ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 2000

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government
Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
Adoptions, International
African Voices: Smithsonian Institution Online Exhibit
Air Traffic Command Control Center
American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Exhibit
America's Story from America's Library
Auction Information
Blues/Gospel Audio Clips
Buying a Safe Car
Cartoons Your Grandma Watched
Child Poverty in Rich Nations
Condition of Education, 2000
Congressional Hearings on GPO Access, How to Find...
Consumer Tips for the Flying Public
Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000
Dinosaur Exhibit: American Museum of Natural History
Documents Association of New Jersey
Documents Sampler
Electronic Federal Documents Are Now Official
Elizabeth Blackwell, America's First Woman M.D.
European Union Web Pages
Excite: Excellence in Curriculum Integration through Teaching Epidemiology
Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
Expenditures on Children by Families, 1999 Annual Report
FDA Kids Page
FDLP Desktop
FedBuzz.Com: Hotlinks to the Federal Facts in Your Life
Federal Auction Information
Fighting Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from Mongolia
Finding International Statistics Online
FirstGov
Floppy Disk Project
Glossary of Terms Used for U.S. Government Publications
Government Documents Displays
Government Documents Processing and Procedures Student Manual
GPO Bookstore Gets New URL
Helping Your Child Learn Geography
Hospital Statistics Online
Immigration and Naturalization Service Web Page
Innocenti Report Card
International Adoptions
International Statistics Online, Finding...
International Statistics, Sources of...
Kidz Privacy
King Assassination
Library of Congress American Memory Project (Blues/Gospel)
Library School Classes on Government Information
MEAP Scholarship Award Data Report
Medicare Site Redesigned
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Kids Page
Michigan Drinking Water Report
Minimum Wage: Increasing the Reward for Work
National Commission on Terrorism Final Report
National Security Archive: The Ultrasensitive Bay of Pigs
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner Sound Clips
Now What A Time
Parenting Resources for the Twenty-First Century
Peace Corps Application
Pentagon and Hall of Heroes Virtual Tour
President Clinton: The Final Days Quick Time Video
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Newsline
Religious Freedom, Report of the United States Commission on International
Smithsonian Institution Online Exhibit: African Voices
Smithsonian Institution Online Guide
Social Security Online Retirement Planner
Sources of International Statistics
State of the World's Children, 2000
Supreme Court Enters the Internet Age
Twenty Things You Can Learn and Do on U.S. Government Web Sites
US Army Virtual Tours
US Government Periodicals Now Searchable Via the Internet
US Senate Home Page
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
Voice of America
We the Peoples: The Role of the UN in the 21st Century
Why New Presidents Blunder
Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century
Women Watch: The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
Women's Issues on UN Radio
Woodsy Owl Home Page
World's Women 1995: Trends and Statistics

Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government
http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/subjectareas/gov/docs_abbrev.html
This web page lists abbreviations for more than 500 government agencies, programs, and publications. The page also includes direct links to the home page (or best alternative) for each agency, program, and publication listed. Source: Kelly L Smith, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library, 755 W Michigan Street, Indianapolis IN 46202; telephone: (317) 278-1376; e-mail: kelsmith@iupui.edu; GOVDOC-L, May 17, 2000.

Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
http://www.access-board.gov/bfdg/adaag.htm
This site provides accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Included are additional physical requirements for public areas of a library.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

African Voices
http://www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/
This web site by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History examines how African cultures have become woven into the fabric of American life. Includes an interactive timeline, rich photo galleries and a virtual learning center. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 17, 2000.
(Last checked 06/13/00)

Air Traffic Control System Command Center
http://www.fly.faa.gov/
Get real-time info about delays in flight departures and arrivals around the country courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Control System Command Center. A clickable map makes finding your airport a one-click process. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 22, 2000.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

America's Story from America's Library
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi
This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the largest library in the world and the nation's library. The site was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages, and we hope children and their families will want to explore this site together.
Here, you can discover what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets on the night he was assassinated. (You will be surprised.) Or you can read about other "Amazing Americans" such as Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West" show; the heroism of Harriet Tubman, who helped many slaves escape bondage; the music of jazz great Duke Ellington; or the inventions of Thomas Edison. (You will even be able to see his first motion picture!)
If you think break-dancing is a new invention, then visit "Join America at Play," where you'll see a film of an early break-dancer from 1898! Ever hear of a "cloth sandwich"? You'll know what I'm talking about when you read the stories in this section. And, of course, we have many tales to tell about baseball, America's pastime -- from the "Cyclone" (pitcher Cy Young) to Jackie Robinson, a hero both on and off the field.
"Jump Back in Time" and find the settlers who landed on Plymouth Rock. Or jump to a more recent age and read about be-bop, a type of music invented long before hip-hop. Do you know what happened on the day you were born? You can find out here.
Want to travel across the country? Then click on "Explore the States," where you'll find fascinating facts and stories about all the states and Washington, D.C.
And if you've ever wondered what the first cartoons looked like, then click on "See, Hear and Sing." You'll read about a man who in 1896 figured out how to make inanimate objects move. You know about the guitar, the piano and the trumpet, but how about the oud, the zurna and the marimba? These "oddball instruments" influenced today's modern musical instruments.
If you see something you really like, then "Send a Postcard" to your family and friends, and tell them about it. You'll even get a reward if you successfully complete the Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt.
(Last checked 05/22/00)

