Saturday, January 29, 2005


Sat., Jan. 29, 2005 - African Burial Ground, NYC

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report ====
====== October 29, 2004 =====
======= Volume 10, Number 43 ======

African Burial Ground [Macromedia Flash Player]

As the city of New York has grown up, out, and over an increasingly vast area of land during the past few centuries, various sites of human activity and habitation have become one of the many layers that continue to interest urbanologists, sociologists, planners, and anthropologists. One such layer is the African burial ground that was found in lower Manhattan in 1991, and which has been celebrated by a diverse group of individuals ever since. Visitors will want to start by looking at the "Rites of Ancestral Return" section. Here they may elect to view video clips from past celebrations and view an interactive map that highlights the various ways in which the colonial African experience has been relived and commemorated along the Eastern seaboard. The other section on the site is also quite engaging, as it allows visitors to explore the African burial ground through educational features about the artifacts and graves found within the context of the bustling city which had grown up around the site through the ensuing centuries. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004.


Sat., Jan. 29, 2005 - CIC Acceess Learning Feb. 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 4:52 PM
Cable in the Classroom e-News

Cable in the Classroom – Access Learning February 2005 issue

Broadband Black History
Broadband Tools: An interactive journey on the Underground Railroad, hearing Martin Luther King Jr., and more.
To show the strength of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words, what could be more effective than for students to actually hear the civil-rights leader say them? The following broadband resources enable educators to expand traditional textbook lessons on black history...

Home Links
Teaching your child black history and tips for family involvement to keep kids in school: Resources and ideas for making learning connections between school and home.

Subject Specific Resources Guides
Educational Resource Guides
Download, print, and forward these subject-specific guides to educational video and online resources that can help you teach.
Arts: Musical notation, self-portraits, and more
English/Language Arts: Jane Austen, Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant, Dracula, and more
History: Black History Month, Presidents' Day, and more
Math: Algebra, ratios, graphs, arcs, angles, and more
Languages: Spanish programming, Spanish and Italian Web sites, and more
Preschool: An online jigsaw puzzle, animal stories, and more
Science/Health: Emotional health, wild and domestic animals, tornadoes, solar observation, and more
Social & Personal Development: Internet safety, prejudice, and more
Social Studies: The origins of religion, the legacy of slavery, and more

Search Resources for Black History
For more educational programming and websites useful at home or school, with copyright information and links to online support materials, check out our online resource search.


Sat., Jan. 29, 2005 - Frontline's Teachers' Guides

Taken From:

FRONTLINE documentaries and Web sites are a valuable resource for teachers and students of current events, history, government and public policy. Here, in the FRONTLINE Teacher Center, we offer lesson plans and activities for middle school and high school teachers that are designed to take up no more than one or two classroom periods.
FRONTLINE films can be taped and used as a classroom resource for up to one year after the original broadcast. Teacher Center materials featured on the FRONTLINE Web site ( ) can be photocopied for
educational purposes. All other rights reserved.

Teacher’s Guides alphabetically by title


Sat., Jan. 29, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: January 30 - February 5, 2005

"Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, January 30, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm

The wildlife of Cuba has remained naturally preserved, untouched and unexplored. Through a special arrangement with the Cuban government, unprecedented access was granted to film the astonishing diversity of life on the island, much of it virtually unknown until recently. Tune in to see the iridescent Cuban jewel ant, the bee hummingbird that flies so fast it becomes invisible and the largest colony of Caribbean flamingoes in the world. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Go on an Eco Explorer tour of Cuba at the companion Web site.
(Available January 27, 2005)

"Treasures of a Sunken City"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> High School
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Tune in and learn about the underwater discovery of the fabled Pharos lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, just offshore from the modern city of Alexandria in Egypt. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Play our online game and test your knowledge of the SevenWonders.
[NOTE: Previously posted. See Guide from NOVA pasted below. - Phyllis ]


Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
"Going Deep" TV> PBSOL> High School
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
8:30 - 9:00 pm
This episode takes a look back at the decades of effort that
culminated in the deep sub Alvin reaching the ocean floor, and
a look forward to what's next now that Alvin's retiring. (CC,
Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide at the companion Web site.
[Website launches February 1.]


