ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 2002

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

Table of Contents

Abraham Lincoln Papers
The American Ballroom Companion
American Revolutionary War: National Park Service Museum Collections
American Visionaries: Legends of Tuskegee
Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Bike Touring in Michigan
Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
BusinessLaw.gov
Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at US Colleges
Census 2000: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
CensusScope
College Drinking
Congressional Pig Book, 2002
Congressional Research Service Reports
Consolidated Federal Funds Report, 2001
County and City Data Book, 2000
The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000
DefendAmerica
Docs in a Box: Government Internet Sites for K-12
E-Government Strategy
The First American West: the Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
GovBenefits.gov
Government Sites on Popular Paper Titles
Hate Crimes on Campus
HazardMaps.Net
Improving the Sourcing Decisions of the Government
Indian Land Cessions in the United States
INS Contacts with Two September 11 Terrorists
Internet Fraud Report, 2001
LC American Memory Project: The American Ballroom Companion
LC American Memory Project: The First American West, the Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
LC American Memory Project: Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
McWhortle Enterprises (SEC Scam Site)
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000
Michigan DNR Operations Service Centers
Michigan Forest Infestation Map
Michigan Map Gallery
Michigan : Mitten of Plenty
Michigan School Information Online
Michigan Sex Offender Registry Offline
National Archives and Records Administration Web Page Redesigned
Nation Online
National Do Not Call Registry
National Resources Defense Council
No Child Left Behind
Nursing Home Compare
Obtaining Archival Copies of Online Only Depository Documents
Office of Homeland Security
Paving the Way: Michigan Highway Construction Map
Possible Impacts of Major Counter Terrorism Security Actions on Research, Development, and Higher Education
Public Records Online
Resources for Teachers
A Review of FBI Security Programs
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism
Tax Day Reports, 2002
Terrorist Visas
Things to Do In Michigan
Tourist's Map of Michigan, 1839
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890
Why Do We Need to Keep This in Print? It's On the Web...
World Trade Center Building Performance Study
You Be the Conservator (Smithsonian)
You Be the Historian (Smithsonian)

Abraham Lincoln Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html
The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program and the Manuscript Division are pleased to announce the final release of the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. This final release of the Papers includes 20,000 documents, comprising 61,000 digital images and annotated transcriptions of approximately 10,000 documents.Most of the approximately 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65. Treasures include Lincoln's draft of the Emancipation Proclamation; his March 4, 1865, draft of his second Inaugural Address; and his August 23, 1864, memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated in the upcoming presidential election. Other correspondence relating to these treasures provides historical context for understanding how and why they were written. The Lincoln Papers richly documents historical events of the period, such as the crisis surrounding the reinforcement of Fort Sumter in early 1861, the Sioux uprising in Minnesota in the fall of 1862, and the writing of and popular response to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Letters to Lincoln from a wide variety of correspondents--friends and legal and political associates from Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois, days; national and regional political figures and reformers; local people and organizations writing to their president--offer sources on the political, social, and economic history of the times as well as insights into Lincoln's personal and professional life. Included in the Papers are documents written after Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, such as letters of condolence to his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, and correspondence between his oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and others. Source: GOVDOC-L, March 4, 2002.
(Last checked 03/05/02)

The American Ballroom Companion
Dance Instruction manuals, ca. 1490-1920
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html
An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another. Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
(Last checked 05/09/02)

American Revolutionary War : National Park Service Museum Collections
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/revwar/index.htm
This exhibition showcases National Park museum and archival collections that commemorate significant events and individuals of the American Revolutionary War [1775-1783]. It features images of artifacts, portraits (many by Charles Willson Peale), drawings, music audios and more from Valley Forge National Historical Park, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and Independence National Historic Park. Source: Infomine, April 23, 2002.
(Last checked 05/13/02)

American Visionaries : Legends of Tuskegee
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/index.htm
American Visionaries : Legends of Tuskegee is a U.S. National Park Service web exhibition highlighting the achievements of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen. It features photographs and other items from the museum collections at Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Booker T. Washington National Monument, and George Washington Carver National Monument. Source: Infomine, April 23, 2002.
(Last checked 05/13/02)

Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001 [.pdf]
http://www.odl.state.ok.us/usinfo/terrorism/911.htm
This impressive bibliography has been compiled by Kevin D. Motes (US Government Information Division, Oklahoma Department of Libraries). It focuses on US federal documents on terrorism and most specifically on attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. All documents are described with concise annotations and available through the Federal Depository system. Many, if not most, of these publications are available via the Web. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title within each of the seven sections (Aftermath, Congressional and Presidential Actions, Global Terrorism, International Politics, National Security, US Foreign Relations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction). Source: Scout Report.
(Last checked 05/14/02)

Bike Touring in Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/1,1607,7-151-9615_11223-22177--,00.html
Bicycling is a healthy and adventuresome pastime. It can also be a great way to get to work. Each year more and more people are discovering the advantages of exploring Michigan by bicycle. Quiet rural roads, fall color tours, scenic bikeways, beautiful historic homes, miles of shoreline, white beaches, lakes, streams, woodlands, farms and backwoods areas are all a part of biking in Michigan. This website by the MDOT provides bicyclists information on publications, maps, tourist information and other helpful details.
For a packet of Michigan biking information, call MDOT's Bike Info Number: (517) 373-9815 or the League of Michigan Bicylists: (517) 334-9100.
(Last checked 06/03/02)

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
http://160.111.252.56/nasm/blackwings/index.html
Presented by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Black Wings is an online exhibit that tells the story of early African American aviators who overcame the obstacles of racism and discrimination to pursue their flight dreams. The exhibit is divided into four sections -- Early Pioneers Inspire Blacks to Become Pilots, Training Prepares Black Pilots for War, Tuskegee Airmen Fight in World War II, and The Quest for Equal Opportunity -- each section is equipped with photographs along with historical data. The site also contains classroom activities for students in grades 5-12, as well as a short list of print and online teaching resource materials that complement the content of the Black Wings' Web site. Source: Scout Report, April 26, 2002.
(Last checked 05/29/02)

BusinessLaw.gov
http://www.businesslaw.gov/
Use wizards, read mini-tutorials and follow links to gain a basic understanding of the laws that affect each phase of the life of a small business. Funded by OMB ($740,000), the Small Business Administration is coordinating this site intended to help small businesses determine whether they are in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
(Last checked 05/09/02)

A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at US Colleges
http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/Reports/TaskForce/TaskForce_TOC.aspx
Recently released by the Task Force of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, this report highlights and responds to the growing epidemic of college drinking. Unfortunately, in recent years, attention to college drinking has focused on the consequences of excessive drinking rather than the drinking itself. Conversely, this report brings attention to the problem of college drinking and also provides suggestions and recommended strategies to combat this problem. According to the report, "at least 1,400 college student deaths a year are linked to alcohol." Furthermore, students who drink excessively have "higher rates of injuries, assaults, academic problems, arrests, vandalism, and other health and social problems, compared with their non-drinking counterparts." As the report reveals, this is not just a student problem, and it requires more than a student-level solution. Solutions involve everyone within the campus and local communities, including campus administrators, professors, health educators, policy makers, and parents. Source: Scout Report, April 12, 2002.
(Last checked 05/29/02)

Census 2000: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
http://www.gao.gov
The U.S. General Accounting Office, the investigative and audit arm of Congress, has issued a new report on the strengths and weaknesses of Census 2000 field follow-up activities, the single most costly census operation. †Members of the Census Bureau's House and Senate oversight committees requested the evaluation, entitled "2000 Census: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for More Cost-Effective Nonresponse Follow-up" (Report No. GAO-02-196), released in February.† GAO reports are available through the agency's web site (use the search engine and report number) or by calling 202-512-6000 (TDD/202-512-2537).
(Last checked 03/28/02)

