ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 95, JANUARY 2003

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

Table of Contents

7-Minute Oval Office Tour by President Bush
1001 Days and Nights of American Art
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews
Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
American Art
The American Variety Stage:
Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
Apparatus of Lies and Other Iraq Documents from the White House Web Page
Arizona State University Government Documents Online Publications
Ask Joan of Art
Australian Parliamentary Library E-Briefs
Barney Cam Holiday Video of White House
Berlin Airlift Documentary Collection (Truman Presidential Library)
British Archival Material
Canadian Government Publications
Census Finder
CIA 2002 World Factbook
Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs
for Seniors in the 21st Century
Congress for Kids
Congress Track
Congressional Directory, 107th Congress
Crime in the United States, 2001
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images, 1907-1930
Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
Days of Infamy (December 7 and 9/11)
Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb Documentary Collection
(Truman Presidential Library
Del Corazon
Department of Homeland Security Gets Own Web Page
Diabetes Dictionary
Diabetes Public Health Resource
Disaster! Finder
E-mail Newsletters from the U.S. Government
e-Services for Citizens
Enforcement and Compliance Online (EPA's ECHO)
EPA Global Warming Site
Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
FAO World Agricultural Information Center
Federal Citizen Information Center
Federal Toll Free Telephone Numbers
Final Report of the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into September 11
FirstGov Citizen Gateway Findit Service
Fiscal Survey of States
FoodSafety.gov
Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century
Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
GED Online: International Education Statistics
Gifts and Memorabilia from the U.S. Government
Global Warming Site (EPA)
Government of Canada Publications
Homeland Security Information Center
Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry
Human Development Report, 2002
Index Translationum
Indian Affairs : Laws and Treaties
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2002
International Year of Freshwater (2003)
Iraq Related CRS Reports
League of Nations: Statistical and Disarmament Documents
Library of Congress "Wise Guide" Portal Launched
Mackinac State Historic Parks
MI Kids Portal Launched
Michigan Department of Corrections Most Wanted Page
Michigan Government TV via MLive
Michigan History Magazine Web Site
NARA: A Collection of Primary Documents from U.S. History
National Museum of African Art
National Strategy for Homeland Security
The North American Indian: Photographic Images, 1907-1930
NTIS Launches New Web Site and Virtual Library Initiative
Nursing Home Compare
Nursing Homes: Public Reporting of Quality Indicators Has Merit,
but National Implementation is Premature
Nutritive Value of Foods
Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive
Oil Market Disruption and Vulnerability
Origins: Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life
Our Documents: A Collection of Primary Documents from NARA
Political Violence Against Americans
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport
Presidents of the United States (Trivia Lists)
Public Papers of the President
The Real CIA
Regulations.gov
The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Health Weight
Science.gov
Selected Civil War Photographs
The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India
Smithsonian Art Museum Treasures to Go
The Submarines of October
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America:
Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
U.S. Air Force Museum Celebrates A Century of Flight
U.S. Senate Home Page Revised
USLinks (Duke)
Vessel Sanitation Program
Veteran's History Project
World Development Report, 2003
World Factbook, 2002 (CIA)
The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War
World of Books
World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002
World Trade Organization Documents Online
World War II Poster Collection
Writers on America

7-Minute Oval Office Tour by President Bush
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/life/ovaloffice.v.smil
Taking a cue from Jacqueline Kennedy, whose whispery televised tour of the White House in the early 1960s mesmerized Americans, the Bush administration has begun offering White House video tours on its web site, with the president as the guide. Note: requires Real Player.
(Last checked 12/27/02)

1001 Days and Nights of American Art
http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/1001/index.html
This web portal from the Smithsonian American Art Museum allows you to pull up an art image and annotation carefully selected for each day of the year. You can select any day from the last three years. The web page also allows you to select and send electronic post cards!
(Last checked 11/22/02)

After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews

Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/afcphhtml/afcphhome.html
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor presents approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from over two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), Alan Lomax, then "assistant in charge" of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), sent a telegram to fieldworkers in ten different localities around the United States, asking them to collect the reactions of ordinary Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by the United States. These recordings feature a diversity of opinion concerning the war, and other social and political issues of the day, such as racial prejudice and labor disputes. The result is a portrait of everyday life in America as the United States entered World War II. Included in this presentation is an essay on making and maintaining the original recordings used at the time, biographies of those who conducted and arranged the interviews, and complete transcripts of the interviews. This online presentation was made possible with the generous support of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the New Deal Network. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project and the American Folklife Center.
(Last checked 01/10/03)

American Art
http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/journal/
American Art, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the nation's visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Through a broad interdisciplinary approach, American Art provides an understanding not only of specific artists and art objects, but also the cultural factors that have shaped American art over three centuries of national experience. Provides full text from Volume 10, Number 2 (Summer 1996) to present. Table of contents is provided for Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 1987) to Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring 1996). Author and subject indexes are provided as well.
(Last checked 11/22/02)

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vshome.html
The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional sound recordings will be added to this anthology in the future. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project.
(Last checked 11/22/02)

Apparatus of Lies and Other Iraq Information from the White House Web Page
http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/index.html
(Last checked 01/27/03)

