Saturday, July 15, 2006


Sat., July 15, 2006 - Periodic Table / Megaliths / Secret Garden of Mutabor

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #399 4/20/06

Periodic Table

The best teachers have a special gift for putting a fresh face on the same
old material. If you found chemistry dull and boring in high school, this
site may change your mind. It is one of the most interesting and visually
stunning sites we have ever reviewed.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has created a fascinating virtual look into
the Periodic Table of Elements. The site offers an original artistic
interpretation of each element, information on its history, electron
configuration and current uses.
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


A Photo Guide of Megaliths

Megalith designs such as standing stones, stone circles and stone rows
provide some of the most interesting and picturesque prehistoric British
attractions. From Stonehenge to the Neolithic Skara Brae, their mysterious
nature are awesome reminders of the prehistoric human experience.

Megalithic Mysteries provides a stunning photographic guide to Megaliths in
England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and Ireland complete with
detailed maps, height and width of the stones and the known uses of the
given Megaliths.

[NOTE: See Also:
Both sites previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Secret Garden of Mutabor

What do a crying squirrel, a fish with Pac Man-shaped eyes, a bunch of snap
rabbits, and a beautiful queen have in common? Enter The Secret Garden of
Mutabor and you will find out.

While the site is geared towards children, I was taken by the incredible
graphics, clues and comments from the Garden's characters. It is easily one
of most entertaining sites on the net.



Sat., July 15, 2006 - Rainforests / Kids.mongabay / Fish / Madagascar

From the site:
“ aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues.”

From the site:
“Helping children learn about rainforests and the environment.”

Tropical Freshwater Aquarium Fish

From the site:
“embracing a new philosophy of responsible development with increased emphasis on biodiversity and cultural richness. Madagascar is a land like no other. An island roughly the size of Texas or France, Madagascar is home to more than 250,000 species of which 70% are found nowhere else on the globe.”


Sat., July 15, 2006 - Kids' Pages NIEHS

Brainteasers, Puzzles, and Riddles
From the site:
“Scientists get to solve puzzles every day, because science and research involve finding solutions from the clues that we are given. Just like with brainteasers (or brain teasers) and riddles, the answers to science mysteries are not always easy to see at first. With time and effort, they eventually become clear.” Family-friendly site by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Home Page: NIEHS Kids’ Pages Index

Resources for More Science, Fun, and Games!

[NOTE: The Sing-Along Song page ( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., July 15, 2006 - MrEclipse / Eclipse Links / KidsEclipse
Site includes pages on: Solar Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses, Potpourri, Eclipse Alerts, and Links,

Internet Resources
From the site:
“…a brief list of eclipse-related resources available through the internet on the world wide web.”


NASA Links to other Eclipse Sites

From the site:
“Welcome to the teaching area of our site. Our site is designed for the Kindergarten to Sixth grade student.
Here you will learn what an eclipse is and why it happens.”

Friday, July 14, 2006


Fri., July 14, 2006

Sites found in:

Congressional Research Service Reports Archive [Federation of American
Because the Congressional Research Service does not publish its reports
online, FAS obtains reports addressing national security, foreign policy
and related topics, digitizes them, and archives them. It also links to
other sources for CRS reports.

[NOTE: Some of the CRS reports and other pages from
- previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mapping Religion in America
Shortened URL:
In addition to a general map of religious adherents as a percentage of the
population, this also maps leading church bodies and the adherents of
specific religions and denominations as percentage of the population.

[NOTE: From: American Ethnic Geography:
A Cultural Geography of the United States and Canada
Map Galleries
From the site:
“The United States and Canada are home to a rich diversity of ethnic and cultural groups. Various observers have described this diversity as a "melting pot" or a "tossed salad." It might better be described as a cultural mosaic, one with remarkably vivid geographical elements. Shaping this mosaic has been an ongoing series of migrations and settlements, cultural interactions and exchanges, adaptations and innovations, and diffusions. Over time, North America's many ethnic groups have also made visible and lasting impressions on the landscape.” Other maps include:
Ethnic Groups Culture Regions Language Politics Socio-Economics - Phyllis ]


MathDL: The MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library
Resources for mathematics teachers and students, including two journals,
digital classroom resources, and book reviews.


