepy crawlies on the plants.
PlantFacts which is a combination of several digital collections developed by Ohio State University can help. By combining the digital collections they have created an international knowledge bank and and multimedia learning center that offers the following:
Web - Internet search engine - Most concentrated search engine dealing strictly with plants. Over 260,000 pages of information from every land-grant university in the U.S. and several government institutions across Canada. Also includes academic information about college degree programs, requirements, scholarships, career opportunties, research projects, and online courses.
Images - (formerly Plant Dictionary) - A searchable database of high quality images featuring Ornamental plants, Turf, Plant Diseases, and Insects.
Videos - Collection of 200 short gardening how-to videos, ranging from tips on basic landscaping to lessons on deadheading roses. Hosted by Tom McNutt, gardening expert for NBC4 in Columbus.
FAQ's - Illustrated answers to over 800 commonly asked Gardening Questions, ranging from when to plant annuals to watering large shade trees.
Glossary - Illustrated definitions of commonly used horticultural terms.
May 22, 2007
Best Places to Get Free Books - The Ultimate Guide
This list was compiled by:
Friedbeef’s Tech http://www.friedbeef.com/
Best Places to Get Free Books - The Ultimate Guide
To see the list, go to:
Top 10 Best Places to Get Free Books (Part 1)
To see this list, go to:
April 10, 2007
On my way into work today, I heard that this is the year the cicada.
Here are a few resources about cicadas:
In the GSU Library:
Arnett, R. (2000). American insects : a handbook of the insects of America north of Mexico. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. QL474 .A762000
Harbster, J. (2004, May). Selected Internet Resources--17-Year Periodical Cicadas (2004). Retrieved April 10, 2007, from 17 Year Cicadas-Selected Internet Resources-Library of Congress Web site: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/selected-internet/cicadas.html
University of Illinois Extension, Cicadas in Illinois. Retrieved April 10, 2007, from Cicadas in Illinois Web site: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cicadas/index.html
Carter, J. S. (2004). Cicada Recipes. Retrieved April 10, 2007, from Cicada Recipes Web site: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/steincarter/recipes.htm
April 03, 2007
Rare Book Room
From the Rare Book Room website:
The "Rare Book Room" site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.
Over the last ten years, a company called "Octavo" embarked on digitally photographing some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).
This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.
Here are a few of the titles you can view:
Gutenberg ’s Bible of 1455 (from the Library of Congress)
Harvey's book on the circulation of blood
Galileo ’s Siderius Nuncius
The first printing of the Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta.
January 30, 2007
The Official Website of the Indianapolis Colts
Everything you wanted to know about the Colts and then some. Find out:
Colts History - 20 Years in Indianapolis Years
Classic Radio Calls
Blue the Mascott
Click here to go to The Official Website of the Indianapolis Colts.
Chicago Bears History
If you want to do read up on the Chicago Bears before SuperBowl LXI, this is the site for you. The following information is available:
Chicago Bears Seasons by Era
A Short History of the Chicago Bears
Photos of Tailgating Parties
Chicago Bears History Sidelines
Chicago Bears History Tidbits
This site is not affiliated with, nor endorsed or recognized by the NFL or the Chicago Bears. It has been carefully and thoughtfully created by a Chicago Bears fan of 26 years and counting out of pure love for the subject matter. Click here to go to Chicago Bears History.
January 25, 2007
The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years
BY ALEX HUTCHINSON
Published in the December 2005 issue.
1955--TV REMOTE CONTROL
It marks the official end of humanity's struggle for survival and the beginning of its quest for a really relaxing afternoon. The first wireless remote, designed by Zenith's Eugene Polley, is essentially a flashlight. When Zenith discovers that direct sunlight also can change channels on the remote-receptive TVs, the company comes out with a model that uses ultrasound; it lasts into the 1980s, to the chagrin of many a family dog. The industry then switches to infrared.
In 1945 Raytheon's Percy Spencer stands in front of a magnetron (the power tube of radar) and feels a candy bar start to melt in his pocket: He is intrigued. When he places popcorn kernels in front of the magnetron, the kernels explode all over the lab. Ten years later Spencer patents a "radar range" that cooks with high-frequency radio waves; that same year, the Tappan Stove Co. introduces the first home microwave model.
Enovid, a drug the FDA approves for menstrual disorders, comes with a warning: The mixture of synthetic progesterone and estrogen also prevents ovulation. Two years later, more than half a million American women are taking Enovid--and not all of them have cramps. In 1960 the FDA approves Enovid for use as the first oral contraceptive.
The Boeing 707-120 debuts as the world's first successful commercial jet airliner, ushering in the era of accessible mass air travel. The four-engine plane carries 181 passengers and cruises at 600 mph for up to 5280 miles on a full tank. The first commercial jet flight takes off from New York and lands in Paris; domestic service soon connects New York and Los Angeles.
To see the rest of the list click here.
January 18, 2007
WordIQ - Dictionary Dictionary
WordIQ.com is a comprehensive and searchable reference tool on the web. We offer search results from a diverse array of dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, and other valuable references.The following dictionaries and encyclopedias are available:
English Dictionary Search
Computer Terms Dictionary Search
Language Translations Dictionary
Law Dictionary Search
Bible Dictionary Search
U.S. Census Database
Acronyms Dictionary Search
Moby's Online Thesaurus Tool
There is much more available:
January 16, 2007
World History: HyperHistory
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.
It is very easy to use. The left hand menu allows you search by People, Events, History or Maps. Choosing any one of these brings up an index on the right. Select a data range from the index and it brings up a timeline. Everything on the timeline is linked to information, which is displayed on the right. You can also search by Science, Religion, Culture or Politics.
To check out HyperHistory, click here.
January 12, 2007
New Requirements for Travelers
The U.S. Department of State has a website that has information for travelers leaving the country. It is Travel.State.Gov
Here you will find information on:
International Travel for U.S. Citizens
Passports for U.S. Citizens
Visas for Foreign Citizens
It also covers the new requirements for travelers going to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico or Canada. The new requirements are:
Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The proposed implementation timeline has two phases:
Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.
To read the rest of the requirements, click here.
January 04, 2007
Looking for resources that you can access on your IPOD, PDA, Cell Phone? Here are just a few resources that are available:
Chicago Tribune - click here here for mobile access.
Careerbuilder.com - click here for mobile access.
BusinessWeek - click here for mobile access.
iPodder.org - click here to go to the podcast directory website.
Open Culture - click here to the podcast directory for your IPOD.
PodcastDirectory.com - The big directory - click here to go to the directory.
December 11, 2006
HuriSearch: The Human Rights Search Enginge
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HuriSearch, which is a human rights search engine was officially launched on December 10th, Human Rights Day. The search engine is designed to provide searchers with data specific to the area of human rights, and has indexed over 3,000 websites and 2,300,000 pages concentrating in this area. Its crawler refreshes between every 24 hours and 8 days, depending on type of site.
HuriSearch is a collaboration between FAST and HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International). The search engine itself is described in more detail below, but in short, it's fast, effective and provides good solid functionality for searchers who require good quality content in this subject area.Click here to try HuriSearch.
December 07, 2006
The Iraq Study Group Report
Government Information Librarian Paul Blobaum provided a link to the Iraq Study Group Report. The report can be found at the following url: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps76748/iraq_study_group_report.pdf
Here is an exerpt from the Executive Summary:
The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved.
In this report, we make a number of recommendations for actions to be taken in Iraq, the United States, and the region. Our most important recommendations call for new and enhanced diplomatic and political efforts in Iraq and the region, and a change in the primary mission of U.S. forces in Iraq that will enable the United States to begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly. We believe that these two recommendations are equally important and reinforce one another. If they are effectively implemented, and if the Iraqi government moves forward with national reconciliation, Iraqis will have an opportunity for a better future, terrorism will be dealt a blow, stability will be enhanced in an important part of the world, and America’s credibility, interests, and values will be protected.
The challenges in Iraq are complex. Violence is increasing
in scope and lethality. It is fed by a Sunni Arab insurgency, Shiite
militias and death squads, al Qaeda, and widespread criminality.
Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to ability.
To read the complete summary, go to http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps76748/iraq_study_group_report.pdf
Remembering the Pearl Harbor Raid
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 --
Overview and Special Image Selection
The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.
Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target.
Searchable Archive of Survivors’ Stories: Read personal tales of heroism and disaster, find a long-lost friend, or submit your own true tale of December 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor Ships and Planes, World War II Time Line, and More: Get the facts in easy-print form, click to related sites, and review recommended resources.
The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The national memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States. Experience history through the national memorial's program tour, museum, and wayside exhibits.
The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan.
Behind them they left chaos, 2,403 dead, 188 destroyed planes and a crippled Pacific Fleet that included 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. In one stroke the Japanese action silenced the debate that had divided Americans ever since the German defeat of France left England alone in the fight against the Nazi terror.
December 04, 2006
Take the power of Google Maps with you on your mobile phone.
Integrated search results
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Looking for other ways to access Google local listings from your mobile device? Try text messaging Google or using your mobile web browser to get local listings. Just visit www.google.com/gmm on your mobile web browser
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Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.
Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.
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To find stores that accept Google Checkout, search Google and look for this shopping cart icon in sponsored links.Shop
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November 12, 2006
Nursery Rhymes lyrics, origins and history
According to the Nursery Rhymes website:
The origins of most nursery rhymes reflect events in history and where available we have included both the meanings and origins of everyone's favourite nursery rhymes. Two examples of these types of nursery rhymes origins are 'Ring a Ring o Rosies' which refers to the Bubonic plague and 'Remember Remember' nursery rhymes which allude to Guy Fawkes' foiled attempt to blow up the English Houses of Parliament! Many of the words and nursery rhymes lyrics were used to parody the royal and political events of the day, direct dissent would often be punishable by death!
