Friday, May 02, 2008


Fri., May 2, 2008 - Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity
From the site:
“Welcome to Ryerson University's Academic Integrity website. The resources on this site are designed to assist students in their studies and to educate them on how to maintain their academic integrity.”
[NOTE: Although directed to Ryerson University’s students, the tutorials can be viewed by all. Quizzes only accessible to Ryerson students. ]


Fri., May 2, 2008 - NPR: Present at the Creation

Present at the Creation
From the site:
“Exploring icons of American culture throughout 2002 on MORNING EDITION and at NPR.ORG”
[NOTE: Some of the stories previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., May 2, 2008 - NOVA: The Killer's Trail

NOVA: "The Killer's Trail"

Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "The Killer's Trail," in which a team of experts investigates the forensic evidence in the 1954 murder of Marilyn Sheppard, one of the most famous unsolved crimes in the U.S. The program was originally broadcast on October 19, 1999. Here's what you'll find online:

Chronology of a Murder
A riveting, step-by-step account of the key events in the Sheppard murder case, assembled by Sheppard's son and attorney-journalist Cynthia Cooper.

Science in the Courtroom
A prominent Superior Court Judge explains why all judges should take a laboratory class on the fundamentals of DNA research.

Create a DNA Fingerprint (Hot Science)
Assemble a DNA fingerprint online and use it to identify the culprit in a hypothetical crime. (Shockwave required)

3-D Mug Shot (QTVR)
Get a glimpse at one of the latest crime-fighting tools -- a laser-imaging technique that creates three-dimensional mug shots and uses ears to identify individuals.

Cleared By DNA
If DNA findings end up exonerating him of his wife's murder, Sam Sheppard would not be alone. Indeed, the sheer number of convicts who have gained their freedom following analysis of DNA collected at crime scenes may surprise you.

Plus Resources.



Fri., May 2, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Superfish / AMEX: George H. W. Bush (2 parts) / Secrets of the Dead: Doping for Gold

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: May 4-10, 2008

On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, May 4, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
They slice through the water's surface with explosive power --
sail, spear and half a ton of muscle flashing in the sun. Their
journeys through the open ocean are epic, their life cycle,
bizarre. They are the billfish -- marlin, sailfish, spearfish
and swordfish -- largest and most highly prized of all
gamefish. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


American Experience
George H.W. Bush
On-Air & Online
Monday, May 5
The latest in the "American Experience" series of award-winning
and critically acclaimed presidential portraits, this two-part
biography examines the life and career of the often overlooked
41st president. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


American Experience
George H.W. Bush
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, May 6
Drawing upon Bush's personal diaries and interviews with his
closest advisors and most prominent critics, the film also
explores Bush's role as the patriarch of a political family
whose influence is unequaled in modern American life. Part two
of two. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Secrets of the Dead
Doping for Gold
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This program digs deep into the secretive Cold War world of
East German athletes, examining what drugs were used, how they
were distributed and what damage they did to many of the
athletes who were forced to take them. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Thurs., May 1, 2008 - 100 Most Mispronounced Words & Phrases in English

100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English
From the site:
“Here are the 100 words most often mispronounced English words ("mispronunciation" among them). There are spelling rules in English even if they are difficult to understand, so pronouncing a word correctly usually does help you spell it correctly. Several common errors are the result of rapid speech, so take your time speaking, correctly enunciating each word. Careful speech and avid reading are the best guides to correct spelling.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., May 1, 2008 - True Caribbean Pirates

Site found in:

This Week's Educational Programming Update
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Time Machine: True Caribbean Pirates
Friday, May 9th at 4PM/3c

Special Website Available:
Site includes: History of Piracy, Games, Video Gallery, Video Timeline, Image Gallery, and Did You Know (facts)

Romanticized in books, movies and amusement park rides, the true history of pirates is often obscured by fantastic portraits of these fictional outlaws of the ocean. True Caribbean Pirates is a two hour documentary which steps back into the 17th and 18th centuries to retell the actual stories of real life pirates, separating the fictionalized accounts from the true tales of the sea.

With colorful commentary from historians, images of artifacts, and first person insights from journals and diaries, True Caribbean Pirates focuses on the Caribbean's most notorious pirates and the evolution of their dark trade. It examines how, despite the images of invincible and swash-buckling pirates, their lives were full of danger and apprehension as they attempted to seize valuable cargo from the ships they attacked. This documentary features several stories and incidents which explain the tactics pirates used and the people they encountered as they attacked ships across national lines. Students will explore the development of nationalism, the formation of international law, and the real significance of piracy in the Caribbean and beyond.

