ODDS AND ENDS : MARCH 2000

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Abraham Lincoln Papers
Amistad Revolt
Aviation Digital Data Service Advisory Forecasts
Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence
Career Guide to Industries
Census Forms Hitting Cyberspace
Children, Pornography and Libraries
Citizen's Guide to State Government
Civil War Maps from the Library of Congress
ClinicalTrials.Gov
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 1999
Courts to Classes
CPI Calculation Machine
Cybercrime.Gov
Cyberstalking: A New Threat for Law Enforcment and Industry
Doctor Disciplinary Action Reports
Election 2000
Electronic Frontier: Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet
Elian Gonzalez
EPA Web Site Shuts Down
EPA To Limit Online Information
Espionage 101
EzGov.Com
FAO Document Repository
Federal Budget for 2001
Federal Register Sales Decline
Foreign Media Reaction
From Slavery to Freedom
GOVDOC-L Moves to Duke University
GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds, 1999
GPO in Fiction
Green Card Application Process
Health and Health Behavior Among Young People
History and Politics Out Loud
Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve
Identifying Factors that Influence the Professional Use of the World Wide Web for Government Information
International Trafficking of Women in the United States
John Bull and Uncle Sam
Jordan Report 2000
Journey to Y2K
Kids and the Internet: Promises and Perils
Kids Stuff from the Michigan Historical Center
Latin American and Caribbean Population Projections
Law Enforcement in a New Century and A Changing World
Making of U.S. Foreign Policy
Meeting of Frontiers
Michigan Dept. of Consumer and Industry Services
Michigan Directory of Libraries with Law Collections
Michigan Film Office
Michigan Manual Now Online
Michigan Senate Kids Page
Michigan State Government Telephone Directory Online
Michigan State Lottery
Microsoft's TerraServer Provides U.S. Topographic Map Access
Military Education and Research Library Network
My History is America's History
NAEP 1998 Civics Report Card for the Nation
NAEP 1998 Writing Report Card for the Nation and the States
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books
NOAA's Top U.S. Weather, Water, and Climate Events of the 20th Century
Notable Documents in Electronic Format, 1999
NTIS Closure and Transfer
Nuclear Reactor Oversight
Nuclear Weapons, History of the Custody and Deployment of...
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2000-2001
One-Stop Shopping for Government Information
Perspectives on Race Relations in the United States
Pioneer Recollections of Lansing, Michigan
Pioneering the Upper Midwest
Presidential Libraries More than Memorials
The Role of the Government "Printing" Office in the New Millenium
Saddham Hussein's Iraq
Smithsonian Expeditions: 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America
Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier
Special Operations.Com
State of the Union Address on the Digital Divide
The Student Guide to Financial Aid, 2000-01
To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System
Today in History
United Nations and Decolonization
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
U.S. Government Electronic Commerce Policy
U.S. Postal Service Changes Its URL Address
U.S. Supreme Court Web Page
U.S. Trade in Perspective
Washlaw Federal Agency Page
What's a Dollar Worth?
Zip Code Look-Up and City/State/Zip Code Association

Abraham Lincoln Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html
On February 12, the anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the Library of Congress (LOC) American Memory Project and the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College made public the first release from The Complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, which totals approximately 20,000 documents. The complete collection is organized into three "General Correspondence" series. This release, which includes 2,200 annotated documents (about 6,500 images), comprises series one and contains correspondence dated from March 1829 through June 1864 that was originally gathered by Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son. Users can browse the collection chronologically or search by keyword. The site also includes two special presentations featuring original documents and images on the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln's assassination. Source: Scout Report, February 25, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

Amistad Revolt: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/amistad/
A narrative and bibliography by Arthur Abraham for the U.S. Department of State, International Affairs Programs (formerly USIA).
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Aviation Digital Data Service Advisory Forecasts
http://adds.awc-kc.noaa.gov/
Thinking about taking the airplane for a spin? The National Weather Service is posting advisory forecasts of turbulence, icing, thunderstorms and other hazards to airplanes through its Aviation Digital Data Service.
(Last checked 03/09/00)

Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/dispatches/dispatch.html
"Black Dispatches" was a common term used among Union military men for intelligence on Confederate forces provided by Negroes. This source of information represented the single most prolific and productive category of intelligence obtained and acted on by Union forces throughout the Civil War. In 1862, Frederick Douglass wrote: "The true history of this war will show that the loyal army found no friends at the South so faithful, active, and daring in their efforts to sustain the government as the Negroes-. Negroes have repeatedly threaded their way through the lines of the rebels exposing themselves to bullets to convey important information to the loyal army of the Potomac." P.K. Rose, Studies in Intelligence, Winter 1998-99.
(Last checked 04/07/00)