To find out about your favorite nursery rhyme click here.
November 06, 2006
Today's website is Topix.net. According to their website:
Topix.net is the Internet's largest news site, with over 360,000 topically based, micro-news pages presenting stories from more than 27,000 sources, including mainstream media and blogs. Each of these micro-news pages is focused on one particular subject or locality.
For instance, Topix.net has separate pages devoted to each of the 30,000 cities and towns in the US, individual pages for every company, industry, health condition, sports team, university, celebrity and thousands of others. Combining our unique approach to presenting topical news and the intuitive navigation tools available for moving from page to page, Topix.net offers users the quickest and most comprehensive way to find all the news that matters to them.
Topix.net is also a place for you to post your own news stories, as well as comment about stories you've seen on the Topix.net site. Each story and every Topix.net page comes with the ability to add your voice to the conversation.
Click here to go to Topix.net
November 03, 2006
Chicago Elections 2006
Here is a link to the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago website. This will answer any questions you have about Chicago elections.
Illinois Elections 2006
Here is a list of websites to help you with your voting decisions:
Politics1 - Online Guide to Illinois Politics - Your complete directory of Illinois candidates for Governor, United State Senator and Congress in the current election cycle ... state political parties ... the official state election office ... and state news sources.
November 02, 2006
election 2006 - Ask.com Web Search
Ask.com has done a web search for elections 2006, here is a link to the search results.
Here is a sample of the results:
Election Projection - 2006 Edition
Last update: Oct. 14, 2006 Next update: Oct. 21, 2006 Senate ... Election Projection Premium Content - subscribe today!
www.electionprojection.com/ · Cached · Save
2006 U.S. Senate Races - Modern Vertebrate - Chicago, Illinois
17, 1933, Grassley will be 73 on election day in 2006. Grassley is up for re-election in 2010.
Office of the Secretary of State charged with conducting elections and overseeing campaigns. Includes election results and information about ...
www.state.tn.us/sos/election.htm · Cached · Save
FOXNews.com - 2006 Elections Highlight Governors' Summit - Politics ...
2006 Elections Highlight Governors' Summit, ... ... recognize that 2006 is the Super Bowl of governors races," said Iowa's Tom Vilsack ...
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162744,00.html · Save
US Elections, Campaigns, Politics News & More | US Election 2006 | ...
Reuters.com is your source for the latest breaking politics news and elections coverage. Reuters is the leading global provider of news, ...
elections.us.reuters.com/ · Save
How Rahm Emmanuel Has Rigged a Pro-War Congress
www.counterpunch.org/walsh10142006.html · Save
2006 Senate Election Crucial to Both Parties
2006 Senate Election Crucial to Both Parties SeaMax News ^ | 11/28/2004 | Joseph Taranto ...
www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1290050/posts · Save
The Green Papers: United States Midterm Election 2006
The Green Papers: 2006 Midterm Election. Facts, figures, and tidbits about the General Election, Primaries, Caucuses, Delegate selection plan, ...
www.thegreenpapers.com/ · Cached · Save
Canada 2005 - Election Prediction Project [Translate this page]
Election Prediction Project Projet D'Élection Prévision www.electionprediction.com ... Federal Election - 2006 élection générale - ...
www.electionprediction.org/2005_fed/index.html · Cached · Save
UBC Election Stock Market Canada 2006
Federal Election, 2006. • Election Stock Market. • Prediction market. Other Useful Links • Elections Canada • Canada Election ...
esm.ubc.ca/CA06/index.php · Cached · Save
The University of Michigan Library Documents Center has compiled a list of websites to help make sense of the upcoming elections. Elections 2006 has websites covering the following catagories:
Comprehensive Web Sites | Election Laws | Election Process | Voter Registration
Congressional Candidates | Congressional Districts Forecasting | Michigan Candidates/Proposals | State Candidates/Proposals
Advertising | Campaign Finances | Candidate Resources | Lobby Groups
| Lobby Group Ratings | Media Coverage | Platforms | Political Parties | Public Opinion Polls
Comprehensive | Abortion | Affirmative Action | Economics | Education | Energy | Environment | Federal Deficit | Gay Marriage | Health Insurance Coverage | Homeland Security | Iraq | Immigration | Katrina | Medicare | Prisoners of War | Stem Cell Research | Social Security | Terrorism
ELECTION RESULTS AND VOTING
General Election Results - 2004 | Voter Registration & Participation | Historical Election Results
November 01, 2006
Remember when the Chicago Trib would publish the poem Injun Summer?
If you grew up in the Chicago area and you are of a certain age you might remember the poem, Injun Summer, written by John T. McCutcheon. It would be published every year about this time. If you want to take a trip down memory lane and read the poem again I am listing several websites that you can go to.
October 27, 2006
Are you throwing a Halloween party and you need some ideas? Here are a couple of websites that will help you out:
Halloween Crafts and Recipes: Haunted Masquerade Dinner Party: HGTV: Home & Garden Television
Here is just a sample of what you will find:
Levitating Luminary Centerpiece
Ominously Operatic Cutlery Sleeves
Chillingly Chic Chair Wraps
Dreadfully Decadent Desserts
Easy, Elegant Desserts
White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Tower Cake
Ghoulish Grill Out
Pizza on the Grill
S'Mores on the Grill
Grilled Fruit Desserts
Here’s is a sample of what you will find at this website:
Black linguini with orange peppers, a chocolate spider's web, and more Halloween recipes
A carving party featuring autumn's best flavors
Chocolate peanut-butter balls, maple pecan popcorn, and more homemade snacks
How to make caramel-dipped apples
From silky soup to brandy-spiked pie
A taste test of sugar-free chocolates
For adults, these crimson cuvées are perfect Halloween sips
Here is a sample of the Halloween ideas you will find on this website:
Turn these harvest icons into glowing jack-o'-lantern sculptures
Download our templates for this cheerful grouping of pumpkin flowers
Bewitch your friends with a spread of spellbinding treats
Make an fun candy container for your favorite trick-or-treater
October 26, 2006
Resources for Writers I I University Writing Center, George Mason University
This is a great site for anyone writing a paper. They have available:
ONLINE WORKSHOPS consist of PowerPoint presentations. The have PowerPoint presentations for the following topics:
Research Paper Workshops
Business Memo Workshop
PowerPoint Workshop for the Social Sciences
PowerPoint Workshop for the Social Sciences
Writing Papers for Literature Classes
Help with Study Skills
Editing Your Own Work
PowerPoint Workshop for All Writers
PowerPoint Workshop for Literature
They have PDF handouts for the following topics:
Focus, Structure, & Flow
Sentence Mechanics, etc.
Specialized writing guides
style guides (APA, MLA, and more)
VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY
This website is defiantly worth checking out. Click here to go to Resources for Writers - University Writing Center, George Mason University
October 06, 2006
Pages of the United States Congress: Selection, Duties, and Program Administration
What's timelier than a CRS Report for from Congress on the Congressional Pages? This 3 page PDF Document gives a basic overview of the history, House and Senate Pages. Click here to view the document.
August 31, 2006
EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal
EarthTrends is a major initiative of the World Resources Institute.
Welcome to EarthTrends, an online collection of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. Committed to the principle that accurate information drives responsible decisions by governments and individuals, EarthTrends offers the public a large breadth of statistical, graphic, and analytical data in easily accessible formats.
The following databases are available for searching:
Coastal and Maring Ecosystems
Water Resources and Freshwater Ecosystems
Climate and Atmosphere
Population, Health and Human Well-being
Economics, Business, and the Environment
Energy and Resources
Biodiversity and Protected Areas
Agriculture and Food
Forests, Grasslands and Drylands
Environmental Governance and Institutions
Each database allows you to select the variable you wish to view from a list. There are also Maps, Country Profiles, Features, and Data Tables that go along with each database. Click here to go to EarthTrends.
August 28, 2006
Teachers' Domain is produced by WGBH Boston. Registration is required to use the resources, however you can take a test drive. When you take the test drive you have access to:
The Teachers' Domain Earth and Space Science collection, with over 200 new resources, is now available! Check it out! Click here to take a test drive.
What does the Teachers' Domain have to offer? According to the website:
Teachers' Domain is an online educational service with two related components — collections and courses — that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills. The Teachers' Domain collections include classroom-ready multimedia resources for use in lessons or independent study, and the Teachers Domain Professional Development courses utilize many of the same resources along with videos of exemplary classroom practice.
The collections provide learning experiences that no textbook can. This ever-expanding library currently includes collections on:
Science: Life Science, Physical Science, Engineering, Earth and Space Science
Social Studies: The Civil Rights Movement, Brown v. Board of Education
High-quality multimedia from NOVA, American Experience, and other public television productions and partners
Video and audio clips, interactives, images, and documents
Explanatory background articles for each resource
Correlations to state and national curriculum standards
Media-rich lesson plans
Resource management toolsClick here to go to the Teachers' Domain website.
August 24, 2006
Terror from Lebanon
From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
According to the Librarians' Index to the Internet:
Collection of reports and background material about "Hizbullah attacks [against] northern Israel and Israel's response," starting with the July 12, 2006 "attack of the Hizbullah terror organization on the border with Lebanon." Provides summaries of events, casualties, government policy statements, maps, video clips, and other material from the point of view of the Israeli government. Form the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
August 22, 2006
Welcome to eyespot
...combine your videos, photos and music online. Share mixes by email, blog, download or cell phone for free!
According to the Eyespot site:
Simple Video Mixing and Sharing
If you are like us, you have a computer filled with random video clips, and a digital camera lurking about with some video on it. Even your cell phone shoots video now.
