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2011 Archives


December 30, 2011

December 21, 2011

  • Celebrating Advent–Christmas: Advent traditions and customs.

  • Christmas holiday recipes, dinners, cookies, baking, candy, decorating, and more.

  • Planet Earth: 7 one-hour instructional videos on Earth science and astronomy…as it makes connections between our solar system and Earth's oceans, climate, and mineral and energy sources. It unifies Earth science, astronomy, and comparative planetology into an integrated discipline that relies on common scientific methods.

December 14, 2011

  • Integrity Restored: a site for those struggling with pornography use. Designed to help men, their wives and their families break free from the bonds of porn. Sections include: Pornography and the Catholic, The Path of Recovery, Resources for Overcoming Pornography Addiction.
  • Exercise for Seniors (MedlinePlus): There are four main types of exercise and seniors need some of each: 1) Endurance activities - like walking, swimming, or riding a bike - which build "staying power" and improve the health of the heart and circulatory system; 2) Strengthening exercises which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss; 3) Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible; 4) Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall.

December 9, 2011

  • Anatomy and Physiology Learning Modules: The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota has created this interactive and engaging set of resources designed to help college students learn about anatomy and physiology.

December 7, 2011

December 6, 2011

  • The St. Nicholas Center: to educate people of faith, and the wider public, about the true St. Nicholas.

  • Advent & Christmas assorted quotes -- reflections & meditations

  • Holiday Recipes, Cookies, Breads, Candy (The Old Farmer’s Almanac): Recipes include: Spicy Sinterklass Cakes (Speculaas), Christmas Granola, Christmas Stollen, and more.
  • Beer Advocate: a worldwide index of beers, pubs, beer stores and everything else to do with beer. Check out Beer 101 - Beer Education for beer articles and general information to help in your beer-education. If you have always wanted to know the real difference between American Stout, English Bitter and German Pilsner, head over to the Beer Styles page to learn all about it. From there you can browse Recent Beer Tastings & Reviews, complete with scores and full reviews by drinkers.
  • BioOne: Provides access to critical, peer-reviewed research in biological, ecological, and environmental sciences room BioOne's 167 journals and book series.  Now available for easy access to faculty, students, and researchers via their iPhones, Androids, and Blackberry smartphones. Click on Browse/Collections to bring up all journals, select journal and click on current issue, or past issues. Click on the Resources tab for Student and Researcher Guides & Tutorials.
  • Toolspot: a collection of free webmasters tools for research and development – checking pageranks, testing website speeds, executing WHOIS lookups, and performing a variety of other website-related task.

December 5, 2011

  • Thinkfinity - The Verizon Foundation: Thinkfinity strongly supports the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative and offers lesson plans, activities and interactives to help you build a cross-curricular classroom. Resource sections for In the Classroom, At Home & Afterschool, Professional Development. Near the bottom of the homepage visitors will find "Lesson Plans," "Podcasts," and "Resources and Tools."

December 2, 2011

  • Taste of Home Recipes: Browse by recipe type or category. Includes recipes for Slow Cooker, Grilling, Soups, Dinners, Healthy Eating, Cuisine Style, Holiday & Celebration, Budgets, Seasonal, for Kids, and more.
    • Holiday Baking: Delicious favorites like cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, stollen, scones, muffins, fruitcake, yeast breads, quick breads and coffee cake.
  • CHOW.com: a new kind of food media…about the parties you really want to throw, the meals you really want to eat, the gear you really want to have—but we deliver it to you in audio, video, and more. Check out the illustrated recipes and the Holiday recipes section along the top tabs.

November 30, 2011

  • Nature – Beauty – Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg (TEDTalks). His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
    • Wings of Life: Louie Schwartzberg presents the unsung heroes of the global food chain. You will witness, as never before, fantastic journeys that are full of wonder, drama and beauty.…Visually stunning and emotional, the story is told from the flower's point of view. For the first time ever, you will witness a world hidden from the naked eye-and it will be an experience you will never forget.

November 29, 2011

November 28, 2011

  • INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections. A virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
  • Principles of Chemical Science (MIT's OpenCourseWare): Video lectures, lecture notes, and exams can be found on the left-hand side of the page, and can also be downloaded en masse via the "Download Course Materials" link. The topics covered here include the basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, and chemical kinetics.
  • Chemistry Tutorials: Washington University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute created this online tutorial for getting students ready for college-level chemistry courses. The tutorials offer reviews of introductory topics within the field of general chemistry, practice problems, practice quizzes, and an online diagnostic exam. On the left-hand side of the site, visitors can click through sections that include "Periodic Table" and "Constants/Equations." Also, the diagnostic exam may be quite helpful for educators and students who wish to test their mettle against the basic principles of such a chemistry course.
  • The Life Cycle of Plants: Offers a refresher on the life cycle of plants. The five areas here include "Seed Growth", "Parts of a flower", "Seed Dispersal", and "Plant Identification". Clicking on each of the first three sections mentioned here will reveal a set of interactive diagrams and illustrations that show different scenarios documenting the conditions that can affect plant growth.
  • ChatSlang.com: Resource for chat slang and emoticons. You can look up the meanings of acronyms, abbreviations, slang terms, and emoticons using the Search box in the upper-left corner of each page. You may also browse the terms alphabetically or browse by category using the links in the navigation bar to the left.
  • AutoMD Auto Repair: Get Car Repair Guides & Quotations. Lists numerous DIY car repair guides.
  • How to Carve a Turkey (MrFood.com): Step-by-step tips to a perfectly carved turkey that you can proudly present at your Thanksgiving feast!

November 18, 2011

  • CiteThisForMe.com - The Harvard Referencing Generator: Free generator tool designed to help students prepare their whole bibliography or reference list quickly and easily. It uses the Harvard referencing style, one of the most common referencing styles in academia.
  • CyberBridge - Harvard University: Designed to help students transition from high school to the first year of Life Sciences courses. Sections include: Math in Biology, Types of Bonding, Structure of DNA, Mendel’s Laws, Population Genetics, Mitosis & Meiosis.

November 17, 2011

  • Stuffing Recipes – MrFood.com: Citrus Stuffing, Holiday Sausage Stuffing, Mama's Old Fashioned Stuffing, Traditional Herb Stuffing, and more.
  • Black 'n' White Movies.com: Mostly public domain films with expired copyright. A large collection of classic old movies from the 1920’s up to the 1970’s. Movies are categorized into different genres such as Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, War, and more.

November 16, 2011

  • From Conception to Birth – visualized: Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond.

November 15, 2011

  • Thanksgiving Recipes: Main Dishes, Stuffing, Sides, Desserts, and Cooking and Entertaining Tips (The Old Farmer's Almanac). Click here for more tasty Thanksgiving recipes.
  • Investopedia: With a nice collection of free tutorials that can take you from the most basic skills to advanced information, this site can be considered one of the best beginner’s resource online to learn to invest money. There are even real exercises and mock tests to help you if you are taking CFA professional exams.

