Saturday, August 09, 2008


Sat., Aug. 9, 2008 - Know Your Money


Table of Contents:

History of United States Currency
Characteristics of United States Paper Currency
Design Features Which Vary On Genuine Currency
Positions of Important Features
Portraits and Back Designs on Other Paper Currency
Design Features For Series 1990-1995 Issued Currency
Design Features For Series 1996-2003A Issued Currency
Design Features For Series 2004-2004A Issued Currency
When Money Is Damaged or Wears Out
Advanced Technologies in Counterfeiting
How to Detect Counterfeit Money
Raised Notes
Counterfeit Coins
Illustration of Currency, Checks or Other Obligations
Security Features of U.S. Treasury Checks
Altered Government Checks
If you Suspect a Note is Counterfeit
It's The Law
Counterfeit Note Report Download (self-executable form)
Know Your Money Poster (March 2006)


Sat., Aug. 9, 2008 - FBI: Most Wanted

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Subject: [site-of-the-day] FBI: Most Wanted
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008

FBI: Most Wanted

Each year millions of Americans are victimized by the scams and schemes perpetrated by white collar crime predators. Corporate fraud, health care fraud, telemarketing fraud, and bank fraud are just a few of the criminals' weapons of choice. Billions of dollars are estimated to be lost annually as a result of these fraudulent activities which are carried out by individuals, companies, or groups of individuals. You can help protect American citizens from these criminals who often target the elderly. Related site: Ten Most Wanted Fugitives

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Source: Refdesk [site-of-the-day]:


Sat., Aug. 9, 2008 - AASC Feature of the Month: The March on Washington

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AASC Feature of the Month: August 2008

August 2008 Feature of the Month
The March on Washington

This month, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center highlight the 1963 March on Washington to help celebrate the 45th anniversary of this ground-breaking event, which happened on August 28 and delivered a profound message of will and strength to the nation thanks to the congregation of more than 200,000 people and anew generation of leaders who spoke on their behalf. Learn more about this historic moment and some of the key people involved by following the links below.

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Included in the update is a featured photo essay that captures with striking images the fighting spirit of the Civil Rights heroes that attended the march, including Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, and Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the rally.

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This month’s Feature also includes free articles, including a look at the Civil Rights Movement and an analysis of Dr. King’s speech, taken directly from the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, one of the most substantial guides available on African American lit.

Also included is primary source material like the full text of King’s “I Have a Dream” and President Kennedy’s "Statement on the March in Washington," as well as all of this month’s free biographies – for people like Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Ralph Bunche, Gordon Parks, and Lena Horne.

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[NOTE: This feature was previously posted in 2007. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Aug. 9, 2008 - Subject Guides to Government Publications / Slavery Resource Guide / George Washington / Historical Baseball Resources

Sites found in:

Mar. 21-27, 2008


Resource of the Week: Subject Guides from the UC-Boulder Government Publications Library
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

If you’re one of our regular readers, you already know how fond we are of government documents. So you can imagine how our virtual pulse quickened when we encountered this large and beautiful collection of government-oriented subject guides covering everything from Acronyms to Worldwide Demographic Information.

Mixed in with the actual guides are links to such key resources as The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and earthquake/seismic info from the U.S. Geological Survey. But sometimes, when you expect a direct link to a resource, you get a nice surprise. For example, click on the link for the Government Accountability Office, and you are taken to a page that explains what it is, what it does, and how to use it, including integration with the local OPAC.

The subject guides themselves comprise collections of links to agencies, databases, reports and other items, with brief annotations. There are some unusual collections here, including:
+ Ask an Expert!, including links to “Ask an Expert” pages at many different agencies, including the Census Bureau, the National Park Service, and NASA. This unusual aggregation is a clever idea.
+ Kids Pages from various agencies (including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Who knew?)
+ Declassified Documents, from the U.S. and other countries.
+ Statistical Information by State
+ Technical Reports: a nice compendium, which also includes links to subscription databases accessible to the university community.