We set out to build a site which makes it easy to upload, organize and share all that video, photos, and music. Interact with the community, collaborate, and get some great content to work with too. To try it out, just create a free eyespot account. Use the upload page to transfer video to your free personal eyespot page. Send your cell phone video to your eyespot account via video message (MMS), where it will find a happy home instantly.
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base Interactive Map
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
The TKB Terrorism Trends 2005 interactive map provides users with the opportunity to easily access the following country graphs and lists:
India (including Kashmir)
Russia (including Chechnya)
10 Most Active Terrorist Groups: 2005
10 Most Frequent Targets: 2005
5 Most Frequent Tactics: 2005
10 Most Lethal Attacks: 2005
All country graphs and lists can be enlarged by clicking on the boxes, and further information about each particular country or list can be obtained by clicking on the links within these boxes.
August 17, 2006
The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
Have you ever wondered what the Gettysburg Address would have been like if Abraham Lincoln had used Powerpoint? Peter Norvig did just that, he created a Powerpoint presentation of the Gettysburg Address.
August 16, 2006
Comic Books Archives
Comic Books Archives was started for comic book collectors. The idea is to use this site to compare against comics that they own or are ready to purchase. But it is a great site if you just want to read old comics. You can download different issues to your computer and read at your leisure. There are 2,861 issues available and some of them go back to 1938. Some of the comics available are:
Claw the Unconquered
Hawk and the Dove
Firestorm, The Nuclear Man
Korak, Son of Tarzan
Justice League of America
1st Issue Special
Check out Comic Books Archives
August 14, 2006
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
Other information about prescription drugs may also be available. NLM regularly processes data files uploaded from FDA's system and provides and maintains this Web site for the public to use in accessing the information.
At the present time this Web site does not contain a complete listing of labels for approved prescription drugs. Currently this Web site contains 565 approved prescription drugs.
Check out DailyMed.
General Chemistry Online
General Chemistry Online provides:
Common Compound Library
A searchable database of over 800 common compound names, formulas, structures, and properties.
Hyperlinked notes and guides for first semester general chemistry.
Flash-based kits for building chemical formulas, names, equations, and problem solutions.
Featured articles, books, and tutorials.
Interactive graphing, popup tables, and calculators.
Index of self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics.
Just Ask Antoine!
Antoine answers general chemistry questions that you forgot to ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers and hints for over 400 frequently asked questions.
A searchable, crosslinked collection of over 1000 chemical terms; now with audio pronunciations.
Flash-based simulations that link molecular events and structure with material properties.
Randomly selected trivia questions.
Chemistry Exam Survival Guide
Skills checklists and online self-grading examinations.
Check out General Chemistry Online
August 10, 2006
Serials and Sequals Index
From the Los Angeles Public Library:
A listing of fiction books for adults which are part of a series, or are sequels to earlier novels. Can be searched by author, title and series name or characters.
- Type a word or phrase in one or more of the search boxes.
- Use an asterisk (*) to truncate your search term(s).
- Use quotes ("") around words for an exact phrase match.
It is easy to use. I entered the title of a book and it pulled up the author and a list of every book in that series.
August 09, 2006
LibraryThing l Catalog your books online
What is LibraryThing?
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone—. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
What does it cost?
A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.
What else does LibraryThing do?
LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 45 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.
If you want it, LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, often described as "MySpace for books" or "Facebook for books." You can check out other people's libraries, see who has the most similar library to yours, swap reading suggestions and so forth. LibraryThing also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.
August 04, 2006
U.S. Department of State - Foreign Relations, 1964-1968; Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
From the U.S. Department of State:
Foreign Relations, 1964-1968
Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967
Editor: Harriet Dashiell Schwar
General Editor: Edward C. Keefer
United States Government Printing Office
Prewar Crisis May 15-June 4, 1967
Six Days of War June 5-10, 1967
Postwar Diplomacy June 11-September 30, 1967
UN Security Council Resolution 242 October 3-November 22, 1967
July 28, 2006
Alaska Grizzly Bears, McNeil River Falls - Wildcam Grizzlies - National Geographic Magazine
If you want to see Grizzlies then this is the site for you. National Geographic has set up a webcam to view the grizzlies while they hunt for fish. You see the bears fishing, hear the roar of the river all without leaving the house. This is what the website has to say:
Watch the world's largest gathering of brown bears—via live webcam—as they splat, swipe, and splash to fish for salmon on the run. View our Video Gallery. Blog with bear experts. Browse our Photo Album, and more. It's all here for you to discover. Welcome to Bear Country!
Why McNeil River Falls?
While some people differentiate among coastal brown bears, grizzly bears, and the bears on the Kodiak archipelago, we are using grizzlies and brown bears interchangeably.
It happens every summer. On any given day from late June to early August, as many as 50 brown bears may converge on Alaska’s McNeil River Falls. There they feed on the abundance of salmon running through its tumbling currents along the McNeil River. And during the season, small groups of people quietly observe them, striking what may be the perfect balance between wildlife and humans.
That formula has worked at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary since the mid-1970s, when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game—with protection of the bears in mind—began limiting viewing access at McNeil River Falls and nearby Mikfik Creek to ten people per day, selected by lottery. But why is this wilderness so special?
July 27, 2006
Find in a Library
About Find in a Library
Find in a Library lets you use Web search sites such as Yahoo! and Google to locate books, videos and other materials in a library near you. When your search term matches words associated with a library-owned item—such as the title or the author's name—your search results can include a link for that item with the prefix "Find in a Library."
How to generate Find in a Library results
Install one of the browser tools at www.worldcatlibraries.org/downloads/; or
Search at Yahoo! or Google and include the phrase "Find in a Library"
How to use Find in a Library results
Click the link of a "Find in a Library" result that interests you.
You'll see the Find in a Library page for that item, with basic information.
On the "Libraries" tab, enter your postal ZIP code, state name or another geographic identifier in the box labeled "Find in Libraries Near You."
Click on a Library Name link on the table of library listings you receive to go directly to that library's Web catalog. Depending on the library, you may be able to view the current circulation status and even check out the title.
Additional links for listed libraries may include "Library Information," with basic location and contact information, and "Ask a Librarian" services.
Is my library available?
Find in a Library may not include results from all libraries in your area—only records in the global WorldCat catalog are searched. If a library near you does not appear in results, it may be because the library is not in WorldCat or does not own the particular item. However, your library may be able to borrow the item from a library that does appear in your results. Contact your local library to learn more.
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July 19, 2006
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Today’s website is Trexy. Trexy is a search engine that remembers your searches for you. Trexy can be used alone or you can download the toolbar and use it to track and remember your searches while using Google, Yahoo, etc. It basically has 3 different functions:
Remember: My Trails (allow you to go back to a previous trail that has been saved)
Find: Blaze a New Trail (start a new search)
Share: All Trails (if someone has already done a search on your topic, you can use their search)
According to Trexy, these are the 10 ten reasons you should give them a try:
•Never search for the same thing twice. Keep a record of all your searches and the webpages you visited across all the search engines you use.
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July 18, 2006
CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) - Papers
CSIS has published the following paper:
Lebanese Security and the Hezbollah
Author: Anthony H. Cordesman
Date of Publication: July 14, 2006
Related Research Focus: Middle East & North Africa
Experts : Anthony H. Cordesman
Hezbollah has opened a dangerous second front in the Israeli-Palestinian war of attrition that began in September 2000. The attached analysis not only describes the nature of Hezbollah and its military capabilities, but the severe limits to the Lebanese Army and other divisions and problems within Lebanon.
It is important to note that the dangers involved do not simply extend to Hezbollah actions. Hezbollah probably saw this as an opportunity to try to demonstrate that it still is a key fighter in the Arab cause. It had worked out agreements with Lebanon's Christians who recognized that it was the one militia that could keep its arms, and that the Lebanese Army would remain largely passive in south Lebanon. Ideology, politics, opportunism, and anger may all have been factors, although with the fact that Israel had made massive prisoner releases the last time Hezbollah took hostages and once again had appeared to be "defeated."
Syria and Iran, however, may have had their own agenda. Provoking Israel creates a natural division between the US, as Israel's ally, and Europe. It distracts from Syria's crimes in Lebanon and Iran's nuclear programs. Every Israeli action against Arabs feeds Arab anger against the US, and undermines its influence in the Gulf and in gaining Arab support to force a full UN investigation into Syria.
Pushing or encouraging Hezbollah action offers advantages with few risks. Lebanon's losses are a victory for Iran and Syria, another form of asymmetric war. Added Hezbollah dependence makes it a better potential proxy. Finding a new way to feed Palestinian radicalism makes Hamas and the PIJ more dependent, and young Palestinians more open to outside influence.
Regardless of any ceasefires or short-term outcomes, Hezbollah, Iran, Syrian, Islamist extremists like Al Qaida, and Iraqi hard-liners like Sadr can play a spoiler role at any time, and broaden the conflict at minimal risk, attacking both the US and Israel indirectly with considerable safety.
July 14, 2006
Lobbying Spending Database
Lobbying Spending Database from opensecrets.org
According to their website:
In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington's legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. We've got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.
WHERE ARE THE FIGURES FROM?
Lobbyists have to file semi-annual reports with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House identifying their clients, the lobbyists working for each client, and the amount of income they receive. Companies have to report their overall lobbying expenditures and the names of any lobbyists employed as part of an in-house lobbying effort. Data are periodically updated to reflect late filings and amendments.
You can use the options below to search through our database in four ways: search by name for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist; search for the total spending by a particular industry; search for the total spending by lobbyists on a specific issue; or view the amount spent to lobby a particular government agency.
July 13, 2006
FactCheck.org is a project of Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
What does FactCheck.org do?