Career Guide to Industries
http://www.bls.gov/cghome.htm
The Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. This edition of the Career Guide discusses over 42 industries, accounting for over 7 out of every 10 wage and salary jobs in 1998. The Career Guide is a companion to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides information on careers from an occupational perspective.
(Last checked 04/02/00)

Census Forms Hitting Cyberspace
http://www.census.gov
In an effort to reduce costs and increase response rates, the short form of the Census 2000 questionnaire can be filled out by mouse clicks and emailed from the United States Bureau of Census website. Source: David Dillard, Law Source, and the New York Times, March 1, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Children, Pornography and Libraries
http://www.gop.senate.state.mi.us/senator/rogers/
Senator Mike Rogers, 26th District, Michigan, has introducted a bill (Senate Bill 936) to require libraries to protect children from pornography on the Internet. Look in the news section of his web page for more information.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

A Citizen's Guide to State Government
http://michiganlegislature.org/documents/publications/citizensguide.pdf
Take the time to read through the entire Citizen's Guide -- it has answers to some hard-to-find information on term dates of Supreme Court justices, history of the capitol, how to write legislators, and much much more. Courtesy of the Library of Michigan.
(Last checked 02/04/04)

Civil War Maps
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/cwmhtml/
A selection of maps from the Library of Congress' collection of over 2,000 Civil War era maps and atlases. Includes campaign maps prepared for General Lee and maps of General Sherman's campaign through the south. Subject, creator, title, and geographic indexes are included. From the Library of Congress's American Memory site.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

ClinicalTrials.gov
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui
Announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 29, this new site offers information on over 4,000 federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at more than 47,000 locations nationwide. Aimed at patients, family members, and the interested public, the database can be searched by keyword or browsed by condition or sponsor. Returns include study title, sponsor, location, design and purpose, eligibility criteria, and contact information. Additional resources at the site include a User's Guide, a backgrounder on clinical trials, and links to several related NIH sites. ClinicalTrials.gov will be updated frequently and will remain confidential (no registration is required). Source: Scout Report, March 3, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999
http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/99hrp_index.html
The US State Department released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to the US Congress on February 25. Composed from evidence and data gathered by embassy staff, government officials, military sources, human-rights monitors, journalists, and others, the reports are designed to serve as a tool for shaping policy, conducting diplomacy, and determining international resource allocations. Reports are offered for nearly every country, grouped by region. Each report contains a brief overview of the country's political and economic systems and a detailed review of its record on respecting "internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Appendixes include a list of International Human Rights Conventions, the 54th UNHRC (UN Commission on Human Rights) Voting Record, and the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Source: Scout Report, March 10, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

Courts to Classes
http://www.uscourts.gov/outreach/
The federal Judiciary is reaching out to educators nationwide and offering them new ways to teach their students about the Third Branch of government. Courts to Classes, a new web site for teachers, is one such way. It includes materials that help teach students the purpose, structure, and function of federal courts. Materials include frequently asked questions about the federal Judiciary, the U.S. Constitution, and Understanding the Federal Courts, a publication that outlines the federal system. Courts to Classes also includes information on the Judiciary's April 27th Law Day 2000 program, which will focus on judicial independence. "Our intention with Courts to Classes is to create a community where teachers can find out about interactive programs by and about the federal courts as well as have immediate access to relevant, classroom-ready materials," said Rebecca Fanning, Administrative Office Office of Public Affairs.
(Last checked 04/11/00)

CPI Calculation Machine
What is a Dollar Worth?
http://woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us/economy/calc/cpihome.html
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the ratio of the value of a basket of goods in the current year to the value of that same basket of goods in an earlier year. It measures the average level of prices of the goods and services typically consumed by an urban American family. This calculator, courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, allows one to compare the costs of services for any given years between 1913 and 1999.
(Last checked 01/12/00)

Cybercrime.Gov
http://www.cybercrime.gov/
The U.S. Justice Department has found a new way to help prevent cybercrimes -- hit them right at the source. To fight hackers, pirates, encryptors and snoops, the Justice Department unveiled a new Web site -- cybercrime.gov -- where it will publish press releases, speeches, testimony to Congress, legal texts and Justice Department reports, according to a Reuters report. Also included on the Web site is a link to the Justice Department's list of "Do's and Don'ts," to help educate parents and children on keeping safe on the Internet.
(Last checked 04/20/00)

