Calorie Counter -- a calculator for how many calories you have
burned doing what you do!
Resources -- for folks 50+, covers all areas, from law and
health to grandparenting, employment and fun!
Bed Bugs -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this document
to highlight emerging public health issues associated with bed bugs (Cimex
lectularius) in communities throughout the United States.
Calling Abroad --
international calling codes.
Care.com - resources for 'special
needs' adults, seniors and children.
Congresspedia -- "designed to be a place where you can get a
closer look at representatives in Congress and a better understanding of
the environment in which they work. Because this site is a
wiki, it’s open for anyone to edit or add new information, so you
can share what you know with everyone else. To help insure fairness and
accuracy, Congresspedia is overseen by a paid editor."
Cooking Dictionary/Glossary -- useful when reading cookbooks.
With Google -- a specialized database function that allows you to
provide a list of ingredients (what’s in the fridge?) and get back a list
of recipes that Google finds for you. Courtesy of ResearchBuzz.
-- "Once you learn how to handle these fundamental techniques, you will
be able to handle most recipes"
Thesaurus--what can you substitute in a recipe when you've run
out of some key ingredient? Substitutions for 1500 ingredients are
Crime Reports -- Enter an
address, a city/state, or a zip code, and get a map of criminal activity
in the area over the past weeks.
CUSA: Catholic Union of the Sick in America -- for the
chronically ill and disabled. Members support one another through prayer
-- Search by zip code through 11,000 member daycare providers, each
with a page supplying basic information about the facility (including
state license info)
Daily Tax Info-- The IRS answers your most frequently asked
questions about taxes, with links to tax forms and more.
& Dying -- wills and trusts, resources and more.
Etiquette--a guide to acceptable terminology to use to
describe people with disabilities, as well as a guide to how to deal
with people with specific disabilities to accommodate their needs.
Finder -- from the American Medical Association. SAU not
ebooks @ Adelaide --
Election and Candidate Info
-- for any year and place, also an online way to register to vote!
eXtension -- an interactive learning environment delivering the
best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university
minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with
knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.
Monster -- the ultimate homework helper!
Information on the Net--a Tutorial--a really well done
presentation on how to analyze your information needs, phrase your
search, select the search engine that will do what you need to do.
Arrivals--and departures, delays and cancellations.
Realtime updates for over 40 airports in the U.S. and Canada .
Tracker--type in an airline and flight number and this neat site actually shows
the realtime postion of the plane over a map, plus gives height, speed , etc...
Finder -- ever wonder what part of the country an area code is from? With this simple database, one can
type in area code for geographic location OR type in place to find what area
code serves it. Useful.
Nutrition Solutions -- Tips and guides on food preparation,
preservation, safety and storage, and tools for nutritional analysis.
Particularly useful: Its "Is it safe" guides for a number of
questionable-appearing foods and suggestions for reducing cholesterol, fat
E-Books -- free downloadable books on business, religion, fiction,
self-help and more. No, really, they are free with directions how to download
Gas Prices by Zip Code -- just type in your zip code and get the
latest gas prices for your area from least to most expensive and which
stations have what price. map included !! Updated every evening.
Benefits -- the official (.gov) government benefits website that
for free helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Information Change--Have a question about forms, benefits, who to
contact about what in federal government (or state or local)? Check here.
Charts--These are the revised charts for tracking the growth of children, and
detecting problems with weight early, from the Centers for Disease Control. It also calculates your Body Mass Index.
Getting the Most out of Non-Fiction Reading
Body Calculator -- a very neat tool that tells you how many
calories to consume with what goal of weight loss. Also calculates
your BMI and optimum weight.
Online and in E-mails -- find out the truth before you forward
- Home Ec 101 -- what you wish your mom had taught you!
Maintenance and Repair:
Path--the complete guide for the would be first-time
homeowner, including "do I qualify," kinds of mortgages,
closing costs, steps your lender follows, papers you need to keep. It
is for a certain lender, but the steps show the basic process. We do
not endorse any lender, per se.
HomeworkNYC.org -- from the New York Public Library. Excellent!!!
Net--a how-to-do-it site for home improvement, lawn and garden
care, decorating, sewing ideas, etc.
Not to Get Hit by Cars -- for those with bicycles... "This is a
far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little
more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. Don't confuse wearing
a helmet with biking safely. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure. It's better to not get hit. That's what real bicycle safety is
about.... very useful tips for preventing car on bike intimacy."
Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life
Stuff Works--demonstrations and explanations of things like
the workings of car engines, pendulum clocks, smoke detectors.
