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EncycloZine

EncycloZine

The author calls this eclectic site a “Concise Illustrated Encyclopedia, and a Compendium of Diversions.” Topics addressed include puzzles, optical illusions, Hubble telescopes, photos, fractals, Java examples, encyclographs, economics, Web design, computers, the Internet, and much more.
Subject: Encyclopedias And Dictionaries; Web Sites — Directories; Arts & Humanities–History–North American History–Mexican History; Social Sciences–Archaeology

AskOxford.com

AskOxford.com

Includes a word of the day for vocabulary building, quotations, definitions of grammar and literary terms ("Jargon Buster"), guides to better writing and presentation, crossword puzzles and other word games, how English is used around the world, articles about learning other languages (primarily European), and a history of the Oxford Engl …
Subject: English Language — Dictionaries; English Language — Miscellanea

Dictionary of Difficult Words

Dictionary of Difficult Words

A simple searchable A-Z index of thousands of difficult words from The Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words . Use as a resource for increasing your vocabulary; for word games and puzzles; or just for enjoying and enriching your word power. Includes many foreign words used in the English language today.
Subject: English Language — Dictionaries

MysteryNet.com: Mystery Time Line

MysteryNet.com: Mystery Time Line

Features an extensive summary of the development of the mystery, showcasing "the greatest crime-solvers of all time and the men and women who created them." Includes essays on Cicero, Edgar Allan Poe, Dorothy L. Sayers, The Shadow, Ed McBain, and Alfred Hitchcock; more in-depth information is available on several of "the greats. …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories — History; Detective And Mystery Films; Authors

Crosswords

Crosswords

Hundreds of links to crossword puzzles, articles, crossword software packages, solving tools, anagram generators, and foreign language puzzles. Maintained by cruciverbalist, former New York Times Trivia Quiz Trivia Master, and librarian, Ray Hamel.
Subject: Crossword Puzzles

OneAcross

OneAcross

A site for crossword puzzle enthusiasts, featuring "Crossword Clue Search," which analyzes clues for patterns and suggests words and is based on "Proverb (The Probabilistic Cruciverbalist)," a computer-based puzzle-solver created by Duke University. Other features include links to crossword sites, an anagram finder, and cryptogr …
Subject: Crossword Puzzles; Crossword Puzzles — Dictionaries; Word Games

Crime Library

Crime Library

Contains hundreds of "stories on major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics and criminal profiling." Content " focus[es] mostly on recent crimes, but an expanding collection also delves into historically notorious characters, dating back to the 1400s and spanning the globe." From TruTV.com
Subject: Crime — Case Studies; Criminals

ClueLass.com and The Mysterious Home Page

ClueLass.com and The Mysterious Home Page

Mystery fan Kate Derie’s home pages for everything mysterious. Includes general guides and directories of bookstores and publishers, mystery fiction sites, real world crime and law enforcement, authors’ Web pages, characters, conferences, magazines, organizations, film and TV, book reviews, newsgroups, and more. Information about new and upcoming r …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories

www.crimeculture.com

www.crimeculture.com

This academic site aims to "explore different critical approaches to the study of crime literature/film." Provides essays on subject areas including Victorian detective fiction, gangster sagas, film noir, American hard-boiled, true crime, graphic novels, video games, and television series. Also features reading lists, and lists of relevan …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Detective And Mystery Stories — History And Criticism; Crime In Literature; Detective And Mystery Films — History And Criticism; Film Noir

G.J. Demko’s Landscapes of Crime

G.J. Demko’s Landscapes of Crime

A collection of essays about "the settings of mysteries — the geography, the locus operandi of crime fiction. … and international mysteries." Topics covered include mysteries from specific countries (such as Mexico, Cuba, Russia, and China), mysteries set in various regions of the United States, and general articles. Also includes …
Subject: Crime — Fiction; Detective And Mystery Stories; Landscape In Literature

A Historical Investigation into the Past: Lizzie Borden/ Fall River Case Study

A Historical Investigation into the Past: Lizzie Borden/ Fall River Case Study

Contains "late nineteenth century primary source materials from the Lizzie Borden axe murder trial and from Fall River, Massachusetts." Includes photographs, illustrations, census data, maps, newspaper clippings, Borden family documents (land purchases and sales, wills, credit ratings, a family tree), and transcriptions of Edmund Pearson’ …
Subject: Borden, Lizzie, 1860-1927; Murder — Massachusetts — Fall River; History — Study And Teaching

Famous American Trials: The My Lai Courts-Martial, 1970

Famous American Trials: The My Lai Courts-Martial, 1970

Provides a history of "the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians — old men, women, children — in My Lai on the morning of March 16,1968 [in Vietnam] … [and] the cover-up of that massacre." Features a chronology, maps, biographies, essays, opinion polls, discussion questions, images, bibliograph …
Subject: My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968; Courts-martial And Courts Of Inquiry — United States; Trials (Murder) — United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 — Atrocities

The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers

The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers

These selections from the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Watergate Papers exhibit include images of newspaper articles, notes, letters, and related documents from the collection of these Washington Post journalists relating to their newspaper articles and their books, "All The President’s Men" and "The Final Days." Includes ann …
Subject: Bernstein, Carl, 1944-; Woodward, Bob; Journalists; Investigative Reporting; Watergate Affair, 1972-1974; People

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

Devoted to "one of the forerunners of the civil rights movement in America," who "did groundbreaking work in Florida [during the 1930s and 40s] in registering African American voters, investigating lynchings and police brutality, and fighting for equal education for blacks and whites." Includes letters from the NAACP organizer, …
Subject: Moore, Harry T., D. 1951; National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People; African American Civil Rights Workers; Florida — Race Relations; People; Black History Month

Casebook: Jack the Ripper

Casebook: Jack the Ripper

An extensive collection of information on the infamous Jack the Ripper cases can be found at this searchable site. Includes victim, suspect, and police biographies; contemporary documents and news reports; scanned copies of the Ripper’s letters; background on the Victorian era; a timeline; a witness chart; and much more.
Subject: Jack, The Ripper; Criminals; Serial Murders; Great Britain — History — 19th Century

Bob Woodward (1943- ) and Carl Bernstein (1944- ) Watergate Papers, 1964-2001 (Bulk 1972-1976)

Bob Woodward (1943- ) and Carl Bernstein (1944- ) Watergate Papers, 1964-2001 (Bulk 1972-1976)

This finding aid to the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers collection features a biographical sketch of these Washington Post journalists, an overview of the collection, a detailed contents list, an index of correspondents, and a list of associated materials. Coverage includes their days at the Washington Post, material used for their co-writt …
Subject: Bernstein, Carl, 1944-; Woodward, Bob; Journalists; Investigative Reporting; Watergate Affair, 1972-1974; People; LII Classic Content

