ODDS AND ENDS : ISSUE 112, NOVEMBER 2005

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

Table of Contents

Alito Nomination Collection
Bermuda Triangle FAQS
Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) Information Resources
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Depression Among Adults
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
Family History and Your Health (Michigan)
FBI Research Reports on the Nation of Islam
Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service
Fun With Federal Procurement
Harriet Miers, Nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court
Helping Your Child publication seriesr
How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Gas Water Heater
Independent Inquiry Committee Into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme
Indicators of Marriage and Fertility in the United States
From the American Community Survey, 2000 to 2003
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005
Lewis and Clark Celebration
Looks Too Good To Be True.com
Mapping Immigration
Mold
Myth vs. Reality: Debunking the Administration's Spin About Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS)
National Strategy for Victory in Iraq
National Summit on Campus Public Safety
New Medicare Drug Plans Fail to Provide Meaningful Drug Price Discounts
Offshoring of Services: An Overview of the Issues
PandemicFlu.gov
Population Profile of the United States
President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform Final Report
Probation and Parole in the United States, 2004
The Promise of Biotechnology
Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America
for a Brighter Economic Future
Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald
Taking Care : Ethical Caregiving in our Aging Society
U.S. Government Manual, 2005-2006
Veterans History Project
Voices of War
What Every Driver Must Know
Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Winter 2002
Winter Olympics 2006 (Turin, Olympic)
World Youth Report 2005: Young People Today and in 2015

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Alito Nomination Collection
http://www.loc.gov/rr/law/alito.html
A bibliography compiled by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, including a PDF excerpt of Judge Alito's 1990 confirmation hearing (Senate Hearing 101-651, Part 5).
(Last checked 11/07/05)

Bermuda Triangle FAQS
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq8-1.htm
In case you missed the tv documentary! Courtesy of the Naval Historical Center.
(Last checked 11/28/05)

Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) Information Resources
http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/aflu/Avian%20Influenza.htm
A compilation of resources provided by Richard Crawford from the Animal Welfare Information Center, National Agricultural Library.
(Last checked 10/14/05)

Body Mass Index (BMI)
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/
This site has been developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help the public understand this health concept. "BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height. BMI can be calculated with simple math using inches and pounds, or meters and kilograms. For adults aged 20 years or older, BMI falls into one of these categories: underweight, normal, overweight, or obese." "BMI is not the only indicator of health risk. BMI is just one of many factors related to developing a chronic disease (such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes)"
(Last checked 11/23/05)

Depression Among Adults
http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k5/depression/depression.cfm
An estimated 8% of adults experienced at least one major depressive episode during the past year. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports on their experience with mental treatment, use of abusive drugs and social-economic characteristics of those who suffer from depression. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
(Last checked 11/28/05)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005
http://www.mypyramid.gov/guidelines/index.html
Gives science-based advice on food and physical activity choices for health.
(Last checked 11/28/05)

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/continental/
The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Most broadsides are one page in length; others range from 1 to 28 pages. A number of these items contain manuscript annotations not recorded elsewhere that offer insight into the delicate process of creating consensus. In many cases, multiple copies bearing manuscript annotations are available to compare and contrast.
(Last checked 10/11/05)

Family History and Your Health
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Family_History_Newsletters_120294_7.pdf
The November issue of Family History and Your Health is now available. This issue highlights the U.S. Surgeon General's Annual Family History initiative as well as November as Diabetes awareness month. Please click on the link for the newsletter. Source: Michigan Genetics Connection Resource Center, Department of Community Health, 201 Townsend St. 4th Floor, P.O. Box 30195, Lansing, MI 48909; Toll-free: 1-866-852-1247; Website: http://www.migeneticsconnection.org; E-mail: Genetics@Michigan.Gov
(Last checked 11/21/05)

FBI Research Reports on the Nation of Islam
http://www.thememoryhole.org/fbi/noi.htm
Two previously unseen monographs covering the Black Muslims' history and activities up to the mid-1960s. Based on often obscure public-source documents, internal NOI literature, and confidential material, such as informants and FBI investigative files. Courtesy of the Memory Hole.
(Last checked 10/11/05)

