How well can you guess a book by its cover?

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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Reading about eReading this week July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Web Site of the Week: Freedom Summer: Wisconsin Historical Society

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

The Wisconsin Historical Society has one of the nation’s richest collections of items documenting the Civil Rights movement, particularly as they relate to the 1964 Freedom Summer Project. Visitors to the site can
look over the Historical Essay to get started, as it contains a short summary of the importance of these events, then move on to Browse Related Topics. Here, visitors will find links to specific civil rights movements in Milwaukee and Madison. The Teacher Resources section is another great find and includes a helpful PowerPoint, educational plans, quizzes, and discussion questions. With over 30,000 items, including posters, radio announcements, oral histories, and more, it’s an incredible way to view primary documents and relive this important moment in American history.
[KMG]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Reading about eReading this week July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Web Site of the Week: The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem

July 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Noting its “broad stripes and bright stars,” Francis Scott Key turned the Star-Spangled Banner into the principle symbol of American patriotism with his poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  This engaging site from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History accompanies an in situ exhibit celebrating the history and legacy of the flag behind the National Anthem. As the homepage suggests, it’s a good idea to begin with the War section of the site, which sets the historical stage. On this page, interested visitors will even find links to suggested resources for classroom use. Visitors can also Explore the interactive flag feature in the Interact section of the site. Through several images, complete with informational captions, it’s possible to get up close and personal with this American icon. [CBD]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

Reading about eReading this week July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Web Site of the Week: Biodiversity Heritage Library

July 1, 2014 Leave a comment

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) “is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections.”  Partnering with the Internet Archive, these wonderful items have been brought together for consideration by the general public.  All told, there are over 79,000 items in this collection and visitors can browse around by title or author or even look over the Recently Reviewed Items list for suggestions. The Most Downloaded Items list is quite revealing, as it contains some fine items such as “Fish hatchery management” and “Bergey’s manual of determinative bacteriology.” Also, visitors can use the tag cloud to get started. One particularly noteworthy item is the rather prodigious volume from the 1870s titled, “Half Hours in the Far North.” It contains fascinating illustrations and observations about Russia, Iceland, and other frozen climes. [KMG]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

http://scout.wisc.edu/

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