Friday, June 30, 2006

Call To Order

The Parliamentary Archives of England holds several million historical records relating to Parliament, dating from 1497. These include the Records of the House of Lords and House of CommonsOfficial records of both Houses of Parliament, including Acts, Journals, Deposited Plans and Appeal Cases, access to Other Parliamentary Collections relating to Parliament, including the papers of the Lord Great Chamberlain and the Lord President of the Council, the Private PapersCollections of political papers and records of political bodies and pressure groups, including Lloyd George, Bonar Law, and Beaverbrook, and Records about the Palace of Westminster records about the building, including the papers of Charles Barry and AWN Pugin, the drawings of J Hardman & Co, the Benjamin Stone photographs and the records of various government departments responsible for maintaining the new Palace, as well as many other sources.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


The Modern British Literature Index provides access to biographies and bibliographies of writers working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with links to online texts and other resources when available.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

For Your Information

British National Archives : Public Information Films site allows visitors to view a selection of public information films from 1945 to 2006. The films range in length from (15) seconds, "TV Licence - Columbo" (1977), to more than nineteen (19) minutes, "The Wonder Jet" (1950) and "Atomic Achievement " (1956). Covering a wide range of topics the films can be viewed with Windows Media Player or Quicktime in a low or high resolution format. A text transcript is also provided.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Spectator And Tatler

The Spectator Project is an interactive hypermedia environment for the study of The Tatler (1709-1711), The Spectator (1711-14), and the eighteenth-century periodical in general. The most innovative feature of the project developed out of the object of study itself. The format, style, and even the content of The Tatler and the Spectator were immediately and closely imitated in hundreds of periodicals in Europe and the Americas. The Spectator Project will allow users to compare imitated and imitating formats and passages of text through the means of hyperlinks. A footnote will appear, for example, in the text of Marivaux's Le Spectateur français or Eliza Haywood's The Female Spectator, and the user will click on it to bring up the passage in the Spectator that it derives from.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Various Versions

The Wordsworth Variorum Archive (WVA) is a digital archive of the poetry of William Wordsworth. The archive makes available Wordsworth's poetry as it was originally published, arranged by published volume. Students, scholars and the merely curious can examine Wordsworth's poetry in the context of its original publication and subsequent re-publications.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Peace Operations

The SIPRI Database on Multilateral Peace Operations uniquely provides transparent and reliable data on all multilateral peace operations (both UN and non-UN) conducted around the world. Here you will find information on where an operation is located, the dates of its deployment and operation, the mission mandate, the participating countries, the approved and actual number of personnel deployed broken into personnel types, the financial costs, and the number of fatalities suffered.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Off Off Broadway

The Lortel Archives, also known as the Internet Off-Broadway Database is a searchable database of information on shows produced Off-Broadway in New York. For each production, we have included all information available, including title page credits, original cast members and replacements, window card photos, awards won, number of performances and much more. In addition, there’s information about Off-Broadway theatre spaces, theatre companies and the people who make Off-Broadway come to life.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Read The Manual

The Army provides online policies, regulations, pamphlets, field manuals and training materials on its intelligence and security doctrine. This includes the "Department of the Army Freedom of Information Act Program," "Legal Lessons Learned from Afghanistan and Iraq" and the "Operational Law Handbook," a 600-page manual intended to help Army lawyers "recognize, analyze, and resolve the problems they will encounter in the operational context." Or even the "Army Band Section Leader Handbook."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Go Figure

The Online Encyclopaedia of Mathematics is the most up-to-date and comprehensive English-language graduate-level reference work in the field of mathematics today. This online edition comprises more than 8,000 entries and illuminates nearly 50,000 notions in mathematics. The Encyclopaedia of Mathematics is updated on a regular basis to remain a quick, precise source of reference to mathematical definitions, concepts, explanations, surveys, examples, terminology and methods, which will prove useful for all mathematicians and other scientists who encounter mathematics in their work.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lost In Translation

