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Contents

Accessibility

Addresses

Animals

Arkansas

Astronomy

Automobiles

Books

Census

Computers

Consumer Information

Educational Resources

Entertainment

Financial

Financial Aid

Food

Gardening

Government

Health

History

Income Tax

Job Information

Museums

News

Pandemic

Parents

Pets

Product Recalls

Radio Stations, Local

Reference

Schools

Television, Local

United Nations

Universities and Colleges

Websites of the Week

Accessibility

  • Access-Able Travel Source – information and resources for mature and travelers with special needs
  • Accessible Journeys – Accessible Travel Planning, Group Tours, Group Cruises, Individual Accessible Cruises, Licensed Travel Companions, and Disability Travel Resources

Addresses

  • Switchboard – A digital directory to businesses, people, maps and directions, phone numbers and zip codes.

Animals

  • Atta texana: An Underground View of an Ant Colony Old time ant colonies inspired the engrossing research going on at Texas A &M University. The have created a 3D model allowing you a very unique view into the lives of atta texana, which happen to be a species of leafcutting ants. First take a look at the “Slide show” section and then take a look at both the tunnel animation and the immersive system video.
  • M o n a r c h W a t c h –  Monarch Watch is an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas that engages citizen scientists in large-scale research projects. This program produces real data that relate to a serious conservation issue. Monarch Watch gets children of all ages involved in science.
  • National Geographic: Blue Whales – An in-depth look into the recovery of the blue whale population off the coast of Costa Rica.
  • North American Breeding Bird Survey – bird monitoring program to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.
  • xeno-canto America Community database of shared bird sounds from the Americas.  Search through the growing collection, identify or discuss unknown sounds and download freely. Do you like what you see? Share your recordings and knowledge!

Arkansas

  • 101 Free things to do in Arkansas Some of the best things in life are free and they’re in Arkansas. The Natural State has unique events and locations that can be enjoyed for nothing but the time it takes to get there.
  • Arkansas Official State Page – On-line introduction providing directory to government offices, services, educational facilities, community offices, tourism, business
  • Fort Smith Goes to the Movies:  True Grit-In May of 2000, Superintendent Bill Black was fortunate enough to interview True Grit author Charles Portis via postal mail.  Hollywood’s vision of this region is gripping – but the real story of what happened here is just as fascinating!
  • Things to Do in Arkansas – Arkansas annually attracts visitors from across the nation and abroad. Many are drawn to its abundant opportunities for outdoor adventures and to its natural beauty, as seen in the state’s waterfalls, tour caverns and wild caving experiences, forested mountain trails and scenic drives. Some come to dig for keeper diamonds and quartz crystals.

Astronomy

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day – Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Automobiles

  • The Allure of the Automobile an online video, 18 examples of cars from the Golden Age of automaking, and the “Exhibition Highlight”, where visitors can begin to “understand the breadth of automotive design from start to finish, from the inside out.”
  • Edmunds – Provides pricing, unbiased car reviews, ratings, and expert advice.
  • Kelly Blue Book – New car pricing, used car values, with ratings and reviews.
  • NADA – Includes autos, classic cars, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and manufactured homes.

Books

  • AddALL Book Search and Price Comparison – Search and Compare among 40+ sites, 20,000 sellers, millions of books.
  • Booklist Online – highly searchable and creatively linked reviews, columns, and features-all designed to help users find exactly the right book
  • BookLovers – Useful places on the net on writers and poets, on libraries, publishers and booksellers, both of new and second hand/antiquarian books.
  • BookPage – online edition of BookPage
  • BookWire – An online portal into the book industry, to provide librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors, and general book enthusiasts with the resources they need.
  • Historical Text Archive – High quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.
  • Litrix Reading Room – Read the Classics Online.
  • On the Edge: The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting – When books were horizontally and with the fore-edge facing out, artists began to paint the fore-edge with scenes of an assortment of subjects. Some artists began painting scenes that could only be seen when the books pages were fanned out, and when they weren’t fanned out, only the gilt on the fore-edge was visible.
  • Online Books Page – Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web.
  • Project Guttenberg – The Internet’s oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts)
  • World Wide Study Bible Full Text Bible

Census

  • Arkansas Quick Facts – Includes County and City facts
  • Pew Research Center: The States of Marriage and Divorce [Flash Player] – Where in the United States do people stay married? Where do some people frequently remarry? These are but a few of the questions that animate this recent study authored by D’Vera Cohn of the Pew Research Center. This report, complete with an interactive map, draws on information from the American Community Survey in order to paint a portrait of the state of marriage across the country.
  • U.S. Census Bureau – Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data
  • US Census Bureau Economic Indicators – the most recent data on manufacturing and trade inventories in the U.S., along with retail and food service sales, international trade in goods and services, and data on new home sales.

