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  Earth Day 2003 Online
    The Web site aims to compile "a comprehensive list of Earth
    Day events occurring in 2003, regardless of size, geographic
    location or organizational affiliation." Includes the
    history of Earth Day, an organizer's guide, a calendar of
    events (almost all in the United States), and the ability to
    search for registered events by location.
    Subjects: Earth Day...
    Created by cdt

    Earth Day Canada
    Information about Earth Day in Canada, observed every April
    22nd. Includes history, events, activities, resources,
    children's activities, many related links, and press
    releases and kits. Earth Day Canada is a national
    organization "mandated to improve the state of the
    environment by empowering Canadians to take action and
    achieve local solutions."
    Subjects: Earth Day...
    Created by cdt

    Today in History: Earth Day
    A brief history of Earth Day, "first observed in Spring of
    1970." Features related links including those about Arbor
    Day, Bird Day, and the American conservation movement. From
    the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
    Subjects: Earth Day...
    Created by cdt

    Crisis in Iraq
    Feature stories, columns, commentary, timelines, maps,
    photos, history, resources, and the latest news on Iraq.
    From The Globe and Mail, "Canada's National Newspaper."
    Subjects: Iraq War, 2003- ...
    Created by cdt

    National Dark Sky Week (NDSW)
    To observe this occasion, which takes place the first week
    of April, "everyone in the United States turns off outdoor
    lighting to temporarily reduce light pollution so we can
    step back for a moment and realize the wonder that our
    universe holds." The site includes photos, forums on
    astronomy topics, and links to NDSW's affiliates and to
    educational astronomy sites; the observance was created in
    2003 by an amateur astronomer.
    Subjects: Light pollution...
    Created by cdt

    Navy NewsStand: The Source for Navy News
    News and features about the activities and defense
    operations of the United States Navy from Navy
    correspondents around the world, including those stationed
    on ships. Includes news and background information about the
    Iraqi conflict.
    Subjects: United States. Navy...
    Created by mg

    This introduction to calligraphy from an enthusiast teaches
    the art in a few simple-to-follow steps. It includes basic
    letter shapes to use for practicing, several alphabets, how
    to plan your documents, a gallery of samples, a short
    history of writing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the Roman
    alphabet, and links to other calligraphy resources around
    the world.
    Subjects: Calligraphy...
    Created by jm

    Center for History and New Media (CHNM)
    The site for a project dedicated to combining "the most
    exciting and innovative digital media with the latest and
    best historical scholarship." Gateway to projects such as
    History Matters, the September 11 Digital Archive, and more.
    Features interviews with historians, recommended readings,
    quizzes, and tools for students. Various plug-ins required.
    Searchable. From George Mason University.
    Subjects: Educational technology...
    Created by smb

    Code Pink: Women's Pre-emptive Strike for Peace
    Initiated by, but not limited to, women, this organization
    calls "on women around the world to rise up and oppose the
    war in Iraq." Their activities in cities around the U.S.
    include vigils, mock funeral processions, and a modern
    adaptation of Aristophanes' antiwar play, Lysistrata.
    Subjects: Iraq War, 2003- ...
    Created by mrm

    Cosmic Evolution: From Big Bang to Humankind
    Site traces the cosmic origin and evolution of all matter
    and energy, from the initial Big Bang through the seven
    epochs of 12 billion years of time. Explores significant
    milestones using an interdisciplinary approach with movies,
    diagrams, animations, educational activities, and text.
    Provides a glossary, references, and links to related sites.
    Caution: movies may require lengthy download. From Tufts
    University, Wright Center for Science Education, and the
    Foundation for the Future.
    Subjects: Cosmology...
    Created by sf

    Dialect Survey
    A continuing online survey of regional differences in word
    usage, grammar, and pronunciation in the United States. The
    survey consists of 122 questions and takes about twenty
    minutes to complete. Free registration is required to
    participate. Preliminary results for each question are
    displayed, with maps of where the various usages occur.
    Created for research purposes by Bert Vaux, an Associate
    Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University.
    Subjects: English language -- Dialects...
    Created by mg

    EveryRose: The Rose Reference Database
    Extremely slow and temperamental, but very comprehensive
    database of thousands of roses, including many high-quality
    photographs. Search or browse by name, color, class, height,
    width, growth habit, bloom season, or fragrance. Database
    records include ratings from the American Rose Society (ARS)
    and user comments, and notes if the rose is an AARS
    (All-America Rose Selection). Site includes rose sources,
    clubs and associations, public gardens, and much more.
    Subjects: Roses
    Created by rs

    Frost Dates Selector
    This site shows the average first and last frost dates, so
    important to gardeners, for local areas in the United States
    and Canada. Defines frost "as a light freeze of temperatures
    ranging from 29 to 32 degrees F." Includes a temperature
    calculator for Fahrenheit and Celsius conversions.
    Subjects: Frost...
    Created by ml

    Japanese Historical Maps
    Access to more than 100 images and books from the collection
    of over 2300 Japanese historical maps dating back to the
    fifteenth century. Includes an view of the data which is an
    overlay of historical maps with current geospatial data.
    Viewing maps may require downloading special software,
    depending on your computer. From the University of
    California at Berkeley, East Asian Library.
    Subjects: Japan -- Maps...
    Created by dl