The Index Translationum is a list of books translated in the world, an international bibliography of translations. The database contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about one hundred of the UNESCO Member States since 1979 and totalling more than 1.600,000 entries in all disciplines . The subjucts cover literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history and so forth. Index Translationum can produce statistics to obtain the number of translations published around the world. The totals obtained can apply to all translations of the Index (from 1979 to 2002, for all languages and world regions). The totals can also be obtained for a restricted set of translations by using a filter. In addition, the totals can be detailed for u quantitative differences and can be viewed according to different parameters such as country, language, and across time intervals.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pressed Kiwi

"Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over one million pages from 41 publications." Browse by newspaper and publication date. Publication history for each newspaper is provided. Full page images are displayed using a browser plugin that requires no software download. Site also features a Maori language interface.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Worth More Than Paper

From the U.S. Department of State is the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation: Treaties and Agreements which provides the text of historic arms control agreements from the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control and the U.S. Bureau of Nonproliferation (which merged to become the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in 2005). Some of the treaties include the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Geneva Protocol, the Open Skies Treaty, the Outer Space Treaty, and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I and SALT II).

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Dino Discourse

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) scientific publications disseminate the results of laboratory investigations and fieldwork conducted by museum scientists and their colleagues in the areas of zoological systematics, paleontology, geology, evolution, and anthropology. This collection includes full-text PDFs of current and back issues of AMNH scientific series.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Urban Renewal

Department of Housing and Urban Development's "State of the Cities Datasystem" (SOCDS) offers demographic and economic information from the 1970 to 2000 census, current employment statistics for city residents, data on county business patterns, FBI crime data, local building permit data, information on city and suburban public finances and more.

Friday, June 16, 2006

It's The Numbers

PopPlanet is a resource of up-to-date country specific information on key population, environment, and health issues. Topics include: biological, flora and mineral resources, water pollution and scarcity, land resources and degradation, health services, and health impacts from the environment

Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Clear Shot

The Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) Public Library provides access to approximately 50,000 pages of reports, transcripts, and documents relating to political assassination. Many of these documents were released in recent years under the provisions of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The AARC Public Library features easy browsing as well as a powerful search engine.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Old Mariners Tale

The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 70 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans past, present, and future. Through 2010, scientists worldwide will work to quantify what is known, unknown, and what may never be known about the world's oceans-which comprise more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface and more than 90 percent of its biosphere. They help identify threatened species and important breeding areas, helping authorities develop effective strategies for the sustainable management of marine resources. New pharmaceuticals and industrial compounds are also among the potential uses of the estimated thousands of undescribed species that will be found. And as the secrets of the planet's last unexplored frontier are revealed, understanding of elemental processes such as climate, evolution, extinction, and migration will expand.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Northwest Passage

The Northwest History Database contains material of significance to the history of the Northwest during the first half of the twentieth century. The core of the database is the Northwest newspaper clippings collection. The newspaper articles were collected and organized in the late 1930's by dedicated historians working for the Works Progress Administration. The database also includes primary source material such as government reports, laws, maps, etc. pertaining to the settlement and development of the northwest. In addition the site has extensive links to other related web sites, such as Native American cultural sources, relevant dam websites and important laws and legislation.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Pick Your Poison

ToxSeek from the National Library of Medicine is a "meta-search and clustering engine for environmental health and toxicology." It searches multiple Web databases using "natural language processing and artificial intelligence to retrieve, integrate, rank, and present search results as coherent and dynamic sets. ToxSeek'’s results 'clustering' feature helps users to more easily identify particular concepts. These 'clusters' are created from what is retrieved in the original query, and can be useful in uncovering a specific concept or focus for more in-depth searching."