American Experience
"Fidel Castro"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> High School
Monday, January 31, 2005
9 - 11:00 pm
Fidel Castro has had an inordinate impact on the latter half of
the 20th century. The controversial, charismatic dictator has
confounded American presidents from Eisenhower to Bush, while
surviving a CIA-backed invasion, countless assassination plots,
an economic embargo -- even the collapse of his benefactor, the
Soviet Union. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download a teacher's guide that includes activities about such
topics as trade embargoes and the Cold War.
[NOTE: See Teaching Guide attached below. – Phyllis ]

Independent Lens
"February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> High School
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm

On February 1, 1960, four college students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. Join us for this intimate portrait and learn what led these four friends to protest -- and how their lives have been affected. (CC, Stereo,1 year)

Log on and learn more about the Greensboro Four.
Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Taken From:
Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 2:37PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

In next week's repeat of "Treasures of the Sunken City," NOVA
follows marine archeologists as they catalog and map thousands of
previously inaccessible ancient artifacts -- including the fabled
Pharos lighthouse -- residing in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt.
(Subjects covered: anthropology/archeology, social studies,
world history)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Treasures of the Sunken City" (R)
Broadcast: February 1, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local
listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Mapping the Treasures
Learn about the methods used to map one of the largest underwater
archeological sites in the Mediterranean, and view a map showing the
pieces found in the harbor since intensive investigation began in
1994. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Jean Yves Empereur
Find out more about the history of Alexandria, the artifacts
discovered in the harbor, and the process of excavation in this
interview with one Alexandrian expert. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Unforgettable Moments
View any of five video clips showing the underwater sphinx,
hieroglyphs adorning one marble block, the sphinx being brought
from the water, and the fabled Pharos Lighthouse. (RealPlayer
plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Seven Wonders: Get Clued In (Hot Science)
Use geography, history, and science clues to identify the Seven
Wonders. (Grades 6-8)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links & Books.

* * * * * * * *
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 4:56 PM
To: American Experience List

News from American Experience

Monday, January 31 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings)

In the United States, Latin America, Europe, and in far
corners of the globe, people from all walks of life either
despise Fidel Castro as a ruthless dictator or lionize him
as a champion of social justice. Nearly five decades after
he assumed power, he remains a living legend, a touchstone
for revolutionaries the world over, and a symbol of
resistance to American dominance.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents this new two-hour documentary
on the controversial, charismatic dictator who has
confounded American presidents from Eisenhower to Bush,
while surviving a CIA-backed invasion, countless
assassination plots, an economic embargo -- even the
collapse of his benefactor, the Soviet Union.

Castro's face, with its trademark beard, has become an
iconic image worldwide, yet the man himself remains an
enigma to all but a few. Through interviews with relatives,
childhood friends, fellow rebel leaders, Bay of Pigs
veterans, human rights activists and journalists, AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE constructs an intimate and revealing portrait of
the most resilient of leaders.

Visit FIDEL CASTRO Online - in Spanish and English!

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is pleased to announce its second fully
bilingual Web site, with an English/Espanol button on every
page for instant translations. The site offers an array of


In 1959, Fidel Castro created the Cuban Institute of
Cinematographic Art and Culture (Spanish acronym:
I.C.A.I.C.), which controlled cinemas, oversaw all Cuban
film productions and monitored imported films. Fidel Castro
once said its documentaries "contributed greatly to
publicizing the work of the revolution abroad." View
excerpts from rare I.C.A.I.C. newsreels.


Fidel Castro inspires strong emotions. Share your views on
the man, his revolution, Communism, or the past and future
of Cuba.


How much do you know about the Caribbean's largest island,
located just 90 miles south of Florida? Use this map to
visit locations across Cuba, track events from Fidel
Castro's life, and discover places rich with Cuban-American


Hear from Cuban-born Adriana Bosch on the challenges of
making the film, her personal memories of Fidel Castro, her
insights on Cuban exiles, and much more.


Friday, January 28, 2005


Fri., Jan. 28, 2005 - Electoral College

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 18:13:10 -0400Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Full TextSource: Congressional Research ServiceThe Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary PresidentialElections --

Gary D. Price, MLISLibrarian
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting
Visit The ResourceShelf
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Fri., Jan. 28, 2005

Taken From:
LII: Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for October 28, 2004

Finding Precedent: Hayes vs. Tilden ------------------------------
A site about the historic events of the Electoral Collegecontroversy of 1876-1877. Follow this event day by day, seecartoons and illustrations (many by Thomas Nast), read biographiesof key players, explore the parallels of this controversy with thepresidential election of 2000. From HarpWeek, the online presencefor Harper's Weekly.
* Presidents
* Electoral college
* LII classic content
Created by: jh
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. The Presidential Elections, 1860-1912 – Phyllis ]

The First Thanksgiving: Plimoth, 1621 ---------------------
"Find out about the daily lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag
as you go back to the year of the first Thanksgiving." Features a
timeline, information about the Mayflower ship and voyage, a brief
description of daily life in 1621 for the Pilgrims and Wampanoag.
Also includes images and interviews from historical re-enactments,
and a quiz. Includes links to some commercial content. From
publisher and media company Scholastic Inc.
* Thanksgiving Day
* Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony)
* Massachusetts
* Wampanoag Indians
* Indians of North America
Created by: mcb

[NOTE: Another page from this site previously posted: Voyage on the Mayflower - Phyllis ]