Crossword Solver

Crossword Solver

Search for words starting with, containing, or ending with a string of letters. Or enter the letters you know in their respective squares of a form, tell the search engine how many letters are in the word and it will give you a list of words that fit.
Subject: Crossword Puzzles; Crossword Puzzles — Dictionaries

Crossword Puzzle Solver

Crossword Puzzle Solver

Just the thing when you’re stuck on a word. Enter the number of letters and the letters that you do know and receive a list of possible words. Note: "this engine finds only single English words, not phrases, names, or proper nouns … and it only supports words up to 10 letters long."
Subject: Crossword Puzzles; Crossword Puzzles — Dictionaries

Color Matters

Color Matters

“It’s all about the world of color” and its physiological and psychological effects. “This site explores how color affects appetite, vision, sexuality, energy conservation, and its relationship to architecture and interior design.” A passion for color and its unique characteristics led the site’s author to search for answers to some puzzling questi …
Subject: Color; Science & Technology–Transportation–Road; Law, Government & Political Science–Government–US Federal Government–Executive Branch–Agencies

The Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site

The Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site

Find "crosspuzz wordles," concert and radio program schedules, and discography for Peter Schickele. This musician, musicologist, and parodist is best known for his radio program, "Schickele Mix," and his alter ego, the mythical eighteenth century composer P.D.Q. Bach, but his oeuvre is extensive and multi-faceted. The site featu …
Subject: Schickele, Peter, 1935-; Musicians — United States; Composers — United States; Wit And Humor; Humor In Music; People

Three Stooges Collector’s Showcase

Three Stooges Collector’s Showcase

This searchable site contains FAQs and biographical information on Moe, Curly, and Shemp Howard (Horwitz) and Larry Fine (Feinberg). Also included are Joe Besser and Joe DeRita, who substituted for the original cast, and Ted Healy, the Stooges’ original straight man. Biographies contain quotes from family members and other contemporary notables. An …
Subject: Three Stooges (Comedy Team); Comedians; People

Longmont Dairy Farm: Kids

Longmont Dairy Farm: Kids

Games, puzzles, jokes, cow photos, and other dairy-related activities for children. Features a photo tour of a dairy farm and processing plant, recipes, and coloring pages. From a Longmont, Colorado, dairy farm.
Subject: Dairy Farming; Cows; Milk

Film Noir

Film Noir

Explores the characteristics of the "style of American films that evolved in the 1940s, and lasted in a classic period until about 1960." Includes information on the first films noir and examples of noirs featuring femmes fatale, documentary-style footage, prison settings, children, corruption, crime, and Raymond Chandler’s fictional dete …
Subject: Film Noir; Detective And Mystery Films; Motion Pictures — United States

Mysterious Mummies of China

Mysterious Mummies of China

This PBS site is simple and uncluttered. It contains excellent photographs of mummies from Takla Makan and a link to Resources about the Tocharians and their language and history. Mummies 101 describes the process of preparing a mummy, as practiced by the people of Takla Makan, Egypt, and South America (Incan); and the creation of ‘accidental mummi …
Subject: Mummies; Mummies — China

United States Patent and Trademark Office Kids Pages

United States Patent and Trademark Office Kids Pages

This U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site features puzzles, freebies, games, links, and other activities for children. The site is divided into three sections: "Twinkle Lights" (grades K-6), "Bright Lights" (grades 6-12), and "Guiding Lights" (parents, teachers, and coaches). "Guiding Lights" features curric …
Subject: Patents; Trademarks; Inventions; Children’s Web Sites

The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale

The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale

"Since its publication in September 1900, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale." This online exhibit has three sections: "To Please a Child" featuring images and material relating to Baum, To See the Wizard with material relating to stage and screen productio …
Subject: Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919; Oz (Imaginary Place); Wizard Of Oz (Motion Picture); Children’s Literature

The Famous Forty Canon of Oz

The Famous Forty Canon of Oz

A collection of the synopses and texts of L. Frank Baum’s stories of Oz as well as the synopses of the Oz books, by Ruth Plumly Thompson and others, that followed. The book covers (all but the first illustrated by John Neill) of each title link to the information.
Subject: Oz (Imaginary Place); Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919; Children’s Literature

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

Devoted to Narnia, the imaginary country created by C.S. Lewis in his seven-book series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Contains information about Lewis and the illustrators of the books; the birds, beasts, mythological creatures, and people of Narnia; and a brief description of each book, with one full-text chapter. From one of the compani …
Subject: Narnia (Imaginary Place); Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963; Fantasy Fiction; Children’s Literature

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

The website for this trade organization presents sweet potato recipes, nutrition information, gardening instructions, and industry statistics. A children’s section features coloring pages, puzzles, and fun facts. Searchable.
Subject: Sweet Potatoes; Cookery (Sweet Potatoes)

Washington State Department of Ecology Kids Page

Washington State Department of Ecology Kids Page

"This interactive Web site is designed to teach [children] about the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and solid waste management (or how we take care of our garbage)." Includes trivia, games, puzzles, a coloring book, composting instructions, and informaton about recycling aluminum, tin, glass, paper, and plastics.
Subject: Recycling (Waste, Etc.) — Washington (State); Environmental Education; Children’s Web Sites — Washington (State); LII Classic Content

Creative Chemistry

Creative Chemistry

This site from a British author and high school chemistry teacher provides detailed descriptions of a few chemistry activities for students and teachers. Also includes selected molecule animations, puzzles, and games. Some materials are specific to British testing standards, and some activities will need to be converted to American measurement and …
Subject: Chemistry; Chemistry — Study And Teaching

Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton

Official publisher site for mystery writer Sue Grafton. Provides biographies of Grafton and of the heroine of her novels, Kinsey Millhone. Site includes a list of the author’s novels, reviews, photos, tour schedule, trivia, a discussion forum, and other information about Grafton and her work.
Subject: Grafton, Sue; Millhone, Kinsey (Fictitious Character); Authors, American; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

CharlieChan.net

CharlieChan.net

Fan site for the now controversial 1930s and ’40s movie series starring a succession of white actors playing the brilliant Chinese police detective from Honolulu. Provides information on the character’s literary origins, short biographies of the lead actors (such as Warner Oland and Sidney Toler), complete filmography, video availability, and sound …
Subject: Chan, Charlie (Fictitious Character); Chan, Charlie (Fictitious Character) — Quotations, Maxims, Etc.; Charlie Chan Films; Detective And Mystery Films

J.K. Rowling Official Site

J.K. Rowling Official Site

Official information from J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books. This is the author’s place to "communicate directly with Harry Potter fans." Move the cursor around her cluttered desk to see news, biography, annotated directory of fan sites the author likes, links, Ms. Rowling’s responses to gossip and rumors, and more.
Subject: Rowling, J. K.; Authors, English; Potter, Harry (Fictitious Character); Children’s Literature; People; Business & Economics–Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Who Killed William Robinson?

Who Killed William Robinson?