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


Fri., July 14, 2006 - Technical Tutoring (math, chemistry)

Technical Tutoring
Once a website for online, one-on-one tutoring, Technical Tutoring is now a repository of help pages developed by Phil Otken. Examples and lessons on many aspects of calculus, algebra, trigonometry, and basic chemistry. Each lesson includes a concise discussion and step-by-step instructions, formulas, and figures.


Fri., July 14, 2006

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006

Maps in Our Lives : A Library of Congress Exhibition
Record Id: 646521
Created: 2006-04-11 14:55:32
Categories: govpub,maps

"The Maps in Our Lives exhibition explores surveying, cartography,
geodesy, and geographic information systems."
[NOTE: Other exhibits from - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Library of Congress Exhibitions
Record Id: 646517
Created: 2006-04-11 09:29:32
Categories: arts,govpub,liberal

Connect to online Library of Congress exhibitions.
Get information on exhibits currently showing at the Library of
Congress, upcoming exhibits, touring exhibits, and gallery talks.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mesopotamian Mathematics
Record Id: 646520
Created: 2006-04-11 10:28:32
Categories: liberal

This site presents information about all aspects of Mesopotamian
mathematics, including an overview, history, and chronology, and links
to related sites.

Edmund Valtman : The Cartoonist Who Came in From the Cold
Record Id: 646507
Created: 2006-04-10 11:37:32
Categories: arts,govpub

Library of Congress presentation of selected political cartoons by
Edmund Valtman. Cartoons date from 1961 to 1994.

Bill Mauldin : Beyond Willie and Joe : an Online Tribute Drawn from the Collections of the Library of Congress
Record Id: 646506
Created: 2006-04-10 11:13:32
Categories: arts,govpub

"William Henry Mauldin (1921-2003), better known to the world as Bill
Mauldin, was one of the most popular and influential cartoonists of the
twentieth century. ... This online [Library of Congress ]presentation
celebrates his life and features a selection of original cartoons."

Cartoon Cornucopia : the J. Arthur Wood, Jr. Collection of Cartoon Art
Record Id: 646503
Created: 2006-04-10 09:02:32
Categories: arts,govpub

Description of the Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon at the
Library of Congress along with a few selected images of political
cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, humor cartoons, illustrations, and
animation cells.

American Beauties : Drawings from the Golden Age of Illustration : A Library of Congress Exhibition
Record Id: 646504
Created: 2006-04-10 09:24:32
Categories: arts,govpub

An online Library of Congress exhibit featuring images of drawings
(mostly magazine covers from 1880s to 1920s) of women that portray
idealized types of feminine beauty in America.

[NOTE: The Swann Foundation Home Page for Caricature
Home Page features links to Swann Gallery exhibitions
Other collections from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., July 14, 2006 - NATURE: Whales / Elementary School Math Club

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: July 16-22, 2006

"Killers in Eden"
Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, July 16, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
This is the story of an extraordinary and mysterious
relationship that existed between killer whales and human
whalers from the coastal town of Eden, Australia, early in the
20th century. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Discover killer whale hunting techniques; learn about the rise
and fall of the whaling industry; and download our killer whale

Elementary School Math Club
Elementary School

The purpose of the Elementary School Math Club is to stimulate
children's curiosity and positive attitude about math. The
activities from the University of Texas UTOPIA site include a
math mobile, number paths, guess the number magic trick, a
human counting machine and a math mural.

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Thurs., July 13, 2006

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 20, 2006
Read This Online :

United States Money: A Guide to Information Sources
"This guide covers selected resources on the history of money in the United States from colonial times to the present." Topics include paper money, coins, associations and government agencies, pages for children, and museums and exhibits. Most listings are for websites; includes a few print suggestions. From the Library of Congress, Business Reference Services.
LII Item:
[NOTE: See also previously posted:
Current Value of Old Money
History of Money - Phyllis ]


Collection of articles about the centennial of the San Francisco earthquake and fire, from a newspaper in the Silicon Valley. (The 1906 earthquake severely affected many cities in the region, such as San Jose.) Includes "Then and Now" photos, images of vintage newspapers and telegrams, a map of the quake's impact on downtown San Jose, and related material about current quake preparedness. From the San Jose Mercury News.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