Buying A Safer Car
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/ncap/
The National Highway Transportation Safey Administration provides the following database focusing on the safety features of each car, van, and truck.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Cartoons Your Grandma Watched
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/oahtml/animatTitles01.html
Hey kids, want to see the "cartoons" your grandparents watched? Come to this site to see Gertie the dinosaur, the mother of all animated movie dinos. This site offers postage stamp sized footage from the 1921 Rialto Productions dinosaur classic. The "Gertie on Tour" is just one of a host of old and rare animations that entertained the nation before remote controls and Nintendo. Part of Origins of American Animation (Library of Congress American Memory Project).
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Child Povery in Rich Nations
http://www.unicef-icdc.org/pdf/poverty.pdf
The United States and Britain are prime examples of the harsh contrasts between booming national economies and families living in poverty so deep that the health and security of their children are at risk, according to a new report by the U.N. Children's Fund. The report -- based on statistical information about the world's 29 wealthiest nations that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -- shows that 47 million children (or one out of six) in those countries live in extreme poverty. Children in these environments tend to have learning disabilities, drop out, be unemployed, have criminal records, abuse drugs and alcohol and have children at an early age at much higher levels than their better-off contemporaries, the report states. Innocenti Report Card Issue No. 1: A League Table of Child Poverty In Rich Nations. UNICEF, Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy.
(Last checked 06/15/00)

The Condition of Education, 2000
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2000062
The Condition of Education is an indicator report, summarizing the health of education, monitoring important developments, and showing trends in major aspects of education. The 65 indicators included examine relationships; show changes over time; compare or contrast sub-populations, regions, or countries; or assess characteristics of students from different backgrounds and types of schools. An indicator is policy relevant and problem oriented; it typically incorporates a standard against which to judge progress or regression. Please remember, however, that indicators are not intended to identify causes or solutions, and cannot individually by themselves provide a completely comprehensive view of conditions in education. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 12, 2000.
(Last checked 06/13/00)

Congressional Hearings on GPO Access, How to Find...
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/adnotes/ad061500.html#9
In response to questions regarding the availability of congressional hearings online through GPO Access, GPO staff have prepared the following report on the current status and future plans at GPO for providing hearings electronically. All congressional hearings are not centrally available on GPO servers at this time. This is due in large part to the fact that committees from the House and Senate do not provide GPO with all hearings to place on GPO servers. Also, there is frequently a delay between the receipt of hearings in hard copy and their subsequent availability online through GPO Access. Below, we outline five ways for users to find congressional hearings on or through GPO Access, and also present some enhancements currently being developed to further improve the ability of customers to access congressional hearings. Administrative Notes, June 15, 2000, Vol. 21, no. 09.
(Last checked 02/19/01)

Consumer Tips for the Flying Public
http://www.faa.gov/passenger.htm
Airline passengers, don't leave home without checking this page. You'll find out what you can't carry on your trip, how to report safety hazards, weather-related delays at major U.S. airports, and much more. Courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration. Source: Access America Online Magazine, May 15, 2000.
(Last checked 06/15/00)

Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism
http://www.gpo.gov/nct
http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/commission.html
As we have unfortunately seen in the last few years, terrorism in America and against Americans is increasingly on the rise. In this report, the final report of the National Commission on Terrorism, you can view the assessment of the domestic terrorist threat. This report warns of the increasing dangers that are present on American soil; it discusses those who see American domination as a threat to their own interests.The report warns leaders not to be enticed by the terrorists to the point that we lose our own Constitutional underpinnings and safeguards. Sometimes, the terrorists want us to violate our own principles. Don't assume, the report says, that terrorists speak for religions, national groups, or countries. And don't make the mistake of tarring individuals within this country with the brush of association. A sobering assessment of the weak spots within our borders, the report focuses on policy changes that need to be followed in order to maintain a solid standing in the fight against domestic terrorism. Available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). Released first by the Federation of American Scientists and later by GPO Access.
(Last checked 06/20/00)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000
http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/
See where you stand on the food pyramid. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently issued the 5th edition of its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Includes recipes for thrifty meals and an Interactive Healthy Eating Index. Source: USA Today Hot Site, June 5, 2000.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Documents Association of New Jersey
http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/DANJ/
Check out this web site to see how another state documents organization deals with documents issues. New Jersey has enough members to sponsor separate federal, state, and international documents interest groups.
(Last checked 05/15/00)