    John Muir Day, April 21 Celebration and History
    Information about John Muir Day and how to celebrate it.
    Links to additional resources on the American
    conservationist, including some of his writings. There are
    also study guides for K-12 teachers. From the Sierra Club.
    Subjects: Muir, John, 1838-1914...
    Created by cdt

    John Muir's Yosemite
    Excerpts from a diary written by John Muir as a young
    naturalist and shepherd in California's Central Valley and
    Sierra Nevada mountains. The daily journal from which these
    excerpts were taken was published in the Atlantic Monthly in
    1911, and later published as the book My First Summer in the
    Sierra. Published on the Web by The Atlantic Online.
    Subjects: Muir, John, 1838-1914...
    Created by cdt

    Julia A. Moore Poetry Contest
    This site includes top entries from each year (1993-2002) of
    a defunct parody competition, some "bad poetry links," and
    poems by the contest?s namesake, a Michigan poet who gained
    popularity "because of her inept and dreadful verse." The
    sponsor, Flint (Michigan) Public Library, notes that
    although this contest is gone, bad poetry continues. "No,
    dear friends, we must all trudge onward down this sticky
    path. Onward! And may Julia continue to inspire us all."
    Subjects: Moore, Julia A., 1847-1920...
    Created by mg

    Lying in Ponds: The Absurdity of Partisanship
    This site is "an attempt to quantify and analyze
    partisanship in the American punditocracy." The Partisanship
    Index is derived from a formula, and "tracks the Democratic
    and Republican biases of a selection of regular political
    columnists from various sources." Readers can use the
    color-coded index to evaluate views of writers. Includes the
    current top ten pundits, statistics on individual
    columnists, and archives. Developed and maintained by a
    Subjects: Journalism...
    Created by dfs

    Managing Anxiety in Times of Crisis
    "Resources in Times of Uncertainty." This site provides tips
    on talking about fear and anxiety related to crises such as
    disasters, war, and terrorism, including talking to children
    and self-care help for emergency workers. The site, from the
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), also
    includes links to selected DHHS publications, recent news
    articles, and other related resources.
    Subjects: Anxiety...
    Created by cdt

    MEDLINEplus: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    Links to the latest information on SARS. Includes news,
    general overviews, graphics, and statistics on SARS cases.
    Also provides contacts for organizations, adoption
    information, and links to MEDLINE searches for research
    articles on SARS or related issues. From the U.S. National
    Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
    Subjects: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome...
    Created by cdt

    News From the Front
    News stories and photographs by Marine Corps correspondents
    in Iraq. Part of the official Marine Corps Web site.
    Subjects: Iraq War, 2003- ...
    Created by mg

    NOW with Bill Moyers: Chuck Lewis on a New Patriot Act
    Transcripts of a February, 2003 television interview with
    Chuck Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public
    Integrity, about the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of
    2003, also known as "Patriot Act II," which some consider "a
    sweeping expansion of the government's police powers."
    Includes a response from the Department of Justice, a later
    interview with civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, a timeline,
    and related links. From the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
    series Now with Bill Moyers.
    Subjects: Civil rights -- United States...
    Created by dl

    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    News, photographs, and background information on the war in
    Iraq from the official Web site of the United States Air
    Subjects: Iraq War, 2003- ...
    Created by mg

    SARS, the Mystery Illness
    Quick facts and recent news on severe acute respiratory
    syndrome (SARS). Provides comprehensive "Backgrounders"
    including Questions & Answers and Timeline. Includes video
    and audio features of interviews and statements, a
    discussion forum, and links to key resources. From the
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
    Subjects: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome...
    Created by cdt

    The Hector Berlioz Website
    Features information on Berlioz's life, music, writings, and
    career in London and Paris. Includes texts, photos, images,
    musical scores in MIDI format, and an annotated bibliography
    about Berlioz and his predecessors and contemporaries.
    Provides news, events, concert schedules, and reviews of
    recordings and performances. Available in French and
    English. Developed and maintained by an academic couple at a
    Scottish university.
    Subjects: Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869...
    Created by sf

    The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
    Official biography of the U.S.'s 21st Secretary of Defense,
    Donald Rumsfeld, who also served as the 13th defense
    secretary during the administration of President Gerald R.
    Subjects: Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- ...
    Created by kgs

    The Proceedings of the Old Bailey: London, 1674-1834
    A project to digitize "accounts of over 100,000 criminal
    trials held at London's central criminal court." The first
    stage, completed in 2003, has over 22,000 trials for the
    period 1714 to 1759. Searchable by keyword, date, name,
    place, crime, and more. Also find historical background on
    the era's legal issues, architectural history, and minority
    communities of London, such as Gypsies, homosexuals, Jews,
    and other diverse groups. Includes tips for teachers, and a
    Subjects: Great Britain. Central Criminal Court...
    Created by smb

    United States Army: Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Official news and background information on the U.S. Army's
    operations in Iraq.
    Subjects: Iraq War, 2003...
    Created by mg

    Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers,and
    Broadcasters During World War II
    This site highlights the wartime activities of eight women:
    Therese Bonney, Toni Frissell, Marvin Breckinridge
    Patterson, Clare Boothe Luce, Janet Flanner, Esther Bubley,
    Dorothea Lange, and May Craig. Includes a short
    background essay and a list of several women accredited as
    correspondents during World War II. From The Library of
    Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Journalists...
    Created by jh

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