Saturday, June 03, 2006


Sat., June 3, 2006 - WWII Military Situation Maps / Inside the Brain

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 17, 2006
Volume 12, Number 7

World War II Military Situation Maps

Maps have been integral to military conflicts and warfare since time
immemorial, and many of these documents are highly prized by collectors and
military historians. The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress
recently created this fine digital collection of World War II situation maps
from the years 1944 and 1945. Beginning with the D-Day Invasion, the maps
provide information about troop positions throughout Western Europe, along
with important graphical representations of various landmarks within the
military landscape. Visitors can browse through the collection by title,
creator, subject, place, or date. Perhaps the finest part of the site is an
interactive essay that takes users through the Battle of the Bulge with a
series of maps and some brief commentaries. [KMG]

Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour

The human brain is in many ways a fantastic and enigmatic part of the body,
and only within the past few decades have scientists begun to understand its
many nooks and crannies. When the brain is beset with any number of
neurological conditions, it changes in a myriad of ways. This website,
provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an interactive tour of the
brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. The tour contains sixteen
interactive slides, and each slide contains informative text that provides
background material. The first seven slides contain a bit of background
information about the brain, such as what the brain is composed of and how
it functions. Rounding out the site are a selection of links to sites that
provide additional information on the brain, such as the Harvard University
Whole Brain Atlas site and the BBC’s Interactive Brain Map. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


Sat., June 3, 2006 - Global Warming / Oceanography / Astronomy & Physics

Sites found in:
18 February 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

GLOBAL WARMING: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, NOAA, (suggested by Cheryl Dodes, Weber Middle School, Port Washington, NY), with recent news about U.S. January temperatures and 2005 being the warmest ever (see “GOOD READS” section below), this is a great site to find questions and answers about global warming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Questions include: is global warming happening? is sea level rising? definitions of the greenhouse effect, the relationship of El Niño and global warming, and sources for more information.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Global Warming, Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, (suggested by David Robison, Wilson High School, Wilson, NY), hear Leonardo Dicaprio narrate a well-made online film that addresses climate change. The issues discussed are designed to spur dialog.
[NOTE: There is a second film available on the same site: Water Planet. – Phyllis ]


OCEAN CURRENTS, WAVES, U.S. Navy, (suggested by Marion Weaver, Earth Science mentor, S/A BOCES, Alfred, NY), find pithy, well documented descriptions of ocean circulation, currents, and waves. Graphics are useful, especially the tsunami speed versus depth graphic.
[NOTE: See Also: Ocean Talk Home Page – available in .html and .pdf
Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Astronomy and Physics Animations, H. Tashiri, (suggested by Eric Cohen, Westhampton Beach High School, NY), find some really great and very useful animations for an astronomy unit.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Sat., June 3, 2006 - Reference Sites

Forbes Best of the Web: Reference
From the site:
“The billions of pages on the Internet contain almost anything you would wish to know; unfortunately, search engines can only go so far. Our favorites in this category give some order to the chaos, many with helpful search techniques, answers to common research questions and more. The best sites, which make finding that perfect word or fact a breeze, will renew your faith in the power of cyberspace.”
[NOTE: Other pages previously posted from Forbes’ Favorites - Phyllis ]


Sat., June 3, 2006 - Kaboom! / Immigration, 2006

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: June 4-10, 2006
Elementary / Middle / High School
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Tune in for this in-depth, heart-stopping look at the ultimate
chemical reaction -- the explosion. Using high speed
photography and dramatic reconstructions, this episode charts
the tarnished history of explosives. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Check out the anatomy of a firework and learn more about what
makes this explosive go "boom!"
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Current Issues of Immigration, 2006
Middle / High School

The Constitutional Rights Foundation has created free lessons
on immigration issues. Six modules put current controversies
about illegal immigration into historical and political
context. The modules cover immigration from the 1600s to the
present, illegal immigration, federal policy, current proposals
on illegal immigration and options affecting public policy. The
modules contain readings, guided discussion questions and
interactive learning activities.
Shortened URL:

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

---------Forwarded Message--------
Wed, May 31, 2006 at 3:16 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Next week, join NOVA for the repeat broadcast of "Kaboom!," a
program that explores the science of explosions from fireworks to
building demolitions. (Subject covered: chemistry)