Computers

  • Learn the Net – A website dedicated to helping you master the Internet

Consumer Information

  • Better Business Bureau – BBB reports provide information on over 2.5 million organizations. You can also file a complaint and find a local bureau.
  • Consumer Information Center – Federal Citizen Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Consumer World – A public service, non-commercial guide with over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources
  • GreenHomeGuide – how to create green information regarding countertops, bathrooms, landscaping, stone & tile coverings, flooring and more.
  • Insure – Consumer insurance guide

Educational Resources

Entertainment

  • Law in Popular Culture Collection – works of fiction in all genres, as well as legal humor, plays, comics, pulp magazines, and feature films on video of the image of the lawyer in the United States and British Commonwealth

Financial

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
  • Invest Wisely – Information is the investor’s best tool when it comes to investing wisely, from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Financial Aid

  • College Board – Information on planning for college, finding a college, applying for and paying for college
  • College Goal Sunday – Finding money for college can be tough, and this website is a good way to link up with a program that can help students and families. Designed to coincide with a certain large football game held in the United States, the primary sponsor of this program is the Y, and they help liaison with a range of community partners to make this event a success.
  • FAFSA on the Web – Complete your application online
  • FastWeb – An extensive college directory of more than 4000 schools with information on admissions, financial aid and general information. Free but you have to register
  • FinAid – Comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web
  • Student Guide – Tells about financial aid programs and how to use them
  • Xap – Planning timelines, test prep tools and financial aid information

Food

  • A Chef’s Table [Real Player, iTunes] – The website for Chef Jim Coleman’s show, A Chef’s Table.
  • Recipezaar – recipes in every category

Gardening

Government

  • FedWorld – Department of Commerce site that makes it easy to locate Government Information
  • Government Information Online – a free national online information service, participating librarians specialize in finding government information sources of all kinds, and will try to answer your questions through chat or email.
  • U.S. Government Manual – Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

Health

History

  • Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana– sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, and campaign tickets related to Lincoln’s life and times.
  • The Crash of 1929 – The PBS program “American Experience” created this online site to complement their recent documentary exploring the stock market crash of 1929.
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum – – National Park Service preserves the monument
  • Find a Grave – Find the graves of ancestors and see the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.
  • Inventor of the Week – dedicated to honoring the acclaimed and unsung heroes who have helped improve our lives through invention
  • King Center – the official memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Liljenquist Family Collection Close to 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs highlight both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War.
  • National Geographic Online – History, maps, photography, travel and more
  • Medieval Library: Hesburgh Libraries: Introduction to Medieval SealsDuring the Middle Ages the authenticity of important documents was established through the use of a seal. These seals were images carved into a matrix which, when pressed into a soft substance, left behind an inverse of the picture on the seal. This remarkable collection of medieval seals comes from the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.
  • National Park Service – History and culture, parks and recreation, nature and science, interpretation and education
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation – Provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to preserve, improve and enjoy historic places
  • Nettleton Civil War Letters at the Electronic Text Center – The correspondence is between Charles N. Tenney, a Union soldier from Ohio, and Adelaide E. Case, a friend from the small town of Mecca, Ohio.
  • Never Lost – Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco where you can learn how Polynesians used to navigate these far-flung islands in the Pacific. The materials on the site are divided into the following areas: “Origins”, “Canoe”, “Navigation”, and “Voyage”.
  • “The Pageant of America” Photograph Archive – Several thousand original and copy photographs; albumen, platinum and silver gelatin prints; 1860s-1920s. The photographs are presented in original archival order: two series, “published” and “unpublished” photographs, exist for each of the fifteen volumes published in the 15-volume series The Pageant of America: A Pictorial History of the United States commemorating the nation’s sesquicentennial in 1926.
  • Political Graveyard – Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography
  • Sanora Babb, Stories from the American High Plains [Flash Player] –  Stories about Anglo settlers  headed to the High Plains for free land starts this website off with an old recording of a Western song, then click on the picture of the man with the guitar, to be taken to the “Introduction”, which will tell them about the Babb family.  The two Babb daughters are highlighted, as they each documented their journey in their own style.  Sanora became a novelist and journalist, and wrote about the experience while Dorothy took over 250 photographs of the Dust Bowl refugees.
  • Secrets of the Dead – Part detective story, part true-life drama, SECRETS OF THE DEAD explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events.
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Library – selected images from works in Thomas Jefferson’s book collection.
  • Victory Mail Online Exhibit – V-Mail operated during WWII in order to expedite mail service for American armed forces overseas. The site provides several sections “Introducing V-mail”, “Operating V-Mail”, “Using V-Mail”,”Letter writing in WWII”, and “References”.
  • Virtual Jamestown – digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and “the Virginia experiment.
  • Where did the Pilgrims really land? –  Provincetown makes a bid for more recognition.  Check out this site for an animated history of the Pilgrims, Pilgrim lore, legend, and history.

