On This Day: The First of April, 1864 : “A lighthearted but accurate historical review of April Fool’s Day, illustrated with a cartoon by artist Thomas Nast. From the New York Times Learning Network.” Gives an interesting (but brief) history of April Fool’s Day. (Annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)
California Occupational Guides: “The California Occupational Guides are a series of about 300 information sheets covering individual occupations or groups of related occupations. They provide statewide information about job duties, working conditions, employment outlook, wages, benefits, entrance requirements, and training.”
Ebook Library at the Electronic Text Center, Univesity of Virginia Library: “1,800 publicly-available ebooks from the University of Virginia Library’s Etext Center, including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children’s literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and much more.” (Note: These books are primarily classic texts that are old enough to be out of copyright (pre-1924).
“The Pew Internet & American Life Project will create and fund original, academic-quality research that explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source for timely information on the Internet’s growth and societal impact, through research that is scrupulously impartial. ” (from the Project’s mission statement) Includes reports/statistics on older Americans and the Internet, the CAN-SPAM Act, libraries and the digital divide, &etc.
The University of Michigan Library Digital Archive: Brown v. Board of Education : “This archive contains documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this historically significant case up to the present. The archive is divided into four main areas of interest: Supreme Court cases; busing and school integration efforts in northern urban areas; school integration in the Ann Arbor Public School District; and recent resegregation trends in American schools.” (From Librarian’s Index to the Internet)
This website (www.pipa.org) reports on research performed by the PIPA of American attitudes on topics of foreign policy and international issues. This is a great resource for students to review when considering topics for their papers and speeches. It is also a great source for those interested in politics and International issues. Polls and surveys are organized in the “Digest” section by topic so that one can see the change of American attitude on issues over time.
Protein Data Bank: “The PDB is the single worldwide repository for the processing and distribution of 3-D structure data of large molecules of proteins and nucleic acids. New structures are released each Wednesday by 1:00am Pacific time.” From: “The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), a non-profit consortium dedicated to improving our understanding of the function of biological systems through the study of the 3-D structure of biological macromolecules.”
50th Anniversary of ‘Wonderful World of Color’ TV: “Facts and statistics to celebrate the 50th anniversary (March 2004) of color television. Provides data on TV viewing habits, average number of TVs per household, cable TV rates, television broadcasting networks, advertising, and related topics.” (annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)
Modern Meat: PBS Fronline: “Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline show that “goes inside the world of the modern American meat industry and shows that this once simple product, the hamburger, is no longer so simple.” Includes features on industrial meat, foodborne illnesses and meat safety, the meat inspection process, and politics. Provides interviews, a program transcript, video clips, and links to consumer resources.” (citation from Librarians Index to the Internet)
FedStats A-Z :Topic links to federal and international statistics.