ODDS AND ENDS : MARCH 2001

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Adding it Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics
American Currency Exhibit
AskERIC Update
Buying a Home
Carroll's GovSearch
Census 2000
Census 2000 Brief: Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin
Census 2000 Redistricting Data
Census Watch Now On ESRI Web Page
Children with Disabilities
Citing Government Information Sources (MLA)
Citizen's Guide to State Government, 2001-2002
Claitor's Law Books
Clinton Presidential Center
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2000
CRS Reports Available on Congressman Shay's Web Page
Depository Status
DOD US Cole Commission Report
Earth From Space: Astronaut Views of the Home Planet
Electronic Dissemination of Government Publications (GAO Report)
Electronic Government Initiatives Inventory
Encyclopedia of ED Stats
FDIC Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)
Federal Commons
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Page
Foreign Relations of the U.S. Digitization Project
Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Government Information
Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) URL Changing
Government's 50 Greatest Endeavors
History Through the Eyes of Congress
Internatioal Criminal Court
InvasiveSpecies.Gov
Michigan Executive Budget 2001 Recommendations
Michigan Historical Museum Virtual Tour
Michigan History Magazine Books for Sale!
MiSeniors.Net
National Agricultural Library's Drought and Weather Page
NARA: Picturing the Century - One Hundred Years of Photographs
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, & Wildlife-Associated Recreation (Michigan)
No Child Left Behind
No Gun Ri Review, Report of the...
Nutrition.Gov
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photographs
The Power of the Internet for Learning
The Real Thirteen Days: Cuban Missile Crisis
Retrospective GPO Cataloging Vendors
Roswell Incident Reports
School District Data Profiles
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Statistical Abstract of the U.S., 2000 edition
Street Terms: Drugs and the Drug Trade
UNESCO Libraries Portal
U.S. Army Recruiting Page
U.S. Blue Pages: Your Online Guide to U.S. Government (Telephone Directory)
Vital Statistics of the United States
War of the Rebellion Series Digitized
Women and Smoking: Report of the U.S. Surgeon General (2001)
Women in the United States: March 2000
World Bank B-Span
Wright Air Development Center (WADC) Digital Collection

Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics
http://www4.nas.edu/onpi/webextra.nsf/web/proficiency
Released on January 23, this report from the National Research Council finds that too few American children "are leaving elementary and middle school with adequate math skills and understanding." The report strongly recommends major reforms in math instruction, curricula, and assessment from pre-kindergarten through grade 8. The full text of the 444-page report may be read by chapter in .pdf format at the National Academy Press site. Source: Scout Report, Feb. 2, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

American Currency Exhibit
http://www.frbsf.org/currency/index.html
Money hasn't always looked like it does today. Explore the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit online and watch history come alive as you step back in time to our nation's beginning. Learn how our country's rich history is closely tied with our currency. Discover the role the Federal Reserve has played--and continues to play--in that history. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 6, 2001.
(Last checked 02/09/01)

AskERIC Update
http://ericir.syr.edu/NewNote/Updates/index.shtml
AskERIC, an important education resource site and providers of a web interface to the ERIC database, has created a monthly e-mail newsletter (free). The newsletter will include information on new resources and tips on how to become a better ERIC searcher. Issue 1, Vol. 1 is now online. Source: Gary Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, March 4, 2001.
(Last checked 03/06/01)

Buying a Home
http://www.hud.gov/buying/index.cfm
Mortgage rates have become attractively low and HUD offers a comprehensive homebuyer's kit for anyone thinking of taking advantage of them. Features a handy Wish List tool. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Source: USA Today Hot Site, Jan. 8, 2001.
(Last checked 02/20/01)

Carroll's GovSearch
http://web.archive.org/web/20010801162931/
http://www.carrollpub.com/govsearch/

