Sunday, July 31, 2005

Draw Me A Map

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Case File

The Crime Library is a rapidly growing collection of more than over 600 nonfiction feature stories on major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics and criminal profiling by prominent writers. The stories focus mostly on recent crimes, but an expanding collection also delves into historically notorious characters, dating back to the 1400s and spanning the globe.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Schools Of Thought

The History of Economic Thought website serves as a repository of collected links and information on the history of economic thought, from the ancient times until the modern day. It is designed for students and the general public, who are interested in learning about economics from a historical perspective.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Up For Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Be sure to check out the US Presidential Debate Transcripts. 1960, 1976-2004. And during the next election you might want to monitor the DebateWatch.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Flat Earth

The Book of Earths, 1928. This is a compendium of theories of the shape of the Earth, along with a great deal of 'Earth Mystery' lore. Richly illustrated, the Book of Earths includes many unusual theories, including Columbus' idea that the Earth is literally pear-shaped, modern theories that the Earth was originally tetrahedral, and so on. Kenton also covers many traditional theories including the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, Hindu and Buddhist cosmology, and those of the Peruvians, Aztecs and Mongols.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Digital Prime

HistoryLinks: A Selection of Web Links to Digitized Primary and Secondary Sources from a Variety of Archives around the U.S. Contained within this site you will find documents, maps, photographs, and realia from pre-revolutionary America to the post-Reconstruction period. This website is intended to draw attention to the increasing number of historical primary and secondary sources that can be found in digital archives/libraries on the Web and is targeted toward history student researchers in undergraduate history classes, though all visitors may benefit from this listing.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Patent Pending

The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum. The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum is the largest privately- owned collection of United States patent models in the world. Containing nearly 4,000 patent models and related documents, the collection spans America's Industrial Revolution. Owner Alan Rothschild eventually hopes to establish a national Patent Model Museum, open to the public. Step inside to discover the wonders of American ingenuity!

Sunday, July 24, 2005


Hawaiian Mythology This is Martha Beckwith's monumental 1940's study of Hawaiian mythology. Beckwith utilized numerous texts which are today rare or hard to obtain to construct this study. She gives all available variants of each myth or legend, including versions from other Pacific islands including Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and others.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Spice Capital

Indian Institute of Spices Research: Spice Gallery. Information about "various aromatic and pungent vegetable substances that add zest, flavour, or excitement to foods or beverages" from this Calicut, Kerala, India, group. Provides descriptions of botany, aroma and flavor, and culinary and medicinal uses for herbs and spices from ajowan to vanilla.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson. Learn about Monticello, the home of one of the most accomplished of the founders of the United States. Wander around Jefferson's house, view floor plans and rooms, see the gardens and the plantation, and stroll the grounds. Includes a brief biography, plus reports, resources, news, and related links.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Golden State

California County Fact Book provides statistics for each California county include population trends, workforce characteristics, revenues and expenditures, public safety, and civic participation. A special report on health in the state as a whole includes data on life expectancy, physician-to-citizen ratios, Medi-Cal expenditures, hospital admissions for substance abuse, obesity trends, and rates of teen pregnancy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Terrorism Knowledgebase

The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing terrorism on U.S. soil or mitigating its effects. MIPT was established after the April 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, and it is funded through the Department of Homeland Security's Office for State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (OSLGCP).

The United States Congress directed MIPT to conduct “research into the social and political causes and effects of terrorism” through our automated information systems and to “serve as a national point of contact for antiterrorism information sharing among Federal, State and local preparedness agencies, as well as private and public organizations dealing with these issues.” MIPT firmly believes that the accurate dissemination of knowledge on terrorism is a critical ingredient for combating terrorism.

Serving the needs of emergency responders, counterterrorism practitioners, policymakers, and the public, MIPT offers access to a wealth of information resources including its Terrorism knowledge base initiatives, its website, and its library collection.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Call To Order

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts public opinion surveys on a variety of hot-button issues, interprets mainstream views and then compares them with the political rhetoric on the right and the left. The site's Issue Guides cover dozens of topics, from abortion to immigration to the right to die.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Book Stacks

The Complete Review is a well-organized, easy-to-search compendium of book reviews with 1,430 titles covered. The site includes editor's picks and bestseller lists by year. The site links to dozens of literary weblogs, from Bookninja to Mobylives to its own Literary Saloon. The Review Index lets you search for books by author or title, genre or nationality; you can read the site's own review or click to read reviews published elsewhere.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Inquiring Minds

Deep Web Technologies created - a free, publicly available web portal allowing access to numerous scientific journals and public science databases. It allows students, teachers, professors, researchers, and the general public to access pertinent science information quickly and easily.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Congressional Research

