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  • Online encyclopedia featuring articles, chronologies, and biographical sketches.
  • "The integrated database system contains clearly documented information from research institutes around the world. It covers areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data."
  • The official U.S. gateway to government information.
  • Timely and useful information for seniors on a host of topics including consumer protection, health, retirement and money, taxes, and travel and leisure.
  • Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous 19th century neighborhood.
  • Archaeologists and historians rediscover a famous nineteenth-century New York neighborhood.
  • This site highlights "food exhibits, nes/issues, resources, food history, answers to your food questions, book reviews and just plain fun."
  • "Food Science Central is a gateway to free and subscription based information relating to the world of food science, food technology and food-related human nutrition." Registration required for some services.
  • The origins and food and ingredients. A companion site to the Culinary History Timeline.
  • Searchable images of millions of historical documents many from the National Archives. Searching the index is free but to view you can either pay by member subscription or a per download basis. Includes Naturalization Records, Southern Claims Commission, Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation, 1908-22, etc.
  • Includes a timeline as well as photos, political cartoons, maps, images, and other documents.
  • Bimonthly journal, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, which examines U.S. foreign policy. Includes searchable archives containing material going back to 1992..
  • Links to the major resources on the Internet.
  • "The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a national, nonprofit,nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives. FPA provides impartialpublications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues."
  • The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.
  • A listing of forign terrorist organizations, as designated by the U.S. Secretary of State, on October 8, 1999.
  • "Forensic Anthropology is the application of anthropological knowledge and techniques in a legal context. This involves detailed knowledge of osteology (skeletal anatomy and biology) to aid in the identification and cause of death of skeletal remains, as well as the recovery of remains using archaeological techniques." Siter includes extensive resources.
  • The hidden city: in advertisements, buildings, signs, and old maps.

  • Newletter, links, and bibliography from an organization whose aim is "to raise awareness of endangered languages, both inside and outside the communities where they are spoken, through all channels and media."
  • Online version of "The Founders' Constitution," an anthology of documents from the 17th century through the 1830s about popular government in the United States.
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  • The Fourth World Journal (FWJ) is the world's leading publication for ideas and analysis about and by writers from some of the world's more than six thousand Fourth World nations.
  • Frameline is an organization whose "mission is to support, develop, and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer visibility through media arts. Through a variety of programs and activities,Frameline provides access to films and videos dealing with a wide variety of issues related to sexuality and gender. Eachyear Frameline presents the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival,the world's oldest and largest event of its kind."
  • Since 1990, nearly 100 films and videos have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund. The leading distributor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media to the educational market and beyond.
  • The site provides pictures of Francis Jansen's Wounded Knee memorial statue. The site contains information on the controversy in the Indian community concerning the statue.
  • Available through the FamilySearch Website. Link at the bottom right.
  • Vendor of PAC Mate braille embossers, Franklin Language Master, SAL Speech Assisted Learning, Power Braille display, Braille n Speak, VerA scanning system, JAWS screen reader, MAGic screen enlarger, Open Book scanner, and others.
  • Freedom to Marry is "the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide."
  • The "first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829. All 103 issues have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format."
  • Guide to French wines, wine-making, and wine districts.
  • Documents, essays, biographies, and links to other Internet sites form the core of this hypertext site on American history.
  • This collection contains about four hundred pamphlets by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery.
  • Full text of a wide variety of documentsstatements and messages concerning many political issues.
  • History and chronology of the League of Nations.
  • B.B.C. essay describing how ancient Egyptian women's "ability to exercise varying degrees of power and self-determination was most unusual in the ancient world."
  • Information about the only liberal arts college in the world designed exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • Site hosted by the University of South Florida providing access to various images of concentration and death camps, Holocaust memorials throughout the world, and other photographic images.
  • The museum is a national landmark that collects, preserves and exhibits historical objects relating to the lives of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci.
  • "The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated topromoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia anddiscrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation."
  • Organization which fosters safe-school laws and policies.
  • "The Gay & Lesbian National Hotline is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay and lesbian community by offering free and totally anonymous information, referrals and peer-counseling."
  • Finding aid for the archival collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University.
  • Annotated bibliography from the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library.
  • A health and wellness site for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women.
  • "Follow this trail and location map to find out where gay and lesbian history lives in collections and displays - formerly a tricky subject for museums, now a heritage that is being celebrated."
  • Essays by Rictor Norton which cover The Queer Canon, The Homosexual Pastoral Tradition, Queer Culture, The Great Queens of History, A History of Homoerotica, and A History of Homophobia.
  • Information as well as numerous services available to people living with HIV/AIDS. Site is also available in Spanish.

