ODDS AND ENDS : MARCH 2002

A Collection of Web Sites of Possible Interest to Government Documents Librarians

Table of Contents

Access Denied
Access to Government Information: Post-September 11 Environment
Accessing American Factfinder
An Aging World: 2001
Al Qaeda Training Manual
American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2001
AmeriStat
Amerithrax: FBI Major Investigation
AMTRAK Reform Council Final Restructuring Plan
AMTRAK's Financial Peformance and Requirements, 2001
Artificial Anatomy
Background Notes
Biological Warfare
Budget, Federal, Fiscal Year 2003
Budget, Michigan, Fiscal Year 2003
By Popular Demand: Votes for Women Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Census 2000: Rankings, Comparisons, and Summaries
The Cheney Task Force Report
Citizens Against Government Waste
CivilWar@Smithsonian
Conference on Homeland Protection Papers
Congress Online
Congressional Directory, 107th Congress
Country Commerical Guides
Defeating Terror, Defending Freedom
Democracy Papers
Department of State Background Notes
DTIC/NTIS Withdraws 6000 Reports
Eclipsing the Sunshine of E-Government
Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-1998
Environmental Working Group Farm Subsidy Database, 1996-2000
Farm Subsidy Database, 1996-2000
FirstGov Web Portal Set to Relaunch
Frederick Douglas Papers at the Library of Congress
Freedom Timeline for Children
Getting Data from the 2000 Census
Gongwer's Michigan Government Directory, 2001-2002
GovLine Online
GrayLit Network
Green Vehicle Guide
Healthfinder Search Engine
Historic Government Publications from World War II: A Digital Archive
History of Quantanamo Bay
History of the United States Capitol
Hoaxbusters
How to Write Congress
Immigration and Naturalization Service Alert Series
Immigration and Naturalization Service Information Packet Series
Immigration and Naturalization Service Information Perspective Series
Immigration and Naturalization Service Profile Series
Immigration and Naturalization Service Query Responses
Immigration and Naturalization Service Question and Answer Series
International Religious Freedom Report, 2001
International Space Station Updates
Internet Resources for Children
Laura Bush Radio Address to the Nation
Library of Congress Country Studies
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lostdoc@gpo.gov
Matthew Lesko's Help for the Victims Web Page
MEAP Primer Goes Online
MedlinePlus Biological and Chemical Weapons
Michigan Budget, Fiscal Year 2003
Michigan Consumer's Guide to Automatic Transmission Service
Michigan Consumer's Guide to Brake Repair Service
Michigan Deparment of Education Parents' Page
Michigan Deparment of Education School Administrator's Page
Michigan Deparment of Education School Teacher's Page
Michigan Deparment of Education Students' Corner
Michigan DNR E-Store
Michigan DNR Spatial Library
Michigan Economic Development Commission Economic Profiler
Michigan Financial Lenders License Lookup
Michigan History E-Store
Michigan Inmate and Parolee Pictures
Michigan Licensing Information
Michigan Nursing Home Lookup
Michigan Teacher Certification Look-Up
Muslim Life in America
A National Energy Policy: The Cheney Task Force Report
National Transportation Safety Board
Natural Resources Defense Counsel v. Energy Department (Enron)
The Network of Terrorism
Nigerian Advanced Fee Fraud Report
Nixon White House Tapes
Peru Investigation Report
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from NARA
Portals of the World
Post-September 11 Environment: Access to Government Information
Presidential Home Replicas
Presidential Papers Executive Order
President Bush's First 100 Days
Smoking Gun: Bush - Lay Collection
State of the Union Address : Jan. 29, 2002
State of the World Population
Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2001
Surgeon General Reports
Taliban's War Against Women, Report
Thanksgiving in American Memory
To Insure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defence
Toolkit to End Violence Against Women
Uncle Sam Moves to New Server
United Kingdom Foreign Policy Issues
U.S. Department of State Background Notes
U.S. Department of State, International Information Programs
U.S. Economy at a Glance
U.S. Geological Survey Search Engine
U.S. Government Information on the Web Subject Index
USA Patriot Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals
Votes for Women Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Walker v Cheney (Enron)
White House Parady Page
Wind Chill Temperature Index
YourCongress.com

Access Denied
http://www.indyweek.com/durham/2001-12-12/triangles.html
Librarians are loath to destroy public information, but that's what some of them have been ordered to do. Riddley Kesslier from the University of North Carolina Graduate Library discusses recent recall efforts. Article by Jon Elliston appearing in the Independent Online.
(Last checked 12/21/01)

Access to Government Information: Post September 11 Environment
http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/213/1/1/
A compilation posted by OMBWatch.
(Last checked 02/19/02)

Accessing American Factfinder
Having trouble accessing American Factfinder? If you hit the "American Factfinder" button at
http://www.census.gov and get the too-busy message, try backing up and hitting the "Access Tools" button. This opens the page at http://www.census.gov/main/www/access.html. If you try the "American Factfinder" link at the top of that page, and you'll get right in? So far, it's worked for me 100% of the time. Go figure. Source: Mark Anderson, Government Documents Librarian, James A. Michener Library, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639; maanders@unco.edu; Telephone: (970) 351-1474; Fax: (970) 351-2963.
(Last checked 11/17/01)

An Aging World: 2001
http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p95-01-1.pdf
"The United Nations designated 1999 as "The Year of the Older Person," thereby recognizing and re-affirming what demographers and many others have known for decades: our global population is aging,and aging at an unprecedented rate." This pdf report from the U.S. Census Bureau presents all the facts and figures for this trend.
(Last checked 02/25/02)

Al Qaeda Training Manual
http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/trainingmanual.htm
Excerpts from a training manual found by British police in the apartment of an alleged member of the group. From the Justice Department. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications December 2001.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
http://memory.loc.gov/
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Special features include:
(1) Today In History, gathering historical tidbits related to a single day
(2) Collection Finder, allowing one to create a list of American Memory collections by subject headings, format, time, place, or Library of Congress library division, facilitating access
(3) A key word search engine and
(4) A Learning Page, offering tips on how to integrate the online collections into educational activities.
(Last checked 11/20/01)

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2001
http://www.childstats.gov/pubs.asp
Presents a compendium of indicators -- drawn from the most recent, most reliable statistics -- that illustrate the difficulties confronting the Nation's young people. Eight contextual measures describe the changing population and family context in which children are living, and 24 indicators depict the well-being of children in the area of economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. Two special features are also included in this 5th edition: asthma prevalence and youth employment. Courtesy of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
(Last checked 07/17/06)