American Museum of Natural History: Dioramas
Website companion to the habitat dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, which feature "precise depictions of geographical locations and the careful, anatomically correct mounting of specimens." Includes a diorama gallery, special features (such as videos, essays, and panoramic views) for some of the dioramas, behind-the-scenes material, biographies of the diorama artists and taxidermists, and more.
LII Item:
[NOTE: See Also: Virtual Dioramas
Other exhibitions from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan, 1948-1953
Companion to a 2005-2006 national retrospective tour of this "cache of 'lost films'" that had been used to promote the Marshall Plan (the post-World War II "European Recovery Program"). Find an overview of the Marshall Plan, brief biographies of the films' producers, a list of films with synopses, and a poster archive. From the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in association with German cultural organizations.
LII Item:

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


Thurs., July 13, 2006

Sites found on:
April 14-20, 2006

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation Library
From the site:
“The DOT Library is one of the largest transportation libraries in the United States. The library holds more than 200,000 titles, including over 1000 periodical titles. The library collects materials related to all areas of transportation, both in print and electronic formats. The technical collection is the primary source for materials concerning general transportation, surface, and water transportation. Special topics include: bridges, driver studies, engineering (emphasis on civil), highways and highway safety, history of transportation, land utilization, marine engineering, mass transit, merchant marine, navigation (except air), oceanography, pipelines, railroads, ships and shipbuilding, statistics, traffic engineering, traffic surveys and forecasts, urban transportation, and waterways.”

We find the Online Digital Special Collections ( ) particularly intriguing. Here you can access a variety of historical materials, including Civil Aeronautic Manuals, Historic Railroad Investigation Reports, Historical Aircraft Accident Reports, historic and superseded regulations of various types and more.

There’s also a large selection of vetted Web resources, ( ) including links to search engines, ready reference materials, newspapers and journals, full-text documents online, and transportation resources, associations and libraries.

[NOTE: See
Shortened URL: for complete article. – Phyllis ]

Nursing–Web Resources
Source: C&RL News
New Compilation: Internet resources for nurses and nursing students: A sampling of sites
Shortened URL:
Compiled by Miriam Laskin and Elisabeth Tappeiner from Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, City University of New York.

Just For Fun and For the Kids
Coloring Books
Government Documents–United States
Source: Government Documents/Maps, Daniel J. Evans Library, The Evergreen State College
Collection of Coloring Books From Various U.S. Government Agencies
Yes, coloring books ready for printing. From the website, “A listing of coloring books published by Federal government agencies. A great way for kids to learn about the world around them through color.” The compilation also includes a couple of coloring books from state agencies in Washington and Connecticut.

School Librarians
Source: Computers in Libraries
Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians
Includes a section titled, “Reasons to Use Podcasts in School Libraries.” The article was written by Esther Kreider Eash.


National Archives–United States
Source: Prologue (NARA Publication)
Beyond the Box Score: Baseball Records in the National Archives
Shortened URL:
“There’s a wealth of information about baseball and its illustrious past to be found in an unlikely place–the records of the National Archives.”

Web Search–
New “Smart Answer” from Offers Compilation of Resources About 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Shortened URL:
Tuesday (April 18th) was the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. released a Smart Answer that’s triggered by various phrases like “earthquake San Francisco”. The Smart Answer box (found at the top of web result pages) contains direct links to materials from the San Francisco Public Library, Exploratorium, USGS, and elsewhere.

Fast Facts About the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake via the U.S. Census
Shortened URL:

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


Thurs., July 13, 2006

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
April 21, 2006
Volume 12, Number 16

Exploratorium: Faultline [QuickTime, Real Player, pdf]

How can the drama and power of an actual earthquake be brought online? It’s
a difficult task, but the good and talented people at the Exploratorium
deserve multiple huzzahs for their fine efforts on this site. Designed to
provide some basic information about the nature of earthquakes, the site
contains five primary sections. Under the “Quake Basics” heading, visitors
can expect to learn about the basics of earthquakes, including some nice
sections on plate tectonics, faults, and how scientists measure such
phenomena. As the Exploratorium is based on San Francisco, visitors should
not be surprised to find that the section titled “Great Shakes” includes
information on the 1906 earthquake and the devastating quake of 1989 as
well. There are some nice video clips here, including a video taken during
the 1989 World Series and shots of the damage wrought by the quake in Santa
Cruz. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Best of the Humanities on the Web [pdf, Macromedia Flash Player]