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Kaboom!" (R)
Broadcast: June 6, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Anatomy of a Firework
Click on a drawing of a firework to learn about its components.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Pyrotechnics: It's Elemental
Find out some of the Periodic Table elements that contribute to
the whiz, bang, pop, and color that make up a firework.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8)

Demolition Woman
Learn about what it's like to be a demolition expert in this
interview with Stacey Loizeaux, a 26-year-old who has worked for
an international explosives engineering firm since the age
of 15. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

* * * * * * * *

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Thurs., June 1, 2006 - Renaissance Connection / Orphan Copyright Works / BugInfo

Sites found in:
NEW THIS WEEK, February 16, 2006
Read This Online :

The Renaissance Connection
This educational website for middle school students focuses on art and history of the Renaissance. It features activities that explore aspects of Renaissance art and scientific innovations, art patronage, and the life of an artist. Includes images, maps, a timeline, glossary, lesson plans, and related links. From the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

U.S. Copyright Office: Orphan Works
January 2006 report about "problems related to 'orphan works' -- copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate." Includes the full text of the report, the notice of inquiry, comments, roundtable discussion transcripts, and audio of a roundtable discussion from August 2005.
LII Item:

Buginfo: Insects as Pets
Brief descriptions of some insects that would be suitable as pets, including field crickets, praying mantids, ant-lions (also known as doodlebugs), caterpillars, and mealworms. From the Department of Systematic Biology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Another page from this site previously posted.
See Also: Home Page: Bug Info - Phyllis ]

Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Thurs., June 1, 2006 - Deaf Resource Library / How Products are Made

Sites found in:

Deaf Resource Library
"an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics." Includes bibliographies, deaf community resources, organizations, deaf culture resources, schools and universities, scholarship info, and more. Though the absence of a navigational guide means you have to scroll your way through the resources to find what you're looking for, the site is quite useful.

How Products Are Made
This is a fun site. For a wide variety of products -- chewing gum, refrigerators, shaving cream, fireworks, frisbees, baby carriers, Braille publications, you name it -- it tells you about the history of the product, the raw materials, and the manufacturing process.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2006.


Thurs., June 1, 2006 - BBC Historic Figures

Historic Figures: Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Shortened URL:

Historic Figures: Sir Winston Churchill,

[NOTE: Other "historic figures" previously posted. See also
Index to Historic Figures
- Phyllis ]


Thurs., June 1, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch Issue #2006-02-15 from


Dictionaries with audio pronunciation
help. Look for the speaker icon.
[NOTE: These sites were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

From the site:
“BurningWell is a repository for public domain (free for any use) images. You are free to download, copy and use the photos you find here for any purpose.”


Classic television images and theme music
From the site:
“This website will focus on the classics which I was able to find and put together, but most importantly, the theme song in it's actual format (MP3). Though these songs generally take anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes to download, this entire site is FREE for everyone.”


Early Television Foundation and Museum Website

From the site:
“These links will take you to articles, stories, and other information about the history of early television.”


Cool experiments with magnets.
From the site:
“This web site is devoted to magnetism and the cool experiments you can do with permanent magnets and electro-magnets. Some of the experiments are very basic - things you've done since second grade. Others are unique; perhaps you hadn't thought of doing some of these before, or had difficulty in trying to set them up. Lists of the materials needed for the demonstrations, directions on how to assemble them, instructions on how to show them, and notes on how they work are all here for you. Also shown are several cool magnetic toys you can buy. Of course, there are also links to useful sites, sources and books on magnets.”


Early Americas Digital Archive
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Introduction to the Archive
From the site:
“The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching purposes, EADA is published and supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).”

Browse/Search the EADA Database
From the site:
“Use this page to search texts that are a part of the EADA database. These texts have been encoded in Extensible Markup Language using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines, which makes it possible to search for specific terms, such as author, title, and subject, within and across the texts. If you cannot find the text you are looking for, try the Gateway ( )”

Early Americas Web Gateway
Use this page to search for texts by early American authors available both at EADA and at other sites on the internet.


Spell check one word or a document up to
20,000 characters.


Human Anatomy Online
From the site:
“Welcome to inner exploration of Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links. Study the anatomy of the human body. It’s fun, interactive, and an ideal reference site for students.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. See update in note below for Internet Explorer users. - Phyllis ]

“If using Internet Explorer to use this site...