Just cruising through some of these guides, we reacquainted ourselves with valuable resources that we haven’t visited for awhile. For example, in the Charities guide, we found a link to the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics, which we’d quite forgotten about. And the Religion Statistics guide is an excellent compendium of sites we know about and use regularly (e.g., and The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, which we think is new to us. (Look at this collection of “in-depth profiles of individual religious centers,” which can be sorted by state or by religious tradition.)

Be aware that not every link in every subject guide is to an official government agency. But research institutions, think tanks, etc., also provide valuable information, and we’re glad to see that they were included as well.

And don’t leave this site without checking out the enormous database of library-created research and subject guides and tutorials. Says here that the three “most request guides” are:
+ History Course Web Pages
+ Aerial Photography and Satellite Imagery
+ Religious Studies Subject Guide

Slavery Resource Guide

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to slavery, including photographs, documents, and sound recordings. This guide compiles links to slavery resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on slavery and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.


George Washington: A Resource Guide

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with George Washington, including the complete George Washington Papers from the Manuscript Division, which consists of approximately 65,000 documents and is the largest collection of original Washington documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial account books, military records, reports, and notes accumulated by Washington from 1741 through 1799. This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Washington such as letters, broadsides, government documents, books, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Washington and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.


Historical Baseball Resources

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Friday, August 08, 2008


Fri., Aug. 8, 2008 - PBS: American Experience: The Crash of 1929

American Experience: “The Crash of 1929"
From the site:
“The Crash of 1929 offers insights into topics in American history including market mechanics, the history of Wall Street, economic forecasting, the zeitgeist of the 1920s, morality and the market, the effect of economic cycles on political trends, the lifestyles of the American elite, and more.”

In 1929, while the stock market was rising, there were few
critics. It was a "New Era" when everyone could get rich. But
it was a small group of bankers, brokers and speculators who by
manipulating the stock market grew fabulously wealthy. The film
captures the unbounded optimism of the age and the shocking
consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th.
Copyright 2004 PBS Online.


1929 Headlines

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Aug. 8, 2008 - PBS: American Experience: Coney Island

Sites found in:

Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2008

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE takes a spin on the Cyclone
Take a spin on the Cyclone at CONEY ISLAND

The summer months are the perfect time to catch up on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE episodes you may have missed. Check your local TV listings to find out what's on in your area, or watch full episodes online.

It's a summer season that almost didn't happen: In 2007, developers announced they were closing Astroland, the heart of New York's Coney Island amusement center. This summer dealt the park a startling reprieve, but its future still remains uncertain. Will this be the last year for the famous landmark, the birthplace of such quintessential American favorites as hot dogs and roller coasters?

Visit AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's online companion to CONEY ISLAND, a lively and absorbing portrait of the extraordinary amusement empire that astonished, delighted and shocked the nation -- and took Americans from the Victorian age into the modern world. From a tiny spit of land at the foot of Brooklyn, to the turn of the century's most extravagant playground, Coney Island's scale, variety, and sheer inventiveness was unlike anything anyone had ever seen.

A Century of Screams: Explore the history of the roller coaster.

Watch vintage film clips from Coney Island's heyday.

Feeling nostalgic? Send an e-postcard!

See Also:

People & Events

Teacher’s Guide


Fri., Aug. 8, 2008 - History on the Net: The Egyptians

The Egyptians
From the site:
“This page contains a comprehensive listing of all pages in this category”
Search by education level or subject.


Fri., Aug. 8, 2008 - PBS: NOVA: ScienceNOW: Mass Extinction, 1918 Flu, Robotics, Papyrus

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[NOVA Teachers] NOVA scienceNOW airs Aug. 13, 2008

[NOTE: Previously posted. Repeat airing. - Phyllis ]

NOVA Presents "NOVA scienceNOW"
Broadcast: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
(NOVA scienceNOW airs on PBS at 9 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.)

