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"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it."
- Samuel Johnson
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
We all have stress sometimes. For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. Sometimes stress is helpful - it can encourage you to meet a deadline or get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and a variety of other problems. This resource is from the National Institutes of Health.
Use this global dictionary to search in 275 dictionaries on the Internet. Translate from 69 source languages into 73 target languages - 400 language combinations.
Roget's II: The New Thesaurus
Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format, this thesaurus features succinct word definitions and an innovative hyperlinked category index. This is the 1995 edition.
Dealing with Emergencies
Review this topic before you need it. Then, when you are faced with an emergency or injury, you will know where to turn. Your confidence in dealing with both major and minor emergencies will be reassuring to an injured person. Site by WebMD.
FHA to Provide Mortgage Assistance to Homeowners
The President has signed into law legislation that will allow HUD's Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to continue providing targeted mortgage assistance to homeowners. The Hope for Homeowners program will continue FHA's existing and successful efforts to provide aid to struggling families trapped in mortgages they currently cannot afford. Under the program, certain borrowers facing difficulty with their mortgage will be eligible to refinance into FHA-insured mortgages they can afford. The program will be implemented on October 1, 2008. This site provides a fact sheet for this new program.
The Pulitzer Prize
Beginning in 1917, and continuing to the present day, the Pulitzer Prize is awarded in 21 different areas of journalism and photography, including published books and music. This site allows you to search or browse each year's winners using the timeline at the top of each page.
The U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AIRNow Web site to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information. The Web site offers daily AQI forecasts as well as real-time AQI conditions for over 300 cities across the US, and provides links to more detailed State and local air quality Web sites.
Summer Olympics 2008
This site by Infoplease provides information about the Summer Olympics 2008 in Beijing China. The Summer Olympics begin today and extend through August 24, 2008. Related sites: Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games | NBC Olympics.
The Old House Web
With restoration, home improvement, and remodeling advice for old house lovers.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Fun and practical information for everyday life including moon calendars, planting charts, recipes, weather predictions, and more.
History Channel: This Day in History
Features daily topical stories from the Civil War, crime history, technology, the Old West, literature, and World War II.
Today in Literature
A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history. Daily articles are supplemented with links to author biographies, texts, reviews, and other reference materials.
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.
Search Engine Watch
Provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry, and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines.
Flickr: Photo Sharing
Tag, browse, and upload photos with Flickr, a digital photo and media file sharing website.
Official site for craigslist classifieds with listings for jobs, apartments, personals, items for sale or wanted, services, community, and events. Find links to local craigslist classifieds worldwide.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day there is a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Take a look at what's hot on Yahoo!, with daily commentary on popular search trends and lists of top search terms. Related site: Google: Hot Trends | Lycos: Top 50 Searches.
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
This tutorial presents the substance of the web searching workshop offered by the Teaching Library at the University of California at Berkeley. The content on this site has been updated to reflect the latest trends in search engines, directories, and evaluating web pages.
CNET provides news, product reviews, and guides for computers, consumer electronics, and other personal technology products. Related site: Boing Boing.
Time and Date
Guide to time zones and calendars around the world. Generate a calendar for a given year and country, convert times between time zones, and find countdowns to the next New Year's Day and other events. Related site: Current Year Calendar.
Provides consumers with easy access to online, accurate health information. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Includes health news, topical features, drug information, medical encyclopedia, dictionary, databases, directories, and other resources.
Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition
Comprehensive information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment in easy-to-understand English. Features illustrations, photos, animations, and videos.
2008 Presidential Nominating Conventions
Political parties in the United States hold nominating conventions every four years to formally select who will be their presidential candidate. This year, the Democratic National Convention will begin Aug. 25 in Denver. The Republican National Convention will begin on Sept. 1 in St. Paul, Minn. The U.S. Census Bureau provides social, economic, demographic and business data for the two host cities, or their surrounding counties.
Back to School: 2008-2009
Summertime winding down and summer vacations coming to an end signal that back-to-school time is near. It's a time that many children eagerly anticipate - catching up with old friends, making new ones and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan the newspapers and Web sites looking for sales to shop for a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of Facts for Features from the U.S. Census Bureau, highlights the many statistics associated with the return to classrooms by our nation's students and teachers.
Wikipedia is a free, open content, community-built encyclopedia with thousands of articles on topics from A to Z. Available in dozens of languages.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Famous quotes, passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources. Quotations can be searched or browsed by date, author, and keyword.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Official site for the Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Includes an online submission form with necessary documents, deadlines, eligibility, and general student aid information for college students. Related site: FastWeb.
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. Find the Nation's Report Card for reading and math, the college navigator, and much more.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
Featuring information on current legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Congressional Record, links to Committee reports, and more. A service of the Library of Congress.
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