Resources for Teachers

Educational Materials for Teachers

Professional Associations and Organizations

Complations of Hypertext Links for Educators

Online Newspapers and Magazines

Educational Materials for Teachers

Lesson Plan Resources

Weekly Online Lessons from Online Education Magazine
http://www.learnersonline.com/lessons/lessonindex.htm
 

AskEric Lesson Plan Archive
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/
 

The Education Station
Southern University and A&M College:
Louisiana Space Consortium Homepage
www.phys.subr.edu/LaSpace/laspace.htm
 

Kansas State University Libraries: Lesson Plans and Teaching Guides - Links to Links to Links . . .
http://www.lib.ksu.edu/subguides/education/lessonplans/
  

The Academy Curriculum Exchange
from the Organization For Community Networks
http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/
 

Lesson Plans & Classroom Ideas
http://gilligan.esu7.k12.ne.us/
 

Arizona State University Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers
http://tikkun.ed.asu.edu/coe/links/lessons.html
 

The Library-in-the-Sky
from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Resources
http://www.nwrel.org/sky/index.asp
 

Steven Haderlie's Bookmarks for K-12 Educational Purposes
http://www.nebo.edu/nebo/bookmarks/k12/k12.html
 

Winnipeg School Division No. 1 Teacher Resource Links
http://www.wsd1.org/Focus/
  

Educational Technology Center: Teacher Lesson Plans
http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/etc/Etcenter.htm
 

Forefront Curriculum: Curriculum Development for K-12 Educators
http://www.4forefront.com/plans.html
 

Texas Educational Network (TENET)
http://www.tenet.edu
 

Education World: Where Educators Go to Learn
http://www.education-world.com
 

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
http://ed.gov/free/
 

Teachnet.com Lesson Ideas
http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/

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Educational Journals and Magazines

Classroom Connect
http://www.classroom.net/
The focus of this web site is K-12 resources designed to complement the line of products that include books, videotapes, and the popular Classroom Connect newsletter. Visitors to this site will find links to a variety of online materials, from interactive databases to live electronic discussions.

eSchool News Online
http://www.eschoolnews.com/
This online magazine in basically written to provide news and information to help K-12 decision makers use technology and the Internet to transform the nation’s schools and achieve educational goals. It advertises itself as the “#1 Source for K-12 School Technology and News and Information.”

MultiMedia Schools
http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/
Published by Information Today, Inc., this online publication is a practical how-to magazine that addresses multiple technologies used in K-12 schools today—CD-ROM, multimedia, online, and Internet resources. Articles, columns, news, and product reviews are contributed by practicing educators who use new technologies in the classroom and media center.

Electronic School Online
http://www.electronic-school.com/
A print and online publication aimed at the teachers and administrators who want to use technology in an appropriate way. The objective of Electronic School Online is to provide an unbiased view of people who are using technology in education with an emphasis on new developments and case studies, with the interests of children and learning be placed first.

Electronic Learning
http://scholastic.com/
This web site is both an online and print magazine that deals with the use of technology in schools. It provides news, reviews of hardware and software, and reports on issues and trends in the field. You will also find information about grants, research updates, and an Ask-an-Expert feature where you can get online advice.

Teacher's Edition Online
http://www.teachnet.com/
This site is an online newsletter for teachers from Teachnet.Com, a company that offers news and stories of interest to educators. This web site features a wealth of tools for teachers including articles, news stories, lesson plans, and downloadable software.


Teacher Talk
http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/tthmpg.html
This is not a commercial site like many of the online magazines that are available on the web. This resource is published by the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University's School of Education. It is intended for preservice, secondary education teachers and provides a vast collection of articles, book reviews, and teacher suggestions. Sample topics from this online publication include: What is your classroom management profile?, Socially Active Environmental Projects, Cultural Diversity in the Classrooms and Violence in the Schools.

From Now On
http://www.fno.org/

The purpose of this journal is to promote educational technology for engaged learning.
From Now On is a monthly electronic technology newsletter which reaches technology leaders, teachers, parents, and others who visit the Web site. From Now On deals with the most pressing issues facing schools that are considering an investment in networking, goal setting, curriculum development, staff development, assessment, network planning, policy development, and legal issues.
 

T.H.E. Journal -Technological Horizons in Education
http://www.thejournal.com
This magazine is published monthly and is vailable both in print and on the Web. T.H.E. Journal offers a free one-year subscription online to qualified individuals in educational institutions and training departments. It has two components in each issue, features and departments that deal with how educators are integrating technology on their campuses and into their curricula.

