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May 2004

5/01/04      Essentials of Music
   Whether you're a casual listener or a serious music student, here's the site for basic information about classical music. Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, it's built around Essential Classics, the series specially designed to introduce you to the best music of every period. All through the site you'll find almost 200 excerpts from Essential Classics. This W.W. Norton site offers overviews of the six main periods in music history, biographies of nearly 70 composers, and a glossary with 200 definitions with numerous musical examples in RealAudio.
5/02/04      Journalism Help: Finding Data on the Internet
   You've cast your lines into the sea of sources, but still aren't finding the information you need. That's what happens when you don't know the right place to look. Scroll the links on this site for journalists and your days of coming up empty while reporting are over. You'll soon be checking facts and downloading reputable data on everything from public safety to campaign contributions ... you name it.
5/03/04      Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition
   The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. This site is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.
5/04/04      Identity Theft
   How can someone steal your identity? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information such as your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit. This site by the Federal Trade Commission provides resources to deal with identity theft.
5/05/04      Allergy Resources
   Fact filled site by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Latest news and information on allergies ranging from diagnosis and symptoms to treatment and prevention. Related site: Allergies Health Center.
5/06/04      Quotations at combines the best of both contemporary and classic quotations collections into a searchable database of over 86,000 entries, the largest of its kind ever compiled.
   Since gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as 20 percent within only a few blocks it is important to be able locate the service station with the lowest priced fuel. is the portal site to more than 170 gas price information web sites operated by the non-profit organization known as GasBuddy Organization Inc. Each of GasBuddy Organization's web sites provides a live forum for consumers to post local recent low and high gasoline prices.
5/08/04      The Smoking Gun: Celebrity Mugshots
   While the artistry of photographers like Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and Yousuf Karsh provides the images of the powerful that will go down in history, this site by The Smoking Gun actually prefers the work of some more obscure shutterbugs. We're talking about the countless clerks, cops, and sheriff's deputies who handle the impromptu photo shoots with the rich and famous who've landed in the pokey. Along with the starlets and superstar athletes, this site includes favorite mug shots, images of the not-so-famous that chronicle the rich assortment of American misbehavior.
   Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the good options are no longer available. has been supplying the online community with old versions of various programs since 2001. The service is utilized by thousands of users every day and has been featured in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television.
5/10/04      The National Security Archive
   The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.
5/11/04      Where's My Refund?
   You survived the tax season. You filed your return and are expecting a refund. You need that money and want to get your hands on it. So, where is it? And when will you have it? Find out here. Access this secure IRS Web site to find out if the IRS received your return and whether your refund was processed and sent to you.
5/12/04      FirstGov, the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government. Our work transcends the traditional boundaries of government and our vision is global - connecting the world to all U.S. government information and services. On, you can search more than 186 million web pages from federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Most of these pages are not available on commercial websites. FirstGov has the most comprehensive search of government anywhere on the Internet.
5/13/04      The Alternative Fix
   Americans are spending billions on alternative medical treatments. And major hospitals and medical schools are embracing them. But do they work? This PBS/Frontline site examines the issue in this companion site to their special 'The Alternative Fix.'
5/14/04      CNN/Mayo Clinic Health Library
   An extensive library of health information with topics ranging from Fitness and Nutrition to Exercise and Weight Control.
5/15/04      Voice from the Days of Slavery
   Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories provides the opportunity to listen to former slaves describe their lives. These interviews, conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable people born between 1823 and the early 1860s and known to have been former slaves. Several of the people interviewed were centenarians, the oldest being 130 at the time of the interview. The almost seven hours of recordings were made in nine Southern states and provide an important glimpse of what life was like for slaves and freedmen.
5/16/04      Portal to Asian Internet Resources
   A Title VI-funded project, the Portal to Asian Internet Resources offers scholars, students and the interested public more than six thousand professionally selected, cataloged and annotated online resources. The project provides a user-friendly, searchable catalog through which scholars, students and the general public have quick and easy access to high quality Web resources originating in Asia identified, evaluated, selected and cataloged by area library specialists.
5/17/04      Minimum Wage Laws in the U.S.
   Each State has different rules for what employers pay workers. This site by by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division, provides current details as to the laws, or lack thereof, for minimum wages in each of the 50 States.