Documents Sampler
http://www.lib.vt.edu/subjects/govd/VLAPDFWorkshop_presentation.htm
Ever wish you could go to a documents conference but did not have the money or time to go? The Virginia Library Association Public Documents Forum has mounted "A Documents Sampler: The Documents Workshop with Something for Everyone" held at Virginia Tech on March 17, 2000 just for you. Although portions of the conference focused on Virginia resources, most of the conference hightlighted federal information resources such as GPO Access, Patents and Trademarks, Statistics, and GIS and maps. All the resources covered are freely available over the web so should be of interest to reference librarians in general. Special thanks to Bruce Obenhaus, Government Documents Librarian at Virginia Tech, for mounting this information on the web and to Janet Justis, editor of Shipping List: the Newsletter of the Public Documents Forum of the VLA, for posting a reference to it in the May 2000 issue.
(Last checked 06/02/00)

Electronic Federal Documents Are Now Official
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0500/050300b1.htm
Virtual documents are real documents as far as the law is concerned, the Office of Management and Budget explained Tuesday in guidance that urges federal agencies to conduct more business online. OMB's guidance is based on the 1998 Government Paperwork Elimination Act, which gives agencies until October 2003 to provide anyone who does business with Uncle Sam the option of conducting that business electronically. The act also urges agencies to use electronic signature technology so that electronic documents can be treated as legally binding documents. Source: Brian Friel, GovExec.Com, May 3, 2000.
(Last checked 06/30/00)

Elizabeth Blackwell, America's First Woman M.D.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/blackwell/index.html
An online version of an exhibit held at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., Jan. 23-Sept. 4, 1999 relating the story of America's first woman medical doctor.
(Last checked 06/16/00)

European Union (EU) Web Pages
The ABC of the European Union
http://europa.eu.int/abc-en.htm
The History of the European Union
http://europa.eu.int/abc/history/index_en.htm
http://europa.eu.int/abc/history/index_en.htm These two sites from the EU, one new the other recently made available in eleven languages, will prove helpful to students or anyone who wants to find basic information about the European Union's history, institutions, and activities. The ABC page offers an easy and quick overview of the EU, citizens rights, the euro, institutions, symbols, treaties, and links to official documents and publications. The History page is a simple chronology, from 1946 to 2000, that identifies key events in the development of the EU and its institutions. Source: Scout Report, May 12, 2000.
(Last checked 05/12/00)

Excite: Excellence in Curriculum Integration through Teaching Epidemiology
http://www.cdc.gov/excite/index.htm
EXCITE is a collection of teaching materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce students to epidemiology, the science used by Disease Detectives everywhere, and to teach them about public health.
(Last checked 06/30/00)

Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
http://weboflife.arc.nasa.gov/exerciseandaging/toc.html
The National Institute for Aging's online guide to exercise is like having a personal trainer, albeit a two-dimensional one. A whole list of animated exercises are provided, along with advice on eliminating the barriers and how much exercise is enough. This is a self-paced program.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Expenditures on Children by Families, 1999 Annual Report
http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/using2.htm
The USDA and Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has released a report that estimates the costs of raising a child born in 1999 through adulthood. The report claims that each middle-income family will require $160,140 over seventeen years for food, housing, and other basic necessities. Further projections are provided according to income; lower income families raising a child can expect to spend $117,390, and upper income families will likely pay $233,850 per child. The cost of child-rearing has increased only two percent since last year, according to the report. The site includes previous reports for 1995-1998. Source: Scout Report, May 5, 2000.
(Last checked 05/15/2000)

FDA Kids Page
http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/default.htm
Designed for kids of all ages, this web page would be of interest to teachers and parents too. Where else could one learn about medical devices from FDA's favorite skeleton Yorick? Also features a Food Safety Quiz, Mac and Molly Investigator, All About Animals, All About Vaccines, Children & Tobacco, Medicince Cabinet Word Find, The Teen Scene, and Parent's Corner.
(Last checked 06/30/00)

