Friday, July 07, 2006


Fri., July 7, 2006 - Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-2005

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - 2005


Fri., July 7, 2006 - Exploring Constitutional Law

Exploring Constitutional Law
From the site:
“This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround our Nation's founding document.”

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


Fri., July 7, 2006 - Death & Taxes: A Visual Look at Where Your Tax Dollars Go

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, April 3, 2006

Death and Taxes: A visual look at where your tax dollars go.
[NOTE: Tool under image to Zoom In or Zoom Out – Phyllis ]

Today's web page, on the popular Deviant Art site, provides a huge graphic
by Jesse Bachman of where U.S. tax dollars went during the 2004 fiscal
year. Gentle Subscribers, struggling to complete their current year tax
returns, may take some consolation in seeing their taxes at work.

"The discretionary budget is that amount of money that Congress has direct
control over; essentially, the money taken out of your paycheck under
Federal Income Tax. ... This graph is a representation of your tax dollars
and how your elected officials choose to spend it." - from the website

The graphic illustrates military and non-military spending, excluding
mandatory expenditures such as Social Security and Medicare. Designed on a
giant scale, the image requires scrolling both vertically and horizontally.
With data from the Office of Management and Budget and additional figures
from the Department of Defense and the Center for Defense Information, this
visual representation features such highlights as the allocation for the
Fish and Wildlife Service at 1.285 billion and the Amphibious Transport
Dock at 1.2 billion.

Slip over to the web page to see where the money goes at:

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


Fri., July 7, 2006 - Citizen Joe

From the site:
“Our goal at CitizenJoe is to take the spotlight off politics and politicians and put it back on policy and the people. As a nonprofit site, CitizenJoe is focused on creating an informed citizenry through non-partisan guides to the many issues dominating the modern political landscape. Our group seeks the same political diversity as the nation itself, which is why we don't give a point of view – we leave that to our readers.”

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Thurs., July 6, 2006 - To Kill a Mockingbird / Scottsboro Trials

To Kill a Mockingbird & Harper Lee
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


To Kill a Mockingbird
The TKM Student Survival Guide
From the site:
“If you're here, chances are you're reading Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a terrific book, but you may have found some words, allusions, or idioms that are unfamiliar to you. Hopefully, this website can help!

This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel (annotations are notes that explain things). As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading.”


To Kill a Mockingbird—Then & Now
From the site:
“This website contains primary source documents, lesson plans, and student work.”

Historical Background
From the site:
“There are many parallels between the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and one of the most notorious series of trials in the nation's history ‚ the Scottsboro Trials.”

Historical Context
From the site:
“A study of the Scottsboro trials will sharpen the reader's understanding of To Kill a Mockingbird.”


Thurs., July 6, 2006 - Literary Criticism

Literary Criticism Pathfinder
What is literary criticism? How do I find it? On the Internet vs. At the Library
From the site:
“This pathfinder suggests some online and print sources, to show you what kinds of things are available on the Web and in libraries. If you can't find a particular title at your library, don't worry; just ask a librarian your question, and he or she can help you locate a similar resource.”

“The Gale Group publishes several series of literary criticism which are often found in libraries. These volumes usually include some biographical information on an author, a listing of major works, and a variety of excerpts from critical essays written about the author and works. There is a free index to 40 of these series, available online. You can search this Literary Index, , to find out which Gale series you might look at for information on your topic.”

Literary Criticism Collection
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“The IPL has recently fixed a major technical problem with this collection and is now trying to restore this feature to its former glory.”

Online Literary Criticism Guide
From the site:
“To help you find the best information, we've collected and described some of the best starting places for finding online critical writing.”


Thurs., July 6, 2006 - History of Information Technology

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service

Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006

From Gutenberg to the Internet: Timeline 30,000 BCE to the Present:
A Sourcebook on the History of Information Technology
Record Id: 646411
Created: 2006-03-30 13:00:32
Categories: liberal

Annotated, hyperlinked timeline chronicling the history of information;
how it is collected, transmitted, shared, and preserved.


Thurs., July 6, 2006 - Free eBooks / Encyclopedia of TV / Encyclopedia of Surgery

Site found in:

July 4, 2006
Full article at:

Time to Celebrate eBooks: Free Access to More than 300,000+ eBooks from The
World eBook Fair
From the site:
“The World eBook Fair welcomes you to absolutely free access to a variety of eBooks unparalleled by any other source. 1/3 million eBooks await you, all free of charge [as PDF files] for the month of July.”

Browse collections

Sites found on:
March 31-April 6, 2006

Reference Reviews
The April 2006 Edition of Peter’s Digital Reference Shelf Is Now Online
[Shortened URL: ]
Dr. Peter Jacso has reviewed:
Encyclopedia of Television (1st edition)
“Although this edition was updated by a 2nd edition, it is still a high-quality digital ready-reference source with the added advantage that it is free. With a little savvy, it is searchable instead of just browsable.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
--- Adds New Content to Their Database
Medicine: Encyclopedia of Surgery - Surgical terms
Licensed from Thomson Gale.