Cyberstalking: A New Threat for Law Enforcement and Industry
http://www.cybercrime.gov/cyberstalking.htm
A Report from the U.S. Attorney General to the Vice President, August 1999.
(Last checked 03/20/00)

Election 2000
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/rights/elect2000/
This new site from the Office of International Information Programs (IIP), formerly the USIA, is designed as a resource to help overseas readers follow and understand the upcoming US elections. It features background information, a weekly election newsletter (Campaign Spotlight), brief reports on breaking developments (Election Briefs), a campaign calendar, a bibliography, and a number of related links. Users can also sign up for a free announce-only mailing list that contains recent news, texts, and reports on the US Presidential Campaign. Source: Scout Report, February 4, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet
http://www.cybercrime.gov/unlawful.htm
A Report of the Presidentís Working Group on Unlawful Conduct on the Internet, March 2000.
(Last checked 03/20/00)

Elian Gonzalez
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/ElianG.htm
It's not every day that a six year old gets a separate page on a government web page, so check it out while it lasts. A collection of news items about the developing Elain Gonzalez affair by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

EPA Web Sites Shut Down Due to Lax Security
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0200/021800t3.htm
In response to a General Accounting Office report on security loopholes in the EPA's web pages and a threat of a congressional hearing calling attention to them, the EPA took down its web pages for further review. GovExec.Com, February 18, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Citing Security, EPA To Limit Online Information
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0400/042800b2.htm
GovExec.Com, April 28, 2000.
(Last checked 04/28/00)

Espionage 101
Intelligence Essentials for Everyone
The Cold War may be over, but don't expect the Pentagon to just give away its tricks. Not when it can sell them in bookstores for $6.50. "Intelligence Essentials for Everyone" is a new 81-page primer by the Pentagon's spy school that explains, for anyone who is curious, exactly how U.S. snoops go about gathering and evaluating information. Still, the book is not "Espionage for Idiots" insists school president Denis Clift. It's largely an esoteric snoozefest about intelligence theory--no tips on toppling a despot. Can't afford $6.50? Check it out from a GPO federal depository library. The call number is D5.202: In8/5. Source: Newsweek, March 27, 2000, p.8.

EzGov.Com
http://www.ezgov.com/portal/index.jsp
Another one-stop gateway to government information on the Internet. Answer any question at the click of a mouse.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

FAO Document Repository
http://www.fao.org/docrep/
This search engine from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) allows users to retrieve and view full-text documents from the FAO and related bodies. Users can search by keyword, perform an advanced search with multiple modifiers, or conduct a simple search within selected fields (note this last option is not fully functional at time of review). Search returns include title, an abstract, and a link to the full text in HTML format. Several language options are available. Source: Scout Report, March 3, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

The Federal Budget for FY 2001
http://w3.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/index.html
Links are provided to budget documents in Portable Document Format (PDF), "A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget" in HTML, and a specialized search page that retrieves budget documents in ASCII text and PDF. In addition, this page contains links for ordering budget sales products and locating budget documents at Federal depository libraries.
(Last checked 02/08/00)

Federal Register Sales Decline
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0200/022400b1.htm
Web access results in decline of Federal Register paper subscriptions; subscription cost to rise as a result. GovExec.Com, February 24, 2000.
(Last checked 02/28/00)

Foreign Media Reaction
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/medreac.htm
The Issue Focus on foreign media reaction is prepared Monday through Friday. Each Issue Focus provides a global round-up of editorial and op-ed reaction to a major foreign policy issue or event. The reports include commentary -- sorted by country and region -- from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world. The block quotes contained in the reports are excerpted and translated by American Embassy press office staffs overseas and transmitted electronically to Department of State where the Issue Focus is compiled. The archive section contains all Issue Focus published in the past 24 months. Check out the foreign media reaction to the Elian Gonzalez affair!
(Last checked 04/27/00)

From Slavery to Freedom:
The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/aapchome.html
In celebration of African-American History Month: "From Slavery to Freedom" presents 397 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory project.
(Last checked 03/01/00)

GOVDOC-L Archives Moves to Duke University
http://docs.lib.duke.edu/govdocs/federal/govdoc-l/index.html
Check out the new GOVDOC-L User Guide for instructions on how to use GOVDOC-L and how to search the archives.
(Last checked 04/21/00)

GovExec.Com's Best of the Feds, 1999
http://www.govexec.com/bestfeds/
GovExec.Com provides links and annotations to the 16 best federal web sites of the year. Links are also provided to web sites chosen in 1997 and 1998.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

