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August 2005

DATESITE OF THE DAY
8/01/05    National Sex Offender Public Registry
   This Web site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice. Using this Web site, interested members of the public have access to and may search participating state Web site public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.
8/02/05    Project Gutenberg
   Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts) on the Internet. Our collection of more than 16,000 eBooks was produced by hundreds of volunteers. Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.
8/03/05    WhiteHouseTapes.org
   Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. This site is designed as a service to the research community by making freely available all of the presidential recordings, along with relevant research materials, so that scholars, teachers, students, and the public can hear and use these remarkable tapes for themselves.
 BONUS SITE:   Smartest States: 2004-2005
      The Smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno's annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2004-2005. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state's education ranking is, the lower (and less smart) it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher (and smarter) a state ranks. Source >>.
8/04/05    Broadway: The American Musical
   This is the companion site for a program broadcast on PBS. This special is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. The series, created by filmmaker Michael Kantor, draws on a wealth of archival news footage, lost and found television moments, original cast recordings, still photos, feature films, diaries, journals, intimate first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
8/05/05    Digital History
   This University of Houston site provides a U.S. history textbook, essays, documents, maps, photos, audio files, and more for teachers and students of American history in schools and colleges.
8/06/05    Freedom: A History of US
   Based on Joy Hakim's award-winning history books for kids, this PBS site explores America's promise of freedom, which has attracted everyone from the original colonists-turned-rebels to 19th- and 20th-century immigrants. It also addresses the many 'unfreedoms' in this country, particularly the fatal contradiction of slavery.
8/07/05    Pandia Search Central
   At Pandia you can learn how to search the Web more efficiently, read about search engines and sites devoted to searching, and gain easy access to all the best tools and search engineering resources on the Internet.
8/08/05    Ocean Explorer
   The Ocean Explorer Web site is designed to be an engaging and educational Internet offering for all who wish to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean realm. The site is primarily directed to the general public, educators, and students. Other important groups include the press, nongovernmental organizations, marine scientists and resource managers, marine protected area professionals, ocean exploration groups, and policymakers interested in the marine environment.
8/09/05    The National Council of the Aging
   Founded in 1950, The National Council on the Aging is a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons; increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations; and† building caring communities.
8/10/05    The Educator's Reference Desk
   The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
8/11/05    FindArticles
   Search millions of articles from leading academic, industry and general interest publications. FindArticles has articles from thousands of resources, with archives dating back to 1984.
8/12/05    New York Public Library Digital Gallery
   This site provides access to over 300,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
8/13/05    A Consumer Guide to Handling Disputes with Your Employer or Private Health Plan
   This guide by the Kaiser Family Foundation, will help you navigate your employer or private health planís internal grievance procedure, as well as any external review program your state may have. The guide is not applicable, however, for resolving disputes if you have Medicare or Medicaid coverage.
8/14/05    Quotations and Proverbs Search
   This page attempts to collect the largest sources of quotations and related items (proverbs, sayings, maxims, amorphisms, slogans, cliches, etc.). Many of the websites included here also include things such as full text of speeches, author biographies, and quotes of the day. All search tools and links on this page have longer descriptions, which you can read by holding your mouse over their names. Most of the search tools search within quotations and authors, however some only search in one or the other; see the descriptions for more information on that.
8/15/05    AAA Fuel Cost Calculator
   Using current gasoline prices from AAA's daily, online Fuel Gauge Report, as well as the latest highway fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator estimates the amount and cost of gasoline needed to complete a vacation trip. Although the total number of miles driven and prices paid for gasoline during your trip may vary from the estimates provided, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator is intended to help you determine the cost of fuel needed to complete a vacation drive.
8/16/05    America Supports You Our Military Men and Women
   This site is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense, recognizes citizens' support for our military men and women and communicates that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. The site features a list of organizations that will help you send messages and packages as well as provide other support.
8/17/05    Online Medical Symptom Checker
   Need information as you determine what to do about your symptoms? Get help figuring them out by answering a series of questions. To get started, click on male or female, regardless of age, then the part of the body that is troubling you.
8/18/05    Consumer Reports WebWatch
   This site provides unbiased and practical research on Web site publishing and business practices; help devise guidelines for credibility; exposes practices that are a cause for consumer concern; and recognizes good practices.
8/19/05    BBC: Painting the Weather
   The British Museum collected over 100 of the best weather paintings from around the U.K. for this dramatic online collection.
8/20/05    National Assoc. of Unclaimed Property Administrators
   Free national search site to reunite you with your unclaimed property maintained by the state officials who are safeguarding it.
8/21/05    Conversion Maestro
   This site calculates U.S.-metric conversions for length, area, mass and weight, liquid volume, and temperature.
8/22/05    Bankruptcy
   This site by Nolo.com provides an information and resources on U.S. bankruptcy laws and procedures. Issues presented include an explanation of the differences between Chapter 7 (liquidation) and Chapter 11, 12, and 13 (reorganization) bankruptcy filings. Site features a FAQ, glossary, comparison charts, and other legal resources on this topic.
8/23/05    Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data
   This Census Bureau site presents education finance data, including revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary and secondary public school systems. Statistics cover all states, including the District of Columbia, and are available on an annual basis.
8/24/05    Our Solar System
   This NASA site features news, pictures and articles on the 9 planets, many moons and one sun that make up our Solar System.
8/25/05    Blue Web'n
   Blue Web'n is an online library of 1973 outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area).
8/26/05    Yahoo! Reference
   Whether you're a student, a parent, or just plain curious, Yahoo! Reference offers a handy selection of books and materials to help you find the information you need. Look up a definition in the dictionary, find map and flag images for every country in the world in the World Factbook, get in-depth information from the encyclopedia, and much more.
8/27/05    SAT Registration
   Get ready to take the new SAT. The class of 2006 will be the first class to take the new SAT for college admissions. Learn more about the SAT, register online, and get the latest information about the SAT Program. Register online and: Choose your test date and test center; Get immediate registration confirmation; Get recruited by colleges and universities.
8/28/05    Costliest U.S. Hurricanes 1900-2004
   This site by the National Hurricane Center, provides information on the deadliest, costliest, and most intense U.S. hurricanes from 1851 to 2004 and other frequently requested hurricane facts.
8/29/05    Costliest U.S. Hurricanes 1900-2004
   This site by the National Hurricane Center, provides information on the deadliest, costliest, and most intense U.S. hurricanes from 1851 to 2004 and other frequently requested hurricane facts.
8/30/05    Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
   More than 240,700 links, categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, in over 150 categories.
8/31/05    Home Town Locator: Community Profiles
   This site's profiles include census, demographic and income data, parks, schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, environmental conditions, local newspapers, media outlets, employment, maps, coordinates and aerial photos. Community profiles of 42,500 U.S. cities, towns, and zip codes.
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