Saturday, July 11, 2009


Fri., July 10, 2009 - Famous Locations

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Site of the Day for Friday, November 7, 2008

Famous Locations

Today's site offers a worldwide tour of many of the spectacular scenes used in film
productions. Gentle Subscribers who enjoy a bit of armchair travelling, along with
tracking down the locations of some of their favorite movies, as well as obscure
foreign films, may find this an entertaining site.

"Earth's largest collection of movie and TV locations. Ever wonder where a
particular movie or TV show was filmed? Have fun finding out with our world-wide
movie locations listings and movie maps. We have over 3.6 million locations." -
from the website

From The Sound of Music to Harry Potter, the site offers details about the movies
as well as pinpointing the locations where they were shot. Its searchable database
can be accessed by movie title or location and each location notes all the movies
filmed there, with still photos, and Google map images. A search for the Bond film
"Casino Royale" not only highlights the eighty locations used in making the most
recent film, but spotlights the 1968 version with its complement of twenty-five
locales as well. The presentation is not limited to only English language films;
the listings include movies from around the world and in diverse languages. Relying
on visitor input to ferret out the cinematic locales, the site encourages
contributions and comments to its database. An additional feature allows visitors
to discover if any movies were shot close to home.

Breeze over to the site for a splash of both the exotic and the ordinary in movie
locations at:

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Fri., July 10, 2009 - Meth Project

Meth Project - Meth Project Foundation - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes particularly among teens about meth use, and to have an influence on public policy concerning drug use prevention. Besides basic information (the facts are startling!), it collects news releases and offers things people can do to help in the fight. Since it started as a project in the State of Montana, it offers continual updates on which states are joining the project. It collects data on many aspects of meth use, and best of all, it offers the news of its positive results. One of the most interesting parts of the website is the ads section where viewers can see and hear television and radio ads portraying teens in the duplicitous behavior meth use often leads to.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Fri., July 10, 2009 - Japanese Internment: British Columbia, Canada

Japanese Internment: British Columbia wages war against Japanese Canadians
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“Japanese Canadians were shipped to interior B.C. aboard trains during the Second World War…At the time there were about 22,000 Japanese Canadians in British Columbia, some descendants of the first immigrants who sought work in Canada in the late 1800s. From the beginning, these newcomers had been subject to intense discrimination by a largely white Canadian society.” <<>>


Fri., July 10, 2009 - Migration Glosssary / Immigration Data / FTC Kids' Web Site / Digital Storytelling / Politics Glossary / B. Harrison / Autumn

Sites found in:
Oct. 31- Nov. 6, 2008


Glossary — People on the Move : Handbook of Selected Terms and Concepts
Shortened URL:

Migration has moved high on the international agenda; it is now the focus of sensitive debates and growing media attention in a variety of contexts. Intense interest is shown in specific issues which have only emerged fully in recent years: the situation of internally displaced persons, the dynamics of a `migration-development nexus’, or the consequences of environmental change on human displacement. Meanwhile, the future of international refugee protection and standards of national asylum policies appears fragile and uncertain. An extensive terminology has evolved to cover standing and emerging issues as they also relate to the larger fields of human rights and development.

This handbook takes stock of the present use of some selected terms and concepts. It is designed to be accessible to a general public which may not be familiar with the detailed discussions in the field of refugee and migration policy.

Source: The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration/UNESCO


Finding and Using the Best Immigration Data Resources

Immigration is a polarizing topic in the United States, with people sharply divided about whether it is a positive or negative force for the country. Underlying these strong opinions are assumptions about the number and characteristics of foreigners living in the United States. What are the data behind these assumptions and how credible is the information?

On Oct. 16, 2008, the Migration Policy Institute and the Population Reference Bureau convened four experts to discuss how to find and use the most accurate and accessible data on immigration, primarily from government sources. They discussed the opportunities and pitfalls of existing data sources such as the statistics on annual immigration flows from the Department of Homeland Security, and data from the decennial census, the Current Population Surveys, and the American Community Survey. Below are links to the webcasts of the presentations.

Immigration: Data Matters (PDF; 2.2 MB)
Source: Population Reference Bureau


FTC Launches New Web Site for Kids

The Federal Trade Commission launched a new Web site to introduce kids to key
consumer and business concepts. Set in a shopping mall, takes kids on an experiential journey that presents the FTC’s mission and its important role in American commerce. Kids under 12 are reported to spend billions of dollars on goods and services every year.