 

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Internet Research Tools

Search the ERIC Database
http://www.accesseric.org/searchdb/searchdb.html
The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database, the world's largest source of education information, contains more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice.
 

AskERIC Virtual Library
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/index.html
By searching AskERIC's web-based version of the ERIC Database, you can access the ERIC abstracts which are also found in the printed medium, Resources in Education and Current Index to Journals in Education. The database is updated monthly, ensuring that the information is timely and accurate. The AskERIC Virtual Library contains selected educational resources, including 1000+ AskERIC Lesson Plans, 250+ AskERIC InfoGuides, searchable archives of education-related listservs, links to Television Series Companion Guides, and more.
 

AskERIC
http://ericir.sunsite.syr.edu/
AskERIC is a personalized education information service that is part of the ERIC series of resources, a federally sponsored program that offers a wide range of education-related services. This web site, housed at Syracuse University allows teachers, librarians, administrators, media specialists, and parents involved in education to send a request for information on an educational topic. ERIC information specialists will research the question and send back a reply that includes information from the ERIC database, ERIC Digests, and other Internet sources within 48 hours.
 

The Omnivore - A Daily News and Information Service
http://way.net/omnivore/
The Omnivore puts a slightly different spin on a common topic, news. The Omnivore is an attempt to provide an easy-to-use interface for locating news sources on the web. This site is a free daily news service that provides in-depth coverage of world events as they unfold. A series of QuickNews links offer reports from such resources as Reuters Headlines, Associated Press Breaking News, Voice of America, the New York Times, Africa News Service, China News Digest, and Radio Free Europe.

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Libraries Online

The library at your school will be one of the, if not the, best places for locating valuable information for you and your students.

Area School and District Libraries include:

Fort Bend ISD Libraries
http://www.fortbend.k12.tx.us/library/

Saint Agnes Academy Library
http://www.st-agnes.org/library/

Splendora Middle School Library
http://www.splendora.k12.tx.us/sms/lib/index.htm

Spring High School Library
http://www.springisd.org/shs/lib/

Stafford Municipal School District Libraries
http://www.stafford.msd.esc4.net/school-webpages/Library/library.htm

Houston Public Library (HPL)
The Houston Public Library ( http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/hpl/index.html ) provides to students and teachers in Harris and contiguous counties access to their resources both in the libraries and online using the HPL PowerCard (library card). Online library patrons will have to set their web browsers to access this information. ( http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/proxy_help/ ) Note: You will have to have a second browser if you are accessing information at both UH and HPL. I have both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer on my home computer.

Region IV Educational Service Center
Our area's service center not only provides staff development to teachers but the service center also offers to area teachers access to a large audio and video library.

You can search the resources in the catalog by using Region IV's Online Media Catalog ( http://www.media.esc4.net/ESC4/catalog/Welcome.html )or visit your school's library where the librarian will have on hand a paperback version of the catalog.

Resources requested by teachers are delivered and picked up either at a central location within your school district or to your individual school itself.

The Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/
The Internet Public Library is a web site developed by librarians to make it easier for people to find information online. Hosted by the School of Information at the University of Michigan, this resource has as its mission, to find, evaluate, organize, and bring together quality information resources on the web. One component of the project is The Reference Center (http://www.ipl.org/ref/), which offers a wide array of reference materials including links to web sites dealing with Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Computers & the Internet, Health & Medical Sciences, Law, Government & Political Science, and Sciences & Technology. Here you will also find links to reference materials such as almanacs, biographies, census data, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

The WWW Virtual Library
http://www.vlib.org/
The WWW Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web. Individual indexes live on hundreds of different servers around the world.

The United States Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/

The Librarians' Index to the Internet
http://www.lii.org/

LibraryLand - Index to Resources for Librarians
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/LibraryLand/

LibrarySpot - enyclopedias, maps, libraries and much more
http://www.libraryspot.com/

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips are a great way for you and your class to travel to places outside the classroom without leaving the school.