AmeriStat
http://www.ameristat.org/
If you like Census data, you will like this web site by the Population Reference Bureau and Social Science Data Analysis Network. AmeriStat bills itself as a "one-stop source for U.S. population data" covering thirteen subject areas including "Marriage & Family," "Education," "Migration," Income & Poverty," and "Mortality." After choosing one of the broad subject areas, the user is given a list of topics that leads to text, charts, and tables. Much of the supporting data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Sources are listed at the bottom of the web page and key concepts are linked to definitions. The clearly written explanatory text that accompanies the data makes this site more helpful than most other statistics or population web sites which may actually cover more subject areas and/or present more data. Source: ALA RUSA MARS' Best Web Sites of 2001.
(Last checked 11/17/01)

Amerithrax: FBI Major Investigation
http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/anthrax/amerithraxlinks.htm
The FBI is appealing to the public for information that might help in its Amerithrax investigation. You can e-mail an investigator or read up on the latest developments in this unprecedented bioterror probe. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 12, 2001.
(Last checked 01/07/02)

AMTRAK Reform Council Final Restructuring Plan
http://www.amtrakreformcouncil.gov/finalreport.html
Calls for breaking up Amtrak into three entities: an oversight agency, a government-owned and operated corporation to maintain the track infrastructure for the eastern corridor between Boston and Washington, and a train operating company. Also calls for competition in train operations with private sector operators. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications February 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

AMTRAK's Financial Performance and Requirements, 2001 Assessment of...
http://www.oig.dot.gov/item_details.php?item=672
Fourth annual assessment of Amtrak's financial condition by the Inspector General of the Transportation Department. Finds that Amtrak is no closer to financial self-sufficiency than it was in 1997 and that it cannot become self-sufficient by the legal deadline of December 2002. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications January 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

Artificial Anatomy
Paper Mache Anatomical Models
http://americanhistory.si.edu/anatomy/
Get an online lesson in anatomy, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. You'll find a display of the museum's collection of papier-mâché anatomical models, along with a Body Parts game to test what you've learned. Source: USA Today Hot Site, November 14, 2001.
(Last checked 11/15/01)

Background Notes
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/bgn/
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are regularly added to the Department of State database maintained at this web site.
(Last checked 12/03/01)

Biological Warfare
http://www.sis.nlm.nih.gov/Tox/biologicalwarfare.htm
Biological pathogens released intentionally or accidentally, or naturally occurring, can result in disease or death. Recent terrorist attacks in the United States and elsewhere have prompted widespread and justified societal concerns about the hostile use of biological agents and their potential threats to health. Human exposure to these agents may occur through inhalation, skin (cutaneous) exposure, or ingestion of contaminated food or water. Following exposure, physical symptoms may be delayed and sometimes confused with naturally occurring illnesses. Biological warfare agents may persist in the environment and cause problems some time after their release. The selective list of agents below fall into four major groups, three classes of microorganisms - bacteria, rickettsia, and viruses, plus bacterial toxins, which are poisonous chemicals produced by bacteria. Incubation period, duration of illness, symptoms, means of transmission, treatment, and prognosis, are among the types of information linked to. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
(Last checked 01/17/02)

Budget, Federal, Fiscal Year 2003
http://www.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/index.html
Want to see what a couple trillion dollars looks like? Browse through the federal government's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget for a detailed look at what your money buys in Washington these days. The FY 2003 budget documents include the Budget of the United States Government, Appendix, Analytical Perspectives, Historical Tables, and Budget System and Concepts. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Jan. 2, 2002.
(Last checked 01/07/02)

Budget, Michigan, Fiscal Year 2003
http://www.state.mi.us/dmb/budget/budget_frame.htm
(Last checked 02/18/02)

Census 2000 Rankings, Comparisons, and Summaries
http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html
Here's what 281,421,906 people look like — at least, to statisticians. This page includes ranking tables, historical comparisons, summary data, and Census Briefs and Special Reports. These are Census 2000 data products not currently searchable through American FactFinder. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 24, 2001.
(Last checked 12/27/01

Citizens Against Government Waste
http://www.cagw.org
Tired of seeing your tax dollars squandered? You have lots of friends but not as many as politicians and well-connected special interest groups that keep finding new ways to feed at the pork barrel. This site provides a weekly summary of government waste stories and reports from around the country. The site awards a Porker of the Month and a trophy to the Porker of the Year. Of course when reviewing this site, keep in mind the advice of Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, "Pork is in the eye of the beholder". Source: Detroit Free Press Web Guide, Jan. 20, 2002.
(Last checked 01/23/02)

CivilWar@Smithsonian
http://www.civilwar.si.edu
The Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery has launched a new website called CivilWar@Smithsonian that features more than 250 images taken from uniforms, paintings, photographs and other artifacts. According to Marc Pachter, acting director of the National Museum of American History, "the Website will contain links to other Civil War era sites and organizations and will grow to become the ultimate Civil War visual resource on the World Wide Web." Source: NCC WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol. 8, #4, January 31, 2002.
(Last checked 02/16/02)

Congress Online: Assessing and Improving Capitol Hill Web Sites
http://www.congressonlineproject.org/webstudy2002.html
Press Release: Most Web Sites On Hill Unimpressive - Survey
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173979.html
A recent survey of congressional Web sites has identified "a digital divide" within Congress, in which a small minority of offices boast sophisticated sites while the majority offer unimpressive ones. The Congress Online Project, a venture funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, evaluated the Web sites of all 605 House and Senate personal offices, committees and leadership offices. Just 10 percent received grades of A or B, while 90 percent got grades of C or below. Source: Gary Price, via GOVDOC-L, Jan. 28, 2002.
(Last checked 01/28/02)

Congressional Directory, 107th Congress
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/cong016.html
The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). It presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries. Source: GOVDOC-L, Feb. 11, 2002.
(Last checked 02/12/02)