They actually check the facts that politicians use in their speeches and addresses. They highlight the mistakes, accidental or otherwise. Here are a few of the ads and campaigns they checked:
A Bumper Sticker Con in Connecticut
Joe Lieberman's latest ad shows a supposed Lamont bumper sticker and website address that don't really exist.
Down and Dirty in Georgia
Both candidates for the Democratic slot on the gubernatorial ballot overplay their hands.
Misleading Attack in New Jersey Senate Race
06.30.2006 Democrat Bob Menendez inaccurately portrays Republican Tom Kean as "getting around" a law that doesn't even apply to him.
Vultures, Death, Taxes & More Falsehoods
06.26.2006 The Free Enterprise Fund continues a campaign of misinformation against the estate tax.
A False Ad in Georgia
06.23.2006 A Democratic candidate for governor accuses a primary opponent of voting against a popular measure ... before she was even elected to the legislature.
We'll Always Have Paris
06.02.2006 A Paris Hilton impersonator says it would be "awesome" to repeal the estate tax, while an anti-tax group calls the tax "cruel and unfair."
Scientist to CEI: You Used My Research To "Confuse and Mislead"
05.26.2006 The Competitive Enterprise Institute runs ads saying "The Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker." A professor objects, saying CEI deliberately misrepresents his research.
Check out FastCheck.org.
July 11, 2006
Welcome to Top City Books
Book Mash has compiled books about certain cities, for example: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Cape Town, & Baghdad. There is a map of the world with stick pins locating the various cities. Use the directional arrows to move the map up and down, left and right. Run your mouse over the pins to determine the city. Click on the city of your choice and it automatically lists the top 10 books about the city for the category of your choice. The available categories are:
July 10, 2006
World eBook Fair
I posted earlier this year that the World eBook Fair would provide Free Access to the public. From July 4th to August 4th, in celebration of Project Gutenberg's 35th Birthday you will have:
Full Full Text Search of 330,000+ PDF eBook Titles in 100+ Languages.
No Membership Required for Access to eBooks from 07-04-06 to 08-04-06.
This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of the World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library normally charges $8.95 per year for online access, and allows unlimited personal downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are available free of charge through a gateway at http://www.gutenberg.org and http://WorldeBookFair.com.
Check out the World eBook Fair.
June 30, 2006
The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
Have you ever been curious about straws, especially who came up with the idea of the flexible straw? How about the story behind disposable diapers? Or what's the history of the Yo Yo? Wonder no more, the Lemelson Center has the answers for you. They have those stories plus more. They also have virtual exhibits that cover the following:
Inventing Ourselves »
Learn how invention has enhanced human performance from peg legs to artificial hearts.
Doodles, Drafts, and Designs »
Explore industrial drawings that document inventors' thoughts, organization, work, and production.
Nobel Voices »
Discover the human stories and creativity behind the Nobel Prize in this virtual exhibit.
Innovative Lives »
Meet inventors and middle school students from our "Innovative Lives" programs.
Edison Invents »
Find out about Edison's life and
inventions through our interactive game--then make your own light bulb!
Inventing the Electric Guitar »
Visit the virtual version of the Center's popular exhibit, From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar.
The Quartz Watch »
Learn how a watch works while discovering the fascinating stories behind the invention of the quartz watch.
Whole Cloth »
Delve into this rich interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates science, technology, and invention with women's, African American, and labor history.
June 28, 2006
SMEALSearch: An academic business search engine and digital library
From the SMEALSearch website:
SMEALSearch is a publicly available vertical digital library and search engine hosted at Penn State's Smeal College of Business that focuses on academic business documents. SmealSearch crawls the web and harvests, catalogs, and indexes academic business documents. It is based on the computer and information science engine, CiteSeer.IST, initially developed at NEC Research Institute by Kurt Bollacker, Lee Giles and Steve Lawrence and now hosted at Penn State. The search engine crawls websites of academia, commerce, research institutes, government agencies, etc. for academic business documents, including published articles, working papers, white papers, consulting reports, etc. For certain documents, SmealSearch only indexes and stores the hyperlinks to those documents. SMEALSearch attempts to generate a citation analysis for all the academic articles harvested and ranks them in order of their citation rates (the most cited articles are listed first) similar to the ranking of CiteSeer and the Google Scholar.
SMEALSearch has many unique features: Automatically gathers and indexes specific information such as author, title, abstract, and citations. Performs keyword searches on the full content of all documents in the database. Uses citation analysis to identify the most influential articles. Keeps up to date by actively crawling and accepting article submissions from users.
June 27, 2006
Public Records Free Directory
Collection of links to U.S. federal and state "real and personal property records, recorded documents, jail and inmate records, sex offender records, wanted persons records, and many more free public records." Links are organized by state and county and are searchable by ZIP code or city. Also includes links to news about public records. From a company that provides witness location and skip tracing services.
June 24, 2006
The Duck Tape Club
Do you have a child that is going to be a junior or senior in high school next year? Are you looking for scholarship money? Go to the Duck Tape Club website. Every year they have a contest for students going to prom. All the couple has to do is make their outfits out of duct tape. They award money for the top 3 places. For more information go to: The Duck Tape Club. Take a look at this years entries and the past years winners.
They are also going to have a Halloween Contest. Start making those Halloween costumes now.
Using your GPS unit and/or written directions provided by NGS, which are available for review by the public, you can seek out NGS survey markers and other items that have been marked in the USA.
At the top of peaks or in a village square, you probably walk by at least one every day.
In the last 7 days, 723 benchmarks have been logged by 317 users. Overall, 81569 benchmarks have been recovered in 113116 logs. There are 736425 total benchmarks in the database.
Besides Benchmark hunting you can also place your own cache or hunt for caches placed by other people. It is sort of like hunting for buried treasure. I found out about this from my cousin, he has hidden some caches as well as goes hunting for them.
Anther game (for the lack of a better word) is the Groundspeak Travel Bug.
Here is some information from the home page:
What is a Groundspeak Travel Bug?
Simply put, a Groundspeak Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
What does a Travel Bug do?
It's really up to the owner of the bug to give it whatever task they desire. Or no task at all. The fun of a travel bug is inventing new goals for the Travel Bug to achieve. One Bug's goal may be to reach a specific country, or travel to 10 countries.
Check out the the Geocaching Home Page. Have fun and let us know if you find anything near Governors State.
June 23, 2006
IBISEYE.com - Your Hurricane Information Center
IBISEYE.com - Your Hurricane Information Center
This site uses Google Maps technology to track hurricanes and other severe weather in Florida. View storm paths, weather alerts, and neighborhood damage reports (active only during a storm). Includes weather news and storm tracks from past hurricanes back to the 1800s. Also includes a detailed help section with notes on future plans for the website.
June 22, 2006
NatureServe Explorer: an Online Encyclopedia of Life
It is very easy to use. You can search by Plants/Animals, scientific or common name. You will get a list of hits that match your criteria. You can then choose the plant/animal from the list that was generated. You will have a choice of several different reports: = Summary = Distribution = Status = Image = Comprehensive
You can also search Ecological Communities & Systems. You can search by Systems, Associations or Alliances. With this search you have the Available Reports: = Image = Comprehensive.
June 20, 2006
College life, powered by Google
According to the Google WebSite:
You spend your life dealing with information. A lot of it is academic, a lot more is personal, it all matters, and you can probably use better tools for handling it effectively. On this page, we’d like to introduce you to a few of them.
To check out the Google website click here.
June 16, 2006
The Wall Street Journal Cartoon Collection - Baker Library
A Brief History of "Pepper...and Salt" Drawn from text written by Robert L. Bartley, former editor of The Wall Street Journal.
When the cat's away, the editors will play.
That's what happened at The Wall Street Journal in 1950. While Journal editor and resident curmudgeon William Henry Grimes was away in Europe, other editors, with the blessing of the CEO, took it upon themselves to start publishing a daily cartoon as part of an overall redesign of the editorial page.
Mr. Grimes returned from his Grand Tour in a fury, complaining about the "goddamn picture page." But the readers loved it, and the cartoon remains a favorite with Journal readers today. It appears under the heading "Pepper ... and Salt", a logo first used in the paper in 1915 as a header for timely quotes and quips drawn from other papers. The first daily "Pepper...and Salt" cartoon appeared on June 6, 1950.
The cartoon feature was the brainchild of a student named Charles Preston, who worked his way through Columbia University in the late 1940s writing gags for cartoonists and radio shows and supplying jokes to punch up Broadway plays. In 1950, he approached The Wall Street Journal with the idea of running a daily cartoon on business themes in the paper's editorial pages. More than a half century later, Mr. Preston is still the editor of "Pepper...and Salt".
"When editorial page editor Vermont Royster assigned me to edit the "Pepper...and Salt" column," Mr. Preston says, "he observed that there was more than enough earnest gravity on the editorial page. My mission was to provide a smattering of condiment for the weighty discourse in the adjacent columns."
From the beginning, "Pepper...and Salt" has poked fun at the world of business. Along the way, the cartoons have provided a timely chronicle of more than fifty years of American business and social history. Pony-tailed executives, online trading, and cell phones are all grist for the satirist's mill today—just as tailfins, protests, and long hair were in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
"Pepper ... and Salt" is unique among newspaper cartoons in that it isn't drawn by one cartoonist. Charles Preston receives about 1,000 submissions a week for three available slots, though a stable of thirty or so provides the lion's share of the cartoons.
June 15, 2006
Google U.S. Government Search
Google has launched a new service: Google U.S. Government Search.
About Google U.S. Government Search:
Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets. You can personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in.
June 14, 2006
The EDGAR Database has added some new features.
Full Text Search (Beta Version)
Search the full text of filings from the last two years.