FDLP Desktop
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/test/FDLPDESK.HTML
The FDLP Administration Web pages on GPO Access are extensive and sometimes it’s not so easy to find the article, product, or service that you want. As a result, GPO has come up with a prototype design for a new set of pages, called the FDLP Desktop. Check them out on this web page.
(Last checked 06/02/00)

FedBuzz.Com: Hotlinks to the Federal Facts in Your Life
http://www.fedbuzz.com/
FedBuzz aims to provide government info without the bureaucratic spin or departmental agenda. They call it an "omnisite" - something more than a portal for revolving-door access. Topics range from business to health to taxes. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 22, 2000.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Federal Auction Information
http://www.fss.gsa.gov/property/forsale/
Find out where and when the Federal government is unloading surplus (mostly used) to the public through sealed bids, open auctions, and first-come first-served fixed price sales. Courtesy of the GSA Federal Supply Service.
(Last checked 06/15/00)

Fighting Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from Mongolia
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/fightingdinos/
This Fighting Dinosaurs exhibit highlights the fierceness of dinosaurs and reveals that some dinosaurs had feathers. In addition to photos, you'll find a fascinating video of Velociraptor and Protoceratops locked in mortal combat. Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 22, 2000.
(Last checked 06/12/00)

Finding International Statistics Online
http://www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/MCK/GUIDES/instat.html
This site maintained by Geraldine Foudy, Reference Instruction Librarian for the Government & Politics and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland Libraries at College Park. It is arranged in broad subject categories: Comprehensive Sources of International Statistics; Economic & Development Statistics; Environmental, Science, Agricultural, & Technology Statistics; Political, Military, & Defense Statistics; Population Statistics; Social, Educational, & Health Statistics; Country/Region Specific Sources; and Search Engines. Source: Law Library Resource Xchange, June 15, 2000.
(Last checked 06/20/00)

FirstGov
http://www.firstgov.com/
FirstGov, FirstLook
http://www.llrx.com/buzz/buzz25.htm
President Clinton in his first Internet address on June 24 announced that a new government information portal will be made available within 90 days. It will be a project of the President's Management Council and will be run by the General Services Administration, not the Government Printing Office!
The second web page is an initial evaluation by LLRX.
(Last checked 06/25/00)

Floppy Disk Project
http://www.indiana.edu/~libgpd/mforms/floppy/floppy.html
Having trouble tracking all the floppy disks you received from GPO? The CIC Government Publications Task Force is sponsoring a clearinghouse where Federal Data, made available on floppy diskettes, can be located and downloaded. The clearinghouse was developed and is maintained by the Government Publications Department, Indiana University Bloomington. With the ever-increasing number of products being released by the Government Printing Office, FDP enables libraries to either fill in gaps to their collections, or provide immediate access point for patrons. While the collection represents over 200 entries, our collection is not complete. We would welcome contributions from your library's holdings or suggested titles.
(Last checked 06/02/00)

Glossary of Terms Used for U.S. Government Publications
http://www.lib.cwu.edu/documents/glossary.html
The Documents Department at Central Washington University Library has a new webpage containing a glossary of terms used in reference to U.S. government publications. Links are inserted, when available, to sites containing the fulltext of the resources defined. Source: Jan Jorgensen, Documents, Maps & Microforms Dept., Central Washington University Library, Ellensburg, Washington 98926; e-mail: jorgenja@cwu.edu; telephone: (509) 963-1592; GOVDOC-L, June 15, 2000.
(Last checked 06/15/00)

Government Documents Displays: A Tutorial and Clearinghouse
http://www.lib.mankato.msus.edu/lib/govdoc/proj/tutorials/finalfront2.html
Funded by a continuing education grant from ALA Godort Education Committee, Mark McCullough, Mare Nere, and Pam Schmutz, Minnesota State University, Mankata have begun compiling a tutorial/clearinghouse on government documents displays. Check it out for possible ideas and consider sharing yours. Source: GOVDOC-L, April 27, 2000.
(Last checked 06/30/00)

Government Documents Processing and Procedures Student Manual
http://www.lib.msu.edu/publ_ser/docs/student/Manual/
The Michigan State University Government Documents Library staff and student procedures, interactive quizzes and tutorials are available again. Although our Intranet site still requires password authentication, the staff and student manuals have been copied to a public server to maintain access from outside the MSU Libraries. Thanks to those of you who inquired about this and told us how much you like and use the procedures, especially the interactive SuDocs call number/shelving tutorial at http://www.lib.msu.edu/publ_ser/docs/student/Manual/quizes/sudocsbasics.html. Note: The Intranet Site was announced in the March-June 1999 issue of Red Tape at http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/red_tape/stat9901.htm#1. Source: Becky Fox, Michigan State University Government Documents Library, e-mail: foxre@mail.lib.msu.edu; GOVDOC-L, Aprifl 29, 2000.
(Last checked 06/30/00)