Government

White House ( http://www.whitehouse.gov )

Geography ( http://www.nationalatlas.gov )

Satellite Photos ( http://terraserver.microsoft.com )

Space

NASA ( http://www.nasa.gov )

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ( http://www.setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu )

National Air and Space Museum ( http://www.nasm.edu )

The Electronic Universe Project ( http://zebu.uoregon.edu/galaxy.html )

Places of Interest

Statue of Liberty ( http://www.nyctourist.com/liberty1.htm )

Ellis Island ( http://www.ellisisland.org )

Geography

Street Maps ( http://www.mapquest.com )

Lindblad Expeditions ( http://www.expeditions.com )

History

National Archives and Records Administration ( http://www.nara.gov )

WebCams
(be VERY careful of adult content ... monitor the sites for a couple of days before using in class)

Sites Around the World ( http://www.infotreks.com/webcam.html )

Fish Cam ( http://www.netscape.com/fishcam/fishcam.html )

Discovery Cams ( http://kids.discovery.com/cams/cams.html )

Science

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit ( http://george.lbl.gov/vfrog/ )

Frog Dissection ( http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/frog/menu.html )

TeleGarden ( http://telegarden.aec.at )

Birmingham Zoo ( http://www.birminghamzoo.com/ )

Sea World ( http://www.seaworld.com )

Math

Math Forum ( http://mathforum.org/ )

Mathematics - FSU ( http://web.math.fsu.edu/Science/Education.html )

Math Education and Technology ( http://www.ies.co.jp/math/indexeng.html )

Math Archives ( http://archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html )

Museums

Museum Index ( http://www.museumspot.com )


Miscellaneous

Illusion Works ( http://www.illusionworks.com )


Virtual Field Trips that Charge Fees
(offer special features like talking with an expert)

Jason Project ( http://www.jasonproject.org )

The Globe Program ( http://www.globe.gov )

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Online Resources for Kids

Their are many resources available online for the student, as well as, the teacher. When looking for an online resource that will be used for a student, make sure the resource is written for the student, not for the teacher.

General Resources

Marcopolo
A standards based content site full of resources that include hot links, lesson plans, and student activities. Content areas of focus include: economics, geography, humanitites, science, and the arts.
( http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/ )

Blue Web'N
This site includes content areas from art to health and physical education to foreign language. Within each content area you will find links to many web based sites that include tutorials, activities, projects, lesson plans, hot lists, and reference tools.
( http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/ )

DiscoverySchool for Students
Helpful resources such as study tools, fun & games, and learning adventures is found on the student portion of the DiscoverySchool site.
( http://school.discovery.com/students/ )

English / Literature

ExxonMobile Masterpiece Theatre
The current schedule of productions along with associated classroom lessons is available on this wonderful site from PBS.
( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/ )

Norton Websource to American Literature
This online companion to the Norton Anthology is a must for any American Literature teacher.
( http://www.wwnorton.com/naal/ )

History / Social Studies / Texas History

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This site created by faculty and students at UH for the Institute, provides a detailed look at various never before seen documents that detail the development and history of our country.
( http://www.gliah.org/ )

Library of Congress: American Memory
Provided by the US government, this site allows for the use of its images and resources copyright free for all teachers.
( http://memory.loc.gov/ )

Napoleon
This recognized site will be useful to teachers in many content areas from English to history to web graphics.
( http://www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/ )

Famous Texans
Interested in teaching Texas history? Look no further than this site when researching famous Texans!
( http://www.famoustexans.com/ )

Science

Ology
The 'study of' everything ology. Lessons and activities in the fields of paleontology, astronomy, and genetics.
( http://ology.amnh.org/ )

International Space Station
Provided by the Boeing Corporation, this site will interest the explorer in all of us.
( http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/spacestation/ )


How Stuff Works
If you have to ask, then this is the site for you. From the popular book series comes this website. Check out the 'Super Categories' for a topic that interests you.
( http://www.howstuffworks.com/ )

Savage Earth
The supporting website for the PBS series by the same name.
( http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/ )

Arts

Sister Wendy's American Collection: The Museums
Travel online with Sister Wendy as she visits the museums of our country.
( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sisterwendy/museums/index.html )

MFA-H Bayou Bend: Collection and Gardens
Visit Ima Hogg's beautiful home on Bayou Bend or her virtual one produced by students in the College of Education at UH.
( http://www.bayoubend.uh.edu/ )

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Ask an Expert Online

PITSCO's Ask an Expert Site
http://www.askanexpert.com/
  

Guidelines for How to Ask an Expert
http://www.askanexpert.com/etiquett.htm

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Internet Projects

Internet projects may be found at:
http://www.cln.org/int_projects.html

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Professional Associations and Organizations:

Councils and Associations

The American Association of School Librarians Web Site
http://www.ala.org/aasl/
The web page targets the improvement and extension of library media services for students. It provides information about the national association's many reading efforts as well as a link to the International Association of School Librarianship.

