Saturday, May 20, 2006


Sat., May 20, 2006 - Boolean Tutorial

Boolean Tutorial

Objective: Teaches students the basics of using AND, OR, and NOT to combine terms when searching in library catalogs

Discipline(s) covered/Subjects: Library instruction, search strategies, information literacy

Description: This brief Flash tutorial teaches students the basics of using AND, OR, and NOT to combine terms when searching in library catalogs, databases or the Web. This tutorial is very user-driven in that the user decides which aspects to learn (AND, OR, NOT) in which order. Users may also control the pacing of the tutorial using the back and next buttons. There are also simple, non-graded quizzes and humorous examples throughout to help reinforce learning objectives. At the end of the tutorial, students may elect to move directly into the Advanced Boolean tutorial or to exit.”



Sat., May 20, 2006

Sites found in:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
Feb. 3-9, 2006

Source: Information Literacy Section/IFLA
New, International Information Literacy Resources Directory
"The Information Literacy Section has created this database to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO."

Population--United States--Statistics
Source: U.S. Census
We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States
A portrait of the American Indian and Alaska native population in the United States, providing data on the largest specified tribal groupings, reservations, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas (ANVSAs) and areas outside reservations, and ANVSAs at the national level. It is part of a special report series that presents data collected from Census 2000 on demographic, social, and economic characteristics.

Saudi Arabia--Bibliiography
Source: Air University Library
Saudi Arabia
New bibliography includes Internet resources, books, documents, periodicals, videos.

Gary PriceEditor,
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Sat., May 20, 2006 - HighBeam: Free ARticle Database

Site found in:
Poynteronline Web Tips
Posted, Feb. 8, 2006

Free Article Database
By Jonathan Dube

“Journalists now have a plethora of online research options, from free
search engines like Google to high-end article databases like LexisNexis.

HighBeam Research Inc. runs an online research engine for individuals
that aims to fill the gap between the free and high-end services. The site
offers access to its database of more than 35 million articles from more
than 3,000 publications for $99.95 a year.

Now HighBeam is offering a subset of that content for free.

Anyone searching ( ) can access the
full text of more than 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for
free, even people who haven't registered on the site.

After you do a search on the site now, you'll get a list of results that
include free and premium articles. If you're not interested in paying, you
can click on a link in the left column, under "Modify Results," to display
only the free articles.

HighBeam also plans on adding free access to "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary
of Current English" and "The Oxford Pocket Thesaurus of Current English"
through the HighBeam Reference area of the research engine sometime soon.”

[NOTE: or read it online at: – Phyllis ]

Copyright © 1995-2006 The Poynter Institute


Sat., May 20, 2006

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: May 21-27, 2006

American Masters
"Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
9 - 10:00 pm
Join us for this program that traces the meteoric rise to fame
of the world-famous "Queen of Soul." The film focuses on
Aretha's musical development, tracing her progress from her
early strengths as a Detroit gospel singer to the wide
stylistic and emotional range she has come to command. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about Aretha at the companion Web site.
Shortened URL:

American Masters
"Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
10 - 11:00 pm
This documentary traces the career of seminal bluesman Muddy
Waters from his beginnings picking cotton to his death from
cancer in 1983. His spirit and rough-hewn personality are
revealed through frank interviews with his family, mistress and
the last of his four wives. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about Muddy Waters at the companion Web site.
Shortened URL:
"The Dolphin Defender"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, May 21, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
This is the story of filmmaker Hardy Jones' personal journey
into the world of dolphins, the sometimes dangerous waters into
which they have led him and his continuing crusade to protect
them. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to the companion Web site to examine the trade in
dolphins; meet the Dolphin Defender; and discover dolphin

P.O.V.'s Borders
"American ID"
Middle / High School

P.O.V. launches "P.O.V.'s Borders -- American ID," a new
installment of PBS' first Web-only documentary series. The
interactive, multipart series looks at American identity from a
global perspective. At home and abroad, the question of what
makes an American has become one of the key issues for the 21st
century. This site explores the myths and realities of being
American in the world today.

