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August 2004

8/01/04      CNET's Top 100 Products
   CNET's editors see gadgets galore on a daily basis, but a lot of them are simply humdrum or even substandard. But when a product meets or exceeds our expectations, that's reason to celebrate. From desktops to cell phones and more, see the 100 products that these editors believe really stand out from the crowd.
8/02/04      Elections 2004
   This University of Michigan Documents Center site offers hundreds of websites about the 2004 presidential election. Resources include: Policy Issues, Candidates, and Campaign.
 Bonus Sites:   FTC Unveils New E-mail Address for Deceptive Spam: | How Identity Theft Works
8/03/04      Churchill and the Great Republic
   This Library of Congress exhibition preview examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States--the nation he called "the great Republic." The exhibition comes nearly forty years after the death of Winston Churchill and sixty years after the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It commemorates both of these events.
8/04/04      How Gas Prices Work
   When you pump $20 dollars into your tank, that money is broken up into little pieces that get distributed among several entities. Gas is just like any other consumer product: There's a supply chain and several groups who are responsible for setting the price of the product. The media can sometimes lead you to believe that the price of gas is based solely on the price of crude oil, but there are actually many factors that determine what you pay at the pump. No matter how expensive gas becomes, all of these entities have to get their slice of the pie.
8/05/04      All About Birds
   Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This site by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field. Wondering where to go to find birds? The best place to start birding is locally in your own backyard or neighborhood park. But if you're yearning for parts unknown, the site also identifies birding spots in North America.
8/06/04      Athens 2004 Olympic Games
   The Official Site of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for August 13 - September 28, 2004.
8/07/04      Hallmark E-cards
   This Hallmark site features free e-cards for all occasions. They are great for someone's birthday or anniversary or just to say hello.
8/08/04      Internet Archive
   The Internet Archive, a comprehensive library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Includes the "Wayback Machine," a free service allowing people to access and use archived versions of past web pages. Members of the public can search and view the Internet Archive's enormous collection of web sites, dating back to 1996 and comprising over 10 billion web pages.
8/09/04      How IP Telephony Works
   If you regularly make long-distance phone calls, chances are you've already used IP telephony without even knowing it. IP telephony, known in the industry as Voice-over IP (VoIP), is the transmission of telephone calls over a data network like one of the many networks that make up the Internet. While you probably have heard of VoIP, what you may not know is that many traditional telephone companies are already using it in the connections between their regional offices. In this article, you'll learn about VoIP and the technology that makes it possible. We'll talk about VoIP's major protocols, about the various services provided and the low-cost, often free software that allows you to take advantage of them.
8/10/04      Global Gateway: World Cultures & Resources
   This Library of Congress site provides information on world cultures and resources including 'Portals to the World' a page with selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world.
8/11/04      Online Lookups
   These lookups are easy to use, and will save you time and frustration. You're going to find more up-to-date address and ZIP Code related information than anywhere else on the web. Get information on ZIP Codes, addresses, income, counties, time zones, demographics, and much more.
 Bonus Site:   The 2004 Perseid Meteor Shower
      The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming and is set to peak on August 12 when you will be able to see dozens, possibly even hundreds, of meteors per hour.
8/12/04      Organ & Tissue Transplantation in America
   A man waits and wonders if a new heart will arrive. A woman walks without pain with a bone transplant, and a child grows up with a new liver. A mother in the midst of a tragedy helps give life to others through organ donation. These are the stories of lives transformed by the miracle of organ and tissue donation. These are the stories of Americans who give and receive 'The Give of a Lifetime.'
8/13/04      American Environmental Photographs
   This collection consists of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Produced between 1891 and 1936 by a group of American botanists generally regarded as one of the most influential in the development of modern ecological studies, these photographs provide an overview of important representative natural landscapes across the nation.