Food Psychology ---------------------------------------------------
This site "is for educators, health professionals, and consumers
interested in food psychology. This original research is intended
to help people be healthier, happier, and in control of their food
choices." The site features essays on topics such as why we
overeat, grocery shopping, labeling of soy products, comfort
foods, and advertising. From "an interdisciplinary group of
graduate students at the University of Illinois."
* Food
* Nutrition
* Food habits
Created by: mcb


FootnoteTV ---------------------------------------------
This site discusses and examines the factual bases of issues
mentioned in popular television programs (primarily "The West
Wing," "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,"
and "JAG"), episode by episode through analysis and links. Browse
by date or show title. The author is a lawyer and former
* Television programs
* Law
* United States
Created by: rv


LII Tip of the Week,
October 28, 2004: Poetry Collection ------------------------
How does a poem mean? Find out in our new Poetry collection, which
offers resources about festivals, slams, poets laureate, poetry
timelines, sonnets, audio recordings, genres ranging from cowboy
poetry to haiku, and much more. Thanks to Tom McGibney for his
excellent work creating this new section of LII. Enjoy!
* New this week
Created by: kgs


The Paperback Revolution ------------------
An "online exploration of the history of paperback books" between
1935 and 1960. This new form of book "helped to democratize
reading by increasing readership and eroding the lines between
'high' and 'low' literature." There is an animated timeline, a
virtual paperback rack with a gallery of covers and the first few
pages of each book, and links to other online resources.
* Paperbacks
* Publishers and publishing
Created by: dlm


Victoria and Albert Museum Access to Images -------------------------------
"You may search here for over 16,000 works and over 20,000 images
from the V&A collections. The database covers a wide range of
objects, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork,
paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles." There is
no browsing feature, but if you leave the "search" form empty all
of the images will come up in thumbnail form. From the Victoria
and Albert (V&A) Museum in London.
* Decorative arts
* Arts
* Design
* Museums
Created by: dlm
[NOTE: Another page from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Information You Can Trust!


Fri., Jan. 28, 2005 - Animation Sites

Animation Sites

Hands-On (Source: National Film Board of Canada)

Animation Lessons

Drawing Cartoons, Comics and Animation

Animation on the World Wide Web

Origins of American Animation 1900-1921, at

The Clay Animation Station

Animation History

Digital Media FX: The History of Animation
Larry's Toon Institute

The Big Cartoon Database

Earth Science Animations
[Shortened URL: ]


Fri., Jan. 28, 2005 - Political Cartoons

Taken From:
NobleEd Newsletter November 28, 2004

Cartoons in the National Library of Wales
The Illingworth cartoon collection at the National Library, which contains 4,563 images, explores a wide variety of topics through the eyes of one of Britain's best known cartoonists of the twentieth century.

The earliest items in the collection are mainly concerned with the conduct of the Second World War, battle gains and losses, and the state of the government at home. It also takes every possible opportunity to mock Hitler, Mussolini and their allies. Stalin, Roosevelt, Field Marshal Montgomery and Hideki Tojo are featured at length. The cartoons from this period allow us to follow the events of the war as they happened.

In the post war period, with Illingworth concentrating more on domestic politics, it is the newly elected Labor Government that bears the brunt of the satire, as he comments on the establishment of the NHS, developments in post war Europe and the difficulties of everyday life during the period of great austerity.

In the 1950s Churchill's return to 10 Downing Street is covered, along with a new chapter in the Cold War, the new Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, and US President, Dwight D Eisenhower. Problems in France, Cyprus and Algeria are also covered in depth, along with the Suez Crisis, and the state of the economy. In the late 50s Harold Macmillan appears in a very high proportion of cartoons, to be replaced as the main figure of satire by Harold Wilson during the early 60s.

The collection also has extensive coverage of John F Kennedy's term in the White House and the space race.


Thursday, January 27, 2005


Thurs., Jan. 27, 2005 - Print, Literacy, & Power in America: to 1900

Print, Literacy and Power in America: To 1900
M.K. Duggan

Links on the World Wide Web

Images. Print, Literacy and Power in America: To 1900

Schooling, Education, and Literacy In Colonial America

Selected Term Papers, Spring 2002 [NOTE: Some not available. – Phyllis ]


Thurs., Jan. 27, 2005 - Banned Books

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 6:28 AM
From: "Melissa Kelly - Secondary School Educators Guide"
Subject: About Secondary School Educators: Banned Books

Banned Books
Are you worried about some of the books your students are reading? This section explains in detail some of the books that have come under fire because of their content. Become more knowledgeable about what your students are reading....