"William Robinson was a real person, a Black American who was murdered on Salt Spring Island in the British Colony of British Columbia in 1868." The site examines the case against Tshuanahusset, the local man accused of killing Robinson and two others, allowing users to evaluate the case using letters and diaries, biographies, photographs …
Subject: Trials (Murder) — British Columbia; Saltspring Island (B.C.) — History; Crime And Race — Canada

Elizabeth Short: Black Dahlia Case

Elizabeth Short: Black Dahlia Case

Los Angeles Times reporter Larry Harnisch thinks he knows who murdered Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, in January of 1947. Harnisch provides what he calls new evidence which may end the mystery surrounding one of Los Angeles’ most notorious unsolved crimes. There are no graphic crime scene photos here, but there are several images of documentary …
Subject: Crime — Case Studies; Murder — California — Los Angeles; Los Angeles (Calif.) — History

Randall Museum

Randall Museum

"The Randall Museum offers youth and adults opportunities for active involvement and recreation in an integrated program of arts and sciences." Features information about current exhibits, classes, school field trips, and other events at the museum. Take an online tour of the museum, see photos and descriptions of the animals on exhibit, …
Subject: Randall Museum (San Francisco, Calif.); Science Museums; Children’s Museums; Handicraft — Study And Teaching — California — San Francisco; Museums — California — San Francisco

The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy material about the Holmes legend at this entertaining site. Included is information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle???s life and non-Holmes works, but the featured focus is on the adventures of Holmes and Watson. Visitors can read interesting essays about Holmes??? character development and his fictional death, as well …
Subject: Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930; Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious Character); Authors, English; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

Web English Teacher

Web English Teacher

This site specializes in presenting a broad variety of "K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities." Browse using the linked sidebar or via the subject-categorized site map.
Subject: English Language — Study And Teaching; English Literature — Study And Teaching; Teaching — Aids And Devices

Reader’s Robot

Reader’s Robot

With about 5,000 reviews, in 21 genres, most readers will find something new and interesting. Browse by category, or search by keyword or by "appeal," which allows you to choose from a list of characteristics within a genre (e.g., "mystery novels where the focus of the story is on people and the psychology of characters and the autho …
Subject: Fiction Genres; Books — Reviews; Readers’ Advisory Services

The Mystery Reader

The Mystery Reader

A searchable collection of reviews for the different genres of mystery novels. "Features" contains miscellaneous information including a list of recommended titles, small presses, addresses for many of the authors, and more. Note: much of the site has not been updated recently.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Books — Reviews

Reviewing the Evidence

Reviewing the Evidence

Reviews of nearly 2000 murder mysteries and thrillers in print and audio formats. Searchable by keyword, author, publisher, and reviewer. There are descriptions of the reviewers’ backgrounds and reading tastes, and the site welcomes submissions of reviews, titles to review, and links.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories — Reviews; Detective And Mystery Stories; Books — Reviews

The Margery Allingham Society

The Margery Allingham Society

Founded in 1988, this society is dedicated to the life and work of one of the great writers of the golden age of detective fiction. You’ll find her biography, a bibliography of her work, an article about Phillip Carter Youngman (a writer and Allingham’s husband; he completed her last two novels), news and events (in Britain), and related informatio …
Subject: Allingham, Margery, 1904-1966; Authors, English — 20th Century; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Earl of Bothwell

Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Earl of Bothwell

This article looks at Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart), "the role of Mary’s lover, the Earl of Bothwell, and the web of intrigue that surrounds … [the] 16th-century murder mystery" in which "Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered" in 1567. Includes a brief bibliography and links to related informatio …
Subject: Mary, Queen Of Scots, 1542-1587; Bothwell, James Hepburn, Earl Of, 1536?-1578; Darnley, Henry Stuart, Lord, 1545-1567; Queens — Scotland; Scotland — History; People

A David Dodge Companion

A David Dodge Companion

This well-designed site offers a complete bibliography of the works of this Berkeley-born writer (author of "To Catch a Thief," filmed by Alfred Hitchcock) who specialized in mystery fiction but also wrote plays and whimsical travel essays. Entertainingly spiced with reproductions of the original covers of his novels and illustrations fro …
Subject: Dodge, David, 1910-; Authors, American — 20th Century; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

FictionDB.com

FictionDB.com

Designed for the genre fiction reader, this commercial site contains fiction bibliographies, reviews, a pseudonym directory, series listings, and more. All entries are grouped by genre: western, romance, and mystery/suspense, and speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror) fiction. There are several forums, including an active one for people try …
Subject: Fiction Genres; Readers’ Advisory Services

Crimeboss: Crime Comic Books of the 1940s & 1950s

Crimeboss: Crime Comic Books of the 1940s & 1950s

This site explores the popular crime comics of the 1940s and 1950s, known for their violent content. See History for information on titles and publishers, the 1954 Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, and the eventual end of crime and horror comics after the adoption of the comics code. Also features a gallery of comic covers (browsable by …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Comic Books, Strips, Etc.; Detective And Mystery Comic Books, Strips, Etc. — History; Comic Book Covers

NameBase Index

NameBase Index

Nearly 270,000 citations covering more than 125,000 individual and organizational proper names from approximately 700 investigative books published since 1962 and thousands of periodicals from 1973. Covers academia, high tech, media, political figures, the international intelligence community, U.S. foreign policy, religion, crime, business and more …
Subject: Biography; Biography — Dictionaries; Investigative Reporting

"Sinkers" Provide Missing Piece in Deep-Sea Puzzle

"Sinkers" Provide Missing Piece in Deep-Sea Puzzle

Information about a June 2005 research article in which marine biologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) present their findings about how animals in the deep sea get enough to eat. They found that "’sinkers’ — the cast-off mucus nets of small midwater animals called larvaceans — are a significant source of …
Subject: Greenhouse Gases; Carbon Cycle (Biogeochemistry); Deep-sea Ecology

Death Among the Books: Bibliomysteries for Booklovers

Death Among the Books: Bibliomysteries for Booklovers

"Librarians, authors, publishers, and bookdealers are featured in these charming mysteries." A short, partially annotated, bibliography from the Manchester (Connecticut) Public Library.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories — Bibliography; Books And Reading — Fiction

Golden Gate Mysteries: A Bibliography of Crime Fiction Set in the San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate Mysteries: A Bibliography of Crime Fiction Set in the San Francisco Bay Area

"This bibliography contains nearly 1,500 titles of mystery, detective, and crime fiction with the action, or significant parts of the action, set in San Francisco and the Bay Area." Summaries of books are provided for selected entries. Also includes an essay about mysteries set during the 1906 earthquake and a geographic index. Browsable …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Detective And Mystery Stories — Bibliography; San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) — In Literature

The Harry Potter Lexicon

The Harry Potter Lexicon

Broad coverage and detailed information on the people, places, and things in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of children’s books. Includes an atlas of Hogwarts, encyclopedias of potions and spells, a bestiary, a quidditch handbook, and a guide to other resources concerning the world’s favorite wizard-in-training.
Subject: Potter, Harry (Fictitious Character); Children’s Literature