Working together, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the MCI
Foundation have created this website in order to bring together some of the
best online humanities resources from the world’s great museums, libraries,
and universities. Even a cursory glance would indicate that they have done a
splendid job, and this site warrants several visits in order to take full
advantage of these materials. Along the top of the homepage, visitors will
find thematic tabs that will direct them to some of the resources in the
areas of history, art, literature, and foreign languages. For visitors who
are looking for just a taste of these offerings, they may want to take a
look at the monthly feature, which include tours of the National Mall,
celebrations of Native American history, and explorations of women’s
history. Visitors will also take comfort knowing that every website profiled
on the site has been reviewed for content, design and educational impact in
the classroom. Also, in terms of classroom activities, the site contains
dozens of lessons plans that draw on the online resources offered here in an
attempt to promote active learning. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


FDA Centennial [pdf]

On June 30th 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Food and Drugs
Act, which prohibiting interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated
foods, drinks, and drugs. Broadly understood, this action was part of the
Progressive Movement in the United States which brought forth a number of
substantial changes in the way that government interacted with private
industry and so on. 100 years on, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
decided to celebrate the centennial of this act by creating this site.
Starting at the homepage, visitors can learn about events created to
celebrate the FDA’s legacy as well as read a nice feature titled “This Week
in FDA History”. Visitors may also want to look through a nice graphic
presentation titled “FDA’s Role in Protecting and Promoting Public Health”.
Through images and text, this presentation brings together some highlights
of their work over the years, including information about the effects of the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. Finally, the site also
contains a short quiz on FDA history. [KMG]

====== In The News ====
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]

With feelings of uncertainty on the decline, San Franciscans commemorate
1906 earthquake
San Francisco pays tribute to triumph over 1906 quake
Shortened URL:

Quake worries on the decline [pdf]
Shortened URL:

NPR: 100 Years After the San Francisco Quake [Real Player]

SFGate: The Great Quake: 1906-2006 [Real Player, pdf]

1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance

100th Anniversary 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Conference [Real Player, pdf]

Residents of San Francisco, it is safe to say, are accustomed to change and
upheaval, whether it is in terms of the American cultural revolution of the
1960s or the ground physically moving underneath their feet. Keeping this in
mind, it is no surprise that the city commemorated the traumatic events of
April 18, 1906 in a variety of ways this past Tuesday. For many, the keynote
event was a gathering of dignitaries and elderly survivors of that mighty
quake that took place in the early morning hours this past Tuesday at the
city’s historic Lotta’s Fountain. Here, wreaths were laid down to honor the
dead, and Mayor Gavin Newsom delivered a short address, and remarked that
“We rebuilt, and we are stronger and better than ever.”. The optimistic mood
at this event seemed to mirror a broader sentiment that was conveyed in the
results of a recent poll taken throughout the Golden State. Essentially, the
Field Poll noted that most Californians don’t think earthquakes pose any
greater danger than other natural disasters and three in four think they
could probably survive an even larger tremor, if one were to occur. [KMG]

The first link will take users to a news article from The Seattle Times that
reports on the various celebrations and commemorations that took place this
week in San Francisco. The second link leads to a rather compelling story
from the San Jose Mercury News about the results of a recent poll that asked
Californians about the likelihood of another major quake in the region. The
third link leads to a host of National Public Radio stories that address
various issues surrounding the earthquake, including artists seeking to
commemorate the earthquake in a variety of ways. The fourth link leads to a
rather impressive collection of multimedia presentations on the history of
the quake from the San Francisco Chronicle that includes a collection of
historic postcards and oral histories from those who survived the events of
that day. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the 1906 Earthquake
Centennial Alliance, which serves as a clearinghouse of information on
various ongoing activities designed to reflect on the legacy of this event.
The final link leads to the homepage of a conference designed to provide
contemporary information on the ramifications of a large-scale earthquake
around the Bay Area, and how various groups might prepare for such an event.