Do we need yet another US government directory? Well, maybe. Provided by Carroll Publishing, this site distinguishes itself in several ways. The first is ease of operation. Using pull-down menus, visitors can quickly access contact information (including email and URL when applicable) for (the site claims) some 385,000 politicians and staff members at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as federal and state organizational charts. A sample search for Wisconsin, however, did turn up some outdated information. The site also has a number of neat features, such as a .pdf version of the 2000 "plum book," which lists Presidential prerogative positions, who's in or out listings, vacancies, and searchable listings of public places, among others. The site promises to add biographies of all executive and key level members of government in the near future. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 26, 2001.
[Note: Does not appear to be functioning anymore.]
(Last checked 05/30/03)

Census 2000
http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html
Here's what 281,421,906 people look like -- at least, to statisticians. Census 2000 census results are now available online, showing a 13.2 percent population hop since the 1990 head count. Just so you don't think this is the dryest site on earth, those friendly census folks have included things like Person on the Street interviews with puzzled people who wonder, for instance, just why they have to take a census in the first place. Source: Lansing State Journal, the Source, Feb. 17, 2001, p.1
(Last checked 02/20/01)

Census 2000 Brief:
Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin
http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/cenbr01-1.pdf
Every census must adapt to the decade in which it is administered. New technologies emerge and change the way the U.S. Census Bureau collects and processes data. More importantly, changing lifestyles and emerging sensitivities among the people of the United States necessitate modifications to the questions that are asked. One of the most important changes for Census 2000 was the revision of the questions of race and Hispanic origin to better reflect the country's growing diversity. Issued March 2001.
(Last checked 03/21/01)

Census 2000 Redistricting Data (P.L. 94-171)
http://www.census.gov/clo/www/redistricting.html
In December 1975, Congress passed Public Law 94-171 which specifies that within one year of Census Day, the Census Bureau must send each state the data that could be used by the state to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts. The law requires the Census Bureau provide redistricting data no later than April 1, 2001, to the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
(Last checked 03/21/01)

Census 2000 Redistricting Data Summary Files
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/pldata.html
The Census 2000 Redistricting Summary File contains summary statistics on counts for the total population, for the population 18 years and over, and population counts by race and by Hispanic or Latino origin. Data are available for many geographic types, including states, counties, places, census tracts, and blocks. This information, produced to support states in their legislative redistricting, is being released on a state-by-state basis from now until April 2, 2001. Extensive demographic and economic information from Census 2000 will be available on American FactFinder over the next three years. Courtesy of America FactFinder.
(Last checked 03/21/01)

Census Watch Now On ESRI Web Site
http://www.esri.com/censuswatch
Census Watch is a portal to information about Census 2000 and its related activities. It is designed to provide access to up-to-date information about Census data resources, redistricting, online mapping, and education/training opportunities. The Census Watch site provides access to TIGER/Line 2000 data in shapefile format, available for free download from the Geography Network (http://www.geographynetwork.com). NOTE: Data is not yet available for all states; more data will be added as it becomes available. Also available through Census Watch are Census 2000 Dress Rehearsal Data Sets, American Fact Finder Data Sets, and TIGER/Line 1995 shapefiles. For more information, contact: Angela Lee, ESRI Schools and Libraries Program, 1305 Corporate Center Dr, Suite 250, St. Paul, MN 55121-1204; Telephone: (651) 994-0823 ext. 8329; e-mail: alee@esri.com. Source: GOVDOC-L, Feb. 5, 2001.
(Last checked 02/05/01)

Children with Disabilities Web Site
http://www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org/
The Children With Disabilities Web site offers families, service providers, and other interested individuals information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation covering a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities. A new initiative by the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
(Last checked 02/21/01)

Citing Government Information Sources (MLA)
http://www.library.unr.edu/depts/bgic/guides/government/cite.html
Source: Patrick Ragains, Business and Government Information Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno; GOVDOC-L, January 23, 2001.
(Last checked 01/23/01)

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)

Claitor's Law Books
http://www.claitors.com/
"We offer the largest inventory of U.S. Government Books outside of the U.S. Government Printing Office (including many titles no longer available at the GPO)". Currently featuring the Statistical Abstract of the U.S., 1999, the U.S. Government Manual 2000/2001, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2000-2001, etc. Also feature online access to the GPO Sales Product Catalog (SPC), formerly called the Publications Reference File.
(Last checked 02/21/01)

