The Commercial Appeal has compiled a list of blogs written by Memphians, about Memphis or for a Memphis audience. Here you can check out what your neighbors have to say about everything from local politics to the new restaurant on the corner.
The entire 137 year archive of Popular Science magazine is here free for browsing. Each issue can be viewed just as it first appeared at its original time of publication.
“Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America’s historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).“–From the Website.
Google has announced an initiative to bring more magazine archives and current magazines online and has partnered with a diverse number of magazine publishers to begin digitizing millions of magazine articles. Users can use Google Book Search to search for magazines and magazine articles and as time goes on there will be more and more magazine articles appearing in the results of a Google Book Search.
From the site: “Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.” I highly recommend doing a search for ‘Memphis’. Good stuff.
Time Magazine offers a free, searchable database of Time Magazine covers and the content of all of its issues going back to 1923.
Sports Illustrated magazine offers a free, searchable database of the content for the last 54 years of Sports Illustrated magazine.
From Kevin Dixon (Staff Development):
“This site shows a map of the US with lots of dots that represent cities. Point to a dot and see the current front page of that city’s newspaper. Click on the dot to see a readable version which also has a link to that newspaper’s website.”
Go to Today’s Front Pages to use the tool Kevin describes. There are also a lot of great stories in the Exhibits and Theaters section.
Lifehacker has a great guide to language translation sites and other language tools. Besides common sites already mentioned in this blog, there are links to language dictionaries, slang sites and newspaper translators. Enjoy!
From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):
Question: Why were the Memphis City Council Super Districts formed?
The Newsbank database for the Commercial Appeal includes the following articles that may jumpstart the research of curious customers:
Chris Conley, “Judge OK’s City Council Remap Plan,” Commercial Appeal, June 20, 1995, A1.
“Chronology of Lawsuits,” Commercial Appeal, April 26, 1995, p. 11
According to Thomas Jones, the Memphis Room clipping file subject heading for this topic is “Memphis–City Council–Election Districts.”
Note: Links work in the library only.
Thanks to Doris for all of the research!
This is a great site for anyone looking for older magazine articles on particular subjects. The site groups articles by subjects, such as “Prohibition” or “Early Cars”, and then provides a .pdf version of the original article. The articles can also be searched by keyword. A great source for students!
This is the website of the Annenberg Political Fact Check, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization “that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” The organization monitors “the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”
Britain’s Times Online has compiled a list of their picks for the 160+ top books for boys. Their top 5:
1. The Top 10 of Everything 2007 by Russell Ash
2. Strange Powers of the Human Mind (Forbidden Truths) by Herbie Brennan
3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
4. I Know You Got Soul by Jeremy Clarkson
5. Guinness Book of Records 2007