November 11, 2011

  • "Operation Mend": a unique partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the V.A.-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System been established to help treat U.S. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

November 10, 2011

  • World War II in Photos - a Retrospective in 20 Parts: Originally posted weekly to TheAtlantic.com from June 19 – October 30, 2011, running every Sunday morning for 20 weeks. This series explores "the events of the war, the people involved at the front and back home, and the effects the war had on everyday lives. These images still give us glimpses into the real-life experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today."
  • Innovative Copyright - Unique Resources for Copyright Education. The Copyright Education and Consultation Program, a project funded by the Illinois State Library…The goals of the program include increasing confidence in use of materials, informing users of copyright education resources available to them, empowering users with knowledge about their own intellectual property rights, and facilitating use of copyrighted material in the classroom.
  • Center for Internet and Society (CIS): a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School and a part of Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS studies the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry.

November 9, 2011

  • Veterans Day (History.com). On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
  • "Being Human in an Age of Unbelief" by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. (CatholicCulture.org). Four points in defense of human dignity. Adapted from an address delivered at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • How To Clean Anything: The Art of Cleaning Almost Anything…

November 8, 2011

  • CDC: Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Keep emergency kits stocked. Be ready for power outages. Wear appropriate clothing. Check on children, the elderly and pets.
  • Fun Facts About Fungi - Teachers’ Guides. Presented by the Utah State University Intermountain Herbarium, is a learning experience for everyone on the facts about Mycology: The study of fungi, fungi diversity, decay and decomposition, mushroom collecting, and more.
  • Jefferson County (Ohio) Board of Elections: Includes Voter Registration Information, Polling Locations, Polling Place Locator, Election Results.

November 7, 2011

  • Study Skills Tip Sheets and Advice: Created by Emory University's College of Arts and Sciences to help students accomplish their goals. On the site, visitors will find nine different documents, including "Science and Math Tips for Success", "Note-taking", and "Essential Tips for Freshmen (and other students too)".
  • ScienceNOW - Explore Teacher's Guides (NOVA): Designed by NOVA's scienceNOW group. Offers a wide range of teacher's guides designed to be used in conjunction with the scienceNOW programs. The guides are divided into thirteen topical areas: Anthropology/Archeology | Chemistry | Earth Science | Forensics | Health Science | Life Science | Mathematics | Oceanography | Paleontology | Physics | Social Studies | Space Science | Technology/Engineering.

November 3, 2011

  • New Roman Missal Sign Language Interpreter Training: online video training series created by a national team of experienced Deaf persons, clergy, pastoral workers, and liturgical interpreters for reference and practice while preparing to interpret the new translation of the Roman Missal into American Sign Language for the Catholic Deaf Community.

November 2, 2011

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information: NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. NCBI Tutorials: Guided tutorials, exercises and problem sets in web, PDF and video formats.

October 31, 2011

  • AccountingEDU.org: a resource for CPA licensing process in all 55 jurisdictions, information on certification standards in the major areas and vital subspecialties of accounting, and up-to-date resources that address the evolving legal framework in which accountants operate.

October 28, 2011

  • "Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence" by Alexandre Havard at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The speech was sponsored by Franciscan University's Advancement Office and the new Center for Leadership as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.
  • Story Tour Blog: Filled with short Jewish inspirational tales that touch the heart and souls of people of many faiths. The teachings, thoughts and stories of a Maggid – Storytelling Rabbi.
  • Preparing to Tell a Story: Storytelling is almost the oldest art in the world, the first conscious form of literary communication. There are signs of a growing interest in this ancient art, and we may yet live to see the renaissance of the storyteller and the troubadour.

October 25, 2011

  • Seniors and Chronic Pain (NIH Medline Plus): Chronic pain is a growing problem among older Americans. Understanding the causes of this pain, the special medical needs of the elderly, and the role of pain self-management can help seniors reduce or eliminate this condition.
  • MatchCollege.com: Over 6,000 colleges and universities listed, providing information on housing, financial aid, tuition, admissions, athletics, current events and more…Schools can be filtered by state, city and type of degrees offered.

October 20, 2011

  • Go4Life (National Institute on Aging at NIH): Designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life.

October 18, 2011

  • WomensLaw.org - a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): providing legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Resources on Staying Safe, Knowing State & Federal Laws/Statutes, Preparing for Court, Learn about Abuse, Where to Find Help, Helping Others.
  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Pies and Pastries Recipes
  • 19 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes (MrFood.com): Create some sweet treats, or a show-stopping dessert to make for your Thanksgiving dinner, these easy pumpkin recipes are sure to please everyone!

October 5, 2011

October 3, 2011

September 29, 2011

  • Definitive List of Governmental Nursing Resources on the Web. Authoritative government sites that provide accurate, dependable and relevant information for future and currently practicing registered nurses. Nursing students and healthcare professionals can easily locate valuable and legitimate data on various topics including state and national regulations, education programs, scholarships and funding options, and professional nursing associations.
  • Virtuous Leadership: A 10-point summary of Alexandre Havard’s model. Havard states that "Leadership is intrinsically linked to virtue." This summary includes the virtues of magnanimity and humility, prudence (practical wisdom), courage, self-control and justice. "By practicing the virtues, leaders become mature in their judgments, emotions, and behavior."

September 28, 2011

  • Education Nation 2011: NBC News' initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.
  • Library Finder: Quickly find libraries by state, complete with Google Maps integration. Address, phone and website are listed for each state.

September 27, 2011

September 23, 2011

  • "Healing a Broken World" – Jesuits Special Report on Ecology. "In the fulfillment of this task we are inspired by many people worldwide who want to create a new world based on a just relationship with creation. We need a deep change of heart. This is the only radical way to face the present ecological challenge.…"

September 22, 2011

  • Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

September 21, 2011

  • Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, & Missing Persons (ITEMP): Raises social awareness throughout the United States, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Europe, conducts field research on human trafficking, and develops prevention, protection of victims, and prosecution of aggressors programs worldwide.
  • God’s Child Project: Founded by Patrick J. Atkinson to assist God’s poorest children in their educational, social, physical, and spiritual growth. We view education as a practical way to help poor children escape from an otherwise painful life.
  • ML Quotes: Discover the power of quotes. Quotations listed by author and topic.
  • Learn Excel (Chandoo.org): tips for mastering Microsoft Excel.

September 20, 2011

September 19, 2011

  • Study in the States (Department of Homeland Security): A new DHS website to assist international students interesting in studying in the United States.…It will be a "one-stop shop" for questions about visas, visa renewals and qualification requirements for students looking to come to the United States to study.
  • FileInfo: Find Out Information About Various File Formats. Contains a searchable database of thousands of file extensions with detailed information about the associated file types. You can use FileInfo.com to lookup information about unknown file types and find programs that open the files.

