Refdesk Home
[ Search Net ] [ Facts Subject Index ] [ Facts Encyclopedia ] [ Newspapers USA/World ] [Report Broken Links ]
[ Fast Facts ] [ First Things First ] [ Quick Reference ] [ Site Map ] [Contact Us ]
Refdesk Home
Recommend Refdesk
Help Support Refdesk


November 2004

11/01/04    National Adoption Month
   National Adoption Week was first proclaimed in Massachusetts in 1976. The number of states that designated a special week to recognize the practice of adoption gradually increased, leading to National Adoption Month in 1990. The purpose of National Adoption Month is to focus attention on the increasing number of children in the child welfare system waiting to be adopted.
11/02/04    My Polling Place
   For each voter, there is just one location where they can vote on election day. It is called a polling place or precinct. To find your polling place, learn on what type of machine you will cast your vote and get instructions on how to use that machine, type in your street address and ZIP code in the spaces provided and click the "Find My Polling Place!" button. Your address will remain private.
      Related sites: Poll Closing Times / Top 10 Tips For Making Your Vote Count / What to Do on Election Day.
11/03/04    Recall Warnings
   This Website by Nolo Press provides Free Recall Warnings and Alerts, Consumer Product Recalls, Baby Product Recalls, Food Recalls, Car and Auto Recalls, Drug Recalls and Tire Recalls.
11/04/04    Alzheimer's Diversity Toolbox
   Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause dementia know no boundaries. Many individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups in the United States encounter obstacles that limit information, care, and health resources. Also, many medical and care services are not designed to meet needs in diverse communities.
11/05/04    Around the World in 72 Days
   This site is a companion to a Public Broadcasting Service American Experience program about the 1889-1890 around-the-world journey of pioneering woman journalist Nellie Bly. The site includes a map of the journey, excerpts from her writings, and biographical information. Also includes a transcript of the program and a teacher's guide.
11/06/04    Avoiding Plagiarism
   Academic writing in American institutions is filled with rules that writers often donít know how to follow. A working knowledge of these rules, however, is critically important; inadvertent mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism or the unacknowledged use of somebody elseís words or ideas. While other cultures may not insist so heavily on documenting sources, American institutions do. A charge of plagiarism can have severe consequences, including expulsion from a university. This handout, which does not reflect any official university policy, is designed to help writers develop strategies for knowing how to avoid accidental plagiarism.
11/07/04    A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
   The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society. It was not designed to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese history. To facilitate such discussion and analysis, we have included questions designed to make students think about the images they are viewing. To help keep the chronology and geography straight, we have included many maps and a timeline.
11/08/04    Cyber Times Navigator
   Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent is to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find a useful set of links of their own. Its secondary purpose is to show people that there's still a lot of fun and useful stuff going on out there. (Free registration required).
11/09/04    Operation Hero Miles
   Operation Hero Miles provides a way for you to help our troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan by donating your unused frequent flyer miles to pay for tickets for soldiers returning home on emergency leave. They are also used to fly families of wounded soldiers to U.S. military hospitals.. Efforts are underway to make the donated miles more broadly available to all U.S. military personnel. Operation Hero Miles was created by the US Airlines and Congressman Ruppersberger to meet the needs of our soldiers deployed overseas. It relies on the generosity of thousands of fliers who have donated over 540 million miles to help our soldiers.
11/10/04    Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
   View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
11/11/04    National Library of Medicine
   The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest biomedical library. Type it in the search box and find information for both laymen and medical professionals.
11/12/04    Keeping Score: MTT on Music
   In this behind-the-scenes PBS documentary, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas takes viewers on a guided tour of one of the towering achievements in classical music, Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4." Thomas, who describes Tchaikovsky as "one of the great melody writers of all time," explores each of the symphony's four movements, providing insightful commentary on the powerful and vibrant emotions conveyed in the composer's music. In addition, he introduces individual members of the San Francisco Symphony, who explain the challenges and joys of the music Tchaikovsky penned for their instruments -- including the violin, oboe, bassoon, piccolo, bass, and timpani.
11/13/04    Crittercam
   Crittercam features a camera and environmental data sensors attached to an animal - from a shark or turtle to a lion or seal - that capture amazing wild behavior unaffected by humans. Such a simple idea yields fascinating results.
11/14/04    Pandia Powersearch
   Pandia is an all-in-one search site devoted to Internet searching. Not only do you find state of the art search tools like the Pandia Metasearch Engine, Pandia Radio Search and the Pandia Plus Web Directory; there is also a wealth of information on search engines and directories, search engine optimization and marketing and Web searching in general.