Find Mutual Funds and associated filings for new filings with series and class identifiers (filings since Feb. 6, 2006)
Variable Insurance Products
Find Variable Insurance Products and associated filings for new filings with series and class/contract name (filings since Feb. 6, 2006)
June 13, 2006
Google Scholar is now indexing the ERIC database. If you go to http://www.scholar.google.com you can search for Eric documents and journal articles. If you find an Eric document, when you click on the title you will automatically be taken to ERIC - Education Resources Information Center. If the document is available you will be able to download immediately. If GSU owns or has a particular Eric journal you will see the following link: Find It @ GSU . All you have to do is click on the link and you will see in which database the article is available in full text. If you are off campus you will need to login with your GSU Library ID Number and your password.
June 12, 2006
Deutschland 2006 [World Cup]
Official German government site about the 2006 World Cup international soccer matches, which take place in Germany in June and July 2006. Includes news, a short list of German soccer (football) terms, an online quiz and game, and details about the host country and host cities. Available in several languages. From the German Press and Information Office.
June 09, 2006
According to the Purplemath website:
Need help with algebra? You've found the right place!
Lessons: "How do you really do this stuff?" -- Purplemath's algebra lessons are written with the student in mind. These lessons emphasize the practicalities rather than the technicalities, demonstrating dependable techniques, warning of likely "trick" questions, and pointing out common mistakes. The lessons are cross-referenced to help you find related material.
Site Reviews: -- Tired of looking through page after page of search-engine hits trying to find a site that might have something useful? These categorized Internet links have all been reviewed by Purplemath.
Free Online Tutoring and Lessons Quizzes and Worksheets Software and Solvers Other Useful Sites and Services
Only those sites with something immediately useful (and free) for algebra students are listed. You won't find math jokes, biographies, or recreational math sites here. Instead, check these review for sites containing graph paper, calculator help, worksheets, articles on "how math is used in real life", and more.
June 08, 2006
From the United States National Library of Medicine Tox Town Fact Sheet:
Tox Town (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov) is an interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, your health, and the environment. Tox Town helps users explore a Town, City, Farm, or US-Mexico Border community to identify common environmental hazards.
Each neighborhood is toured by selecting “Location” or “Chemical” links. For example, a user can click on the hospital in the City scene for a list of chemicals that might be found in a hospital and a list of resources about environmental concerns for hospital patients and staff. Or a user can click on a chemical, like mercury, to see where it might be found in a neighborhood and to learn more about it. Cutaway views give an inside look at the school, a home, and other buildings for more detail.
Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds, and animation to convey connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. It is designed to provide:
Facts on everyday locations where toxic chemicals might be found
Information about how the environment can affect human health
Non-technical descriptions of chemicals
Links to authoritative chemical information on the Internet
Internet resources on environmental health topics.
Tox Town also offers some resources en español (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/).
Tox Town is recommended for high school and college students, educators, and the concerned public. It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET® collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.
Tox Town's chemical and environmental information comes from the TOXNET, MedlinePlus® and MedlinePlus en español® resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and other authoritative sources. Chemical descriptions are based on TOXNET and other resources and are reviewed by NLM toxicology staff. Tox Town is accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation (HON).
Tox Town is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the NLM and is part of its mission to address the toxicology and environmental health information needs of the general public. NLM plans to expand Tox Town to include more chemicals and new locations, such as an Arctic community and a port region.
From the United States National Library of Medicine:
ToxSeek (http://toxSeek.nlm.nih.gov) is a meta-search engine that enables simultaneous searching of many different information resources on the World Wide Web. The ToxSeek user interface allows selection of resources from a wide range of authoritative sources in these categories:TOXNET (NLM): Databases on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
NLM: Additional selected resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including PubMed
NIH: Resources from other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Government: Toxicology/environmental health information from other United States government agencies
International: Other selected international resources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
Resources/Societies: Other topic-specific information resources
June 07, 2006
AmosWEB is Economics: GLOSS*arama
What does AmosWEB mean?
AmosWEB means Economics with a Touch of Whimsy
The AmosWEB GLOSS*arama is a searchable database of 2000 economic terms and concepts. GLOSS*arama entries range from A ("a" -- the vertical intercept of a straight line) to Z ("zoning" -- legal restrictions on the location of an activity).
They also have:
AmosWEB Looks at the News
A PEDestrian's Guide to the Economy
June 06, 2006
American Experience: D-Day
D-Day took place 62 years ago on: June 6, 1944. The PBS web site features the film D-Day American Experience, a Timeline, Maps, People & Events, and Special Features. Here is a little bit about the film:
D-Day is told through the voices of people who participated in the planning and execution of the invasion, and in the battle for the Normandy beaches. Edited from over 100 hours of interviews, their stories are woven together with footage and photographs from American, British, and German archives. Written by four-time Oscar winner Charles Guggenheim, the film was nominated for a 1995 Academy Award.
June 05, 2006
From The Kept-Up Academic Librarian:
Two Union College sophomores, Josh DeBartolo and Steve Walker, were sick losing money when selling their books back to the bookstore and decided to create the new program of an online college textbook exchange called Campus Outlaw. The website, www.campusoutlaw.com, was designed to allow students to buy and sell textbooks (similar to eBay) and quickly and easily exchange the book for money.
Check out Campus Outlaw
SideStep - Cheap Hotels, Discount Motels, Hotel Reservations
Now that summer is here, many people are considering vacations. Check out this new search engine: SideStep. Here is what the SideStep web site has to say:
SideStep® searches more than 100 sites to find the Web’s best travel bargains. We check online agencies, consolidators, and the sites of the airlines, hotels, vacation package providers and rental car companies to make sure you find the deal that’s right for you.
More than 4.7 million consumers turn to SideStep each month for serious savings on travel. The company has forged alliances with leading travel marketers looking to reach this large, qualified audience, including companies like JetBlue Airways, Continental Airlines, Hyatt Corporation, Orbitz, Best Western and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
June 02, 2006
About Science Update:
Quirky, entertaining and informative, Science Update is a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine.
Science Update has been on the air since January, 1988 and Why Is It? since September, 1995. This archive contains only programs that have aired since the creation of our Web page (August 5, 1996).
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Home Page
The NBII: Your Home for Biological Information on the Web
According to the NBII Home Page:
The newly redesigned Northeast Information Node Web site provides enhanced access to information on climate change in the northeast United States, as well a wide range of regional spatial data and interactive mapping tools.
The National River Restoration Science Synthesis Project is a national effort to amalgamate local and regional restoration databases and projects and to analyze the extent, nature, scientific basis and success of stream river restoration projects. Through its NBII-hosted site, the Project now provides public access to its database of restoration projects.
Images of our natural world...The NBII Digital Image Library offers images related to nature and the environment. The library's collections include photographs of plant and animal species, scenic landscapes, wildlife management, and biological fieldwork. Submitted by the NBII and numerous partners, most images are freely available for general, educational, and scientific use. The variety of the library's holdings continually expands with the addition of new, quality images.
May 31, 2006
Derek Abbott's Animal Noise Page
Have you ever wondered how to mimic a cat meowing in French or Russian? How about a frog? If you have, here is the web site for you: Derek Abbott’s Animal Noise Page. This is what he has to say about his list: “In different languages what do we say to mimic animal sounds? Below is the world's biggest multilingual list. A guiding principle behind this list is to visualise a comic book, in your language, and imagine what would be written in the text balloon coming from the mouth of an animal. For languages that use a different alphabet, I have tried to transliterate the word into the English alphabet for ease of comparison. A forward slash is used to separate alternative words.”
Dr. Derek Abbott is the Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at the The University of Adelaide.
May 30, 2006
Congress votes database
From the WashingtonPost.com: "This site, washingtonpost.com's U.S. Congress Votes Database, is a deep database of every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991). It lets you browse votes in a variety of ways -- both in aggregate and for individual members of Congress.
Browse the database by drilling down to a particular Congress (e.g. 109th Congress) or particular member (e.g. 109th Congress senators).
This site publishes an RSS feed of recent votes by each member of Congress, and a feed of the most recent votes in both chambers. See the RSS page for full details.
This site is generally updated every day, although there is a delay between a vote in Congress and its appearance on the official Congress Web sites."
May 26, 2006
All about Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters, by Anthony Bruno
From courtTV Crime Library:
On July 30, 1975, former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa stood outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, impatiently scanning the parking lot. The man who had made the Teamsters the most formidable labor union in the country was already angry. It was quarter after two in the afternoon, and the men he was supposed to be meeting for lunch hadn’t arrived yet. Hoffa was a stickler for punctuality, and it was his understanding that they were to meet at 2:00.
May 25, 2006
Financial Bubbles - Historical Returns
From the Harvard Business School:
"Financial Bubbles, capsule one in the Historical Returns series, explores some of the extraordinary similarities between the South Sea Bubble of 1720 and the recent technology bubble. These similarities beg the question—what and how do we learn from the past? The purpose of this capsule is to encourage the exploration of these similarities as a catalyst to thought about choices and behavior in bubble cycles."
COOL: College Opportunities Online Locator
Found on the ResourceShelf website:
From press release: "NCES announces the release of a new version of the College Opportunities Online Locator (COOL) website, a consumer information tool for students, parents, high school counselors, and others interested in postsecondary education in the United States. The site allows users to see and compare profiles of nearly 7,000 colleges and universities throughout the nation. Users can search by location, program or major, and a variety of institutional characteristics to identify postsecondary institutions that fit their preferences. In addition, up to four institutions can be compared side-by-side on areas including:
- Estimated student expenses;
- Financial aid availability;
- Admissions information;
- Enrollment details;
- Retention and graduation rates; and,
- Awards and degrees.