Microsoft released an automatic update on April 11, 2006 which adversely affects Java applications viewed in Internet Explorer (a good explanation of the issue is posted at Since Innerbody uses Java, you may notice that some of the pages load more slowly, and that the "dots" on each body part do not appear unless the image is clicked on first. Please bear with us while we implement a solution to this problem, and in the mean time, remember that you must click on an image before the dots appear. Alternatively, you can view the site with full functionality by using another browser, such as Netscape or Mozilla Firefox.”

Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on my website.


Wed., May 31, 2006 - BBB Wise Giving Alliance

"Reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. These reports include an evaluation of the subject charity in relation to the 23 provisions of the voluntary CBBB Standards for Charitable Solicitations." Includes a special section on charities involved in relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami in South Asia. is affiliated with the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB).
Last updated Jan 13, 2005
Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII. All rights reserved.


Wed., May 31, 2006 - Garbl's Writing Center: Long Words

Garbl's Writing Center: Long Words
A word substitution list. "Consider using these shorter, simpler alternatives to bureaucratic, overstated and pompous words. Note that several simple words may be clearer than a single long word." Also links to wordy phrases and redundancies, with more suggested substitutions. By a "writer, editor, media planner and communications specialist."
Topics: Communications, English Language, Language, Literature & Books, Writing

Copyright © 2005, Librarians' Internet Index, LII. All rights reserved.

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]


Wed., May 31, 2006 - Beyond the Reef

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Beyond the Reef

Today's site, from the Australian Museum, presents an exhibit which details
the marine life around Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Gentle Subscribers
will find concise articles and stunning images of different types of
plankton native to this locale.

"Australians and international tourists alike are well acquainted with the
Great Barrier Reef as one of the world's great natural wonders. What they
are not so familiar with is the importance of the surrounding bluewater
zone to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef. Compared to the colourful
and highly visible reef, these clear blue waters may look empty and barren,
but on closer inspection they are teeming with life: plankton." - from the

The site features a number of sub-categories of plankton including the
oxygen-producing phytoplankton, the transparent or blue zooplankton,
holoplankton and meroplankton, with basic information on each. Highlighting
the exhibit are the dazzling photos of representatives of each of these
types of plankton, from the obscure and tiny salps of the holoplankton to
the better-known Portuguese Man-of-War.

Float to the site to explore the world of plankton surrounding the Great
Barrier Reef at:

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


Wed., May 31, 2006

Sites found in:

Feb. 10-16, 2006

Baseball Uniforms--History
Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame
Dressed to the Nines: A History of the Baseball Uniform
[Shortened URL: ]
"The first official baseball uniform, adopted in 1849 by the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York City, was a simple outfit consisting of a white flannel shirt, blue wool pants, and a straw hat. Fast-forward over 150 years later, and you'll find the modern-day major leaguer wearing brilliantly colored double-knit uniforms made of synthetic blend fabrics. What happened along the way? What styles came and went (and came again)? Which changes to the uniform were successful and which experiments fell flat? How has the baseball uniform become an integral part of our national pastime?"
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
See Also: Online Exhibits
- Phyllis ]

Printable Maps: Congressional Districts -- 109th Congress
Printable Map: North America General Reference Map
All maps are available as PDF files.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
Site recently updated. See Also: Chapters listed in top toolbar:
Agriculture, Biology, Boundaries, Climate, Environment, Geology, Government,
Mapping, History, People, Transportation, Water - Phyllis ]


African-American History and Culture--Web Guide
Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News Services
Reliable Web sites on black culture, history, identified in new UNC guide
Black Culture and History: Guide to the Web
"Learning about black culture and history on the World Wide Web is now easier, thanks to a new online guide from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. Studying black poets of the Appalachian region? Interested in the black inhabitants of Canada, Cuba, or the Caribbean? Wondering how many African-Americans have been U.S. senators? It's all there, at Raquel Cogell, librarian for UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Library, developed the guide to bring quality resources to the attention of students, teachers, librarians, and researchers. It is now the largest such site that she can identify."