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Monster Mash

Monstrous is a global knowledge repository about all monsters and creatures including graphics, texts, movies, music, games, artefacts, references and discussion forums. Is organized as a non-profit organization which aim is to take over the role of ”Teratology Societies” of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They base their analysis and work on historical archives, documents, active field research and testimonies rather than '“word of mouth'” stories.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Dryads Pixie, And Fairies

SurLaLun Fairytales is a portal to the realm of fairy tale and folklore studies featuring 44 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, and over 1,300 illustrations. Discover hundreds of fairy tales from around the world.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. Te Ara consists of 9 themes, appearing progressively between 2005 and 2012; New Zealanders – describes the arrival and settlement of the people, Earth, Sea and Sky – explores the marine life, people and the sea, natural resources, and shaping forces such as geology and climate. The Bush – covers New Zealand’s landforms, fauna and flora. The Settled Landscape – looks at how people live in, use and change their environment. Trade and Exchange – examines the economy, business and city life. Connections – details social groups, families and communities. Nation – focuses on systems of government and symbols of national identity. Daily Life – tells of the intricacies of the customs, leisure activities and beliefs that make New Zealand unique. Creativity – views the beauty of the arts, culture, invention and innovation. The New Zealand in Brief gives concise, up-to-date information and essential facts about New Zealand.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Our Turn To Learn

The Condition of Education 2006 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 50 indicators on the status and condition of education and a special analysis on international assessments. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. The 2006 print edition includes 50 indicators in five main areas: (1) participation in education; (2) learner outcomes; (3) student effort and educational progress; (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education; and (5) the contexts of postsecondary education.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Rosemary, Sage, Parsley And Time

View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 - marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately entries into cities and other grand events. In the Background section you can find out what festival books are, and where and how these events were staged and who took part. Other web resources appear in our Links section and further reading in References. The Texts section allows you to read the digitised books in their original languages, search using a series of indices, and gather information on aspects of festival across a range of books.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Written Defense

The aim of the ADT program is to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities. The theses will be available worldwide via the web. The ideal behind the program is to provide access to, and promote Australian research to the international community. The ADT concept was an initiative of 7 Australian universities; University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Curtin University of Technology and Griffith University in association with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Its In The Blood

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia serves as a guide to the collections and resources at the Library of Congress that pertain to music, theater, and dance. Most of these collections and resources can be found in the Music Division, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the American Folklife Center, although there are additional resources available in other divisions of the Library such as the Manuscript Division and the Rare Books Division. Browsing by subject will allow the user to retrieve lists of library collections and resources, such as finding aids, databases, online presentations, and exhibitions. The subject list is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather a reflection of what can be found at the Library of Congress. Each collection or resource has a descriptive summary and additional information when available. If the collection has been digitized or is available online, a link to it will be provided. These links generally lead to other areas of the Library's Web site, including American Memory, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, and a number of reading room Web pages.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

All Shook Up

The Significant Earthquake Database contains information on destructive earthquakes from 2150 B.C. to the present that meet at least one of the following criteria; moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), 10 or more deaths, magnitude 7.5 or greater, modified Mercalli Intensity X or greater, or the earthquake caused a tsunami. The events were gathered from scientific and scholarly sources, regional and worldwide catalogs, and individual event reports.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Till The Fat Lady Sings

The Aria Database is a diverse collection of information on over 1000 operatic arias. Search by Opera, Title, Composer or Role. Designed for singers and non-singers alike, the Database includes translations and aria texts of most arias as well as a collection of MIDI files of operatic arias and ensembles. Currently, the Database holds information on the complete operatic aria collections of Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Wagner, and Puccini as well as the partial collections of over 50 other composers. There are 1278 Arias, 170 Operas, 60 Composers, 381 Translations and 1027 Aria Texts.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Erik The Red

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga is a Smithsonian webpage about the Norse in North America. Along with highlights of the exhibit, there's also an interactive map of the Viking voyages.(Although L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only confirmed Viking colony in North America). The Saga of Eric the Red contains the story of the voyages and discovery, but there are other primary sources as well.