Clinton Presidential Center
http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.com/
In the real world, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center is in the planning stages. In cyberspace, it's a tech-savvy virtual library. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 26, 2001.
(Last checked 03/24/01)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2000
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/
The 25th edition cites progress in countries like Serbia and Mexico, but violations in China, Cuba, Iraq and Sudan. The February 2001 report, which covers 195 countries, can be browsed by region courtesy of the State Department. Source: GovSpot.Com
(Last checked 08/03/01)

CRS Reports Available on Congressman Shay's Page
http://www.house.gov/shays/CRS/CRSProducts.htm
Congressman Christopher Shays of Connecticut has posted a considerable number of CRS reports and issue briefs on his web page.
(Last checked 02/15/01)

Depository Status
Here's another article examining the pros and cons of maintaining federal depository status at a time when more and more government information is being made available electronically. "Leaving Paradise: Dropping out of the Federal Depository Program" by Elizabeth McKenzie. 92 Law Lib. J. 305 (Summer 2000). Available via interlibrary loan. Info shared by Bill Sleeman, Documents Librarian, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, The University of Maryland School of Law via GOVDOC-L, Feb. 22, 2001.

DOD USS Cole Commission Report
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/cole20010109.html
Released on January 9, the final report on the October 12 bombing of the USS Cole focuses on the additional steps needed to combat terrorism, including more timely transfers of intelligence reports and better coordination among government agencies. The report does not assign blame for the attack, and a separate, internal Navy report has recommended against sanctioning the Cole's captain or crew. Outgoing Defense Secretary William Cohen, however, has asked a senior adviser to review the findings to see if they raise questions about accountability among military commanders. An executive summary and the unclassified findings and recommendations summary have been placed online at the Department of Defense DefenseLINK site. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 12, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

Earth From Space
Astronauts Views of the Home Planet
http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/
The NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database of over 375,000 images is a national treasure. We are publishing these selected photos and related captions on the Internet to provide a glimpse of this national treasure to the public. This database was compiled by our staff to illustrate some very interesting Earth features and processes, including cities as seen by our Astronauts from space. Source: USA Today Hot Site, March 16-18, 2001.
(Last checked 03/24/01)

Electronic Dissemination of Government Publications
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01428.pdf
The anticipated study which Congress mandated last year was published on March 30th by GAO. The report studies the impact of providing documents solely in electronic format and assesses the feasibility of transferring the Federal Depository Library program to the Library of Congress. As part of GAO assessment of the depository library program, the GAO 1) Identified how such a transfer might be accomplished; 2) Identified measures that are necessary to ensure the success of such a transfer; 3) Identified when such a transfer might optimally occur; 4) Examined the functions, services and programs and administrative support of the Superintendent of Documents and; 5) Examined and Identified the costs, for both GPO and the Library of Congress. Source: ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline, Volume 10, Number 28, April 6, 2001.
(Last checked 04/09/01)

Electronic Government Initiatives Inventory
http://www.policyworks.gov/intergov/InventoryPage.cfm
E-government initiatives are spreading like wildfire across the federal government. And to prove it, the federal Chief Information Officers Council this week debuted a database with information on more than 1,300 such initiatives. Users can search the database for e-government initiatives in four categories: information dissemination, forms, transactions and transformation initiatives that have transformed the way an agency previously did business. The initiatives are searchable by method of delivery, such as Web, telephone or kiosk, as well as by customer types served: citizens, businesses, other government agencies and federal employees. Source: GovExec.Com, January 24, 2001.
(Last checked 01/24/01)

Encyclopedia of ED Stats
http://nces.ed.gov/edstats/
Recently unveiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this modest-looking site offers quick and easy access to recent versions of four of the center's most popular publications: The Condition of Education: 2000, The Digest of Education Statistics: 1999, Education Indicators: An International Perspective, and Youth Indicators 1996. From the site users can directly access the tables of contents, browse by subject area, and conduct full-text and table searches. Users may also search and browse previous versions of the The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics to 2007 and 2008. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 19, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

