Saturday, May 17, 2008


Sat., May 17, 2008 - ALSOS: Nuclear Library / Architectural Styles of America

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007

Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues
Record Id: 673887
Created: 2007-12-04 16:13:15
Categories: liberal,physci

Annotated bibliography and resource guide to more than 2,000 books,
articles, and websites on nuclear history, warfare, science, and
scientists. Also features historical and scientific overviews of the
atomic age.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Architectural Styles of America
Record Id: 673884
Created: 2007-12-04 13:41:36
Categories: liberal

More than 600 images representing different styles of American


Sat., May 17, 2008 - AASC Feature of the Month, May 2008: African Americans in World War I

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

May 2008 Feature of the Month Newsletter
African Americans in World War I

The Oxford African American Studies Center’s Feature of the Month has been updated.

This month’s feature spotlights a critical turning point in black American history and discusses the contributions black men and women made to World War I, “the war to end all war.”

More than 200,000 black soldiers served during the Great War (mainly as support troops) alongside French soldiers fighting against German armies. By October 1917 over 600 black servicemen were commissioned as captains, first lieutenants, and second lieutenants.

To many African Americans, enlisting to fight in the Great War offered a chance to show their patriotism that could hopefully improve their opportunities and treatment at home. Yet racism was as endemic in the armed forces as it was in the rest of America at the time. To learn more about the contributions of African Americans in World War I, a Photo Essay is available, providing an in-depth look at notable figures and organizations such as James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters, Sergeant Henry Johnson, the Red Cross Motor Service, and much more.
Shortened URL:

To enhance your research on this topic, free subject articles and links to free biographies and primary sources are also available. Learn about Black Women in the Military, the effects the Great War had on the black American community, the Chicago Race Riots of 1919 and more
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Sat., May 17, 2008 - Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation
From the site:
“On January 1, 1863, after three years of a brutal Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing Confederate slaves. Before the Proclamation, the North was in the war to reunite the states. But after the Proclamation, the war became a fight against slavery. This historic document helped strengthen the North's war effort, and was a critical component of their victory.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Sat., May 17, 2008 - Monticello Classroom

Monticello Classroom
From the site:
“A new Website for teachers and students offering the best resources on Thomas Jefferson and life at Monticello for use in the classroom or at home.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Thurs., May 15, 2008 - Deep Web Research 2008

Deep Web Research 2008, by Marcus P. Zillman
From the site:
“The Deep Web covers somewhere in the vicinity of 900 billion pages of information located through the world wide web in various files and formats that the current search engines on the Internet either cannot find or have difficulty accessing. Search engines currently locate approximately 20 billion pages.”

“This article and guide is designed to give you the resources you need to better understand the history of the deep web research, as well as various classified resources that allow you to search through the currently available web to find those key sources of information nuggets only found by understanding how to search the ‘deep web’.”


Thurs., May 15, 2008 - "A Librarian's Worst Nightmare"

Site found in:
Dec. 7-13, 2007

A Librarian's Worst Nightmare
From the site:
“While Answers is a valuable window into how people look for information online, it looks like a complete disaster as a traditional reference tool. It encourages bad research habits, rewards people who post things that aren't true, and frequently labels factual errors as correct information. It's every middle-school teacher's worst nightmare about the Web. …

“For educators fretting that the Internet is creating a generation of "intellectual sluggards," the problem isn't just that Yahoo!'s site helps ninth-graders cheat on their homework. It's that a lot of the time, it doesn't help them cheat all that well.”


Gary Price
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Thurs., May 15, 2008 - Weather / Educational Psychology

Sites found in:
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Teacher Tips #388: Weather Theme Issue
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Weather Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.
From the site:
“Educational Psychology Resources: Resources in Educational Psychology & Related Areas for Those Interested in Learning & Teaching Across the Lifespan”


Thurs., May 15, 2008 - Public Agenda: Two Reports on Hispanics and Science/Math Education

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Public Agenda Alert -- May 15, 2008
* Two Reports on Hispanics and Science/Math Education

* Two Reports on Hispanics and Science/Math Education

Armed with Public Agenda's analysis on Hispanic parents
and students' attitudes on education, IBM brought together
some of the nation's business, education and community leaders
to explore how to get more Hispanic youth interested in
technology careers.