Mass Extinction

Prime Suspects
Sample leading hypotheses about what caused the Permian
extinction and cast your vote for your favorite. (Flash plug-in
required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
The Smithsonian's Doug Erwin answers viewer questions about the
Permian and other mass extinctions. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

1918 Flu

Reviving the Virus
The 1918 flu virus genome was published and researchers who used
the genome to recreate the virus also published their results.
Were these moves justified? Explore arguments for and against
these actions, then vote online. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Microbiologist Terrence Tumpey, whose team revived the virus,
answers viewer questions about the 1918 flu, its recreation, and
more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12).

Profile: Cynthia Breazeal

Friendly Robots
Listen to and view this five-segment audio slide show that talks
about the development of social robots. Total running time: 8
minutes. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Read answers to questions sent in about Cynthia Breazeal's life,
her robots, and the future of robotics in society. (Grades 6-8,


Ancient Fragments
Learn what papyrus writings have revealed about the ancient
Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus in this slide show that includes a
selection of the writings. (Flash plug-in required; printable
version available.) (Grades 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Papyrologist Roger Macfarlane answers viewer questions about
ancient papyri, the multispectral imaging used to decipher them,
and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Explore Teacher's Guides
Find classroom materials to bring NOVA scienceNOW's cutting-edge
science topics to life for your students. Search Teacher's Guides by
subject, segment title, or date for current and past materials.

Podcasting and RSS
Find out how you can sign up for the NOVA scienceNOW podcast and RSS
feed that will enable you to learn about features and dispatches as
they are posted to the NOVA scienceNOW Web site. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Read, see, and listen to what the NOVA scienceNOW producers, editors,
and correspondents are thinking about in these multimedia dispatches.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Get Involved
Read science news headlines, join a research project, find teaching
aids for NOVA scienceNOW, learn how to host a science cafe, pitch a
show idea, and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Science News
Keep current with the most important stories by reading the top
science news articles from the mainstream media. Check back daily for
the top stories. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Thursday, August 07, 2008


Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008 - The U.S. Economy at a Glance

The U.S. Economy at a Glance

This Department of Labor site presents key economic statistics including: Unemployment Rate, Average Hourly Earnings, Consumer Price Index and much more. Links to take you to the same stats for regions and states.

From the site:
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces Economy at a Glance pages at the national, regional, state, and metropolitan area levels. The data displayed in these pages are assembled from different surveys and programs conducted by BLS. The Economy at a Glance pages are refreshed with current data every time any of the source programs releases new statistics. This typically occurs 7-9 times per month.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008 - Patent Medicine Collection

Patent Medicine Collection

The Great American Fraud
The Name that Launched a Million Bottles
Advertising Cards


Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008 - Dr. Jonas Salk

Dr. Jonas Salk
From the site:
“Dr. Jonas Salk (October 28, 1914 - June 23, 1995) was an American research biologist who studied immunity, influenza, AIDS and polio. He is best known, however, for the development of the polio vaccine that has nearly eradicated the threat of polio in the world today.”

Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Thurs., Aug. 7, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, March 28, 2008

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
March 28, 2008
Volume 14, Number 12
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Cholera Online: A Modern Pandemic in Texts and Images [pdf]

Cholera is a disease which can spread quickly and it has certainly presented some tremendous challenges for public health officials and experts in recent times. This fascinating online collection brings together 221 English language monographs dating from 1817 to 1900 which deal with the cholera epidemics of that period. This project was undertaken by the National Library of Medicine, and the selection of documents was informed and inspired by the 315-page "Bibliography of Cholera" compiled by John Shaw Billings in 1875. First-time visitors would do well to start by reading the "Introduction" section before jumping in to the remainder of the site. After that, visitors can click on the "Read the Books" section to peruse the offerings by author, subject, date, and even location. The "Images" area is even better, as visitors can take in images organized by such thoughtful themes as "Social Commentary", Patients and Victims", and "Urban Outbreaks and Hygiene". [KMG]


Stem Cells at the National Academies [pdf]