Federal Commons
http://www.cfda.gov/federalcommons/
Late last week the GSA made a formal announcement of a new grant information portal, the Federal Commons. From the press release: "Now, there is one place where Federal grant applicants can access all of the information they need to act on Federal government grant opportunities. Federal Commons, an Internet grants management portal serving the grantee organization community, has joined with the General Services Administration's Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance to offer online access to information about Federal Grant Programs." Source: Gary Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, March 5, 2001.
(Last checked 03/06/01)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)
http://www2.fdic.gov/recon
RECON - once the domain of bank examiners tracking changes in the local economies - is now available to the public. Just point and click to find tables and charts of data on employment, income, wages, and home sales, among other variables. Data is available for states, metro areas, and counties. You can also use the drop-down menus to take a gander at graphs, tables, and maps depicting economic conditions and how they have changed over time. This site also computes location quotients and offers an annual state-level measure of economic diversity. A "shopping cart" feature lets you assemble a series of charts and tables, and then print these out at the end of your session. Source: American Demographics, Feb. 2001, p. 23.
(Last checked 02/08/01)

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Protection Alerts
http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm
Keep abreast of scams involving everything from cars and personal fitness to telemarketing and travel at this FTC Consumer Protection site. Or file an online complaint. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 1, 2001.
(Last checked 02/09/01)

Foreign Relations of the U.S. (FRUS) Officially Launched
http://libtext.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/
This web page, a joint project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries, provides a digital facsimile of Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS 1900-1918).
(Last checked 01/22/01)

Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Government Information
http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/romans/fdtf.html
Courtesy of the GODORT Federal Documents Task Force (FDTF). Source: Larry Romans, Political Science Bibliographer and Head, Government Information Services, Central Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN 37240-0007; Telephone: (615) 322-2838; Fax (615) 343-7451; E-mail: romans@LIBRARY.vanderbilt.edu; GOVDOC-L, Feb. 2, 2001.
(Last checked 02/05/01)

Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) URL Change
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/
The GODORT website is moving. If you have links to any of the GODORT pages that are at Berkeley (committee and task force pages may be on other servers) please make your changes by FEBRUARY 1. After that date, the re-direct will go into place. GOVDOC-L, January 19, 2001.
(Last checked 01/19/01)

Government's 50 Greatest Endeavors of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
http://www.brook.edu/GS/CPS/50ge/50GE_hp.htm
Although many Americans still believe that the federal government creates more problems than it solves, Government’ s 50 Greatest Endeavors of the Past Half Century, a project of the Brookings Institution, supported by the Ford Foundation, suggests that government deserves more credit than it receives.
(Last checked 03/21/01)

History Through the Eyes of Congress:
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War
http://www.lib.msu.edu/foxre/revsoldispl.html
Utilizing a number of original documentary sources, this exhibit tells the story of the problems faced by the troops and officers of the Continental Army. Produced by Government Documents Department in the MSU Libraries, the exhibit includes letters, journals, proceedings and proclamations in the U.S. Government Documents Collection, such as Journals of the Continental Congress, American State Papers, Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, and AmericanArchives. An on-line exhibit provides links to additional sources of information. Produced by Becky Fox and Laura Dickson, with the assistance of Eliza Gilligan and Theresa Moore. Fourth Floor West - Fine Arts display cases. January 10 - February 28, 2001.
(Last checked 01/17/01)

International Criminal Court: Resources in Print and Electronic Format
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/icc.html
(Last checked 01/22/01)

Invasivespecies.gov: The Nation's Invasive Species Information System
http://www.invasivespecies.gov/
"Invasivespecies.gov is a comprehensive, online information system that facilitates access to and exchange of invasive species data and resources by researchers, scientists, land and resource managers, public and private sector agencies, and concerned citizens. Developed in accordance with Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species, the site is guided by the Invasive Species Council, a federal, inter-agency, executive committee that is coordinating efforts to minimize the economic, ecological, and human impacts of invasive plant and animal species in the United States." Source: Judy Dow, MSU Agricultural Economics Library
(Last checked 01/18/01)