September 13, 2011

  • Science Education: Research & Training (NIH): high-quality digital content for scientists, teachers, and the general public. First up is the Microscope Imaging Station…where visitors can use the virtual "station" to learn about immune cells and sea urchins that are "bent on destruction". In the "Office of Science Education" section, visitors will find fact sheets, lesson plans, and posters that deal with 41 different topics, including bioethics and the digestive system. There are six other sections here, including "Environmental Health Science Education" and "Health & Education".
  • STEMResources: Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The Tennessee Department of Education the STEMResources website brings together materials for teachers interested in STEM education. Check out the "STEM Apps" section that includes "Lesson Builder Collection", "Unit Builder", and "Content Clarifications"…along with suggestions for incorporating these materials into the classroom. The "STEM Teacher Resources" area includes a set of related web links that can help teachers effectively integrate digital resources into their professional practice.
  • The Inner Body: designed to help find everything they want to know about the human skeleton, including everything from a "single blood vessel out of the other 60,000 miles of vessels in the human circulatory system."
  • Project for Excellence in Journalism - Ethics Codes: For those teaching journalism students, this selection of ethics codes from a range of news organizations will be indispensable. Brought together by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, this page contains ethics guidelines and codes from fifteen different news organizations from around the globe.
  • Smart About Money (National Endowment for Financial Education): a non-profit that aims to educate and prepare Americans to successfully face financial challenges throughout all stages of life. Check out an excellent "Resource Library" link that contains articles, online courses, curriculum, and tools from NEFE and other unbiased sources…choose from almost two dozen topics, including "Home Ownership", "Bankruptcy", "Investing", "Hiring a Financial Planner", and "Buying a Car".
  • A Guide to Interactive Class Travel: Virtual Field Trips & eField Trips.

September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011

  • Social Media: "As Great a Challenge as the Reformation" (USCCB). Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria, "I am here today to suggest that you should not allow yourselves to be fooled by its appearance. Social media is proving itself to be a force with which to be reckoned. If not, the church may be facing as great a challenge as that of the Protestant Reformation."
  • The Oyez Project - U.S. Supreme Court: a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.
  • Real Life Rosary - Hand-Made Corded Knot Rosaries: Traditional 5 decade rosary, 15 decade rosary, Key chain rosary/chaplet, Anglican Prayer Beads, Wedding "Lasso" Rosary.
  • Prayers for Memorial Prayer Cards: a collection of popular memorial prayers and poems. Includes Irish Blessings and Spanish collection of Memorial Prayers.
  • Relishes, Sauces, Seasonings - Mr. Food: A-Z listing.

September 6, 2011

  • Teaching Channel: Inspired Teachers, Inspiring Classrooms. Committed to showcasing effective and inspiring teaching practices in public schools across America. Topics covered are Math, Science, English Language Arts, History/Social Science.
  • The Miracle of Fall (University of Illinois Extension)
  • Winter Storm Resources (University of Illinois Extension)
  • Turkey for the Holidays (University of Illinois-Extension's Nutrition & Health): How to select and prepare the turkey, carving, complimentary dishes, safety and that all important aspect of a turkey meal leftovers.
  • Recipes for Diabetics (University of Illinois-Extensions Nutrition & Health): Includes Main Dishes, Side Dishes and Desserts.
  • Fiesta of Flavors (University of Illinois-Extensions Nutrition & Health): Includes recipes for Appetizers, Soups, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts and Beverages. Also Fiesta de Sabores.
  • HortCorner (University of Illinois-Extensions Horticulture): Includes Lawn Care, Fruits & Veggie, Flowers & Ornamentals, Trees & Shrubs, Seasonal, Pest & Diseases.
  • A Taste of Gardening (University of Illinois-Extensions Horticulture): a vegetable gardening basics series.
  • Sports and Nutrition - The Winning Connection (University of Illinois-Extensions).

September 2, 2011

  • ZERO - Education Resources September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: The Project to End Prostate Cancer commits not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease but to end it.
  • Quotebook: quotations on love, friendship, humorous quotes, aphorisms, sayings.
  • Theology 101 - Faith Magazine (Diocese of Lansing, Michigan): Rita Chiron's recent articles concerning implementation of The Roman Missal, 3rd Edition.

September 1, 2011

  • Anita Poems: rhyming poetry that is catchy, sounds great, and is quick and easy to understand…Includes poems for appreciation, encouragement, retirement, get well, apology, children, life, nature, and more.

August 31, 2011

August 30, 2011

August 29, 2011

August 26, 2011

  • Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Resources: for hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and fires from the Red Cross, CDC, Medline Plus, Ready.gov.
    • FEMA: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness. FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The Natural Hazards section covers for hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, earthquakes, landslides, fires, and more.
  • Make Magazine: one of the ultimate do-it-yourself websites. 639 videos could keep you busy for more than a year. Make Projects.
  • Concussion ABCs: Learn How to Respond (CDC). Learn concussion symptoms and how to respond. Know your concussion ABCs: A-Assess the situation. B-Be alert for signs and symptoms. C-Contact a health care professional.

August 24, 2011

August 23, 2011

  • Butterfly vs. Moth - Difference and Comparison.
  • The Wonders of the World: travel and education site dedicated to providing the most accurate and highest quality information for the favorite wonders around the world. Includes Ancient Wonders of the Pyramids, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse at Alexandria, and more |Current Wonders of Chicken Itza, Machu Picchu, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, and more | United States Wonders of the Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam, Mt Rushmore, and more.

August 22, 2011

August 19, 2011

August 18, 2011

  • The United States Code: a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States, is now available in a searchable online format. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. Browse the United States Code.

August 17, 2011

  • EducationCorner®: a comprehensive Internet guide to the best education sites, resources and articles on the Web. All education topics and resources are sorted by subject and lifestage, so you can find precisely what you're looking for quickly…

August 16, 2011

August 12, 2011

  • August 12, 1981 - debut of the IBM 5150 PC. The original IBM 5150, the personal computer made its debut at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on August 12, 1981. The IBM 5150 not only kicked off the PC industry, it propelled a company from nowhere to become the dominant force of the tech industry – Microsoft. For more, read the story by CNET News' Jay Green on the launch of the IBM 5150.

  • Prudence - Mother of All Virtues: Internet research on the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance gleaned from the Catholic Catechism, the Catholic Encyclopedia, and other articles.

August 11, 2011

  • Holidays Calendar: Provides information on dates and information for holidays around the world, and to present it in a fun and accurate manner for children and adults of many ages.

August 10, 2011

August 8, 2011

  • LD OnLine.org: the world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
  • Ultipedia: a collaborative online resource dedicated to exploring the sport of Ultimate frisbee and related culture. Includes History of Ultimate, Tactics & Strategies, Skills & Throws, & all the rules of Ultimate Frisbee.
  • Bright Ideas: great resource for your celebration planning! You'll find craft ideas, unique recipes and fun activities for the whole group. Themes organized by event and holidays, e.g. Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Back to School, Christmas, etc.
  • The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy - Congregation for the Clergy. The Ministry of Penance and Reconciliation with a View to Christian Holiness – PDF

August 4, 2011

  • The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia (Medline Plus - Nat’l Institute of Health): Includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.
  • Saveitt: Search For Various Documents Publicly Available Online. Are you looking for your stereo's manual? Or perhaps a book on how to improve your writing skills. You could search for these online but it would take a lot of time jumping from one site to another.