Fun With Federal Procurement
http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaourassoc/rusasections/brass/
brasspubs/publibbrief/no13nov2005/plb200511.htm

The prospect of assisting a patron through the Federal Contracting maze can be a little intimidating. However, there are many resources that will assist patrons in establishing a relationship with Uncle Sam. This article outlines the beginning steps to getting your patrons in business. The Public Libraries Briefcase series is a publication of the BRASS Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee.
(Last checked 11/22/05)

Harriet Miers, Nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court
http://www.law.umich.edu/library/news/topics/miers/miersindex.htm
Provides links to information about and writings by Harriet Miers. Courtesy of the University of Michigan Law Library.
(Last checked 10/13/05)

Helping Your Child publication series
http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education, the Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow. Some are available in Spanish. Some have been previously distributed in print to Federal Depository Libraries. PDF titles available in this series include:

  • Help Your Child Improve in Test-Taking
  • Help Your Child Learn to Write Well
  • Helping Your Child Become a Reader
  • Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen
  • Helping Your Child Learn Geography
  • Helping Your Child Learn History
  • Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science
  • Helping Your Child Succeed in School
  • Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence
  • Helping Your Child Use the Library
  • Helping Your Child With Homework
  • Helping Your Preschool Child
    (Last checked 11/15/05)

    How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Gas Water Heater
    http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/eep_gas_waterheaters.cfm
    Consumer information about gas water heaters, covering efficiency recommendations, cost effectiveness, technology options (such as demand-type and solar assisted water heaters), and other tips for buying and using water heaters. Includes a cost calculator. From the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Hey, but gas prices are going up this winter! Source: Librarians' Internet Index New This Week, October 20, 2005.
    (Last checked 10/20/05)

    Independent Inquiry Committee Into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme
    http://www.iic-offp.org/
    "In April 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed an independent, high-level inquiry to investigate the administration and management of the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. Following this, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1538 (2004), which endorses the inquiry and calls for full cooperation in the investigation by all United Nations officials and personnel, the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq, and all other Member States, including their national regulatory authorities." On the 27th of October 2005: "The Independent Inquiry Committee has today issued a Report on The Manipulation of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme, with accompanying tables." And you can read this report online at Report on the Manipulation of the Oil-for-Food Programme. Spotted in El Dorado County Library What's Hot on the Internet, Nov. 7, 2005.
    (Last checked 11/20/05)

    Indicators of Marriage and Fertility in the United States From the American Community Survey, 2000 to 2003
    http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/fertility/mar-fert-slides.html
    This new analysis looks at links between marriage, fertility and other socioeconomic characteristics, and it provides the first-ever state-by-state analysis of median age at first marriage. This analysis of the multi-year marriage and fertility data from the American Community Survey (ACS) also shows how socioeconomic characteristics such as mother's income, age, work status and language spoken at home are correlated with birth rates.
    (Last checked 10/20/05)

    Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005
    http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006001
    Uses a variety of federal data sources to report annually on crime in school or on the way to and from school. Finds that violence is still widespread but has declined since 1992 from 48 violent victimizations to 28 in 2003. From the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    Lewis and Clark Celebration
    http://www.ucdp.uc.edu/lewisandclark/
    For those of you interested in the Lewis and Clark explorations, the University of Cincinnati digital press has put together an interesting web site, including Volume 1 and Volume 2 of History of the expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the sources of the Missouri... (1814). Source: Lorna Newman, Government Documents Librarian, Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati, via GOVDOC-L, November 17, 2005.
    (Last checked 11/21/05)