Arizona State University
Government Documents Service
Online Publications
http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/onlinepubs/onlinepubs.html
This directory is a listing of online publications of the Federal Government. It lists each Government Agency and sub-agency, organized by Superintendent of Government Documents call numbers. This call number is different than Library of Congress call numbers because it organizes the publications by their agency rather than by subject (for example Agriculture=a). By clicking on the agency link it will take you to a listing of that agency's home page, the home page of its sub-agencies, and a listing of their online publications. By clicking on the publication links, you will be taken to the ASU Library Catalog where a link will be provided for online access. This page is also offered by an alphabetical agency listing. Click here to go to that page.
(Last checked 11/12/02)

Ask Joan of Art
http://www.americanart.si.edu/study/reference-main.html
Do you have a question about American art and don't know how to find the answer? Art information specialists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, using print and electronic reference sources, will help you get started.
(Last checked 11/22/02)

Australian Parlimentary Library E-Briefs
http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/hotissues.htm
A collection of electronic documents which provide background and commentary on current topics, as well as web links, for members of the Australian Parliament. Recent e-briefs include: Terrorism in Southeast Asia, the Bali Bombings : Looking for Explanations, The Iraqi Precipice, the Kyoto Protocol, etc.
(Last checked 12/19/02)

Barney Cam Holiday Video of White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/holiday/media/20021212barney-xmas.v.ram
The much anticipated first film from Barney Bush (President Bush's pet dog) - a holiday tour de force - was released just in time for the holidays exclusively on the White House web site. Requires Real Player.
(Last checked 12/27/02)

Berlin Airlift
http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/
berlin_airlift/large/berlin_airlift.htm

Digital representations of the original study collections held at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library related to the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49.
(Last checked 01/22/03)

British Archival Material: Holdings at Selected U.S. Libraries
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/jonsson/brit/holdings.html
The following titles and holdings are based on inventories done by Chuck Eckman and David Rozkuszka of the Stanford University Jonsson Library of Government Documents over a number of years. The list is not exhaustive nor are all institutions holding a title indicated. Rather, one institution (and in some cases two) is indicated to facilitate inter-library lending.
(Last checked 11/03/02)

Census Finder
http://www.censusfinder.com/
"Free census records online listed in a comprehensive and easy to use directory. Find all the census transcriptions, census indexes and census images available online from one site." This site contains over 11,000 links to census-related sites on the 'Net and is not limited to the U.S.! Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
(Last checked 01/06/03)

CIA 2002 World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
Select a country from the drop-down list, and the country's page will open with a thumbnail print of the country's flag. Click on the print to view an enlargement and description of the flag. Adjacent to the flag is a list of categories that bookmark to locations down the page. You can also browse down the page and view the categories which starts with an introduction that has a map and a brief history of the country. One of the two icons by each heading links to a Field Listing of each country's categories. The other icon links to definitions and notes, such as how an age structure effects socioeconomic issues. Browse down the page to view other categories such as People, Communications and Transnational Issues. This site also features Reference Maps which can be enlarged or downloaded as JPG or PDF files. Additional references in the Appendixes include abbreviations and cross referenced data codes listed by country.
(Last checked 12/26/02)

Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century
http://www.seniorscommission.gov/
Following one year of independent research on housing, service and demographic issues and a series of nationwide hearings, the Seniors Commission presented it's report to Congress on June 28, 2002. The Seniors Commission finds that with the aging of the World War II Baby Boom generation, the current lack of appropriate housing and services for seniors will be even more critical, unless policy changes are made. To address what is referred to as a "Quiet Crisis", the Commission is offering Congress more than 50 specific policy recommendations.
(Last checked 12/13/02)

Congress for Kids Home Page
http://www.congressforkids.net/
"Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too. Using appealing, full-color illustrations, and engaging activities, this site will extend your learning in the basics about the American federal government." Courtesy of the Dirksen Congressional Center. Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
(Last checked 01/06/03)

Congress Track
http://www.vote-smart.org/congresstrack/
"Project Vote Smart's CongressTrack is a citizen's toolkit for tracking Congress. Follow the happenings in Congress in these ways: the status of legislation, including committee action, sponsors and cosponsors; appropriation bills tracking chart; floor schedules each week; full text of bills and the Congressional Record; how members of Congress have voted, individually or by party; Congressional Committee information [and] member contact information." Source: El Dorado County Library (Cal.) What's New, Nov. 25/Dec. 2, 2002.
(Last checked 01/06/03)

Congressional Directory, 107th Congress
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/cong016.html
GPO Access has made available the October 2002 online revision of the Congressional Directory for the 107th Congress. It contains:

  • Short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district.
  • Committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers for Members of Congress.
  • 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.
    (Last checked 12/23/02)

    Crime in the United States, 2001
    http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/01cius.htm
    Final data released in the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report indicate that the estimated 11.8 million Crime Index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in 2001 represented a 2.1-percent increase over the 2000 estimate, the first year-to-year increase since 1991. Many tables also available in Excel format.
    (Last checked 11/11/02)

    Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
    http://cagle.slate.msn.com/
    Continuing a tradition that dates back to Thomas Nast's sketches of a bloated Boss Tweed, the sharp-shooting lampooners at Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index [cagle.slate.msn.com] take aim at all fitting targets. Get a quick hit from Best of the Day; then explore the massive archive. Source: Yahoo! Internet Life, August 1, 2002.
    (Last checked 12/17/02)