August 3, 2011

August 1, 2011

  • The John Paul II Foundation: The main goals of the Foundation include preservation and development of Christian heritage and culture; collection and preservation of documents and propagation of the teachings of Pope John Paul II. It includes an Online Library of Pope John Paul's Encyclicals, Apostolic Letters, Apostolic Exhortations, homilies, audiences, messages and speeches. Also included are photo galleries, as well as, audio and video files.
  • Justia: Law & Legal Information for Lawyers, Students, Business and the Public.
  • Joel Weldon - "Success Come in Cans Not Cannots." When it comes to professional speaking, Hall of Fame Public Speaker Joel Weldon says it's "all about the audience." That's why he's been dubbed by his clients "America's Most Prepared Speaker."
  • The AAA Digest of Motor Laws: online compendium of laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor vehicle in the United States and Canada. Use the map to browse each state’s traffic laws, driver’s license, vehicle titling and registration requirements, and fees and taxes.

July 27, 2011

  • Disable Geotagging on your iPhone, Palm WebOS, Android, Blackberry devices. Smartphones. With the proliferation of smart phones that contain GPS locator technology inside, the cameras in these devices are already equipped with the specialized hardware to automatically add geolocation information to the pictures at the time they are taken. Most people don't realize that the action of automatic geotagging takes place on their smart phones, either because it is enabled by default, not exposed the user as an option, or was asked and then forgotten. As a result, individuals often share too much information about their location, right down to the exact Latitude and Longitude when snapping photos with their smart phone and posting them online.

July 25, 2011

  • Lee Family Digital Archive: Housed at Washington and Lee University, the Lee Family Digital Archive (LFDA) was established to create a comprehensive annotated edition of all the known papers of the immigrant founder Richard Lee (who lived in the 17th century) and his offspring.

July 22, 2011

  • Church Health Reader: innovative resources on health, wellness and healing for lay leaders and clergy.
  • EDSITEment (The National Endowment for the Humanities): The Best of the Humanities on the Web.
    • Lesson Plans: Explore the library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level. Find Art & Culture lessons on anthropology, art history, folklore, mythology, religion, and more World Language lessons on languages and the cultures of which they are a part; History & Social Studies lessons on American (including our popular AP U.S. History index) and World History, civics, government and society; and Literature & Language Arts lessons on great writing and great literary works throughout the ages.
    • Student Resources: interactive activities that can be used to support related lesson plans or as standalone activities in the classroom. Browse the library of student resources by grade level or subject area below.
  • Financial Education in the Math Classroom (Math Forum at Drexel University): Focuses solely on teaching financial education in the math classroom. Topics include Credit & Debt, Credit Costs, Interest Rates, Mortgages, Financial Planning & Money Management, Banking, Comparison Shopping/Buying Goods and Services, Spending.
  • Weather Education - The National Weather Service's Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services: Offers a range of materials for educators and students which includes lesson plans, brochures, satellite image collections and career information for the fields of meteorology and climatology. Includes eight topical sections, including "Classroom Materials", "Careers in Weather", and "Graphics, Photos, Images".
  • Google Logos: Ever want to go back and review a holiday or special event logo from a previous Google homepage? Check these out, sorted by year and month.

July 21, 2011

  • San Pedro Spiritual Development Center (Winter Park, FL) offers guided, private, and sponsored retreats in a unique picturesque setting that makes for a tranquil and serene environment.
  • Netspeak: Check Proper Word Usage (ESL). People who are learning English usually have trouble writing phrases, especially on word usage. If you have this problem, check out Netspeak, a web app that can help you improve your English writing skills by guiding you on proper word usage. It is an online dictionary, but not in the usual sense. Note the Examples of how to input your query.
  • Bodymaps: Interactive 3D Human Body Map Online (Healthline). Would you like to know how human organs look, or how your arteries and veins are laid out within the circulatory system? This flash-based app offers a comprehensive 3D map of the human body that you can easily zoom through and manipulate.

July 20, 2011

July 19, 2011

July 18, 2011

  • ForYourVocation.org: A Priority Initiative of the USCCB Dedicated to the Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood & Consecrated Life (Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations). Includes prayers, videos and resources for discerning men and women, and for parents, educators, youth ministers and vocation directors.

July 8, 2011

  • Teachers' Domain: Digital Media for the Classroom & Professional Development (PBS & National Science Foundation). A free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners with 1000s of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.
  • FreeRice - UN World Food Programme: FreeRice has two goals: 1) Provide education to everyone for free. 2) Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. Click on the Subjects link near the top right of the page to see a list of all subjects available at FreeRice. There is math, science, geography, art history, foreign languages and more. For each right answer 10 grains of rice will be donated through the UN World Food Programme to help end hunger.

July 7, 2011

  • Storm Instability - Mike Hollingshead. Follow Mike on his first chase beginning in 1999 as well as access his 'Images by Year,' the earliest being taken in 1996 prior to Mike's beginning his actual 'chasing' pastime that has evolved into a career. The Storm Glossary/Info section will help you understand supercell storm structure, the various cloud formations and lightening associated with tornados.

July 6, 2011

July 2, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 29, 2011

  • "news.va" - New Vatican Multimedia Portal: consult principal news items printed or transmitted by Vatican media outlets" – the "Osservatore Romano", Vatican Radio, the Vatican Information Service, Agenzia Fides, the Holy See Press Office and the Vatican Television Centre.

June 27, 2011

  • Shroud of Turin: "dedicated to reveal the latest evidence, news and discoveries on the Shroud of Turin."

June 22, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 16, 2011

  • Official Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest. America’s Federal Recreation Lands are special places that bring people together and leave visitors enriched. In celebration of these lands, we’re inviting you to share your images in our photo contest.

June 15, 2011

June 14, 2011

  • EnergyStar.gov: a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

June 13, 2011

  • Love & Life: A Home for English-speaking pilgrims - World Youth Day - Madrid 2011 (August 16-21). The primary catechesis and Youth festival venue for English programs. Events will include concerts, witness testimonies, prayer and Eucharistic adoration, dynamic keynotes and panels, and much more!
  • "Formation of Novices and Seminarians: Nine Signs of Steady Growth" - Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. (CatholicCulture.com)
  • InsectIdentification.com: Insect and Spider Identification. Details on North American Bugs. Includes butterflies & moths | beetles | bees, ants & wasps | flies, | Grasshoppers & Crickets, and more.
  • Prostate Cancer - Medline Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health). Scroll down page for Overview, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Plans.