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Tues., May 30, 2006 - Education Atlas: K-12 Teaching Resources

Education Atlas: K-12 Teaching Resources
Home Page:
From the site:
“Welcome to the Education Atlas®, the World's most comprehensive guide to the best education sites on the Web. They're sorted by Education Index/Subject and lifestage, so you can find exactly what you're looking for quickly and easily. Whether you're a mother looking for the best home schooling resources for your children, a high school graduate researching colleges, a teacher in need of new lesson ideas for your pupils, or a career professional seeking continuing education opportunities, with over 8000 indexed websites, you're sure to find the resource your looking for at”


Tues., May 30, 2006 - Knowledge Explorer Center

Knowledge Explorer Center
From the site:
“The Knowledge Explorer Center provides a rich collection of articles and resources for many areas of interest, including English language, cultural philosophies, gardening, libraries, literature, and nature. Have fun exploring!”
Recently added: Exploring Music.


Tues., May 30, 2006 - Introduction to the Holocaust

An Introduction To The Holocaust
Scroll down for links
From the site:
"Hitler and the Nazi Party gained power in Germany in
1933 and lost power in 1945 -- only 12 years. And yet,
by the end of the Hitler regime, the world had been
plunged into a global world war, Europe was in shambles
and nearly 30 million died. Among the dead were over
SIX MILLION Jews -- men, women and children --
who were systematically and efficiently slaughtered
for no other reason than that they were Jews."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., May 30, 2006 - Frederick Douglass

Site found in:

News from the Institute
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:29:14 -0500
Gilder Lehrman Collection of Featured Documents

Frederick Douglass and the Reality of Jim Crow
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“In 1887, Douglass wrote to an unknown recipient news that "colored Lawyers are admitted to practice in Southern Courts." He went on to outline the many instances of inequality in educational opportunities for African Americans in the South.”

[NOTE: The Gilder Lehrman Collection:
From the site:
“The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society, contains more than
60,000 documents detailing the political and social history of the United States.”

Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Monday, May 29, 2006


Sun., May 28, 2006 - Getting in Deep: Finding the Deep Web When You Need It

Site found in:
February Issue of From Now On - Getting in Deep
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:34:55 -0500 (EST)
Vol 15No 3February2006

Getting in Deep:
Finding the Deep Web
When You Need It
by Jamie McKenzie
From the site:
“Despite the ease of locating information on the Internet, the value of that information is often suspect. Much of what we find with search engines may be unreliable, untruthful or irrelevant. Schools must teach young ones how and where to cast their nets in order to realize a rich information catch.”



Sun., May 28, 2006 - Search Updated

From: gary price
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006

New Search Tool,
Word from the GSA today that a new version of FirstGov search,
( ) not the actual
portal itself, is now available. Big improvement from what I can tell. If you
like Clusty and Vivisimo, you're going to love it. Combines government
databases (like with a general crawl of government related (State
and Federal) via MSN.

I have a detailed overview here:

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted - Phyllis ]

Gary D. Price, MLIS
Editor, ResourceShelf and DocuTicker
News Editor, Search Engine Watch
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

Visit ResourceShelf and Docuticker


Sun., May 28, 2006 - For Kids: Word! Glossary of Medical Terms

For Kids: Word! A Glossary of Medical Terms
From the site:
“Check out our virtual glossary for lots of easy-to-read definitions.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
English-Spanish Directory of Contents
Shortened URL:
- Phyllis ]


Sun., May 28, 2006

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006

History and Geography of Europe : Maps and Atlases
Record Id: 645755
Created: 2006-02-09 16:57:32
Categories: liberal

The Euratlas website presents a collection of historical maps of Europe
from 1 A.D. to 1700 A.D., and links to other historical atlases of
Europe. The site offers the maps under these headings:

Physical Atlas of Europe
Roma (Rome)
Periodical Historical Atlas
Time Pictures

The James Joyce Scholars' Collection
Record Id: 645748
Created: 2006-02-08 02:35:32
Categories: liberal

Digital library of several out of print works of James Joyce
scholarship, including biographies, analyses of Finnegans Wake and
Ulysses, and lexicons.

Hellenic History on the Internet
Record Id: 645744
Created: 2006-02-07 18:39:32
Categories: arts,liberal

The Foundation of the Hellenic World site provides access to images and
information on the history of Greece from earliest times to the modern
day. The site is divided into these topical areas:

Stone age
Bronze age
Geometric period
Archaic period
Classical period
Hellenistic period
Roman period
Early Byzantine period
Middle Byzantine period
Late Byzantine period
Ottoman period
Foundation of the Hellenic state
Expansion of the Hellenic state
Greece and the interwar and WWII
Contemporary Greece

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