The site features animated guides who help visitors navigate a virtual mall and interact with shopkeepers and other consumers. Kids can design and print advertisements for a shoe store, uncover suspicious claims in an ad, and guess the retail price of various candies based on their supply, demand, and production costs. One game that has players match the features of various cell phones with certain audiences illustrates the principles of target marketing; another allows visitors to compare sales pitches from three pizza joints as it explains competition. A short film playing at the cinema illustrates the history of the FTC.

For parents and teachers, the site offers fact sheets that cover advertising, marketing, and competition in more detail, along with ideas for related activities.

Source: Federal Trade Commission


Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre
Shortened URL:

A story has a beginning, a middle, and a cleanly wrapped-up ending. Whether told around a campfire, read from a book, or played on a DVD, a story goes from point A to B and then C. It follows a trajectory, a Freytag Pyramid—perhaps the line of a human life or the stages of the hero’s journey. A story is told by one person or by a creative team to an audience that is usually quiet, even receptive. Or at least that’s what a story used to be, and that’s how a story used to be told. Today, with digital networks and social media, this pattern is changing. Stories now are open-ended, branching, hyperlinked, cross-media, participatory, exploratory, and unpredictable. And they are told in new ways: Web 2.0 storytelling picks up these new types of stories and runs with them, accelerating the pace of creation and participation while revealing new directions for narratives to flow.

Source: EDUCAUSE Review


Politics Glossary

Political terms defined and deciphered.

187 terms — look up by category or alphabetically.

Source: Washington Post


Benjamin Harrison: A Resource Guide
External Web Sites

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Benjamin Harrison. This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Harrison such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Harrison and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.

Source: Library of Congress


The Nature & Science of Autumn: A Guide to Selected Resources

Includes books, articles, Internet resources

Source: Library of Congress Science Reference Services


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Thursday, July 09, 2009


Thurs., July 9, 2009 - The Biology of Plants (Gr. 1-4)

The Biology of Plants - Missouri Botanical Garden - Grades 1 to 4
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

This simple site, generously illustrated with videos, explains the basics of plant life to elementary students, including information on how seeds germinate, plant parts, photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal, and plant adaptations. Terms are defined in clear sidebars, and text is well-illustrated in the silent video clips. Watch a seed germinate in time lapse or seeds blow into the wind.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Thurs., July 9, 2009 - Unconventional Natural Gas Resources

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Unconventional Natural Gas Resources

Today's site, from the Natural Gas Supply Association, provides an explanation of
the various types of natural gas, some of which have only recently been utilized.
Gentle Subscribers will discover a brief but informative overview of natural gas
exploitation in the United States and along its coastlines.

"Historically, conventional natural gas deposits have been the most practical, and
easiest, deposits to mine. However, as technology and geological knowledge
advances, unconventional natural gas deposits are beginning to make up an
increasingly larger percent of the supply picture. So what exactly is
unconventional gas? A precise answer to that question is hard to find." - from the

The presentation describes a number of new sources for natural gas, in difficult to
extract locations. In the past, this has made their use prohibitively expensive.
With the increase in cost of conventionally obtained natural gas, however, the
exhibit points out that these unconventional sources have begun to look
increasingly attractive to investors. Among the different originating natural gas
locations are deep natural gas, tight natural gas, and Devonian shale gas, along
with natural gas obtained from coalbed methane, geopressurized zones, and methane
hydrates. The exhibit displays maps of the U.S. indicating where each type of
unconventional natural gas has been found and an explanation of the difficulties in
the extraction process for each source and why they are becoming increasing viable.

Dig over to the site for an overview of new sources of natural gas at:

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Thurs., July 9, 2009 - ActionBioscience: Issues in Biotechnology / The Big Bang / The Opper Project

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 7, 2008
Volume 14, Number 44


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


ActionBioscience: Issues in Biotechnology

Created by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the
ActionBioscience website is designed to promote bioscience literacy through
a host of educational activities, worksheets, interactive features, and
online demonstrations and visualizations. This particular part of the site
looks at issues in biotechnology through a range of articles and activities
that can be used in classrooms or for personal edification. This section
contains over two dozen of these activities, arranged into thematic sections
including technology and ethics, cloning, and medical biotechnology. Each
article contains a brief introduction, a set of related external links, and
a set of references for future use. Some of the pieces that shouldn't be
missed are "Agricultural Bioterrorism" by Radford G. Davis and "Designer
Babies: Ethical Considerations" by Nicholas Agar. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Big Bang [pdf]