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


Thurs., July 13, 2006 - 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Site found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006

A Hundred Years After the Fall: Recollections of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“San Francisco's Great Quake of 1906, the most destructive earthquake on record in North America. Our two featured documents, an account of the earthquake written by U.S. Commissioner Silas W. Mack and a broadside issued by San Francisco Mayor E. E. Schmitz, still speak vividly of the approximately 700 lives lost and efforts to rebuild a city left in shambles. To read the documents, transcripts, and classroom discussion questions, visit our featured document page.”

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Wed., July 12, 2006 - Annual Reports

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, April 10, 2006

Annual Reports

Today's site offers a convenient source for checking out American
companies' annual reports. Gentle Subscribers, who refuse to be influenced
by media hype for their investment strategies and want the real bottom
line, will find this a useful addition to financial decision-making.

"Welcome to, the leading provider of online annual
reports to individual and institutional investors. ... Our Free Service
allows users to review an annual report in an easy and convenient manner.
Boasting the most complete and up-to-date listings of annual reports on the
internet, provides instant access to annual reports in
their actual format in one single location." - from the website

The site allows visitors to locate a company through a straightforward
search, using either the company name or the stock symbol or by browsing
through the alphabetical listings. Reports can be viewed in either HTML of
PDF format. Visitors are then redirected to the target company's website
for the report.

Scurry over to the site for American corporate annual reports at:

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


[NOTE: Same site previously posted as Annual Report Gallery - Phyllis ]


Wed., July 12, 2006 - Financial Literacy / Leonard Bernstein / NEA Jazz in the Schools

Sites found in:
New Teaching Resources at FREE
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006

New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Financial Literacy
Learn the basics about getting the most out of your money
-- saving, investing, banking, and buying a home. Try an
online retirement calculator. Test your "financial

"Leonard Bernstein: An American Life"
is a guide to an 11-part documentary illuminating the life and
work of one of America's greatest classical musicians, Leonard
Bernstein (1918-1990). An audio overview -- and websites for
learning about Bernstein and classical music -- are provided.

Follow the links below to learn more about Leonard Bernstein
and the world of classical music:,7


“NEA Jazz in the Schools"
traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to
the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers. Five lessons include
essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott
Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, Fletcher
Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bud
Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John
Coltrane, and others. Lessons include social and political
context and are designed for history classes as well as music.

Past messages:


Wed., July 12, 2006 - PBS: Jazz / PBS Kids: Jazz

Jazz: a film by Ken Burns
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
100 premiere artists in the field of Jazz music
Jazz Links

PBS Kids: Jazz
From the site:
“The online activities are designed for students in grades K-5, with accompanying lesson plans.”


Wed., July 12, 2006 - Classics Today

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, March 30, 2006

Classics Today

Today's site provides up to date reviews of the latest classic recordings.
Gentle Subscribers dissatisfied with traditional sources of classical
music reviews will find a more encompassing approach at this highly
regarded site.

" is the world's first and only classical music DAILY.
Taking advantage of the latest electronic publishing technology, is proud to offer ... comprehensive review coverage of
new recordings that's both accurate and completely up-to-date." - from the

The site brims with information about the world of classical music, with
reviews of the latest releases and reissues, not only from the major labels
but from smaller companies as well. In addition, straightforward numerical
ratings offer an at-a-glance summation of performance and sound quality.
Among other features are classical music news, artist interviews, a list of
100 CD's for building a classical music library and provocative editorials.
Reviews can be located through the site's comprehensive search facility or
browsed in the monthly digest section.

Swing over to the site for a great resource on classical music recordings
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Tues., July 11, 1006 - Public Agenda Issue Guide: Immigration

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 13, 2006
Read This Online :

Public Agenda Issue Guides: Immigration
Public opinion and arguments for and against different aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Features public views about immigration (from opinion polls), discussion guides with discussions of three perspectives (honoring commitment to newcomers, and cutting back because of security or economics), government immigration statistics, a "behind the headlines" feature, descriptions of agencies and organizations concerned with immigration, and related resources. From Public Agenda, "a nonpartisan opinion research and civic engagement organization."
Shortened URL:
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other issue guides:
Some previously posted. - 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.


