Archive | August 2010


“CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress — how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces.”–From the website.  From the Dirksen Congressional Center.

Learn About Congress : Congress Q & A

“Congress, like any organization, can be baffling to those unfamiliar with the rules, conventions, and traditions of the organization. Some of the explanations in this section are “need to know,” in that you should be familiar with them to effectively follow the work of Congress and be able to participate in the legislative process. Others are “nice to know,” like the origins of the elephant and donkey as party mascots.”–From the website.  From the Center on Congress At Indiana University.

Constitution Day : Constitution Resources

The U. S. Courts offers resources that will help to commemorate Constitution Day which is observed on September 17.

Ask A Librarian : Law Library of Congress

Although neither legal advice, interpretation, nor analysis that can be interpreted as the practice of law can be offered, some legal and legislative research is available here.  Queries can be sent online or by telephone or regular mail.

State Legislatures Websites For United States and Territories

This Thomas web page provides links to the websites of all of the 50 state legislatures and U. S. territories.  There are also links where other state legislative information can be found.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

If you are looking for a list of HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), you have come to the right place. Below, you will find a list of HBCU’s, with links, by state. The colleges and universities in each state are listed in alphabetical order.”–From the website

Geek The Library : An Awareness Campaign for U. S. Public Libraries

Brought to you by OCLC, with funding by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is about a campaign, open to public libraries,  that is designed them to help in tough economic times.

Finding titles within Series Lists

This site was introduced by Gina, Humanities Manager:

Probably just about every reference staff member has been asked for the next book in a series.  Or even been asked for a more vague title search.  Not knowing the title is part of a series, sometimes it is difficult to find that book by its title or even by author.

This site lists different series by the author’s last name.  If the author has written more than one series, every title will be listed within that particular series in order of publication date.  There are also pictures of the books’ covers- just in case you’re still not quite sure that is what you’re looking for.

Very user-friendly site with a lot of useful information.

Thanks, Gina!

“This website provides you with disposable e-mail addresses which expire after 60 Minutes. You can read and reply to e-mails that are sent to the temporary e-mail address within the given time frame.”–From the website.

Thsrs (The shorter thesaurus)

Very simple to use:  Type in a long word and receive shorter synonyms.

Epinions : Consumer Reviews By Regular People

Unbiased reviews of countless products are found here.

Online Conversion Of Any Measurement

“Welcome to  Convert just about anything to anything else.  Over 5000 units, 50000 conversions.” –From the website.

U.S.A. Learns

U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL). DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.”–From the Website.  This is a free site to help adults learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking, and life skills.

The Ultimate Tree-Ring Web Pages

“Welcome and thank you for visiting the Ultimate Tree-Ring web pages, designed to be the ULTIMATE source for information on the science of Dendrochronology. I’ve designed these pages to be easily understood by people at all levels of education, from elementary school students to high school students, from first grade teachers to college professors. You won’t find anything fancy here – I want these pages to be readable, enjoyable, and (most of all) educational.–from the website.  Presented by The University of Tennessee-Knoxville .

NDM-1 Superbugs

There is a new drug resistant “superbug” that is spreading from India and Pakistan to the United Kingdom and may be spreading globally.  These superbugs carry a gene, New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1, or NDM-1 for short, that makes them resistant even to the most powerful of antibiotics.  These are questions and answers about NDM-1 from the BBC News website.