Daily Bookmarks 04/10/2007

Sorry for the ridiculously long post here; I was cataloging a bunch of resources for a new course I’m developing on primary sources.

Documents on Wheels Home Page

  • Primary and secondary sources for American history. Topics currently include Civil War, Nathaniel Gordon, John Wilkes Booth, Abolitionists, and FDR.
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Zotero – The Next-Generation Research Tool

  • Firefox extension which allows you to catalog resources, add notes and tag your notes and resources, organize sources for multiple projects, and create bibliographies
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Son of Citation Machine

  • David Warlick/Landmark Project’s tool for creating citations.
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EyeWitness to History – history through the eyes of those who lived it

  • Primary sources from the ancient world through current. Primarily American focus (Civil War, Old West, etc.) Text, images, sound, and film clips available.
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Education – Teaching With Documents

  • History lesson plans from the National Archives using primary sources
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Teacher Resources – Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

  • Lots of lesson plan ideas for integrating primary sources, sorted by the source type (objects, photos, text, sound, etc.)
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American Memory from the Library of Congress

  • Collection of primary sources related to American history from the Library of Congress. Collections are sorted by topic.
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AwesomeStories.com, The Story Place of the Web  Annotated

  • Primary sources organized in stories including the biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, the movie Catch Me If You Can, and Dracula. Stories are organized into short “chapters” with links to the sources throughout.
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Quote: Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see thousands of hand-selected and relevant links to pictures, artifacts, manuscripts, documents and other primary sources, IN CONTEXT, within each story.

Calisphere – A World of Primary Sources and More

  • Primary sources specifically geared towards K-12 teachers. Themed collections are available which correspond to California state standards. You can also browse for subjects alphabetically or use the search function. Images, texts, and websites are available.
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Teaching Discrete Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources  Annotated

  • Examples of projects to teach undergraduate math with primary sources
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  • A human vision of science and of mathematics: not just truths, methods, techniques coming from nowhere, not just facts and skills without soul, without history, but the results of the efforts of persons motivated by deep interest and passion;
    not as godlike science, but human and so incomplete and fallible; the human side of the great discoveries and discoverers.
  • A frame in which all elements appear in their right place: not facts centuries apart in their origin presented together in the same bag without a single remark, but explorations in their own context and with their own motivation; past fashions in order to
    be able to understand present fashions; the deep connections along time of the different leitmotivs of the mathematical symphony.
  • A dynamical vision of the evolution of mathematics: the motivation and driving forces at the roots of the ideas and methods of the subject; the primordial creativity around each particular subject, its genesis and its progress

How to Search the Invisible Web – Lifehacker  Annotated

  • Explanation of the invisible web plus tips on how to find information that can’t be found through Google
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Quote: The term “invisible web” or “deep web” refers to the vast repository of information that search engines and directories don’t have direct access to, like databases at university libraries, sites that require passwords to view, or sites that for some reason don’t want search engines to crawl them. Unlike pages on the visible Web (that is, the Web that you can access from search engines and directories), information in databases is generally inaccessible to the software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes.

Seek and Ye Shall Find: Locate original documents on the Web – Lifehacker

  • Links to online libraries and databases for primary sources

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Using Primary Sources on the Web  Annotated

  • Overview of online primary sources plus tips on evaluating online sources by finding the author, reviewing the site’s purpose, determining the site origin, reading others’ comments on the site, plus site features.
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Quote: Users of primary sources have always needed to examine their sources critically, but now with the proliferation of electronic resources from a wide variety of web site producers, evaluation is more important than ever before. Users of web resources must now consider the authenticity of documents, what person or organization is the internet provider, and whether the electronic version serves their needs. This brief guide is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online.

A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs – New York Times

  • Article about the Kathy Sierra situation and calls for a code of conduct similar to BlogHer’s.
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“Why I’ll never sign up for any Blogger Code of Conduct” from The Intuitive Life Business Blog  Annotated

  • Explains potential flaws with the idea of a formalized code of conduct for blogs using the analogy of college parties
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Quote: I am all for civility, reasoned discourse, and coherent and respectful discussion in the blogosphere, as I am on discussion boards, in email, chat rooms, and even in real life. But I don’t control the world, I can’t tell you how you should be phrasing your sentences or conveying your thoughts, nor would I want to. Yes, there are certain views that are beyond what I will tolerate in my hosted discussion space, but I still support your right to have those views even if I occasionally click that “delete” button and kick your comment into the ether.

Why I’ll Never Sign Up for Any Blogger Code of Conduct ~ Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes  Annotated

  • Stephen Downes explains that rules aren’t the solution to make the world a better place, education is. That pretty much goes for any problem from his view.
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Quote: Good conduct has always been a matter of education, a matter of character, not a matter of legislation.

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