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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Wed., July 5, 2006 - AmphibiaWeb / Teachers Network /

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
March 24, 2006
Volume 12, Number 12

AmphibiaWeb [Real Player, Quick Time]

In a previous time, it was a bit more tedious and difficult to keep track of
the world’s species, and international collaboration was less than
instantaneous. This recent endeavor, presented by the Digital Library
Project at Berkeley and a host of supporting organizations, aims to provide
the general public and scientists with a place to retrieve information
related to amphibian biology and conservation. Currently, AmphibiaWeb
contains material on 1265 species, along with 1173 distribution maps, 3449
literature references, 140 sound files, and 7188 photographs. With all this
information, it helps to have a well thought out search engine, and a
finding aid is available here as well. The database can be searched by
genus, species, vernacular name, family, order, country, reason for
population decline, and so on. The more casual visitor will also want to
visit the more general “About Amphibians” section, then glide on over to the
“Calls and Video” area. Here, one can look and listen to a number of
creatures, including the call of the Aplastodiscus leucopygius, a type of
Brazilian tree frog which sounds a bit like the warning signal emitted by a
service vehicle backing into a dock. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Teachers Network [pdf]

Based in New York, the Teachers Network is an alliance of education
professionals dedicated to disseminating best-practices throughout the world
of public school education. On the homepage, visitors can click through a
selection of lesson plans, essays by current teachers on their own
experiences, and also read a list of grants available to those working in a
number of disciplines, including social studies, language arts, and the
sciences. The “How To” area is one that will be most helpful to new
teachers, as it provides resources on managing a classroom, working with
students’ families, and teaching literacy. The lesson plans area includes a
nice search feature which allows users to search by subject and grade level,
along with offering them the option to view the most popular teacher-created
lesson plans. Some of these favorites include “What Makes a Good Friend?”
and “Breads Around the World”. For educators and those with an interest in
researching the realm of curriculum and instruction, this website is a real
find. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


If you have grown weary of newsprint coming off on your hands or just
carting around a number of books, may prove to be quite a
handy application. From their homepage, visitors can download literally
thousands of works for their PDA’s. The titles range from the colonialist
adventures of the “King of the Khyber Rifles” to “Julius Caesar”. The site
also allows visitors to browse by title, author, or category. These
downloads are compatible with all platforms, but of course, one must also
have some type of PDA device or iPod. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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



Wed., July 5, 2006 - 100 Best First Lines from Novels

100 Best First Lines from Novels


Wed., July 5, 2006 - The Dark Side of Natural Resources

Site found in:
1 April 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

The Dark Side of Natural Resources, Global Policy Forum,
(suggested by Virginia Malone, educational consultant, Hondo, TX),
many articles on the effects of available natural resources on
politics might help students see the relevance of understanding
earth science in today's world. Articles on water, diamonds, and
other minerals such as cobalt, cassiterite, copper, and gold,
describe the corruption, authoritarian repression, and civil war
enabled by these and other natural resources

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Wed., July 5, 2006

Sites found in:
Thirteen Ed Online Bulletin -- July 2006
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 17:36:08 -0400 (EDT)


July 2006 Attention: Social Studies, English & International Studies teachers
“We are offering a limited quantity of free education packages for WIDE ANGLE , the award-winning international documentary series. The package includes four complete programs on DVD and a 20-page Discussion Guide.”


Prairie to Paris: Exploring the worlds of MY ANTONIA and THE SUN ALSO RISES
“This month, we celebrate giants of American arts and culture. A wonderful Web site, "PRAIRIE TO PARIS," looks at the worlds of Willa Cather and Ernest Hemingway and gives students the opportunity to create their own film trailers for these writers using resources provided online. Teachers can also access thirty-four lesson plans developed for past AMERICAN MASTERS. Their students can play the game Six Degrees, which demonstrates the close links between the artists profiled over the years.”


Wide Angle:
“Visit for resources tying video material from the award-winning WIDE ANGLE series to Regents and Advanced Placement courses in Global and World History. The site comprises ten media-rich lesson plans with embedded video and a Video Bank of over 40 downloadable video clips, organized by teaching theme and associated with guiding questions for students.”


From the site:
“ACCESS ISLAM is a pioneering new tool designed to support the study of Islam in grades 4-8. Comprising over 100 minutes of digital video from the award-winning PBS series RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY the site also contains high quality, multi-media tools; downloadable lesson plans; and resources related to Islamic holidays, traditions and cultures. The video segments can be used alone, or in conjunction with any of 10 lesson plans which are aligned to national standards and vetted by an advisory committee of experts in education and Islamic cultures. We hope these materials will offer both students and teachers exciting new ways to bring to life a fuller understanding of Muslims the world over.”


