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Teachers' and Students'

Resources Available on This Site

The following files were developed over the years to be of help to students in my classes. Students and teachers should feel free to use them as desired. No further permission is needed. China-related materials, from reference tables to full on-line books, are listed on a separate page. (Link) Materials intened for the use of teachers, including the famous quiz makers, are listed at the bottom of the page. (Link)

Page Contents


Advice to College Students for Academic Success

  1. College Study Hints
    ("How to Prevent Homework From Screwing Up Real Life")
  2. Academic Integrity & Cheating
    (This is a more detailed —and useful— discussion than a student is likely to find elsewhere. It even includes the infamous "Disastrous Adventures of Jimmy Gimmie." Although it focuses on UCSD and is based in my experience as professor and administrator at UCSD, pretty much all of it is broadly applicable elsewhere.)
  3. How To Avoid Sounding Like an Idiot: Avoiding the Pet Peeves of People Who Read Your Stuff
    (This is the famed and dreaded "gorilla paper." Since people will judge you by your writing, you might as well know what they are going to be annoyed by.)
  4. How to Cite Sources As Painlessly As Possible: Bibliographic Format Specimens (& stuff your English teacher never told you)
    (This is a very useful guide to doing citations and bibliographies in termpapers and articles in the simplest way possible. Examples include kinds of sources that writing teachers never tell people about.)
  5. Quick Tips for Ethnographic Interviewing
  6. Classical Chamber Music Concerts (Occasionally Asked Questions from Puzzled Students)

China Resources

  1. Huge Collection of Stuff (Separate Index Page)

Biological Anthropology

  1. Mitochondrial Eve
  2. Human Birth and Bipedalism
  3. Essential Fossils: A Folio
  4. Reference Table of Hominid Classification

Archaeology

  1. Tables & Maps
    1. Chronological Table of Mesoamerican Archaeology
    2. Chronological Table of Southwestern Archaeology
    3. Chronology of Troy
    4. Geological Time & European Prehistoric Assemblages
    5. Map of Mexican State Names for use in any course related to Mexico
    6. Map of Southwestern River Systems
  2. Essays
    1. Basic Stone Tools
    2. Paleo-Indian Spear Points
    3. Ancient Metallurgy
    4. Ancient Cloth
    5. Prehistoric Beringia
    6. The Bantu Expansion
    7. The Neolithic & the Metal Ages (Five Essays)
      (There is also an earlier version with frames. Link)

Language & Linguistics

  1. Slightly Geeky Beginners' Guides for Pronouncing Various Languages Without Knowing Them
    (Includes: Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Near Eastern Languages, Turkish, Nahuatl (Aztec), Esperanto, Italian.)
  2. Esperanto (Entry Link)
  3. Classical Nahuatl (Aztec)
  4. Chinese (Separate Index Page)

General Anthropology

  1. Annotated Dictionary of Anthropology
  2. Quick Essays on Theory
    (Very simple introductions to several major concepts: Definbitions, Models, Classification, Motivation, Cross-Cutting Ties, Symbols & Mystifictation, Evolution)
  3. Background Note on Tea

General Anthropology: Broad Portraits of Societies

  1. The Aztecs: A Tributary Empire (Displayed in Frames, without frames)
    (Equivalent to about 50 printed pages. This page is designed to fit well with readings in the Aztec Folio.)
  2. Organization & Mystification in an African Kingdom
    (Equivalent to about 28 printed pages. Describes how Nyoro myth supported traditional kingship.)
  3. Hopi Social Order
    (Equivalent to about 17 printed pages. Displayed in frames.)
  4. Most Ancient China
    (Equivalent to about 12 printed pages. Also listed on China page.)
  5. Background to the Iliad & the Trojan War
    (Equivalent to about 35 printed pages. Includes summary, relevant mythology, dramatis personae, archaeological findings, &c.)
  6. Egyptian Origins
    (Equivalent to about 30 printed pages; allows toggling between full and abridged versions.)
  7. Breasted: History of Egypt (Chapters 18-19)
    (By James Henry Breasted; allows toggling between full and abridged versions)
  8. Budge: Babylonian Life & History (Chapters 5, 7, 9)
    (By E. A. Wallis Budge)

Ethnography of Religion: China (Link)

Ethnography of Religion: Christianity

  1. Annotated Bibliography on Christianity
  2. Catholic Religious Vocabulary
  3. Chronology of Christianity
  4. Christian Documents for Class Discussion (Credos & Common Prayers)
  5. Major Christian Heresies (stated with stark simplicity)
  6. The Life of Jesus (Abridged)
    (Gospel extracts combined to make a quick overview of the canonical account of Jesus' life and ministry.)
  7. Voragine: The Story of St. Nicholas (in Latin and English)
  8. Muirchu: Life of St. Patrick (Tr. by N.J.D. White)
  9. Nican Mopohua: Here It Is Told
    (The original text of the alleged apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Bilingual presentation, with pictures, originally intended for use with the Nahuatl materials listed above.)
  10. Amazingly Cool Christianity Quiz
  11. Miscellaneous Web Links on Christianity

Miscellaneous Texts or Translations for (non-China) Class Discussion

These are texts I have put into HTML format for class use, usually with added introductory orientations ("procursi"). To the best of my knowledge all are available for free use by anybody. China-related texts (including Taiwan materials) are indexed on the China Resources page.