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

After you have finished learning everything you ever wanted to know about ladybugs make a ladybug cake, put together a jigsaw puzzle, view some photos and learn a poem all in this one site. Links to additional ladybug sites and even a guide for teachers is also available here.
Subject: Insects; Ladybugs; Beetles

Crime Writers of Canada

Crime Writers of Canada

"A national organization for Canadian crime writers, associated professionals, and anyone else with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Its mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers." The site includes biographies of dozens of member Canadian crime and mystery writers, and a …
Subject: Crime Writing; Detective And Mystery Stories; Authors, Canadian

The Thrilling Detective Web Site

The Thrilling Detective Web Site

This searchable site contains information on authors, fictional characters, radio and television shows, and comics concerning "any mystery protagonist who is a professional investigator, but not a police officer or government agent." You can also find stories by new authors, a FAQ, annotated links, and a glossary of terms and abbreviation …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Private Investigators In Literature

Mystery Ink

Mystery Ink

This "booklover’s guide to mysteries and thrillers" features book reviews, author interviews, and related reference materials. Searchable, or browse by genre (mystery, suspense and thrillers, and crime and noir). Also includes award and top-10 lists, a "books into movies" section, and links to author Web sites.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Suspense Fiction; Crime — Fiction; Books — Reviews; Authors — Interviews

BookSpot

BookSpot

"A free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web. Featured sites are hand-selected by BookSpot.com editors and organized into intuitive categories, such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more." Coverage includes children’s books, comic books, mystery, …
Subject: Books And Reading; Book Clubs (Discussion Groups)

Recommended Literature (K-12)

Recommended Literature (K-12)

This collection of literature for children and adolescents includes classics as well as recently published books. Search the annotated list by author, title, keyword(s), grade level, language, culture, genre, type of book (classic, picture book, counting book, etc.), curriculum connections, and literary awards. A great resource for teachers, librar …
Subject: School Children — Books And Reading; High School Students — Books And Reading; Education — California — Curricula

Infoplease.com: National Poetry Month

Infoplease.com: National Poetry Month

Celebrates National Poetry Month (April) by featuring recommended poetry sites, notable poets, poetry books for children, poetry award winners and poets laureate, and a selection of seasonal and topical poetry. Includes crossword puzzles and quizzes, as well as a glossary of poetry terms.
Subject: National Poetry Month; Poetry; Poets; Special Months; LII Classic Content

Book Awards

Book Awards

Contains links to sites listing book award winners, including prizes for fiction, poetry, mysteries, and children’s literature. From Bookwire.
Subject: Literary Prizes

The Otto Club

The Otto Club

The California State Automobile Association (CSAA) created this "comprehensive traffic safety site" to extend their safety messages into communities and classrooms. The children’s section includes games to play online and on car trips, puzzles, and songs. The section for parents and teachers has teacher resources and safety-related news, …
Subject: Traffic Safety

Mystery Readers International (MRI)

Mystery Readers International (MRI)

MRI claims to be "the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers." The Web site has directories of mystery reading groups, periodicals, and bookstores. There are also archived selections from their quarterly print publication, Mystery Readers Journal, a few au …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Detective And Mystery Stories — History And Criticism; Detective And Mystery Stories — Authorship; Authors — Interviews

Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers

Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers

"This selective guide is more about how to get the most out of libraries and the Web than about specific sources." Includes information about using libraries, Internet research, and "getting the most out of reference librarians." From librarian and mystery author Barbara Fister.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories — Authorship; Library Research; Internet Searching

Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

"MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar Awards, and provides information for mystery writers." There is a section of nominees and winners of various awards in the mystery writing field. A "For Writers" page links to sites about the business of writing, p …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories — Authorship; Authorship — Societies, Etc.

MARTHAGRIMES.com

MARTHAGRIMES.com

Online home for mystery writer Martha Grimes. Provides a biography of Grimes, interviews with her, information about the Richard Jury series and other books, a map of England indicating story settings, related links, a discussion forum for readers, and more.
Subject: Grimes, Martha; Authors, American; Women Authors; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime

This "is an international organization … interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers." It "promotes all types of writing in the mystery/suspense genre from cozy to hardboiled, as well as true crime, nonfiction, novels and short stories for readers of all ages." Site includes adult, juvenile and young adult, and G …
Subject: Crime Writing; Women Authors; Detective And Mystery Stories

Sleuths To Die For

Sleuths To Die For

This is the online home for mystery writers Dolores Johnson, Elizabeth Dearl, Edie Claire, Judy Fitzwater, and Leslie O’Kane, "creators of six fabulous female sleuths." It includes news, author profiles, information about recent and forthcoming titles, tips for new writers, and a short story featuring all six sleuths.
Subject: Women Authors, American; Detective And Mystery Stories; Women Authors — Biography

Women Mystery and Detective Fiction Writers & the Rise of Feminism

Women Mystery and Detective Fiction Writers & the Rise of Feminism

This companion to a University of Evansville, Indiana, course has links to interviews, websites, and other information about over a dozen women authors in the mystery genre, including Dorothy Sayers, Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, and Patricia Cornwell. Note: the site has not been updated recently and …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Fiction — Women Authors; Women Authors; Feminism And Literature

AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information and Photos

AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information and Photos

This site’s focus is its collection of annotated links to lists of science fiction literary awards, including the Bram Stoker, Campbell, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Dick, Tiptree, and many others. Other book award links cover general U.S. literature, mysteries, and children’s literature as well as the national prizes for Australia, Canada, Ireland …
Subject: Literary Prizes; Science Fiction — Awards

From Russia With Love: Costumes for the Ballets Russes, 1909-1933

From Russia With Love: Costumes for the Ballets Russes, 1909-1933

"This exhibition displays the extraordinary designs made for the Russian Ballet between 1909 and 1933. It includes costumes, drawings, photographs, and theatre programs. Access these works through one of the exhibition’s four themes: Exoticism, Romance and Fairytales, Russian Folklore and Modernism." Includes images of costumes designed b …
Subject: Ballet; Costume; Costume Designers; Design — 20th Century

BookPage

BookPage

This online version of the monthly publication features brief reviews of new general interest nonfiction, fiction, science fiction, mysteries, romance, children’s books, and audio books. Also includes author interviews. Aimed at librarians, booksellers, and consumers, it is archived and searchable back to January 1996.
Subject: Books — Reviews; Books — Reviews — Periodicals

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar

Articles on Templar history, mysteries and myths, the Crusades, the Holy Grail, masonic Templar regalia, whether the Templars had the Ark of the Covenant, Freemasonry, modern orders, and many other topics, plus a discussion board and book reviews.
Subject: Templars — History; Military Religious Orders; Knights Templar (Masonic Order)