CensusScope
http://www.censusscope.org/
CensusScope is a tool that makes US Census data freely accessible to the Internet community. Presented by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan, CensusScope provides census data for states, counties, and metropolitan areas. Source: Scout Report, May 24, 2002.
(Last checked 05/28/02)

Congressional Pig Book, 2002
http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer
On April 9, 2002, Citizens Against Government Waste, a "non-partisan ... watchdog organization for exposing ... government waste and safeguarding the interests of taxpayers in Washington," released its "2002 Congressional Pig Book" of what the organization considers to be congressionally appropriated "pork projects" in the federal budget. This year, the total is $20.1 billion, a 9% increase from FY 2001 of which projects relating to art, history, and the humanities reportedly total nearly $155 million. A search of the organization's database under such topics as "culture," "historic preservation" and "humanities" reveals that the following programs are characterized as congressional "pork": $125,000 to the Albany Institute for History and Art for a technology project; $450,000 to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Washington state for a Star National Program; $1,000,000 to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for activities related to the bicentennial celebration of the Louisiana Purchase; $2,000,000 to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan, Presidential Action Committee. Source: NCC Washington Update, Vol. 8, #15, April 18, 2002.
(Last checked 04/19/02)

2001 Consolidated Federal Funds Report
http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr01.html
Provided and maintained by the US Census Bureau, the Consolidated Federal Funds Reports give one an appreciation of just how extensive are the government's outlays and obligations. Accessible by state or county, the reports publish direct federal expenditures and other federally facilitated programs in infinite detail. Making available yearly accounts of federal expenditures to individual states for retirement and disability, among other things, the report also tracks indirect outlays such as wages and salaries, federal grants, procurement contracts, and insurance programs. For instance, just in case you have ever wondered how much the federal government spends to help fill potholes or combat weeds in your neighborhood, this is the place to look. Source: Scout Report, May 17, 2002.
(Last checked 05/28/02)

County and City Data Book, 2000
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/ccdb.html
In case you don't mind using an electronic copy. "The latest edition of the county and city data book, which has been published intermittently since 1944, is full of useful information on people, businesses, taxes, federal government spending and health for all of the nation's counties," said Wanda Cevis, statistician and technical coordinator of the publication. "It also contains figures from retail sales to average annual temperatures and precipitation for the country's largest cities." In addition to data from Census 2000, the book incorporates information from Census Bureau economic surveys, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI and private nonprofit organizations such as the American Hospital Association. Source: Census Bureau news release, May 9, 2002.
(Last checked 05/31/02)

DefendAmerica
http://www.defendamerica.mil/
Offers the latest news, photographs, transcripts and other information about the U.S.-led global effort against terrorism. Source: Gary Price, Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk, May 14, 2002.
(Last checked 05/31/02)

Docs in a Box:
Government Internet Sites for K-12
Tri-Conference Presentation, Wichita, KS
Friday, April 14, 2000
http://www.lib.ksu.edu/godort/docsinabox.html
"...every executive agency and many other government entities have extensive childrens web sites. Today, three documents librarians from depository libraries in Kansas will introduce you to a very small percentage of these sites.
(Last checked 03/09/02)

E-Government Strategy: Simplified Delivery of Services to Citizens
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/egovstrategy.pdf
A Feb. 27 report outlining the President's management agenda for E-Government.
(Last checked 05/09/02)

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/icuhtml/fawhome.html
The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides, letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records, maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images. The collection documents the travels of the first Europeans to enter the trans-Appalachian West, the maps tracing their explorations, their relations with Native Americans, and their theories about the region's mounds and other ancient earthworks. Naturalists and other scientists describe Western bird life and bones of prehistoric animals. Books and letters document the new settlers' migration and acquisition of land, navigation down the Ohio River, planting of crops, and trade in tobacco, horses, and whiskey. Leaders from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to Isaac Shelby, William Henry Harrison, Aaron Burr, and James Wilkinson comment on politics and regional conspiracies. Documents also reveal the lives of trans-Appalachian African Americans, nearly all of them slaves; the position of women; and the roles of churches, schools, and other institutions. part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
(Last checked 05/09/02)