    Looks Too Good To Be True.com
    http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/
    Offers information about consumer scams on the Internet. Covers typical types of Internet-based fraud, victim stories, tips, and a FAQ. Cosponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Service.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    Mapping Immigration
    http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/data/maps/index.htm
    The Office of Immigration Statistics has developed a new section on its website called "Mapping Immigration". This area consists of a series of maps that display the geographic distribution of the Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) flow between the calendar years 1980 and 2003. Three sets of maps were created: 1) the distribution of the overall LPR flow, 2) the distribution by class of admission, and 3) the distribution of LPRs by region and country of birth. A companion report titled "Mapping Trends in U.S. Legal Immigration: 1980 to 2003" has also been published. This report summarizes and presents a visual analysis of the state of residence of foreign nationals who became LPRs between calendar year 1980 and 2003. Source: Jean Scott, Statistical Assistant, Office of Immigration Statistics, Department of Homeland Security, via GOVDOC-L, October 11, 2005.
    (Last checked 10/11/05)

    Mold
    http://www.cdc.gov/mold/
    Collection of documents about mold and its effects on human health. Includes a FAQ, fact sheets on specific molds, cleanup and remediation guidelines, discussions about mold and dampness in indoor spaces, and related material. Some material available in Spanish. From the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Makes you glad we don't live in New Orleans or the Hurricane Alley. Source: Librarians' Internet Index New This Week, October 20, 2005.
    (Last checked 10/20/05)

    Myth vs. Reality: Debunking the Administration's Spin About Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq
    http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/dpc-new.cfm?doc_name=sr-109-1-129
    In response to recent statements from Senate Democrats, media outlets, and others critical of its misleading case justifying war in Iraq, the Bush Administration has taken to the attack in an attempt to defend its eroding credibility. Unfortunately, in defending its case for war, the Administration has made several unsubstantiated and misleading claims which further call its credibility into question. This document examines some of the Administration’s misleading statements over the last week. Democratic Policy Committee, November 18, 2005.
    (Last checked 12/23/05)

    National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS)
    http://www.nclis.gov/
    The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) has announced the availability of a newly redesigned Commission Web site. The new site not only has a dramatically different appearance, it represents a major reorganization of the content and links. It is designed to help people find current and historical information about national information policy, dissemination of government information to the public, and news about the Commission and its initiative and activities.
    (Last checked 11/10/05)

    National Strategy for Victory in Iraq
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/iraq_strategy_nov2005.html
    The following document articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003 and provides an update on our progress as well as the challenges remaining.
    (Last checked 11/30/05)

    National Summit on Campus Public Safety
    http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mime/open.pdf?Item=1561
    Subtitled: Strategies for Colleges and Universities in a Homeland Security Environment. Calls colleges and universities “among society’s most vulnerable and exploitable targets for individuals and organizations seeking to cause harm and fear.” Documents and assesses existing campus policing strategies as the basis for a national strategy. From the Justice Department.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    New Medicare Drug Plans Fail to Provide Meaningful Drug Price Discounts
    http://www.democrats.reform.house.gov/Documents/20051122163450-37554.pdf
    Prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff. Special Investigations Division. November 2005. 14pp.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    Offshoring of Services: An Overview of the Issues
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d065.pdf
    Provides a summary of expert views on the potential impacts, especially on employment, distribution of income, and national security, describes proposed public policies for responding to such activities, and highlights areas where additional research is needed. From the Government Accountability Office. November 2005.
    (Last checked 11/30/05)

    PandemicFlu.gov
    http://www.PandemicFlu.gov/
    Launched on November 1st by President bush, this is the official government website for information on pandemic flu and avian (bird) flu. The new website includes facts about the flu and how to treat and/or prevent it, plus you can read the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.
    (Last checked 11/10/05)

    Population Profile of the United States: Dynamic Version
    http://www.census.gov/population/www/pop-profile/profiledynamic.html
    The Census Bureau has announced a new, "dynamic" version of the Population Profile of the US. Apparently, this will only feature yearly data-- advanced users may go to American Fact Finder if they are looking for some kind of time series. There are other issues with this, such as the fact that it's not so much dynamic in an electronic way as it is just a PDF file, but it seems that the Census will only be issuing this report electronically from now on.
    (Last checked 11/11/05)

    President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
    http://www.taxreformpanel.gov/
    This bipartisan panel was commissioned to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on options to reform the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more pro-growth.
    (Last checked 10/26/05)