    Days of Infamy
    http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/daysofinfamy/index.html
    Within the living memory of Americans are two deadly surprise attacks against the United States: Japan's assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both times, the Library of Congress sent people out to record the voices of ordinary Americans as they reacted to a changed world. A co-production of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and American RadioWorks.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/bomb/large/bomb.htm
    A comprehensive documentary history of the policies and decisions that led to the atomic bobmings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along with contextual readings, the web site features hundreds of pages of Truman's diaries, letters, memos, White House minutes, and other official documentation.
    (Last checked 01/22/03)

    Del Corazon
    http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/issuedos/pages/index.html
    Featuring the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection of art by Latino artists, ¡del Corazón! is an interactive, educational webzine for teachers and students.
    (Last checked 11/22/02)

    Department of Homeland Security
    http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/
    The Department of Homeland Security finally has it own web site. The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to: (1) Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; (2) Reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism; and (3) Minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur.
    (Last checked 01/27/03)

    Diabetes Dictionary
    http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/diabetes/pubs/dmdict/dmdict.htm
    This dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about diabetes. It is designed for people who have diabetes and for their families and friends. Courtesy of the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
    (Last checked 01/15/03)

    Diabetes Public Health Resource
    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/
    This site provides descriptions of the four types of diabetes, a diabetes fact sheet, various reports and studies, a FAQ, statistics, and listings of various diabetes projects and programs around the country. There are also links to related resources. From the U.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation. Source: Librarian's Index to the Internet, Dec. 30, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/07/03)

    Disaster! Finder
    http://disasterfinder.gsfc.nasa.gov/
    This searchable directory of links to disaster information includes sites on disaster preparedness and response, organizations, warning and observation systems, conferences, and general disaster resources. There are also links to resources for specific types of disasters such as avalanche, astronomical, drought, earthquake, epidemic, famine, farming, fire, flooding, nuclear, refugees, storms, volcanoes, war, and others. From the NASA Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Program. Source: Librarian's Index to the Internet, Dec. 30, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/07/03)

    E-Mail Newsletters from the U.S. Government
    http://contacts.gsa.gov/listgov.nsf/FirstGovEmailListDistribution
    Want to stay posted on the latest developments in various government programs? Review this page and sign up for your favorites. Some of the latest additions include:

  • Social Security eNews highlighting the latest developments
  • State Department Fact Sheets summarizing U.S. policy on foreign affairs issues
  • Foreign Travel Warnings
  • International Women's Issues, a new newsletter focusing on issues that are important to American women and women throughout the world.
    (Last checked 12/18/02)

    Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images, 1907-1930
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/ienhtml/curthome.html
    This site contains all 2,226 of the photogravure plates from The North American Indian (1907-1930), a set of twenty volumes and portfolios held in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of over eighty Indian tribes. The volumes and accompanying portfolios are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Detailed indexing permits retrieval of the images by personal name, tribal affiliation, culture area, and subject. Northwestern University Library developed the digital resource with an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition, making the material accessible through the American Memory online collections.
    (Last checked 11/03/02)

    Enforcement and Compliance History Online, or ECHO
    http://www.epa.gov/echo/
    From the front page of ECHO you can search for facilities in your area and discover whether the facilities were inspected and whether violations were detected and enforcement actions were taken. You can search from the front page by zip code and city and state. There's also an advanced search that allows you to search by facility name, SIC code, region, current status, and demographic profile. You can also specify that minor facilities be included in search results (by default only major facilities are included in search results.)
    Searching for facilities in 48824 (MSU campus zip code) found two results. Search results come in a table showing the name and address of the facility, and four yes/no items: whether the site's been inspected in the last two years, whether there were violations, where there are significant current violations, and whether there have been enforcement actions in the last two years.
    Click on the name of the facility for a detailed report. Report data includes Facility Permits and Identifiers, Facility Characteristics, Inspection History, Compliance Summary Data, and a detailed demographic profile of the surrounding area (population, race and age breakdown, number of households in area, etc.) Not all facilities have information for all categories. Each category of information has a data dictionary link in case you need some help interpreting what you're seeing. Source: LLRX Buzz, Dec. 9, 2002.
    (Last checked 12/26/02)

    Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
    http://weboflife.ksc.nasa.gov/exerciseandaging/toc.html
    "I am pleased to recommend Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging as an excellent manual for anyone who wants to take those first steps toward an active lifestyle. The scientists and doctors at the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health collaborated to produce this topnotch book. This guide contains valuable information about how exercise and proper nutrition are crucial for staying healthy as we age and provides useful tips on establishing and maintaining a regular exercise program." -- Senator John Glenn. Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 30, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    FAO World Agricultural Information Center
    http://www.fao.org/waicent/search/
    A collection of photographs, Web sites, documents, and press releases from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    Federal Citizen Information Center
    National Contact Center
    Federal Toll Free Telephone Numbers
    http://www.info.gov/toll-free.htm
    (Last checked 11/12/02)

    Final Report of the Congressional Joint Inquiry Into September 11
    http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_rpt/index.html#joint
    A compilation of report links by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), released Dec. 11, 2002.
    (Last checked 12/27/02)

    FirstGov Citizen Gateway
    FindIt Service Online e-Services for Citizens
    http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Find_Services.shtml
    Locate government offices and services in your local community, region or state. Find farmers markets, social security offices, post offices, police departments, substance abuse treatment centers, veterans facilities, state and local agencies by topic and much more. You can also do business with the government from your computer, by visiting our Online e-Services for Citizens.
    (Last checked 11/12/02)