Thurs., Jan. 27, 2005 - Censorship

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 16:55:21 -0700
Subject: GEN: For resources from NCTE on combating censorship
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

For resources from NCTE on combating censorship, see
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Sybil Finemel
Library Director MLIS.CIO.
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Thurs., Jan. 27, 2005 - Groundhog Day

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 8:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Groundhog Day
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter

Groundhog Day
by Barbara J. Feldman

Groundhog Day folklore says if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when he comes out of his burrow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is overcast, and the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring must be near. How accurate is the furry rodent? Visit the following sites to find out.

Day of the Shadow

Learn about shadows, sundials, groundhogs and hibernation at this site for early elementary students. Highlights include coloring pages, three illustrated fact sheets, the Cyber Groundhog game, a printable jigsaw puzzle, and two quizzes. Day of the Shadow is housed for free at Geocities, which means that access is controlled. If the site gets too busy, and you can't get in, wait an hour and try again.

Groundhog Day: Is it Spring Yet?

"The lowly groundhog, often called a woodchuck, is the only mammal to have a day named in his honor." This Wilstar page includes Groundhog Day history, a word search puzzle, and a short list of Groundhog Day links. Best bet is the twenty-six page printable SkyWatch PDF, for middle school and up, devoted to weather lore and sayings. "If February brings drifts of snow, there will be good summer crops to hoe."
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]
The guys in the top hats at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day celebrations are the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. They are the local dignitaries who run the annual event, and this is their official website. Don't leave without reading the FAQs, which cover Groundhog Day History, Past Predictions and Fun Facts About Groundhogs. "A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting."

Copyright © 2005 by, Inc.

[NOTE: I posted the following message last year. – Phyllis ]
--------Forwarded Message--------
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 7:01 PM
Subject: [sharinglinks] Will He or Won't He.....See His Shadow? Groundhog Day

The official Groundhog Day site has prediction records, games to play
and you can meet Phil the groundhog's family

This page, billed as the official Punxsutawney Home Page includes loads of
Groundhog Day Links.

This is Punxsutawney Phil's Official Page

GroundHogs at Hog Haven says it has live groundhog footage plus they have what
I'm assuming to be groundhog sounds on the page.

[NOTE: I posted the following sites last year:

The history of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day Crafts & Activities

Wiarton Willie - Canada's Leading Weather Prognosticator

- Phyllis ]

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Wed., Jan. 26, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 2:43 AM
INFOMINE Alert Service: update

Architecture and Home Design Net Links Directory
Record Id: 503627
Created: 2004-10-11 10:38:32
Categories: arts

Here we find several hundred of's architecture related links. These links cover aspects of architecture from history and building plans to civil engineering, landscape and biographies of famous architects.

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Record Id: 486277
Created: 2004-10-08 13:16:32
Categories: arts,liberal
"SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people." Events and newsletters, including 10 Ways to Promote a First Book, are among the resources available to the public at this site. There are also discussion boards and annual awards for members only.
[NOTE: See also: Helpful Research Links – Phyllis ]


Wed., Jan. 26, 2005 - History of Children's Literature

---------Forwarded Message--------
Subject:[LIFE of Florida] Children's Literature Resources from Net Gold
Posted: 10-26-2004 02:05 PM

History of Children's Literature
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some may have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Greetings. The following materials are intended to provide an
introduction to History of Children's Literature.
They were assembled from the World Wide Web,
ERIC Database, and a variety of other bibliographic resources.
Instructions for acquiring the full text of the ERIC records are
presented at the end of this file.

Social History of Children's Literature

A shorter URL for the above link:

Landmarks in the History of Children's Literature

Casting Characters: An Introduction to the History of
Juvenile Literature to 1900

A shorter URL for the above link:

The History of Children's Literature

Picturing Childhood

A Brief History of Children's Literature

History of Children's Literature

Learning is For Everyone, Inc.
[Shortened URL: ]


Wed., Jan. 26, 2005 - S. E. Hinton and "The Outsiders"

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 16:33:57 -0500
Subject: Re: The Outsiders
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Here's a lot to think about...or at least read...
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Remember, Susan Eloise was 16 when she wrote this book. It was a
reflection of the "groups" that she knew about at that time (in Tulsa).
It marked a beginning of the turbulent '60's with violence, gangs and
independence for also marked the beginning of a new genre for
YA literature.....

I know I didn't answer your questions, but I think you'll find a lot on
these websites to help you answer it better than I would!

Shonda Brisco, MLIS
Fort Worth, TX 76132
817-321-0100 ext. 410
>===== Original Message From =====
Sent: Tue 9/14/2004 4:30 PM
Subject: The Outsiders

I am doing a project and would like to get some help if anyone can.
How would you say that The Outsiders reflects on the beliefs and values
of the time it was published 1967.

Summer Pittman
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Wed., Jan. 26, 2005 - Booklists by Reading Levels / Literature Activites

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 12:37:55 -0400
Subject: Hit lost URL found
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Thanks to Lm-Netter Robin B., the terrific site for looking up book levels
has been found. For those who asked, it is:

Nancy A.

