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May 31, 2006

Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts public opinion surveys on a variety of hot-button issues, interprets mainstream views and then compares them with the political rhetoric on the right and the left. The site's Issue Guides cover dozens of topics, from abortion to immigration to the right to die.

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May 30, 2006

USA National Gas Temperature Map

GasBuddy.com provides a color-coded map that shows gas prices by county. In addition, GasBuddy allows you to find the cheapest gas prices in your zip code that have be posted in the last 48 hours.

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May 25, 2006

Free Real Estate Tools

Zillow.com is an online real estate service dedicated to helping you get an edge in real estate by providing you with valuable tools and information, such as free valuations and local comparisons. It includes various free resources, such as calculators and satellite imagery.

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May 19, 2006

Keep Tabs on Congress

Now you can see what is going on the floor of the House of Representatives each day. A new service has been introduced - the "virtual ticker" of what's being debated/voted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Online agendas to floor proceedings for the last seven days are available. Each day's report also contains links to full text and status reports of bills being discussed.

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May 18, 2006

Whole Brain Atlas

Complete with a neuroimaging primer, the Whole Brain Atlas web site by two Harvard doctors lets you look inside the human head from several angles with several imaging techniques. A three-paned viewer lets you compare brain slices that pass through a spot of your choosing in three different directions. Once you've mastered that, move on to study brains of tumor, Alzheimer's and other patients.

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May 16, 2006

AltaVista Babel Fish Translation

AltaVista Babel Fish Translation will conduct a translation on blocks of text or web sites in various languages, including English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. It even offers a "World Keyboard" for unusual letters or characters not found on a standard English keyboard.

UPDATE:
Babel Fish is now swimming in Yahoo's water.
(Via: LibrarianInBlack, Yahoo Babelfish, May 06, 2006)

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May 15, 2006

They Are Blogging At Blackboard

Educate Innovate is the Blackboard blog about the convergence of education and technology.

They aim to use this forum to generate discussion about the topics, news, and latest trends impacting e-Learning and campus service offerings; and hope to provide insight about how technology can enable educational innovations for both.

They invite people to visit frequently to hear from their blogging team, guest bloggers, Q&A interviews with education industry thought leaders, movers and shakers, the people who work at Blackboard, and just plain interesting, cool people.

(Via: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian, February 23, 2006)

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May 11, 2006

Architect Studio 3D, from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Design a house in 3D with Frank Lloyd Wright! On this web site, you can design a house, walk through it in 3D, then share it with the world. You can also learn more about architecture, past and present, and explore Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work. You'll need the free Shockwave plug-in.

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May 05, 2006

Center for History and New Media: History Matters

A production of the American Social History Project/Center of Media and Learning, City of University New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, History Matters is a wonderful online resource for history teachers and students. Among the many digital resources are lesson plans, syllabi, links, and exhibits. The Center for History and New Media''s resources include a list of "best" web sites, links to syllabi and lesson plans, essays on history and new media, a link to their excellent History Matters web site for U.S. History, and more. Resources are designed to benefit professional historians, high school teachers, and students of history.

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May 02, 2006

Google Search Tips

Here are various Google tips to assist in your research:

RANKING
To put more emphasis on one of the words in your search results, repeat the word in the search.

NUMBER RANGE
Two periods between two numbers is like typing all the numbers into the search box. This would be very helpful when searching for entries in a range of years.

DEFINITIONS
Google will provide a definition by using the search "define:word". For example, "define: nanotechnology" will result in various definitions. Of course, the results must be analyzed by the user to determine accuracy.

CALCULATOR & CONVERTER
The Google search box is a calculator--try typing 2+2. Even better, it's a converter--try 10kg in lbs. It does monetary conversions, too (with a disclaimer).

SYNONYMS
A tilde (~) in front of a word in your search tells Google that you also want to search for synonyms. For example, "tire" brings up 104 million entries, but "~tire" increases the results to 414 million. The results now include words such as "tyre" (the British spelling). Becareful and update your search as needed, because "rubber" was also included which might have nothing to do with your information need.

(Collected from Melissa Belvadi via Wanderings of a Student Librarian, March 23, 2006)

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