American taxpayers spend nearly $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Smallville Gazette

Small town newspapers provides access to scanned images of recent issues of dozens of small town newspapers from throughout the United States. "Newspapers are updated periodically, 2-3 weeks after publication." The site also includes a searchable archive (of articles, photos, and advertisements), which covers different periods for each paper, some as far back as the 1800s. Access to the archives requires free registration.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

UN Pulse

UN Pulse alerts you to selected just-released UN online information, major reports, publications and documents. Created and maintained by a team of reference librarians at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

World Stats

A Guide To Selected Population Resources On Government Web Sites. This guide contains links to selected population and related data maintained on government web sites from various countries around the world. The pages chosen for this guide include only those that appear on official government sites. In most cases, the data is derived from censuses or national surveys. There are some exceptions, particularly in cases where the statistical data covers public health or other socioeconomic indicators.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Arms Race

The Arms Transfers Database from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute contains information on all transfers of seven categories of major conventional weapons from 1950 to the present day. Information is compiled from publicly available media, government and industry sources.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Great Gazetteer

Columbia Gazetteer of North America features about 50,000 entries for geographical places and features. "It covers every incorporated place and county in the United States, along with several thousand unincorporated places, special-purpose sites, and physical features, as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean." Entries may include population, longitude and latitude, and other facts.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

People's Choice

Elections Around the World is a comprehensive resource on elections in every independent country and autonomous overseas dependency in the world. In addition to detailed information on each country and its political system and parties, there is an up-to-date calendar of elections, upcoming and past (with results) back to 1995 and an annotated list of links to several other political databases.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Outer Limits

An Atlas of the Universe consists of nine main maps of the universe, ranging from the nearest stars to the sun, out to the limits of the visible universe. Each main map page contains a description of the map, as well as other, related maps. The main map images can be printed. There are extensive annotated links to related Web sites and a glossary.

Friday, July 08, 2005

The Box

The Encyclopedia of Television Includes more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Encyclopedia from Better Homes and Gardens is an online resource for home repair and improvement with five sections: Plumbing - everything from preventing and repairing leaks to installing toilets, tubs, and water heaters; Wiring - basic electrical repair, plus information on fans, doorbells, phones, etc.; Carpentry - basic techniques, cabinets, doors, finishing, walls, and more; Decks - building a deck or patio, plus maintenance and upgrades; and Masonry and Concrete - all about concrete, brick, and stone, with projects. In addition, there are several special sections: Project Calculators (paint, drywall, wallpaper, lumber, and concrete), Tool Encyclopedia, and Glossary.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Off The Shelf

gltbq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture is a searchable and browsable encyclopedia that focuses primarily on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture as it relates to the arts and literature. Individual entries include bibliographies, citation information, and links to related topics. Also includes a discussion board, an e-mail newsletter, and sections for featured topics and birthdays.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Talking Heads

Commentary Today is devoted to presenting the most diverse and comprehensive collection of opinions and commentary from America's leading columnists. In one spot you can access the opinions of the country's greatest commentators on every topic in today's news. Every day this site is updated with the most recent articles from the featured columnists.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Secrecy News

Steven Aftergood directs the FAS (Federation of American Scientists) Project on Government Secrecy, which works to reduce the scope of government secrecy, to accelerate the declassification of cold war documents, and to promote reform of official secrecy practices. The site produces the email newsletter Secrecy News, which is read by more than 10,000 self-selected subscribers in media, government and among the general public.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Deep Web

There are hundreds of thousands of databases that contain Deep Web content. CompletePlanet is the front door to these Deep Web databases on the Web and to the thousands of regular search engines — it is the first step in trying to find highly topical information. By tracing through CompletePlanet's subject structure or searching Deep Web sites, you can go to various topic areas, such as energy or agriculture or food or medicine, and find rich content sites not accessible using conventional search engines. Discover over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines.

Saturday, July 02, 2005


The Oracle of Delphi and Ancient Oracles - This an organized, annotated list of more than 160 links on Greek and Roman oracles, including Delphi, Dodona, Didyma and others. It includes everything from serious academic articles and books, to material intended for grade-school kids.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Subject Resource

Subject Finder is developed by Teum Teklehaimanot to help students, teachers and lecturers find educational websites easily without being overwhelmed with a huge number of search results. It is designed to search only educational websites which contain tutorials, learning and teaching materials such as Accounting, Arts and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing, Construction, Counselling, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Geography, Health, History, Law, Languages, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Reference, Science, Social Science, Sociology, Travel, etc.