Stem cells continue to make news headlines on a daily basis, and for research scientists, journalists, and members of the general public, it's important to have access about developments in the field. One particularly fine resource is available on this site provided by the National Academies. Educators and the generally curious may wish to start exploring the site by clicking on the "Stem Cell Basics" area. Here they can download the booklet "Understanding Stem Cells", or just peruse the interactive online version. Moving on, visitors can then look at the amended document titled "Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research", which was first published in 2005, and then amended in 2007. Interested parties can also submit their own comments on these guidelines directly via an email link on the site. Finally, visitors can also sign up for email updates and look at the "Reports" area, which includes six substantive reports dating back to 2002. [KMG]


Memory Maps [Macromedia Flash Player]
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The relationship between people and the places they inhabit has always been intriguing. While exploring this relationship, many have also considered the various objects associated with particular geographic areas, such as prints and paintings. This rather engaging project from the Victoria and Albert Museum serves as a way to explore some of these questions. Designed as a collaboration between Professor Marina Warner of the University of Essex and the Museum, the work here currently focuses on an exploration into the city of Essex. Visitors can begin by reading an essay titled "What are Memory Maps?" by Professor Warner and then proceed to read a series of pieces by contemporary writers on Essex. After that, visitors should move on to look over the selected paintings and drawings which depict the city through watercolors, sculpture, and other forms of artistic expression. The site is rounded out by a selection of weblogs created by artists and writers working on this project. [KMG]


Economic (In)Security: The Experience of the African-American and Latino Middle Classes [pdf]

As more policy analysts and academics express concerns about the faltering economy, a number of think tanks and like-minded organizations are offering up research reports on how these changes are affecting various segments of American society. This recent 24-page report released in February 2008 looks at the economic problems faced by African-Americans and Latinos. The report was created by the Demos organization and researchers at Brandeis University, and it finds that one in four African-American and fewer than one in five Latino middle-class families in America are financially secure. The team of researchers came to this finding by measuring the financial security of the middle class by looking at five core economic factors, including housing costs, budget, and health care. Along with describing this situation, the report also offers some significant policy recommendations, which include expanding access to higher education and helping to stop discriminatory lending practices. [KMG]


Kosovo: Guardian Special Report [Macromedia Flash Player]

Kosovo has certainly been in the news quite a bit as of late, as it declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. Many people may be craving more information and thoughtful commentary on this new country, and they would do well to turn to this helpful site. Created by staff members at the Guardian, the site contains up-to-date news pieces on the country, along with long-form investigative pieces on the country's political climate. Visitors can also view short videos on the site, participate in online forums, and also look through a "Q&A" section. One can imagine that this site would be a fine resource for a political science or world geography class, and it may spark a new interest for some in the affairs of southeastern Europe. [KMG]


Europa: Environment and Waste [pdf]

Over the past several decades, the European Union has grown increasingly concerned about their ever-growing amounts of trash and other assorted rubbish. Ever year, the European Union throws away approximately 1.3 billion metric tons of waste, along with approximately 700 million metric tons of agricultural waste. With that in mind, they established a unified approach to waste management and disposal. This site provides information both on this approach and details about related matters, including the dismantling of ships, sewage treatment, and the incineration of waste. After reading the brief introduction to this topic provided on the homepage, visitors can look over the thematic list of topics along the left-hand side of this page. In each area, visitors can read about various activities, including proposed legislation, working papers, and scientific reports. Two sections which should not be overlooked include the "Sustainable Use of Natural Resources" and the "Integrated Product Policy" area. [KMG]



If you can't remember a particular aria from Gounod's "Faust" or a certain detail from the song contest at Wartburg, this site dedicated to opera may be just the ticket. Created and maintained by Rick Bogart, a research scientist at Stanford, the site provides access to libretti, source texts, performance histories, synopses, discographies, and so on. The site also contains an opera information directory, which features an opera composer index containing 4800 entries. Moving on, those who might be new to the wonders of opera will appreciate the "Opera For Everyone" CD's, which are offered here at no charge. Visitors can use the music here to learn about four classic operas, including "La Traviata" and "Madame Butterfly". The site is rounded out by a list of operas requiring six or fewer singers and a calendar of operatic commemorations. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Citizen Milton