As reported in Edutopia, The American Library Association awards grants of $5,000 for the preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes, and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries. The deadline for applications is November 6. For more information visit
Shortened URL:

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Tues., July 4, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
March 31, 2006
Volume 12, Number 13

Economic History Services [pdf] [Last profiled on October 7, 1997]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Despite its reputation as “the dismal science”, economics continues to
attract new scholars in great numbers every year, and a number of websites
provide high-quality materials for those interested in the subject. The
Economic History Services website began life in 1994 as a mere discussion
list, and since then has grown to include numerous resources that include
book reviews, a collection of course syllabi, a directory of economic
historians, along with the ever-popular “How Much is That?” service. The
“How Much is That?” area is quite useful, as visitors can use it to
determine historical prices for goods and services, interest rates, wage
rates, and inflation rates. Budding economic historians will want to check
out the “Ask The Professor” feature, which allows users to submit queries
related to the subject. The section also contains an archive of answered
questions, which include such enigmas as “Is deflation bad for the economy?”
The site also includes a calendar of events for persons interested in
learning about upcoming lectures, conferences, workshops, and the like.


Electronic Frontier Foundation [pdf]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Started in 1990, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an organization
that is dedicated to preserving the various freedoms and rights within the
digital “frontier”, which includes blogs, online intellectual property, and
so on. On their homepage, visitors can learn about news items of particular
relevance, and also read about some of the cases they are currently working
on. For those who might have an inkling of what they are looking for, a
“Topics” section includes links to information about bloggers’ rights, file-
sharing, e-voting, and surveillance. Other visitors might want to take a
look at their white papers, which include such titles as “Noncommercial
Email Lists: Collateral Damage in the Fight Against Spam” and “Dangerous
Terms-A User’s Guide to End User License Agreements”. Finally, visitors
should also note that a number of the materials are available in Spanish,
and that RSS feeds are available as well. [KMG]


The Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive [pdf]

Tom Regan has taught at North Carolina State University since 1967, and he
is well-known for his work in the field of animal rights within the
discipline of philosophy. In 2000, the North Carolina State University
Libraries received a large gift to establish an archive of his personal
papers and books, and since then, they have also created this online
collection for the general public. First-time visitors can perform an
advanced search on the documents contained here, or they may also want to
browse through categories that include animal rights legislation, animals in
the news, diet ethics, and farmed animals. Within each section, visitors can
view a list of related web sites and also learn about other external
resources. Additionally, visitors can also learn about research
opportunities at the Center. [KMG]


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


Tues., July 4, 2006

Sites found on:
March 24-30, 2006

Resource of the Week
By Shirl Kennedy, Deputy Editor

Sometimes, poking around Federal Reserve Bank websites turns up some interesting and useful things. Like this week’s resource, “an economics information portal” for librarians and students,” via the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Economics–United States–Portal
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Here is a website by librarians for librarians. “Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis librarians designed this site with university and government document librarians, students, and the general public in mind. Economic information can, at times, be difficult for the non-economist to find and understand. We hope this site will provide a single point of access to the economic information that the Federal Reserve System, other government agencies, and data providers have to offer. We specifically selected non-technical sources that would be simpler to use and easier to understand.”

The clean, deceptively simple design of this site belies the wealth of content you can find here. Some items are local; other links will take you to information on external websites. On the home page, you’ll see three major geographic sub-headings — International, National and Regional. Under each heading, you’ll see a couple of current reports (PDFs), with a “more” link to get to additional documents. In the middle of the page are links to the latest economic statistics, again under the three geographic headings, with “more” links to additional data. Scroll further down and find a collection of “useful links” — to international, national and regional information, with “more” links to…more links.

There is a true jewel nestled within this website — the International Economic Statistics (IES) Database: “The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Research Library’s IES Database simplifies the search for world-wide economic indicators. Individual indicators (such as GDP and CPI) are linked, and each link has a description of the data. Included in each record is the title, corporate author, publisher, years covered in the data series, type of publication (text, table, chart), frequency with which the data is published, country of origin, a URL, available languages, subject headings, format (.pdf, .xls, etc.), a summary (where available), and any notes needed to clarify the data. The database is title, country, subject and keyword searchable. The links will be checked regularly to maintain accuracy. Indicators are continually being added.” The search form allows you to input keywords and/or choose countries, corporate authors and specific subjects using dropdown menus.