Microwaves, cosmology, and the Big Bang are just some of the topics covered
by this well-thought out set of educational materials created by the
dedicated staff at the Open University's OpenLearn program. This particular
educational unit includes eight primary sections, including "Distances of
galaxies", "Introducing cosmology", and "The primordial nuclear abundances".
Visitors can log in to keep track of their progress within each unit, and
they can also offer their own review of the materials offered on the site.
Each section comes complete with graphs, photographs, artistic renderings,
and illustrations that complement the written text quite nicely. Interested
parties can also choose to view the materials in different formats,
including as an RSS feed, print-ready documents, and so on. Overall, the
site offers great insight into the world of the Big Bang for a more casual
audience. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other units previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Opper Project [pdf]

Much can be learned through close examination of editorial cartoons, and
this fine online collection created by The Ohio State University Cartoon
Research Library will be a welcome find for educators and students alike.
The Opper Project is named after Ohioan Frederick Burr Opper, who was one of
the most well-known early American-born cartoonists. First-time visitors may
wish to start out by reading the biography of Opper presented here, and then
continue on by looking over the "Editorial Cartoons: An Introduction"
section. Educators will want to look through the lesson plans, which use
various historical editorial cartoons to illuminate topics such as the
League of Nations, Reconstruction, the Great Depression, and immigration.
The site is very user friendly, and visitors shouldn't miss the special
worksheets that explore caricatures and common editorial symbols. [KMG]


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


Thurs., July 9, 2009 - PBS Teachers / ScienceNOW

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: July 12-18, 2009

PBS Teachers New & Improved

The PBS Teachers site has relaunched with new Web 2.0 functionalities, new and reorganized content. The redesigned website makes it easier and quicker for educators to find appropriate instructional and professional development resources from across all PBS' education services. Be sure to check it out and spread the word.


NOVA scienceNOW
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
9 - 10:00 pm
Explore two drugs that may help kids with muscular dystrophy or
the frail elderly who don't have the option of hopping on a
treadmill to build strength and endurance; renowned
paleontologist George Poinar, who has announced his discovery
of multiple clues to parasitic pandemics that could have been
as instrumental in wiping out the dinosaurs as the hypothesized
asteroid impact; a profile of rocket scientist and astronaut
Franklin Chang-Diaz; and the beauty -- and dangers -- of the
northern lights. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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[NOVA Teachers] NOVA scienceNOW air July 14, 2009
Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 2:42 PM

NOVA Presents "NOVA scienceNOW"
Broadcast: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Marathon Mouse

Watch Online
Watch this video segment online after the broadcast date.
(QuickTime or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8,

Discovering Exercise in a Pill
Learn about endurance genes and test out some mouse-racing
experiments to learn how drugs that mimic exercise work. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 9-12)

Aiding Aging Muscles
In this video, see how "exercise in a pill" could one day help
the elderly and the bedridden. (QuickTime or Windows Media
plug-in required; running time: 3m 34s) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about marathon mice, the science of fat
burning, and more for molecular biologists Ron Evans and Vihang
Narkar of the Salk Institute.. (Questions due by Wednesday,
July 15; selected responses will be posted on Monday, July 20.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Find a classroom activity to accompany this video segment.
(Grades 9-12)

Dinosaur Plague

Watch Online
Watch this video segment online after the broadcast date.
(QuickTime or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8,

Trapped in Amber
In this audio slide show, amber expert George Poinar guides
viewers through a gallery of plants and animals fossilized in
amber. (Flash plug-in required; total running: 6m 18s.) (Grades
6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions about all things amber, including diseases
preserved from the dinosaur era for George and Roberta Poinar.
(Questions due by Wednesday, July 15; selected responses will be
posted on Monday, July 20.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: Franklin Chang-Diaz

Watch Online
Watch this video segment online after the broadcast date.
(QuickTime or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8,

Rocket Scientist
Read a full interview or hear audio highlights as Franklin
Chang-Diaz discusses how he realized his dream of becoming an
astronaut. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Send in questions for Franklin Chang-Diaz about his life and
work. (Questions due by Wednesday, July 15; selected responses
will be posted on Monday, July 20.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Space Storms

Watch Online
Watch this video segment online. (QuickTime or Windows Media
plug-in required; downloadable version available.) (Grades 6-8,

Northern Lights
In this slideshow, see auroras from Earth as well as other
planets, and hear the sounds that auroras make. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Expert
Vassilis Angelopoulos, team leader of a NASA mission to study
auroras, answers viewer questions about the auroras and the
magnetosphere. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guides
Find teachers support materials for past NOVA scienceNOW episodes.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Read what the NOVA scienceNOW producers, editors, and correspondents
are thinking about. (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)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Wed., July 8, 2009 - The Fun Works (Careers)

The Fun Works - Educational Development Services, Inc. - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