Links to institution websites as well as to additional information about campus security, federal student loan default rates, and accreditation are also provided."
May 24, 2006
Cost Analyses of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
From the Congressional Budget Office:
"CBO's studies of the long-term implications of current defense plans also contain estimates of the costs of military operations and other activities associated with the global war on terrorism, as do alternative budget scenarios in Chapter 1 of CBO's The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2007 to 2016. (In addition, for a scenario presented in Table 1-4, CBO provides supplemental information on the underlying assumptions.)
The Long-Term Implications of Current Defense Plans and Alternatives:
Summary Update for Fiscal Year 2006, October 2005
Detailed Update for Fiscal Year 2006, January 2006"
May 23, 2006
Elections around the World 2006
Elections around the World 2006
E-Brief: Online Only issued 22 May 2006
Adrienne Blunt, Information/E-links
Politics and Public Administration Section
"This electronic brief provides links to web-based information and full-text articles relevant to selected countries having national elections in 2006.
The electronic brief will cover all elections held in the Pacific region, but coverage will be selective for Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Elections may be presidential or parliamentary (legislative). It will also cover elections that are regionally significant.
The country information is brief. Information covered includes the date and type of election; the number of registered voters; the party in power (where applicable); the type of government; whether voting is compulsory; some key issues; the main players; commentary as the elections unfold; and results when known."
May 22, 2006
Video Search - 1000s of Video Clips - Search for video
Search for Video - the search site that aggregates video content from a large number of sources has added new video clips from Discovery Networks. Of course the the clips can be searched (using metadata associated with each entry) but it's now also possible to browse clips by program and/or network.
May 20, 2006
NCBI HomePage - National Center for Biotechnology Information
"Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease."
Tutorials for using NCBI were created by Dr.Pete Kirlew at Virginia Commonwealth University :
Finding Information about a Gene by Dr. Pete Kirlew (Screencast)
"This video tutorial (47 seconds) provides basic instructions for using NCBI's Entrez Gene resource to find information about a specific gene."
Finding Gene Sequences by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
"This tutorial (1 minute 45 seconds) describes how to locate the genomic DNA, mRNA, and protein (amino acid) sequences for a specific gene, using NCBI's Entrez Gene resource."
Finding Gene Exons and Introns by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
"This tutorial (50 seconds) describes how to locate intron and exon sequence information for a specific gene, using the gene table feature of NCBI's Entrez Gene resource."
Gene Maps and the Promoter Region by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
This tutorial (2 minutes 59 seconds) describes how to use NCBI's gene Map Viewer resource to access the promoter region of a gene.
Finding Protein Domain Information by Dr. Pete Kirlew (screencast tutorial)
This tutorial (2 minutes 30 seconds) describes how to find conserved domain information. Conserved domains contain conserved amino acid sequence patterns, and correlate to protein stucture and function. Organism information is included in the domain records.
May 19, 2006
Did you ever try to get hold of a live human customer service rep and couldn't do it? The gethuman database tells you what to do to speak to a live human for companies in the following areas:
credit, finance, government, hardware, insurance, internet, mobile, pharmacy, products, shipping, software, stores, telco, travel, and tv/satellite utilities
Some of the companies are:
Bank of America
Bank of America (ATM)
Barnes & Noble.com
Northern Illinois Gas
May 18, 2006
Exploratorium: Digital Library
"Welcome to the Exploratorium's Digital Library. The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and html formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use. Large scale or commercial use is strictly prohibited without permission (please see our Use Policy)."
"Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers."
The Digital Library includes:
Microscope Imaging Station
Math Explorer Activity Database
A treasure trove of the largest collection of digital assets from across the Exploratorium.
A searchable collection of resources and activities for K–12 learners and educators, also found in the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
May 17, 2006
This information about Google Notebook was posted on Official Google Blog by Bay-Wei Chang, Senior Research Scientist
"Search is all about finding the answers you need. Unfortunately, some kinds of questions--like where you should stay and what you should do on your Hawaiian vacation, or what kind of digital camera you should buy, or what the latest treatments for arthritis are--can't always be answered in one sitting, or by visiting one site.
That's why we built Google Notebook--to give you an online "notebook" where you can organize all your research, add personal notes to it, and share it with others. Google Notebook surfs along quietly with you as you browse, letting you clip and annotate whatever text, images, and links that help answer your question, all without ever leaving the webpage you're on."
Overview of MSR MapCruncher according to MicroSoft:
"Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth -- and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan? Have you ever used VE to plan a trip across town -- and wanted to seamlessly switch from its road maps to maps of bicycle trails, bus routes, or carpool lanes? Have you ever wanted to create and publish your own map mashups -- and wished you had a tool to make it easy to integrate a map you care about into Virtual Earth? Microsoft Research has made this a reality!
The Virtual Earth API allows web developers to supplement Virtual Earth's maps with pushpins and lines. MapCruncher brings mashups to a whole new level by allowing developers to import entire maps to supplement the existing road and aerial imagery with detailed, application-specific information. The possibilities are endless: bicycle maps, transit maps, national park maps, university maps, antique city maps, or whatever scale maps you personally find interesting. See our Gallery."
May 16, 2006
Business 2.0: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
"10 dumbest moments: Grand-prize winners
From notorious former mental institutions being converted into high-end condos, to candy bars with curious names, see the top examples of shenanigans, skullduggery, and just plain stupidity of the year."
Full list: 101 dumbest moments
"Our list of the most boneheaded blunders, plus the dumbest moments in… (more)"
"Smart list: And the winners are…
Our picks for the brainiest businesses and businesspeople of the year."
May 15, 2006
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB)
"The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB) is the one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders. TKB covers the history, affiliations, locations, and tactics of terrorist groups operating across the world, with over 35 years of terrorism incident data and hundreds of group and leader profiles and trials. TKB also features interactive maps, statistical summaries, and analytical tools that can create custom graphs and tables.
Providing in-depth information for researchers, policymakers, emergency responders, and the general public, the Terrorism Knowledge Base integrates data from the RAND Terrorism Chronology and RAND-MIPT Terrorism Incident databases; the Terrorism Indictment database; and DFI International's research on terrorist organizations."
May 12, 2006
china.org.cn - China's Official Gateway to News & Information
English version of china.org.cn
People's Daily Online -- Home
"With publication started in June 1948 and a current circulation of 3 million, People's Daily is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China. According to UNESCO, it takes its place among the world top 10.
People's Daily brings you the latest news dispatches of policy information and resolutions of the Chinese Government and major domestic news and international news releases from China. It reflects the views of the Chinese people, expounds on justice and lambasts various forms of malpractice."
China Daily Website - Connecting China Connecting the World
About China Daily
"China Daily, established in 1981, is the only national English-language newspaper in China. The average daily circulation is more than 200,000, one-third of which is abroad in more than 150 countries and regions."
Chinanews news center
The Voice of China (in English) - www.Chinanews.cn Sponsored by China News Service.
May 10, 2006
U.S. - China Trade
U.S.-China Trade: Challenges and Choices to Apply Countervailing Duties to China, by Loren Yager, director, international affairs and trade, before the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission. GAO-06-608T, April 4. Highlights
New, China's Growing Demand for Oil and Its Impact on U.S. Petroleum Markets, April 2006
From the Congressional Budget Office.
The Global Energy Center: Red Light, Green Light: Exploration & Production - Going Global
Source: Ernst & Young
Red Light, Green Light: Exploration & Production – Going Global
"To identify areas of opportunity and challenge, the Energy Center polled Ernst & Young professionals in Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to rate those countries’ readiness for investment by U.S. energy companies. All 10 countries are hot prospects for energy investment. But each country has its own dynamics and complexities, signaling smart investors to perform varying levels of risk assessments and due diligence."
Red Light, Green Light: In-Country Detail (PDF; 45K)
World Map and Stoplight Graphics (PDF; 184K)
Japan-China Relations: Four Fallacies Masquerading as Common Sense
Source: MIT Center for International Studies
Japan-China Relations: Four Fallacies Masquerading as Common Sense (PDF; 575 KB)
"To gain insight into the future of the Sino-Japanese relationship, we need to clear up the misconceptions, misunderstandings, and errors that beset the two countries’ relations and take an intellectual scalpel to their source. Some of the errors are related to the way people think about or perceive themselves, while others stem from the thinking or attitudes of the other party; still others are linked to the history of Japan-China relations. Here, in four questions and answers, are errors currently regarded as virtually self-evident truths."
May 09, 2006
Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 Report
"Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report draws on reliable data and relevant research to provide a comprehensive and insightful view of juvenile crime across the nation. The Report offers Congress, state legislators and other state and local policymakers, professors and teachers, juvenile justice professionals, and concerned citizens empirically based answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of juvenile crime and victimization and about the justice system's response."
The report is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Juvenile Population Characteristics
Chapter 2: Juvenile Victims
Chapter 3: Juvenile Offenders
Chapter 4: Juvenile Justice System Structure & Process
Chapter 5: Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Chapter 6: Juvenile Offenders in Court
Chapter 7: Juvenile Offenders in Correctional Facilities
May 08, 2006
According to PCWorld.com:
"Creating a PDF file doesn't have to be a difficult, time-consuming process. PDF Creator is a printer driver that lets you create Adobe Acrobat files from within most Windows applications.
Once PDF Creator is installed, you can use it from within your applications. If you are working in Microsoft Word, for example, you select "Print" and then choose PDF Creator as your printer. We found it to offer a wide range of options for controlling the output, and it even creates password protected PDF files, so you can limit users' ability to print, copy, or modify the documents."