Why the Towers Fell

Why the Towers Fell

A companion website to a PBS "NOVA" program that "follows a team of forensic engineers during their in-depth investigation of the precise causes of the Twin Towers’ collapse." An engineer discusses the 2001 World Trade Center collapse and methods of improving building safety. Includes articles about a survivor from a floor above …
Subject: World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.); Structural Engineering; Building Failures; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

A Case of Considerable Interest

A Case of Considerable Interest

Companion to an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection of the Toronto Public Library. Move the magnifying glass cursor across the bookshelf to view cover images and links about Sherlock Holmes publications, other fiction and nonfiction works, and material relating to Doyle’s four visits to Canada. From the …
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African American Mysteries

African American Mysteries

Brief, annotated selection of African American mystery novels with themes ranging from "bomb-defusing journalists to investigators descended from Voodoo Queens." Other African American fiction reading lists can be found by clicking on "African & African American Fiction" on the Booklists listing at the left-hand sidebar. Fro …
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American Mystery! Specials: Based on the Novels by Tony Hillerman

American Mystery! Specials: Based on the Novels by Tony Hillerman

Companion to Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs dramatizing works by Southwest mystery author Tony Hillerman. Features a Hillerman biography and interview, list of his books featuring Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, material on the Navajo yesterday and today, and details about the novels made into …
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Treasures of the Sunken City

Treasures of the Sunken City

"Companion Web site for the NOVA program…originally broadcast on November 18, 1997. This program chronicles the underwater discovery of the fabled Pharos lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, just offshore from the modern city of Alexandria in Egypt."
Subject: Egypt — Antiquities; Excavations (Archaeology) — Egypt; Underwater Archaeology

Quipu: Dedicated to Researchers of Andean Archaeology

Quipu: Dedicated to Researchers of Andean Archaeology

Resource-rich directory that includes annotated links to artifact images, biology, carbon 14 calibration, computer-aided design, conservation, country profiles, forensics, geology, map making, museum archives, radiocarbon dating, news sources, researchers and institutions, satellite imagery, site preservation, and teaching tools. Also includes an o …
Subject: Excavations (Archaeology) — Andes Region; Andes Region — Antiquities; Archaeology

Psychiatry On Line

Psychiatry On Line

This international online psychiatry journal features peer-reviewed articles, briefs, and case reports on child and adolescent psychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcultural mental health, forensic psychiatry, and a variety of other topics. Additional resources include a forum for trainees, a registry for reporting antidepressant side e …
Subject: Psychiatry; Psychiatry — Periodicals

Delicious Death: Agatha Christie Works List

Delicious Death: Agatha Christie Works List

This website features images of thousands of covers of English and non-English language versions of Agatha Christie mystery books and plays (and works written under the name of Mary Westmacott). Also includes a Christie chronology, and a brief plot description, character list, and list of movie and TV productions for each work. In English and Japan …
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Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Agatha Christie and Archaeology

Companion to an exhibit, "Agatha Christie and Archaeology: Mystery in Mesopotamia," which "presented a fascinating look at the secret life of one of the world’s most popular writers. Agatha Christie (1890-1976) originally became interested in archaeology on a visit to the site of Ur (in modern Iraq) in 1928. It was at Ur that she met …
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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

U.S. website for this British mystery writer. Features background about how Christie wrote and the influence of travel and archeology, descriptions of her famous fictional detectives (such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot), and material about Christie’s works on stage, screen, and radio. Contains a blog and calendar of Christie events. Includes a …
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Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs

This official Web page for forensic anthropologist and mystery novelist Kathy Reichs includes a brief biography, information about her novels (featuring a female forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, as the heroine), and book reviews.
Subject: Reichs, Kathy; Authors, American; Women Anthropologists; Forensic Anthropology — Fiction; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

Hammett’s ‘Maltese Falcon,’ 75 Years Later

Hammett’s ‘Maltese Falcon,’ 75 Years Later

Audio appreciation from 2005 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett’s novel "The Maltese Falcon." Also includes links to a related story about this book that has been "hailed as one of the greatest detective novels of all time," and to an excerpt from the novel. From National Public Radio (NPR).
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Get a Clue @ Your Library

Get a Clue @ Your Library

Material from California for the 2007 summer reading program for children, and for the associated teen reading program "YNK — You Never Know @ Your Library," and adult program "Summer Sleuthing at Your Library." Features ideas for subjects for public libraries related to these mystery themes, such as mysterious disguises, f …
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The Adventures of Herman

The Adventures of Herman

The story of the evolution of Eisenia fetida and how it came to North America, aimed at elementary school children. Also included is anatomy and the “family tree” for annelids, tracing their lineage from kingdom through genus and species. Information is also provided for making a bin for them to live in, the food they require, and other facts about …
Subject: Worms; Compost

Father’s Day (Yahoo!)

Father’s Day (Yahoo!)

Directory of websites about Father’s Day. Includes links to sites containing stories, music, animations, puzzles, cards, poems, gift and craft ideas, recipes, history, quotes, and more.
Subject: Father’s Day; Holidays

Mickey Spillane — You the Jury

Mickey Spillane — You the Jury

Article that considers "What is it about this guy
that critics so loath and Joe Q. Citizen loves?" The article notes that this American mystery writer, who died in July 2006, had been condemned for his use of sex and violence and his right-wing politics. Also includes a list of Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels and an …
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Hairs, Fibers, Crime, and Evidence

Hairs, Fibers, Crime, and Evidence

Article from 2000 about "the identification and comparison of trace evidence" in investigating and prosecuting violent crimes. Topics include hair (anatomy and growth, animal hair, determination of the body area from which a hair originated and the racial group associated with the hair), fiber (natural, man-made, and transfer), and how th …
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The Real Da Vinci Code

The Real Da Vinci Code

Companion to a 2005 television program that considered historical plot elements in Dan Brown’s novel "The Da Vinci Code." Topics include the legend of the Holy Grail, the Priory of Sion, the Knights Templar, Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and Opus Dei. From Britain’s Channel 4.
Subject: Brown, Dan, 1964- — Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code, The Catholic Church and Opus Dei

The Da Vinci Code, The Catholic Church and Opus Dei

May 2006 response to Dan Brown’s fictional work "The Da Vinci Code" from the Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States. Fictional members of Opus Dei are prominent characters in the novel. Topics addressed include Opus Dei and monks, crime, corporal mortification (including the cilice), cult allegations, women, and the Vatican bank.
Subject: Brown, Dan, 1964- — Da Vinci Code

Mystery*File

Mystery*File

A "crime fiction research journal" about mystery novels and novelists. Includes an illustrated and annotated checklist of the Ziff-Davis Fingerprint Mysteries, a chronological checklist of Native American detectives, and an essay about the game of cricket and mystery novels. Also addresses fictional characters such as Agatha Christie’s To …
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Jewish Mysteries