Michigan Executive Budget 2001 Recommendations
http://www.state.mi.us/dmb/budget/budget.htm
Can't find a copy of the 2001 Michigan Executive Budget. Check out this web page which provides a search engine, table of contents, budget by department, budget index (key word approach), etc. Also provides background on the budget process, prior year budgets (1997-2000), budget bill legislative status, glossary of key terms, and a frequently asked question section.
(Last checked 01/2601)

Michigan Historical Museum Virtual Tour
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/museum/explore/museums/hismus/hismus.html
Can't get away to visit downtown Lansing? Exploring the Michigan Historical Museum online is fun and exciting. Let us introduce you to our exhibits.
(Last checked 01/26/00)

Michigan History Magazine Books for Sale!
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/mag/books.html
Titles include: Michigan and the Civil War: An Anthology; Michigan Soldiers in the Civil War; Fort Wilkins Yesterday and Today; Fayette Historic Townsite; Father Marquette's Journal; No Tears In Heaven; Subject Guide to Michigan History Magazine: 1978-1994; and Museum School Packet.
(Last checked 01/26/01)

MiSeniors.Net
http://www.miseniors.net/
Hoping to give senior citizens and their caregivers an easier way to find out about services and assistance, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging has created this new web page. It provides information about nursing homes, senior centers, home health care agencies, dial-a-ride providers, nutrition information, home safety tips and more.
(Last checked 03/24/01)

National Agricultural Library's Drought and Weather Page
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/drought.html
Includes prediction and monitoring tools, links to organizations, and about 15 full text reports on drought management and water allocation. Source: Judy Dow, MSU Agricultural Economics Library.
(Last checked 01/18/01)

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (Michigan)
http://www.state.mi.us/dmb/mic/census/rec/hunting/hunting.htm
If you need statistics on fishers and hunters in Michigan, or those who enjoy outdoor recreation in our state, this is probably the best source. An essential reference tool for natural resources planners. Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. March 1996.
(Last checked 01/18/01)

No Child Left Behind:
President Bush's Education Initiative to Congress
http://ed.gov/inits/nclb/index.html
The US Department of Education has placed online a report outlining President Bush's new educational policy and recommendations to Congress. The report outlines Bush's goals for education reform: testing to assess student performance and the success of individual schools, less federal regulatory involvement in school policymaking, targeted spending to "improve schools and enhance teacher quality," a focus on literacy, and a system of choice for parents whose children are in failing schools. The 28-page report provides a general summary of the policy initiatives designed to realize these goals. Source: Scout Report.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

No Gun Ri Review, Report of the...
http://www.army.mil/nogunri/
Released on January 11, this report is the result of a 15-month investigation by the Department of the Army into reports that Korean refugees were killed by US soldiers in the vicinity of No Gun Ri in late July 1950. In the 300-page report, the Army admits for the first time that "an unknown number of Korean civilians were killed or injured" by US forces, but maintains that it was not a "deliberate act." In other words, no direct orders to shoot refugees were issued. This conclusion has been challenged by some journalists, South Korean survivors, their family members, and several US veterans who were present at No Gun Ri. Users may download the full text of the report in .pdf format by chapter at the US Army site. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 12, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

Nutrition.gov
http://www.nutrition.gov/
This new site from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is designed to serve as a portal to resources and information on nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety available across government Websites. These resources are organized by category on the main page, including food facts, food safety, lifecycle issues, research, and health management, among others. Each of these is further divided by topic pages which offer links to related resources, some of which are annotated. While the organization of these varied sources of government information on one site is appreciated, Nutrition.gov does have a few minor drawbacks. The site's method of displaying links is more visually appealing than a standard metapage site listing, but it slows down the site unnecessarily. Some direct links are provided to selected reports and publications, but the press releases section just sends users to the appropriate pages at various agencies. Finally, the keyword search engine indexes all of FirstGov, producing a majority of irrelevant returns. Requires Flash. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 19, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