The influence of John Milton's writing remains quite powerful, and his ideas about citizenship remain quite relevant. While many may be only vaguely familiar with "Paradise Lost", certainly they have read snippets of the work paraphrased in other places, such as "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven". To celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University created this digital exhibition to complement their in situ exhibition. Curated by Sharon Achinstein, the site takes users on a tour of Milton's life through well-written narrative passages that are interspersed with digitized documents taken from the Bodleian's prodigious holdings. All told, there are fourteen different sections covering the "pastoral" Milton, freedom of the press, and Milton's relationship with the Bodleian Library. Overall, it's a splendid site and one that might make some visitors pick up a copy of "Paradise Lost" for the second (or first) time. [KMG]

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What is physiology exactly? It's a good question, and one that is answered quite thoroughly on this website provided by The American Physiology Society (APS). The homepage starts things off with a basic introduction to physiology, complete with a pronunciation guide for the actual word. Moving on, the site contains four primary sections: "What is Physiology?", "Current Research", "Milestones in Physiology" and "Research Issues". The first section expands on the site's introduction by offering information on the questions physiologist ask, along with links to some online experiments culled from physiologists around the world. The "Current Research" section offers white papers from the APS, links to relevant journals, and abstracts from recently published physiology papers. Visitors will also want to look over the "Milestones in Physiology" area, as they can browse the timeline of physiology and also read 46 classic research articles taken from the American Journal of Physiology archives. [KMG]


USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center [pdf]
Shortened URL:

Nutrition is very important, and coming across high-quality websites on the subject is a real treat. The United States Department of Agriculture created the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) in 1971, and their work is designed to provide a broad range of resources of nutrition for health professionals, educators, government personnel, and consumers. As with many of the USDA's sites, visitors can perform a full search using the embedded search engine, or use the "I Want To..." area to look up calories or nutrients in a food or ask a question of their resource specialists. First-time visitors should also look at their "Spotlights" section, which includes a special food pyramid for pregnant and nursing moms, the "Healthy Meals" resource system for child nutrition professionals, and food safety information. For those who know more or less what they are looking for, they can take advantage of the subject headings on the left-hand side of the homepage. Here they will find resources on weight and obesity, dietary supplements, dietary guidance, and food labeling. [KMG]



Operating under the motto of "Trust Us", ibiblio is a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Ibiblio is billed as one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, as it contains links to sites that deal with arts and recreation, geography, history, natural science, and philosophy, along with other subjects. First-time visitors can look over their FAQ section, read their collection policy, and then take a look at their "Recent Additions" area. Moving on, visitors can also look at their collection criteria, and even submit a collection for their consideration. Along with their very impressive collections, they also have a wide range of RSS feeds which users can sign up for. [KMG]
[NOTE: Several pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Wed., Aug. 6, 2008 - Johnnie's Story Page

Johnnie’s Story Page
From the site:
“This page provides links to interactive stories and books for children. Most of these stories are animated and have accompanying sound. These stories are great for children in schools as well as homeschool children. For beginning readers there are stories focused on letter and sound combinations. The Animal Stories section has fun and lively stories about animals of all sorts. The Classic Stories section contains myths and legends as well as folktales. The Cuentos section is a collection of stories in Spanish mostly for beginning readers. For older readers there are spooky stories as well as stories of adventure. Enjoy!”

[SEE ALSO: Johnnie’s Math Page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Aug. 6, 2008 - Water: H2O=Life / Science Fiction's Best

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #500 Final Edition 3/27/08

This is the final edition of The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter.


Water: H2O = Life

Water is essential to life as we know it, however every day approximately
one billion people on this planet do not have regular access to clean
water. "Water: H20 = Life" is a powerful new exhibit at the American
Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City.