8/14/04      How Web Pages Work
   Have you ever wondered how a Web page works? Have you ever wanted to create your own Web page, complete with titles and text and graphic icons? Have you ever heard the word "HTML" and wondered what it means? This HowStuffWorks site looks at the art and science of Web pages and experiment with a number of techniques that you can try out on your own machine today. Site offers a tool that lets you try out HTML and view it instantly. As it turns out, Web page creation is both incredibly easy and a lot of fun, and totally within your reach. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be ready to start assembling your own!
8/15/04      The Blackmun Papers
   The late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun's papers are now available to the public in the Library of Congress, including a videotaped oral history of the court, major rulings and colleagues. The interviews and papers offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the nation's top court.
8/16/04      Anatomy of the Human Body
   The edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings - many in color - from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.
8/17/04      State Law Library
   This site offers a comprehensive and current list, organized by state, of links to state agencies, courts, and laws.
8/18/04      Population Reference Bureau
   The Population Reference Bureau presents statistical data and produces reports on U.S. and international population trends and their implications.
8/19/04      This Old House Video Library
   A "This Old House" Video Library, offered by this Home Depot site, features more than 60 streaming videos covering everything from fixing a leaky faucet to installing a drip irrigation system or freeing a paint-stuck window. Each video tutorial includes a printable list of required tools and materials, along with expanded explanations of the key steps shown for each project. Links to related videos in the "This Old House" Video Library provide viewers a wide range of additional ideas, resources and step-by-step instructions.
8/20/04      Internet Broadway Database
   This site is a database for Broadway theatre information. Site provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season.
8/21/04      Today in Literature
   Today in Literature features a new original biographical story each calendar day about the great writers, books, and events in literary history. Our articles are supplemented with links to recommended websites where you will find author biographies, electronic texts, reviews, quotes and other reference materials of interest to avid readers, members of book clubs, students, and teachers.
8/22/04      Eye Witness to History
   Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. This site presents history through the eyes of those who lived it.
8/23/04      Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues
   This Red Cross booklet is written to help you regain a sense of financial balance following a disaster by offering suggestions on steps to take immediately, what to do in the initial weeks and months, and how to begin planning again for the future.
8/24/04      U.S. Government Blue Pages
   The U.S. Blue Pages project is devoted to helping you connect with your federal government agencies and services. The U.S. Blue Pages are funded by the federal government and administered by the U.S. General Services Administration. The U.S. Blue Pages are a multi-agency effort that establishes a standard, easy-to-use format for acquiring key federal telephone listings.
8/25/04      Search Military Records
   With all the controversy over candidate's military records in this year's election, this site provides free access to military records online. The database contains over 20 million files and is searchable by units and years served. (NOTE: Registration is required, but site is free and you do not have to be a veteran to access search results.)
8/26/04      Portals to the World: Terrorism
   This site presents Internet terrorism resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts.
8/27/04      Digital Image Database Project
   The New York Public Library's new database provides access to tens of thousands of amazing digitized images taken from the Research Libraries. And, according to the site, that number will grow to more than 600,000 images by the end of 2004.
   If you have a question about English, shouldn't a site "for everything you need to know about the English language" be your first stop? aims offers helpful tips for better writing, information on the origin of words and the creation of dictionaries, and diversions like word games, crossword puzzles, and a jargon buster.
8/29/04      Einstein
   American Museum of Natural History exhibit on the life and theories of the most famous scientist of the 20th century.
8/30/04      Time Capsuler
   To begin your trip in this Time Capsule enter a date. You will be presented with your own customized page that includes all the information you've chosen, plus typical consumer prices from that year, Academy Award winners that year, etc. Site has data online for the years 1800 through 2002, although data for the years 1800 - 1875 is probably spotty.
8/31/04      Social Security Death Index
   One of the largest and easiest to access databases used for genealogical research is the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Its information can be utilized to help you learn more about your ancestors, as well as your aunts, uncles and cousins. Clues and facts from the SSDI often can be used to further genealogical research by enabling you to locate a death certificate, find an obituary, discover cemetery records and track down probate records. This site allows you to search the Social Security Death Index that contains 72,265,659 as of January 2004.

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