To Hunter -- "the Web's biggest directory of free how-tos."
Browsable and searchable.
Theft: A Quiz for Consumers -- this is a .pdf file, you'll
need Adobe Reader to view it (free download
Healthy Eating Index -- an online dietary assessment tool that
provides information on your diet quality, related nutrition messages
and links to nutrient information. System requirements are listed as
Agreements with your Child -- prepare, pre-warn and talk!
Iowa Go Local -- Iowans can find hospitals, nursing homes,
clinics, pharmacies and other health providers.
Register to Vote Form
IVR Cheat Sheet -- this is a neat site that tells you the phone
number and how to most quickly reach a human being of all
sorts of corporations and retail and airlines, etc...
Games -- the outdoor, run around, neighborhood kind,
like 'Capture the Flag' and 'Red Light Green Light'
Hub -- lots of fun games with a learning edge. Requires Flash
5 Player Plug-in (download free on the site).
Lawyers -- Find a lawyer by location or specialty.
"ability utility," designed to teach you step by step how to
do various things such as carve a turkey, iron a shirt, drive a stick
shift, set up a stereo system. Be sure to scroll down.
Directory -- type in a location and get info on actual
programs in your area that teach literacy, ESL GED etc...
Home--all things home improvement, including an "Ask the
Garden Guys" feature, and a "we'll calculate it for
you" feature for how much lumber, wallpaper, etc. to buy.
Wills: Forms -- also has downloadable 'Power of Attorney for
Health Care Decisions' forms.
-- homemade formulas for things from glue to skin creams to paper
-- "For a product or technique to be considered meta-efficient it
must be: Energy & Resource Efficient, Affordable, Reliable,
Non-polluting, and if possible, Portable.The information presented
here will be of interest to those who wish to live more simply and
of Hoaxes -- explains hoaxes perpetuated by the media and the
Stuff -- thousands of museums and exhibits worldwide.
- MyMoney -- learn how to balance a checkbook, buy a home, figure
out 401ks and more...from the U.S. government.
MySavings -- free with registration, this site provides a "comprehensive
directory of brand name free samples, printable grocery coupons, online
coupons, free stuff and freebies, and other discounts and deals."
Pollution Clearinghouse -- includes research on the health and
learning effects of noise, and federal and state laws governing it.
Safety Tips--advice from the City of Phoenix, Arizona.
-- find ALL sorts of podcasts!
Vote Smart -- "Thousands of candidates and officials,
five areas of information. What would you like to know? Project Vote
Smart (PVS) is a citizen's organization dedicated to serving all
Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral
decision-making." An excellent site.
from Kansas State Agricultural Experiment Station--everything from how to get your
kids to do chores to how to plant bulbs and so much more. Agricultural experiment
stations produce hundreds of useful publications,
available for free, but few people know about them. Full-text online.
-- free and excellent from the Government, this site allows you to
put in your weight, age and height and it comes up with a food intake
plan to either maintain your weight, lose or gain. There are daily
worksheets as well with goal calorie amounts broken down into portions.
What is good to recycle and what is not.
to Vote -- secure online registration, no excuse now!
Restaurant Inspection Reports -- In IOWA, find out here if your
favorite restaurant or one you think of going to is clean and passed
inspection and why.
Rules of Order
of Cooking --An
Exploratorium project that uses pickles and eggs and candy and breads
to teach about fermentation, micro-organisms, the geography of spices,
fat, proteins, etc. It includes recipes and activities as well.
Seatbelts Save Lives -- a graphically stated description of what
actually happens to the human body in a car crash.
Snopes.com -- a good place to verify those e-mail forwards
BEFORE you become alarmed!
You Wanna.... -- a place to find out how to do things of
all sorts with step by step instructions and encouragement. Buy a
laptop? Play poker? Pay off student loans? Be a sitcom writer? Grow a
window garden? and lots more.
Guides and Strategies--
gives students improvement in their test-taking skills, study
techniques, time and stress management.
Stain Detective--all you ever wanted to know about doing
Safety -- a must-read!!
Legends--did that actually happen to a friend of a friend?
Get the real scoop.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Garden -- great tips and projects to get started, plus
Web Exhibits Museum --"For
each exhibit, we’ve drawn upon the knowledge of experts in the field to
create both a broad overview and detailed information about the topic. We
hope that the exhibits’ information, virtual experiments, and hands-on
activities promote learning, prompting you to think, to formulate
questions, and to explore topics from a variety of angles."
Zip Code Look-up
-- find the zip code for any address!