June 10, 2011

  • Kate Smith introduces God Bless America – the rest of the story. Listen to Kate Smith sing God Bless America for the first time on radio, Nov. 10, 1938. See how many faces you recognize in the entire video clip.
  • The Physics Professor's Ultimate Resources: Includes sections on Geometry/Trigonometry | Chaos & Fractal | Mechanics | Optics | Tools | Virtual Labs | Miscellaneous Physics Sites.
  • Botany and Plant Pathology Outreach Programs (Purdue University): Resources that can be used in classrooms, ideas for science projects, or to increase public awareness about plant science and plant disease related topics.
  • Teaching College Math: Contains links to helpful and fun activities designed to teach college level math students about algebra, calculus, and other mathematical topics.
  • Lightworks: Lightweight Open Source Video Editing Software. an Academy and Emmy award winning professional-grade editor with over 20 years of history in the film and broadcast industry.…includes a full feature set of editorial tools – from advanced trimming and media management, to stereoscopic support and realtime effects including multiple secondary colour correctors.

June 9, 2011

June 8, 2011

  • DivineOffice.org: The Liturgy of the Hours available online and via iPhone, iPod, and iPad, in partnership with Surgeworks, Inc. The Ministry of Divine Office is a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering assets beneficial to the community of Christians praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Divine Office uses the current four-volume "Liturgy of the Hours," the official prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church, however, it is also suitable for individuals following most Christian traditions.
  • Planets of the Solar System (PSS): a reference tool with up-to-date basic science knowledge regarding the planets in our solar system…providing not only facts, figures, and raw data for each planet, but also explanations of the fundamental scientific concepts related to the subject.
  • Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide. Contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

June 6, 2011

  • Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944 - Codenamed Operation Overlord, the Battle of Normandy began (History.com).

  • Communications Skill Articles – Impact Communications, Inc. If you move your mouse over the button titled "Articles" you will see a drop down menu – the left column of articles is about Presentation Communication Skills and the articles in right column are about Telephone Communication Skills. Click on any year and you will see the articles written in that year. The articles are in PDF form so the articles can be easily downloaded.
  • Great Quotes from Great Leaders: Motivational and Inspirational Quotes.
  • SAT 250 Essential Words: An essential core vocabulary of 250 words to help you nail your SAT exam. Check out how well you remember these essential words.
  • STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries initiated by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). STOP focuses on the importance of children’ sports safety – specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child's athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity.

June 2, 2011

  • Historical Insights & Changes in the New Translation of the Roman Missal: Father John Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical & Liturgical Theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, provides a brief overview of the changes in this translation along with some ideas for faithful ministers of the church to engage this new translation responsibly and use it as well as possible. His video presentation, The New Roman Missal: Challenge & Opportunity, appears in five parts.
  • Catholic Employer Project - Catholic Labor Relations Report. Catholic Social Teachings, Encyclicals & Articles which concern the Catholic Church and Labor Issues.

May 31, 2011

May 27, 2011

  • Explorations – e-magazine of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography based at the University of California at San Diego. Explorations was created to educate the public about their projects and research. Visitors will find a trove of multimedia features, magazine articles, and information about conservation activities designed to protect the world's oceans for future generations.
  • Top Hot Dog Recipes - Food Network
  • Backyard BBQ Recipes - Food Network

May 26, 2011

  • Memorial Day (History Channel): Officially observed on Monday, May 30, 2011. The holiday which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
  • "In Flanders Field" Remembrance Day - November 11
  • Memorial Day Recipes: GoogleAsk.com
  • Hot Dog Sauce Recipes (Google): Including Coney Island Chili, A&W Chili Dog Sauce Recipe, Michigan Chili Dog Sauce, and more.
  • Barbecue'n on The Internet: The Best Source of Barbecue Information on the Web, offers complete and accurate information on barbecuing, grilling and general outdoor cooking worldwide. From free newslettersto cookbook giveaways, your complete source for outdoor cooking information.
  • Unit Converter Express Version: ultimate resource for unit conversion of length, weight/mass, currency, temperature, engineering units, electricity, and many more.
  • Foot Health Facts - American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: Serves to educate patients and consumers about foot health and the conditions that foot and ankle surgeons treat.

May 25, 2011

May 24, 2011

May 20, 2011

  • Imaging Everest - The Royal Geographical Society: To mark the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953 approximately 20,000 photographs taken on the nine Mount Everest Expeditions between 1921 and 1953.
  • MyHurricane: Hurricane And Storm Tracking Online. Did the news just report a hurricane or storm around your area? MyHurricane is a great hurricane and storm tracking web tool that is free to use.
  • The Virtual Museum of Bacteria: Visitors will "learn that not all bacteria are harmful, how they are used in industry, that they belong to the oldest living creatures on Earth", and many more interesting facts to discover about the diverse world of bacteria. The "Bacterial Species Files" tab at the top of the page, allows visitors to look up information on 40 different specific bacteria, from Anthrax to Yersinia enterocolitica.

May 19, 2011

  • 'Today's Front Pages' - Newseum: an online presentation with more than 800 newspapers worldwide. "The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made."

May 18, 2011

  • Franciscan Action Network (FAN) - Transforming the World in the Spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. A grassroots, faith-based legislative advocacy organization inspired by the witness and example of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. FAN's mission is to bring a coordinated and effective voice to matters of justice, peacemaking, poverty and human rights and care for creation to Washington, DC and beyond.
  • The Catholic Climate Covenant: encourages greater personal and shared engagement by the Catholic community to live out our faith by caring for God’s creation and the "least of these" in response to the challenges of global climate change.
  • Practical Money Skills for Life - Financial Literacy for Everyone: an online resource for educators, parents and students focused on financial literacy and education.
  • Schneider's Flowers - Clifton, NJ: delivers the freshest, longest lasting flowers in the area. Serve not only Clifton, but more than 15 towns in northern New Jersey. My personal favorite florist.

May 17, 2011

  • 1-800 Flowers: Flowers show you remember – for holidays, birthdays, anniversary, get well, sympathy and special occasions, so check out your local flower delivery for details.
  • Sharon Jaynes: bringing God’s truth to today’s women. Her mission is to encourage, equip and empower women to walk in courage and confidence as they grasp their true identity as a child of God and a co-heir with Christ.

May 16, 2011

  • MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing: What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions based on our experience.
  • DigitalLiteracy.gov: your destination for digital literacy resources and collaboration. Created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department to give schools, libraries and job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to Americans who are new to the Net. The site offers links to everything from basic Web surfing tips and online banking tutorials to resume-building services and resources on combating cyberbullying. It is to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed Internet connections and the skills needed to use them to compete in today's digital economy.

May 11, 2011

  • Pope Benedict XVI's - Instruction Universae Ecclesia regarding the application of the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum" (May 13, 2011).
  • The SPF Resource Guide: What is SPF and why is it important? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is the universal measurement of protection against UV – ultra-violet – rays. It measures how much UV radiation is required to produce a sunburn on skin that's protected with sunscreen as opposed to how much UV radiation is required to produce a sunburn on unprotected skin. May 2011 – Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Australian National Herbarium - Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research: "collections of preserved plant and fungal specimens and their associated data…concerned primarily with scientific research and documenting the vast diversity of plant and fungal life." Since the Herbarium is not open to the public, the digitization of the Herbarium collections is important, particularly for botanists.
  • Windows to the Universe: Myths, Stories and Art (National Earth Science Teachers Association). An exploration of all matters in "Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. " The Culture section of the site is quite a find and allows visitors to browse the collection of myths, folk tales, and stories about the Earth and sky.

