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This week's crop includes getting out of jail on bail, research on voter turnout, deaf culture, funnyman Will Rogers, expanding the Panama Canal, and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Jennifer, Maria, and Charlotte.
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The Gunpowder Plot: Parliament & Treason 1605
This site, created in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot in England, "traces the background of the Plot using original material from the period held in the archives of the Houses of Parliament and in other archives." Features a timeline and background about parliament, politics, and the people involved (such as Guy Fawkes, who "was caught red-handed" trying to blow up parliament). From the House of Lords, U.K.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22837
The Hostage Crisis in Iran
Materials related to the taking of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. "On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and took approximately seventy Americans captive. This terrorist act ... lasted 444 days." Includes a list of the hostages and the casualties, a diary kept by one of the hostages, and a link to a rescue mission report. From the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22840
Introductory material designed for children about the history and culture of Europe, Asia, and Africa before 1500. Topics include North America, China, India, west Asia, Greece, Egypt, Africa, Rome, Islam, Germany, and the Middle Ages. Also includes materials for teachers. Kidipede began as a "community service learning project" and is organized and run by a history professor at Portland State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22648
Printer, Publisher, Peddler: The Business of the Jewish Book
This online exhibition documents the history of the Jewish book trade from the 15th through the 20th centuries using examples from the University of Pennsylvania's library collections. Includes a bibliography and a link to a related exhibit about the Jewish book. From the University of Pennsylvania Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22814
Consumer Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM)
This fact sheet explains adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), loans for which "the interest rate changes periodically, usually in relation to an index, and payments may go up or down accordingly." Includes questions to consider, consumer cautions, ideas for reducing risk associated with ARMs, a glossary, and a mortgage checklist for comparing different types of mortgages. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Federal Reserve Board.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22827
Who Votes, Who Doesn't, and Why: Regular Voters, Intermittent Voters, and Those Who Don't
This October 2006 report of survey results about American voting habits and views provides data on topics such as factors affecting whether people vote, views of country and community, and demographics of voters and non-voters (both registered and not registered). Includes a summary of findings and the full report. From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22824
DailyMed: Current Medication Information
This website provides U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels and other material for over 1,200 approved prescription drugs. Searchable, or browse by drug name. Listings include professional and consumer-level information, such as precautions, adverse reactions, and dosage. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22809
Male Contraceptive Study Expanded
This illustrated article from October 2006 explains the intra vas device (IVD), a male contraceptive that is undergoing clinical trials. Includes a diagram showing how this birth control method would work and links to related articles and websites. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22839
Bail: Getting Out of Jail After an Arrest
This article describes the procedures related to bail, "cash or a cash equivalent that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he will appear in court when ordered to do so." Describes how bail is set, how bail is posted, and the circumstances under which someone may be released "on their own recognizance." From Nolo, a California publisher of legal self-help books.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22830
Public Broadcasting PolicyBase (PBPB)
This site provides "key documents about the history, purpose, policy and structure of public broadcasting in the United States." Topics include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), channel reservation, digital television, Independent Television Service (ITVS), National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and underwriting and advertising. From the Current Publishing Committee and the National Public Broadcasting Archives.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22838
Charles Darwin: The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
This site contains Charles Darwin's "complete publications and many of his handwritten manuscripts. There are over 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images." Searchable, or browse by publication to view text or digitized images (or both, in some cases) of the publications. Also includes a bibliography, a manuscript catalog, a biography, and audio files of his works. From the University of Cambridge (UK).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22819
The Official Site of Will Rogers
Official site for this actor, author, humorist, and pundit who died in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska, in 1935. Features a brief biography, fast facts, filmography, a few photos, writing excerpts, and quotes such as "I never met a man I didn't like" and "Everyone is ignorant, only in different subjects." Also includes links to related sites.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22836
Elections: How to Be an Informed Voter
Collection of links to websites with "non-partisan resources" for national elections and elections in California. Also includes links to sites about campaign finance and election reform and with past election results. From the University Library, Sonoma State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22813
What Should I Know If I Am Arrested?
This FAQ covers topics related to being arrested in California, such as rights, finding a lawyer, arrest warrants, bail and how it is set, arraignments, preliminary hearings, and search warrants. From the State Bar of California.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22829
This site "is an online community and a resource for finding vacation rentals" for travelers who stay in apartments or houses that are rented by the week. "This makes for a different, slower, type of vacation." Features message boards with review of hotels, restaurants, and related destinations. Most of the material posted is about Europe and North America, but the "Rest of the World" section is growing. Also includes photos.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22669
Defending Our Oceans: Whaling
Background about the impact of the whaling industry on whale populations and on the health of the oceans. Includes links to news on topics such Iceland's resumption of commercial whaling activities in 2006 (after a 17-year hiatus), and activities of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). From Greenpeace.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22833
Auditory Disabilities: Deaf Culture
Background about the strong sense of community (known as "deaf culture") among those "for whom sign language is their primary language" and how this sense of community differs from that of deaf people who have been "raised in the oral tradition, meaning that they were taught to speak vocally, and to 'read the lips' of others." From WebAIM, an initiative for web accessibility of the Center for Persons With Disabilities at Utah State University.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22831
A Brief Guide to Meat and Dairy Labels and Their Relevance to Animal Welfare
This document provides definitions for terms found on meat and dairy product labels, such as certified organic, certified humane, free-range, cage-free, vegetarian-fed, grain-fed, hormone-free, and pasture-raised and grass-fed. Includes links to related material about egg carton labels. From the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22825
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