    The Fiscal Survey of States
    http://www.nga.org/cda/files/NOV2002FISCALSURVEY.pdf
    As you may have heard, many states (including Michigan) have major budgetary problems this year. This study may help us understand the problem and its depth. "The Fiscal Survey of States is published twice annually by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and the National Governors Association (NGA). The series was started in 1977. The survey presents aggregate and individual data on the states’ general fund receipts, expenditures and balances. Although not the totality of state spending, these funds are used to finance most broad-based state services and are the most important elements in determining the fiscal health of the states. A separate survey that includes total state spending also is conducted annually..... Fiscal 2001 data represent actual figures, fiscal 2002 figures are preliminary actuals and fiscal 2003 data reflect appropriations." Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    FoodSafety.gov
    http://www.foodsafety.gov/
    "FoodSafety.gov is a gateway website that provides links to selected government food safety-related information. Not every government web site is listed. When more than one government web site provides similar information, links will be provided to only one or two of those sites. A steering committee consisting of individuals with different backgrounds reviews all potential sites for inclusion on the FoodSafety.gov web site. This web site is part of the National Food Safety Information Network . It is maintained by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition." Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century
    http://www.nap.edu/books/0309086221/html/
    Published by the National Academies Press for the Institute of Medicine, 2002.
    (Last checked 11/19/02)

    Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
    http://www.foodsafety.gov/
    The FAQ’s page has 500 frequently asked questions (FAQ) on federal, state, and local food safety web sites. It covers consumer as well as business and industry questions. On the Search page, you can search this specific website, state health departments, or search all the documents on one or more federal government agency web sites. There is a page for linking to federal, state, international and private agencies related to food safety. News & Safety Alerts provides links to news, alerts, recalls, etc. by federal, state, and local governments. The Consumer Alert section links to information on food handling, reporting a problem, seasonal advice (holiday food preparation) and much more. There is also and Industry Assistance link for information for the industry sector. The website is sponsored by the U.S. government. Source: Law Resource Exchange, Dec. 2, 2002.
    (Last checked 12/26/02)

    GED Online: International Education Statistics
    http://qesdb.cdie.org/ged/index.html
    In July 2000, USAID's Center for Human Capacity Development released its third annual PC-based database of international education statistics, GED 2000. Users in the Agency and their development partners worldwide were able to access the data by downloading the GED program to their desktop computers from a CD-ROM or from the USAID/Education & Training web site. In an effort to make current and future education data even more accessible, HCD has developed this web-based version of the GED. All of the data can now be accessed online from this site without downloading a program. In addition, the GED Online reflects recent data updates not found in the GED Download version. There are 145 indicators compiled from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics and 73 indicators compiled from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), a USAID program that has conducted full-scale nationally representative household surveys in over 60 developing countries since 1984. USAID plans to update this online database as new data become available.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    Gifts and Memorabilia from the U.S. Government
    http://firstgov.gov/shopping/souvenirs/memorabilia/memorabilia.shtml
    Scroll up and down this page and you'll find cool stuff you can actually buy from various government gift shops.

  • Toy trains from Amtrak
  • Posters of your favorite art from the National Gallery
  • Personal greeting cards from the Postal Service
  • Coins and other collectibles from the Mint
  • Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol
  • Holiday ornaments from the White House and others
  • Flight suit from the Kennedy Space Center
  • Gifts and passes from 130 national parks
    And more, more, more. Click on the link and see for yourself. Courtesy of FirstGov.
    (Last checked 12/18/02)

    Global Warming Site (EPA)
    http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html
    "The EPA Global Warming Site focuses on the science and impacts of global warming or climate change, and on actions by governments, corporations, and individuals that help address global warming issues. The site also features climate change related news, events, publications, reports, presentations, and links to other sites." For an academic approach to the subject, visit the site, A Closer Look at Global Warming (http://www4.nas.edu/onpi/webextra.nsf/web/climate?OpenDocument), "a new report by a committee of the National Research Council, characterizes the global warming trend over the last 100 years, and examines what may be in store for the 21st century and the extent to which warming may be attributable to human activity." For help in understanding some of the basic ideas and scientific studies on the subject, visit this site, Global Warming (http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html), an FAQ by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which provides answers to some of the basic questions about the suspected Warming and what the implications are for life on earth. Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Government of Canada Publications
    http://publications.gc.ca/
    An Internet source for 100,000 Canadian Documents dating as far back as 1982. To locate a particular document you can browse the catalogue by subject or department or execute a keyword search. Additional search criteria includes title, author, ISBN and all or any words in the Input Field. Search results can be sorted by title, author, Agency, Year, Catalogue number or a word in the Input Field. Publication files include the title, issuing agency, price and catalogue number. Some items are available online, some are not. There are instructions available on how to order materials that are not available online.
    (Last checked 12/26/02)

    Homeland Security Information Center
    http://www.ntis.gov/hs/
    This website is maintained by NTIS. At this site, you can purchase from NTIS scientific and technical information from the U.S. Government related to Homeland Security. You can select from the NTIS “best picks” under the topics of health and medicine, biological & chemical warfare; food & agriculture; preparedness & response; and safety training. You can also use the search engine at the NTIS main website to search for products. There is a vast amount of information on how to order the products. Source: Law Resource Exchagne, Dec. 2, 2002.
    (Last checked 12/26/02)

    Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry
    http://www.bioethics.gov/reports/cloningreport/index.html
    This Council report offers an examination of the scientific, ethical and social issues raised by the prospect of human cloning, and a series of recommendations for policy. Report by The President's Council on Bioethics, Washington, D.C., July 2002.
    (Last checked 08/29/03)

    Index Tranlationum
    http://www.unesco.org/culture/xtrans/
    Contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about a hundred of UNESCO's Member States since 1979 and totaling some 1,300,000 notices in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history and so forth. It is planned to update this every quarter.
    (Last checked 12/16/02)

    Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
    http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/
    Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Enhanced by the editors' use of margin notations and a comprehensive index, the information contained in Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties is in high demand by Native peoples, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and others of both Native and non-Native origins. Courtesy of the Oklahoma State University Library.
    (Last checked 01/09/03)

    Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2002
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iscs02.htm
    Examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. A collaborative report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, it presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population, using a comprehensive array of sources. November 2002. NCJ 196753.
    (Last checked 11/15/02)

    International Year of Freshwater (2003)
    http://www.unesco.org/water/iyfw/
    The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater in order to provide "an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of the principles of integrated water resources management." The Web site includes information on the program and associated events, and has links to worldwide resources on water. Available in English, French, and Spanish.
    (Last checked 11/07/02)

    Iraq Related CRS Reports
    http://fpc.state.gov/c7688.htm
    A compilation of Iraq-related CRS reports by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs.
    (Last checked 11/18/02)

    Human Development Report, 2002
    http://hdr.undp.org/
    Politics matter for human development. Reducing poverty depends as much on whether poor people have political power as on their opportunities for economic progress. Democracy has proven to be the system of governance most capable of mediating and preventing conflict and of securing and sustaining well-being. By expanding people's choices about how and by whom they are governed, democracy brings principles of participation and accountability to the process of human development. Courtesy of the United Nations Development Program.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    League of Nations: Statistical and Disarmament Documents
    http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/collections/league/
    Between World War I and World War II, countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America attempted to work together as the League of Nations. Russia and the United States refused to join, and the League eventually dissolved. To promote international peace and security, the League reduced national armaments and prevented the manufacture of implements of war. This site contains the digitized files of 250 League publications, most of which document the League's work in international disarmament. The original publications are part of a comprehensive collection of League of Nations materials held in Northwestern University Library's Government Publications and Maps Department.
    (Last checked 11/03/02)

    Library of Congress "Wise Guide" Portal Launched
    http://www.loc.gov/
    On October 12, 2002 the Library of Congress launched its "Wise Guide" Web magazine -- a Library's National Digital Library (NDL) project made up of more than 7.5 million items from the Library and other repositories. The launch introduced new users to the educational and useful resources available from one of the most extensive and popular sites of the federal government. The "Wise Guide" Web magazine can be accessed by clicking on a special icon on the top half of the Library's main home page. Source: Source: NCC WASHINGTON UPDATE, Vol 8, #42, October 25, 2002
    (Last checked 11/06/02)

    Mackinac State Historic Parks
    http://www.mackinacparks.com/
    Despite the ".com" in the web address, the Mackinac State Historic Parks is an agency of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Check out the web page for information about Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek, Old Mackinac Point, Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown, andMackinac Island State Park, including news, links, photos, and publications.
    (Last checked 01/08/03)

    MI Kids
    http://www.michigan.gov/mikids
    Elementary school teachers have a new online tool to teach fourth- and fifth-graders about Michigan's government, courtesty of the state's award-winning Web site, Michigan.gov. Called MI Kids, it's a self-contained portal aimed at helping children learn about state history, geography, and government agencies. The site, which cost $250,000, was developed for the state by Enlighten, an interactive design firm based in Ann Arbor. Source: Detroit Free Press, Oct. 28, 2002, p.2A
    (Last checked 11/15/02)

    Michigan Department of Corrections Most Wanted Page
    http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/MostWanted/MostWanted.asp
    The new “Most Wanted” Web site will feature up to 30 escapees and parole absconders. Last known location information, physical descriptions, sentencing information, escape location and pictures (if available) will be provided on each of the fugitives. The site will allow citizens to submit information relating to the whereabouts of the featured offenders. If an escapee is captured based on the information provided, the tipster will be eligible for a $100 reward.
    (Last checked 01/08/03)

    Michigan Government TV via MLive
    http://www.mlive.com/govtv/
    Get on the bandwagon and see the filibusters and finger-pointing live Tuesday-Thursday while the Legislature is in session.
    (Last checked 01/15/03)

    Michigan History Magazine
    http://www.michiganhistorymagazine.com
    Readers can find out more about selected Michigan History topics on the Michigan History Magazine Web site. Michigan History has provided engaging articles about the state’s past since 1917. Every issue tells exciting stories of Michigan people and places, is filled with bold illustrations and colorful photos and highlights history-related books and places to visit. The magazine is produced six times a year, including an annual single-theme special issue. The web site provides additional supplemental information not always found in the print edition.
    (Last checked 01/08/03)