GPO in Fiction
It's not every day that you find GPO mentioned in a historical novel; that the printing of government documents is important in developing the plot; and the characters actually value and use government documents. However, if you are interested, you may want to take a peak at Two Moons by Thomas Mallon, Pantheon Books; 303pp.; ISBN: 0375400257; Price: $24. More information from the blurb: "Astronomy, politics, and romance join forces in this novel from the writer John Updike has called 'one of the most interesting American novelists at work.' "It's the spring of 1877 in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Hugh Allison has conceived a secret ambition: to project an image through time and space. But his plan takes on urgent life only when the mathematically gifted Cynthia May enters his orbit as one of the observatory's human "computers." A Civil War widow whose beauty has been shadowed by worry and poverty, Cynthia reluctantly falls in love with the younger Hugh, who missed the war that has haunted her life. But the fate of their love affair -- and of Hugh's heavenly vision -- may be out of their hands, decided instead by an astrologer and by the actions of a dangerously magnetic politician who wields his power over a Senate convulsed by Reconstruction and a wildly disputed presidential election." Source: Peter Giordano, Williams College, GOVDOC-L, March 30, 2000

Green Card Application Procedures
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/howdoi/LPRApplication.htm
Outlines requirements for becoming a permanent resident of the U.S.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Health and Health Behaviour among Young People
http://www.ruhbc.ed.ac.uk/hbsc/download/hbsc.pdf
This new report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) is based on a 1997-98 survey of over 120,000 students, part of an ongoing cross-national study, the Health Behaviors in School-Aged Children (HBSC). The study "looked at 11, 13, and 15-year old children's attitudes and experiences concerning a wide range of health related behaviors and lifestyle issues in 26 European countries and regions, Canada, and the United States." Released every four years, this report marks the first year of full US participation, and it reveals that, compared to other industrialized nations, America's children are less likely to smoke or watch television. However, they are also less likely to exercise frequently or have a good diet. Users can download the full text of the report in .pdf format at the site. Source: Scout Report, February 4, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

History and Politics Out Loud
http://www.hpol.org/
A searchable archive of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers, and students. Includes speeches by Martin Luther King and Watergate tapes for example. A component of Historical Voices funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Michigan State University. Source: Gerry Goldman, Northwestern University, PSRT-L, January 25, 2000.
(Last checked 01/26/00)

Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve Technical Report
http://www.huduser.org/publications/homeless/homeless_tech.html
Described as "the most comprehensive study ever of homelessness in America. "Covers in some 500 pages the providers of homeless assistance and the characteristics of the homeless. A cooperative project of 12 federal agencies. Extensive narrative and data tables.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

Identifying Factors that Influence the Professional Use of the World Wide Web for Government Information
http://www.personal.kent.edu/~jsalem/gdsurvey.pdf
Master's research paper by Joe Salem, Jr. in partial requirements for a Master's Degree from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, November 1999.
(Last checked 03/20/00)

International Trafficking in Women to the United States: a Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery
http://www.cia.gov/csi/monograph/women/trafficking.pdf
Trafficking of women and children for the sex industry and for labor is prevelant in all regions of the United States. An estimated 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are trafficked annually in the United States, primarily by small crime rings and loosely connected criminal networks. A Department of State report by Amy O'Neill, November 1999.
(Last checked 04/07/00)

John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/british/
A joint project of the Library of Congress and The British Library, the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition brings together for the first time treasures from the two greatest libraries in the English-speaking world in an exploration of selected time periods and cultural movements that provide unique insights into the relationship of the United States and Great Britain.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

The Jordan Report 2000: Accelerated Development of Vaccines
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/jordan/
On March 2, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) released its latest report on the state of vaccine research and development. This edition of the Jordan Report "highlights the triumphs of vaccinology during the 20th century and the ways in which new technologies promise better vaccines against both old and new disease-causing organisms." Prepared by 24 scientists from NIAID with contributions from outside researchers, the 173-page report offers a comprehensive overview of vaccine development against nearly 60 diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Users can read the full text of the report (in .pdf format), the press release, and a White House statement on a new vaccine initiative. The site also offers links to a number of related NIAID publications, fact sheets, and sites. Source: Scout Report, March 10, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

Journey to Y2K
http://www.y2k.gov/docs/LASTREP3.htm
Once the world's computers sailed relatively smoothly into 2000, the biggest demand on John A. Koskinen, chairman of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, was convincing skeptics that the threat of widewpread disruptions had been real and that the experience contained valuable lessons. While it remains on the web, the Council's final report includes a sampling of the breakdowns that did occur, despite the hundreds of billiosn of dollars invested in repairs and planning. Source: New York Times, April 3, 2000, p.C4.
(Last checked 04/12/00)