May 05, 2006
Windows Live Local
Have an address or the name of a business and need a map? Try Windows Local Live. I tried a couple of different business names, it didn't find the new business, but it did find the businesses that have been around for a while. Once it located my business, I had the option of:
Details - address, phone number, specialty and map to print
Add to Scratch Pad - adds a number to the map and saves it so you call it up again.
Zoom to street level - detailed street map
Drive From or Drive To - driving directions
Permalink - it will create a permanent link to that search. You can go back to it anytime you wish or email to other people. I bookmarked it and went right back to the map. It kept my search, this is great if you need to send a map to someone.
E-mail a Friend
May 04, 2006
Citizens Against Government Waste: pigbookintro
Are you interested in the Federal Government's pork-barrel projects? Are you interested in the states' pork-barrel projects? Then this is the website for you. It's provided by CAGW: a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization.
They publish the yearly Congressional Pig Book Summary. They have a complete Pork Database from 1995 - 2006 and historical trends. They also keep track of other subjects beside pork-barrel projects. Here are a few of the other topics:
Agriculture & Food
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
May 03, 2006
Worlde Book Fair coming soon
This is usually a fee based site, however it will be free from July 4, 2006 - August 4, 2006.
Description of the site:
Here are eBooks from nearly every classic author on the varieties of subjects only previously available through the largest library collections in the world. Now these books are yours for the taking, free of charge, to keep for the rest of your lives. This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of The World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library normally charges $8.95 per year for their online collection, and allows unlimited permanent downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are available free of charge through a gateway at http://www.gutenberg.org
What is an eBook?
An eBook, short for electronic book, is any type of book that has been made into an electronic edition and distributed in a digital format. Our collection of full-length eBooks includes thousands of classic works of literature, serials, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference works.
May 02, 2006
Guestworker Programs, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) - U.S. Department of Labor
This site discusses the Guestworker Program, Hiring Foreign Workers. It covers the Fair Labor Certification Overview.
Search Organized Crime and Bibliographic Database
This is the work of NathansonCentre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption. "The Centre, based at Osgoode Hall Law School, draws on the expertise of leading faculty in Law and related disciplines at York University. The Nathanson Graduate fellowships support graduate students associated with its research programme. The Centre is linked to other international research institutes and to experts in government agencies, police forces, law practices, business and finance institutions, accountancy, forensic investigation, and non-governmental organizations."
They provide a quarterly summary of organized crime in Canada as well as well as Organized Crime Web links. Some of the Crime links are:
Organized Crime "Genres"
Asian Organized Crime Asian
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Organized Crime Enforcement
Organized Crime Enforcement (General)
National Organized Crime Enforcement
On-line Crime Reporting
The Nexus Between Organized Crime and Terrorism
Measuring the Scope and Impact of Organized Crime
May 01, 2006
Project on Extrajudicial Executions
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
New York University School of Law
About the Project on Extrajudicial Executions
The Project on Extrajudicial Executions was established to provide rigorous analysis of international law protecting the right to life and to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston, in carrying out his mandate. The Project is directed by William Abresch. Current areas of research include:
The use and abuse of commissions of inquiry in investigating unlawful killings. Many states routinely establish commissions of inquiry when people are killed due to the acts or omissions of government agents. Sometimes these commissions lead to accountability and change, but too often they perpetuate impunity and delay institutional reform. The Project is conducting research on the proper role of commissions of inquiry in protecting the right to life.
The legal limits to capital punishment. At least 154 states have adopted as a binding legal standard that the “sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes.” (Article 6(1) of the ICCPR). The Project is engaged in clarifying this standard.
Transparency regarding the use of capital punishment. In a considerable number of countries information regarding the death penalty is cloaked in secrecy. This both undermines human rights safeguards and prevents any informed public debate about capital punishment within the society. The Project has supported the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to have every country that uses capital punishment undertake full and accurate reporting of all instances thereof on at least an annual basis.
Regulating lethal force in armed conflicts and counter-terrorism. There are a number of legal instruments regulating the use of lethal force during armed conflicts. These include, for example, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Geneva Conventions. The range of applicable rules has sometimes led to confusion as well as to cynically legalistic attempts to place killings outside of any legal framework. The Project is analyzing how these legal regimes apply to the concrete situations in which the right to life is at risk.
April 26, 2006
GreatSchools.net K-12 Schools in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida.....
According to the site: "A former teacher, Bill Jackson founded GreatSchools in 1998 to catalyze a force that he believed was vital to the process of achieving excellence in education - parent involvement.
Bill launched GreatSchools.net because he believed that:
When parents make informed choices, students and schools benefit
Students are more successful when parents are actively involved in their education
Schools improve when parents advocate for high-quality teaching and learning
Since then, GreatSchools has evolved into a national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents like you choose schools, support your children's education and improve schools in your community. More than 25 million users visited GreatSchools.net in 2005. Our content powers the Internet's leading media organizations including AOL, Yahoo!, Knight Ridder, the Los Angeles Times and more than 85 top Web sites nationwide.
Our Mission: To improve K-12 education by inspiring parents to get involved."
According to the web site: "It is ConnectViaBook's vision to be the favourite destination for booklovers.
We want to provide an environment where readers can share their excitement from having read a great book and where everyone, through a passionate exchange of ideas, information and knowledge, can question, learn, grow and emerge not only wiser but also having made new friends from around the world.
We believe that we can only achieve our vision if we provide the very best environment for readers to connect, discuss and share their excitement and passion for their books."
Find a book you have read, build your book list and use it to...
connect with others
discuss your favourite books / topics online and in person
see who is reading what your reading, locally and globally
read and write book comments and reviews
get better book recomendations
publish your book lists
and much more...
ChemRefer - Chemistry Literature Search
ChemRefer is a search engine that is designed to allow students, academics, chemical and pharmaceutical companies quick access to chemistry literature which is available on the internet. There is plenty of such literature around, but it is all located on different websites. Most such websites contain a mixture of accessible and restricted literature and it is frustrating to locate an article, only to find it restricted to subscribers. ChemRefer only finds literature that is full text and freely available (from many different sources).
April 25, 2006
According to the web site: "NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs View image on all kinds of statistics with ease."
"You can also view profiles of individual countries including their maps and flags, use correlation reports and scatterplots to find relationships between variables, and refer to fully integrated encyclopedia with over 800,000 articles."
April 24, 2006
Mumps - MayoClinic.com
With the mumps outbreak in the Midwest, I thought this would be a good web site to highlight. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research has a fact sheet on the mumps which covers the following:
Signs and symptoms
When to seek medical advice
Screening and diagnosis
April 21, 2006
Stedman's Medical Dictionaries
The Stedman's site offers many products for sale, however it does have 2 free features that are of interest. They have an Online Medical Dictionary which is avialable 24/7. This is what there site has to say:
Welcome to Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary -- your online resource for medical terminology definitions. Simply type in a word, or search by the first two letters and with a mouse-click, gain instant access to Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th Edition. Search by keyword, search by definition, search by wildcard. Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary is fast, easy, and free. And best of all, we're always available. So next time you need to look-up a medical TERM... day or night... just turn us on.
They also have:
Word of the Day
Every day they feature a new word. Today's word is: omphalotomy - Cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
It's a great place to go if you want to increase your vocabulary.
April 20, 2006
MYSTERY*FILE THE CRIME FICTION RESEARCH JOURNAL
On this web site you will be able to find:
Authors: Interviews and Profiles
General Articles and Checklists
Addenda to CRIME FICTION IV
Ed Gorman Rambles
Book Review Columns
Index to Reviews
You can also find links to:
Feb 8. THE CRIMINAL HISTORY WEBSITE. Alan Bishop has just announced that the February edition of his website devoted to crime and mystery fiction set in years gone by is now on line. Of special note is an interview with Susan and Bill Wittig, a.k.a. Robin Paige, the author(s) of the Lord and Lady Sheridan Victorian crime mysteries.
Nov 27. NATIVE AMERICAN DETECTIVES. A chronological checklist compiled by Steve Lewis. No, Tony Hillerman is not the first author to be listed, but he was certainly the first to make any great impact.
If your are interested in Mysteries, give this site a look.
April 19, 2006
Domain Tools: Whois Lookup and Domain Suggestions
This is a valuable tool for finding out who owns a domain name, doing traceroutes, pings, DNS look-up, and Reverse IP look-up.
April 18, 2006
Terrorists and the Internet - Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan and independent membership organization. Some of the topics they cover are: Defense/Homeland Security, Energy/Environment, and:
Terrorists and the Internet
Author: Eben Kaplan, Research Associate
March 2, 2006
How do terrorist organizations use the Internet?
How effective is online terrorist propaganda?
What advantages does the Internet offer terrorists?
What is cyberterrorism?
Who are the most prominent online terrorists?
How do governments respond to terrorists’ online activities?
April 17, 2006
MedlinePlus: Videos of Surgical Procedures
This page provides links to pre-recorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States since January 2004. The videos last an hour. Please note that you cannot send in questions by email, though the webcast may say that you can, because you are not seeing these videos live.
You will need RealPlayer to view the programs. If you do not have Real Player, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you view the presentation.
April 15, 2006
Welcome to postgenomic.com
According to the postgenomic.com site: "Postgenomic collates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data. For example, you can see which papers are currently being discussed by neurologists, or which web pages are being linked to by bioinformaticians.
It's sort of like a hot papers meeting with the entire biomed blogging community."
You can also search the papers by author, keyword or phrases. If you are interested in conferences, there is a map of the world that show which conferences are coming up and which conferences have ended.
April 14, 2006
Trip Gas Price
This web site is provided by AAA. Select your starting point and final destination from a list of cities (it lists only major cities, so you have to choose the cities that are close to where you are starting and stoping). Put in the make, model and year of your vehicle, and it is ready to calculate the estimated cost of your trip.