Tues., July 11, 2006 - The Underground Railroad

Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad

About the Underground Railroad
From the site:
“[For] teachers and students, to help them closely examine the diverse aspects of Underground Railroad – what it was, how and why it came to be…”
[NOTE: Although the site was designed for Maryland students, there is general information on the Underground Railroad.]

Internet Links (not only for Maryland)


Tues., July 11, 2006 - Robert E. Lee / Abraham Lincoln

Site Found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006

Surrendering in a Sentence
Shortened URL:
“This week's document was written on the morning of April 9, 1865. In it, Robert E. Lee conceded defeat in a mere sentence sent to Ulysses S. Grant. He requests "a suspension of hostilities pending the discussion of the terms of surrender." An endorsement by General Edward O.C. Ord on the lower fold, made at 11:55 AM, indicates that the letter was read and acted upon.”


Site found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006

Lincoln's Final Letter Home
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The Institute regularly features documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. This week's document is the last surviving hand-written correspondence between the President Lincoln and Mary Todd. The letter reads like a military dispatch, updating Mrs. Lincoln on the advances of the Army of the Potomac and forecasting the fall of the Confederacy.”


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


Tues., July 11, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
April 14, 2006
Volume 12, Number 1565

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web [Real Player, pdf]
[Last reviewed on September 22, 1998]

Since the History Matters website was first profiled in the Scout Report
close to eight years ago, they have expanded their reach to include a host
of lovely new features. All the while, still maintaining their key
strengths in providing access to high-quality teaching resources for high
school and college students and teachers of American history. Arriving on
the site, visitors will find three primary sections: “Many Pasts”, “Making
Sense of Evidence”, and “www.history”. In “Many Pasts”, visitors can explore
over 1000 primary documents, including photographic images and audio
interviews. “Making Sense of Evidence” provides material on how historians
approach resources as they attempt to craft intelligent and erudite
narratives. The final section, “www.history”, contains brief reviews of over
800 websites that address various aspects of American history. The site also
contains a number of other gems, including “Secrets of Great History
Teachers”, which features interviews with those who impart the knowledge of
the ages with wisdom and insight. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


British History Online

British history to some might be thought of as a dense thicket of county
records, complex lineages, and other such foibles that make the story of
these modestly-sized islands all the more delectable. Fortunately for those
interested in these “histories”, there is the British History Online
website. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of
Parliament Trust, the site contains a rather staggering array of material,
ranging from the journals of the House of Commons to ordnance survey maps
from across the nation. Apart from browsing through these resources,
visitors can also utilize a series of tabs running across the top of the
homepage that compartmentalize the materials here into such categories as
places and subjects. Some of the subject headings include agriculture
history, historical geography, and social history. One additional nice
feature is the “Recent Journal Entries” section, where visitors can learn
about recent and upcoming additions to the already impressive selection of
primary historical resources offered here. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

American Journalism Review [pdf]

Published under the careful hand of staff members at the Philip Merrill
College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, the American Journalism
Review comes out six times a year. The print magazine is available here for
the general public in an electronic format, and contains articles ranging
from the changing media landscape in the United States and to discussions
about whether newsrooms should use the names of illegal immigrants in their
reporting on various events. If visitors so desire, they may also browse the
archives of this publication all the way back to 1991. Those in the field of
journalism (or those who are just curious about the field) should browse on
over to the “Resources” area. Here they can learn about journalism
fellowships and look over a list of helpful “Reporters’ Tools”, which are
essentially links to like-minded sites. For those looking for a break from
the normal supply of stoic headlines, there is the “Take 2” area of the
site. With just a click of the mouse, users can read a number of funny
errors and clever headlines culled straight from the wide world of the
American media. [KMG]

Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar

As their mission statement notes, Early Modern Culture is dedicated to
creating an online space that recreates, in the virtual sense, the “active
and on-going inquiry of a good seminar.” A lofty goal indeed, and their
laudable results are available here for the consideration of those who are
drawn to the milieu of dialogue and dissent as mediated through the keyboard
and the glare of a computer monitor. Edited by Crystal Bartolovich of
Syracuse University and David Siar of Winston-Salem State University, the
journal contains commentaries on early modern women and the often-lively
Electronic Seminar area, where various learned persons trade informed and
compelling remarks on their works. Visitors should also note that previous
issues of the journal are available here in the archive. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other collections from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


A Victorian Anthology, 1837-1895

Back in the salad days of the British Empire, there was a Queen named
Victoria. She defined an age in a way that few could do today, and certainly
not for sixty years. While her writings are not represented in this fine
online collection, it contains writings of many who flourished during her
long reign. recently placed the complete “A Victorian
Anthology, 1837-1895” here, and visitors will be most delighted when they
browse through its contents. Edited by one Edmund Clarence Stedman, this
magnum opus contains 1274 works by 343 authors. It should be noted that the
entire work is comprised of poems, so those seeking lines from Lord Jim or
Martin Chuzzlewit may need to look elsewhere. Of course, those who are
temped by the quatrains of Yeats, Arnold, or Rossetti will want to linger
awhile. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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

Monday, July 10, 2006


Mon., July 10, 2006 - Learning Science / Rock Identification

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

LEARNINGSCIENCE.ORG,, (suggested by William R. Huskin, Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA), find a strong standards-based general science source website for teachers and students. It's divided into disciplines of science and contains links to many excellent internet sources of simulations, data sets, and graphics. This site is free and will likely become more popular, as educators discover it.

ROCK IDENTIFICATION KEY, Don Peck, this easy to navigate key has been designed and written to assist children and adults in identifying the common rocks they find in their back yards and on memorable vacations.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Another page ( ) from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Mon., July 10, 2006 - Science at a Distance: Exploring Life

Site found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006

Science at a Distance
Record Id: 646337
Created: 2006-03-23 15:37:32
Categories: bioag

Science at a Distance is a collection of interactive learning modules,
laboratory modules and an e-text book on Exploring Life.
[NOTE: Although designed as a distance learning course, much of the
information can be used independently. – Phyllis ]

-- e - learning modules
-- Classification
-- Physical Structure
-- Biological Energy
-- Cell Biology
-- Biological Information
-- Mendelian Genetics
-- Meet Brother Gregory
-- Bro. G. Investigates
-- Enzymes Interactive

Laboratory Modules
-- Bio-Lab Center
-- Bacterial Growth
-- Competition
-- Enzymes
-- The Genetic Code
-- LabBench - (links)



Mon., July 10, 2006 - 125 Science Questions

125 Science Questions: What Don’t We Know?
From the site:
“In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal's 125th anniversary with a look forward -- at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. A special, free news feature in Science explores 125 big questions that face scientific inquiry over the next quarter-century; accompanying the feature are several online extras. [This special news section is being made available free to all visitors to Science Online.]”


Mon., July 10, 2006 - Evolution / Science Reports / Oceans & Seas

Sites found in:
15 April 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

EVOLUTION, SLIDING THROUGH TIME, John Kyrk, (suggested by David
Robison, Wilson High School, Wilson, NY), this has to be one of the most
unique tours of earth history. Just move the slider to progress from
the Big Bang to the Cenozoic. Whenever you stop moving animations and
annotated text will appear, highlighting important events. This Flash
animation seems best designed for the Explorer browser. Be sure to check
out the main page to view other
innovative biology related animations. There are, for example,
animations for pH and water.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

(suggested by Virginia Malone, educational consultant, Hondo, TX), this
site can help you teach students to write scientific reports. It
includes why we write reports, why we set up tables and graphs the way
we do and some samples. The reading level limits this to high school and
above. However the content is applicable at all grades.
Shortened URL:
OCEANS AND SEAS, UCAR, (suggested by Bryan L. Aivazian, the Digital
Water Education Library - DWEL), the site provides a good introduction
to the structure of the ocean. Included are excellent graphics and text
about patterns of ocean salinity and temperature with depth, as well as
surface currents, deep ocean circulation and even the water cycle.
Extensive in-text links provide the means for users to explore the
content in an open-ended fashion, although some might find the lack of
any obvious top-level navigation to be disorienting. The site also
provides three reading and background levels to choose from on each page
- beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Sun., July 9, 2006 - National Geographic's Country Profiles

National Geographic’s Country Profiles,-53,180,90
Shortened URL:
From the site:
Get the facts on every country, state, and province, from population statistics to flags and beyond. Zoom in and out to find and click the icons on the map.

