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May 6, 2007

Newsletter 5-6-07

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 8:52 pm

With more than 550,000 human-edited entries, Acronym Finder is the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 4 million acronyms and abbreviations. You can also search for more than 850,000 US and Canadian postal codes at this site. is the official web site of the Nobel Foundation. Providing a wealth of background to every Nobel Prize since 1901, the site presents Nobel Lectures, biographies, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and a great deal more information about the Nobel Laureates and their work.
Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.

This site has some real interesting old maps of the US and state maps.
The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection. Map Collections is organized according to seven major categories. Because a map will be assigned to only one category, unless it is part of more than one core collection, searching Map Collections at this level will provide the most complete results since the indexes for all categories are searched simultaneously.

More maps for your viewing.
“Celebrating a thirty-year partnership between the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the Maps in Our Lives exhibition explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems–and draws on both the Library’s historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress.”

Most of you at some time or other were seeking employment. If this is your situation right now check out the following web site. Its called Americas Job Bank. It states that is has over 2 million jobs posted. Maybe you can find one that’s just right for you.

“WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you’re used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audio books. You may also find article abstracts and their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.”

This is the self description of the University of Pennsylvania listing of over 25,000 free online searchable books.
“In the listings, you can start reading a book by clicking on or selecting its title (or on the phrase that describes where it is, if you’re looking at a detailed book description, or at a listing that has multiple links). You can also select the Infoicon at the start of a book listing to find out more about a particular book, find other books with the same author, title, or subject, or find out how to make a stable link to the detailed book description. See our archives and indexes listings for specialized sites that list texts that don’t (or don’t yet) appear individually in our indexes. That’s also the place to go to find books in languages other than English. “

So far this weeks newsletter is about searching for information that was or is in print format and now available in digital format. To continue with this theme, the next link is all about quotations. I know you have heard many great quotations and wanted to know where they came from or who was the original author. All this am more is available at this site. I don’t know how they complied such a wide and varied list but it has to be the most comprehensive list I have seen on the Internet or anywhere else.

“Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.”


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  1. […] Newsletter 5-6-07 Providing a wealth of background to every Nobel Prize since 1901, the site presents Nobel Lectures, biographies, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and a great deal more information about the … […]

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