GPO Bookstore Gets New URL
http://bookstore.gpo.gov
The U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, has released a new URL for the U.S. Government Online Bookstore. You may want to update your links or bookmarks since the old url will only work for about 90 more days. Other changes include:

  • New Product Announcements now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/market/index.html
  • Government Information Products for Sale by Topic now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/sb/index.html
  • U.S. Government Subscriptions Catalog now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/subscriptions/index.html
  • CD-ROMs for Sale now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/cdrom/index.html
  • Electronic Products for Sale now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/eproducts/index.html
  • Locations of U.S. Government Bookstores now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/locations/index.html
  • United States Fax Watch now located at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/faxwatch/index.html
    Source: GOVDOC-L, April 5, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/30/00)

    Helping Your Child Learn Geography
    http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Geography/index.html
    From creating treasure maps to helping children find pen pals, this book offers many simple, fun activities to teach youngsters the fundamentals of geography. Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Geographic Survey, October 1996.
    (Last checked 06/30/00)

    Hospital Statistics Online
    http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/hcupnet.htm
    Here's an interactive tool for identifying, tracking, analyzing, and comparing statistics on hospitals at the national, regional, and state level. HCUPnet - Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project on the Internet -- guides you step-by-step to obtain the statistics you need. It's perfect for researchers - or the curious. Source: Access America Online Magazine, May 1, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    Immigration and Naturalization Service Web Page
    http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/index.htm
    The INS website is becoming one of the hottest in government. In March 2000, an average of more than 27,000 users each weekday stayed on the site an average of 18.5 minutes per visit-up from 13,400 per weekday just over one year ago. INS's objective is to make its site the first stop for people who need timely and accurate immigration information and forms. The new Web site–INS Online–provides information to help current or intending immigrants access INS services and benefits and to find out how and where to file their applications. It also has in-depth information about INS and its programs that help the public better understand the agency's mission, goals and accomplishments. In addition, special sections target the specific information needs of groups such as historians, genealogists, teachers, students, congressional staffers, the media, lawyers and immigration interest groups. Source: Access America Online Magazine, May 4, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    International Adoptions
    http://travel.state.gov/adopt.html
    The State Department cannot locate a child available for adoption in a foreign country. However, it can give you information about international adoptions and provide general information about U.S. visa requirements. Make this your first stop. Source: Access America Online Magazine, April 10, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    Kidz Privacy
    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/kidzprivacy/
    Whether playing, shopping, studying or just surfing, today's kids are taking advantage of all that the web has to offer. But when it comes to their personal information online, who's in charge? In an effort to put parents in the catbird seat, the Federal Trade Commission has established new rules for website operators to make sure that kids' privacy is protected while they're online. These rules are part of the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and took effect on April 21, 2000. The rules only apply to children under 13.
    (Last checked 05/17/00)

    King Assassination
    http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/crim/mlk/part1.htm
    An 18-month Justice Department investigation recently dismissed allegations of a conspiracy in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This hyperlinked report (dated June 2000) helps you be the judge of how plausible those findings are. Source: USA Today Hot Link, June 21, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/27/00)

    Library School Classes on Government Information
    http://www.bsu.edu/classes/atkins2/classes.html
    The Godort Education Committee maintains this web page providing links to various schools offering classes on government documents/information. You may have to dig within each school's web pages however to find the actual classes. Source: GOVDOC-L, April 6, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/30/00)

    MEAP Scholarship Awards Data Report
    http://www.meritaward.state.mi.us/merit/2000awardcount.pdf
    The Michigan Dept. of Treasury released information on the number of students earning the new Merit Awards based on MEAP scores in reading, writing, math and science. Data is by county, school district and high school. Data is incomplete for many districts. Source: Debbie Gallagher, AADL Northeast Branch Library, 2713 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2427; Phone: (734) 996-3180: Fax: (734) 994-1856; E-mail: gallagherd@aadl.org; MICHLIB-L, May 25, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/05/00)

    Medicare Site Redesigned
    http://www.medicare.gov
    The redesigned Medicare Web sited now provides faster access and easier-to-understand Medicare information. New features include: a screen reader to help people with visual disabilities actually hear words on the screen; additional information about Medicare benefits, nursing home staffing levels and disenrollment for managed care plans. The web site by the Health Care Financing Administration now includes more featues and information tailored to meet the needs of the growing number of older online users.
    (Last checked 05/19/00)