Kids and the Internet: Promise and Perils
http://www.nclis.gov/info/kids_inter2.pdf
Practical Guidelines for Librarians and Library Trustees - revised April 1999 by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
(Last checked 02/13/00)

Kids Stuff from the Michigan Historical Center
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/museum/kidstuff/kidstuff.html
Provides a collection of fun projects based on Michigan Historical Center exhibits. Each activity is guaranteed to add fun and learning to your museum visit, whether you visit online or in person. There is even information and activities related to the 2000 Census.
(Last checked 02/03/00)

Latin America and Caribbean Population Projections
http://www.eclac.org/Celade-Eng/DemSit/DE_SitDem00i.htm
Created by the United Nations, the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre offers excellent population projections for countries in these two regions of the world. Users can access country-by-country projections for migration, birth rates, life expectancy, and many other variables through the year 2025. Much of the content is available in both English and Spanish, including research papers that investigate demographic trends in particular countries. Browsers can also access recent issues of Demographic Bulletin, a biannual publication that presents population estimates and forecasts for Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of the data tables from the bulletin can be downloaded into Excel or Lotus formats. Source: American Demographics, February 2000, p.17.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Law Enforcement in A New Century and A Changing World
Improving the Administration of Federal Law Enforcement
http://www.ncrle.net/cafle/
A new report by the Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement outlining the challenges to federal law enforcement as the nation moves into a new era. The report calls for expanding the authority of the Attorney General over federal law enforcement policies. Also calls for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Agency to be moved within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itps/0300/ijpe/ijpe0300.htm
Compilation of reference materials appearing in U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda: Electronic Journal of the Department of State, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2000.
(Last checked 04/12/00)

Meeting of Frontiers
http://frontiers.loc.gov/intldl/mtfhtml/mfsplash.html
A bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It is intended for use in U.S. and Russian schools and libraries and by the general public in both countries. Scholars, particularly those who do not have ready access to major research libraries, also will benefit from the mass of primary material included, much of which has never been published or is extremely rare. Sponsored by the Library of Congress.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services
Bureau of Health Services
Doctor Disciplinary Action Reports
http://www.cis.state.mi.us/bhser/home.htm
Provides information about doctors who have generated disciplinary action reports.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Michigan Directory of Libraries with Law Collections
http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/law/lawpublic.html
If you have ever wondered if there is a law library in your city or town, or even in your part of the state, now there's a quick and easy way to find out. The Library of Michigan Law Library staff have posted a directory of Michigan Libraries that have legal information. In addition to the address, phone number and hours, you will also find out what kinds of legal materials each library holds.
(Last checked 03/03/00)

Michigan Film Office
http://film.michigan.org/
So you want to be in the movies? The Michigan Film Office can't guarantee you a spot, but they can recommend a talent agency. Their web site also offers a list of films shot in Michigan and answers to frequently asked questions.
(Last checked 01/28/00)

Michigan Manual, 1999-2000, Now Online
http://documents.michiganlegislature.org/manual/
An exact duplicate of the publication the Michigan Manual, or Red Book, that has been a reliable resource for over 170 years. A chapter index is available to direct users to specific areas of information, which is available in PDF format. Courtesy of the Library of Michigan's Network and Information Systems staff in conjunction with Legislative Services Bureau Division of Legal Editing and Law Publications.
(Last checked 03/03/00)

Michigan Senate Kids Page
http://www.state.mi.us/senate/kidspage/kidspage.htm
Provides information on how a bill becomes a law, a glossary of terms used in the Senate, state symbols, senate crosswords and wordsearch, and images to color.
(Last checked 02/03/00)

Michigan State Government Telephone Directory Online
http://www.state.mi.us/dmb/ocat/directory
Now you can let your fingers do the walking through an online directory of Michigan state government employees.
(Last checked 01/28/00)

Michigan State Lottery
http://www.state.mi.us/msl/index.htm
Had a rough week at the office? Check out all the different games offered by the Michigan State Lottery. Also includes information about the history of the lottery in Michigan, unclaimed prizes, record wins, etc.
(Last checked 01/28/00)

Microsoft's TerraServer
http://terraserver.microsoft.com/default.asp
Provides visual access to 57,000 USGS topographical maps.
(Last checked 03/09/00)