Picturing the Century
One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/picturing_the_century/
Old photographs are time machines. They allow us to look back in history, freeze a moment in time, and imagine ourselves as part of the past. Through historic photographs we can see how famous and ordinary folk appeared in both posed and unguarded moments. We can relive great events and everyday life in exquisite detail. We can learn how people dressed and carried themselves and sometimes judge their moods. Studying photographs helps us imagine what it was like when the first airplane took off, when a landing craft ramp fell open on D-day, or when the first man stepped onto the Moon. "Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives," commemorates the end of the 20th century with a selection of photographs from the vast and varied holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA photographs vividly capture the sweeping changes of the last one hundred years. They depict both the mundane and high political drama, society's failings as well as its triumphs, war's ugliness as well as its bravery. This exhibition is arranged in chronological "galleries" as well as seven "portfolios" of talented photographers well represented in NARA's holdings. Based on an exhibition at the National Archives, Washington, DC March 12, 1999-July 4, 2001.
(Last checked 03/24/01)

The Power of the Internet for Learning:
Final Report of Web-Based Education Commission
http://www.ed.gov/offices/AC/WBEC/FinalReport/
Published on December 19 and recently placed online by the US Department of Education, the final report of the Web-Based Education Commission (WBEC) constitutes the "most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of education and the Internet." Chaired by Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, the WEBC urged the new administration and Congress to fully embrace e-learning, address gaps in Internet access, and revise certain regulations that they believe impede innovation. Users can read the full text of the 169-page report in its entirety or in five parts in .pdf format. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 12, 2001.
(Last checked 01/19/01)

The Real Thirteen Days:
The Hidden History of the Cuban Missile Crisis [RealPlayer]
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/cuba_mis_cri/
Remember when Tom Blanton gave a presentation to Godort of Michigan about the National Security Archive? The incomparable National Security Archive (NSA) has recently crafted this site in response to the new movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis. At the site, users can read the full text of declassified documents, see the U-2 spyplane photos, and listen to recordings of the actual White House security briefings. Also provided are a chronology of events and three recent essays by historians. Like all of the NSA's efforts, this site is a great resource for both classroom use and personal interest. Requires RealPlayer. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 12, 2001.
(Last checked 01/19/01)

Retrospective GPO Cataloging Vendors
OCLC:
http://www.oclc.org/oclc/promo/10557retro/10557.htm
Marcive: http://www.marcive.com/web10.htm
Auto-Graphics: http://www.auto-graphics.com/
Cassidy Cataloging Services for law libraries: http://www.cassidycat.com/
Source: Billie Hackney, Cataloging Services Librarian, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, e-mail: bhackney@odu.edu via GOVDOC-L, March 25, 2001.
(Last checked 03/09/01)

Roswell Incident Reports
http://www.gl.iit.edu/wadc/history/roswell/
In the mid to late 1990's, the United States Air Force responded to a General Accounting Office inquiry regarding what has become known as the "Roswell Incident" with two reports explaining the Air Force's version of the events. The "Roswell Incident" refers to witness accounts of debris from an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) and alien corpses from the alleged UFO crash near the town of Roswell, New Mexico. The second of the reports addresses the likelihood that the "alien corpses" seen in the New Mexico desert were actually anthropomorphic dummies from high-altitude parachute drops conducted with dummies from the Aero Medical Laboratory at Wright Air Development Center. These two reports are available on this site.
(Last checked 03/13/01)

School District Data Book Profiles: 1989-1990
http://govinfo.library.orst.edu/sddb-stateis.html
The School District Data Book, from the National Center for Education Statistics, is an electronic library containing social,financial and administrative data for each of the 15,274 school districts in the United States for 1989-1990. The data as presented here come from the School District Data Book CD-ROM, which contains data provided. Source: GOVDOC-L, Jan. 25, 2001.
(Last checked 01/26/01)

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
http://www.si.edu/postal/
Years ago, American citizens used pieces of paper with words handwritten on them to communicate with others in distant regions! It seems, according to the historical data on this site, that these pieces of paper were placed in "envelopes" that people stuck stamps onto and them "mailed". Learn more about these arcane practices or tour one of the online exhibits such as the one devoted to folk art mailboxes. Source: Lansing State Journal, Feb. 23, 2001, Source1.
(Last checked 02/26/01)

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2000
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html
(Last checked 02/15/01)