Nancy Andersen (now a happy camper)
K-8 Librarian
Erie, PA. 16505
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Taken From:
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 18:57:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: Christine Traum
Subject: Hit: Books w/lesson units-website
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Hi everyone!
For those of you who requested I post a hit , here it is! Thanks again,
to the LM_Netters who responded to my question!

Many of you cited Linda's Links to Literature (very popular suggestion!)
[NOTE: See also:
- Phyllis ]

However, a few others were mentioned as well.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
[NOTE: See also: Reading Comprehension – Phyllis ]
[NOTE: Home page
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Chris Traum, Librarian
Buffalo, NY 14209

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Tues., Jan. 25, 2005

Taken From:

Date Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 9:41 AM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education
publications & more."

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

BELOW is a new resource at FREE, the website that makes
finding teaching resources across federal agencies easy.

"Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center"provides information on careers, training, & professionaldevelopment; environmental programs in high schools &colleges; curricula for high school & associate degreeprograms; & instructional units on 5 topics: water quality, ahazardous materials accident, environmental risk assessment,infectious diseases, & environmental justice. (NSF)

Past messages:

United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

From the site:

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. Our programmes concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine, mountains and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions.

UNEP-WCMC's Species Database includes data on 72035 animals and 88783 plants of conservation interest.

Information Resources: Environment Links provides lists of biodiversity related web sites, list servers, and many useful links to conservation and environmental information, resources and organisations.

Interactive Map Service (IMapS). Users can choose from dozens of
map layers (derived from biodiversity and related data. For example,
World Atlas of Biodiversity [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Jan. 25, 2005 - Rainforests

Taken From:
ENC Monthly Update for Math and Science TeachersOctober 7, 2004

In recognition of National Rainforest Week, three entries provide lesson ideas and resources
for three grade levels--PreK-4 (,1819,117,00.shtm?ls=eu ) ,
Grades 5-8, (,1819,111,00.shtm?ls=eu ) and
Grades 9-12 (,1819,110,00.shtm?ls=eu ) .
At each grade level, many connections can be made to other subjects such as
social studies, language arts, and art.

Web Resources

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The strength of this site is in the background it provides. In a readable style, the site presents basic information about tropical rainforests, including what they are, how animals have adapted to living there, and what products are obtained from the rainforests. The site touches on what is happening in the forests now and what people can do to help conserve them.

A Student Guide to Tropical Forest Conservation
On this site, students can read about types of tropical rainforests, deforestation, the practice of forestry, forestry research, and new directions in tropical forestry.

How Rainforests Work
The information on this site, written in a clear, straightforward manner and packed into just a few pages, covers the basics about rainforests. Also included are a number of helpful links.
[NOTE: Other pages from How Stuff Works previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Cloud Forest Alive
Brief and to the point, this site describes a cloud forest, a special type of rainforest.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

All About Rainforests
Visitors to this site explore the world of the tropical and temperate rainforests. The site also provides ideas for classroom activities and crafts and offers an online rainforest quiz.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Tropical Rainforests
This site from Sea World includes a bank of rainforest terms, a suggested reading list, and more.
[NOTE: Infobooks previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Exploring the Rainforest
This site is especially good for younger students and students who will feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on some of the other sites. The site contains good pictures and good, basic information in easy-to-read chunks.


The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)
provides print and web resources for math and science teachers.


Tues., Jan. 25, 2005 - Amazon Rainforest

Taken From:
Today's Tech news - Oct. 21, 2004

USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
10/21/2004 - Updated 12:10 PM ET

Young Explorers in the Amazon
You’ve heard Miss America contestants pledge to save the rainforest. You’ve even been to the café. But do you really understand why the rainforest is important? Now you can explore the Amazon online and learn what’s so significant about the region sometimes referred to as the planet's lungs. (For example, did you know that the Amazon is home to more than one-third of all the species in the world and is responsible for one-fifth of the Earth’s fresh water?). Join Nickelodeon’s young explorers of the Amazon to find out what the fuss is about. — KS
[NOTE: Other pages previously posted.
World Wildlife Fund: Saving the Amazon - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY



Tues., Jan. 25, 2005 - Bats

Taken From:
ENC Weekly Update for Math and Science TeachersOctober 28, 2004

Bats (Grades 1-8). Your students can separate the facts from the misconceptions about bats and understand the bat's importance to the environment. Along with valuable information, some of the web sites in this entry give close-up photos of this elusive animal.,1819,1,00.shtm

Web Resources

Common Misconceptions About Bats
This site sets the record straight regarding common misconceptions such as all bats have rabies.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

How Bats Work
This easy-to-read article is filled with facts about bats and provides a number of interesting links.

This site connects the idea of bats to Halloween. It provides a great deal of information and activities.