Military Education and Research Library Network: MERLN
http://www.ifn.pims.org:8000/
Simultaneously search several military library catalogs. Also search Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (1990- ) and the Staff College Automated Military Periodical Index [selected citations] (1960- ). Temporarily unavailable.
(Last checked 03/31/00)

My History is America's History
http://www.myhistory.org/
A Millenium Project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Offers instruction and resources on how to do family history research and publish results in a developing database on this web site. "Places to Visit" page offers state by state list of places which can inform and educate about the past. For Michigan, it suggests the Father Marquette National Monument, the Henry Ford Musuem and Greenfield Village, and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, but not the State Museum in Lansing! Also available in hard copy in larger depository libraries: (NF 3.2:H 62)
(Last checked 02/16/00)

NAEP 1998 Civics Report Card for the Nation
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/main1998/2000457.pdf
Having trouble evaluating MEAP results? The National Assessment for Educational Progress via the National Center for Educational Statistics has published results of civic tests administered to 4th, 8th, and 12th graders broken out by race, socio-economic status, gender, public/private institutions and others, which may provide some context, at least for the civics portion of the test.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

NAEP 1998 Writing Report Card for the Nation and the States
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=1999462
This report presents the results of the NAEP 1998 writing assessment for the nation and for participating states and jurisdictions. Students' performance on the assessment is described in terms of their average writing score on a 0-to-300 scale and in terms of the percentage of students attaining each of three achievement levels: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In addition to providing average scores and achievement level performance for the nation and 39 states and other jurisdictions, this report provides results for subgroups of students defined by various background and contextual characteristics.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/index.html
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books provide online access to critical declassified records on specific issues, including U.S. national security, foreign policy, military history, intelligence policy, and more. Updated frequently, the Electronic Briefing Books represent just a small sample of the documents in our collections.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

NOAA's Top U.S. Weather, Water, and Climate Events of the 20th Century
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/images/usafactsheet.pdf
What do the Galveston Hurricane of 1990, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and El Nino have in common? They are among the natural events chronicled in this NOAA list.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

NTIS Closure and Transfer
http://www.nclis.gov/info/ntis/ntis.html
A compilation of information by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.
(Last checked 02/13/00)

Notable Documents in Electronic Format, 1999
http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/fedpubs/notable99.htm
The 1999 list of notable documents appearing in the Journal of Government Information, Nov-Dec 1999 Vol 26, No. 6, has been posted on the Nevada State Library and Archives Federal Publications home page.
(Last checked 02/09/00)

Nuclear Reactor Oversight
http://www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/index.html
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is posting data on the safety performance of all operating nuclear power plants on its Web site. Information is available on the reactor oversight process and scheduled public meetings.
(Last checked 03/09/00)

Nuclear Weapons, History of the Custody and Deployment of ..., July 1945 through September 1977
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/19991020/index.html
National Security Archive reveals that the United States secretly deployed nuclear bombs in 27 countries and territories during Cold War
(Last checked 01/12/00)

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2000-2001
http://www.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
(Last checked 04/02/00)

One-Stop Shopping for Government Information
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/lis/cip/CIPCOMM/ONESTOP.HTM
This report examines the approach of five states, Kansas, New Mexico, Indiana, Nebraska and Georgia, that have recently developed centralized mechanisms for providing electronic access to government information. These five states have instituted centralized public/private cooperative systems to provide one-stop computer-based delivery of government information. Apparently, Michigan is considering the same option. A report in the Information Policy and Technology Series by Anneliese May for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Perspectives on Race Relations in the United States
http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/race/
Sponsored by the State Department's International Information Programs, this site offers a directory of web pages dealing with race relations in America. Subject areas include Law and Race, Affirmative Action, Race and Ethnic Diversity, and Hate Crimes. Also posted here are an online bibliography; a listing of relevant links; and the Final Report of President Clinton's Initiative on Race, including background information and transcripts from dialogue sessions and presidential speeches on the Initiative. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, February 8, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Pioneer Recollections:
Semi-Historic Side Lights on the Early Days of Lansing
Direct Link:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/lhbum:@field(DOCID+@lit(10313T000)):@@@$REF$
Indirect Link: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/umhtml/umhome.html, choose subjects, then Lansing, Michigan
This little book contains the author's recollections of the early settlement and development of Lansing, Michigan, particularly during the late 1840s and early 1850s. Mevis's family moved there (1847) as it was being laid out as the future state capitol. Much of Pioneer Recollections is devoted to tales and anecdotes about pioneer life in Lansing and elsewhere. As a teenager, Mevis was a companion of members of the Okemos tribe of Indians, and he describes their mode of hunting deer and a small, dug-out canoe that the chief gave him. In addition to farm chores, serving as town crier, and working as a "printer's devil" at the local newspaper, Mevis sold refreshments at a tent show (McFarland's Pavilion Theater) and engaged in many entrepreneurial activities, which leads him to reminisce about Lansing's first businessmen. He also enjoyed sleigh rides, dancing parties, corn husking, logging bees, holiday celebrations, and many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, searching for snakes, making maple sugar, and gathering greens, fruits, and wildflowers. Mevis includes a list of Lansing's early inhabitants, with photographs of some of the men. Part of the Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 collection made available by the Library of Congress American Memory Project. Choose subjects, then Lansing, Michigan.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/umhtml/umhome.html
Portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic and antiquarian texts, colonial archival documents, and other works drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division. The collection's 138 volumes depict the land and its resources; the conflicts between settlers and Native peoples; the experience of pioneers and missionaries, soldiers and immigrants and reformers; the growth of local communities and local cultural traditions; and the development of regional and national leadership in agriculture, business, medicine, politics, religion, law, journalism, education, and the role of women. Includes author, subject, and title index.
(Last checked 03/01/00)