April 13, 2006
Find the Low Gas Prices in Your City
According to the GasBuddy Web Site:
GasBuddy.com can help you find cheap gas prices in your city. It is a network of more than 173+ gas price information web sites that helps you find low gasoline prices. All web sites are operated by GasBuddy and has the most comprehensive listings of gas prices anywhere.
Gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as 20 percent within only a few blocks it is important to be able locate the service station with the lowest priced fuel. GasBuddy web sites allow motorists to share information about low priced fuel with others as well as target the lowest priced stations to save money when filling up at the pumps!
April 11, 2006
CBC Archives (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
CBC Archives (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
On this Website you'll find a selection of radio and television clips from the Archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Some of these files have rested quietly at the bottom of our vaults for more than 60 years and are, for the first time, now accessible to the general public.
Some examples are:
Georges Erasmus: Native Rights Crusader
Reports from Abroad: Matthew Halton
Master Storyteller Norman Jewison
The Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard
Disasters and Tragedies
Solar Temple: A cult gone wrong
The Early Years of the AIDS Crisis
The Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard
The Halifax Explosion
The Montreal Massacre
Mercury Rising: The Poisoning of Grassy Narrows
The Ice Storm of 1998
McCormick Tribune Foundation Freedom Museum
The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum seeks to inspire visitors to better understand freedom and value the role the First Amendment plays in protecting freedom for future generations.
Opening April 11, 2006, the Freedom Museum is the nation’s first museum dedicated to helping people - especially teenagers - understand freedom, with a focus on those guaranteed by the First Amendment. The museum offers highly interactive exhibits that engage, excite and encourage visitors to learn, ask questions and seek answers. An emphasis on contemporary issues enables visitors to better understand the role the First Amendment plays in our daily lives. Whether it’s through sampling banned music or learning how Homewood-Flossmoor High School students fought for their First Amendment rights, the museum aims to make freedom and the First Amendment relevant to visitors. The museum was created and funded by the McCormick Tribune Foundation to commemorate its 50th anniversary and continue its commitment to children, communities and country. The museum was also inspired by the passion of the foundation’s benefactor Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. An ardent supporter of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, McCormick maintained a strong belief in the responsibility of citizens to participate in, preserve and protect our democratic society.
The Freedom Museum takes interactive exhibits to the next level through strong visuals, compelling stories and active participation in the museum experience. Visitors can express, share and compare their thoughts and opinions through deliberative polls, creating their own Bill of Rights and recording their freedom thoughts for all to see and hear. It is through this participation that dialogue and healthy debate occurs throughout the museum. Balanced and unbiased information allows visitors to come to their own conclusions about freedom. Exhibits present Supreme Court Cases, scenarios and multiple viewpoints that encourage visitors to make choices, determine where they stand on issues and recognize the limits they place on freedom. Overall, the visitor will have the opportunity to explore freedom in ways that are approachable, relevant, engaging and interactive.
April 10, 2006
Internet Archive: Feature Films
This site provides a collection of movies that are available for downloading. There are currently 32,845 items available, which range from:
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and...
UCSF Tobacco Control Archives
The UCSF Tobacco Control Archives Multimedia Collection contains audiotapes and videotapes related to the advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research of tobacco products as...
In the early 1940s, the United States government commissioned some of the best filmmakers of all time to create propaganda in support of the war effort. The works of the most famous of those...
Film Chest Vintage Cartoons
These classic animated cartoons from the 1930's and 1940's are from the Film Chest collection, a leading source of film and video programming and stock footage. All these cartoons have been...
These represent just a few of the collections available, check out this site to see what else is available.
April 07, 2006
Wochenschau-Archive (German Newsreel Archives)
Welcome to the German newsreel archives,
here you can do research amongst the newsreel films free of charge. The online archives are in the process of being set up, and so far 6044 items can be called up. If you are looking for specific excerpts that are not online yet, please let us know. Before you can call up broadband video-streams we need a password. To get one you have to register. Alternatively, you can research all the desired information as our "guest".
April 06, 2006
Global Data on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and more
GlobalHealthFacts.org, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. GlobalHealthFacts.org is a companion site to GlobalHealthReporting.org, a project operated by the Foundation with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
April 05, 2006
The Deeping: short stories and novels -- good fiction
Every month, The Deepening publishes a new issue containing the best short stories by premier authors, stories that span every wholesome fiction genre, including: Action-Adventure, Children's, Crime, Detective, Crossover, Fantasy, Graphic Fiction, Historical, Horror, Humor, Literary, Mainstream, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychic, Spiritual, Supernatural, Romance, Science Fiction, Slipstream, Thrillers, Westerns, and Young Adult. Read and review the stories yourself. online with the authors.
April 04, 2006
Exploratorium Digital Library
The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and html formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use.
April 03, 2006
FBI Newspaper Articles Archive
Newspaper articles about the FBI tell stories of heroism, deceit, greed and justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is America's premiere domestic law enforcement agency. FBI agents have been at the forefront of some of the most notorious criminal investigations in American history. From Al Capone to Bonnie and Clyde, the bureau's early history is filled with stories of the most notorious gangsters in US history.
From the creation of the Bureau in 1908 to the great espionage cases of the 1980s and 90s, newspapers tell the story of the FBI and its agents. From Edward Shanahan, the first agent killed in the line of duty, to the most well known agent, Eliot Ness, newspapers chronicle the stories as they happen. The articles contained in this archive allow you to follow the manhunt for Shanahan's killer Martin Durkin and read accounts of the dramatic trial of Al Capone in Chicago.
The FBI has a long history of bringing criminals to justice, and their cases are often pulled straight from the headlines. Their work is evident in almost every stage in the last 100 years of American history. NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database online, has provided a free archive on the history of the FBI. The FBI archive includes stories about some of America's most notorious criminals such as John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, "Machine Gun" Kelly and Pretty Boy Floyd. You will also find thrilling accounts of Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames. Click on the timeline above to view newspapers in chronological order or begin searching the newspaper pages with your own key words.
We are also highlighting another newspaper archive: The September 11 Newspaper Archive.
Newspaper articles about the attacks of September 11, 2001, tell a story of shock, grief, anger and determination. From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:36 AM, to the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 7 some nine hours later, Americans knew that the world had changed. The attacks of September 11 were the first on US soil in 60 years and newspaper reports tell of their effect on every facet of American society.
Those old enough to have witnessed the event will never forget the images from that day and many of those images are forever preserved on the newspaper pages contained within the September 11 archive. From the picture of Flight 175 moments before it flew into the south tower, to the eventual collapse of the twin towers, the stories and images found in the archive ensure that history will never forget the events of that tragic day.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 made headlines all over the world. Artifacts from the World Trade Center have made their way around the country in moving exhibits and plans have been made to erect a more permanent memorial at Ground Zero. NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database online, has provided a free archive on the history of the September 11 attacks with thousands of original newspaper articles. The September 11 archive includes stories on the World Trade Center's construction, as well as its destruction. You will find articles on 9/11 heroes such as Todd Beamer, Amy Sweeney, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, as well as Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Click on the timeline above to view newspapers in chronological order or begin searching the newspaper pages with your own key words.
March 30, 2006
World Baseball Classic: Home
World Baseball Classic: Home
March 28, 2006
Visible Proofs is about the history of forensic medicine. Over the centuries, physicians, surgeons, and other professionals have struggled to develop scientific methods that translate views of bodies and body parts into "visible proofs" that can persuade judges, juries, and the public.
March 27, 2006
Famous First Facts by American Women
March 24, 2006
Your Credit Score: How it All Adds Up
Your Credit Score: How It All Adds Up
This consumer fact sheet covers:
New Rights to Credit Scores
Who's Keeping Score?
The Tally – When Points Are Added or Taken Away
Do Credit Report Inquiries Lower Your Score?
You Have to Play to Score
Scores for Sale – Proceed with Caution
Tips for Improving Your Score
March 23, 2006
National Archives Learning Curve Heroes and Villians
This web site is part of the National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom. They have taken original documents, photos and film to create an exhibit about some the most significant people and events in the recent past. These include: Winston Churchill and the bombing of Dresden, Harry Truman and the atomic bomb, and Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement to name a few.
March 22, 2006
Free Online File Storage/Sending
Free online file storage/sending
Back in May, I posted an article about YouSendIt, a free e-mail-based file sending service. If you’ve ever had to send large files and don’t have access to FTP, or the person you’re sending to doesn’t, this type of service is a fantastic resource
March 21, 2006
The web site for today is: Google Finance. The url is: http://finance.google.com/finance
Users can type in either the name of a company or its ticker symbol when searching for information. The site will focus on current and historical data for both public and private companies
March 20, 2006
College Basketball Newspaper Articles Archives
College Basketball Newspaper Articles Archives
Search Newspaper Articles about College Basketball in more than 50,000 Historical Newspaper Pages.
CollegeBasketballArchive.com contains newspaper articles covering all of the great moments in the history of the college game. From the first NCAA Champion, the University of Oregon, to the 2005 champion University of North Carolina, the archive contains exciting accounts of every NCAA tournament. The archive also includes articles on legendary coaches like John Wooden and Jim Valvano as well as great players such as Bill Walton and Michael Jordan.
March 18, 2006
The web site for today is: APA Style.org The web site explains what APA Style is, as well as provides examples for citing APA Style. It is a great resource if you are writing a paper in APA Style.
March 16, 2006
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird. Approximately six-months of archived columns from this syndicated feature on strange and bizarre news items, involving crimes, medicine, science, government actions, arts and entertainment, strange-but-true stories, confusing headlines, and more. Some of the ongoing themes include police blotter items, "Least Competent Criminals," and "Undignified Deaths."