Saturday, December 08, 2007


Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 - Roget's Thesaurus / Dictionary / Encyclopedia

Roget's Thesaurus

The thesaurus that appears on this site is Roget's New Millennium Thesaurus. To use the thesaurus, simply type a word in the gold search box and click the 'Search' button. A list of synonyms and antonyms will be returned.

Dictionary: - previously posted.
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Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 - Flight Paths from 9-11-2001

Track the flights of 9-11-2001
Follow the flight paths


Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 - From ResourceShelf Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2007

Sites found in:

Aug. 30 – Sept. 6, 2007


Resource of the Week: Foreign Relations of the United States
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

Foreign Relations of the United States

We’ve told you before that we have an unnatural fondness for government documents here on ResourceShelf. And if you’re regular here, you know we are also huge fans of digitized historical collections. This week’s find, from the extensive University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, “is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.”

Actually, more recent editions of Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) have been available online directly from the State Department Historian’s office. Here you’ll find volumes covering the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon-Ford administrations, and they are searchable. A list of all existing volumes is online here , along with information on whether they can be ordered in print from GPO or where they might otherwise be obtained.

The digital collection at Wisconsin — a joint project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries (which, it says here, maintains the collection on the State Department site) — “is an incomplete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed.” You may browse the collection by scrolling and clicking through the 360+ documents, or search the full text of “some or all items.” According to the site, “Full-text searching may not be available for every title. If full-text searching is not available, you may still search by title, author, and section title.” In addition to the default search form are options that allow you to perform boolean or proximity searching.

Curiosity led me to the document “Foreign relations of the United States, 1958-1960. Cuba” (U.S. Interest in the Cuban Revolution, the Overthrow of the Batista Government, and the Consolidation of Power by Fidel Castro). You can display the page images in several sizes by clicking on icons arranged in what looks like a bar graph in the lefthand navigation panel; the images are extremely clear and readable even in the smallest size. If you want to print out a page, click on the “Image for printing” link to display the page image by itself in your browser, without navigational frames, etc. I particularly enjoyed browsing the List of Persons section of this particular document:

“This list is designed to provide identification of those persons mentioned most frequently in this volume. The list generally covers only the years 1958-1960. All titles and positions are American unless otherwise indicated. Where no dates are given, the person usually held the position throughout the period. In some cases, it has not been possible to determine all positions and titles held.”

Lots of familiar names here and a plethora of minor players, too. It would be way cool if the extensive index were hyperlinked; alas, you’ll have to browse page by page by page by page…or give the search engine a run for its money.


Three New Digital Resource Collections: War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War

A Guide to the War of 1812
From the site:
“The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the War of 1812, including manuscripts, broadsides, pictures, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the War of 1812 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the War of 1812 and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.”

A Guide to the Mexican War

A Guide to the Spanish-American War


Library History: Timeline: American Libraries: The First 100 Years
16 pages; PDF.
Shortened URL:
Key moments and lots of pictures as this PDF celebrates the 100th anniversary of American Libraries. A must for any person interested in library history.

Source: ALA


Enhanced Merriam-Webster Word Central Site for Kids Goes Live
From the overview:
Merriam-Webster’s Word Central for kids has been visually reprogrammed and upgraded with exciting new content! We’ve integrated the fully searchable Merriam-Webster’s Online Student Thesaurus, turbo-charged the classic feature Build Your Own Dictionary, and assembled two great new games—Robo-Bee and BIGbot—to make this the ultimate language site for younger humanoids. Activate here!

Source: Merriam-Webster


From the Smithsonian: New Web site for Educators: The Object of History
This Web site features artifacts from the Museum’s collections, related high school curriculum materials, and opportunities for students to participate in live online forums with Smithsonian curators.

Source: National Museum of American History


New Special Collection from FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence):
September 11

The 9/11 Collection Consists of 4 Resources:

+ September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Source: Smithsonian Institution

+ 9-11-01 Remembrance
Source: National Park Service

+ Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions
Source: Library of Congress

+ September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
Source: Library of Congress

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


Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 - The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas / Monthly Feature Archive

The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas
From the site:
“December is a month of holidays, celebrations, gift giving, and—to the glee of students and educators alike—school vacations…”

SEE ALSO: Monthly Feature Archive

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Dec. 2007 – Jan. 2008

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Dec. 2007 – Jan. 2008, Pg. 3


Center for History and New Media
[Drop-down menu for “Our most popular sites”]
Women in World History

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Online Exhibitions

The History of the Supreme Court

Holocaust Encyclopedia

How Much Is That?

Lewis Carroll Home Page
Lewis Carroll As taught in K-12

Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopedia

NY Times Learning Network
NY Times Newsroom Navigator
NY Times Student Navigator
NY Times Teacher Navigator
NY Times The Learning Network: Issues in Depth
[May require free registration]

Television News Archive

Timeline Index : People, Events, Periods & Places

U.S. History Resources
Contemporary Ethical Issues

Wex: Law Encyclopedia and Dictionary

- Phyllis Anker

Friday, December 07, 2007


Fri., Dec. 7, 2007 - Library Arcade: Games

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Leslie Kahn
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 11:10:48 -0500

Subject: oh what fun--for library workers

In case you haven't seen this, it may prove useful:

Leslie Kahn
Reference Division
Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
fax 973-733-5648
CDL 1539


Fri., Dec. 7, 2007 - How a superflu is born

Interactive: How a superflu is born: Antigenic shift
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The flu virus is actually a simple structure – it contains only 8 genes…”

From: The Cold & Flu Report, 2007-2008 Season


Fri., Dec. 7, 2007 - Human Rights Day December 10

Human Rights Day December 10
From the site:
“Human Rights Day 2007 marks the start of a year-long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Links to U.N. organizations and additional resources links provided for information purposes


Fri., Dec. 7, 2007 - NOVA: Deadly Ascent: Denali

--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Airing December 11, 2007
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 15:57:57 -0500 (EST)

NOVA Presents "Deadly Ascent"
Broadcast: December 11, 2007
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

Predicting Survival
Learn what physiological factors may play a role in whether a
climber does well at high altitude or not. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Read accounts of the Spring 2000 NOVA expedition sent in from the
field. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Climb Denali
Explore the route from base camp to the 20,320-foot summit.
(QuickTime plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Survival Skills
Learn about four survival skills that climbers must have before
tackling Denali. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Body Breakdowns
See how extreme cold can affect the human body.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students learn more about some of
Earth's extreme environments and some of the possible dangers
they present. (Grades 6-8)

Denali for Kids
Find out where Denali is, learn what the NOVA team ate for
dinner, see what high altitude can do to your body, and more.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8)

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

Plus Links and Books.

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