Other “don’t miss” links:
+ AmosWEB GLOSS*arama: “…a searchable database of 2000 economic terms and concepts.”
+ The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’s Center for Latin American Economics: “…focuses its research efforts on issues of particular concern in Latin America–not only in the core central bank areas of monetary, macroeconomic, foreign exchange, banking, and fiscal issues but also across a spectrum of applied and theoretical concerns.” Many publications are available here, and the entire site is available en espanol.
+ Inflation Central, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: “Track inflation in the United States and across the world and put it all in perspective with our analysis and commentary.”
+ FRASER, the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research: “On this web site you will find links to scanned images (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.”
+ FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data): “a database of over 3000 U.S. economic time series. With FRED you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.”
+ A page on the Bank for International Settlements (who knew?) website that provides links to central bank websites in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe.
+ An integrated multilingual dictionary of trade terms from the Foreign Trade Information System of the Organization of American States.
+ Fed in Print, from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: “…a comprehensive index to Federal Reserve economic research.”

Oh, in case you’re wondering how this site got its name: Liber8 is provided by the Research “Lib”rary of the “8″th Federal Reserve District. Bravo!

[NOTE: Hyperlinked article: - Phyllis ]


Source: OECD
OECD Factbook 2006: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics
[Shortened URL:
“How does France compare with other EU countries in terms of growth in labour productivity? Where does Japan rank versus the other major developed countries in public spending on health? People and politicians want to know how their countries and regions are performing. The OECD’s Factbook is designed to help them.” Numbers in charts and graphs available in Excel format. Data, reorganised by country, also available.


Digital Libraries–Science
Resources for Educators
Source: Exploratorium, San Francisco
Exploratorium Digital Library
From the site, “The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and html formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Source: IFLA
Quotations about Libraries and Librarians: Subject List
An author index is also available.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Information Technology
Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project
Teens and technology (PDF)
A presentation given by PI&ALP Director, Lee Rainie, at the Public Library Association Conference last week. “This is a discussion of the eight realities of technology and social experience that are shaping the world of today’s teens and twenty-somethings. It looks at the growing role of technology in teens’ lives, the way they use their gadgets, their expectations about how to find and use information, and the social consequences of their use of technology.”


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Tues., July 4, 2006 - Free Economic Data at

Site found in:

Free Economic Data at
"Moody's is the web's best source of free economic data. Users can quickly and easily chart and download economic data."

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


Tues., July 4, 2006 - Federal Reserve Kids Page

---------Forwarded Message--------

Hi! It's Thursday, March 30, 2006 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Federal Reserve Kids Pages
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

List member Paula Pearson suggested today's website that was recently
launched by the Federal Reserve to promote financial literacy among young
people. Designed for kids ages 11-14 (but may also be informative for high
school students, college students, and mom and dad), the site offers a
history of the Federal Reserve and answers the following questions:

What is the Federal Reserve System?
Who created the Federal Reserve, and when was it created?
What is the Board of Governors?
Who are the members of the Board of Governors?
Where is the Federal Reserve Board of Governors located?
What are the twelve Federal Reserve Districts?
What are the main responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System?
What is the federal funds rate?
What is inflation?
What is the FOMC, and what does it do?

As you click on each question, you'll find a brief answer that provides a
general overview, as well as a link to more information to better understand
the complexities of the Federal Reserve. Be sure to tell your Alan
Greenspan wannabe to pay attention as there is an interactive quiz at the
end of the presentation. :)

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Sun., July 2, 2006 - C-SPAN: Civics 101

Civics 101: Teaching with C-SPAN
From the site:
“Make history and civics come alive by using these clips from C-SPAN video. Click on the links below for short segments you can use in your classroom.” (37 clips)


Sun., July 2, 2006 - Freedom: A History of U.S. / Harsh Business of Slavery

Sites found in:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Freedom: A History of US
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 19:35:12 -0400

Freedom: A History of US Now Online
From the site:
“For more than 225 years the principle of freedom and our understanding of its implications have evolved dramatically. The selections from this exhibition invite you to read the words and see the images of the men and women who forged this nation. Their words and images provide insights into the complexity of the past.”

As you celebrate Independence Day, make sure to take a virtual tour of some of the most influential documents relating to freedom in America. After circulating the country as a traveling panel exhibition for display at schools, libraries, and historic sites, Freedom: A History of US is now available online. Visit our online exhibition page to see this and other interactive features:


Gilder Lehrman Collection of Featured Documents
Thu, 29 Jun 2006

The Harsh Business of Slavery
From the site:
“…[A] letter written by Mrs. N.C. Battle to her daughter. In it, she bluntly describes a massive slave sale organized in 1860 after a relative's estate was willed to several family members. To see this letter and read the transcript, visit

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


Sun., July 2, 2006 - The American Revolution

The American
Contents include:
Important People
Important Places
Historical Viewpoints
Historical Events
Historic Documents


Sun., July 2, 2006 - History Explorer (Timelines)

History Explorer
From the site:
“Take a journey into the World History through this informative timelines of world history making events”
Navigation Menu includes timelines for World History, Art History, Jazz History, and others.

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