American Experience
"The Man Behind Hitler"
High School
Monday, May 22, 2006
9 - 10:30 pm
The Nazi propaganda mastermind Joseph Goebbels helped launch
Hitler's rise to power. Tune in for this film which offers a
chilling glimpse into Goebbels' brilliant but disturbing mind,
revealing how he continually stage-managed his life and
reinvented himself -- from his early days as a radical "popular
socialist" to his death. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Read Joseph Goebbels' diary online; track the propagandist's
views from 1926 to 1945.
[See teacher’s guide pasted at end. – Phyllis ]

Guide to Baseball Fiction
Middle / High School

An English professor has created a list of books about baseball
that is sure to have something for any baseball lover. The list
covers adult novels, short stories, juvenile fiction, plays,
films and criticism.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 17:24:45 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

Monday, May 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

"...a rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind."
-- The New York Times

His name is synonymous with political propaganda. His legacy is
one of maniacal cruelty and unwavering devotion to the Nazi
cause. He has been called "the genius of spin" and "Reich
Liar-General." Appointed minister of propaganda in 1929, Joseph
Goebbels was responsible for all of Germany's media. No film was
produced, no newspaper printed, no radio show broadcast without
his stamp of approval.

This 90-minute film offers a portrait of the second most powerful
person in the Nazi party. The account is delivered in words taken
directly from Joseph Goebbels' diaries, kept from 1924, when he
joined the Nazi party, until his suicide in 1945, read by actor
Kenneth Branagh. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this
documentary from filmmakers Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft
offers an insider's view of the rise of the Nazi party.


Propaganda in Germany and the U.S.A.

During World War II, propaganda machines on both sides of the
Atlantic worked to persuade citizens of the importance of the war
effort, stir up patriotism, and emphasize crucial efforts like
resource conservation and silence about military tactics. Browse
a gallery of posters from both sides.

Joseph Goebbels' Diary

Over a decade in power, Joseph Goebbels trumpeted an ideology
that led to the Holocaust, total war, and his own suicide in
1945. Follow the events of Goebbels' life through excerpts from
his diaries.

Historian Q&A

Martin Kitchen is an internationally recognized expert on German
and Austrian military and economic history. Here he answers
questions on Joseph Goebbels, the Third Reich, and America.


Thursday, May 18, 2006


Thurs., May 18, 2006 - Visible Proof: Forensic Views

Visible Proofs
From the site:
“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. The galleries explore significant cases, technologies, and people that have had an impact on the history of forensic medicine. Take an in-depth look at artifacts and images from the exhibition. Three online activities and three lesson plans introduce forensic medicine, anthropology, technology, and history. Designed specifically for students and educators, the lesson plans provide educators with ready-made resources for the classroom and the online activities promote active learning for students.”


Thurs., May 18, 2006 - Math/Science Nucleus

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, February 7, 2006 and time for Science at

Recommended Website:
Math/Science Nucleus

List member MaryAnna pointed me to today's website, a production of
the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus. It offers free
hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science, and
technology for Grades K-12 based on over 23 years of research on how
children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for
classroom use with the recognition that parents may use them for
home study.

Note: Bookmark the site now, because it is still in development. All
of the lessons for the elementary grades have been loaded to the
site, but the lessons for secondary education are still in the
works. (If you can't wait, you can purchase the curriculum on CD
from the store at the website.)

Currently, the site offers for free:

Elementary Curriculum (K-6) -- A complete science program for every
week of a child's K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34
weeks. Includes all science subjects weaved through Applied
Science, Universe Cycle, Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water
Cycle, and Life Cycle. [NOTE: Rock Cycle previously posted. – Phyllis ]

These lessons require certain materials to do the activities. You
can download a description of the material "kits" so that you can
assemble the materials needed on your own -- or you can purchase the
kits for a reasonable fee via the website.