GovBenefits.gov
http://www.govbenefits.gov/GovBenefits/jsp/GovBenefits.jsp
Whether it's a direct payment, a loan, insurance, training, or other services - there may be government benefit programs available to help you. Your guide to government benefits and assistance.
(Last checked 05/08/02)

Government Sites on Popular Paper Topics
http://library.ucok.edu/gov/Pro&Con.html
Need government information on a hot topic. Try this site courtesy of the University of Central Oklahoma's Government Information Department. Topics include: Abortion; Affirmative Action; Alcohol; Animal Testing; Assisted Suicide; Birth Control; Cigarettes; Cloning; Congressional Votes; Death Penalty; Diversity ; Divorce; Drugs; Elections; Environment; Gender Issues; Genetic Engineering; Glass Ceiling; Gun Control; Hate Groups & Crime; Homeless; Homosexuality; Human Trafficking; Impeachment; Internet; National Security; Prayer in Schools; Race; School Violence; School Vouchers; Sex Education; Sexual Assault; Sexuality Issues; Smoking; Special Interest Groups; Tax Reform; Teen Pregnancy; Teen Violence; Television Violence; Terrorism; Tobacco; Women & Children Trafficking
(Last checked 03/04/02)

Hate Crimes on Campus: The Problem and Efforts to Confront It
http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/bja/187249.pdf
Covers the types and frequency of hate crimes on campus, the definition of a hate crime, how colleges have responded to such incidents, and promising programs of response and prevention. From the Bureau of Justice Assistance. October 20021. Also in paper: (J 26.30:H 28/4 GOVDOC-STK) Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications February 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

HazardMaps.Net
http://www.hazardmaps.net
Hazardmaps.net is a public on-line, interactive mapping resource for multi-hazard planning and management efforts. It is developed and maintained by FEMA to address the needs of many organizations and agencies for immediate and continuous access to comprehensive natural hazards data as well as to data supporting natural hazard assessment and planning. The two main components of Hazardmaps.net are: The WebGIS Atlas: an interactive mapping resource and The Data Clearinghouse: an extensive data archive that allows freeuploading and downloading of data. Source: Gary Price, GOVDOC-L, March 8, 2002.
(Last checked 03/24/01)

The Immigration and Naturalization Service's Contacts With Two September 11 Terrorists: A Review of the INS's Admissions of Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi, its Processing of their Change of Status Applications, and its Efforts to Track Foreign Students in the United States
http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/2002_05/fullreport.pdf
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General. Source: Gary Price, GOVDOC-L, May 20, 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/02)

Improving the Sourcing Decisions of the Government
http://www.gao.gov/a76panel/dcap0201.pdf
Final report of the Commericial Activities Panel, April 2002, made available by the U.S. General Accounting Office. A hot topic in light of the OMB's recent memorandum to executive agencies to consider outsourcing their printing activities to other printers than GPO.
(Last checked 05/07/02)

Indian Land Cessions in the United States
United States Serial Set Number 4015
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwss-ilc.html
The Schedule of Indian Land Cessions subtitle notes that it "indicates the number and location of each cession by or reservation for the Indian tribes from the organization of the Federal Government to and including 1894, together with descriptions of the tracts so ceded or reserved, the date of the treaty, law or executive order governing the same, the name of the tribe or tribes affected thereby, and historical data and references bearing thereon." Browse by tribe, state, or date. Also allows one to work your way through page by page. Includes Michigan maps.
(Last checked 04/18/02)

Internet Fraud Report, 2001
http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/strategy/IFCC_2001_AnnualReport.pdf
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center's (IFCC) 2001 Internet Fraud Report is the first annual compilation of data on complaints received and referred by the IFCC to law enforcement or regulatory agencies for appropriate action. From January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2001, the IFCC Web site received 49,711 complaints ranging from computer intrusions, to SPAM/unsolicited email, to child pornography. The total dollar loss from all referred cases of fraud totaled $17.8 million, with a median dollar loss of $435 per complaint. This 27-page report has recently been made accessible for online users in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Source: Scout Report, April 19, 2002.
(Last checked 05/29/02)

