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  • Specializes in laws and policies related to disability civil rights. Works to secure and advance the civil rights of adults with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
  • Federal programs, services, and resources for Americans with disabilities and their families.

  • National nonprofit organization offering nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with permanent physical disability.
  • "This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century."
  • Arizona State law 41-865
  • Documenting the American South provides access to texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.
  • "The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group." From the Special Collections Library, Duke University.
  • Links to notable documents in Middle Eastern History.
  • "A moderated E-journal, devoted to women writers, beginning in the 19th century, who wrote domestic fiction."
  • From Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Voice recognition software.
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. "This revision of the fourth edition of the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association to set forth diagnostic criteria, descriptions and other information to guide the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders was published in 2000 replacing DSM-IV. It is expected that DSM-V will replace DSM-IV-TR sometime in the future."
  • Rich informational site maintained at Minnesota State University with sections on Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and much more.
  • Digital library of primary sources in Canadian history. Currently contains the images of the pages of over 3,000 books and pamphlets. Browsing or searching can be done by title, author, or subject.
  • "This database provides links to World Wide Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period ca. 1500 to ca. 1800. Resources have been selected for their scholarly value by librarians on the Arts and Humanities Team of the University of Maryland Libraries. Materials range from bibliographic databases to full-textresources, images, and sound recordings. Most of the resources linked here are free. Some require a license for access."
  • Full texts of early treaties.
  • This is the first national lineage society that recognizes and preserves the contributions of the Spanish/Latino culture in the early settlement of the United States.
  • Serves as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities.
  • A directory of annotated sites, browsable by country and region. Includes a list of Current Hot Topics.
  • East View is a large supplier of books, maps, serials, etc., in hard-copy and microfilm, from the countries of the Former Soviet Union, eastern, and central Europe.
  • Assists children and adults with disabilities and their families through a nationwide network of more than 450 service sites. Each center provides services tailored to meet the specific needs of the particular community it serves. Advocates for passage of legislation that helps people with disabilities achieve independence.
  • All things related to New York's restaurant world: real estate, closings, and soon-to-be openings.
  • Provides nonstandard testing accommodations for test takers who meet Educational Testing Service requirements. Accommodations may include extended testing time, additional rest breaks, an accompanying recorder or writer of answers, and sign-language interpreters. Offers tests in alternative formats including audio recording, braille, and large print (18 point) and large-print answer sheets.
  • A not-for-profit organization, Elderhostel offers opportunities to explore ideas places across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Provides the means to "create digital maps that display a wide range of cultural material by using place and time as a common element."
  • Collection of atlases provided by the Department of Geograpphy, California State University, Northridge.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • Has approximately 70,000 humanities texts in many languages including related images such as book illustrations, covers, and manuscripts.
  • This organization is a political network for pro-choice Democratic women. Site has a searchable database for women in congress and in state legislatures.
  • A collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth to the ninteenth century. Prose, poetry, and drama are represented. Many texts deal with women, feminist issues, and the question of women's rights.
  • Provides reference information about everything in genealogy except people.
  • Directory of links divided into categories.
  • Background information about people, countries, and political or religious issues of North Africa and the Middle East. Covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  • "The collection ranges across culture, history, social and economic development, science and art as well as offering regional and national 'sense of place' websites from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales."
  • Contains facsimile copies of the enumeration forms used in the decennial census of the United States from 1850 through 2000.
  • A searchable database of over 5,000 recipes, restaurant and cookbook reviews, suggestions for the year's holiday cooking, and classic advice from James Beard and Fannie Farmer.
  • Provides in-depth information about more than 46,000 cities, villages, and towns around the U.S.A. Also includes geocoded information about thousands of parks, museums, historic sites, colleges, schools and other places across America.
  • Site contains information about the issue of same sex marriages, primarily in Canada.
  • "Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure."
  • "This project is designed to enhance the teaching and learning of anthropology by encouraging teachers to help students explore the relationships between field data and analysis as reported in monographs and journal articles."
  • Escaping Hades, a rape and sexual abuse survivor's site, provides a forum for the survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and incest.
  • Provides links to hundreds of articles and sites.
  • A great place to find the perfect job. Also offers helpful hits and articles on finding a job.
  • Directory of facts, short essays, and answers to questions concerning women's health.
  • Site includes the following databases: Make Cross-cultural Tables Search Sexual Practices Search Marriage Practices Search Culture Summaries Subject Terminology for Searching Databases Cultural Summaries A Note on Classification and Features.
  • Collection of links on the subject of EU History, from the History Department of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Categories include: Archives, Historical Documents, Bibliographies, Histories, Brussels, Journals, Cold war sites, Non-EU institutions, Discussion groups, Oral histories,EMU's in the past, Statistical sources, EU-institutions, Timelines, Eurospeak, Useful finding aids, Federalism, WWW virtual library.
  • "EurasiaNet provides information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. The website also offers additional features, including newsmaker interviews and book reviews."
  • Primary historical documents from Western Europe. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.
  • The English language version of the official site of the European Union.
  • Provides information about the purpose, history, and documents of the European Union. Includes links to member countries.
  • Provides access to the combined resources (both digital and non-digital) of the national libraries of Europe.
  • List of EU servers, EU documents, and other University links.
  • EWM focuses on contemporaary women mathematicians.