Bats: A Thematic Resource for Teachers and Students
The environmental aspects and conservation efforts related to bats are just two of the areas for resources and information provided on this site. Want to know how to build a bat house? You'll find the information here. Want to keep your house from inadvertently becoming a "bat house"? You'll also find information here on how bat-proof your house.

Organization for Bat Conservation
This site contains information about bat houses, bat rescue, and conservation, and includes a Kid's Page with facts about bats.

Bat Conservation International, Inc.
Click on this site to read a feature article from BATS Magazine, take a virtual field trip to Kenya, learn about the natural history of bats, or listen to the sounds bats make when they communicate with each other. There is also a live bat cam.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Austin Bat Hospital
Since the Austin area can rightly boast of being home to a bat population numbering in the millions, it makes sense that there would be a need for a local bat hospital. This site is fascinating--it shows what an operating table for bats looks like and gives you a glimpse of an intensive care unit. The site also provides specific instructions for bat-proofing buildings, presents bat facts and wonderful photos, and shares information about its rehabilitation cage.

Bats Scan the Rainforest with UV-Eyes
This article offers interesting background information, describing experiments that scientists have done that show that some species of bats can see ultraviolet light. The bats use this ability at night to locate flowers that reflect UV light.


Monday, January 24, 2005


Mon., Jan. 24, 2005

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Date Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 2:45 AM
Subject: INFOMINE Email Alert Service

Museum of Costume Bath
Record Id: 514369
Created: 2004-10-27 12:03:32
Categories: arts

The collection focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day. The collection was created by Doris Langley Moore, a well known collector and historian, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city.

Future of the Book: Preservation and Persistence of the Changing Book
Record Id: 514366
Created: 2004-10-27 11:07:13
Categories: arts
Here we find information pertaining to bookbinding and bookmaking organized by the Conservator for the Libraries at the University of Iowa, Gary Frost. There are close to forty reports and essays on relevant topics such as The Future of the Book Versus the E-book.

A la Mode, 1795 to 1920 Fashion Plates
Record Id: 514361
Created: 2004-10-26 09:48:32
Categories: arts

A collection of fashion plates from the Boston Public Library from 1795 to 1920. Fashion plates began appearing in England and France in the 18th Century and engravers began publishing them in a new subscription format called the fashion journal. Fashion plates were popular until the 1930s when photography became the norm to report fashion changes.

Crossing the Threshold
Record Id: 514359
Created: 2004-10-25 13:43:13
Categories: arts
This web site features "... thirty-two women artists, ranging in age from 70 to 95 years, who have persevered throughout the twentieth century and created a visual legacy for the future millennia." Each artist is represented with a biography and a sample of her work.
[NOTE: Other past exhibitions at the museum - Phyllis ]

Women Artists: Self Portraits and Representations of Womanhood from the Medieval Period to the Present
Record Id: 388567
Created: 2004-10-25 13:27:13
Categories: arts,liberal

Over sixty women artists are represented here, organized by time period. Each artist has a paragraph of biography, a thumbnail example of her work which can be enlarged, and a listing of references.

The Grolier Club
Record Id: 514355
Created: 2004-10-24 17:23:32
Categories: arts,liberal

"The Grolier Club Library online catalogue includes records for the following: monographs published after 1800; serials; archival and manuscript collections; rare books and examples of fine printing acquired since 1983; French book auction catalogues from 1643 to date; and all American, English, and other European book auction catalogues published prior to 1900. Records for the remainder of the Library's collection of book auction catalogues, as well as bookseller catalogues, prints, ephemera, fine bindings, and early printed books, will be added in the course of the next few years."

This site also contains a listing of almost forty exhibits mounted by the Grolier Club each with a description and an illustration.

Record Id: 268416
Created: 2004-10-22 11:59:32
Categories: arts,liberal
N.paradoxa is an international, feminist art journal based in England. In addition to the current and all previous articles it contains about seventy links to women's art sites worldwide. There is also an extensive booklist with reviews, a listing of feminist oriented organizations and a list of women's film festivals worldwide.


Mon., Jan. 24, 2005 - Art History Lesson Plan Guide

Taken From:
Tue Oct 12, 2004 2:18 pm
Subject: [Net-Gold]ART HISTORY: AP
Art History Lesson Plan Guide - good for home schoolers

Here is an excellent lesson guide for you:
This is for Advanced Placement Art History - for
college credit.... but you can adapt the pace to your
From the site:
“The purpose of the following Focus Lessons for Art History is to assist you in planning your daily lessons by highlighting important ideas and concepts in each chapter as well as in the relevant sections in the program's ancillaries. The Focus Lessons, written by an experienced AP* teacher and a curriculum developer and test prep author, suggest strategies for assessing how well your students understand the important points in each chapter and also provide test-taking tips that will help your students prepare for and take the AP* Art History test successfully.”
[NOTE: Lessons include links to related web sites. – Phyllis ]


Mon., Jan. 24, 2005 - Art Images: Online Sources

Taken From:
Date: Tue Oct 19, 2004 9:51 am
Subject: [Net-Gold] Art: Art Appreciation: Art Images Sources Online

Here are some good resources:

Carol Gerten's Fine Art - all high quality scans:
Get a Pop-up blocker - or use Mozilla/FireFox Browser.You do have permission to use her scans in educational- not-for profit presentations. You will notice that she claims "Fair Use" in listing of many of the artists whose works are still copyrighted. Some have challenged her and she has indeed removed them.