McWhortle Enterprises (SEC Scam Site)
http://www.mcwhortle.com/
Web site for a fictitious company called McWhortle Enterprises. Claiming to have invented a revolutionary biohazard detection device, the company announces a stock investment opportunity which will return 400 times the original investment. In reality the site was created by the Securities and Exchange Commission to warn investors about fraudulent investment sites on the Internet. The site drew 150,000 hits in 3 days. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications January 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000
http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/pol02-ma.pdf
The US census has come a long way, baby. Find out just how much this staple of genealogy has evolved since 1790 in a new publication from the US Census Bureau. Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000 shows images or descriptions of each census year's questionnaire, along with instructions to census-takers on how to fill out the form. The book also discusses how each census was conducted, and its historical significance and development over the years.
(Last checked 05/28/02)

Michigan DNR Operations Service Centers
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/1,1607,7-153--21107--,00.html
The Department of Natural Resources offers a number of full-service Operations Service Centers across the state. The public can walk into these offices during regular business hours and obtain various permits, licenses, etc. To locate the Service Center nearest you, DNR has provided an interactive mapping tool which allows you to search various locations and view the results on a map. In addition to pan/zoom abilities, which allow one to become familiar with the area, this interactive tool can also provide driving directions from any location around the state.
(Last checked 06/03/02)

Michigan Forest Infestation Map
http://66.54.152.187/mi_dnr/fh_maps/fh_maps.asp
Each year, the Department of Natural Resources, in a combined effort with the US Forest Service, maps the distribution of forest pests throughout the State of Michigan. This information can be viewed at this site, either by the year collected or by county.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Michigan Map Gallery
http://www.michigan.gov/cgi/1,1607,7-158-12540---,00.html
The Michigan Map Gallery stores a multitude of maps produced by and for various agencies throughout State Government. Many of these maps provide valuable information which may be of interest to the public. Access to this site allows the public to visually retrieve the information they need in an efficient and useful manner. Courtesy of the Michigan Center for Geographic Information.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Michigan School Information Online
http://micims-cluster.state.mi.us/mischoolinfo/
Looking for specific information regarding public and/or charter schools in Michigan? This application provides access to important information including, but not limited to, awards, MEAP/HST Scores, school locations, and contact information.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Michigan Sex Offender Registry Offline
http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/index.html
A copy of the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan decision (Daniel Fullmer v. Michigan Department of State Police, et al., June 3, 2002) which resulted in the Michigan sex offender registry being declared unconstitutional. Although many feel that sex offenders should be listed as public information. Others feel that the list could use tweaking, including allowing discretion in cases involving juveniles and consensual situations and making the list more clear in defining and describing what crimes people have committed. Although Attorney General Granholm has appealed the decision, the state may have to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court, which last month agreed to consider a constitutional challenge to some registries of known sex offenders.
(Last checked 06/05/02)

Mitten of Plenty
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/1,1607,7-125-2961_6860_7657---,00.html
Check out this clickable map of Michigan highlighting Michigan's commodities courtesy of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet
http://www.esa.doc.gov/508/esa/nationonline.htm
This report by NTIA and the Economics and Statistics Administration is based on the September 2001 U.S. Census Bureauís Current Population Survey - a survey of approximately 57,000 households and more than 137,000 individuals across the United States. As such, the data in this study are among the most broad-based and reliable datasets that have been gathered on Internet, broadband, and computer connectivity. February 2002.
(Last checked 03/02/02)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Web Page Redesigned
http://www.archives.gov/index.html
The National Archives and Records Administrationís (NARAís) dynamic new web site will have a new look on May 31, 2002. Our two web sites, currently located at www.nara.gov and www.archives.gov, will merge into one web site. Most of the information found on the site will stay the same. "By visiting us online, you can find everything from images of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to photographs that capture key moments in our nation's history. The Digital Classroom has lesson plans on famous documents and records. The Research Room tells you how you can conduct genealogy research at NARA and provides online resources. Links take you to the web sites of the presidential libraries, which have information about the presidencies and the records of the last twelve Presidents. And the site will include the initial version of the agency's new Archival Research Catalog, the future online catalog of all of the agency's archival holdings. However, many new navigation features will be added to make locating appropriate information easer. For more information, see the Winter 2001 issue of Prologue at http://www.nara.gov/publications/prologue/onlineprowin.html. Source: Gary Price, Virual Acquistion Station and News Shelf, May 29, 2002.
(Last checked 05/31/02)