Secondary Curriculum (7-12) -- These modules increase the knowledge
from the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a
semester or year course depending on the instructor. An electronic
textbook for students is part of the program. Hands-on activities
are built from the textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science,
Physical Science, and Human Biology.

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the
right side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts
on new curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the
icon below the words "Free Access." A new page opens that is the
gateway to the curriculum for Elementary and Secondary grades -- or
just go there directly by clicking on:

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Thurs., May 18, 2006 - Images of American Political History

Images of American Political History -
More than 500 public domain images in the field of
American political history are here. These range from
reproductions of art from colonial times to scanned
photographs from the present day. Search for images by
keyword, or browse by time period or general topic. The
images are in JPEG format, with thumbnail previews
linked to full-sized images. From the Teaching Politics
site at the College of New Jersey. - smb
Subjects: united states - history photographs images
Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII.

From the site:
“The intent of this collection is to support the teaching of American political history by providing quick access to uncopyrighted images for inclusion in teaching materials.

All images are strongly believed to be in the public domain. They were obtained from non-copyrighted U.S. government holdings and publications and from published works with clearly expired copyrights. Thus there are absolutely no restrictions on their use.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., May 18, 2006 - The Mozart Effect

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 8, 2006

The Mozart Effect

Today's web page, from the Human Intelligence project at Indiana
University, in dubious honor to the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth,
offers the facts and fallacies surrounding the "Mozart Effect". Gentle
Subscribers will discover an interesting overview of the current research

"Society has often hoped for a quick and simple way of increasing
intelligence. In 1993, such a possibility was offered by researchers at the
University of California, Irvine ... [who] found that a group of 36 college
undergraduates improved their spatial-temporal intelligence (the ability to
mentally manipulate objects in three-dimensional space) after listening to
10 minutes of a Mozart sonata. Results showed that student IQ scores
improved by 8-9 points and lasted for 10-15 minutes. The findings, which
were later dubbed the Mozart effect, have spawned both criticism and
support for music's ability to alter intelligence." - from the website

The web page features engaging "pop" queries, with immediate feedback,
interspersed in its review of the data on the Mozart effect. Briefly
covering topics such as the possible cause of the Mozart effect, the
increase and duration in spatial intelligence and the music selection used
in testing, the discussion concludes with a succinct summary of the
research problems in this area. Additional online references are included
as well as a bibliography of print resources.

Glissade to the web page for notes on the Mozart effect at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Wed., May 17, 2006 - Animated Knots

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Animated Knots

Today's site provides extensive information on knots -- their nomenclature,
how to tie them and where to use different types. Gentle Subscribers, who
didn't receive their knot-tying badges in their misspent youth and intend
to redress that omission or who simply enjoy a well-designed and
instructive site will find Animated Knots fills either requirement.

"This website is aimed at yachtsmen, scouts, climbers, fishermen and anyone
else who needs to know how to tie Practical Safe Knots. Each animated knot
"ties itself" automatically and can also be "tied" and "untied" slowly to
reveal its structure. ... These knots [are] based on experience, a careful
review of major resources, and advice from many helpful contributors." -
from the website

The site offers knots used in specific activities such as boating,
climbing, fishing, Scouting and arboriculture and explains the use of each
with a clever mouseover and text box technique, as well as providing an
alphabetized list of individual knots. From the Double Figure Eight Knot
("Bunny Ears") to the Munter Mule Combination, each knot is presented in
vivid color photos, along with a text description of how to tie it. By
mousing over the numbers under each image, the step-by-step procedure is
clearly revealed. Additional background information is included for each
knot, while the rope care section offers practical cleaning, storage and
replacement advice.

Thanks to Subscriber DFA for recommending this site.

Slip over to the site for an excellent presentation on knots for everyone

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Wed., May 17, 2006 - Sound Learning Monthly Features

May 2006: Composers Datebook
“Passion, vanity, and beauty. For May, Sound Learning features the program Composers Datebook from American Public Media. Each day, Composers Datebook presents a wealth of information about a specific composer and historic musical events.”