Mark Hardin's Archive:
I have noticed that many of Mark's own scans are no longer on the site. Much of what he has now simply links to other sites - but still it is worth a visit.Site does have pop-under ads (Mozilla blocks them)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Olga's Gallery:
Has pop-up ads now - all good scans. Search by name, movement or country. Still very useful.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Web Gallery of Art - WOW! all redone! this is new:
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods(1100-1800), currently containing over 12,400 reproductions. Commentaries on pictures, biographiesof artists are available. Guided tours, free postcard and other services are provided for the visitors.

World Art Treasures -Berger Foundation:
Slide collection of art form Egypt, China, Japan, India, and Europe[
NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Web Museum:
Famous paintings by Artist and by period. Last I checked, these images are not all in public domain.Many 20th century artists are still included.[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Art Images for College Teaching:
Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) is a personal, non-profit
project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator
Allan T. Kohl . AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of
art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access,
free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as
to the public at large. The images displayed on this site have been
photographed on location by the author, who consents to their use in
any application that is both educational and non-commercial in

Judy Decker
Incredible Art Department


Mon., Jan. 24, 2005

Taken From:
E-Mail ReminderWeek 184
October 7, 2004

Art--Online Images
Source: Allan Kohl, art historian and Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Art Images for College Teaching
"The express purpose of this database, which offers 1,100 images personally photographed on location by the site's creator, is to freely disseminate images of important art and architecture. The collection is organized into five categories: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque, 18th - 20th Century, and Non-Western, but lacks a search for specific images. Each photograph is concisely described and accompanied by cross references to discussions in one or more of 20 widely used art history survey textbooks. Emphasizing that the site is a "Free Use Educational Resource," Kohl encourages any use that is both educational and non-commercial, which will help college, community college, and high school AP faculty without the resources to license expensive collections.

Business Research
OPIC Information Gateway

One of the best places to seek global information by country or region is the Information Gateway provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) , "a self-sustaining federal agency that sells investment services to small, medium and large American businesses expanding into approximately 150 developing nations and emerging markets around the world.

OPIC's Investor's Information Gateway Country Link Database can connect you with more than 20,000 documents and other sources of economic, business, political and social data for all of the countries and areas in which OPIC can currently do business.

Information Gateway: Africa and Middle East
Information Gateway: Asia and Pacific
Information Gateway: Europe and New Independent States
Information Gateway: Latin America and Caribbean

The links are conveniently grouped into 20 major categories such as government, business promotion, health, human rights, infrastructure, natural resources, trade, travel, press, diplomacy, etc. There are typically 140 to 150 links available for each country and region.

Information sources include various federal agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the CIA and the State Department, multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, foreign government agencies and embassies, non-governmental organizations such as chambers of commerce and various trade and investment promotional organizations, travel information web sites, and many others.


U.S. History--Civil War
Source: NPS
National Park Service Completes Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
"The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the completion of the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (CWSS) System at a special event at Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. The System, which was first started in 1993, was recently completed with the addition of the final soldier names from Pennsylvania and Virginia. This comprehensive computerized database of Civil War veterans, North and South, holds the service records of 6.3 million soldiers. The System can be accessed through any computer with Internet access...In addition to celebrating the completion of the CWSS database, the NPS announced that it has entered into an agreement with National Geographic to do joint mapping and geography projects. One of the first projects will incorporate information from the CWSS System into a map-based Web presentation on National Geographic's MapMachine. Internet technologies provide innovative ways to enhance the park experience, both for virtual and actual visitors."


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Gary D. Price, MLISGary Price
Library Research and Internet Consulting
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Sunday, January 23, 2005


Sun., Jan. 23, 2005 - Presidents: The Secret History

Taken From:
To: American Experience List
Posted: 10-30-2004 10:57 AM
American Experience educational programming updates

Subject: Presidents from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Shhhhh! Presidential Secrets!

We're delighted to announce the newest issue of AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE'S WayBack: U.S. History for Kids!


Get the inside scoop on our 42 past presidents. Who was
nicknamed "Rawhide"? Whose dating practices scandalized the
nation's capital? Which president hollered at the Taj Mahal
just to hear his voice echo? Whose wife had a pet raccoon
named Rebecca? And which president got a speeding ticket for
riding his horse too fast?