Two studies by Public Agenda, presented at the "America's
Competitiveness" summit, detail some of the barriers facing
Hispanic students for careers in math and science.

In "A Matter of Trust: Ten Key Insights From Recent Public
Opinion Research on Attitudes About Education Among Hispanic
Parents, Students and Young Adults," we find Hispanic families
share the aspirations and anxieties of many other families
nationwide, yet also describe concerns, ideas, approaches
and relationships with the public school system that
are sometimes distinctive.

In "Out Before the Game Begins: Hispanic Leaders Talk About
What’s Needed to Bring More Hispanic Youngsters Into Science,
Technology and Math Professions," we interviewed 19 key leaders
from vastly different fields and backgrounds. Nearly all of
the interviewees said that when it comes to Hispanic and
Latino students, the education pipeline is all but broken.

Both reports were prepared for IBM as part of Public Agenda's
Education Insights initiative.

Download the full reports at:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Wed., May 14, 2008 - Internet Bird Collection / AskAsia / / Cite Your Sources (2) / Globalization 101

Sites found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2007

The Internet Bird Collection
Record Id: 673864
Created: 2007-12-01 23:55:50
Categories: bioag

Videos of birds, emphasizing bird behavior. Approximately 50 percent of
bird species are represented. Search options include common and
scientific names, region, and rankings based on video quality and
ornithological interest.

Record Id: 673855
Created: 2007-11-30 12:44:24
Categories: culture,liberal

Resource on Asian studies education for K-12 teachers and students. For
teachers: lesson plans, essays, maps, and over 600 images. For students,
videos and articles on global issues, social studies, language, culture,
and people. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Classical Net

Record Id: 673397
Created: 2007-11-26 21:12:29
Categories: arts,liberal

Guide to classical music, offering information on composers and a basic
repertoire from medieval to modern music. Also provides reviews of books
and CDs, a book list, recommended recordings, and a large categorized
list of music links.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Cite Your Sources : Social Sciences and Humanities
Record Id: 673393
Created: 2007-11-26 15:03:14
Categories: govpub,liberal

University of California Riverside Libraries guide to citation of
sources with sections on MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago, and Turabian formats.
Includes citation examples.

Citing Government Publications and Websites
Record Id: 673392
Created: 2007-11-26 14:42:05
Categories: govpub,liberal

University of California Riverside Libraries page connects to guides to
citing print and electronic government publications and to guides to
legal citation.

Record Id: 673389
Created: 2007-11-26 12:05:23
Categories: busecon,liberal

Guide to globalization for students and teachers includes issue briefs
(units on topics like trade, technology, health, culture, energy,
development, and human rights), news analyses, video interviews, lesson
plans, and links.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., May 14, 2008 - Lyrics Directory

Lyrics Directory
Searchable and also alphabetically browseable


Wed., May 14, 2008 - Sleepover Planet: Create, Sing, & Enjoy All Aspects of Staging a School Musical

Sleepover Planet
From the site:
“Create, sing, & enjoy: all aspects of staging a school musical.”

Sleepover Planet is a complete online toolkit which takes the teacher and pupils step by step through the process of staging a school musical.


Wed., May 14, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report December 7, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
December 7, 2007
Volume 13, Number 47
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery [Real Player]
Shortened URL:
To cite this collection:
To access this collection:
Shortened URL:

With its use of alliterative verse and rousing subject matter, the epic poem
Beowulf has been adored and analyzed for over a millennium. The poem was
originally composed in Old English, and it has been translated into dozens
of languages over the centuries. Generally, translators have attempted to
reproduce one or more of its features or qualities at the expense of others.
This particular translation offered by Dirk Ringler of the University of
Wisconsin is intended for "oral delivery", that is, to be read or recited
aloud. Visitors to this site can listen to the poem in its entirety or
access different sections at forty-three separate locations within the text.
Additionally, visitors can search for keywords and phrases within the entire
poem. Those with a penchant for this masterful work will likely want to
share this site with like-minded friends and colleagues. [KMG]


Interactives: Garbage [Macromedia Flash Player]