Income Tax

Job Information

These job links are under construction

Museums

  • National Museums Northern Ireland – Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago at the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts, majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.
  • Perkins Geology Museum at the University of Vermont – The Perkins Geology Museum at the University of Vermont has been able to expand their online offerings in recent years.
  • Rag Linen – An online museum and educational archive of rare and historic newspapers, notable periodicals, documents, broadsides and books.
  • Smithsonian Institution – online resources from the Smithsonian
  • United State Holocaust Memorial Museum – America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum – official NARA website of the Clinton Library

News

  • Chicago Tribune – Founded in 1847, this Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper has a daily readership of 1.7 million and 2.7 million on Sunday.
  • Indianz – provides quality news, information, and entertainment from a Native American perspective
  • New York Times – provides high-quality news and information
  • The State of the News Media 2010 – This report each year attempts to analyze the major sectors of the news media in depth and to look across those different elements of the news media to see broader trends.

Pandemic

Parents

  • Charlotte’s Web for Parents – helpful information regarding child development
  • Great Web Sites for Kids – American Library Association site with the Association for Library Service for Children with sites on many topics
  • Kid’s Health – the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence, a service of the Nemours Foundation
  • Net Mom’s Internet Safe House – a family friendly site with articles, reviews of sites, games and a newsletter by Jean Armour Polly, librarian and author of Internet Kids and Family Yellow Pages
  • Our Kids – devoted to raising special kids with special needs
  • Parent Smart – articles to help your child succeed in school
  • Safe Kids – family guide to making the Internet and Technology fun, safe and productive

Pets

Product Recalls

  • US Consumer Product Safety Commission The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest – CSPI has long sought to educate the public, advocate government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry’s powerful influence on public opinion and public policies

Radio Stations, Local

Reference

  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian – helps answer frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology
  • lanic – Latin American Network Information Center
  • The Writing Center at Harvard University – instructional handouts for writers with over a dozen helpful handouts with titles such as “How to Read an Assignment”, “Essay Structure”, “Developing a Thesis”, “Summary”, and “Revising the Draft”. Each piece is written in clear prose, and the advice offered is sound and practical. Also includes a link to Harvard’s guide to citation and integration of sources, “Writing with Sources”, and a selection of links to other related writing style guides.

Schools

Television, Local

  • KARK – Channel 4, NBC
  • KASN – Channel 38,UPN
  • KATV – Channel 7, ABC
  • KETS – Channel 2, PBS
  • KLRT – Channel 16, Fox
  • KTHV – Channel 11, CBS