Presidential Libraries are More than Memorials
http://www.washtimes.com/
Some say lavish presidential libraries like the controversial, $100 million edifice planned for President William Jefferson Clinton are merely monuments to mammoth egos. And they're partly right. The privately constructed libraries obviously are expensive memorials to the chief executives and their administrations. But they're more than mere extravagant mausoleums and not at all like the Egyptian pyramids to which they've been compared. Article by August Gribbin appearing in Washington Times, February 28, 2000. Full text articles costs $1.95; try interlibrary loan. Contributed by Michael Yared, GOVDOC-L, March 1, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

The Role of the Government "Printing" Office in the Digital Millennium
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/ad031500.html#6
Remarks by Francis J. Buckley, Jr., Superintendent of Documents, before the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Societies, February 21, 2000, Philadelphia, PA., Administrative Notes, March 15, 2000.
(Last checked 04/27/00)

Saddham Hussein's Iraq
http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/iraq/iraq99.htm
Report by the U.S. Department of State, September 1999.
(Last checked 02/05/00)

Smithsonian Expeditions: 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America
http://www.nmnh.si.edu/anthro/laexped/
Reviews the exploration and acquisition of archeological artifacts by expeditions sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum. Requires Shockwave Player for audio.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

Spain, the United States, & the American Frontier : Historias Paralelas
http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/frontiers/splash.html
A collaborative digital project that will place on the Internet some of the most important materials relating to the history of Spanish expansion into North America. Initial partner institutions in Spain include the Biblioteca Colombia y Capitular (the Library of Hernando Colon and the Cathedral) in Seville and the National Library in Madrid. The latter will be in charge of recruiting other Spanish libraries as partners in this project.
(Last checked 03/01/00)

Special Operations.Com
http://www.specialoperations.com/
This site was created and is designed to promote to the general public the immeasurable dedication and sacrifice made every day, as a routine matter, by the members of U.S. special operations forces (SOF). While the majority of what SOF does in terms of real-world missions will never be made public, it is important to demonstrate these warriors are not the grunting, knuckle-dragging, snake-eating loners made popular in Hollywood. They are highly-intelligent and physically fit, the best of the best. The site serves as a resource for SOF families who seeks to get a better idea of what their dad, brother, or uncle did for a living, while recognizing their many accomplishments. Tom Hudson.
(Last checked 03/31/00

State of the Union Address on the Digital Divide
http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/SOTU00/sotu-text.html
http://www2.whitehouse.gov/WH/SOTU00/
President Clinton's January 28th State of the Union address was noted for its emphasis on technology and its message: the United States needs to close the digital divide. Clinton announced initiatives that would train more teachers to be tech-savvy and open technology centers for adults in 1,000 communities. He also urged the creation of more charter schools, which tend to focus more heavily on technology or arts. He further promised to promote privacy online and to fashion a program called "Clickstart" which would make $100 million in subsidies available to get almost 10 million households on the Internet, tapping the private sector as a source for the equipment. And for history buffs, Clinton's State of the Union address was the longest in history. Source: Bytes in Brief, February 2000.
(Last checked 02/07/00)