With a heading that includes the phrase "How can my community reduce
waste?", this educational site provided by the Annenberg Media group is one
that's hard to ignore. This resource is one of their "Interactives", and
educators can use these various tools to help students learn "how to improve
next year's environmental record." Educators and students can choose
between one of five topical areas, all of which include various interactive
components and activities. These sections cover solid waste, hazardous
waste, sewage, global efforts to reduce solid waste, and links to related
resources. Along the way, users will get the opportunity to test their
knowledge about hazardous waste in their home, and they can even step up to
try their hand at shrinking a landfill. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Linking Research and Teaching in History: Case Studies

There are many resources online designed to help educators teach about
various aspects of history, but relatively few on teaching students how to
practice and research history. This fine site from The Higher Education
Academy at the University of Glasgow begins to fill that gap with a number
of case studies and classroom activities. First-time visitors should read
an introductory essay here by Alan Booth that offers some perspective on
research-teaching relationships in history before looking over the other
offerings. Looking through the offerings on the site, they include pieces
titled "Introducing History Students to Research Techniques", "Encouraging
Collaborative Learning and Student Research on a Computing History Module",
and "Teaching Your Research: The Special Subject in History". [KMG]


National Human Genome Research Institute [pdf, Real Player]

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has many accolades to
its credit, not the least being their work on sequencing the human genome.
They have made substantial contributions to every sector of genomic research
since their founding in 1989, and their website is one that will be very
useful to researchers looking for grant opportunities, medical
professionals, and members of the genome-curious public. Visitors who might
be less familiar with the Institute's work should start by browsing through
the "Newsroom" area on the homepage just to get a sense of their mission and
general focus. Moving on, just about everyone will find something of
interest at the "Educational Resources" area. This area of the site is
particularly strong, and it includes an online educational kit for
understanding the human genome project, National DNA Day, a "talking"
interactive glossary of genetic terms, and genetic education modules for
teachers. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music

Noted country artist Roy Acuff and modern American composer John Adams don’t
often find themselves in close musical company, but in the Baker's Student
Encyclopedia of Music they are only separated by four entries. Offered as
part of the eNotes site, the Encyclopedia is a good resource for both
students and others who wish to brush up on any number of composers, musical
terms, performers, and so on. Visitors can browse on through alphabetically,
and they may wish to read the brief "Foreword" offered as a way of
establishing the focus and intent of this publication. From Sun Ra to the
Sabre Dance, visitors will want to dip into this encyclopedia on multiple
occasions. [KMG]


Center for Civic Education [pdf]

With offices in Calabasas, California and Washington, D.C, the Center for
Civic Education is "dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible
citizenry committed to democratic principles." The Center functions as a
nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation and the materials offered on
their site for educators and those wishing to brush up on everything from
representative democracy to the Constitution will be pleased to wander
around the site. While the Center does publish some commercial textbooks and
the like, visitors will find a number of free educational materials in the
"Resources" area that are worth considering. Here, visitors can download
lesson plans, view an extensive set of related external links, as well as
additional resources on civic education. The site is rounded out with a nice
"Multimedia" area, complete with podcasts on civics and videos that examine
civil rights. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Context Rich Problems Online Archives

New physics teaching resource sites continue to pop up every day, and this
one from the University of Minnesota's Physics Education Research Group is a
good find. The site is divided into two areas, one covering mechanics
problems, and the other covering electricity and magnetic problems. Within
these two areas, visitors can look through examples of linear kinematics
problems, force problems, conservation problems, and so on. For instructors,
each problem begins with a list of the specific principles necessary to
solve the context-rich problem. Visitors are also welcome to submit their
own problems for potential inclusion on the site. [KMG]

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Tues., May 13, 2008 - Your Online Resource for Recalls
From the site:
“…to provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create -- a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls.” Includes consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, foods, medicines, cosmetics, and environmental products.

You can search each agency separately:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls and Product Safety News
Consumer Products

Foods, Medicines, Cosmetics
U.S. Food & Drug Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Archive

Food Safety and Inspection Service
Recalls and public health alerts that involve meat, poultry, or processed egg products.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Products: Pesticide Product Recalls
Vehicle emissions correction recalls

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Motor Vehicles and related equipment, Child Safety Seats, Tires – Defects and Recalls

USCG Boating Safety Recalls
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) investigates consumer complaints about recreational boats and related equipment. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations


Tues., May 13, 2008 - The Worst Jobs in History (Great Britain)

The Worst Jobs in History
From the site:
“The history we are taught usually features the lives and times of the great and the good, of the haves but not the have-nots. However, the monarchs, aristocrats and magnates could not have existed without the battalions of minions who performed the tasks that were beneath their masters and mistresses.