Curriculum Links:

True Caribbean Pirates would be useful for History, Global Studies, and International Culture courses. It is appropriate for high school students. Note: Due to some mature content and imagery, teachers should view this program in its entirety before screening it to students. This documentary fulfills the following standards as outlined by the National Council for History Education: 1) Civilization, cultural diffusion, and innovation, 2) Human interaction with the environment, 3) Conflict and cooperation, 4) Patterns of social and political interaction.


Thurs., May 1, 2008 - Astrogeology for Kids /

Sites found in:

24 November 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

ASTROGEOLOGY FOR KIDS (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science
Information and Education Office, USGS), This site for kids and teachers
provides specific information about each of the planets and their
associated bodies as well as classroom activities, USGS astrogeology
research, a fine photo gallery, and space mission updates. Learn about
geology that's "out of this world!"


ANIMATIONS: "is an organization dedicated to
sharing the newer and emerging "learning tools" of science education.
Tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based
lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging, among
others, can help make teaching science an exciting and engaging
endeavor. Using the National Science Education Standards (1996, National
Academy of Sciences) as our framework, we highlight only the best of
these "learning tools" for students and teachers. All of the featured
tools go through a review process. Once a "learning tool" is submitted
it is analyzed by an editorial panel of science educators and scientists
for content and design."
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Thurs., May 1, 2008 - Pharmaceutical Century / Luminaries of the Chemical Sciences / PDRhealth / Sports-Ref. / Incident News /K-12 Sci & Math Videos

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007

The Pharmaceutical Century : Ten Decades of Drug Discovery
Record Id: 673387
Created: 2007-11-21 17:01:51
Categories: bioag,physci

Text examining pharmaceutical developments and technologies in the 20th
century, with a preliminary chapter providing background on the origins
of modern pharmacy from 1800-1919. Also offers a section of
pharmaceutical company histories and government health agencies.

Luminaries of the Chemical Sciences
Record Id: 673383
Created: 2007-11-21 12:48:40
Categories: physci

PDF publications with overviews of the lives and scientific achievements
of 20th century chemists.

Record Id: 673380
Created: 2007-11-21 00:52:38
Categories: bioag

Consumer web resource of the Physicians' Desk Reference offers
information on drugs (prescription and OTC), dietary supplements,
alternative medicine, diseases, health conditions, treatment options,
and clinical trials.

Record Id: 673379
Created: 2007-11-20 22:50:51
Categories: liberal

Sports statistics and resources on teams, leagues, players, coaches,
records, and awards. Includes:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Record Id: 673369
Created: 2007-11-19 10:37:22
Categories: govpub

News, images, and reports on oil spills and other incidents, provided by
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Response
and Restoration. Includes database of more than 1,400 incidents. Also
offers maps pinpointing incidents by year, information on 10 famous
spills, Spill Response 101, glossary, and links to related sites.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics : Digital Video Library
Videos to Enhance Understanding and Teaching of K-12 Learning Goals
Record Id: 673367
Created: 2007-11-16 14:41:32
Categories: physci

Digital video library supporting teaching standards in K-12 science and
math education standards. Videos are organized by American Association
for the Advancement of Science benchmarks, National Science Education
Standards, the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, state
standards, and instructional methods. More than 1,000 videos.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Wed., April 30, 2008 - ASPCA's Animaland

ASPCA Animaland — the website for kids who love animals!


Wed., April 30, 2008 - vozMe (Text-to-Speech)

vozMe – From text to speech
Enter text in English, Spanish, Italian, Hindi or Catala
Select male or female voice. An mp3 file is created and
you can hear what you have written.


Wed., April 30, 2008 - Extraterrestrial Life / NEA: New Reading Study / Vision Quest: Visual Dictionary / Science Fair Projects

Sites found in:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
November 16-22 2007


New Science Tracer Bullet: Extraterrestrial Life

Extraterrestrial life is life that originated any place but on Earth. Although its existence remains purely hypothetical, due to the lack of universally accepted scientific evidence, there are several hypotheses about how and where life might have emerged elsewhere in the Universe, and whether or not those origins resemble the origins of life on Earth. The origin of all life and the search for its existence in extraterrestrial locales is the focus of this Science Tracer Bullet

[NOTE: For Selected Internet Resources, click on the last item on the list. ]

Source: Science, Tech, and Business Dept, Library of Congress


National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Reading Study
+ Executive Summary (PDF: 819 KB)
+ Full Report (PDF; 3.3 MB)

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces the release of To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence, a new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns in the United States. To Read or Not To Read gathers statistics from more than 40 studies on the reading habits and skills of children, teenagers, and adults. The compendium reveals recent declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike, exposing trends that have severe consequences for American society.