    National Museum of African Art
    http://www.nmafa.si.edu/
    Enter the museum and visit some of the online collections!
    (last checked 01/10/03)

    National Strategy for Homeland Security
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/book/nat_strat_hls.pdf
    This report presents the Administration's national strategy for homeland security—a comprehensive plan for using America's talents and resources to enhance our protection from and reduce our vulnerability to terrorist attacks. Office of Homeland Security, July 2002.
    (Last checked 11/12/02)

    NTIS Launches New Web Site and Virtual Library Initiative
    http://www.ntis.gov/
    The NTIS has unveiled a newly designed web site. The Virtual Library Initiative allows visitors to executive free searches of items from 1990 to the present; link for free to the full text of documents on the web; download the first 20 pages of any document in electronic format for free (more than 21 pages costs $8.95); and access multimedia and computer products form the National Audiovisual Center.
    (Last checked 11/26/02)

    Nursing Home Compare
    http://www.medicare.gov/Nhcompare/Home.asp
    The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Important Information on Nursing Home Compare and other resources, including the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home, and Nursing Home Checklist are also available to help you with your nursing home choice. Use these tools, along with the information you gather during your visits to the nursing homes you are interested in to make your best choice.
    (Last checked 11/19/02)

    Nursing Homes: Public Reporting of Quality Indicators Has Merit, but National Implementation is Premature
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03187.pdf
    Report from the General Accounting Office (03-187, Oct. 2002) that questions the selection of indicators of nursing home quality and the underlying data behind the indicators. The indicators are being reported on a national database, Nursing Home Compare, made public by the Department of Health and Human Services.
    (Last checked 11/19/02)

    Nutritive Value of Foods: Home and Garden Bulletin 72
    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/HG72/hg72.html
    Information in tabular form on the nutritive values for commonly used foods. Includes calories, protein, total fat, saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol, carbohydrate, total dietary fiber, calcium, iron and many more. From the Agricultural Research Service. Also available in hard copy: (A 1.77:72/2002 GOVDOC-STK)
    (last checked 11/19/02)

    Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive
    Formerly called the National Counterintelligence Center
    http://www.nacic.gov/
    Follow this web link to find background screen posters as well as the Annual Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage.
    (Last checked 12/27/02)

    Oil Market Disruptions & Vulnerability
    http://www.eia.doe.gov/security/contingency.html
    A special page from the Department of Energy (DOE) providing an index to articles and histories of the past market disruptions and the potential problem any boycott or disasters would produce on the U.S. and the world's economy... Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 23, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Origins: Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life
    http://origins.jpl.nasa.gov/
    You may have heard that NASA has a program whose main goal is to find the origin of mankind on this planet. If you think about the processes necessary to create life in any form, some of that process had to come from elsewhere in the cosmos, and NASA's Origins Program explores the questions "where do we come from, and what can we see from here." From a scientist's point of view of course. Mac's Picks (New Zealand), Nov. 12, 2002.
    (Last checked 11/21/02)

    Our Documents
    http://www.ourdocuments.gov/
    This web site presents 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. Three new documents are added each week. A teacher's toolbox provides tips on how to bring primary documents alive for students.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    Political Violence Against Americans
    http://www.ds.state.gov/about/publications/terrorism/pvaa2001.html
    Formerly called Significant Incidents of Political Violence Against Americans, this web page/report is produced by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis (DS/DSS/ITA) to provide readers with a comprehensive picture of the broad spectrum of political violence that American citizens and interests have encountered abroad on an annual basis. The web page contains a copy of the 2001 report as well as earlier reports going back to 1987.
    (Last checked 01/03/03)

    The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
    http://www.fitness.gov/index.html
    "The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) serves as a catalyst to promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports. Assisted by elements of the U.S. Public Health Service, the PCPFS advises the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on how to encourage more Americans to be physically fit and active." With the recent report that many children in the United States are overweight and perform little, if any, physical activity, the Council's job seems more important. You can use their Web site to find out what they do and what steps they recommend in order to encourage children and adults to remain active and to become even more physically fit.Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 16, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Presidents of the United States (Trivia Lists)
    http://www.campvishus.org/PresidentIndex.htm
    Camp Vishus provides various presidential lists sorted by categories such as birthday, zodiac signs, beards, marital affairs, height, profession, age at death, marriage, number of children, war service, share of electoral college, who were never elected, age they took and left office, most popular, those assassinated and those escaping assassination, length of inaugural address.
    (Last checked 11/12/02)

    Public Papers of the President
    http://www.gpo.gov/nara/pubpaps/srchpaps.html
    Remember the good old days when Bill Clinton was President? Well, GPO Access continues to make more volumes of the Public Papers of the President series available.
    (Last checked 12/13/02)

    The Real CIA
    http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/index-cia.html
    This special report is based on the New York Times Television documentary, "The Real C.I.A.: Enemies, Secrets and Spies" which was broadcast several years ago. With text by Tim Weiner, the Times Washington correspondent who narrated the report, it includes video clips from the documentary and articles from the New York Times archives. Note: the New York Times requires you to register. Registration is free.
    (Last checked 12/27/02)

    Regulations.gov
    http://www.regulations.gov/
    A new Web site allowing the public to submit comments electronically on the federal government’s proposed rules and regulations is now available for use. The rulemaking portal is part of OMB’s e-government initiative. It will consolidate proposed and interim rules from all federal agencies on one Web site, making them easier to find and eliminating the need for maintaining multiple Web sites across the federal government.
    (Last checked 01/27/03)