For those who can't make it to the Big Apple to see the exhibition in
person, the AMNH companion website is surely the next best thing. From the
driest deserts to largest cities, visitors will learn about how water
impacts nearly every aspect of human life. Check out some of the
fascinating sections of the site including "Water Revered", "Nor Any Drop
to Drink", and "Healthy Water, Healthy Lives".


Science Fiction's Best

Sci-Fi buffs will enjoy (or vehemently dispute!) this bold attempt to list
the "Top 15 Science Fiction Book Series" of all-time. While we won't
reveal the winner, notable entries include Larry Niven's "Ringworld",
Arthur C. Clarke's "Rama" series, and the lesser-known "Vorkosigan Saga".


Wed., Aug. 6, 2008 - Gallery of Graphic Design / Final Thoughts from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, March 21, 2008


Gallery of Graphic Design
Images of ads from 13 magazines published between 1930 and 1969. Search, or browse by magazine, product, advertiser, or year. It's fascinating to see how the advertising of a product or service, like air travel, changed over time.


Final Thoughts from Sir Arthur C. Clarke - IEEE Spectrum
The last interview with the great science fiction writer who came up with the idea of communication satellites. See also this video of Sir Arthur's reflections on his 90th birthday,


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2008.


Wed., Aug. 6, 2008 - Baseball / Jade / Arthur C. Clarke / Tibet / Mammoths /

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, March 27, 2008
Read This Online :


Tip of the Week
Baseball opening day approaches and we have scads of sites, including one about hundreds of other songs of baseball.
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Online Tours: Chinese Jade
"This tour illustrates examples showing the development of Chinese jade from around 5000 BC to the modern period." It notes that "[j]ade has always been the material most highly prized by the Chinese, above silver and gold." Features images and descriptions of carved jade artifacts from various Chinese dynasties, and brief information about jade (which "refers only to nephrite and jadeite"), and where it was found in early Chinese history. From the British Museum.
Shortened URL:
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[NOTE: Other Online Tours previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Arthur C. Clarke: The Science and the Fiction
An article and interview with science fiction author, futurist, and rocket enthusiast Arthur C. Clarke commemorating his 1945 predictions in his article "Extra-Terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give World Wide Radio Coverage?" The article, published in the magazine Wireless World in 2005, describes how Clarke's "prediction of satellite communications has come true in ways." From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
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Brilliant Careers: Arthur C. Clarke
This 2000 article discusses the career of Arthur C. Clarke and considers how "for decades, the author of the science-fiction classics '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Childhood's End' has exhibited an uncanny ability to see the future." For example, the article notes that "in 1945 ... 12 years before Sputnik, Clarke predicted a global relay system of radio and television signals using geosynchronous satellites." From
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"Take Me Out" Turns 100
This article describes how Major League Baseball (MLB) will commemorate during opening week 2008 the 100th anniversary of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," the unofficial anthem of baseball, which is typically sung by the audience during the seventh-inning stretch. Includes the lyrics as written by Jack Norworth in 1908. From
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International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
Website for this organization that believes that "there must be a political solution [about Tibet] based on direct dialogue between the Dalai Lama and his representatives and the People's Republic of China." Features material about campaigns (such as "Beijing 2008: Race for Tibet," related to the 2008 Olympics in China), news, background about Tibet and the Dalai Lama, and details about advocacy efforts (including information about U.S. policy and Tibet). Available in several languages.
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Trouble in Tibet
March 2008 analysis about the conflict between Chinese authorities and Tibetan protesters in which Chinese troops "moved to seal off the Tibetan capital of Lhasa." Features links to news stories and related commentary, such as about reform pressures on China related to Beijing hosting the 2008 Olympics. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Mammoth Mystery
This 2006 article considers whether "climate change wipe[d] out North America's giant mammals, or did our Stone Age ancestors hunt them to extinction?" The article notes that while "conventional wisdom once held that rising temperatures at the end of the Ice Age caused the mass extinction," a "paleoecologist at Fordham University, is finding evidence that the first humans in North America killed off an array of spectacular mammals." From the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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The Mammoth Site
Website for this museum and excavation site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, that is "the world's largest Columbian mammoth exhibit, and a world-renown research center for Pleistocene studies." The site provides paleontology background about mammoths and mammoth fossils, lists of vertebrate and invertebrate fossils recovered from the excavation, and a description of the geology that lead to the creation of the site's Karst Sinkhole.
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Ology: Jade
This presentation features fun facts and background about jade, which is the common name for nephrite and jadeite rock. It explores how jade was historically used in areas around the world (such as China, New Zealand, and Mesoamerica), geology of jade, jade hunting in Myanmar (Burma) and Guatemala, and jade today. From OLogy, the American Museum of Natural History's "site for kids ages seven through twelve."
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[NOTE: Ology home page ( )
previously posted. URL updated. – Phyllis ]