Among the key findings:

Americans are reading less - teens and young adults read less often and for shorter amounts of time compared with other age groups and with Americans of previous years.

Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of non-readers doubled over a 20-year period, from nine percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.
On average, Americans ages 15 to 24 spend almost two hours a day watching TV, and only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading.
Americans are reading less well – reading scores continue to worsen, especially among teenagers and young males. By contrast, the average reading score of 9-year-olds has improved.

Reading scores for 12th-grade readers fell significantly from 1992 to 2005, with the sharpest declines among lower-level readers.
2005 reading scores for male 12th-graders are 13 points lower than for female 12th-graders, and that gender gap has widened since 1992.
Reading scores for American adults of almost all education levels have deteriorated, notably among the best-educated groups. From 1992 to 2003, the percentage of adults with graduate school experience who were rated proficient in prose reading dropped by 10 points, a 20 percent rate of decline.
The declines in reading have civic, social, and economic implications – Advanced readers accrue personal, professional, and social advantages. Deficient readers run higher risks of failure in all three areas.

Nearly two-thirds of employers ranked reading comprehension “very important” for high school graduates. Yet 38 percent consider most high school graduates deficient in this basic skill.
American 15-year-olds ranked fifteenth in average reading scores for 31 industrialized nations, behind Poland, Korea, France, and Canada, among others.
Literary readers are more likely than non-readers to engage in positive civic and individual activities – such as volunteering, attending sports or cultural events, and exercising.

Source: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)


Merriam-Webster Launches Visual Dictionary Online, Free!
Vision Quest!
Is your world composed of an ever-increasing number of whatchamacallits and thingamajigs? Have we got a site for you! Announcing the newly-launched Visual Dictionary Online —featuring thousands of stunning images enhanced by clear and precise definitions from the visionaries here at Merriam-Webster. Search by entry word or explore 15 major themes—from astronomy to sports and games.

Over 6,000 entries.

Source: Merriam-Webster`


Library of Congress Updates “Science Fair” Science Tracer Bullet

Selected sources provide guidance to students, parents, and teachers throughout the process of planning, developing, implementing and competing in science fair activities. Sources range in suitability from elementary to high school levels. This guide updates LC Science Tracer Bullet 01-4. Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed–as the name of the series implies–to put the reader “on target.”

[NOTE: For Selected Internet Resources, click on the last item on the list.


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


Wed., April 30, 2008 - Artcyclopedia

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, November 22, 2007

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, one of the premiere art search facilities, provides an
excellent resource for tracking down fine art online. Gentle Subscribers
may find this a convenient specialty database for artwork images online.

"Our mission is to become the definitive and most effective guide to
museum-quality fine art on the Internet ... We have compiled a
comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum
sites, image archives, and other online resources. We have started out by
covering the biggest and best sites around, and have links for most
well-known artists to keep you surfing for hours. ... We have now indexed
over 2,300 art sites, and offer over 95,000 links to an estimated 180,000
artworks by 8,200 renowned artists." - from the website

The site provides listings of bricks and mortar museums which have
digitized all or portions of their collections to enable online
presentations. The database may be searched primarily by artist's name,
with less robust capability for artwork by title or by name or location of
a museum. A highlight of the site is the browsable section, encouraging
visitors to stroll through examples of artwork from movements such as art
nouveau, impressionism and magic realism, along with categories of subject,
medium and nationality. In addition, the site offers an extensive
collection of feature articles on art and artists as well as current art
news, updated daily.

Amble over to the site for a noteworthy fine art reference at:

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Tues., April 29, 2008 - Browser Books (Online Storybooks)

Browser Books
From the site:
“This website was created to allow beginning readers to read books on their web browser. Readers can click on the triangle in the lower right-hand corner of each page to turn the pages. If they are unsure of a word, they can click on it to hear a child's voice read the word to them.”


Tues., April 29, 2008 - Jamit Fractions

Jamit Fractions
From the site:
11 Lessons and Fun Games for learning and mastering fractions.