    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
    http://www.deq.state.mi.us/enved
    The Department of Environmental Quality officials have launched an environmental education web site. The site provides science-based information for all levels of interest. There are separate sections for students, educators, and the general public, plus a Kids' Corner that links to games and activities for younger viewers.
    (Last checked 06/20/00)

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources Launches Kids Page
    http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/Insert.asp?id=1&sec=inst&main=1
    With animated characters such as conservation officer "Forrest Trails", biologist "Sandy Dunes", outdorr comic book character "Buck Wilder" and Abigail and Antonio Ant, designers of this new kid page have been successful at attracting children, despite their short attention span. The site available via the DNR web page ( http://www.dnr.state.mi.us) offers a free sign-up for the "outdoor Explorer's Club" newsletter that is mailed four times a year.
    (Last checked 06/29/00)

    Michigan Drinking Water Report
    http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/mi.htm
    On May 24, 2000, the EPA proposed new safety standards for drinking water that would require water systems to significantly reduce arsenic in tap water. The EPA has mounted the reports drinking water suppliers provide (sometimes called consumer confidence reports) that tell where drinking water comes from, and what contaminants may be in it. Select county/place or water system name to view reports for your water system in Michigan. Source: Debbie Gallagher, AADL Northeast Branch Library, 2713 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2427; Phone: (734) 996-3180: Fax: (734) 994-1856; E-mail: gallagherd@aadl.org; MICHLIB-L, May 25, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/05/00)

    Minimum Wage: Increasing the Reward for Work
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/New/MinimumWage-2000/
    What's the old joke? Minimum wage is your boss's way of saying, "I would pay you less, but I'm not allowed. This report by the National Economic Council examines the advantages and disadvantages of hiking the minimum wage to $6.15.
    (Last checked 05/09/00)

    National Security Archive: The Ultrasensitive Bay of Pigs
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB29/index.html
    The National Security Archive has released newly declassified portions of the Taylor Commission Report, the report from the commission charged by President Kennedy with investigating the Bay of Pigs incident. The eight documents in this new release add crucial details to the picture that emerged from prior, more heavily censored releases of Taylor Commission materials in 1977 and 1986. This release serves as a useful supplement to the The Inspector General's Survey of the Cuban Operation, which was declassified in 1998 and scathing in its critique of the CIA's actions. Source: Scout Report, May 5, 2000.
    (Last checked 05/05/00)

    NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner Sound Clips
    http://www.arts.gov/explore/Heritage00/NHFIntro.html
    If you're tired of the homogenized music on your radio, hear Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar, Haitian drummer Frisner Augustin or Irish folk singer Mick Moloney. All 13 National Heritage Fellowship winners have biographical profiles as well as sound clips on file at this National Endowment for the Arts site. They'll stir your soul. Click on any name for splendid consequences, along with a recorded interview.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    Now What a Time
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ftvhtml/
    "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia, documenting what may be the first folk festival organized entirely by and for African Americans. In several audio formats. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 10, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/13/00)

    Parenting Resources for the Twenty-First Century
    http://www.parentingresources.ncjrs.org/
    This web site links parents and other adults responsible for the care of a child with information on issues covering the full spectrum of parenting. This site, federally sponsored through the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, strives to help families meet the formidable challenges of raising a child today by addressing topics that include school violence, child development, home schooling, organized sports, child abuse, and the juvenile justice system.
    (Last checked 06/29/00)

    Peace Corps Application
    http://www.peacecorps.gov/home.html
    A new online feature makes it possible to volunteer for the Peace Corps with the click of a mouse. Automation makes it quicker for you to "make a difference" somewhere in the world. Source: USA Today Hot Site, April 24, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/13/00)

    Pentagon and Hall of Heroes Virtual Tour
    http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pentagon/
    Want to see the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, where the 3410 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor are celebrated. Take this virtual tour of the world's largest office building with three times the floor space of the Empire State Building. The Pentagon was designed in three days and completed in 16 months. Representatives from every branch of the service lead you through the workplace of 23,000 Americans. 24 minutes.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    President Clinton - Final Days QuickTime Video
    http://www.adcritic.com/content/president-clinton-final-days.html
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/msnbc/ms050100-1v.htm
    This six-minute video is a humorous and clever peek into the twilight days at the Clinton White House. Shot for the Annual White House Correspondents's Association Dinner on April 30, 2000, the "home movie" depicts a lonely President Clinton answering the phone, taking care of the yard work, doing the laundry, playing battleship with the Secretary of the Navy, and other mundane tasks. The movie is an entertaining diversion and demonstrates that even the "leader of the free world" can have a (self-deprecating) sense of humor. According to Laura Dickson, Bill and Hillary have made one each year, but this may be the first year it was publicly released. At any rate, enjoy it while it remains on the web. Source: Laura Dickson, U.S. Documents Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, May 1, 2000; Scout Report, May 12, 2000.
    (Last checked 05/15/00)