National "Do Not Call" Registry
http://www.answerconnect.com/articles/the-national-do-not-call-registry
(Last checked 04/18/02)

National Resources Defense Counsel
http://www.nrdc.org/air/energy/taskforce/tfinx.asp
With the help of the Freedom of Information Act, the Natural Resources Defense Council obtained (heavily-redacted) papers relating to the White House's energy task force. The NRDC makes some of the documents available online. Source: USA Today Hot Site, March 28, 2002.
(Last checked 04/18/02)

No Child Left Behind: Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
http://www.ed.gov/nclb/
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act is the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It redefines the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work. The home page at the U.S. Department of Education site devoted to Public Law 107-110 includes the text of the law, the House-Senate conference report and other related material. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications January 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

Nursing Home Compare
http://www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/home.asp
One of the hardest decisions you'll ever make is whether to put a loved one in a nursing home. But the U.S. government has made it easier to select a home with this special site, which allows consumers to examine the past performance of nursing homes in a certain area (by name, the ZIP code, county, or state). This web page provides information about the results of federal health inspections, the ratio of medical staff to patients, partipating Medicare doctors, the availability of spcialized treatments like dialysis and financial arrangements available to Medicare patients. Source: Detroit Free Press Favorite, April 7, 2002, 6E.
(Last checked 04/08/02)

Obtaining Archival Copies of Online Only Depository Documents
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/godort/admin/coll/archdpos.htm
As part of an internship project, Rebecca Norris generated the following report for Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, The University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205.
(Last checked 05/21/02)

Office of Homeland Security
http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/
The Office of Homeland Security is coordinating national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats or attacks in the United States.
(Last checked 05/31/02)

Paving the Way : Michigan Highway Construction Map
http://www.mdot.state.mi.us/cmap/2002/contents.cfm
Want to avoid the hassles of driving through construction areas this summer? Just use the new MDOT map.annual state highway construction map published each spring by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The free map provides a handy reference to major road and bridge projects statewide for 2002. It is available at MDOT's Transportation Service Centers, at Michigan Welcome Centers, and is posted at state rest areas. The online version of the map allows one to search by county, highway number, or by transportation region.
MDOT also recommends calling its 24-hour information lines when traveling around the state. Motorists can call 1-800-641-MDOT for information about southeast Michigan contruction; 1-888-305-PAVE for information about western Michigan construction; 1-517-750-0406 for information about construction in the University region including Lansing to Ann Arbor; 1-989-754-0878, ext. 225, for information about the Bay Region around Bay City/Saginaw; 1-989-731-5090 for information about Northern Michigan; and 1-989-731-5090 for information about the Upper Peninsula.
(Last checked 04/15/02)

Possible Impacts of Major Counter Terrorism Security Actions on Research, Development, and Higher Education
http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31354.pdf
A Congressional Research Service report has been posted on the Federation of American Scientists website. The report covers impacts (of counter terrorism actions) on students at U.S. colleges and universities, on access to laboratories, and on access to scientific information. The latter section discusses removal of information from agency websites, classification of sci-tech information, and expanding exemptions to FOIA. Source: Alan Zoellner, College of William and Mary Library, GOVDOC-L, April 19, 2002.
(Last checked 05/29/02)