  • Links to related articles.
  • The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network "is the leading organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools."
  • This site provides "an introduction to the stories and the people of modern gay history (1700-1973). The site is an ongoing project and most articles about gay male history from 1700-1900 have been completed."
  • Texts which address gender studies and queer studies, with a particular focus on discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity, and sexuality in cultural practices.
  • Links to materials relating to issues and debates in gender studies.
  • Contains links to current legislation.

  • "An electronic journal dedicated to the discussion of women's and gender studies. It developed out of gender Inn, a database for gender and women's studies providing annotated bibliographic records of feminist theory, gender and queer studies, feminist literary criticism and gender-related literature from various other fields."
  • This New York-based organization "offers transgender identified people an opportunity to discover who they are, and to build communities, in an atmosphere of self-acceptance."
  • "Gender Inn is a searchable database providing access to over 8,400 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism and gender studies focusing on English and American literature."
  • Downloadable ebook.
  • A portal designed "to develop an information resource/knowledge sharing site for gender and ICT advocates, civil society organisations and policy makers that wish to be active in gender and ICT policy."
  • A peer-reviewed journal with full-text articles about gender and sexuality in relation to social, political, artistic, and economic concerns.
  • Scholarly Family History Mega Site of Internet Resources
  • Information about genealogical records available at state archives.
  • This company designs, develops and markets genealogy software applications and online resources.
  • A searchable collection of genealogical material such as obituaries, military records, newspapers and social security records. Searching is free but to view most results requires a subscription.
  • Grants special accommodations to GED candidates with documented medical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or blindness emotional disabilities, such as schizophrenia, major depression, attention deficit disorder, or Tourette's Syndrome specific learning disabilities such as perceptual problems, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia or other disabilities that severely limit a GED candidate's ability to perform essential skills required to pass the GED tests.
  • This site "is a web-based portal for one-stop access to maps, data and other geospatial services that will simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geospatial data and learn more about geospatial projects underway."
  • Geography Arena provides a one-stop gateway to geographical resources for academics, researchers, students, practitioners and laymen. . . . The main subject areas currently covered include: geography planning housing environmental issues and transport."
  • Searchable issues of 3 important historic Georgia newspapers, the Cherokee Phoenix, the Dublin Post, and the Colored Tribune.
  • This site, "created by young women for young women", covers physical and mental health issues of concern to teenage girls.
  • Clearinghouse of information, including referrals, public service announcements, medical developments, and links to related topics.
  • "The mission of the GLBT Historical Society is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and otherwise make available to the public historical, cultural, and artistic materials related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities, identities, and practices, as well as of other sexual minorities."
  • "YouthResource, a Website created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old, takes a holistic approach to sexual health by offering support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people. YouthResource has four focus areas: health, advocacy, community, and issues in our lives."
  • Provides background information for events in the Middle East. Includes a timeline of key event from 1900 a thematic section viewing "events through the lens of politics, science, economics, and more: and a section for "big picture questions" featuring essays and lesson plans.
  • An organization which "monitors policy making at the United Nations,promotes accountability of global decisions, educates and mobilizes for global citizen participation, and advocates on vital issues of international peace and justice."
  • "Our goal is to publish the best peer-reviewed scholarship within both established area and regional studies and new areas of inquiry that break down boundaries between traditional disciplines and regions."
  • Provides links to online glossaries and dictionaries of psychology terminology.
  • A new interdisciplinary journal that promises to bring a queer perspective to issues of sex and sexuality. Table of contents plus free sample issue.
  • Searchable and browsable encyclopedia. Entries include bibliographies, citation information, and related links.
  • Created by a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. Of particular note is the calendar of programs, services, workshops, forums, and other events offered in New York City.
  • A collection of self-archive papers.
  • Search through the archives of newspapers, magazines and other publications and uncover material that in some cases dates back more than 200 years.
  • Housed at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, this Website includes a resources directory, a calendar of events, online discussion groups, and information for educators.

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