Country Commercial Guides
http://www.usatrade.gov/website/ccg.nsf
Compiled by the United States Commercial Service, each guide provides the country's business, economic, and political environments. It also furnishes information on how these environments will effect business in the United States. You can select a country from the list of drop-down options. The country commercial guides for 2002 have chapters on economic trends, the political environment and leading sectors for US exports and investments. Additional chapters include financing, statistics and country contracts. You can get each chapter as individual HTML documents, or the whole shmeal as one large, long-loading document. These reports are very detailed and include a variety of information like major media for the country, ad agencies, major import and export tables, and contact information for customs officials, investment banks, hotels, and embassy and trade related institutions. Across the top you will find additional links to market research and trade events. There is also a link for consulting and advocacy which offers assistance in developing an export strategy and settling disputes. In the left column of the front page, you will find a search engine for locating export assistance centers by zip codes. Information dense; worth a look! Source: LLRXbuzz, Dec. 31, 2002.
(Last checked 02/19/02)

Defeating Terror, Defending Freedom
http://usinfo.state.gov/quicktime/defend.mov
The images are stunning - a plane headed toward the second tower as the first burns; a crumbling high-rise; bloodied people scrambling to safety; the heart of the world's most powerful military on fire. The faces are compelling -- a crying white woman seeking slave for her bleeding arms; a young Muslim woman praying for peace; a younger black boy wiping away tears as he is handed the flag that draped his father's coffin; olice officers in straight lines, each with one hand on his heart, the other on the casket of a fallen brother. The quotes are inspiring -- a call to arms from a president who country was violated; a call to unity froma ll faiths; a call to evil from a too-influential fanatic. This four-minute movie, which by law cannot be shown in America but which is available on the world wide web, is designed to tell the world how terrorists have devastated innocent lives, and how humanity can work together to combat such evil. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, International Information Programs. Source: Detroit Free Press, November 21, 2001, p.10A.
(Last checked 12/26/01)

Democracy Papers
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/democracy/homepage.htm
This series of 12 essays on democracy-building is the successor to the "Freedom Papers" series published by USIA in the early 1990s. It was edited by Melvin Urofsky, a professor of constitutional law at Virginia Commonwealth University and the editor of the USIA publication "Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy." Topics are: Introduction: Root Principles of Democracy; Constitutionalism: America and Beyond; Principles of Democratic Elections; Federalism and Democracy; Creation of Law in a Democratic Society; Role of an Independent Judiciary; Powers of the Presidency; Role of a Free Media; Protecting Minority Rights; Role of Interest Groups; Civilian Control of the Military; The Public's Right to Know: Transparency in Government. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Information Programs.
(Last checked 12/26/01)

DTIC/NTIS Withdraws Six Thousand Reports; Policy to Follow
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/17/politics/17SECR.html? ex=1014613200&en=71da28331d874095&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVER
The New York Times reports that the Defense Technical Information Center has withdrawn 6,619 technical documents that deal mainly with the production of germ and chemical weapons. The documents were formerly available through NTIS. The article notes that current federal policy generally bars the re-classification of formerly secret (declassified) documents, but the Bush administration is considering an executive order that would permit it. The administration is reported to be drafting a new information security policy that officials say will result in more documents being withdrawn. For the full text of the article, see "U.S. Tightening Rules on Keeping Scientific Secrets", William J. Broad, New York Times, February 17, 2002. (Note: New York Times access requires free registration.) Jim Jacobs, University of California, San Diego, GOVDOC-L, Feb. 19, 2002.
(Last checked 02/19/02)

Eclipsing the Sunshine of E-Government
http://ojr.usc.edu/content/story.cfm?request=661
At a time when both government agencies and the public are ready for better Internet services, several high-profile examples of e-government are dogged by pressing issues. Problems include government secrecy, fees for information, and gift horse search engines. Article by Rebecca Fairley Raney posted in the Online Journalism Review, November 7, 2001.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-1998
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/economic_costs98.pdf
NCJ 190636 (available online only) details the economic damage illicit drugs inflict on the American economy. The report shows that drugs took $143 billion from the U.S. economy in 1998 and projects a loss of over $160 billion for 2000. The majority of costs are from lost productivity due to drug-related incarceration, illness, death, and work hours missed by crime victims. 104pp. (ONDCP)
(Last checked 02/04/01)

Farm Subsidy Database, 1996-2000
http://www.ewg.org/farm/
A web site has made public every federal subsidy payment made to every farmer in the last five years, setting off waves of anger and surprise in rural America. The site was put together by the Environmental Working Group with data retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act. In one month, it has received more than 11 million hits. Farmers are discovering which of their neighbors -- including Ted Turner and Scotty Pippen -- are among the 20 percent of the country's biggest farmers who receive 84 percent of the payments. New York Times, Dec. 30, Week in Review, p.2.
(Last checked 01/02/02)

FirstGov Web Portal Set to Relaunch
http://www.firstgov.gov
Vice President Dick Cheney will announce the relaunch of the federal government's FirstGov Web portal February 27 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. The new FirstGov.gov will offer gateways for Citizens, Business, and Government. It will also highlight On Line Services that are part of e-government, making it even easier for you to do your business with government. FirstGov now averages 1 million visitors a month, but the General Services Administration expects that number to increase to 5.4 million visitors in the next five years. FirstGov is a joint project of the federal government and the private FedSearch Foundation, created by the software firm Inktomi. Full story from National Journal's Technology Daily : http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0202/022102td2.htm.
(Last checked 02/23/02)

Frederick Douglas Papers at the Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/
The Library of Congress presents an interactive timeline and autobiographical works of Frederick Douglass, the towering nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery champion. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 19, 2001.
(Last checked 01/07/02)

Freedom Timeline for Kids
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/timeline/
Visit the Freedom Timeline to learn about America's historical efforts to preserve freedom. Featured dates/events/themes include 1777: An Unlikely Spy (Intelligence), 1831: Underground Railroad (Liberty), 1886: Statue of Liberty (Dipolomacy), 1938: March of Dimes (Giving), 1948: Berlin Airlift (Relief). Courtesy of the whitehouse.gov web page.
(Last checked 11/21/01)

Getting Data from the 2000 Census
http://ojr.usc.edu/content/story.cfm?request=576
There are several good resources that journalists can tap to help understand the Census 2000 data. Unfortunately, many are tricky to use. Here are some helpful tips to navigate this new online data mine. Advice by Paul Grabowicz posted in Online Journalism Review, May 2, 2001.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

Gongwer's Michigan Government Directory, 2001-2002
http://www.gongwer.com/gongdir.html
Provides links to government officials, agencies, and other related information on topics such as census and redistricting, election and political links, public meetings and events, legislation, court decisions, and the constitution, biographies of elected officials, speeches, documents, and other news items, and a portal to other state and the federal government. Additional resources are available to subscribers.
(Last checked 01/29/02)