Public Records Online
http://www.netronline.com/public_records.htm
The online Public Records database is an information portal to official state websites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed websites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet. Public records information that you may find includes copies of deeds, parcel maps, GIS maps, tax data, ownership information and indexes, and will vary to the extent that the particular office has developed their site. For example, some Recorders' offices have marriage and birth records available online. Although not every county and parish has data online, many have home pages, and where neither is available a phone number has been provided. Source: USA Today Hot Site, April 17, 2002.
(Last checked 04/18/02)

Resources for Teachers
http://www.vla.org/pdf/programs/grundweb.htm
Selected government web sites for a training session held in Virginia, April 6, 2002. Sponsored by the Virginia Library Association Public Documents Forum and conducted by Mary Clark and Barbara Selby.
(Last checked 04/10/02)

A Review of FBI Security Programs (Webster Report)
http://www.usdoj.gov/05publications/websterreport.pdf
This report was generated by a special commission investigating recent espionage activities at the FBI. Source: Michael Yared, GOVDOC-L, April 5, 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/02)

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html
The Library of Congress (LC) has added another collection, "Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860" to the already more than 100 online collections that are a part of the LC's American Memory project. The new collection features some 100 pamphlets and books published between 1772 and 1889 documenting the difficult experiences of slaves in the American colonies and the United States. Drawn from the LC's Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, these materials include an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings and other works of historical importance regarding slaves in free jurisdictions, fugitive slaves, slave revolts, the African slave trade and abolitionists in the North and South. Other materials document the trial of abolitionist John Brown and the work of John Quincy Adams and William Lloyd Garrison to abolish slavery. The collection also contains courtroom transcripts, important speeches from trials, lawyers' trial arguments, and Supreme Court documents. Other significant names appearing in the collection include Roger B. Taney, John C. Calhoun, Salmon P. Chase, Dred Scott, William H. Seward, Prudence Crandall, Theodore Parker, Jonathan Walker, Daniel Drayton, Castner Hanway, Francis Scott Key, William L. Garrison, Wendell Phillips, and Denmark Vesey. Source: NC Washington Update, Vol. 8, no. 17, May 9, 2002.
(Last checked 05/09/02)

Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Sociology-Psychology%20of%20Terrorism.htm
Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, this federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building. The study by Rex A. Hudson was commissioned by the National Intelligence Council (http://www.cia.gov/nic/) in January 1999, delivered in September 1999 by the Library of Congress, Federal Research Division, and provided a summary of then current research written by experts on terrorism, inside and outside government. It was recently posted on the web due to the controversy over the Bush administration's official assertion that none in government had imagined an attack like Sept. 11 before that time.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Tax Day Reports, 2002
http://www.nationalpriorities.org/taxday2002/taxday02.html
Ever wonder how the federal government is spending your tax dollars? Well, the National Priorities Project has provided the answer with the recently released Taxday Reports, 2002. This document breaks down by category how the government spends income tax dollars in each state and selected cities and counties. According to the report, most of the money from federal income taxes goes to military spending and interest on the debt, leaving little money left for education, the environment, and other local needs. Source: Scout Report, April 19, 2002.
(Last checked 05/29/02)

Terrorist Visas
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/doc_o_day/terrorvisa1.shtml
Learning about the Immigration and Naturalization Service's belated student visa approvals for two of the Sept. 11 hijackers is one thing. Seeing the actual documents ó courtesy of The Smoking Gun ó is even more chilling. Source: USA Today Hot Site, March 19, 2002.
(Last checked 04/18/02)

Things to Do in Michigan (MEDC)
http://travel.michigan.org/thingstodo/
Looking for something to do? Need a place to stay? This site allows you to search statewide for accommodations, attractions and events, outdoor activities, restaurants, and even shopping. Straightforward and easy to use, this site allows the user to search by activity, location, or date.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