    The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Healthy Weight
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/healthyweight_13649_7.pdf
    Possible addition for your online catalog? Concensus paper by the Michigan Department of Education in cooperation with the Michigan Deparment of Community Health, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports, and the Physical Fitness Foundation. Sept. 2001.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    Science.gov
    http://www.science.gov/
    "Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results." It provides information on such topics as: government technology, biology, medicine, agriculture, energy, environment, defense, astronomy, chemistry and physics. Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 16, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Selected Civil War Photographs
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html
    The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.
    An additional two hundred autographed portraits of army and navy officers, politicians, and cultural figures can be seen in the Civil War photograph album, ca. 1861-65. (James Wadsworth Family Papers). The full album pages are displayed as well as the front and verso of each carte de visite, revealing studio logos, addresses, and other imprint information on the approximately twenty photographers represented in the album. Library of Congress American Memory Project.
    (Last checked 01/24/03)

    The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from India
    http://www.asia.si.edu/
    Among the most spectacular works of Indian sculptural art are the temple bronzes cast a thousand years ago in the Tamil-speaking region of south India during the Chola dynasty. The Hindu god Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) embodies the Chola aesthetic. Gracefully poised upon the demon of ignorance, his supple limbs engaged in the dance of cosmic creation and destruction, Shiva is the luminous embodiment of transcendent power. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
    (Last checked 01/10/03)

    Smithsonian Art Museum Treasures to Go
    http://www.americanart.si.edu/t2go/index.html
    On January 7th, 2000, the Smithsonian American Art Museum launched one of the most extensive art tours in history. More than 500 of its finest treasures are traveling across the country to more than 70 museums. "Treasures to Go" is organized as eight thematic exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. The eight themes are (1) Young America, (2) Lure of the West, (3) American Impressionism, (4) The Gilded Age, (5) Scenes of American Life, (6) Modernism and Abstraction, (7) Contemporary Folk Art, and (8) Arte Latino. In case you haven't seen the traveling art show, images and descriptions of these works are available via this web page.
    (Last checked 11/22/02)

    The Submarines of October
    U.S. and Soviet Naval Encounters During the Cuban Missile Crisis
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB75/
    The National Security Archives has recently made available declassified documents from the Cuban Missile Crisis era back in 1962. For more information, see National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 75, William Burr and Thomas S. Blanton, editors, October 31, 2002
    (Last checked 11/10/02)

    Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/pnhtml/pnhome.html
    The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the 20th century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. Subject strengths include: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation. The images date from 1851 to 1991 and depict scenes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. More than twenty foreign countries and a few U.S. territories are also represented. These panoramas average between twenty-eight inches and six feet in length, with an average width of ten inches. Includes images of Michigan State University, Michigan Tech University, and the University of Michigan, as well as images from Albion, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Bay City, Benton Harbor, Boyne City, Detroit, Flint, Gladstone, Grand Rapids, Hancock, Houghton, Interlochen, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey, Port Huron, Ripley, Saginaw, and Sault Sainte Marie.. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project and the Prints and Photographs Division.
    (Last checked 01/10/03)

    Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/detroit/dethome.html
    This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection includes the work of a number of photographers, one of whom was the well known photographer William Henry Jackson. A small group within the larger collection includes about 900 Mammoth Plate Photographs taken by William Henry Jackson along several railroad lines in the United States and Mexico in the 1880s and 1890s. The group also includes views of California, Wyoming and the Canadian Rockies. Last but not least this collection includes an image of Michigan State University and Michigan Tech University. Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project and the Prints and Photographs Division.
    (Last checked 01/10/03)

    United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
    http://www.unidir.org/
    Long-term development and security, ensuring food, education, housing and economic infrastructure, is all but impossible in regions torn apart by conflict. The global community often invests again and again in the same conflict area, only to have hard-won progress destroyed by the next conflict. Development efforts are wasted unless these conflicts can be tamed and new ones prevented. Additionally, in unstable regions, arms build-ups increase the likelihood of violence and at the same time drain valuable resources away from desperately needed human development. UNIDIR's research programme attempts to address such problems. Proposing new ideas for security thinking, UNIDIR's work brings together security, disarmament and development so that all forms of security — national, regional, global — are recognized as true manifestations of human security. Putting people first in our debates on disarmament and security is the fundamental approach of UNIDIR, and one that we hope will make a significant contribution to lasting peace. This web page also provides a directory of UNIDIR publications broken out into the following topics: biological issues, chemical issues, nuclear issues, missiles, small arms, landmines, peacekeeping, and education.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    U.S. Air Force Museum
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
    http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/index.htm
    Almost a century ago, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, realized their vision of sustained, controlled, powered flight, forever changing the world. Since that magical day in 1903, the Wright brothers' pioneering spirit has endured through the steady march of technological innovation leading to today's stealthy, supersonic fighter jets. Befitting its legacy as the cradle of aviation, Dayton will take center stage in 2003 as the location for an exciting array of major events and activities to commemorate a century of flight. In case you can't visit, this web page provides access to various rotating virtual galleries of exhibits and historical information, including Early American Planes and Their Inventors.
    (Last checked 12/27/02)