  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
    (Retold by E. A. Wallis Budge. Extracted from Babylonian Life & History ch. 5, formatted for independent use.)
  2. The Code of Hammurabi
    (Described by E. A. Wallis Budge. Extracted from Babylonian Life & History ch. 7, formatted for independent use.)
  3. Three Egyptian Tales
    (Modified from Petrie, Egyptian Tales, with links to original.)
  4. Three Hebrew Tales: Tobit, Jonah, Judith
    (Reformated from the World English Bible with introductions added.)



  5. Socrates
    1. Plato: Charmides (Chapters 154-160) (Tr. by Benjamin Jowett)
      Introduction to Socratic reasoning.)
    2. Xenophon: Oeconomicus (Chapters A.1; A.2.1-5) (Tr. by R.C. Marchant)
      More Socratic reasoning: Wealth and how to achieve it.)
    3. Xenophon: Memorabilia (Chapters I.3.5-14) (Tr. by R.C. Marchant)
      How to live on very little.)
    4. Plato: Phaedo (Chapters 59-64) (Tr. by Benjamin Jowett)
      Socrates' trial and death.)
  6. Hippocrates: Comments on Medicine (Various Translations)
  7. Aristotle: Two Selections ( Meteorology III:2-4 & Poetics Chapters 4-5)(Tr. by Webster, Bywater)


  8. Caesar: The War in Gaul (Book 1) (Tr. by W.A. MacDevitt)
  9. Augustus: The Deeds of the Divine Augustus (Tr. by T. Bushnell)
  10. Three Stoic Writers: Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus;
    (Various Translations. Bilingual.)



  11. The Story of Rama & Sita (The Ramayana) (Retold, with an introduction)
    Equivalent to about 5 printed pages.)
  12. The Story of the Anklet (The Shilappadikaram) (Retold, with an introduction)
    Equivalent to about 6 printed pages. Heavily illustrated by students.)
  13. A Jataka Tale: Prince Vessantara (Retold, with an introduction)
    Equivalent to about 5 printed pages.)
  14. Life of the Buddha (Retold)
    Equivalent to about 38 printed pages. Heavily illustrated by students.)



  15. Muirchu: Life of St. Patrick (Tr. by N.J.D. White)
  16. Voragine: The Story of St. Nicholas (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)



  17. An Aztec Folio
    (Most of these items, although presented here bilingually, are offered with additional linguistic aids as part of a more linguistically focused Aztec chrestomathy referenced on the main Nahuatl page.)
    1. The Death of Quetzalcöätl (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    2. The Wonderful Toltecs (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    3. Bernal Díaz: The Tlatelolco Market (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    4. Diego Durán: The Flaying of Men (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    5. Mictlanteuctli: Lord of the Land of the Dead (Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
    6. Three Aztec Poems (Tr. by Daniel Brinton. Bilingual)


Miscellaneous On-Line Utilities for Teachers

  1. Unicode Maker
    (This converts a word or phrase in Chinese, Greek, Russian, or Esperanto into the UTF-8 codes, decimal or hex, sometimes needed for use in non-unicode-compliant web pages.)
  2. General Diacritic Screen
    (This screen converts text that uses numbers to show tone into standard diacritics for Mandarin Cantonese (Hong Kong or Guǎngzhōu). It also converts Esperanto X-formats into standard orthography. For more extensive page for Esperanto, click here.)
  3. Interactive Quizzes for Your Web Site
    (Quizzes made with these pages are designed to be mounted on a teacher's site, but can also be downloaded from the teacher's site to a student's own computer. They are fully interactive, but do NOT report results to anybody but the quiz taker. Perhaps for this reason, they have been very well received by students. Several teachers have emailed me to the effect that they prefer them to commercial products. Datails are provided on linked group of pages.)
  4. Interactive Glossaries for Your Web Site
    (Glossaries made with this page can be used on a teacher's web site or downloaded from the teacher's site to a student's own computer. They provide study aids roughly on a par with flashcards. The script here works fine, but I have decided that, like flashcards, I don't think it is very effective educationally.)
  5. Color Tester
    (This page can check codes for background and text colors on your web pages. It is very primitive, but occasionally useful. Works fine off-line.)

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