Street Terms: Drugs and the Drug Trade
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/streetterms/
The ability to understand current drug-related street terms is an invaluable tool for law enforcement, public health, and other criminal justice professionals who work with the public. The Street Terms database contains over 2,000 street terms that refer to specific drug types or drug activity. Courtesy of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
(Last checked 03/06/01)

UNESCO Libraries Portal
http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_bib
This web page was designed to facilitate access to information related to library resources available on the World Wide Web as well as to issues affecting librarianship. The site, still in an early developmental stage, is being developed as an interactive point for browsing and searching a range of categories including websites of national libraries, government information services, library associations and on-line resources, with special emphasis placed on activities in UNESCO's fields of competence namely education, sciences, culture, communication and information. Special sections will regularly feature news and articles of interest to librarians and highlight the activities of a selected library and/or collection. All libraries and librarians are invited to participate by providing information on activities, useful links, news and content that they wish to share with others and generally make more widely available. Source: Library Juice, Jan. 24, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

U.S. Army Recruiting Page
http://www.goarmy.com/
Includes information about the new Army recruiting campaign "The Army of One" beginning in January 2001. "Be All You Can Be" has been tabled after serving for twenty years.
(Last checked 0/24/01)

U.S. Blue Pages: Your Online Guide to the U.S. Government
http://www.bp.gov/
A recent addition on the scene to assist in finding U.S. Government telephone numbers from throughout the country. Source: Gary Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, March 2, 2001.
(Last checked 03/06/01)

Vital Statistics of the United States, 1997
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/vsus/vsus.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/statab/unpubd/natality/natab97.htm
After 1993, there will no longer be hardbound volumes containing these tables. Source: William G. Kenz, Government Documents/Reference Librarian, MSU Moorhead, and Stephen Sposato, Librarian, Government Publications Department, Chicago Public Library, GOVDOC-L, January 13, 2001.
(Last checked 01/15/01)

War of the Rebellion Series Digitized
http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/browse.monographs/waro.html
Civil war buffs will be happy to know that the War of the Rebellion series (W45.5) has been digitized courtesy of the Cornell University Library Making of America (MOA) Collection. For more information on the contents of this series, see Musick, Michael P. "Honorable Reports Battles, Campaigns, and Skirmishes Civil War Records and Research," Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration (Fall 1995, vol. 27, no. 3) available at http://www.nara.gov/publications/prologue/mus.html or contact the military history expert at your favorite research library.
(Last checked 02/09/01)

Women and Smoking: Report of the Surgeon General (2001)
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr_forwomen.htm
This new report from the US Surgeon General reveals that smoking has become a leading killer of American women in just two generations.
(Last checked 03/09/01)

Women in the United States: March 2000
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/ppl-121.html
These tables present data on the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of women in the United States from the March 2000 supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). Topics covered include geographic distribution, age and sex distribution, family type and family size, educational attainment, labor force participation and unemployment, occupational characteristics, family income, and poverty status. Data are presented for the United States. Tables 1-21 provide data for women and men. Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, March 15, 2001.
(Last checked 03/21/01)

World Bank B-SPAN
http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/B-SPAN/
This new "Webcasting station" from the World Bank lets users anywhere tune in to the numerous seminars, workshops, and conferences the Bank holds in its Washington headquarters. At present, there are only a few archived interviews and presentations, but in the future, the site will feature numerous live broadcasts as well as a virtual library of video segments on development and poverty issues. Requires RealPlayer. Source: Scout Report, Jan. 26, 2001.
(Last checked 02/07/01)

The Wright Air Development Center (WADC) Digital Collection
http://www.gl.iit.edu/wadc
This resource includes scanned government technical reports created by WADC throughout the 1950's and 1960's as part of the space race. They are an excellent resource for historians, as well as researchers in Aerospace and Materials Science. In addition, we are including reference resources that we have scanned that relate to WADC, and research that was done on planes like the X-15 or the C-130. We have posted both Roswell Reports, at http://www.gl.iit.edu/wadc/history/roswell.
. Source: Luke Griffin, Digital Services/Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology; Telephone: (312) 567-3613; E-mail: griffinL@iit.edu; GOVDOC-L, March 12, 2001.
(Last checked 03/13/01)

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