February 2005: Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches
“Of particular interest to teachers and students of American history, political science, and civics.”

November 2005: American RadioWorks' Revisiting Vietnam
“Just over thirty years ago, the last American solders pulled out of Vietnam. November's Monthly Feature, Revisiting Vietnam from American RadioWorks, helps your students observe Veteran's Day by highlighting the experiences of some of the nearly three million Americans who served in the war.”


Wed., May 17, 2006 - Finding Information for your Current Events Report

Site found in:
Power to Learn Educator Newsletter
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006

Oh No! Not a Current Events Report Again! Finding Information for Your Report - Part 1 (K-4)
Shortened URL:
List of news web sites for kids. Also has links to maps.
From the site:
“You'll probably be doing current events reports until you graduate from high school. Think about it. That's a lot of reports. So instead of cutting any article out of a newspaper and attempting to tell about it or write about it for your teacher, why get your computer to help you?”

Part II: Collecting and Organizing Your Notes
Shortened URL:

Part III: Fun Ways to Present Your Report
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Links worked yesterday, but not this evening. - Phyllis ]


Wed., May 17, 2006 - Free E-Book: How to Write Effectively

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: URLwire - News of Useful, Unique and Educational Web Content
Subject: Free E-book Shows Professionals How to Write Effectively
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 08:36:02 -0700

Free E-book Shows Professionals How to Write Effectively
Summary: A business writer working for Fortune 500 executives has
published a free 90-page e-book that will help professionals to write
more clearly about business. The book shows entrepreneurs, managers
and executives how to apply the 7 principles of business writing to
topics like leadership, change, sales, communication and corporate
culture. The book also teaches writing strategies that readers can
apply to anything from simple e-mails and memos to complex plans and
proposals. The book will help readers to become more self-reliant,
insightful and effective writers. The gorgeously designed e-book -
titled Capture. Deliver. Excel. can be downloaded for free from

More at

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Mon., May 15, 2006 - The Heart: An Online Exploration

The Heart: An Online Exploration
From the site:
“Explore the heart. Discover the complexities of its development and structure. Follow the blood through the blood vessels. Wander through the weblike body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to monitor your heart's health. Look back at the history of heart science.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., May 15, 2006 - InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart

The InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart
Sections include: How It Works, Why It Fails, and Fixing the Problem

2006 Webby Award Winner in the Heath Category


Mon., May 15, 2006 -

Site found in:
February Busy Educator's Newsletter
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006


Citytowninfo.Com is a collection of information on U.S. cities and towns. The site
includes almanac-like reference data, real estate statistics, local weather reports, links to
the official city web sites and maps for about 3500 cities. The site also includes an
original summary article on about 50 major cities.
[NOTE: This is a commercial site, so there are some ads. – Phyllis ]



Mon., May 15, 2006 - The Slave Community / Slave Voices

Black Southerners in the Old South: The Slave Community
Documents detailing life in the south before the end of slavery. Find wanted posters for runaway slaves and more.
[NOTE: Links to other scanned items in the Broadside Collection from
Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices Phyllis ]

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Sun., May 14, 2006 - 2006 Webby Award Nominees and Winners

2006 Webby Award Nominees and Winners


Sun., May 14, 2006 - Cre8tive Drama / Puppetry

Cre8tive Drama
From the site:
“A creative drama resource for teachers and others working with youth!”


The Puppetry Home Page
From the site:
“The Puppetry Home Page is a free resource for the puppetry community and is dedicated to helping people connect with the world of puppetry.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., May 14, 2006 - Cyrano da Burger Rat

Cyrano da Burger Rat
On online graphic novel in monthly installments.


Sun., May 14, 2006 - Printmaking

Printmaking History and Links
Hosted by Middle Tennessee State University


World Printmaking
Includes the history of printmaking, techniques, materials, and a dictionary.

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