GovLine Online
http://library.ucok.edu/gov/line/index.html
If you are interested in government information and how a federal depository library publicizes it and its collection, then you may want to browse this interesting newsletter produced by the Unviersity of Central Oklahoma.
(Last checked 11/20/01)

GrayLit Network: A Science Portal of Technical Reports
http://www.osti.gov/graylit/
The GrayLIT Network makes the gray literature of U.S. Federal Agencies easily accessible over the Internet. It taps into the search engines of distributed gray literature collections, enabling the user to find information without first having to know the sponsoring agency. The GrayLIT Network is the world's most comprehensive portal to Federal gray literature. By offering a mode of communication for this hard-to-find class of literature, the GrayLIT Network enables convenient access by the American public to government information.
(Last checked 11/120/01)

Green Vehicle Guide
http://www.epa.gov/emissweb/
The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide exploits the power of the Web to help you choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient motor vehicle that meets your needs. Includes the new model year 2002 vehicles. USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 6, 2001.
(Last checked 01/07/02)

healthfinder® Search Engine
http://www.healthfinder.gov/
A free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. healthfinder® can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. Try anthrax if you can't think of anything else.
(Last checked 11/21/01)

Historic Government Publications from World War II : A Digital Library
http://worldwar2.smu.edu/
This new site from Southern Methodist University (SMU) features just over 200 government documents from World War II. Plans are to enhance the database to approximately double its size by May, when 300-500 documents will be included. Users can either view the documents in a simple list or perform a fielded search. Advanced searches allow for boolean operators and additional fields. Results provide cataloging information, links to lists of other titles by the same subject and agency, an image of the document's cover, and a link to the document itself (.pdf).
(Last checked 12/06/01

The History of Quantanamo Bay
http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/History/HISIDX.HTM
As allied forces move al-Qaida prisoners to America's base in Cuba, the U.S. Naval Station's History of Guantanamo Bay offers an extensive look at how the USA gained its foothold in the island nation. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Jan. 14, 2002.
(Last checked 01/16/02)

History of the United States Capitol
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/capitol/index.html
Written by William C. Allen, architectural historian in the office of the Architect of the Capitol since 1982. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk, Jan. 22, 2002.
(Last checked 01/23/02)

Hoaxbusters
http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/
This document contains information about hoaxes, chain letters, urban myths and other bogus information being routed around the Internet. A public service of the Computer Incident Advisory Capacity (CIAC) and the U.S. Department of Energy.
(Last checked 02/14/02)

How to Write Congress
http://www.cfsi.org/writingcongress.html
Practical Advice from the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Includes sample letter.
(Last checked 12/03/01)

Immigration and Naturalization Service
Reference Information Center
Alert Series
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/toc_alerts.htm
Alerts provide information on emerging social and political developments. They may include summaries of recent changes of government (including coups), or information on particular ethnic, political, religious, racial, or social groups at risk, e.g., Azerbaijan: The Status of Armenians, Russians, Jews, and Other Minorities. These papers are usually between 10-25 pages and include a table of contents and index. The Question and Answer Series has replaced the Alert Series.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

Immigration and Naturalization Service
Reference Information Center
Information Packet Series
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/toc_infopack.htm
Information Packets are compilations of articles and reports on a given country or subject from a broad spectrum of sources produced by the RIC. On the website, only the table of contents will be made available.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

Immigration and Naturalization Service
Reference Information Center
Perspective Series
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/toc_perspectives.htm
Perspectives are written by expert consultants and may reflect the views of individuals or groups. Like Profiles, they provide background information on the political and social conditions in a country and particularly the human rights situation. These papers are usually over 50 pages in length and include a table of contents and index.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

Immigration and Naturalization Service
Reference Information Center
Profile Series
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/toc_profiles.htm
Profiles are papers that provide a detailed history of a given country and identify all of the groups at risk for human rights abuses, what has been done to these groups, and by whom. These papers also discuss relevant issues such as the judicial system and forms of political participation permitted in that country. Profiles are objective papers, which summarize and report a wide range of information available from credible sources, including government agencies, international organizations, other governments, non-governmental human rights monitoring groups, and academic sources. These papers are usually over 50 pages, with a table of contents and index.
(Last checked 01/09/02)

Immigration and Naturalization Service
Reference Information Center
Query Responses
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/index.htm
Queries are short responses to specific inquiries received from asylum officers and other branches of the INS. Responses may consist of photocopies of articles or may be a short narrative based on staff research and/or information from experts. On the website, only the query response is available. The attachments referenced in a query will not be available on the Internet. Examples include:

  • Chaldean Christians (Iraq, June 27, 2000)
  • Information On Voodoo Practices (Benin, January 28, 1999)
  • Violence Against Members Of Indigenous Groups In Oaxaca (Mexico, January 15, 1998)
    (Last checked 01/09/02)

    Immigration and Naturalization Service
    Reference Information Center
    Question and Answer Series
    http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/services/asylum/ric/documentation/toc_qa.htm
    Question and Answer papers provide information on emerging social and political developments. They may include chronologies of political developments, summaries of recent changes of government (including coups), or information on particular ethnic, political, religious, racial, or social groups at risk, e.g., Sierra Leone: Political, Military, and Human Rights Chronology: 1991-1997. These papers are usually between 10-25 pages and include a table of contents and index.
    (Last checked 01/09/02)

    International Religious Freedom Report, 2001
    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2001/index.cfm
    This report is submitted to the Congress by the Department of State on an annual basis in compliance with Section 102(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit to Congress by September 1 of each year, or the first day thereafter on which the appropriate House of Congress is in session, "an Annual Report on International Religious Freedom supplementing the most recent Human Rights Reports by providing additional detailed information with respect to matters involving international religious freedom." This Annual Report includes 195 country reports including Afghanistan. Due to the impact of September 11, this report was not released until October 26.
    (Last checked 11/21/01)

    International Space Station Updates
    http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/temp/StationLoc.html
    You may remember that there is a fantastic program taking place above our collective heads called the International Space Station. This massive project, taking thousands of people thousands of hours to construct, flies over much of the planet now in its orbit. If you are interested in keeping track of where it is, hop over to the Where is the International Space Station site provided by the folks at NASA and have a look. At least you'll know when that moving star is more than a star in your heavens. Source: Mac's Picks from New Zealnad, Nov. 6, 2001.
    (Last checked 11/21/01)