Tues., April 29, 2008 - Precalculus

From the site:
“William Mueller (see below) describes precalculus as the bridge between the math you know, such as arithmetic and algebra, and a wondrous, fertile land ahead: calculus. In order to cross the bridge, you need a good understanding of how functions describe the relationship between two variable quantities.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Tues., April 29, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, November 23, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 23, 2007
Volume 13, Number 45

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


College Algebra Online Tutorials

The introduction to this site remarks, "If you need help in college algebra,
you have come to the right place." Their statement is accurate, as the staff
members at the West Texas A&M University's Virtual Math Lab have done a fine
job creating a series of online algebra tutorials for students and anyone
else who might be returning to the world of algebra. First-time visitors
should look at their online guide to the tutorials to learn how their
tutorials are organized. After that, they should feel free to browse through
any of the 59 tutorials offered here. Each tutorial contains information
about learning objectives, full explanations, and numerous examples of how
to correctly solve problems. [KMG]

[SEE ALSO: Beginning Algebra - 36 Tutorials (previously posted)
Intermediate Algebra – 42 Tutorials
- Phyllis ]


Interactives: The Periodic Table

It can be tricky to remember the position of lanthanides within the periodic
table of elements, but this interactive feature from Annenberg Media's
"Interactive" series will keep students in the know about those so-called
"rare earth" elements. This particular feature begins with "Atomic Basics",
which provides an overview of the atom and its various functions. After
completing this section, visitors can test their knowledge with the "Name
That Atom" game. The game is full of protons, neutrons, and electrons, but
it should be no problem for students who've been paying attention to this
lively exploration of the atom. Moving on through the site, visitors will
learn about the periodic table's organization, isotopes, and the groups
within the table, all the way from the alkali metals to the boron family.
[KMG] [NOTE: Other Interactives from Annenberg Media - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

AllPsych Online: The Virtual Psychology Classroom

For instructors or students looking for material on many aspects of
psychology, the AllPsych Online site may prove to be indispensable. The site
was started in 1999, and it contains eight primary sections which cover
everything from classic psychology studies to an extensive reference area.
First-time visitors may wish to start by looking through the "Reference"
area, which features an expanded timeline of psychology through the ages, a
dictionary, and biographies of prominent persons in the field. People
interested in entering the field of psychology will want to click on over to
the "Careers and Education in Psychology" section for the materials on
various academic programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology.
For a bit of a diversion, the site also has a "Fun and Games" area where
visitors can take a look at some optical illusions and crossword puzzles.


The Educational Multimedia Visualization Center [Quick Time]

Teachers looking for ways to incorporate dynamic visuals into their earth
science courses need look no further than this fine site. Created by staff
members at the department of earth science at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, the site contains dozens of interactive animations and
visualization tools that can be used in the classroom to demonstrate various
processes. These resources are contained within the "Downloads" section, and
visitors can peruse the table of contents for specific features. The table
of contents includes global tectonics, regional plate tectonics, Ice Age
earth, and four other chapters. Some of these animations include the
deglaciation of North America, the South Atlantic spreading, and the
Himalayan collision. [KMG]


BioEd Online: Food and Fitness [pdf, Real Player]
Shortened URL:

BioEd Online continues in their fine tradition on online teaching resources
with the release of the Food and Fitness professional development workshop
for teachers and other interested parties. Created with funding from the
National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the workshop provides "an
opportunity to explore research that uncovers ways to reduce space-related
health problems through diet, exercises or rehabilitation." The materials
include seven classroom activities which are designed to help students
examine techniques to make life-long healthy meal and activity choices.
Additionally, users of the site can learn about the workshop's educational
objectives, their peer review board, and also examine their disclaimers and
disclosures. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


BBC: Archaeology

It's a fairly difficult endeavor to reconstruct an Iron Age roundhouse, what
with all of the archaeology training required and such. Persons with such
interests who lack the necessary training need worry no longer, as the BBC
has created a rather fine site that lets users take in many facets of
archaeology, including the aforementioned roundhouse. From their homepage,
visitors can delve into the latest archaeology news or go straight away to
the "Excavations and Techniques" section. Within this section, visitors will
find more detailed subsections, including "Techniques", "Recording Finds",
"Types of Archaeology" and "Reconstructions". The "Types" section includes
overviews of various fields of archaeology, complete with first-hand
commentaries and photographs. The "Techniques" area includes a feature
titled "The Story of Carbon Dating" and a piece on the relationship between
archaeology and metal detecting. The site is rounded out by the
"Reconstructions" area, where visitors can view that roundhouse and also
look into the reconstruction of an Iron Age chariot. [KMG]


Science NOW: The Latest News Headlines from the Scientific World [Last
reviewed in the Scout Report on October 29, 1997]