  • "The Evolution project is a seven-part, eight-hour television broadcast series, an extensive Website, a far-reaching educational outreach initiative, and a HarperCollins companion book by acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer."
  • An article by Leda Cosmides & John Tooby providing an introduction to evolutionary psychology.
  • "This database contains summary accounts of all the excavations carried out in Ireland North and South from 1985 to 1999. It has been compiled from the published Excavations Bulletins from those years, with a similar format."
  • "The EAWC Internet Index tracks a variety of resources that are relevant to ancient and medieval times and that might prove useful to students and teachers who are engaged in serious study. It is divided into five sub-indices: a chronology, an essay index, an image index, an internet site index and a primary text index. Each of these is further divided into sections, one for each of the cultures represented: the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe."
  • A look at the history of chocolate, the chocolate-making process, and a visit to a chocolate factory in this exhibit from the Exploratorium.
  • "FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. ... As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting, and promote strong non-profit sources of information." -From the website.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints runs the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The FHL has the largest collection of genealogical records in the world. The library is open to the public and access to most of the microfilm resources are available through their network of Family History Centers located around the world.
  • Aims to help you find government records and other sources you need for your family history research.
  • A global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

  • Family Violence Prevention Fund is working to build a grassroots movement to end abuse in the United States and around the world, pioneering innovative and effective prevention strategies, fighting daily for women, children, immigrants, and low income workers, and supporting non-governmental organizations worldwide.
  • Search all British Overseas Births, Deaths & Marriages, from 1761 to the present.
  • Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this site provides access to family history information including transcriptions of 1880 U.S. and British Censuses and the 1881 Canadian Census.
  • Includes Apology to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada ,Chief Joseph's Speeches, Human GenomeDiversity Project, Indian Pledge of Allegiance, Indigenous Manifesto Iroquois Constitution, and others...
  • This site is dedicated to the history and study of famous trials, most of which occured in the United States.
  • The FBI has been investigating hate crimes since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This site contains FBI history, statistics, and initiatives, as they relate to the investigation of hate crimes.
  • Offers information on money management, how to correct banking errors and protecting against identity theft, as well as other quick links of interest to consumers.
  • "The Federation of Gay Games perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and safeguards its founding principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best. An all-volunteer organisation, the Federation is made up of individuals and organisations representing four continents."
  • Comprehensive listing of all US Code and regulations concerning disabilities. Includes links to laws concerning housing, education, ADA, telecommunications, children, veterans as well as links to informational sites concerning legal concerns for specific disabilities.
  • Index "covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages."
  • The Center for Digital Discourse and Culture's bibliography of feminist scholarly works on sexuality.
  • "The Feminism and Women's Studies site, one of 44 websites hosted by the EServer, was first designed in 1993 by members of the Carnegie Mellon University Women's Center. One of the earliest women's studies websites on the Internet, our site has since the outset been very well known: today it is number 2 in Google searches for 'feminism' and number 4 in Google searches for 'women's studies', and is currently one of the most popular women's studies websites in the world, currently publishing documents to approximately 25,000 readers per month."
  • Contains news of the latest print and audiovisual resources for research and teaching in women's studies. Sample articles available online.
  • Information on Abortion, Crime, Jurisprudence, Law and Literature, Legal Theories, Pornography, Rights, and Other Topics.
  • "The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered."Provides an extensive gateway to reviewed resources.
  • The Feminist Majority Foundation Online utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.
  • Directory of links.
  • This academically-oriented site is presented in English as well as French and Spanish, and includes links to many feminist topics.
  • Sells ebooks in various formats.
  • Personal interviews with 13 women about why they chose carers in science.

  • "FindLaw's Legal Professionals Channel is designed to help you with your practice-specific legal information needs. Browse the practice area topics for the latest legal news, case law, and analytical articles relevant to your practice. FindLaw's online resources also allow you to search for a case or research an attorney."
  • Documents specific to the September 11th terrorists attacks.
  • One of the most popular genealogy websites in the U.K., this commercial service provides indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2005.
  • One of the most popular genealogy websites in the U.K., this commercial service provides birth, marriage, death, military, census, and migration records including indexes of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales from 1837 to 2004.
  • "Drawing on a wide variety of documents and artifacts, this site explores five main themes [alone at the top the path to power leading Canada private life afterwards] relating to Canada's prime ministers. The site examines our leaders' political careers as well as their private lives. It also sheds light on Canadians' perceptions of our prime ministers." Includes biographical profiles and speeches. In English and French.
  • "An introduction to contemporaty Native American artists in Canada."
  • An umbrella site maintained by Lee Sultzman. This site provides a brief overview on 48 tribal nations. By clicking on the tribes name again, extensive information is provided about their location, population, names, language, villages, culture and history. There is also a "Location list of the Native Tribes of the US & Canada." This list enables you to locate tribes which are federally or state recognized, those that lack such recognition and the tribes of Canada. The list provides their addresses and fax numbers.
  • Directory of links from the Celebration of Women Writers site.

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