11/15/04    2004 Science and Technology Web Awards
   Every year it gets more difficult to separate Web wheat from chaff and pick a handful of sites out of billions to receive the Scientific Science and Technology Web Awards. The Web is no longer just a tool for finding the occasional fact or trivium - it's a necessity, an integral part of our daily lives, and the sheer amount of information available can be overwhelming.
11/16/04    Space Telescope Science Institute
   This web site has six major sections. All information on STScI's web is accessible through at least one of these sections: Astronomy Resourcs, Data Archive, Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.
11/17/04    Historic Photograph Collection: National Park Service
   The National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection is comprised of more than two million images which cover a wide variety of subjects: Park architecture, Civilian Conservation Corps Native American heritage, NPS personnel, roads and transportation, scenic views, and much more. There are presently 2000 images from the Collection available online. The collections of several eminent National Park Service photographers, including Jack Boucher, Arno B. Cammerer, George A. Grant, and Abbie Rowe, are also included in the Collection.
11/18/04    American Law Sources On-line
   This site provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada. This site contains additional links to sources of commentary and practice aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge from governmental and nonprofit providers).
11/19/04    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
   Welcome to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.
11/20/04    Alcohol and You
   In this interactive online course, you will be introduced to: Ethyl alcohol and its place among organic substances; Industrial and fermentation synthesis of alcohol; How and where alcohol goes in the body; Chemistry of alcohol metabolism; Effect of alcohol on organ function; Alcohol abuse and addiction.
11/21/04    GrassCatcher: A Daily Roundup of Policy News Clippings
   This site by the National Conference of State Legislatures delivers online news items on policy issues from around the country. Site also allows you to search by broad category or by state.
11/22/04    50-state rundown on gay marriage laws
   Since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling, more than 35 states have introduced legislation aimed at preserving the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This site provides information on proposed state constitutional amendments, marriage statutes and non-binding resolutions.
11/23/04    BBC Motion Gallery
   This BBC site provides access to thousands of shots from the vast and diverse archives of the BBC and CBS News. Spanning over 70 years, BBC content encompasses more than 300,000 hours of footage, including a wealth of material covering natural history, wildlife, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, culture, performing arts and more. Note: free registration required.
11/24/04    The USGenWeb Project
   The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.
11/25/04    How Thanksgiving Works
   Thanksgiving stands out in the holiday season because it is open to just about everybody. It isn't tied to any specific religion, and you can pretty much celebrate it however you want. The only essential traditions are to enjoy a meal with friends or family and to give thanks for what you have. In the world of holidays, Thanksgiving is about as simple and pure as it gets. The holiday also honors American history, of course. In countless Thanksgiving plays, American children have told the story of the first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated the autumn harvest in cooperation and acceptance. Have you ever wondered where the particulars of this story and the other details of Thanksgiving actually come from? In this article, we'll look at the origins of the many things we associate with this day.
11/26/04    Your Disease Risk
   Welcome to Your Disease Risk, the source on prevention. If you were looking for Your Cancer Risk, don't worry. You're in the right place. This Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention has expanded. Now, in addition to cancer, you can find out your risk of four other important diseases and, as always, get personalized tips for preventing them.
   Useful facts and information specific to each of the 50 United States of America: State homepage, capitol tours, cams, constitution, driving rules, election links, genealogical resources, newspapers, maps, political representatives, state symbols, tax forms, topography, tourism, veteran affairs, weather, and more.
11/28/04    Search Engine Watch
   This site 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.
11/29/04    Basic Web Lessons
   Confused about the basics? This introductory topic will teach you everything you need to know about surfing the web.
11/30/04    Portion Distortion Quiz
   Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. Some portions are called "super size," while others have simply grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. With this growth have come increases in waistlines and body weight. To see if you know how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago, quiz yourself on Portion Distortion I (2003) and Portion Distortion II (2004). You will also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions. Site is provided by the National Institutes of Health.
[ Return to Home Page ]

Refdesk Home
[ Search Net ] [ Facts Subject Index ] [ Facts Encyclopedia ] [ Newspapers USA/World ] [Report Broken Links ]
[ Fast Facts ] [ First Things First ] [ Quick Reference ] [ Site Map ] [Contact Us ]