The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Monday, January 01, 2007
The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

Audubon's Birds of America

Audubon would like to thank Richard Buonanno for compiling the content for this online version of John James Audubon's Birds of America, now available for display on It is from an 1840 'First Octavo Edition' of Audubon's complete seven volume text, and presents Audubon's images and original text descriptions. Bird species can be found listed alphabetically, or categorized by family. Audubon's drawings of some species' anatomical features are also included in the 'Figures' section. The list of species that have gone extinct since Audubon's time was provided by Mr. Buonanno, as was the list of State Birds.


Exploring Space: The Quest for Life

Our galaxy alone contains hundreds of billions of stars, giving scientists a vast cosmic frontier to search. Could alien life be looking up at its own sky and asking, 'Is there life out there?' Learn from this PBS site about the amazing quest for life that begins on Earth and extends into the heavens above.


Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The OWL at Purdue offers online writing, research, and MLA and APA style help to the
world. Now celebrating more than ten years of operation, the OWL at Purdue receives over 50,000,000 visits per year, with usage increasing steadily each month.


The Columbia World of Quotations

The 65,000 essential quotations by 5,000 authors that constitute this authoritative
collection represent the research of 154 experts and are divided into 6,500 subjects.