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Home Page
    http://www.rferl.org/
    Provides links to RFE/RL Newsline, Weekday Magazine, Special Reports, Broadcast transcripts, and real audio.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    RFE/RL Newsline
    http://www.rferl.org/newsline/search/index.html
    A daily report of developments in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia based on news gathered by the correspondents, services and regional specialists of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In the distinguished tradition of the RFE/RL Daily Report and the OMRI Daily Digest, RFE/RL Newsline is prepared five times a week by a group of specialists on the region and is available free via email. In contrast to its predecessors, RFE/RL Newsline draws on the enormous news gathering and processing researches of RFE/RL's 19 broadcast services and their more than 600 correspondents in the region. RFE/RL Newsline will provide more immediate and accurate information about events in these countries than virtually any other source. Source: USA Today Hot Site, June 1, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    Religious Freedom, Report of the United States Commission on International
    http://www.uscirf.gov/cgi-bin/pageBuilder.pl?page=748
    Today (May 1, 2000) is really a milestone event: The issuance of the first Annual Report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom as foreseen under the International Religious Freedom Act, or IRFA, passed in October 1998. Focuses on the Sudan, China, and Russia.
    (Last checked 06/05/00)

    Smithsonian Institution Online Guide
    http://alexia.lis.uiuc.edu/~ahoeksem/smithsonian/smithsonian.html
    When you're interested in doing some serious research into the rich resources of the Smithsonian Institution, turn to this online guide from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Everything from history to exhibitions to databases. Be sure to check out how many different exhibitions are now available over the world wide web. Source: USA Today Hot Site, May 23, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    Social Security Online Retirement Planner
    http://www.ssa.gov/retire/
    One of the most important things you'll do in your lifetime is plan your retirement. And it's never too early to begin. The Social Security Retirement Planner will let you compute estimates of your future Social Security benefits online. Source: Access America Online Magazine, April 17, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    Sources of International Statistics
    http://www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP/MCK/STATS.html
    Sources of International Statistics is organized by source of data: U.S. Government, Foreign Governments, United Nations, IGO's, NGO's, Academic, and Search Engines. Links to each of the websites are provided. This site maintained by Geraldine Foudy, Reference Instruction Librarian for the Government & Politics and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland Libraries at College Park. Source: Law Library Resource Xchange, June 15, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/20/00)

    State of the World's Children, 2000
    http://www.unicef.org/sowc00/
    The State of the World's Children 2000 seeks to fan the flame that burned so brilliantly a decade ago when world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and then confirmed their commitments for children and adolescents at the 1990 World Summit for Children. It is a call to leaders in industrialized and developing countries alike to reaffirm their promises for children.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    Supreme Court Enters the Internet Age: The Court and Technology
    http://www.llrx.com/features/supremect.htm
    Article from the Law Resource Exchange, June 1, 2000, by Roy M. Mersky and Kumar Percy.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    Twenty Things You Can Do and Learn On U.S. Government Web Sites
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/New/html/government-web-sites.html
    White House Press Release, June 24, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/27/00)

    US Army Virtual Tours
    http://www.goarmy.com/tour/adv/virtual.htm
    Thinking about joining the army? Check out the army barracks or explore the inside of an Abrams M1A2 tank.
    (Last checked 05/09/00)

    US Government Periodicals Now Searchable Via the Internet (Full Text)
    http://198.252.9.108/home/govper.html
    Paul A. Arrigo and Dee Barker of the Washburn University School of Law Library have just completed a year long project to create a full text search engine for many of the U.S. Internet Government Periodicals. We still have over 100 titles left to process, but we thought we would open up the site for evaluation. Please let us know what you think. We also want to see if the search engine can handle the traffic. For more information, call (785) 231-1010, ext 1787 or send an e-mail: zzarri@washburn.edu. Source: GOVDOC-L, May 19, 2000.
    (Last checked 02/19/01)