    Internet Resources for Children
    http://www.ericit.org/weblinks/weblinks.shtml
    Although there are many educational Web sites on the Internet that are great for children in elementary and middle school, finding them can often be difficult. Offering a sampling of such sites, this ERIC Web Links describes more than fifty that will be of special interest to children in grades K-8, teachers, parents and librarians during the 2001-2002 school year and beyond. A compilation by Blythe Bennett from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology.
    (Last checked 01/23/02)

    Laura Bush Radio Address to the Nation
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/11/20011117.html
    Mrs. Bush is the first First Lady to deliver an entire Presidential Radio Address. This web site allows one to read or listen to the November 17th address. It also provides a link to the Taliban's War on Women and Children.
    (Last checked 11/21/01)

    Library of Congress Country Studies
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/
    This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.
    (Last checked 11/29/01)

    Los Alamos National Laboratory
    http://www.lanl.gov/worldview/welcome/history.html
    How did the Laboratory come to be located in Los Alamos? Who were the movers and shakers who created it? And how did a small group of people transplanted to a tiny, isolated community in the mountains of Northern New Mexico conceive of a weapon that would forever change history?
    (Last checked 11/29/01)

    Lostdocs@gpo.gov
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/tools/lostdocs.html
    The Library Programs Service (LPS) has established a new email address, lostdocs@gpo.gov, for reporting fugitive documents. Previously the Electronic Documents Working Group and other members of the depository community sent all such notices to askLPS. The increasing volume of submissions to that location prompted the decision to separate the fugitive documents reports. This address, or its Web page, should be used to notify LPS of any fugitive documents, regardless of format. Fugitives are those documents of public interest or educational value, and not classified for reasons of national security, which have not been acquired for distribution to Federal depository libraries or disseminated through the Catalog of U.S Government Publications (CGP). Source: Cynthia Etkin, GOVDOC-l, Jan. 23, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/23/02)

    Matthew Lesko's Help for Victims Web Page
    http://www.lesko.com/help/home.htm
    Maybe you've seen this character riding a rocket on tv and hawking his many publications. Matthew Lesko is the "Guru Of Government Giveaways" and author of over 100 books on government money and information. But this web site sampler compiled for the victims of the September 11th tragedy and other emergencies is available for free.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    MEAP Primer Goes Online
    http://www.mivhs.org
    Since Feb. 1, any high school student -- or anyone with a computer -- has been able to go online and take a practice Michigan Educational Assessment Program test at no cost. It's free only to July 1. The service is offered by Michigan Virtual High School, a unit of Michigan Virtual University, a nonprofit corporation formed by the Legislature nearly two years ago. After July 1, the test will only be available to students attending suscribing high schools.
    (Last checked 03/04/02)

    MedlinePlus Biological and Chemical Weapons Page
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/biologicalandchemicalweapons.html
    As we have all heard on the news, there is terrible fear about the use of chemical and biological weapons by those who wish harm to others on this tiny blue/green orb. However, there is also a large amount of misinformation around that does nothing but fuel fear among the general populace. Why not get information about this from a reliable source? To that end, click on the attached web site sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Includes recent news releases as well as background fact sheets. Source: Mac's Picks, New Zealand, October 30, 2001.
    (Last checked 11/21/01)