The American Association of School Administrators Web Site
http://www.aasa.org/
Promotes the work of the professional organization that has more than 16,000 members in the US and Canada. Information from this site includes "Leadership News," conference and workshop announcements, and an Educators' Guide to Schoolwide Reform.

The National Parent Teachers Association
http://www.pta.org/
This page offers a historical look at the first 100 years of the organization, an Issues & Initiatives section, plus links to additional resources and an archive of historical PTA materials.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
http://www.ascd.org/
ASCD is an educational association that provides professional development in the areas of research, evaluation, and theory of supervision and curriculum. In addition to the standard offerings, this web resource also offers a number of interactive components including several online forums where members can carry on an electronic discussion on topics of interest.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals
http://www.nassp.org/
The mission of the web site is to serve leaders in middle and high school education and provide news and information for parents, administrators, and those who would like to become secondary school principals. This site also supports activities of a number of student programs, including the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, the National Association of Student Councils, and the new National Alliance of High Schools.

The US Department of Education Web Site
http://www.ed.gov
This resource includes a rich offering of educational resources for teachers, students, parents, and researchers. At this comprehensive site, you will find education news, lists of guides and publications, funding opportunities, and information about government sponsored programs and services, to name just some of the available resources. The "Picks o' the Month" features links to three Internet sites each month that are considered noteworthy.

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Teacher Collaboration Sites

After School Online
http://www.tappedin.org/

"Conversations" - at discoveryschool.com
http://school.discovery.com/conversations/conversations.html

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Content Area National Associations

National Academy of Sciences
http://www.nas.edu

The National Council of Teachers of English
http://www.ncte.org/
This web page states that it's the Internet Site for Resources on the Teaching of English Language Arts. Here, you will find teaching ideas and resources for teachers, parents, and members of the community, as well as information about the organization's teaching standards and links to other Internet resources.

NCSS Online
http://www.ncss.org/
The web site of The National Council for the Social Sciences is designed to support educators who teach social studies. This site offers an abundance of resources for members, including curricular materials, program and publication information, and areas on news, professional development, plus standards and curriculum.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Web site
http://www.nctm.org/
Aimed at educators who are involved in the teaching of mathematics, this web resource provides information for its more that 120,000 members, including a What's New section, links to educational materials, and marketing opportunities.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
http://www.iste.org
ISTE is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. They are dedicated to promoting appropriate uses of information technology to support and improve learning, teaching, and administration in K–12 education and teacher education.

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Scholarly Journals and Magazines Online

Scholarly Journals Distributed Via the World-Wide Web
http://info.lib.uh.edu/wj/webjour.htm
This list from the University of Houston Libraries includes links to more than 150 electronic journals that are available on the web without charge. A small sampling of electronic journals and scholarly magazines is shown below.

  • The Public-Access Computer Systems Review  
    http://info.lib.uh.edu/pacsrev.html
    The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (PACS Review) is an electronic journal published by the University of Houston Libraries. It provides information regarding end-user computer systems in libraries. The journal publishes papers on such topics as campus-wide information systems, digital libraries, document delivery systems, electronic publishing, hypermedia and multimedia systems, and online catalogs.
      
  • Compute-Ed 
    http://www.education.uts.edu.au/projects/comped/

    Compute-Ed is an electronic journal for the publication of articles in the use of technology in teaching and learning and about how technology is used in the educational arena. The journal is produced by the College of Education at Wayne State University. The journal includes the collaborative effort between Wayne State and two Australia-based universities and has an editorial panel of international members, representing such other countries as England, Israel, Canada, Belgium, and Spain.
      
  • New Horizons Online Journal
    http://www.newhorizons.org/newslarchive.html
    This journal is part of an online “building” that has some very interesting attributes. It is published by New Horizons for Learning – a non-profit educational organization based in Seattle. Its purpose is best stated in its mission statement - New Horizons for Learning is: An international network of people, programs, and products dedicated to successful, innovative learning. 
     
  • Journal of Technology Education  
    http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE/

    The Journal of Technology Education provides a forum for scholarly discussion on topics relating to technology education. Manuscripts focus on technology education research, philosophy, and theory. In addition, the Journal publishes book reviews, editorials, guest articles, comprehensive literature reviews, and reactions to previously published articles.
     