   The Electronic Embassy Web site is a resource of and for the Washington, D.C. foreign embassy community. When the site was launched in 1994, only two of Washington's foreign embassies were on the Web. Now, most of the embassies have homes on the Internet to complement their addresses on Embassy Row. The site's Business Directories allows companies serving the international community, and those working, living, and traveling internationally, to find their audience.
5/19/04      Librarians' Index to the Internet
   This site is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. This guide is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources. Related site: Blue Web'n.
5/20/04      The Food Guide Pyramid
   This booklet introduces you to The Food Guide Pyramid. The Pyramid illustrates the research-based food guidance system developed by USDA and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services. It goes beyond the "basic four food groups" to help you put the Dietary Guidelines into action. The Pyramid is based on USDA's research on what foods Americans eat, what nutrients are in these foods, and how to make the best food choices.
5/21/04      Avian Influenza: Fact Sheet
   This site by the World Health Organization presents a Fact Sheet on avian influenza ("bird flu") and the significance of its transmission to humans. Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The disease, which was first identified in Italy more than 100 years ago, occurs worldwide. All birds are thought to be susceptible to infection with avian influenza, though some species are more resistant to infection than others. Infection causes a wide spectrum of symptoms in birds, ranging from mild illness to a highly contagious and rapidly fatal disease resulting in severe epidemics. The latter is known as “highly pathogenic avian influenza”. This form is characterized by sudden onset, severe illness, and rapid death, with a mortality that can approach 100%.
5/22/04      The Encyclopedia of World History
   Renowned historian Peter N. Stearns and thirty prominent historians have combined their expertise over the past ten years to perfect this comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millennia from prehistoric times to the year 2000.
5/23/04      Findory News: Personalized News
   Findory News is a newspaper built just for you. Other web news sites show the same news to everyone, but not everyone is the same. Findory News shows you articles that you want to see. It adapts to your reading habits and emphasizes news articles from around the world that are most likely to be interesting to you. Following the world events? Findory News will show you more articles about world events, even focusing on the particular parts of the world you seem to be interested in. Following the presidential elections? Findory News will favor articles on the presidential campaigns, even emphasizing the campaigns you've been reading about. By paying attention to the news you've read recently, finds the news articles you don't want to miss.
5/24/04      Punctuation Made Simple
   Some people write well but allow themselves to be disabled by a fear of punctuation and grammar. They know how to prewrite, organize, and revise, but proofreading for punctuation and grammar causes them difficulties. There’s no need to fear these conventions of standard written English. In fact, these conventions can help you become a more effective communicator. This sites discusses several of the most useful punctuation marks that you will use as a communicator. Instead of listing many rules, as a grammar book does, the site examines these various marks in general so that you can get a sense of how to use them in your own prose.
5/25/04      I Hear America Singing
   "I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear," wrote Walt Whitman in a poem celebrating the American spirit -- adventuresome, strong, and inclusive. This Web site invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials.
5/26/04      Wired for Books
   For many years, most of the best writers of the English language found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then had to be edited down to a two-minute radio show. Wired for Books is proud to make these important oral documents publicly available for the first time in their entirety. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
5/27/04      Overweight and Obesity
   In the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. One of the national health objectives for the year 2010 is to reduce the prevalence of obesity among adults to less than 15%. Research indicates that the situation is worsening rather than improving. This site by the Center for Disease Control provides information about 'Overweight and Obesity.'
5/28/04      Columbia Encyclopedia
   The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia contains almost 52,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), with more than 84,000 hypertext cross-references. Columbia Encyclopedia is among the most complete and up-to-date electronic encyclopedias ever produced.
5/29/04      Molecular Expressions
   Welcome to the Molecular Expressions website featuring photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy. This site offers one of the Web's largest collections of color photographs taken through an optical microscope (commonly referred to as "photo-micro-graphs"). Visit the Photo Gallery for an introductory selection of images covering just about everything from beer and ice cream to integrated circuits and ceramic superconductors.
5/30/04      Resources for Learning
   Resources for Learning is a collection of activities, articles, evidence and analysis and more, for educators, families, students and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science.
5/31/04      Memorial Day 2004
   Memorial Day originated in 1868, when Union General John A. Logan designated a day in which the graves of Civil War soldiers would be decorated. Known as Decoration Day, the holiday was changed to Memorial Day within twenty years, becoming a holiday dedicated to the memory of all war dead. It became a federal holiday in 1971, and is now observed on the last Monday in May.

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