Historic Pittsburgh Census Schedules
Have you ever wanted to know more about the residents of 19th century Pittsburgh? Then you’re in luck, the Historic Pittsburgh Census Schedule lets you do just that. Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Digital Research Library, the schedules found on this website include census data collected from 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Visitors can search the census schedule by individual name, street, or even city of birth, occupation, or gender. It’s a rather nifty way to learn about the cultural and geographical milieu of the Steel City during this period of dramatic growth. Historians and geographers will find it particularly useful and it’s easy to see how spending time on the site could be a regular part of their research. The site also includes access to other components of the Historic Pittsburgh site, such as Maps, Finding Aids, and a Chronology of key events from the city’s unique history.
Environmental Ethics Case Studies
The American Physiological Society (APS) has created a wide range of teaching resources through its collaborative digital library over the past several years. This particular corner of the site brings together a number of environmental ethics case studies which cover everything from GMOS to the fluoridation of drinking water. Currently, the site contains a dozen different resources, including “Food Aid and Population Control,” “Reviving Extinct Species,” and “Progress vs. Family Tradition.” Resources can be filtered by Grade/Age level or even Pedagogy. Additionally, users are encouraged to craft their own resources and submit them for possible inclusion.
Maryland Geological Survey
The Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) provides excellent information about the geology of the Old Line State, along with public reports and updates on various ongoing projects. The homepage features live earthquake data and maps that deal with oyster habitat restoration projects, fact sheets, and new reports on lead concentrations in well water across the state. The Publications area contains dozens of maps (such as that of the “Maryland Gold District”) and links to Popular Publications such as “Caves of Maryland” and “Baltimore Building Stones Tour.” The Data section is also quite useful, offering a number of informative data sets on sediment distribution in the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. Finally, the Education area contains an “Ask a Geologist” link that’s quite useful for getting answers to Earth-based queries.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 51, December 20, 2013]