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication  
    http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/

    This online journal contains articles that  make a contribution to knowledge in the field of computer-mediated communication. Published at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, JCMC articles most frequently join theoretical analysis with empirical investigation, and/or incorporates demonstration or simulation.
     
  • Technology Review  
    http://www.techreview.com/

    This online magazine, published at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been in existence for more than a century and now is available on the web as well as in traditional print-based format. The articles focus on the search to understand how technology is changing our lives.
       
  • The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN)
    http://www.aln.org/alnweb/journal/jaln.htm
    Published at Vanderbilt University, this journal's purpose is to provide a place for exchange of information among researchers and practitioners and to provide a peer reviewed online journal consisting of a knowledge and research on asynchronous learning networks.
     
  • Educational Technology & Society
    http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/
    This online publication is the journal of the International Forum of Educational Technology and Society (IFETS). Educational Technology & Society encourages discussions on the issues affecting the educational system developer and education communities. This quarterly journal helps in developing specific aspects concerning the design and implementation of integrated learning environments while sharpening the overall vision about the purpose and processes of education

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Compilations of Hypertext Links for Educators

Many people have created web pages that contain large lists of hypertext links to useful web sites. These compilation web pages can be an excellent way to locate web sites that contain information on a specific topic area or grade level since many compilation pages are organized in this manner.

Below are some of the more popular compilation pages.

The Virtual Schoolhouse - A Meta-Library of K-12 Internet Links http://metalab.unc.edu/cisco/schoolhouse/.
The Virtual Schoolhouse is a collaborative project between the University of North Carolina and Cisco Systems, makers of Internet products. This Web resources was designed to help educators locate useful materials as well as demonstrate the power of networking in education. Links include a comprehensive list of schools on the Internet, subject area Web sites, technical information on Web tools and authoring, and resources for administrators and education planners.

Teachers Helping Teachers
http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/
A web site that attempts to help new teachers by providing teaching tips and ideas in various subject areas and in general classroom management. Developed by Dr. Scott Mandel, a social studies teacher in Pacoima, California, this web site also includes information on how teachers can connect to an online chat area where they can share ideas and concerns with other teachers.

Jerome & Deborah's BIG PAGE of Curriculum Resources and Research Areas for Teachers
http://www.mts.net/~jgreenco/jerdeb.html#Main Index
The creation of Canadian educator, Jerome Greencorn and Deborah Falk, this site contains hundreds of links to resources on such topics as student research, technology and education, and Internet projects for the classroom.

The History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers
http://www.execpc.com/~dboals/boals.html
In the subject areas of history and social studies, this is a compilation site aimed at the busy social studies teacher. The developer, Dennis Boals, has created an encyclopedic web resource devoted to helping middle and secondary teachers locate documents and web sites on a wide range of social studies topics that include: Archeology, American History, European History, Government, Media Literacy, and News and Current Events. There is also a What's New section and an archive of previous listings from this section.

K-12 Environmental Resources on the Internet for Teachers
http://www.envirolink.org/enviroed/envirok12.html

This page was developed by the Environmental Education Network, an online clearinghouse of environmental education materials and ideas.

The Environmental Education Network also provides 
Environmental Resources for Students
(http://www.envirolink.org/enviroed/students.html) and other interesting materials may accessed from the EEN main page (http://www.envirolink.org/enviroed/).

Another science-related compilation web site is Frank Potter's Science Gems (http://www-sci.lib.uci.edu/SEP/SEP.html). This site developed and maintained by physics researchers and educators, Frank Potter and Jim Martindale states that it provides links to over 2,000 science-related sites on the web. Updated weekly, the Science Gems page contains categories such as Physical Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Science, Technology, and Society.

The Online Teacher Toolkit
http://pathfinder.com/time/teach/online.html
From Time Magazine's Teaching & Technology web site, this resource includes Teacher Hotlists on content areas such as art, science, math, social studies, and language. There is also a "Many More Links by Subject" feature that takes you to additional topic areas.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
http://www.bjpinchbeck.com/
A compilation of web resources designed to help students use the Internet to do their homework. Developed by nine-year old B.J. and his father, this site covers all of the usual subject areas with a variety of links that will keep any student busily working in their assignments.

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Online Newspapers and Magazines

Online Newspapers of the World
http://www.newspapers.com/

List of Major US Online Newspapers
http://dir.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Newspapers/

List of International Newspapers Online
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/

List of Online Magazines by Category
http://www.newsdirectory.com/news/magazine/


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