    U.S. Senate Home Page Revised
    http://www.senate.gov/
    The U.S. Senate has completely revised its web siteand added a lot of new information, including bibliographies and "how to's." Source: Jerry Breeze, Documents Service Center, Lehman Library, Columbia University, New York, NY, GOVDOC-L, Oct. 31, 2002.
    (Last checked 11/03/02)

    USLinks (Duke University)
    http://www.lib.duke.edu/texis/searchdb/uslinks/uslinks
    An online directory of selected U.S. government agencies focusing on those of particular interest to academic libraries. It is searchable by keyword, name and acronym. Courtesy of the Duke University Perkins Library Public Documents and Maps Department. Source: Ann Miller, GOVDOC-L, Nov. 4, 2002.
    (Last checked 11/07/02)

    Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP)
    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/default.htm
    Recently, several popular cruise ships have reported viruses that have infected many of their passengers. One of the ships has had problems on two consecutive voyages. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has noted the problem and created this special site. This has prompted the CDC to analyze the problem and stepped-up their procedures for inspecting the ships. The problem seems related to the sanitation methods used by the crews of the ships. This official CDC Web page provides news of the problem as well as detailing the steps taken by the Center to stop the viruses from spreading. Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 9, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

    Veteran's History Project
    http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/
    Learn about our country's veterans at this site, courtesy of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. Browsers can hear veterans relate their experience and find out how to volunteer.
    (Last checked 12/27/02)

    World Development Report, 2003
    http://econ.worldbank.org/wdr/wdr2003/text-17926/
    Growth in material well-being is a central element in advancing human welfare and reducing poverty. Growth requires investment in productive physical capital. And a development strategy focused narrowly on physical investment and growth can be successful for a period. However, if policies to increase aggregate wealth waste natural resources, inflict unnecessary damage on critical environmental processes, undermine social cohesion, or fail to rapidly reduce poverty, they can generate serious problems. These problems can be ignored for a while, but not indefinitely. Unattended, these social and environmental problems can fester to the point where they gradually or abruptly undermine the scope for improvements in human welfare. Sustaining growth over the long term therefore requires that such problems be addressed integrally in current growth strategies and investment programs. It is better to address these problems well before they become crises, since the lead times can be long. Courtesy of the World Bank.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/
    This presentation provides resources and documents about the Spanish-American War, the period before the war, and some of the fascinating people who participated in the fighting or commented about it. Information about Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States is provided in chronologies, bibliographies, and a variety of pictorial and textual material from bilingual sources, supplemented by an overview essay about the war and the period. Among the participants and authors featured are such well-known figures as Presidents Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as Admiral George Dewey and author Mark Twain (United States), together with other important figures such as Antonio Maceo and José Martí (Cuba), Román Baldorioty de Castro and Lola Rodríguez de Tió (Puerto Rico), José Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo (Philippines), and Antonio Cánovas del Castillo and Ramón Blanco (Spain). Courtesy of the Library of Congress American Memory Project and the Hispanic Reading Room.
    (Last checked 01/10/03)

    A World of Books
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/int-world.html
    A World of Books is a series of annual pamphlets first started in 1998. Each year the Library's foreign area specialists identify some of the most important and interesting books published abroad that an American public may have overlooked. The results provide a fascinating insight about other peoples and cultures.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg Summit 2002)
    http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/
    When the United Nations General Assembly authorized holding the World Summit on Sustainable Development, it was hardly a secret— or even a point in dispute— that progress in implementing sustainable development has been extremely disappointing since the 1992 Earth Summit, with poverty deepening and environmental degradation worsening. What the world wanted, the General Assembly said, was not a new philosophical or political debate but rather, a summit of actions and results. Web site provided by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division of Sustainable Development.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    World Trade Organization Documents Online
    http://docsonline.wto.org/gen_home.asp?language=1&_=1
    This database contains WTO documentation from 1995 onwards and is updated daily. It also contains selected material for the period 1986-1994, principally Uruguay Round documents and a small number of GATT documents. There are currently over 100,000 documents in the database in the three official languages of the WTO.
    (Last checked 12/19/02)

    World War II Poster Collection
    http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/collections/wwii-posters/index.html
    The over 300 World War II posters in this site were collected and preserved by the Northwestern University Government Publications Department during the war years of 1941-1945. Issued by various U.S. agencies, they represent the government's effort, through art, illustration, and photographs, to pull the American people together in a time of adversity for the country and its population.
    (Last checked 11/03/02)

    Writers on America
    http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/writers/
    "This book originated as an intriguing suggestion by Mark Jacobs, a U.S. foreign service officer with our State Department staff who also happens to be a working novelist. If we were to ask a contemporary group of American poets, novelists, critics, and historians what it means to be an American writer, Jacobs proposed, the results could illuminate in an interesting way certain America values -- freedom, diversity, democracy -- that may not be well understood in all parts of the world." Besides, Jacobs, some of the more well-known authors who contributed to this project are: Michael Chabon, Julia Alverez, Linda Hogan and Bharati Mukherjee. Originally produced and maintained by the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Information Programs, the book is not available in the U.S. (as its publication falls under a rather obscure law), but is available via the World Wide Web. Here you can read all the articles that were submitted honoring the U.S.) Source: El Dorado County Public Library's What's New on the Internet, Dec. 30, 2002.
    (Last checked 01/06/03)

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