Tourist's Map of Michigan, 1839
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Mitchell_map_18728_7.pdf
Students and history buffs may want to check out this 1839 map of Michigan made available by the Michigan Center for Geographic Information.
(Last checked 05/20/02)

U.S. Department of State
Foreign Press Centers
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
http://fpc.state.gov/c4763.htm
Another site to look for CRS reports concerning foreign relations and other related topics.
(Last checked 06/04/02)

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Did You Feel It?
http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/index.html
The next time your neighborhood is rocked by an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey hopes you will report your experience online, contributing to science's understanding of the range and intensity of these natural disasters, via this web site. Source: USA Today Hot Site, March 27, 2002.
(Last checked 04/18/02)

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890
http://memory.loc.gov:8081/ammem/award99/mymhihtml/mymhihome.html
An online exhibit of maps, ships' logbooks, nautical charts, paintings, photographs, and published 19th century narratives which tell the story of western expansion by sea. From the Library of Congress's American Memory site and Mystic Seaport Museum. Source: College of William and Mary New Government Publications February 2002.
(Last checked 03/04/02)

Why Do We Need to Keep This in Print? It's on the Web ...:
A Review of Electronic Archiving Issues and Problems
http://libr.org/PL/19-20_Warner.html
There is a terrific article by Dorothy Warner on some of the pitfalls associated with digital preservation appearing in the Progressive Librarian, Spring 2002, Issues 19-20. One of the nice things about this article is that it talks about many of the issues associated with preserving and archiving government information. There is also an extensive bibliography and information about a report done by the State Documents Interest Group of the Documents Association of New Jersey. Source: Patricia Cruse, Manager, Government Information Initiatives, California Digital Library, Office of the President, University of California, 415 20th Street, Oakland, CA 94612-3550; telephone: (510) 987-9016, GOVDOC-L, April 11, 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/02)

World Trade Center Building Performance Study
Data Collections, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations
http://www.house.gov/science/hot/wtc/wtcreport.htm
Source: Cynthia Etkin, GOVDOC-L, May 20, 2002.
(Last checked 05/21/02)

You Be the Conservator
http://americanhistory.si.edu/hosc/santos/index.htm
A Smithsonian Institution web resource invites students to play the role of a museum conservator, discovering clues about an historical object in order to preserve or restore it. In the featured activity, the object is a "santo," a painted woodcarving of a saint in the Catholic Church. Source: NCC Washington Update, Vol. 8, #17, May 2, 2002.
(Last checked 05/03/02)

You Be the Historian
http://americanhistory.si.edu/hohr/springer/index.htm
A Smithsonian Institution site that invites students to examine clues determine what life was like for a family that lived in New Castle, Delaware during the 1700s. Students also discover what historians in the next century might learn about us if they found our homes the way they are today. Source: NCC Washington Update, Vol. 8, #17, May 2, 2002.
(Last checked 05/03/02)

Back to table of contents


Editor's Note:
Web sites mentioned in the Odds & Ends section may sometimes be inaccessible for a number of reasons including maintenance, limited capacity, or perhaps because they have been suspended or moved to a new URL address. Please notify the RED TAPE Editor if you cannot access a particular URL so that he can check it out.


Pointers
  • Back to RED TAPE Home Page
  • Back to Jon Harrison's Home Page
  • Back to MSU Libraries Home Page
  • Assistance Requested
    • Thanks for visiting the RED TAPE Home Page. Each issue is continuously updated and expanded during a three month cycle, so check back soon for the latest changes.

    • If you have any comments, notice any glaring inaccuracies, or would like to forward any relevant information concerning this Home Page, please send e-mail to: Jon Harrison

    Standard Disclaimers
    • MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

    Ownership Statement
    Jon Harrison : Page Editor
    Social Sciences Collections Coordinator
    Michigan State University Libraries
    100 Library
    E. Lansing, MI 48824-1048
    Voice mail: (517) 432-6123, ext. 123
    Fax: (517) 432-8050
    Last revised 05/08/02

    This page has been visited times since June 1, 1996.