Keeping tabs on important developments in the world of science can be rather
exhausting, especially considering the number of websites dedicated to
various fields of scientific endeavor. One very helpful way to do this is
through the ScienceNOW site, which features daily news items from both
ScienceNow and weekly news from Science magazine. First-time visitors
should spend a few minutes just looking at some of the recent postings,
which could include items on the use of genetically modified crops to land
reclamation schemes in South Africa. Visitors can access all news items from
the previous four weeks at no charge, and they may also wish to sign up to
receive email alerts and RSS feeds. [KMG]


The Oscar Wilde Collection

Added after its initial publication, the preface to The Picture of Dorian
allowed Oscar Wilde to directly address some of the initial
criticism of his rather controversial novel. Perhaps one of the most well-
known epigrams offered in that statement is "There is no such thing as a
moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is
all." Visitors to this site can read this preface (and the complete novel),
along with many other works by Wilde. These works include "The Happy Prince
and Other Stories", "A House of Pomegranates", and plays like "An Ideal
Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest". Of course, visitors should
not overlook his masterful poem, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". [KMG]


The Battle of the Somme

When the Battle of the Somme ended in November 1916, over one million people
were dead as a result of the intense fighting that had dominated the long
battle front along the River Somme. Through the use of diaries, letters,
maps, and photographs, this compelling online exhibit from the Imperial War
Museum examines that long and difficult World War I land battle. These
items are all contained within three sections: "The Battle", "Personal
Stories", and "The Somme Revisited". In "The Battle", visitors can learn
about the various aspects of this military endeavor and read essays on the
German and Commonwealth armies. Moving on, "Personal Stories" features the
recollections of 21 different persons involved in this conflict, including
the first-hand memories of Robert Graves, who would go on to author the
moving memoir, "Goodbye to All That". Finally, "The Somme Revisited" offers
up some insights into the modern interpretations of this epic battle and a
few short film clips of cameramen who were present along the Western Front.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Georges Seurat: The Drawings [Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader]

This Web exhibition from MoMA accompanies Georges Seurat: The Drawings,
currently on view at the Museum, a major show including 4 sketchbooks,
around a dozen oil sketches and paintings, and over 120 single sheet
drawings. While only a few examples of all these artworks are included at
the Web site, the value of the online format is proven with the sketchbooks
- it is possible to page through the sketchbooks and look at 9 or 10
selections from each - far more than can be shown at the Museum, where the
sketch books are displayed open to only one particular page, at least on any
given day. It's also easier to display background information in context on
the Web, as evidenced by the lengthy section on conservation, which explains
how the handmade paper that Seurat used to draw on was made as well as how
the paper affected the look of his drawings. [DS]
[NOTE: Other pages from and previously posted. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2007.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Mon., April 28, 2008 - (online multilanguage dictionaries)
From the site:
“…translate and learn words in their original context.”
lingro's mission is to create an on-line environment that allows anyone learning a language to quickly look up and learn the vocabulary most important to them.”

In addition to dictionaries in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish and Swedish, you can put in a URL and all the words on that page become clickable with definitions popping up.


Mon., April 28, 2008 - The New $5 Bill

Note of Caution: The new $5 bill
Shortened URL:

Site includes an interactive tour of the new features of the $5 bill. Mouse over the numbers for an description of the new features.

Also on the site:

Note for Note: The euro is tougher to forge than U.S. currency.

History in Your Wallet
$5 bills from 1861, 1866, 1896, 1923, 1963, Current, New
From the site:
“The $5 bill, first issued in 1861, has featured portraits of not just Abraham Lincoln but also Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, and even Civil War general Philip Sheridan. There have been many other changes, minor and wholesale, made over the years to preserve confidence in the security of U.S. currency.”

Paper Trail
How money is made.


Mon., April 28, 2008 - Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart

Don't Buy It, Get Media Smart!
From the site:
“Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart is a media literacy Web site for young people that encourages users to think critically about media and become smart consumers. Activities on the site are designed to provide users with some of the skills and knowledge needed to question, analyze, interpret and evaluate media messages.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., April 28, 2008 - From Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, November 22, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, November 22, 2007

Read This Online :

King Tut's Face Unveiled to World
This November 2007 article describes how "the face of Egypt's most famous ancient ruler, King Tutankhamun, has been put on public display for the first time." Includes photos of a reconstruction of Tut's face and of Tut's skull, and photos and a video clip of the removal of Tut's mummy from its sarcophagus. Also discusses how King Tut may have died. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item:


Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation
The aim of this site is "to make the complete records of Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun available." Features a list of all items found (with selected photos), archaeologist Howard Carter's pocket diaries (1922-1930), eyewitness accounts of the opening of the tomb, maps and drawings, and a gallery of photos. Also includes background about King Tut and Carter. From the Griffith Institute, part of the University of Oxford.
LII Item:


A Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death
"List of archaic medical terms with their old and modern definitions. The primary focus of this web site is to help decipher the Causes of Death found on Mortality Lists, Certificates of Death and Church Death Records from the 19th century and earlier." Includes terms in English, German, French, and other European languages. Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. From an enthusiast using a "collection of antique medical books and online reference web sites."
LII Item:


Federal Bureau of Investigation: Organized Crime
Background and updates about organized crime, with an overview of the FBI's organized crime program, news and issues, details about specific investigations, and a brief glossary. Includes material about Italian organized crime (Sicilian Mafia, Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia, 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia, Sacra Corona Unita or United Sacred Crown, and American La Cosa Nostra), Eurasian organized crime, Asian and African criminal enterprises, and sports bribery. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
LII Item:


Website for a national student newspaper "dedicated to providing in-depth and innovative coverage of the 2008 presidential election." Features articles and editorials (in blog format) from student correspondents from universities and high schools across the country, descriptions of beats and how to get involved as a correspondent, and details about the contributors and advisors (journalism professors and journalists from national media outlets).
LII Item:


The Franklin Pierce Pages
This amusing site about 14th president Franklin Pierce bills itself as "a moving tribute to America's most obscure (and best looking) president." Includes nifty facts about Pierce, a description of events during Pierce's term of office (1853-1857), and a discussion of Pierce's involvement in allowing the first Jewish synagogue in Washington, D.C. Also includes a quiz. From a group of enthusiasts.
LII Item:


Sojourner Truth Institute
Website for this organization dedicated to preserving the message of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), a former slave who "traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights." Features an extensive biography of Truth, a timeline, images, speeches, an exhibit of art about Truth, a quiz, and details about the Sojourner Truth monument park in Battle Creek, Michigan.
LII Item:


Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Sun., April 27, 2008 - History Now: The Supreme Court

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

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:37:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Issue of History Now: The Supreme Court

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to present the fifteenth issue of History Now, a quarterly online journal for history teachers and students, available at

In this issue, History Now examines the functions of the Supreme Court, its composition, and the philosophical differences that have emerged within its membership over the centuries. It also provides a case study of one of the major crises in the history of the modern court: Roosevelt's "court packing" plan, and provides a portrait of one of the justices, Sandra Day O'Connor. Each of these essays can serve as the basis for critically important lessons for our nation's future voting citizens.

Don't miss this issue's interactive feature -- 15 Supreme Court Cases Every High School Student Should Know:

Click on the links below for each feature:

The Form and Function of the Supreme Court
by Charles Anthony Smith

The Supreme Court Then and Now
by A.E. Dick Howard

The Marshall and Taney Courts: Continuities and Changes
by R.B. Bernstein

FDR's Court-Packing Plan: A Study in Irony
by Richard G. Menaker

Sandra Day O'Connor: A Life of Action
by Meryl Justin Chertoff


Sun., April 27, 2008 - Virtual Timelines

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Volume 10, Issue 3 - November 2007

Virtual Timelines


Sun., April 27, 2008 - Cinco de Mayo (3)

Fast Facts: Cinco de Mayo 2008
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Stats and facts about Mexican Americans, trade with Mexico, etc.
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“Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.”


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Cinco de Mayo
Resources for party and activity ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Includes crafts (maracas and Mexican flag), recipes (guacamole and tortilla soup), and activity pages. Also includes quick facts and history about this holiday that "is the anniversary of a battle that took place between the Mexicans and the French in 1862" and is "mainly observed in the state capital of Puebla" and in the U.S. From the Kaboose Family Network.
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The History of Cinco de Mayo
Brief background about "the holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, [which] commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. ... It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16." From Mexonline, a guide to Mexico founded by an author and radio host.
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Sun., April 27, 2008 - May is Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

Online Exhibition and Other Resources for Jewish American Heritage Month via Library of Congress
The Library’s extensive holdings include numerous items pertaining to Jewish history and Jewish Americans. Some of these items were featured in an exhibition titled “From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America,” which is accessible online at .

A Jewish American History Month Web site is accessible at This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with information on educational programs and links to online exhibits.

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