Have students that are not sure what they want to be when they grow up? Do many students think that there are not many job opportunities in Math or Science? Share this site with students. Answer the quiz to uncover possible interests for future careers. Students can choose categories such as Music or Sports to view additional possible careers that many students would not think about. Click on Teachers and Instructors to view Lesson Plans and other activities, Resources, or Career Counseling.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., July 8, 2009 - Forensic Science: Crime Seen, Investigated

Crime Seen, Investigated - Why Files: University of Wisconsin - Grades 5 to 12

Copy & Paste:

Site found on

This site delves into forensic science and offers students a chance to solve a crime. Students begin to understand an underworld science by collecting clues of things left behind, namely bugs, maggots, and other disgusting creatures! The lesson plan includes readings, steps to solving the crime including collecting evidence, creating a DNA profile, evaluating the evidence, and listening to an expert. Standards are provided.

Be aware: at the time of this review, the link to the video mentioned in this lesson plan was not working properly. Our editors found it, so you can access it directly from here: This site does include some appropriate advertisements for the museum.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., July 8, 2009 - ArtBabble

ArtBabble (beta) - Indianapolis Museum of Art - Grades 8 to 12

Site found on

Make art -- and videos about art -- a social experience at ArtBabble. The site's slogan is "Art Out Loud." Listed under different "series," "channels," and "artists," the high-quality videos feature art from ancient to contemporary. The site creators (Indianapolis Museum of Art and partners) have added "notes" adjacent to every video, attached to specific places in the video, providing connections to related web sites, related videos, images for comparison, books, and more. Suddenly art is a participatory, multimedia experience. As the site says, "ArtBabble was created so others will join in spreading the world of art through video." Art video topics vary widely, ex. from ancient Greek art to a "robot parade" of artistic creations in Indianapolis. Those who join the site can also add comments to videos. Registration does require an email address.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., July 8, 2009 - American Mystery! Specials Based on the Novels of Tony Hillerman / Studs Terkel: Conversations with America

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, November 6, 2008
Read This Online :


American Mystery! Specials: Based on the Novels by Tony Hillerman
Companion to Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs dramatizing works by Southwest mystery author Tony Hillerman. Features a Hillerman biography and interview, list of his books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, material on the Navajo yesterday and today, and details about the novels made into films (such as synopses, and novel and script excerpts). Includes links to related sites.
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Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Includes audio recordings of interviews Studs Terkel -- oral historian, playwright, radio news commentator, sportscaster, film narrator, jazz columnist, disc jockey, and music festival host -- did for his books and a multimedia interview of Terkel himself (who died in October 2008). Provides a model for those interested in the methods of oral history. Searchable. From the Chicago Historical Society.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Tues., July 7, 2009 - Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's & Young Adult Literature Resources

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's & Young Adult Literature Resources

From the site:

“This Web site is a portal into the world of literary trade books for children and young adults. It’s designed to serve young readers, teachers, librarians, child caregivers, undergraduate and graduate students, university professors, writers, and literature enthusiasts of all stripes.”

Site includes bibliographies and resource links to book awards.


Tues., July 7, 2009 - Copyright Alliance Foundation

Copyright Alliance Foundation - Copyright Alliance - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

Confused about copyright issues? Use this site to understand the rules and how they apply to the classroom. Download the Educators' Workshop to assist school leaders in learning about copyright or the Educators' Guide for use by all teachers regardless of subject or grade level. View videos about copyright in the classroom. Don’t miss the Library of Classroom Curricula, there are lessons for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Subjects include social studies, language arts, fine arts, math, science, technology, computers, research skills, and parent information!

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Tues., July 7, 2009 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Kids' Pages

United States Patent and Trademark Office Kids’ Pages

Site includes links to:
Twinkle Lights (for K-6

Bright Lights (7-12)

Guiding Lights (Parents, Teachers, & Coaches)


Tues., July 7, 2009 - Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law (Fair Use)

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound By Law - Center for the Study of the Public Domain (Duke Law) - Grades 9 to 12

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

An online, interactive graphic novel (formerly known as comic book) created at Duke Law explains the highly-sophisticated concepts of "public domain" and other intellectual property issues related to using film clips, artwork, Broadway shows, and more in a documentary. In the digital world of the 21st century, copyright is a concept most foreign to our students, and this interactive book may only fan the flames of their outrage at such limitations to the "rights" they perceive in today's connected world. As one panel in the book itself says, "To many artists, the question of 'Fair Use' can seem like a game of blind man's bluff." These concepts are very challenging, even to adults, but this interactive comic book can at least alert users to what some of the legal issues involved with intellectual property may be. This site requires Flash.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

Monday, July 06, 2009


Mon., July 6, 2009 - NOVA: Decoding Nazi Secrets

NOVA: "Decoding Nazi Secrets"