The Student Guide for Financial Aid, 2000-01
http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2000-1/index.html
The US Department of Education has placed online the 2000-2001 edition of its comprehensive Student Guide for Financial Aid. The three major aid programs of the Department, Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans, account for a full 70 percent of all student financial aid disbursed in the US. Available in both HTML and .pdf formats, this guide is a useful resource for information about these programs and how to apply for them. Users can also browse for a select topic using a pull-down menu in the top right-hand side of the page. A short list of important phone numbers and Websites is provided. Source: Scout Report, March 10, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System
http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9728.html
A National Institute of Medicine study which estimated that 98,000 people die annually in America from health care mistakes. National Academy Press site features full text of prepub version in Adobe Acrobat PDF format or a searchable database version of text.
(Last checked 02/16/00)

Today in History
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html
A collection of anecdotes, pictures, and web links courtesy of the Library of Congress.
(Last checked 03/01/00)

The United Nations and Decolonization
http://www.un.org/Depts/dpi/decolonization/
Since its founding in 1945, over 80 nations formerly under colonial rule have joined the UN as sovereign independent nations. Today, seventeen non-self-governing territories remain, administered by France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This site explores the process of decolonization and especially the role of the UN's Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, founded in 1961-2. At the site, users will find a history of decolonization, information on the Special Committee of 24 and the International Trusteeship System and Council, a collection of relevant documents, maps of the world in 1945 and today, and the latest news on decolonization issues. Throughout the site, links are offered to related online resources and documents. As a UN site, it can only offer limited commentary and analysis, but on the whole it is well-organized, and the collection of original documents and authoritative resources make it an excellent adjunct to classes studying the post-colonial world. Source: Scout Report, March 3, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division
Computer Crime and Intellection Property Section (CCIPS)
http://www.cybercrime.gov/
Offers advice on how to guard against hackers and explains how to report Internet crimes.
(Last checked 03/14/00)

United States Government Electronic Commerce Policy
http://www.ecommerce.gov/
Contains links to government agencies, important documents, international sites, and related organizations.
(Last checked 03/06/00)

United States Postal Service Changes URL Address
http://www.usps.com
The post office, reflecting the growth of its electronic business, has changed the address of its internet site from www.usps.gov to www.usps.com Addresses that end in gov are generally used by government agencies, and the Postal Service is a semi-independent part of the government. But it is expected to pay its own way and engages in many commercial activities including sales of stamps and stamp-related merchandise as well as its newly launched electronic bill paying service. So the decision was made to switch. For the time being, persons accessing the old url will be automatically forwarded to the new one. Source: Lansing State Journal, April 16, 2000, p.1E.
(Last checked 04/19/00)

U.S. Supreme Court Web Page
http://www.supremecourtus.gov
Starting on April 17, 2000, the Supreme Court's decisions will be available on this site within hours of their 10 a.m. release, through a link to a site run by the Government Printing Office. Later on the day of release, the court's own site will make the opinions directly available. Other information to be available on the Web site includes the weekly orders granting and denying new appeals; the court's schedule and argument calendar; the court's rules; bar admission forms and instructions; visitors' guides; news releases; and general information, like biographies of the justices. Source: Linda Greenhouse, "Going Online: The Opinions That Count", The New York Times, April 11, 2000, pA19.
(Last checked 04/11/00)

U.S. Trade in Perspective
http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/industry/otea/trade_perspective/
U.S. Trade in Perspective is a monthly newsletter sent to government officials involved in trade policy. The newsletter incorporates the most recent data available, following trends in U.S. international trade and global economic conditions effecting trade. This seven page synopsis covers recent developments, year-to-date trends and compares current performance to past years. Trade is reviewed by major world regions and major trading sector with an additional section focusing on trade with Asia.
(Last checked 01/12/00)

Washlaw Federal Agencies Page
http://www.washlaw.edu/doclaw/executive5m.html
Provides links to the agencies' homepage, publications, organizational charts, electronic forms and administrative decisions. Often this information can only be found by digging deep into an agency site.
Paul A. Arrigo, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo., E-mail: zzarri@washburn.edu, GOVDOC-L, April 5, 2000.
(Last checked 04/06/00)

Zip Code Look-Up and City/State/Zip Code Association
http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookups.htm
The ZIP Code Look-Up and City/State/ZIP Code Association are free services provided by the USPS to assist the public with their addressing needs. These services are being updated and reviewed daily for more accurate retrieval data. Some large metropolitan areas require the entry of a best guess 5-digit ZIP code to retrieve the most accurate ZIP+4. For more information on ZIP Codes please call the toll free ZIP Code Information number at 800-275-8777. Courtesy of the United States Postal Service, Customer Support Service Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

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