[NOTE: Student MapMachine previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., July 9, 2006 - Unusual Maps (2) / Mystery File

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 30, 2006
Read This Online :

Cartographic Curiosities
This site highlights "odd, curious, and fanciful maps from the holdings of the Map Collection, Yale University Library." Includes images of selected maps, such as a map of Asia represented as Pegasus, maps showing various countries in the shape of people, and "A Map of the Various Paths of Life" (with the "Trouble District," "Distress Borough," and other areas).
LII Item:

[NOTE: See Also: Antiquarian Maps – Phyllis ]


Zoom Into Maps: Unusual Maps
Features images of caricature maps from the 1868 book "Geographical Fun" and other humorous and fictitious maps, such as the Kingdom of France (1796) represented in the form of a ship and the "Gerry-Mander" (Essex County, Massachusetts in the form of a salamander). From a Library of Congress educational feature on maps.
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A "crime fiction research journal" about mystery novels and novelists. Includes an illustrated and annotated checklist of the Ziff-Davis Fingerprint Mysteries, a chronological checklist of Native American detectives, and an essay about the game of cricket and mystery novels. Also addresses fictional characters such as Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence, book reviews for older and recent works, and links to related sites.
LII Item:

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



Sun., July 9, 2006 - World History Sources / (Cities database)

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2006

World History Sources : Unpacking Evidence
Shortened URL:
Record Id: 646428
Created: 2006-04-03 15:12:32
Categories: liberal

Tutorials for working with primary sources as a part of history
research. Covers material culture (images and objects), maps, music,
newspapers, official documents, and narratives. For each section there
is an overview, a sample analysis, annotated bibliography and electronic

[See Also: Home page: Finding World History
Shortened URL: - Phyllis ]

---------------------------------------- : Directory of 2,667,417 Cities in the World
Record Id: 646420
Created: 2006-04-03 02:14:32
Categories: maps

Database of geographical coordinates for cities in 192 countries, with
satellite images, links to Google Maps, and basic country facts.


Sun., July 9, 2006

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 6, 2006
Read This Online :

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
Digital collection of over 6,000 cylinder recordings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Cylinder recordings, the first commercially produced sound recordings, are a snapshot of musical and popular culture in the decades around the turn of the 20th century." Searchable by keyword, or browsable by performer, title, issue number/label, or year of release. Includes a history of cylinder recordings and cylinder radio shows. From the University of California, Santa Barbara Library.
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[See also: History of Cylinder Recordings - Phyllis ]

History's Closet: Everything From Aprons to Zippers
This site provides annotated images of selected items from the holdings of a U.S. fashion history collection, such as basketball uniforms and bathing suits, hats, prom dresses, and a yashmak. From the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at North Dakota State University.
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1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Panorama Photograph History Project
"Large panorama photograph of San Francisco on April 22, 1906," which was commissioned by the California Insurance Company, the only insurance company "to cover losses from the earthquake, even though it was not obligated to." Includes the image with and without identification labels and links. Also includes material about the provenance of this print of the photo.
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Bedouin Culture & Folklore
Brief introduction to this Middle Eastern nomadic group. "A Bedouin is one who was born and raised in the desert or mountain wilderness and lives alongside nature in black tents or in caves." They raise goats, sheep, donkeys, horses and camels. The site describes Bedouin camels, Arabian horses as raised by Bedouins, wedding traditions, foods, traditional costumes, and tents. From a travel agency in Jordan.
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The Adoption History Project
Introduction to the history of child adoption in the United States with profiles of people, organizations, topics, and studies. Features a timeline with associated essays on topics such as the 1851 passage of the first modern adoption law, opposition by the National Association of Black Social Workers to transracial adoptions, and the 2000 act that allowed foreign-born adoptees to automatically become American citizens. From a professor of history at the University of Oregon.
LII Item:


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

Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.

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