May 11, 2011

  • Microsoft Safety Scanner: free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.
  • Urology A – Z (American Urological Association Foundation): From conditions to treatments to surgical devices and more, everything you need to know about urology in one convenient place. Search alphabetically or by common conditions-and get the facts you need.

May 9, 2011

  • The World Memory Project - Ancestry.com: "Today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announce the launch of the World Memory Project. The goal is to build the largest free online resource for information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II."

May 6, 2011

  • Inter Mirifica.net - Catholic Mass Media Directory: online database of Catholic media around the world.

May 3, 2011

  • For Your Vocation (USCCB). A vocation is who God has "called" us to be…Dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life with resources for discerning men and women, parents, vocation directors, educators and youth ministers.
  • For Your Marriage (USCCB). Vocation of marriage within Catholic beliefs. Includes: Dating & Engaged | Parenting & Family | Marriage Resources | About Catholic Marriage.
  • New Roman Missal e-Learning Workshop (Archdiocese of Washington): Based on a series of workshops produced by the Office of Worship for clergy and parish liturgical leaders throughout the archdiocese to learn more about the new translations and changes.
  • Today's Liturgy: Looking Ahead to the New Roman Missal. Catechetical support that address the new translation.
  • Roman Missal Formation Materials: Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC).
  • Animated Knots by Grog. How to tie knots – fishing knots, boating knots, climbing knots, scouting knots, search and rescue knots, household knots, and decorative knots.

May 2, 2011

  • Pontifical Council for the Laity (Vatican): assists the Pope in all matters concerning the contribution the lay faithful make to the life and mission of the Church, whether as individuals or through the various forms of association that have arisen and constantly arise within the Church.
  • Natural History Museum Dino Directory (London): A 'guide to 333 of the most well-described dinosaurs, including 374 images.' Here's your chance to find out about dinosaurs and other extinct creatures. Access answers to questions such as 'What were dinosaurs?', 'What were archosaurs?', as well as facts on other ancient reptiles.
  • Lectures on Probability, Statistics and Econometrics
  • Microsoft Office 2010: Ultimate Tips & Tricks (MakeUseOf.com). Points out all the best new features of Microsoft’s latest office suite, and explains them all in one handy guide. Office 2010 is so expansive that even veteran users will often find that they aren’t expert in even half of the capabilities the software offers.

April 28, 2011

  • Our Catholic Faith in Action (USCCB): How are you sharing Catholic social teaching on your campus? Note: menu items in left column for Catholic Social Teaching | Prayers | Tools for Action.
  • Divine Mercy - Free Smartphone App: The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception are the official promoters of Sr. Faustian’s Divine Mercy message.
  • The Rain Barrel Company: leading resource of rain barrels for rain water recycling, renewable water solutions, water recycling. Embrace nature's solution to our emerging water shortage with eco-friendly, green solutions.
  • New Roadrunner Cartoon - "Coyote Falls". It's been far too long since we last saw a Roadrunner cartoon. This is the first one done with computer animation. It's only 3 minutes, but it's 3 minutes of fun!

April 13, 2011

  • Family Friend Poems: showcases some of the best poems written by ordinary people about the subjects of family and friends. The life circumstances, relationships, and emotions which they write about express feelings which we all can share, including poems on death and grieving.
  • Quotes To Live By: provides you with attitudes, characteristics, and values so you can create a vision of how you want to live your life. Scroll down for an extensive collection of "Quotes To Live By" organized by Subject.
  • DifferenceBetween: not only facilitates your understanding of a topic, but it also enables you to differentiate two similar subjects. The subjects are organized into a range of categories from "Business" to "Technology". We compile and unify multiple reliable resources for each topic onto a single page, so then readers can gather adequate information very quickly and effortlessly.

April 8, 2011

April 7, 2011

April 4, 2011

  • Deciphering the Genetic Code: Marshall Nirenberg (NIH). This exhibit from the NIH looks into the career of Marshall Nirenberg who began to map the method by which DNA is translated into proteins, and solved this conundrum in 1961. Also it provides details about the scientific instruments he used to complete this discovery. The "History" area provides details on the emergence of the modern field of genetics, complete with illustrations and work done by Nirenberg's intellectual predecessors.
  • 26 Chinese Takeout Dishes to Make at Home: Easy Chinese Recipes. Table of Contents: Soups, Salads & Appetizers | Rice & Noodle Dishes | Beef & Duck Dishes | Chicken & Pork Dishes

March 31, 2011

March 30, 2011

  • Google Art Project: Google has collaborated with 17 art museums around the world to produce a cool site that lets you navigate through high resolution images of the artworks in these museums.
  • MarineBio: Global mission is to share the wonders of the ocean to inspire conservation, education, research and a sea ethic.
  • Find a Doctor (Vitals.com): a great source for comprehensive medical information on over 720,000 doctors nationwide. Offers consumers free information on doctors’ practices and specialties, consumer reviews, recommendations from other doctors as well as free physician profiles.
  • Photogravure: a comprehensive resource dedicated to the art of photogravure, and its aim is to showcase the beauty and craftsmanship involved in the photographic process of photogravure.
  • Web Poll Builder: created by Dan Cohen for George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, this helpful application will allow users to create polls that they can embed in their web pages. Visitors can get started by choosing a background color, and then go ahead and create a poll with up to 5 possible responses. It's not a very flashy program, but it gets the job done, and it is compatible with all operating systems, including Linux.

March 29, 2011

  • Family and Media: Center of Study for the Relationship Between the Family and the Mass-Media. Educational resources for marriage and family.
  • American Academy of Pediatric: committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
    • HealthyChildren.org: offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers.

March 28, 2011

  • Dictionary Quote: sayings of the famous who have inspired us with words of wisdom.
  • Inspirational Quote of the Day: created by two brothers from Michigan who like inspirational quotes. Quotes from People list is along right margin.
  • Quotations Book: 43,000 quotes by over 7,000 people in over 1200 subjects. It has also indexed 20,000 books fro Project Gutenberg to provide quotes in context as they occur in literature.
  • YouQuoted.com: Motivational, Inspirational, Famous Quotes.