    Michigan Consumer's Guide to Automatic Transmission Service
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/fax/411.html
    What's wrong with it? How long will it take? How much will it cost? Will they fix it right? These are some of the questions you may ask when you take your vehicle to a repair shop for work. Your concern may be even greater if the problem involves something as important as brakes. The Michigan Department of State wants you to know your rights when it comes to vehicle repairs. The department's Bureau of Automotive Regulation licenses and regulates motor vehicle repair shops, informs consumers of their rights and investigates complaints. This brochure gives you some guidelines on how to proceed with an automatic transmission problem, and how to get help if you have a complaint against a repair shop. (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Michigan Consumer's Guide to Brake Repair Service
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/fax/410.html
    What's wrong with it? How long will it take? How much will it cost? Will they fix it right? These are some of the questions you may ask when you take your vehicle to a repair shop for work. Your concern may be even greater if the problem involves something as important as brakes. The Michigan Department of State wants you to know your rights when it comes to vehicle repairs. The department's Bureau of Automotive Regulation licenses and regulates motor vehicle repair shops, informs consumers of their rights and investigates complaints. This brochure gives you some important information about brake repairs and advises you what to do if you have a complaint against a repair shop.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Michigan Department of Education
    Parents' Page
    http://www.state.mi.us/mde/Index2c.cfm?For=Parents
    Pulls together numerous resources , including: reports and statistics, manuals, newsletters, directories, calendars, downloadable data, Michigan educational resources, national educational resources, and information about and links to hot topics such as curriculum and standards, grants and financies, home schools, safe schools, and teacher certification.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Department of Education
    School Administrator's Page
    http://www.state.mi.us/mde/Index2c.cfm?For=Administrators
    Pulls together numerous resources , including: reports and statistics, manuals, newsletters, directories, calendars, downloadable data, Michigan educational resources, national educational resources, and information about and links to hot topics such as curriculum and standards, grants and financies, home schools, safe schools, and teacher certification.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Department of Education
    School Teacher's Page
    http://www.state.mi.us/mde/Index2c.cfm?For=Teachers
    A similar page pulling together resources for teachers. Includes information about and links to hot topics such as curriculum and standards, laptops for teachers program, reading plan for Michigan, safe schools, and students' corner.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Department of Education
    Students' Corner
    http://www.state.mi.us/mde/studentscorner/
    Welcome to MDE's The Students' Corner, a web site created for students of all ages, from preschool to the adult learner. This site is divided into categories based on the student's education level or age group. Locate the link below that describes your education level or age group. Each link provides useful information and links to other great educational sites, appropriate for your education level or age group.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources E-Store
    http://mi-mall.michigan.gov/
    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources e-store provides an opportunity to support the Department's Natural Heritage Program, Nongame Wildlife Fund, through purchase of a variety of items including books, patches, posters, prints, and tapes. The Natural Heritage program is responsible for coordinating management efforts for the state's endangered, threatened, and nongame species and their habitats.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Department of Natural Resources Spatial Library
    http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/SubIndex.asp?LinkID=500&sec=main&imageid=4
    Available datasets include: aerial imagery, base features, contamination sites, geology, hydrology, land ownership, land use/land cover, management unit boundaries, place features, plant and animal locations, political features, public land survey features, satellite imagery, soils, topography, transportation, utilities.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Economic Development Commission
    Economic Profiler
    http://medc.michigan.org/miinfo/places/
    This web site allow the user to research Michigan's economy and use interactive maps to create county-specific profiles with labor force, population, and infrastructure statistics.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Financial Lenders License Lookup
    http://www.michigan.gov/emi/1,1303,7-102-117_399-3507--,00.html
    This online service allows consumers to verify the license status of financial lenders. Users can search for licensed financial lenders by name, license number, or location (city, county, state or zip code). Look-up results provide information on a licensee’s address, type of license (credit card, motor vehicle financing, mortgage services), effective date, and expiration date. The service is helpful to citizens who can now search online to ensure financial lenders are licensed and in good standing with the state, learn about the different kinds of financial lenders and the types of licenses granted, and locate licensed financial lenders in specific geographic regions. In addition, financial lenders can verify their status online.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Michigan History E-Store
    http://mi-mall.michigan.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10151&langId=-1&catalogId=10151
    A new web page sponsored by the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries allowing one to select and purchase books and magazines, calendars and cards, multimedia, shirts, mugs, and momentos, and of course specials! Too bad Michigan e-gov is coming out with longer and longer urls.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Michigan Inmate and Parolee Pictures
    http://www.michigan.gov/corrections
    http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc
    The Michigan Department of Corrections has recently posted pictures of about 37,000 inmates and parolees on the departmental website. Also included is information about the inmates' crimes, sentences, and release dates. According to departmental spokesman Matt Davis, all the information presented were taken from public records. To access the photographs, go the Michigan Department of Corrections web page, click on the offender search button, then type in the inmate's name. A single line will appear with basic information about each inmate with that name. Click on the inmate number on the far left of the line to retrieve the mugshot. Source: Lansing State Journal, December 20, 2001, p. 2B; Detroit Free Press, December 19, 2001, p.3B.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Michigan Licensing Information
    http://www.michigan.gov/emi/1,1303,7-102-117---,00.html
    Michigan's official state Web site now features a new source of licensing information. To access the database, go to Michigan's site at http://www.michigan.gov/ and click on Licensing, Certification and Permits in the left column. There are five sections here: Agriculture & Food, Environment, Health & Human Services, Individual & Personal and, the one we are going to focus on, Business & Industry. Business & Industry has nine additional subheadings including Finance & Insurance, Business Taxes & Registration and Professional Occupations. Information under Professional Occupations is broken down again by each of the sub-headings. For some professions you get just information the profession's presence in Michigan, requirements, costs, etc. For others there are application forms available online. To look up licenses there are three search engines: a licensed professional lookup, a health care lookup, and a consumer and industry services license lookup that encompasses the first two. Other services on the Business & Industry site include a Credit Union look-up which can by searched by name, charter number, mailing location, or from the drop-down list of counties. A toll-free number is offered for additional assistance. Source: LLRXbuzz, Dec. 31, 2001.
    (Last checked 02/19/02)

    Michigan Nursing Home Lookup
    http://www.cis.state.mi.us/bhs_car/sr_car.asp
    This is an online look-up to assist long-term care providers and families of citizens receiving long-term care, in finding licensed nursing and adult foster care homes in the state. This service also includes a link to companion inspection reports. Prior to Michigan.gov, no single source of licensed nursing or adult foster care homes was available.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Michigan Teacher Certifiction Look-Up
    http://www.michigan.gov/emi/1,1303,7-102-117-3123--,00.html
    http://meis.mde.state.mi.us/teachercert/sr_teaCerts.asp
    This online service allows citizens to confirm a teacher’s license credentials. Details include the type of certification received (primary/secondary), the expiration date, the issuing institution, and the subjects in which the teacher is certified. This information allows parents to access certification records of teachers, and administrators and teachers can verify the accuracy of credentials online. More than 3,000 teachers with more than five years experience will soon be able to use Michigan.gov to renew their licenses online.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Muslim Life in America
    http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/muslimlife/homepage.htm
    This "electronic pamphlet" shows Muslims living as part of the mainstream of American life. It is an electronic packet of material that contains 45 photos featuring ordinary American Muslims, facts, figures (e.g., number of mosques in the United States), charts, quotes, articles, and links to various Islamic Websites. Eventually, a print version will be available. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Information Programs.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    A National Energy Policy: The Cheney Task Force Report
    http://www.fe.doe.gov/general/energypolicy.shtml
    With the recent collapse of the Enron Company, attention has focused on the both the economic and the political issues that the company was involved in. As noted in the press, representatives from the Company discussed energy issues with Vice-President Dick Cheney just before his Energy Policy was released to the public last Spring. Much of those conversations have not yet been made public. Just how much influence did the Company have in formulating that Policy? Congress is interested in obtaining transcripts from the meetings between Enron officials and the Vice President. So far, Mr. Cheney has refused to release those papers. As such, on January 31st, the GAO sued the Vice President to force him to release those papers. What's all the fuss about? What is this Energy Policy? ... and what were its conclusions and policies? Find out here! Source: El Dorado County Library (Ca.) What's Hot on the Internet.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Natural Resources Defense Counsel v. Energy Department (Enron)
    http://www.nrdc.org/media/docs/020227a.pdf
    Text of the court order by Federal District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordering the Energy Department to release more than 7,000 pages of documents related to the Energy Task Force headed by Vice-president Richard Cheney to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents in April 2001. The material is also related to the standoff between the General Accounting Office and the White House over access to information about the Cheney panel's work and contacts. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications February 2002.
    (Last checked 03/04/02)

    National Transportation Safety Board
    http://www.ntsb.gov/
    When travel accidents happen, the nation turns to the National Transportation Safety Board for answers. The agency's info-packed site is a compendium of stats, accident synopses and safety studies. USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 16-18, 2001.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    The Network of Terrorism
    http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/netterror.htm
    A summary of what is known about the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their connection to Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network. The site also links bin Laden and al Qaeda to previous attacks on American lives; summarizes the oppressive conditions of life under the Taliban regime; provides a sampling of opinion from the Islamic world; and describes American humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. A photo gallery documents the unforgettable horror of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Foreign language versions include: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Information Programs.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    Nigerian Advanced Fee Fraud Report
    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/2189.pdf
    Have you ever received an e-mail inviting you to help recover money in Nigeria? Here's some background from the U.S. Department of State.
    (Last checked 12/03/01)