“In this website, we take you on a journey through 2,000 years of British history and the worst jobs of each era.”


Tues., May 13, 2008 - All of Inflation's Little Parts

All of Inflation’s Little Parts
Shortened URL:
From the site:

“Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices in about 200 categories — like gasoline, bananas, dresses and garbage collection — to form the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation.
It’s among the statistics that the Federal Reserve considered when it cut interest rates on Wednesday. The categories are weighted according to an estimate of what the average American spends, as shown below.
An Average Consumer's Spending

“Each shape below represents how much the average American spends in different categories.
Larger shapes make up a larger part of spending.


Tues., May 13, 2008 - How Recessions Work

How Recessions Work
From the site:
“In this article, we'll find out what recessions are, see why they occur and examine the criteria economists use to identify them. We'll also look at the effects of recession as well as explore some of the ways a country can turn the economy around again.”

Monday, May 12, 2008


Mon., May 12, 2008 - Exercise and Physical Fitness

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, December 4, 2007

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

Today's site, from the authoritative and trustworthy U.S. National Library
of Medicine, provides an excellent resource for information about
beneficial physical activity. Gentle Subscribers will find the material
they need to embark on a healthy regime tailored to a range of specific

"There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical
activity! Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People
who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain
a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart
problems. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical
activity at least five days per week." - from the website

The site offers links to the best resources promoting sensible physical
activity for every member of the community. The American Academy of Family
Physicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases top the
list of user-friendly sites and programs designed to foster essential
activity levels necessary for healthy living. Additional resources are
available on nutrition, specific conditions, and topics from walking shoes
to cold weather exercise. A selection of tools includes a fitness quiz, a
heart rate calculator and the ever popular "How Many Calories Will this
Activity Burn?"

Dash over to the site for a great resource on exercise programs at:

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

[NOTE: Other pages from MedlinePlus
previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Mon., May 12, 2008 - WW2: People's War / Timeline: 1939-1945

WW2 People's War
From the site:
“The BBC asked the public to contribute their memories of World War Two to a website between June 2003 and January 2006. This archive of 47,000 stories and 15,000 images is the result.”

Timeline 1939 - 1945
Historical fact files on 144 key events from 1939-1945, with links to related stories and categories from the archive.
Using the arrows, scroll along the timeline to select key events.


Mon., May 12, 2008 - Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project

Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project
From the site:
“During the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, European Jewish families were torn apart. Childhood became a time of fear and a struggle for survival.

“After the war, a group of young Jewish orphans immigrated to Canada from the devastation of Europe as part of the War Orphans Project. Using their own words and artifacts, this virtual exhibit tells the story of the orphans' courage and resilience and of the tireless efforts of the people who helped them.

“It is as much a story about the present as it is about the past. It is a warning against human indifference and the inaction of the world. Over half of the world's more than 20 million refugees are children.

“This site follows a young orphaned group of Jewish Holocaust survivors through their immigration to Canada after World War II. From the survivors' own words you will capture a snapshot of their lives from the concentration camps to the displaced person camps and their immigration to Canada as refugees. Aided by the Canadian Jewish Congress, many orphans remained in Halifax but many spread across Canada to Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Calgary. This exhibit was produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.”

Learning Resources
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“These resources are designed to enrich the classroom use of Open Hearts, Closed Doors.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., May 12, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, December 6, 2007

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, December 6, 2007
Read This Online :


Auschwitz Through the Lens of the SS: Photos of Nazi Leadership at the Camp
This presentation looks at photographs from an album donated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007; the album "almost certainly belonged to and was created by [a German SS officer] ... stationed at Auschwitz from May 1944 until the evacuation of the [World War II Nazi concentration] camp in January 1945." Provides photos from the album, background about the officer, essays, archivist interview, and related material. From the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
LII Item:


