Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hypochondriac's Dream

The Diseases Database is a cross-referenced index of human disease, medications, symptoms, signs, abnormal investigation findings etc. This site provides a medical textbook-like index and search portal covering areas including General internal medical disorders, Symptoms, Congenital and inherited disorders, Infectious diseases and organisms, Drugs and medications as well as Common haematology and biochemistry investigation abnormalities. This site provides a lists of items beloved of examiners in Medical School and beyond. Dictionary type definitions for many items via links to the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System. Subject specific hyperlinks to web information resources for many items. e.g. the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence's Guidelines on taxanes are available, whether you come from breast cancer or taxol/paclitaxel or taxanes. A 'pre-loaded' multiple search engine enquiry page using all item synonyms. And where suitable UMLS equivalents of items exist, the terms under which those concepts are known (including languages other than English), the source and the 'code' are shown. The site is tightly cross-navigable.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

American Woman

American Women Through Time provides a chronology of women's history in the United States with links to relevant websites for each period, including a guide to research sources, census, newspapers, and secondary sources, that are appropriate for the specified time period." Also includes links to sites about notable women, states, and specific topics.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

"The site contains maps and views of Jerusalem, and basic information concerning the map-makers and the history of cartography in Jerusalem" during the Byzantine, early Islamic, Crusader, and other historical periods. Includes dozens of zoomable maps from the 13th through mid-20th centuries. From the Jewish National and University Library and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

On the Roman Emperors

De Imperatoribus Romanis is an on-line encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453). The encyclopedia consists of an index of all the emperors who ruled during the empire's 1500 years, a growing number of biographical essays on the individual emperors, family trees ("stemmata") of important imperial dynasties, an index of significant battles in the empire's history, an increasing number of capsule descriptions and maps of these battles, and maps of the empire at different times.The information is well cross-linked to more information found elsewhere on the web.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Sun Never Sets

The Victorian Web is the place to start when researching the Victorian era (1837-1901). It features articles on political history, social history, economics, gender, philosophy, religion, as well as science, technology, genre and technique, visual arts, theater and popular entertainment. The site also contains biographies and works of dozens of authors, Victorian e-books, e-texts, and related links.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Pieces Of Eight

American Treasures of the Library of Congress is the online companion of the of the "permanent Library of Congress exhibition of the rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America's past." Includes facsimilies of original documents, photographs and artworks, maps, and more. Arrange by topic "in the manner of Thomas Jefferson's own library.... Memory (History); Reason (Philosophy, including Law, Science and Geography); and Imagination (Fine Arts, including Architecture, Music, Literature and Sports)."

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Cognito Ergo Sum

Cogprints: Cognitive Sciences Eprint Archive. This is "an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics," many areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, medicine, and anthropology "as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition." Includes articles from 1950 to the present. Searchable, and browsable by year or subject.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Top Of the Book List

Books for Understanding is a free, easy-to-use resource to help you find books on current events. New bibliographies are compiled when a major news story breaks or public debate heats up. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential.Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Father Of The Constitution

The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Knowledge Base

Braintrack University Index is the largest university index on the Internet. This directory offers links to Over 8,300 Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges and other higher educational institutions in about 200 countries. Want to go to school in the Gambia? It is searchable by keyword and browsable by continent and country.

Sunday, November 20, 2005


The Encyclopaedia Estonica is a bilingual web publication, compiled by the Estonian Institute, with the aim of offering a compact and systematic overview of Estonian society, culture, history, nature, education, science, state administration and economy, and of the connections between these fields. The texts are written by experts and are supplemented by archive materials and pictures taken by professional photographers.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Kiwi Stats

Statisphere is New Zealand's official statistics portal. Statisphere provides information about New Zealand's official statistics. It enables users, producers and researchers to quickly find all available official statistics. About official statistics contains information about the Official Statistics System, including definitions, a listing of key statistics (known as Tier 1), statistical principles and policies, StatResearch and Source (the new data archive for official statistics). Statistics by subject and Statistics by agency will help you find official statistics and to access official statistics published by government agencies.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Envelope Please

The Envelope--Past Winners "A comprehensive database of winners and nominees from film, music, television and theater. This is the Web's most extensive listing of results for entertainment awards shows. The database features information for more than 100 U.S., Canadian, and British shows dating to 1916. Winners and nominees range from major industry competitions to small but influential festivals. There are also television ratings and Top 40 singles through the years as well as comparisons of award results by categories."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

From Sea To Shining Sea

Federal agencies have partnered to create the U.S. Water Monitor. A Portal To Federal Water Information and companion to the U.S. Drought Monitor and the Drought Impact Reporter. The Water Monitor makes it easy to access current federal streamflow, reservoir, groundwater, snow and river forecast products from a single source.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Oral Factory

'Over the past quarter century, the Senate Historical Office has interviewed Senate officers, parliamentarians, clerks, police officers, chiefs of staff, reporters, photographers, Senate pages, and senators. These interviews cover the breadth of the 20th century and now the 21st century, and include a diverse group of personalities who witnessed events first-hand. Darrell St. Claire, Assistant Secretary of the Senate, offered reminiscences of senators from Huey Long to Lyndon Johnson. Ruth Young Watt, Chief Clerk to the Subcommittee on Investigations under Joseph McCarthy and "Scoop" Jackson, candidly described fellow staffers Roy Cohn and Robert Kennedy, and reminisced about witnesses such as Howard Hughes and Jimmy Hoffa. Jesse Nichols, clerk and librarian for the Finance Committee from 1937 to 1971, was the first African-American hired on the Senate’s clerical staff. He spoke of the long, slow transition from a segregated city to an integrated workplace.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Analyze This

Factbites has been created by Rapid Intelligence, a content technology company based in Sydney, Australia. Thier focus is on computational linguistics, data mining, data warehousing and artificial intelligence. These are icorparated into Factbites, a search engine more interested in content analysis than link popularity.