    US Senate Home Page
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Beyond the Senate's legislative activities, committee hearings, and nominations, people can learn about the history of the Senate. Did you know, for example, that the Senate chamber was used as a hospital during the Civil War? The Senate also possesses a magnificent art collection that can be viewed here. Furthermore, citizens have the opportunity to contact their Senators or search the 106th Congress for a particular bill. Source: Brief Me on Politics and Government, May 18, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS
    http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaers/vaers.htm
    Are the vaccinations that millions of U.S. children and many adults routinely receive each year really working to protect our youngsters from serious diseases? Without question, say the experts. But are the vaccinations administered some 200 million times annually in the U.S. completely safe? No vaccine is 100-percent risk-free, say federal health officials, who have assembled a huge but little-known national database containing thousands of reports of alleged injuries from vaccines. This massive database includes thousands of case reports in which doctors, drug manufacturers and parents describe health-threatening outcomes from vaccinations among the nation's 70 million children and 200 million adults. Provided by the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
    (Last checked 06/12/00)

    Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
    http://www.mnh.si.edu/vikings/start.html
    "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga," a traveling exhibition produced by the National Museum of Natural History, is about an extraordinary people who set out from their European homelands for unknown places beyond the horizon, including North America, 1000 years ago. This remarkable territorial expansion has recently become far better understood from historical, archaeological and environmental research. Presented through a spectacular array of artifacts and archeological finds, the exhibit explores a previously unknown chapter in the history of North America.
    (Last checked 06/05/00)

    Voice of America
    http://www.voa.gov
    Listen to Voice of America broadcasts in more than 50 languages around the clock for updates on international politics that go deeper than typical network broadcasts. The online archive provides news by date or by country. The site even has a special section for those just learning English; it delivers broadcasts at a slower speed using simpler words.
    (Last checked 06/15/00)

    We the Peoples: The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century
    http://www.un.org/millennium/sg/report/full.htm
    This Millennium Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the most comprehensive presentation of the UN’s mission in its history, “sets out a practical vision for the United Nations in a globalized world that has changed dramatically in the 55 years since the Organization was founded. Among its key messages is the need to make globalization more inclusive, to create more opportunities for all, and not leave billions of people in a state of poverty and exclusion.” Chapter titles include: "New century, new challenges"; Globalization and governance"; "Freedom from Want"; "Freedom from Fear"; "Sustaining our Future"; "Renewing the United Nations"; and "For Consideration by the Summit".
    (Last checked 06/02/00)

    Why New Presidents Blunder
    http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0500/051500b2.htm
    And you thought your first day on the job was tough! Take a look at this article from GovExec.Com and find out about the challenges faced by new presidential administrations of the U.S.
    (Last checked 05/15/00)

    Woodsy Owl Home Page
    http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/woodsy/
    Woodsy has been America's environmental champion since 1970, and is most recognized for his wise request, "Give a hoot. Don't Pollute." (His current motto is "Lend a Hand - Care for the Land.") Join the USDA Forest Service in introducing children to this fanciful creature. The web site contains coloring sheets, plus activities. Woodsy Owl would also love to visit your favorite school or after-school center. For more information, contact your local USDA Forest Service office or other state, federal natural resource management agency.
    (Last checked 06/30/00)

    Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century
    http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/followup/beijing+5.htm
    Thanks to the Web, the whole world is watching as women strive to improve their lot around the globe. Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century documents their story. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 16-18, 2000.
    (Last checked 06/16/00)

    Women Watch: The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
    http://www.un.org/womenwatch/
    Learn about the work of the United Nations entities and inter-governmental and treaty bodies that deal with the advancement and empowerment of women and about international instruments on women's rights. Find information on the UN conferences on women and its follow-up and on women specific-features of other global UN conferences held since 1990. Browse here for regional plans of action for women's advancement and empowerment; statistical data disaggregated by sex; country information including national action plans for Beijing follow-up, reports to CEDAW, national machinery on women and related Internet resources on women.
    (Last checked 06/02/00)

    Women's Issues on UN Radio
    http://www.un.org/womenwatch/unradio/index.html
    "Women's news and women's views from around the globe". Listen to broadcasts or read transcripts on issues such as: "Dowry Related Violence In India", "Afghanistan: A World Without Women", "An Honour Killing in Pakistan", "Women Prisoners in the United States and Rwanda", etc. (Last checked 06/02/00)

    World's Women 1995: Trends and Statistics
    http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/gender/intro.htm
    Describes a UN sales publication originally published as an official document for the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in September 1995 to provide statistics on how women fare in different parts of the world. It highlights the main findings of statistical analysis on women's situation as compared to men's worldwide in a broad range of fields-- including family and household, health, education, work and politics. The publication includes a set of statistical tables, presented at the end of each chapter, containing data for up to 220 countries or areas. Updated excerpts from these tables are now available on this web site. The statistics and indicators on the Internet are those for the most recent period only and nearly all have been updated since the publication of the book.
    (Last checked 06/02/00)

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