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index..


Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Tues., Aug. 5, 2008 - Kansas City (M0) Library Parking Garage

Kansas City (Mo.) Library Parking Garage

Local residents were asked to nominate influential books that represent Kansas City, humungous versions of the winning nominations were then used as the exterior of the library car-park.
Click on photo to enlarge
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Tues., Aug. 5, 2008 - The Literacy Web

The Literacy Web
From the site:
“The Literacy Web is designed to promote the use of the Internet as a tool to assist classroom teachers in their search for best practices in literacy instruction, including the new literacies of Internet technologies. We have made every attempt to link teachers with current research and theory that supports traditional and new literacy practices as well as to guide teachers towards particular classroom resources that can enhance literacy development for students at all grade levels. We've included sections for professional development in the areas of literacy and technology integration to encourage teachers to use this website during their own inservice trainings and we've provided links to recommended websites for students as well.”

Explore by Grade Level, keep up-to-date with monthly articles and special features in What’s New, locate Literacy Topics for integrating literacy strategies into your classroom, and access current Research and professional development resources.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Aug. 5, 2008 - The Teacher's Corner

The Teacher's Corner - Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
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Resources for the Summer Olympics

Archive of Thematic Units
You will find various Web Sites on the top portion of the page for each unit.
Further down, you will find Lesson Plans.
At the bottom of the page, you will find Books.


Tues., Aug. 5, 2008 - Sites to See: Online Treasures: Web Sites Worth Their Weight in Gold

Sites to See:
Online Treasures: Web Sites Worth Their Weight in Gold

From the site:
“When you spend as much time online as I do, you frequently stumble across online treasures -- Web-based resources that, buried among millions of other sites, don’t always get the attention they deserve. Some are comprehensive resources created by experts in a particular field; others contain a single unique resource representing one Webmaster’s personal passion. The sites include commercial sites, government sites, organizational sites, school sites, and sites created by individuals who simply want to share the resources that are valuable to them.

The sites below represent a dozen of the most valuable -- or most interesting -- treasures that I’ve unearthed in the past few months. They include audio files of science songs for primary students, a free professional career interest inventory, a language construction kit, and the best district Web site I’ve ever seen! Take a look, bookmark the sites you can use -- and then share the wealth.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Links Updated 06/16/2008 - Phyllis ]

From: Education World:

Monday, August 04, 2008


Mon., Aug. 4, 2008 - Institute for Historical Dance

Institute for Historical Dance Practice
Select language choice: Nederlands or English

From the site:
“Its main objective is to research, preserve and perform social and theatrical dances of Western Europe between 1450 and 1920.”


Mon., Aug. 4, 2008 - Shakespeare Online

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Hi! It's Wednesday, July 30, 2008 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
Shakespeare Online
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Age Range: 12 and up (middle school level and beyond)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website that offers all of
Shakespeare's works online along with articles and analysis of his life and
works - and much more!

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in
English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare
and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate
school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on, so some
of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you'll see the featured content in the center of
the screen including a link to a detailed biography of Shakespeare. Below
that are links to featured articles on Shakespeare's characters (including a
Shakespearean Character Quiz), his plays, his birth, his death and will, and
unusual Shakespeare facts.