Sun., Jan. 23, 2005 - American Presidency / Public Papers of the Presidents

Taken From:
ResearchBuzz #307 -- October 28, 2004


EB Offers Content on American Presidency

Encyclopedia Britannica is now offering fahree content about the American presidency; you can find it at

The site offers information on the presidency itself, as well as information on the presidents, vice-presidents, and first ladies. There's information on the 2004 candidates (some of them, not all of them) and information on political parties as well as historical election results (which includes a map of the US broken down by who won which state, in addition to popular vote counts.

Extensive site, as you might expect from an encyclopedia. Very nice.
ResearchBuzz is copyright 2004 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.

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Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available.

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Sun., Jan. 23, 2005

Taken From:
LII: Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for October 14, 2004

The Erie Canal: A Brief History ------------------------------------------
"The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century."
This is an account of its planning and development, including the
initial idea from New York's then-Governor DeWitt Clinton, the
canal's role in increasing commerce and westward migration, and
its designation as a national heritage corridor. The site provides
a link to a longer account of this history and to the music for
the Erie Canal song. From the New York State Canal System.
* Canals
* Erie Canal (N.Y.)
* Historic sites
Created by: wh


Evolution of the Shopping Center ---------------------------------
An illustrated timeline on the development of shopping centers in
the United States. Features information about the antecedents of
shopping centers, the creation of department stores, and the
impact of automobiles. Includes links to related sites. From a
history professor at the University of San Diego.
* Shopping centers
* Retail trade
Created by: mcb


FAQ's: The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Britain ------------
Questions and answers about Britain on topics as diverse as
British holidays, elections and voting, food and drink, the
monarchy, the Honours system, sports, tourist information, living
and working in Britain, and much more. Searchable. From the
British Information Services (BIS), "the New York based Press and
Public Affairs Office of the British Embassy in Washington DC."
* Great Britain
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Ghosts of the White House -------------------------------------
Watch videos featuring "stories of strange noises in the White
House, sightings of President Abraham Lincoln's ghost and a
Halloween prank by President Carter's daughter." Also has a set of
questions from the public about hauntings, answered by a White
House employee on Halloween of 2003. From the Web site of the
president of the United States.
* Ghost stories
* Ghosts
* Halloween
* White House (Washington, D.C.)
Created by: kgs


House of Commons Information Office: The Gunpowder Plot ---
Information from the United Kingdom Parliament about the Gunpowder
Plot, the name given to the conspiracy to blow up the Houses of
Parliament on November 5, 1605. Guy (or Guido) Fawkes was
considered to be the major conspirator. This document provides a
background and history of the plot, and how the event is
celebrated today as "Firework Night," "Bonfire Night," or "Guy
Fawkes Day." Opens directly into a PDF document.
* Great Britain
* Holidays
* Guy Fawkes Day
* Gunpowder Plot, 1605
Created by: mcb


LII Tip of the Week, October 14, 2004: Arts and Humanities ----------------
We are pleased to announce many new or greatly expanded browsing
categories in our Arts and Humanities collection. Among many other
large and small changes, our Literature section now includes
collections for the fiction and nonfiction genres (poetry is
forthcoming), the Music section is now much more detailed, the
U.S. History section points to another new collection on the
Presidency, and the main page is easier to browse. Thanks to Tom
McGibney and Jennifer English for their "genrefication" of this
popular section of LII. Enjoy!
* New this week
Created by: kgs


Stop Violence Against Women --------------------
Fact sheets, news, current campaigns, related links, and more
about "a global human rights scandal that affects us all." Topics
include rape as a tool of war or armed conflict, sexual violence,
female genital mutilation, HIV/AIDS, and human rights. From
Amnesty International USA.
* Women
* Violence
* Human rights
Created by: kgs

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Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.
Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

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LII New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Information You Can Trust!


Sun., Jan. 23, 2005 - Steamboats / Presidential Trivia

Taken From:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #319 10/7/04


All aboard this historic, non-profit website that functions as a community for those interested in the history and preservation of the Paddlewheel Steamboat. The site aims to educate people interested in these great boats, which many of us first learned about through the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.

Anyone who is fascinated by nautical and industrial history will find a lot to explore at There is a complete glossary to familiarize you with the 'language' of these 19th Century vessels, a Virtual Steamboat, and a ton of other features related to famous boats and American rivers, as well as steamboat literature and tourism.

Presidential Trivia

The presidency is on everyone's mind these days. Gain some historical perspective and knowledge on those who once held the highest office in all the land at this cool site.This website is both interesting and fun, with lists of facts about our former Commanders-in-Chief. Find out which Presidents had military experience, what their pre-presidential careers were, and loads of other miscellaneous trivia about our former leaders. Who knew that Martin Van Buren was once a delivery boy?
A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at

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