Jewish Mysteries

This site features an annotated bibliography of American Jewish mystery and detective fiction. The mysteries are divided into three categories "based on Jewish identity and the role of Judaism in each mystery": assimilation, acculturation, and affirmation. Also includes an introductory essay. From a rabbi who is the editor of anthologies …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Jews — United States — Fiction

How to Host a Nancy Drew Party

How to Host a Nancy Drew Party

Suggestions for planning a party based on the youth mystery book series featuring the sleuth Nancy Drew. Includes ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, and food. Includes a recipe for floating island, a dessert in which meringue floats on custard. From a writer and historian of Nancy Drew.
Subject: Drew, Nancy (Fictitious Character); Girls In Literature; Detective And Mystery Stories; Young Adult Fiction; Entertaining

L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz

L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz

This is Oz Encyclopedia ‘s chronological biography of the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , which inspired the 1939 movie. Oz Books is a bibliography of his books, songs, and short stories. It includes works by others about Baum and Oz. Information about characters is in Critteria Ozlandus: A Who’s Who ; details of other features are in GeOz-g …
Subject: Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919; Authors, American — 20th Century; Oz (Imaginary Place); Children’s Literature; People

Murder in the Name of War: My Lai

Murder in the Name of War: My Lai

Five-part series from 1998 on the My Lai massacre, which took place on the morning of March 16, 1968; it "was a watershed in the history of modern American combat, and a turning point in the public perception of the Vietnam War." Includes a video clip of a soldier’s experience in the massacre. Some dead links in "Internet Links …
Subject: My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 — Atrocities

Into the Wardrobe: A C.S. Lewis Web Site

Into the Wardrobe: A C.S. Lewis Web Site

Clive Staples Lewis was the author of the Narnia series, as well as many other books, both fiction and nonfiction. This site offers current news, biographies, articles about Lewis and his writings, links to other websites, and much more. Registration is required to post in the message forums. This site is considered unofficial, but does have the en …
Subject: Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963; Christian Literature, English; Fantasy Literature, English; Narnia (Imaginary Place); People

The Encyclopedia of Arda: An Interactive Guide to the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Encyclopedia of Arda: An Interactive Guide to the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

This "completely unofficial site" from a Tolkien enthusiast attempts to be an encyclopedia of the world of "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," and other works. Includes brief information about races, places, animals and plants, songs, and much more. Also find maps and illustrations, a Chronicle of Arda ("the Wo …
Subject: Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973; Fantasy Literature, English; English Fiction — 20th Century; Middle Earth (Imaginary Place); Myth In Literature

WWW Interactive Multipurpose Server (WIMS)

WWW Interactive Multipurpose Server (WIMS)

WIMS presents interactive mathematics problems (at mostly the high school level and above), calculators and plotters, discussion forums, and puzzles and games. Teachers can set up virtual classrooms and users can create their own interactive exercises. Available in several languages.
Subject: Mathematics; Mathematics — Study And Teaching; Mathematical Recreations; Teaching — Aids And Devices

Jefferson Lab: Science Education

Jefferson Lab: Science Education

Activities for K-12 children to explain how scientists measure the size of an atom, what fabrics will keep you the warmest, how to build a boat so that it carries the most cargo, the periodic table of elements, and other science matters. Includes teacher resources, flash cards, games, and notices of events, internships, and job opportunities. Searc …
Subject: Science — Study And Teaching

Rubik’s Cube Online

Rubik’s Cube Online

Erno Rubik patented this intriguing, colorful, cubic puzzle in 1974. Rubik was a lecturer in interior design and taught architecture in Budapest, Hungary, with a "passionate interest" in geometry. Site includes a history of the cube, cube facts (there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations), a FAQ, information on getting you …
Subject: Rubik’s Cube; Puzzles; Entertainment & Leisure–Pets–Birds; Entertainment & Leisure–Pets–Birds; School And Homework Help–Homework Help–Subject Area Help–Science–Biology–Zoology (Animal Biology); Clubs And Organizations–Environment

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles

A wonderland of puzzles and problems presented by a scholar in love with the language of mathematics. Hundreds of games and brain teasers illustrate algebraic and geometric theories. Links included in the extensive glossary provide examples of usage.
Subject: Mathematical Recreations; Puzzles

Puzzability: Puzzle Sampler

Puzzability: Puzzle Sampler

Sample puzzles for adults and children, including crosswords, hangman-style games, and other word and picture games.
From a puzzle writing company founded by three former editors of Games magazine.
Subject: Puzzles

Puzzlemaker

Puzzlemaker

"A puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents." Create your own cryptograms, mazes, word search, math squares, crossword (criss-cross) puzzles, and more at this entertaining site for all ages. From Discovery School, which provides "innovative teaching materials for teachers."
Subject: Puzzles

International High IQ Society

International High IQ Society

Puzzles and IQ tests from this group that welcomes "people from all walks of life who have an IQ in the top five percent of the population and who want to be part of our global community" on the Internet.
Subject: Puzzles; Intelligence Tests; Gifted Persons

Math and Science Activities from Jefferson Lab

Math and Science Activities from Jefferson Lab

A collection of classroom resources in the areas of science and math developed for sixth graders. There are Internet and paper-based games and puzzles, student activities including experiments, and reference resources.
Subject: Science Projects; Mathematics — Study And Teaching (Middle School); Science — Study And Teaching; Teaching — Aids And Devices

Pumpkins and More

Pumpkins and More

Answers to many questions about this large squash. Learn about the many varieties, including nutritional value, facts and history, growing tips, and more. Includes a pumpkin farm locator (primarily for Illinois), recipes, and instructions for selection and use. In "Pumpkin Fun," find crafts, screensavers, carving tips, and puzzles. Includ …
Subject: Pumpkin; Cookery (Pumpkin); LII Classic Content

How Volcanoes Work

How Volcanoes Work

This site "describes the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes." Topics include the dynamics of eruptions, landforms, eruption types, historical eruptions, and volcanism on other worlds. Each section offers a quiz. Includes vivid photographs, related links, and a crossword puzzle. From San Diego State University.
Subject: Volcanoes; LII Classic Content

SandlotScience.com

SandlotScience.com

Hundreds of optical illusions, including visual illusions and those from nature. Also features games, puzzles, recent articles about research involving optical illusions, and related links.
Subject: Optical Illusions; Science & Technology–Life Sciences–Zoology–Mammals; Entertainment & Leisure–Pets–Horses

The Fun Works: For Careers You Never Knew Existed

The Fun Works: For Careers You Never Knew Existed

This website allows students ages 11-15 to explore various careers in the arts, music, sports, science, technology, medicine, and engineering suited to their personal interests. It includes quizzes to focus on aptitudes, games and puzzles to provide a glimpse of the jobs, and information about necessary education, typical salaries, and the nature o …
Subject: Occupations; Vocational Guidance

Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett

This site salutes the works of hard-boiled-mystery writer Samuel Dashiell Hammett by presenting a chronology of his short stories and novels, which include "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man." Also provides brief biographical information, photos of the San Francisco apartment believed to be the home of Hammett’s detective Sa …
Subject: Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961; Authors, American; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

Who Killed The Red Baron?