Sharpbrains: Your Brain Fitness Center
This website features links to articles on topics of brain research and operation such as mental exercise, stress management, improving memory, nutrition, and workforce training and leadership. Also includes a blog, newsletter, and glossary. You can use the "Teasers" puzzles on the site to help keep mentally fit. From a consulting company promoting brain health and fitness.
LII Item:


From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig
Companion to a 2007-2008 exhibit on the centennial of the birth of cartoonist and author William Steig (1907-2003), featuring "a wide selection of original drawings for both his New Yorker cartoons and his children's books such as 'Sylvester and the Magic Pebble' ... and of course 'Shrek!'" Includes an online exhibit with many images of his work, and audio of actor Meryl Streep reading from "Spinky Sulks." From the Jewish Museum, New York.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Letter From the South Pole
This exhibit tells the story of the "race to the South Pole" in 1911 by explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott through excerpts from their letters and additional text and images. Be sure to turn on your computer's sound for the full effect of this presentation, which includes music digitized from the "Flag of Victory March," recorded in 1905. In Norwegian and English. From the National Library of Norway.
LII Item:


The World of Explosives
"This site was developed for the general public by the Society of Explosives Engineers, Inc. to show the important role explosives have played in the development of our society." Features a timeline of the history of explosives and blasting, a discussion of how explosives work (including dynamite, "the first safe high explosive"), a list of explosives uses (such as avalanche control and construction), description of explosive engineers, and more.
LII Item:


The Dalai Lama
Background article about the Dalai Lama, who is "the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and traditionally has been responsible for the governing of Tibet, until the Chinese government took control in 1959." Includes discussion of the traditions associated with the selection process for a new Dalai Lama, a profile of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and links to related news and coverage of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism. From the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


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

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Sun., May 11, 2008 - DoSomething / Howjsay / Oriland / Top 100 Mystery Novvels

Sites found in:

Do Something
Site creators believe that "young people have the power to make a
difference." This site gives them tools to do so: ideas, message boards,
info on grants, a zipcode-searchable database of volunteer opportunities,
and more. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


English Pronouncing Dictionary with Instant Sound
A well-read person knows hundreds, even thousands, of words that they've
never heard anyone pronounce. Search through the 82,576 sound files and
listen while somebody pronounces your mystery word.
[NOTE: There are currently 100766 entries in the dictionary.]


Oriland - What Origami Can Be
Where you can learn origami, admire entire kingdoms made of paper
fantasies, try out the diagrammed models yourself, and more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Top 100 Mystery Novels of all time
See if you agree with the members of the Mystery Writers of America.
[NOTE: Links no longer active, but the list is available at
Shortened URL:

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.


Sun., May 11, 2008 -

From the site:
“ is designed by writers for writers, by educators for educators.

“ is dedicated to providing professional children's writers information about the business of writing, and providing tools that will help you do your jobs better, including a directory of children's book publishers and paying magazine markets.

“It is our goal as well to give librarians and teachers a great directory of children's authors and illustrators who are available for school visits, book signings, and other public appearances that will enhance these educators' curriculum and make a memorable impression on their students.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., May 11, 2008 - Alice in Wonderland: An Interactive Adventure

Alice in Wonderland: An Interactive Adventure
From the site:
“Welcome to Wonderland! Here you will enjoy activities with Alice and her Wonderland friends!”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., May 11, 2008 - Children's Book Week May 12-18, 2008 / Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations / America by Air

Sites found in:
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2007


Children's Book Council (CBC) Moves Children's Book Week to May
May 12, 2008 - May 18, 2008

For the 89th celebration in 2008, Children's Book Week will move to May from its traditional November date. Going forward, Children's Book Week will be held during one of the first two weeks of May.

The Children's Book Council is thrilled to be able to offer the official poster at no charge across the country this year!
Distributed to schools by Scholastic Book Fairs during April and May
Distributed to schools by Scholastic Book Clubs during April and May
Distributed to public libraries by Combined Book Exhibit at the Public Library Association Conference in March
*Postage rates effective until May 11, 2008. USPS rates go up on May 12, 2008.


Search the The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
4,000 quotations on over 250 subjects.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

New Online Exhibit: America by Air from the National Air and Space Museum

+ Behind the Scene

Source: Smithsonian Institution


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