United Nations

Universities and Colleges

Websites of the Week

  • 12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country – from American Libraries magazine one dozen ideals toward which libraries strive
  • A Moment of Science -What is a “funny bone”? What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? These are but a few of the intriguing questions explored by the “A Moment of Science.”
  • American English Dialect Recordings [iTunes, Real Player] – The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Collection features approximately 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. These recordings were made from 1941 to 1984, and they reveal “distinctions in speech related to gender, race, social class, education, age, literacy, ethnic background, and occupational group.”
  • Archived Book -Looking for a way to locate past information on your Facebook profile?  ArchivedBook is a simple and easy way to do just that. Visitors just need to sign-in to their own Facebook profile, and after giving Archived Book permission, they can look at all of their Facebook messages, check-in locations, status updates, and posted links. Visitors wishing to use the site should note that the program is compatible with all operating systems.
  • BioEd Online: Spider in Space Mission Page –Two golden orb spiders are living and flourishing on the International Space Station. Each one lives in separate habitat chambers, each chamber contains cameras and lighting systems, and visitors can use this site from BioEd Online to peer into their world up above.
  • Birthplace of Country Music -The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is dedicated to providing interested parties with information about this region, along with crafting performances and cultural events that celebrate this heritage and rich musical tradition.
  • A brief history of time zones – This site contains a globe complete with tabs that read, “Where time collides”, “Split time”, “The politics of time”, and “What time is it in space?” Clicking on each of these tabs will bring up a short video that illuminates each of these questions.  Click on “The science of time” for BBC reporter Rebecca Morelle’s investigation into how time is measured.  The “Time zones: Your experiences” area offers insightful commentary on people who regularly travel across many time zones or who need to contact family members around the world.
  • Cartography 2.0 – “free knowledge base and e-textbook for students and professionals interested in interactive and animated maps.
  • Center for Civic Education -a non-partisan educational corporation started in 1969 in Calabasas, California, to educate America’s citizens about democratic principles.  Sounds boring, but its not.
  • Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information – This website was first launched in 1996 and it is sponsored and operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) website “provides information about innovative treatment and site characterization technologies to the hazardous waste remediation community.”
  • Discover Engineering –Discover how exciting engineering can be. Roller coaster design, the biomechanics of skateboarding, solar cooking, purifying water, and creating virtual computer worlds all involve engineering, and this site has “video activities” to explain them all.
  • Encyclopedia.com -This site has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.
  • Energy Savers: Your Home -Energy-saving activities are on the rise in the United States and around the world, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers for “Your Home” website provides helpful guidance to apartment dwellers and homeowners.
  • Extreme Planet Makeover –Visitors will  have the opportunity to make their own planet via a series of customizable bells and whistles. Visitors can use the controls on the site to adjust key planetary attributes such as distance from a star, planet size, and planet age. After making these adjustments, visitors can learn about the planet they have created, and also compare it with other existing planets and outer-space bodies.
  • Food Museum Online – This site is loaded with exhibits, and it merits several visits. Lively historic and contemporary drawings, photos, and videos populate the lengthy homepage of this New Mexico-based site about the origins of foods, food issues, food advertising, and foods in other countries.
  • GirlGeeks – an organization that encourages women to pursue and develop careers in technology
  • Glass Works – Glass and glass-making in Canada presented by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  The site teaches visitors about natural glass, Canadian glass, practical glass, industrial glass, and inspirational glass.
  • Indo-European Languages Tutorials [iTunes] – basic language tutorials in French, Italian, German, and a number of other languages.
  • Kentucky Critter Files-The website is meant purely for hobbyists, enthusiasts and students, and not a scientific identification key.  Visitors who love to collect and photograph these little insects, spiders, and other arthropods (plus slugs!) are given tips on what Kentucky (this applies to Arkansas also) habitats to find them in, and how best to photograph them.  In addition to “Collecting and Photography” tips, visitors might enjoy a section entitled “Myths – Legends – Folklore”.
  • Knight Digital Media Center: Maps Tutorials-This site of tools is designed to help people get started with using maps in their various publications and presentations. The presentations here include “Map Mashup Resources”, “Google Map Basics”, “Embedding Map Mashups” and “Map Mashups: Collaboration”. Each of these presentations includes a video orientation that will help users get started quickly with their own work. A particularly useful resource is the “Embedding Map Mashups” tutorial, which will teach you how to quickly embed your newly created maps into your own sites. The last section of the site is titled “Maps Links and Resources”, and here visitors can learn about how maps are being used online to share information and also find a list of “100 Things to Do With Mashups”.