    Nixon White House Tapes
    http://www.c-span.org/executive/presidential/nixon.asp
    You're invited to explore a companion site to C-SPAN's broadcast of tapes of President Nixon from the years 1971 to 1973. You'll find a variety of illuminating audio excerpts on such things as the Vietnam war, relations with the Soviet Union and Supreme Court matters. Source : USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 3, 2001.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    Peru Investigation Report
    The April 20, 2001 Peruvian Shootdown Accident
    http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/rpt/pir/index.cfm?docid=4397
    On April 20, 2001, as part of a Peruvian-U.S. counternarcotics airbridge denial program (ABDP), a Peruvian Air Force (FAP) A-37 aircraft interceptor fired on a civilian floatplane carrying five U.S. citizens after mistaking its behavior for that of a narcotics trafficking aircraft. A U.S. aerial tracking aircraft initially detected the aircraft and provided the information used to follow and intercept the floatplane. Two U.S. citizens from Michigan in the floatplane were killed during the interception.
    (Last checked 12/03/01)

    Picturing the Century:
    One Hundred Years of Photogaphy from the National Archives
    http://www.nara.gov/exhall/picturing_the_century/
    Take a visual tour of the past century, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 28, 2001.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    Portals to the World
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html
    Portals to the World contain selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. When completed, the project will include all the nations of the world.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    Presidential Homes Replicas
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/presidential-homes/index.html
    Add a presidential dimension to your holiday appreciation with a visit to this Presidential Home site. Brought to us by the White House, it includes replicas of presidents' homes, along with online tours and photo essays. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Dec. 19, 2001.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    Presidential Papers Executive Order
    http://www.wamu.org/ram/2001/r1011121.ram
    A couple weeks ago the Diane Rehm show on Michigan Public Radio had an hour dialogue regarding President Bush's Executive Order allowing Presidents an indefinite amount of time to withhold their records from public view after they leave office. You will need Real Player to listen to this panel discussion. The panel includes an adjunct historian from American University, an attorney at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, and the director of the Center for Judicial and Legal Studies for the Heritage Foundation. They discuss the implications of this act on archivists in charge of President Ronald Reagan's personal papers at his presidential library and on future presidential papers. Source: Maureen Olle, Senior Government Information/Microforms Librarian, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; E-mail: molle@lsu.edu; Telephone: (225) 578-7021; Fax: (225) 578-9432; GOVDOC-L, Dec. 4, 2001.
    (Last checked 12/05/01)

    President Bush's First 100 Days (Online NewsHour)
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/media/100days/
    As has been the custom for most of the recent presidents, each elected official has been judged after being in office for about 3 months. This 100-Day report was conducted by the people at the PBS program NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In addition to reporting on President Bush's performance during his initial days in office, the site also contains a section on the history of the 100-Day tradition, which measures how other Presidents have performed during the period.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Report on the Taliban's War Against Women
    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/index.cfm?id=4804
    U.S. Department of State, Nov. 17, 2001.
    Consists of Executive Summary; I, The Taliban's War Against Women; II, Quotes By and About Women in Afghanistan; and III, Electronic Resources on Women in Afghanistan.
    (Last checked 12/03/01)

    Smoking Gun : Bush - Lay Collection
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/doc_o_day/bushlay1.shtml
    While the White House has repeatedly described former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay as simply a "supporter" of George W. Bush, extensive correspondence between the two men paints a far cozier picture of their relationship, according to copies of letters obtained this afternoon (2/15) by The Smoking Gun. The pages of correspondence, exchanged during the years Bush served as governor of Texas, were released today in Austin by the state archives in response to Freedom of Information requests filed by TSG and other news organizations.
    (Last checked 02/19/02)

    State of the Union: January 29, 2002
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/stateoftheunion/
    "The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution. This site from the White House presents the speech in its entirety and presents overviews of some of the proposals that the President presented in that speech, including the USA Freedom Corp.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    The State of World Population—UNFPA
    http://www.unfpa.org/publications/swp.htm
    The United Nations Population Fund provides access to the latest and previous reports. 2001 report summary: Human activity is altering the planet on an unprecedented scale. More people are using more resources with more intensity—and leaving a bigger "footprint" on the earth—than ever before. The report examines the close links between environmental conditions, population trends, and prospects for alleviating poverty in developing countries. It finds that expanding women's opportunities and ensuring their reproductive health and rights are critically important, both to improve the well-being of growing human populations and to protect the natural world.
    (Last checked 01/15/02)

    Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2001
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/01statab/stat-ab01.html
    The Abstract, published every year since 1878, features new tables with data from Census 2000 and revised economic census tables that use the new North American Industry Classification System categories. The new edition has more than 1,400 tables and charts with statistics from the most recent year or period available.
    (Last checked 01/25/02)

    Surgeon General Reports
    http://sgreports.nlm.nih.gov/NN/
    The National Library of Medicine has made available all reports issued by the US Public Health Service Surgeon General. This new site, which makes some 70 digitized reports public, results from collaboration between the NLM and the Office of the Surgeon General. The collection includes Reports, Proceedings, and Workshops from 1964-2000, as well as Reports, Conference Reports and Proceedings, and Calls to Action since 2000. (These latter materials are also available in NLM's HSTAT at http://hstat.nlm.nih.gov.).
    (Last checked 02/13/02)

    Thanksgiving in American Memory
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/thanks/thanks.html
    A glutton for more Thanksgiving lore? Thanksgiving in American Memory, a digital undertaking of the Library of Congress, presents the official proclamation of the Continental Congress, along with images, as well as a variety of touching personal stories through the years. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Nov. 21, 2001.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    "--To Insure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defence--" :
    Papers from the Conference on Homeland Protection
    http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usassi/ssipubs/pubs2000/tranquil/tranquil.pdf
    A compilation of resources delivered at a conference sponsored by the Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
    (Last checked 02/24/02)

    Toolkit to End Violence Against Women
    http://toolkit.ncjrs.org/
    To provide concrete guidance to communities, policy leaders, and individuals engaged in activities to end violence against women, the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women developed the Toolkit To End Violence Against Women. The recommendations contained in the Toolkit were reviewed by numerous experts in the fields of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
    (Last checked 01/07/02)