Who Killed The Red Baron?

This companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) NOVA program investigates "the most famous aviation mystery of World War I" involving "the notorious Baron Manfred von Richthofen." Includes articles, competing theories about the incident, a slideshow on the aerial arms race, a teacher’s guide, and related resources.
Subject: Richthofen, Manfred, Freiherr Von, 1892-1918; World War, 1914-1918 — Aerial Operations; Fighter Pilots — Germany; People

Murder at Harvard

Murder at Harvard

Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program on "one of the most notorious American crimes of the 19th century," involving the disappearance of a prominent Harvard physician and the events leading up to the trial for his murder. Includes a program transcript, brief timeline of Western medical history, …
Subject: Parkman, George, 1790-1849; Webster, John White, 1793-1850; Evidence, Circumstantial; Trials (Murder) — Massachusetts — Boston

NZHistory.net.nz

NZHistory.net.nz

This New Zealand history site includes exhibitions, related documents, photographs, book excerpts, and a multimedia section. Covers topics such as Anzac Day, the Battle of Crete, and the 1912 Waihi Strike. Provides a discussion forum, puzzles and quizzes about the exhibitions, and links to other genealogical, government, and history sites. From the …
Subject: New Zealand — History

Introduction to Archaeoastronomy

Introduction to Archaeoastronomy

What do Chaco Canyon, Gotland, Stonehenge, Takamatsu Zuka Kofun, and Carnac have in common? This page defines archaeoastronomy as the “study of the astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions and world-views of all ancient cultures” and provides an annotated set of links, organized by subject, to General, Native American/Meso-Ame …
Subject: Astronomy, Prehistoric; Megalithic Monuments

Earth Like a Puzzle

Earth Like a Puzzle

Explores plate tectonics. Contains information on spreading centers, what happens when plates collide, and the layers of the earth. Includes maps. From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
Subject: Geology; Plate Tectonics

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline

Official site for Lisa Scottoline, author of legal thrillers such as "The Vendetta Defense," "Courting Trouble," and "Killer Smile." Features biographical information, photos, and background information about her books. Also includes updates on the author’s activities, a section on Italian Americans, and reading group …
Subject: Scottoline, Lisa; Authors, American; Legal Stories; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

The History of Social Security

The History of Social Security

"We present here both the institutional history of the Social Security Administration and the history of the Social Security program itself." Features presidential statements, a historical chronology of social insurance, audio clips of Lyndon Johnson’s and John F. Kennedy’s telephone conversations, oral histories, speech transcripts, legi …
Subject: United States. Social Security Administration; Social Security — United States — History

JigZone

JigZone

Jigsaw puzzles online – over 800 pictures of animals, art and architecture, holidays, people and lifestyle, landscapes and cities, plants and food, sports and recreation, transportation, travel and culture, and world flags, with a choice of puzzle cuts varying in difficulty from 6 easy pieces to 247 nearly impossible pieces. A “solve” button is ava …
Subject: Jigsaw Puzzles; Arts & Humanities–History–North American History–United States History–Wars–Civil War; Arts & Humanities–History–North American History–United States History By Region–Middle Atlantic States (Northeast)

The Center For Public Integrity: Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

The Center For Public Integrity: Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

This nonprofit organization "conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world." The site features special reports on topics such as Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts, U.S. contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the telecommunications industry, and prescription drugs. Includes an …
Subject: Investigative Reporting; Journalists — Societies, Etc.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE)

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE)

This site’s purpose is to provide "educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism." Visitors have access to a linked government database collection, story abstracts, state-by-state campaign contribution tracking, and an international roster of investigative journalists, sorted by region and in …
Subject: Investigative Reporting; Journalists — Societies, Etc.

The Food Reference Website

The Food Reference Website

"Culinary history, facts, trivia, quotes, humor, poetry, crossword puzzles, recipes, newsletter," a Who’s Who of Culinary Personalities , and a hotchpotch of interesting general and specialized food links are the ingredients in this Web site from a professional chef.
Subject: Food — Miscellanea; Cookery

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section

A fascinating site with mathematical and geometrical facts as well as formulas, history, and diagrams. Find explanations of Fibonacci numbers, methods for constructing golden sections in two or three dimensions, and information about the golden section (or mean or rectangle) in architecture, art, and music.
Subject: Number Theory; Fibonacci Numbers; Geometry; Golden Section

Archimedes’ Laboratory

Archimedes’ Laboratory

Inspired by the work methods of scientist Archimedes, this online companion to the print magazine of the same name provides a virtual lab of geometric puzzles to make and solve, games, mazes, and optical illusions. Appropriate for children and adults. Searchable. Available in English, Italian, and French.
Subject: Mathematical Recreations; Mathematical Recreations — Periodicals; Puzzles; Geometry

Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19

Talk Like A Pirate Day, September 19

"Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation." This humorous site celebrates a day of pirate talk with pirate lingo (such as "Arrr!" and "Ahoy!"), a pirate advice column, a newsletter, puzzles, a "pirate personality profile," Web links, and …
Subject: Pirates — Humor; Special Days; LII Classic Content; New Last Week

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

A fun, interactive site that allows you to test your knowledge of words at three levels: “high-elementary (Level 1), junior high-middle school (Level 2) and high school-college prep (Level 3).” The games are submitted, scored, and e-mailed to the player. Completion of twelve puzzles earns a diploma. There is a new puzzle each month and ones for the …
Subject: English Language; Tests; Word Games

Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games

Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games

Site of a museum "dedicated to research and the collection, preservation, and exhibition of games and game-related objects." Provides the history of many games and puzzles, illustrations, and general descriptions of how the games are played (but not detailed rules). Includes a special section on Inuit (Eskimo) games. Browsable by category …
Subject: Games; Games — Museums; Museums — Ontario — Waterloo

Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects Information Center

Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects Information Center

This site provides links to information about genetic diseases and birth defects. It covers the basics of genetics, including ethics, forensic uses, and career possibilities. Features information about adult genetic risks, resources for genetic testing and counseling, and pages for parents, students, teachers, and health professionals. Searchable. …
Subject: Genetic Disorders; Abnormalities, Human; Human Genetics

The Genomic Revolution

The Genomic Revolution

This exhibition summarizes the benefits of human genome research, including the possibility of "discovering cures for cancer, … feeding the world’s growing population, solving forensic mysteries and saving species on the verge of extinction." Contains related links and a short glossary. From the American Museum of Natural History.
Subject: Human Genome Project; Genetics

National Forensic DNA Study Report: Final Report

National Forensic DNA Study Report: Final Report

In April 2004, the U.S. Attorney General submitted a report to Congress that found approximately 542,700 criminal cases with biological evidence were awaiting DNA testing. This study discusses the DNA backlog problem, the role of law enforcement agencies, the condition of state and local crime laboratories, statistics, federal funding, and the bene …
Subject: DNA Fingerprinting; Crime Laboratories; Criminal Investigation