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and
poems along with analysis, essays, plots, a biography of Shakespeare
scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes. (You'll also find
recommended books and videos for sale.)

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to see the latest scholarly
articles added to the site this week, get the answer to the question of the
day, and access a Shakespeare glossary, an explanation of Hamlet's and
MacBeth's soliloquies, a Shakespeare timeline, Shakespeare quotations, and
even instruction in how to study Shakespeare.

The content here is comprehensive and terrific resource for homeschool
families. As Nancy wrote when she recommended the site, "I read 'Othello'
yesterday and really enjoyed the online experience... I also love the cost
effectiveness of reading online since Shakespeare books are not inexpensive
or always available." Bookmark this one so you can return often. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Mon., Aug. 4, 3008 - Shakespeare & the Renaissance

Shakespeare & the Renaissance:
From the site:
“Who was William Shakespeare and why do we still study his works?”
Scroll down for a list of Online Resources.

SEE ALSO: Related Resources
From PBS Online and Recommended Web Sites


Mon., Aug. 4, 2008 - Shakespeare in the Classroom

Shakespeare in the Classroom
From the site:
“William Shakespeare's influence exceeds that of many historical figures. Four hundred years after his death, contemporary writers, actors and filmmakers continue to find inspiration in his work. Yet, for many educators, motivating student interest in Shakespeare remains a challenge. The education materials provided here will make teaching Shakespeare an engaging and exciting learning adventure.”

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Sunday, August 03, 2008


Sun., Aug. 3, 2008 - History of Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

History of Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada
From the site:
“The Las Vegas Sun’s History Project is a massive undertaking whose mission is to offer an all-encompassing look at the colorful history of Las Vegas through various multimedia elements. To show the amazing transformation of the city from its humble birth as a railroad way-station to its present day status as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
Site includes an interactive map, a clickable drop-down timeline, an 11-part documentary, photos, and much more.


Sun., Aug. 3, 2008 - Petra: Lost City of Stone

Petra: Lost City of Stone

“Once a flourishing city in the heart of the ancient Near East... then forgotten by the outside world for centuries. Now Petra reveals some of its long-lost secrets.

“Deep within the deserts of Jordan lies the ancient city of Petra. Through a narrow gorge it emerges into view, revealing awe-inspiring monuments cut into the surrounding cliffs. What is this astonishing city? Who built it, and why?” <<>>

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Sun., Aug. 3, 2008 - On This Day in History Sites

Sites found in:
Subject: [donspatch] 2008-03-15
Don's Patch #90, March 15, 2008

Current Issue Online version:

On This Day In History sites.

[NOTE: I have not checked these sites. Some have been previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Aug. 3, 2008 - British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1638-1660

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Site of the Day, for Thursday, March 27, 2008

British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638-60

Today's site, by British history buff David Plant, offers a wide-ranging
survey of the tumultuous civil war era in England. Gentle Subscribers will
discover a noteworthy and well-presented resource on one of the most
turbulent periods in British history.

"The British Civil Wars & Commonwealth website is a perpetual
work-in-progress. The site is non-commercial and is not affiliated to any
organisation or institution. It developed out of my personal interest in
the Cromwellian era. Every effort is made to ensure that the information
presented is accurate and objective. ...The "English Civil War" of the
mid-17th Century was part of a wider conflict ... the British Civil Wars
and Commonwealth period laid the foundations of the modern British
constitution." - from the website

Covering the period between 1638 - 1660, the site provides extensive
material on the war, which saw the execution of a king and the rise of
Oliver Cromwell. Although its focus is generally a military one, with
detailed information on battles and sieges during the course of the
conflict, the presentation also includes over a hundred biographies. The
excellent timeline features overviews of the Civil War, the Commonwealth,
the Protectorate and the Restoration of the monarchy. A linked glossary
helpfully explains terms which may be unfamiliar to the non-specialist,
while bibliography and additional web resources are also available.

Canter to the site for a look at Roundheads, Cavaliers and the upheaval of
civil war at:

A.M. Holm
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