March 25, 2011

  • Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour. The Alzheimer's Association sponsors this website for the purpose of helping the general public better understand the workings of the brain and 'how Alzheimer's affects it.' There are sixteen interactive slides, each with information on the special features presented in the particular image. Click on "Start Tour."
  • The Endocrine System: Diseases, Types of Hormones & More. The endocrine system is one of the body’s main systems for communicating, controlling and coordinating the body’s work. It works with the nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, gut, liver, pancreas and fat to help maintain and control the following: body energy levels | reproduction | growth and development | internal balance of body systems, called homeostasis | responses to surroundings, stress and injury. Click on the links under the title for other endocrine system information.
  • The Hormone Foundation: a leading educational resource for you, your loved ones, and your health professionals on the prevention, treatment, and cure of hormone-related conditions.
  • Credo Reference: the award-winning online reference service launches a Subject Collections. These convenient collections, designed to provide comprehensive coverage of key subjects, add to the rapidly growing reference e-book offerings.
    • Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service. The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate.
  • College & Research Libraries To Become Open Access Journal. On April 1, 2011, the online version of C&RL will become open access. Any reader will be able to access current C&RL articles and backfiles.
  • Academic Earth: a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world's leading scholars.
  • Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation: dedicated to the latest and most competent academic and scholar search engines and sources.

March 23, 2011

  • 2011 Flowers, Vol. 1 - "Magnificence" - Franciscan University by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR.
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0: Free downloadable tool includes step-by-step instructions and explains fundamental concepts. The wide range of tools to help students with complex mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that's designed to work just like a hand-held calculator and ink handwriting support to recognize hand-written problems.

March 22, 2011

  • Winter Snow - 2010-11 – Franciscan University Winter Scenes by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

  • FIT Radio: Streams A High Energy Music For Working Out. Workouts are better if there's loud and, more importantly, energetic music playing in the background. If you are someone who feels that the music being played during your workout session could be better, try out this new tool called FIT Radio. It is a web based and mobile app that streams high energy music.

March 21, 2011

  • Bedtime-Story: the number one children's story site of whimsical, magical, adventurous, humorous, or simply wonderfully imaginative stories for parents or teachers to read.
  • Healthy Times Newspaper Article Archives: a premier article directory featuring health articles, health and wellness information and resources for alternative health and wellness. Click on the "Categories" tab for a listing of article topics.
  • Sounds of Nature: You can select high quality audio loops from four different categories - Birds & Forest, Water & Waves, Rain, and Night.
  • How to Rip a CD to MP3 & Auto-Name Files Correctly. Use CDex, a trusty freeware open-source tool, in order to make MP3 copies of your CD’s (for iPod listening) It’s fast, it’s easy and there’s even a portable version for your on-the-go ripping needs.
  • The Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles: concise information about all missiles and rockets, which have received a numerical designation in the DOD's joint Designation System for Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles since 27 June 1963.

March 18, 2011

  • Disaster Preparation and Recovery: Preparing for a disaster can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that disasters cause. A disaster can be a natural disaster, like a hurricane, tornado, flood or earthquake. It might also be man-made, like a bioterrorist attack or chemical spill. Be ready to evacuate your home, and know how to treat basic medical problems. Make sure you have the insurance you need, including special types, like flood insurance (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
    • Radiation Emergencies: Although there are no guarantees of safety during a radiation emergency, you can take actions to protect yourself. You should have a disaster plan. Being prepared can help reduce fear, anxiety and losses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Statway. Focuses on providing educational resources on statistics, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning. The hope is that the Statway program will help students "understand the world around them and the math they can use right now."
  • Genetics@Nature: Important findings and discoveries from the world of science, with a particular focus placed on biology, genetics, and related fields. Features articles from a range of journals, including Cell Research, Genes and Immunity, and Gene Therapy…Scroll down the site, to find a selection of "gateways", including thematic sections on cell migration and neuroscience.
  • World Time Buddy: designed to be the easiest way to lookup times 'and' plan meetings around the World - all here, at your fingertips, in a single convenient page. The system is powered by the same sources for time zone, daylight savings and geolocation data.

March 16, 2011

  • Digitize Your Analog Life (PC World): Rip your records, transfer your tapes, scan your photos, and move your home movies onto your hard drive. Some easy ways to convert vinyl, film, and other analog media into high-quality digital files.

March 15, 2011

  • The Penance Project, Inc.: a free android app and a penance kit available, full of clear, simple answers and step-by-step guidance for going to confession. This project plans to promote the Sacrament of Penance through evangelization.
  • The Khan Academy -  Includes over 2100 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, Singapore Math, physics, finance and money and banking. Khan has also developed a free, adaptive math program.
  • Math Worksheets: for Teachers, Parents, Students, and Homeschoolers. Randomly and dynamically generated math worksheets covering Addition, Division, Exponents, Factors, Fractions, Graphing, Mean Mode Median & Range, Measurement, Money, Multiplication, Pythagorean Theorem, Radicals, Ratios, Rounding, Subtraction, Telling Time, and Word Games, and more.

March 14, 2011

  • Most Popular Garden Plants (The Old Farmer's Almanac). North America's most popular garden plants and "how to" gardening information to help you prepare, plant, and care for them. For each plant, includes the hardiness zone, sun exposure, soil type, soil pH, pests and problems, harvest tips, recommended varieties, and special features. Or, click the links below to browse by plant type: Vegetables | Fruit | Herbs | Flowers | Shrubs.

March 9, 2011

March 7, 2011

  • Ash Wednesday (CatholicCulture): includes the rules for fasting and abstinence.

  • Lent Season 2011 (USCCB): Ash Wednesday, March 9. Includes Lenten resources for families and parishes.

  • Lenten Calendar - EWTN: daily devotional meditations for each day of the Lent.

  • Digital Photography School: Discover how to use your digital camera with tips on photography techniques, equipment and processing.
  • Google Code University: Online Courses & Tutorials On Computer Science. An online repository of tutorials and course content in the form of text, video and slides to help people get started with various computer science topics, especially those that center around web development. and programming, web security, Android, Google APIs, tools and much more.
  • Your Easy Guide to Windows 7 Themes: Windows 7 has many improvements to boast of, theme customization and management is one of them. Now, all the customization features have been grouped together and are accessible conveniently from one place.
  • TimerCountdown: Online Countdown Timer. Create a custom timer – Simply enter the units and unit name separated by a dash.

February 28, 2011

  • Science News - Magazine for the Society of Science and the Public. Covers everything about science, from Atoms & Cosmos, Body & Brain, Earth, Environment, Genes & Cells, Humans, Life, Matter & Energy, Molecules to Science News for Kids.
  • The Plant List: a growing, comprehensive scientific plant name dictionary of all plant species. Here, you can browse through more than a million plants categorized by their taxonomy. You can also view the entire plant list by family or genus. Scroll down page for Plant List.
  • HackerProof: Your Guide To PC Security (MakeUseOf): provides an objective, detailed, but easily understood walkthrough of PC security. Know exactly what PC security means and, more importantly, what you need to do to keep your PC secure.
  • Pillsbury® Recipes: Includes recipes for Cooking for Two | Guide for Baking at High Altitude | Holidays | Main Ingredient | Meal/Course.
  • Real Simple Magazine - Food & Recipes: Find the best quick and easy recipes, simple meal planning ideas, healthy snacks, and cooking techniques.
  • Southern Living Recipes

February 25, 2011

  • UM Weather (Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Space Sciences): the Internet's premier source of up-to-date weather information, and the Net's largest collection of weather links. Note a search engine window on the right side called "Fast Forecast." Type in the ZIP Code, or name of location and click "Get it."