  • Land of (Unequal) Opportunity – This collection from the University of Arkansas chronicles the history of civil rights in the state through documents, cartoons, photographs, and other key items. The site addresses the internment of Japanese Americans in the state during World War II, the proposed adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment, and the treatment of African Americans.   There are over 460 items in the entire collection.  Funded in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.Language Guide – This website is a collaborative project started by a language enthusiast that not only aims to help language learners, but also to “provide a window into the culture of the people who speak those languages.
  • Menus: The Art of Dining – The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries has created this fine collection of menus for the general public, and culinary historians and others will find it all quite appetizing. The project is sponsored in part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and there are over 1,575 menus here.
  • Museum of Glass -This museum highlights glass artists from the Pacific Northwest.  Visitors won’t want to miss any of the breathtaking online exhibits on this website, but one of the most spectacular is the “Chihuly Bridge of Glass” under the “Exhibitions & Collections” tab, in the “Outdoor Art” link.
  • Museum of the Moving Image -This site contains interviews and articles with film critics, filmmakers, and other commentators. The site contains four primary areas:”Articles”, “Calendar”, “Dialogues”, and “Research Guide.”
  • National Science Foundation: Disasters – This interactive site profiles the latest in disaster research from the NSF and the “Critical Role of Research”.
  • National Science Foundation: Science Nation [Flash Player] – Billed as “The Online Magazine That’s All About Science for the People”, the online magazine Science Nation reports on important science breakthroughs.
  • O*Net OnLine – explores careers and the art and science of finding a new job.  It doesn’t list available jobs,  it gives the visitor the tools to find where the jobs are, or aren’t, what jobs are up-and-coming, and which are dying out.
  • Ornaments – Looking for some Christmas ornaments to make?  Try this site.
  • Panorama: Prehistoric Cave Art of Niaux – Curious visitors who want to examine this surreal underground landscape can check out this fascinating feature from National Geographic, which is made up of 100 individual photographs.
  • Poets: W.H. Auden – Collection of Auden’s works offered by the Academy of American Poets.
  • Podcasts: Freer and Sackler Galleries [iTunes] – There are two types of audio features in the “Podcasts” section of the website.  First, visitors will find a brief description of “Radio Asia”, which streams entire tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways collection of Asian music.  Next, the numerous and diverse podcasts are available, which are divided up into the categories of “Concerts”, “Storytelling”, and “Curatorial Conversations”.  Additionally, most podcasts have the following links “See Photos of This Performance” and “Read More About This Performance”.  Some even have a link to related artwork from the Smithsonian collections.
  • Prints from the Curzon Collection: Images of Napoleon and British Fears of Invasion, 1789-1815 – A collection of 1400 prints of political cartoons from the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.
  • The Rise of Apps Culture – Some 35% of U.S. adults have software applications or “apps” on their phones, yet only 24% of adults use those apps.
  • Robert Louis StevensonThe RLS Website is the most comprehensive site dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), providing resources for academics, school children, and people interested in learning about RLS.
  • Seven Tips to Better Landscape Photos – Some guidelines to landscape photography that can elevate anyone’s game.
  • Solar Cookers International –With diminishing supplies of firewood in many impoverished nations, how can rural people cook food for their families?  Visitors should check out the ten- minute video on the homepage that explains the spread of the use of the solar cooker in Africa, which began in refugee camps where food had to be cooked for tens of thousands of people.  Eventually, its use spread to rural villages, but the video explains it has been a slow process.  Visitors interested in the Solar Review Cooker e-newsletter that is published thrice- yearly can sign up to receive it free, under the “Newsletter” tab.  It is also available in dozens of languages, including French, Arabic, and Chinese.
  • Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 – Official indoor base ball guides
  • Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids – Listen to holiday stories.  Storynory is an online treasure trove of audio stories. Here you will find a mixture of new stories, fairy tales, and specially adapted myths and histories and also a sprinkling of verse.
  • Top 10 Food Trends for the New Year-10 food trends to watch over the next decade.  Straight from the Epicurious crystal ball: they predict what trends are next in the food world.
  • United States Military Academy Digital Library: Maps- maps are divided into three sections: “Civil War Maps”, “Colonial and Federal Era Maps”, and “West Point Maps”.
  • What’s in the Food You Eat [pdf]- This database was created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and it contains nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S.
  • Who’s Who and What’s What in the Books of Dr. Seuss – Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was a member of Dartmouth’s Class of 1925, so it makes sense that this wonderful digital project on his work and creations is based at that fine institution. The digital user interface is simple to use and user-friendly. Visitors can select certain pages to share with friends via email, search for certain terms (like “Lorax”) and also create a full-screen view for closer scrutiny.