    Uncle Sam Moves to New Server
    http://exlibris.memphis.edu/govpubs/unclesam.htm
    If you use Uncle Sam sponsored by the University of Memphis Regional Depository Library, you may want to update your bookmark.
    (Last checked 01/23/02)

    United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    Key Foreign Policy Issues
    http://www.fco.gov.uk/news/keythemes.asp
    Allows access to the latest news, briefing papers, etc. on foreign policy issues related to the United Kingom. (Last checked 01/11/02)

    U.S. Department of State
    International Information Programs Office
    http://usinfo.state.gov/
    Under the 1948 Smith-Bundt Act, public diplomacy money "shall not be used to influence public opinion in the United States, and no program material prepared using such funds shall be distributed or disseminated in the United States". A 1998 update gave the media, research students, scholars, and the like limited access to such material, but no copies of anything. Fortunately, the world wide web makes this web page designed for foreigners also available to the U.S. public. Here you will find copies of Usama Bin Laden's tape discussing the attack on the Twin Towers, a web page on "Muslim Life in America", and many other jewels not found in the U.S. depository program. Source: Detroit Free Press, November 21, 2001, p.10A.
    (Last checked 12/26/01)

    U.S. Economy at a Glance
    http://stats.bls.gov/eag/
    Current and historical State and regional economic statistics and tables for a variety of categories can found at site, which has been compiled from data submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Michigan section includes data on the following metropolitan areas : Ann Arbor, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Lansing-East Lansing, Saginaw-Bay City-Midland.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    U.S. Geological Survey Search Engine
    http://search.usgs.gov/query.html
    Need information on natural features or creatures in your home state? The U.S. Geological Survey has an amazing webpage that allows you to search for maps and related data in your state. Give it a try.
    (Last checked 11/20/01)

    U.S. Government Information on the Web Subject Index
    http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/doc/us/subjects/submain.htm
    Kathy Amen, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, has compiled a meta-index to over 20 wonderful subject index pages developed by documents librarians and others. I hope you and your patrons might find it useful. Source: GOVDOC-L, November 19, 2001.
    (Last checked 11/20/01)

    USA PATRIOT Act and Patron Privacy on Library Internet Terminals
    http://www.llrx.com/features/usapatriotact.htm
    Within hours after the September 11 attacks, the FBI began serving search warrants to major Internet Service Providers to get information about suspected electronic communications.2 Within a week, police and FBI agents received tips that some suspects used libraries in Hollywood Beach and Delray Beach, Florida. FBI agents have since requested computer sign-in lists from other libraries. President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law on October 26, 2001. This law is expected to greatly increase the number of requests for sign-in lists at libraries. Article by Mary Minow appearing in the Law Resources Exchange, February 15, 2001.
    (Last checked 02/19/02)

    "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/vfwhtml/vfwhome.html
    "The Library of Congress has extensive and varied resources related to the campaign for woman suffrage in the United States. This selection of 38 pictures includes portraits of many individuals who have been frequently requested from the holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division. Also featured are photographs of suffrage parades, picketing suffragists, and an anti-suffrage display, as well as cartoons commenting on the movement--all evoking the visible and visual way in which the debate over women's suffrage was carried out. This online illustrated reference aid is part of the "By Popular Demand" series. It is a pictorial partner for the text documents in "'Votes for Women:' Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1920." available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawshome.html Source: El Dorado County Library (Ca.) What's Hot on the Internet.
    (Last checked 02/25/02)

    Walker v. Cheney: Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
    http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs/pdf_inves/pdf_energy_cheney_gao_filing.pdf
    Text of the lawsuit filed by the General Accounting Office in U.S. Districts Court for the District of Columbia against Vice-president Richard Cheney. The suit asks the court to compel Cheney to disclose information about the individuals consulted and the issues discussed by the National Energy Policy Development Group. Cheney served as the chair of the group which prepared the National Energy Plan in 2001. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications February 2002.
    (Last checked 03/04/02)

    White House Home Page Parady Site
    http://www.whitehouse.org/
    Way back when the Web was taking off, some wag beat the feds to the domain name whitehouse.org and set up one of the Net's savviest parady sites (You can find the real White House web page at http://www.whitehouse.gov.) Since Sept. 11, there's been a shortage of well-written material on sites that crank out government-related humor. But these guys haven't lost a beat. The humor on this page has a particularly sharp edge as it tackles Attorney General John Ashcroft's hyper-patriotism. (See the Patriot Registration Page at http://www.whitehouse.org/initiatives/patriot/index.asp.) Unless you are a truer-than-true blue American -- and that's by Ashcroft's definition, of course -- you might as well be a terrorist, this page suggests. Cruise the rest of the site and you will find more of the same: the Department of Faith home page, the Foreign Car Buyers Database, Operation Mandatory Patriotic Tattoo, etc. Source: David Lyman, Detroit Free Press Tech Today, Jan. 27, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/28/02)

    Wind Chill Temperature Index
    http://205.156.54.206/om/windchill/index.shtml
    Get ready for a warmer winter. No, it's not because of global warming — it's a reassessment of the wind chill temperature index by the National Weather Service. A handy calculator shows how much, ahem, warmer you'll be. Source: USA Today Hot Site, November 13, 2001.
    (Last checked 11/15/01)

    YourCongress.com
    http://www.yourcongress.com
    The banner on YourCongress.com says you can learn, track and laugh on this site. There is so much to learn that the site has a category entitled "Your Congress U." which explains, among other things, the way a bill actually becomes a law and seldom heard answers to frequently asked questions. This site also contains, among other things, sections for what's upcoming in Congress (and "breezy" is the only way to describe the writing: "The Prez's new budget makes its debut, the Senate still tries to stimulate the economy, and everybody's in a snit over taxes. Congress is getting jiggy with it, so see what's in it for you on the Week Ahead... ") transcripts of celebrities testifying before Congress, and a lookup feature to discover who your Congressional representatives are. (Representative profiles include haikus.) YourCongress.com offers the option to track your representatives' activities in Congress for free. (You can track other reps, but that will cost you.) Where's the laugh? Well, there's Current Capital Craziness and Congressional Diseases. This site imparts a lot of useful information, but the presentation is just this side of silly. Lots of fun. Worth a look. Source: LLRXBuzz, Feb. 11, 2002.
    (Last checked 02/19/02)

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