Monday, November 14, 2005

First Draft

You can search the Documents From the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789. The online collection includes "The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Also included are extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." Includes a related essay and timelines. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

46th In the Country

The California School Directory contains information about California public schools, private schools, and school districts. Includes information for primary and secondary schools, adult education centers, community colleges, continuation high schools, and charter schools. Data for schools include Academic Performance Index (API), enrollment (by ethnicity, grade, and gender), physical fitness test results, and more. From the California Department of Education.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Comic Strips

Lambiek.Net, online since 1994, presents the Comiclopedia - a comics compendium with over 7,000 comic artists from around the world. They include biographies and artwork examples.

Friday, November 11, 2005

All That You Can Be?

National Priorities Project Database allows you to look at military recruiting at the state, county, high school or ZIP-code levels. The State, County, and Zip Code numbers are for Army and Army Reserves, Airforce and Navy Active Duty, and include the number of recruits coming from each location as well as the percentages belonging to each race/ethnicity and gender subgroup. The National Priorities Project obtained the 2004 military recruitment and enlistment statistics from a Freedom of Information request made to the Army, Navy and Air Force by Peacework magazine.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

March To The Sea

"The Digital Colonial Documents (India) is intended to promote study of the rare seminal documents which were influential in the formation of the notions of nation, state and culture during the colonial period. It intends to make available the following resources: The Memorandum on the 1871-72 Census of British India; The Report on the 1881 Census of India; Volume Three of the 1881 Census Reports; The Report on the 1891 Census of India; The Report on the 1901 Census of India; Murray's Handbook for Madras and Bombay for 1859; The Hunter Commission Report on Education for 1883; Mill's History of India." Fulltext digital versions of these books, as well as scans of the original works as images.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Fictional Database

"The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database provides indexing to articles, books, news reports, obituaries, motion picture reviews and other material about science fiction and fantasy. Some coverage of horror, gothic and utopian literature is included." The index includes more than 60,000 entries and a uniform list of indexing terms that can be viewed alphabetically or searched with the browser's find function.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Election Day

The California Elections Data Archive provides access to the results of local election results in California. The database "includes both candidate and ballot measure results for county, city, community college, and school district elections." The text of the ballot measures are included as well as tables listing the measures by type and subject. Results are available for elections back to 1996.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Imbalance Budget

Glossary of Budgetary and Economic Terms from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office providing the definitions of terms used in its publication, Budget and Economic Outlook. Also, provided are the sources of data for various terms listed.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


The new Earth Impact Database tracks terrestrial impact data. The resource is managed by the Planetary and Space Science Centre in the department of geology at the University of Nouveau-Brunswick. Most terrestrial impact craters that have ever formed have been obliterated by other terrestrial geological processes. To-date, over 160 impact craters have been identified on Earth. Almost all known craters have been recognized since 1950 and several new structures are found each year. The Crater Inventory can be sorted by the Name of the crater, it's Diameter and it's Location.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Light In The Closet

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network (ILGBT) of Amnesty International works "to inform and promote focus on LGBT human rights violations in AI's strategy and policy, campaigns, reports, research, education and actions." The site has policy information, international news and action alerts, annotated Web links, and a map showing the status of sexual minorities worldwide. In English, Spanish, and French.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Information Share

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) was established in July 1999 to meet the growing needs of UNESCO Member States and the international community for a wider range of policy-relevant, timely, and reliable statistics in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and communication.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Fatal Impact

Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking publishes observation reports, photos, and movies of asteroids and comets from the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) observing systems at Palomar Observatory and the Maui Space Surveillance Site. Includes a listing of newly discovered asteroids, an asteroid and comet FAQ, image archives, and information about NEAT observation telescopes. NEAT is a joint project of the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the United States Air Force.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Alternative Fuels: Biodiesel "Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics." This site presents basic information about biodiesel along with publications and resources for further information. From the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) of the U.S. Department of Energy. And the Biodiesel: The Official Site of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is a site that features consumer and trade information about biodiesel, "a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil." Provides a FAQ, news, tutorials, a buying guide, fact sheets, and a searchable database of technical reports. "The NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the US."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A National Resource

The National Atlas allows you to make interactive maps within your web browser. Select, change, and display map layers. Map layers cover a variety of topics such as Agriculture, Environment, People, Biology, Geology, Transportation, Boundaries, History, Water, Climate and Map References. Roam across America and zoom in to reveal more detail. Point at map features to learn more about them. Locate and map more than 2,000,000 geographic names in the United States. New map layers are added each month.