DNA Interactive

DNA Interactive

"This site is dedicated to the moment on February 28, 1953 when Jim Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA — and to the scientists who breathed life into that structure." The site features a chronology that includes scientist biographies and video clips of interviews, and information about the discovery …
Subject: DNA; Molecular Biology

Interactive Investigator: Your Introduction to the World of Forensic Science/Détective Interactif: Une Introduction aux Sciences Judiciaires

Interactive Investigator: Your Introduction to the World of Forensic Science/Détective Interactif: Une Introduction aux Sciences Judiciaires

"You will be able to obtain general information and an introduction to the main aspects of forensic science from a database on the subject. You can also explore a Historical Cabinet containing actual evidence gathered from crime scenes throughout this century." Includes a timeline, a bibliography, and a game in which you can "use you …
Subject: Forensic Sciences; Forensic Sciences — History — Chronology; Criminal Investigation

Fact Sheet on the Guevara Lock of Beethoven’s Hair

Fact Sheet on the Guevara Lock of Beethoven’s Hair

Information about the lock of hair that was cut from the head of composer Ludwig van Beethoven after his death. Discusses scientific tests that were performed on the lock of hair, including trace metals and DNA analyses, and a 2000 press release about the discovery of high levels of lead in his hair (may have contributed to his death). Some broken …
Subject: Beethoven, Ludwig Van, 1770-1827; Beethoven, Ludwig Van, 1770-1827 — Relics; Hair; Trace Evidence; Forensic Sciences

Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead

This site is a companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series in which crime scene investigation techniques meet history. Topics include the chemistry of the disaster of the airship Hindenburg, contaminated food as a potential cause of the abnormal behavior associated with the Salem witches, and what started the great fire in Rome. Include …
Subject: Criminal Investigation; Forensic Sciences; Crime Scene Searches

Zeno’s Forensic Page

Zeno’s Forensic Page

This site contains an extensive directory of links to resources on forensic science, medicine, and psychiatry. It is maintained by a European forensics expert.
Subject: Forensic Sciences; Investigations

Molvania

Molvania

This companion site to the book "Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry" will have you reaching for your atlas. This spoof site is designed to poke fun at the way tourists have come to rely on travel guides. Like those resources, this site includes information on the history and culture of this non-existent country, as well as pho …
Subject: Imaginary Places; Tourism; Wit And Humor; Toasted, Mostly

The Republic of Cascadia: Sasquatch Militia

The Republic of Cascadia: Sasquatch Militia

(Note: This is a humorous entry.) This recruitment site for the fictional militia from the equally fictional Republic of Cascadia features a mission statement from the Bureau of Sasquatch Affairs (BSA), news stories and discussions of Sasquatch issues such as tree octopus protection versus Sasquatch traditions, media portrayals of Sasquatch, and tr …
Subject: Northwest, Pacific — Humor; Sasquatch; Imaginary Places — Militia; Wit And Humor

The Republic of Cascadia

The Republic of Cascadia

This humorous, fictional site declares that "the former American states of Oregon and Washington and the former Canadian province of British Columbia must join together as a sovereign nation. Only then can we have self-determination and take our rightful place in the Global Community." Includes statistics, a fact sheet, pictures of the Ca …
Subject: Imaginary Places; Northwest, Pacific — Humor; Wit And Humor

Gumshoes, Sleuths & Snoopers

Gumshoes, Sleuths & Snoopers

This site "provides an in-depth look at 185 detective and mystery novels originally published during the period 1930-1960. It is the result of a collaborative effort in which volunteers … provided detailed information about plot, setting, characters and other thematic factors for each title." Browsable, or searchable by title, publisher …
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories; Pulp Literature; Literature — Stories, Plots, Etc.

Stop, You’re Killing Me!

Stop, You’re Killing Me!

At this site, done by a mystery lover, you can search for mysteries by author or series character. The character index may be searched in a number of ways, including occupation, location, diversity, and historical period. Includes links to over three hundred author pages and annotated links to other mystery resources.
Subject: Detective And Mystery Stories

Stone Pages

Stone Pages

Information on selected megalithic sites in several European countries. For each country, a list of available stone circles, dolmens, standing stones, cairns, barrows, and hillforts is provided. Each site is described with locations, sizes, and photos. Greatest depth is England, followed by Scotland and Ireland. France, Italy, and Wales are also in …
Subject: Megalithic Monuments — Europe; Science And Technology–Physics–Mechanics; Entertainment & Leisure–Outdoor Recreation–Amusement Parks

Dew’s Agatha Christie Mystery Site

Dew’s Agatha Christie Mystery Site

Useful unofficial fan site with general information on the author’s life, novels, short story collections, plays, detective characters and allies, recurring and other characters, use of weapons, nursery rhymes, passages from other authors, and random facts. Includes lists of "must-reads."
Subject: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976; Authors, English — 20th Century; Detective And Mystery Stories; People

The History of the Metropolitan Police

The History of the Metropolitan Police

Includes a timeline history (1829 to the present) of the London police force; a list of officers killed in the line of duty; a brief definition and history of policing; and information on the Service’s archives, the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, and famous cases (Jack the Ripper, Brighton Trunk Murders, Dr. Crippen, Cecil Court Antique Shop Murder …
Subject: Great Britain. Metropolitan Police Office — History; Police — England — London — History

Jack Hamann, Rewriting History in "American Soil"

Jack Hamann, Rewriting History in "American Soil"

This companion to a National Public Radio (NPR) program features the text of the first chapter of "On American Soil." Using declassified evidence, Hamann revisits the hanging of an Italian prisoner of war near a U.S. Army base in Washington state and the subsequent court martial of African American soldiers charged with the assault. Inclu …
Subject: World War, 1939-1945; Prisoners Of War; Prison Riots — Washington (State) — Seattle; Fort Lawton (Seattle, Wash.) — History

The Murder of Emmett Till

The Murder of Emmett Till

Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about the 1955 murder of a northern black teenager after he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. "Till’s death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement." The site features a timeline, information about people and events (such as lynching in …
Subject: Till, Emmett, 1941-1955; Lynching; Trials (Murder); African Americans — History; Southern States — Race Relations; People

Interesting Things for ESL Students

Interesting Things for ESL Students

Full of "word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs," American English pronunciation exercises, and more to help individuals learn English. Some lists are designed for Japanese speakers.
Subject: English Language — Study And Teaching — Foreign Speakers; Teaching — Aids And Devices; Entertainent & Leisure–Movies–Film Festivals

Drought for Kids

Drought for Kids

Describes what drought is ("not just a lack of rainfall"), and explains how droughts are tracked, the damage they can cause, and how to plan ahead and conserve water. Offers career information about people who study droughts and climate. Includes a glossary, maps and graphs, and a game area with crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. From the Nat …
Subject: Droughts