Learn how, during World War II, the Allies were
able to crack the German message-coding machine "Enigma." Try to break
two different World War II-style ciphers in an online activity, encrypt
your own message with an Enigma-like machine, and see how encryption
technology affects your everyday life.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., July 6, 2009 - 1914-1918 - The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century

1914-1918 The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century

The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century was a
co-production of KCET/Los Angeles and the BBC in association with the
Imperial War Museum of London. The official site for the PBS
documentary on the Great War, provides an online synopses of each
episode, an interactive First World War timeline, a book list, an
interactive gallery with maps and locations of the war. The site also
features interviews with prominent historians.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., July 6, 2009 - World War I: Trenches on the Web (An Internet History of the Great War)

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

World War I: Trenches on the Web
An Internet History of The Great War
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This site features timelines; biographies; photos; images of maps, posters, and artwork; trivia; information on weaponry; and more. Includes audio clips of early 20th century popular music and national anthems, a discussion forum, reading lists, and related links. Note: This ambitious site contains some dead links.

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Mon., July 6, 2009 - Nevada Test Site (2) /Presidents in Waiting / Arthur Conan Doyle (2) /Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 14, 2009
Read This Online :


Nevada Test Site: Oral History Project
Website for a "comprehensive program dedicated to documenting, preserving and disseminating the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing." Features a chronology of a "half century of nuclear weapons development, use and testing from the Manhattan Project (1942) through the testing moratorium (1992)," images of testing areas in Nevada, and transcripts and clips from interviews. From the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Nevada Site Office
"The Nevada Test Site is a massive outdoor laboratory and national experimental center" used from 1945 to 1992 for nuclear weapons testing and since then for other programs. The site features history, fact sheets, material about environmental programs (covering radiation, and radiological air and water impacts), photos, videos, and more. From the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy.
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Presidents in Waiting
This exhibit focuses on the 14 U.S. vice presidents who became president though election, resignation of a president, or other means. Features essays about and images of the vice presidents who became presidents, and video interviews with four living vice presidents -- Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale -- on what it is like to be a "president in waiting." From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
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Arthur Conan Doyle the Prolific Writer
A site designed to highlight Arthur Conan Doyle's works other than his Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Features illustrated essays on his "poetry, plays, historical fiction, commentary on social and legal reform, war and military chronicles, enthusiastic articles on various sport, and finally writings on behalf of Spiritualism." From the City of Westminster Libraries.
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A Case of Considerable Interest
Companion to an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection of the Toronto Public Library. Move the magnifying glass cursor across the bookshelf to view cover images and links about Sherlock Holmes publications, other fiction and nonfiction works, and material relating to Doyle's four visits to Canada. From the Toronto Public Library.
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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
Companion to a traveling exhibition "created to explore the link between Harry Potter and the history of science." Site features illustrated essays comparing Harry Potter's world with the history of science in the areas of potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts, and immortality. Also includes lesson plans, online activities, and a bibliography. The tour will begin in the fall of 2009. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
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Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Sunday, July 05, 2009


Sun., July 5, 2009 - Just Yell Fire

Recommended by a reader:

Just Yell Fire - Teaching girls to fight back against predators and sexual assault

From the site:

“The Just Yell Fire message is that girls and young women have the right to live their lives without fear of assault or abduction. We are teaching girls they have the right to fight back and giving them the skills to put a stop to date rape as well as to put predators out of business.”


Sun., July 5, 2009 - Girls Inc.

Girls Inc

From the site:

“Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Girls Inc develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.”


Sun., July 5, 2009 - Online Conversion

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, November 4, 2008
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, operated by Robert Fogt, offers an extensive range of conversion
calculators. Gentle Subscribers may find this a useful resource to bookmark for
ongoing reference.

" has been providing quality conversions since 1997. ...
Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000
conversions." - from the website

The items covered by this site are listed in alphabetical order by category. For
example, under the Angles heading are gradients, radians, degrees, and minutes,
while the Power Watts category offers BTU/hour, foot-lbs/second, horsepower, and
kilowatts. Other headings include acceleration, clothing -- which can take away
some of the mystery of clothing sizes when ordering from abroad -- frequency,
temperature, torque and viscosity, among many others. Additional features provide
information on the imperial and metric systems, and a frequently asked questions
section. Those seeking some mild diversion can peer into the Fun and Interesting
Conversions section which serves up a Pig Latin translator, a Morse code tool and a
Chinese Zodiac.

Hop over to the site to check out its conversion capabilities at:

A.M. Holm
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Sun., July 5, 2009 - A Short Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A Short Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A collection of quotations about science by scientists and other writers both ancient and modern.

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