February 21, 2011

  • The Presidents of the USA -  Since George Washington's election in 1789, 44 men have served as President of the United States. They have led in times of peace and war, hardship and plenty, and served in tenures as short as one month and as long as 12 years. Learn more about America's Presidents.

  • Founding Fathers Info Guide -  Contains The Federalist Papers Online, One of the most important works on political theory | Other founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and other Amendments to the Constitution | The American Flag | History of the USA | Founding Fathers Image Gallery | Founding Fathers Quotes. No student of American History should pass up such a good introduction to the early history of the republic!

  • Presidents of the United States - Resource Guides (LOC): selection of primary source materials associated with the presidents of the United States, including manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, prints, photographs, sheet music, sound recordings, and films.

  • Butterfly School (Education Dept. of Butterfly House & Education Center, St. Louis): Good resource for both students and teachers with 'Classroom Activities,' a 'Suggested Reading' list and a 'Species Identification Guide. NB: left column sections with drop-down menus.

February 18, 2011

  • Saints.SQPN.com: information on topics with patron saints, and profiles of those saints. Profiles have portraits, biographical information, areas of patronage, prayers, links to related sites, readings, etc.

February 17, 2011

February 15, 2011

  • Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem - 360 View: Double click on the big screen picture, or small image in lower left corner. Drag your mouse up or down to see different views of the picture; then click on the picture at the bottom left to start the 360 view again.
  • The Windows to the Universe ( National Earth Science Teachers Association): a richly interlinked ecosystem for learning about the Earth and Space sciences , including the Sun, Earth, and the Solar System.
  • Earth Science Teaching Plans and Classroom Activities: Here is a list of teacher resources that can easily be modified and incorporated into the earth science classroom. These areas include "Volcanoes", "Water", "Weather", "Erosion", and "Plate Tectonics".
  • Internet Slang Dictionary and Translator: Assists parents and teachers in learning what kids are chatting about. Slang Translator is for translating individual words or phrases, Slang Dictionary is for researching words and the important Netspeak Guide gives individuals who are not 'internet lingo savvy' access to articles and resources to help further understand internet slang, online acronyms, net trends, and overall internet etiquette.
  • VideoSchool: Online Learning Resource For Beginner Filmmakers. Learn how to make better videos with lessons and tutorials.
  • Alcohol Studies Database (Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies): The database contains over 80,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers, and audio-visual materials. The site is maintained by the Scholarly Communication Center, the Center of Alcohol Studies, and the Rutgers University Libraries.
  • How To Download A YouTube Video To Windows Media Player (MakeUseOf.com). This article is mainly concerned with how to view YouTube videos in Windows Media Player, regardless of how you obtained the files and what file format they are in. Hence, we can neglect the third option.

February 10, 2011

February 8, 2011

  • The Magnificat - Roman Missal, Third Edition resources. Roman Missal in variety of sizes - Release date: October 2011 | The Magnificat Roman Missal Companion - A complete catechetical resource to instruct your people about the new Roman Missal - Release date: September 2011 | The Magnificat Pew Card - Release date: Spring 2011.

February 7, 2011

  • Mobile MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine): Instant access to summaries of over 800 diseases, conditions, and wellness issues; a full medical encyclopedia; lots of diagrams, images, and pictures; drug information; a medical dictionary; and a powerful search engine. It is a mobile optimized Web site, accessible from any platform, including basic flip phones, iPhones, and Androids.
  • Elcodis: Online Store For Hard-To-Find Electronic Parts. Elcodis makes the job of finding replacements for broken parts easier for you by providing a comprehensive list of electronic components where you can buy them directly.

February 4, 2011

  • HubbleSite - Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach (NASA). "At the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), we're working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible using Hubble's cutting-edge technology. In the course of this exploration we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe, because the discoveries belong to all of us."
  • General Directory For Catechesis - August 11, 1997 (Vatican - Congregation for the Clergy). Provides fundamental theologico-pastoral principles drawn from the Church's Magisterium, particularly those inspired by the Second Vatican Council, which are capable of better orienting and coordinating the pastoral activity of the ministry of the word and, concretely, catechesis.
  • Confession: A Roman Catholic App for iPhone™, iPad, and iPod touch®. Aid for Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. The app received an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend. It was the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone™, iPad, or iPod touch® application.
  • Love of Roses: A great source for resources on growing roses. Plus, free pictures, wallpaper and clipart that you can download.

February 2, 2011

February 1, 2011

  • Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam): founded to monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions.
  • Science360 - Chemistry: Everything you hear, see, taste, smell and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Our ability to understand the chemical make-up of things and chemical reactions has led to everything from modern food and drugs to plastics and computers.
  • Education World, the Educators Best Friend: distributor of free educational web-based materials focused on grades K-12. You'll find articles on Lesson Planning, Technology Integration, School Issues, Professional Development, Administrator's Desk and EdWorld At Home.
  • Duncan Hines® Recipes: Includes brownies, cakes, cookies & bars, muffins, specialty desserts.
  • A-M Religious Gifts: church supplies, religious goods, medals, crosses & crucifixes, rosaries, clergy accessories, vestments, church appointments.

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January 3, 2011

  • "Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries" - Association of Research Libraries (ARL): Report that summarizes research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of U.S. academic and research libraries.
  • "We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition" - 50th Anniversary of Father John Courtney Murray, SJ's publication The Jesuit's influential work, subtitled "Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition," has received much praise and criticism over the ensuing decades.
  • DirectAnatomy: an interactive interface that comes with four angles of view allowing you to browse through more than 1,200 annotated anatomy images.
  • The Virtual Body (MEDtropolis): aims to educate kids and adult on bodily health; understanding the human anatomical structure is just part of the process. The Virtual Body takes you on four tours - The Human Brain, Skeleton, Human Heart, and Digestive Tract.
  • DoItYourself.com: Excellent resource for all your household needs. Excellent How To section as well as videos to help you install, fix and choose the best bits of your house.
  • Instructables: Detailed, informative instructions for building, fixing or repairing just about anything.
  • eHow: Ultimate resource for videos and articles on "How to Do Anything."
  • 5min.com (Life Videopedia): Find the best how to, instructional and DIY videos
  • 3 Resources For Windows 7 Printer Drivers To Get Your Printer Working
  • Markify: Easy and free process for checking registered trademarks. If you mistakenly choose a company name that a 3rd party has already trademarked, you might later be forced to change your company's name and pay damages.
  • Atomic Clock Sync utility: Optimize how often Windows references an atomic clock server, such as the atomic clock servers operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States. Your current computer time is compared with the current atomic time and an adjustment is made to keep your local computer up-to-date with the exact time now.
  • Parliament Tutors: free online test preparation tools for all students (no registration required!). Check out the Full-length Diagnostic Exam to assess your skills.

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