    President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
    Final Report
    http://www.taxreformpanel.gov/final-report/
    "On January 7, 2005, President Bush established the bipartisan Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform to recommend options for reform of our tax code. We recognize the importance of our task and the magnitude of the challenges we face. Our muddled tax code reflects years of compromises and quick fixes. History has taught us that although it is relatively easy to achieve consensus on the need for reform, it is much more difficult to devise a solution that satisfies all competing interests. This web site provides the final report.
    (Last checked 11/06/05)

    Probation and Parole in the United States, 2004
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/ppus04.htm,br> Reports the number of persons on probation and parole by state at the end of 2004 and compares with comparable figures for 1995 and 2000. Also offers demographic characteristics of persons covered. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    The Promise of Biotechnology
    http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/ites/1005/ijee/ijee1005.htm
    This issue of Economic Perspectives explores some of the most promising applications of biotechnology, from microorganisms engineered to produce hydrogen gas from organic waste and bacteria engineered to break down environmental pollutants, to crops that add vitamins to what we eat and novel drugs for treating human diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State International Affairs Programs.
    (Last checked 11/10/05)

    Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
    http://books.nap.edu/catalog/11463.html
    Not yet available for purchase as book, but anyone can peruse the PDF copy. Prepared by the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century: An Agenda for American Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, 504 pages (approximate), 6 x 9, 2005
    (Last checked 10/26/05)

    Taking Care : Ethical Caregiving in our Aging Society
    http://www.bioethics.gov/reports/taking_care/index.html
    Looks at the current problems associated with aging in America and offers ethical guidelines for the care of persons who can no longer care for themselves. From the President's Council on Bioethics. September 2005. 333pp.
    (Last checked 10/11/05)

    Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/index.html
    Not much there as yet, but there is a lot of interest in what will result from Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation on who leaked information about Valerie Plame.
    (Last checked 10/26/05)

    U.S. Government Manual, 2005-2006
    http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html
    The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations; and boards, commissions, and committees. Quick keyword search or browse sections (in PDF).
    (Last checked 10/25/05)

    Veterans History Project
    http://www.loc.gov/vets/
    In celebration of Veterans Day, consider visiting the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. It includes a remarkable collection of interviews and documentary materials spanning much of the twentieth century. Contained in these sources are compelling accounts of wartime service from men and women, civilian and military, representing many ranks, jobs, branches of service, and theaters of war. Their stories--told in their own words through letters, diaries, and oral history interviews--teach us, amuse us, and inspire us. They also sometimes sadden us, with tales of lost lives, lost time, and lost innocence, all in service to our country.

  • This companion Web site accompanies Voices of War, the first book of stories drawn from the collections of the Veterans History Project. The book relates war through the eyes of 60 veterans and civilians caught up in the momentous conflicts of the 20th century. Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and paintings from the Project's own collections, Voices of War relives the totality of war in the words of the men and women who experienced it, through their oral history interviews, memoirs, diaries, and correspondence. Each chapter contains stories related to a common theme, including Chapter 1: Answering the Call; Chapter 2: A Day in the Life; Chapter 3: Under Fire; Chapter 4: They Also Serve; Chapter 5: World War II Home Front; Chapter 6: Coming Home; and Chapter 7 : Reflections.
  • This Web site accompanies the second book of stories from the collections of the Veterans History Project. Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service contains 37 tales of servicemen and women who served our country in every major war from World War I through the current conflict in Iraq. Each chapter contains stories related to a common theme, including Chapter 1: On the Front Line; Chapter 2: The Brotherhood; Chapter 3: The Healers; Chapter 4: Groundbreakers; Chapter 5: Survivors; and Chapter 6: War's Consequences.
    (Last checked 11//11/05)

    What Every Driver Must Know
    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/wedmk_16312_7.pdf
    Brushing up for a Michigan driver's license?
    (Last checked 11/15/05)

    Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Winter 2002
    http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p70-101.pdf
    Reports on the number and characteristics of children in different types of child care arrangements in 2002. Also offers data on historic trends in child care arrangements. From the Census Bureau.
    (Last checked 11/28/05)

    Winter Olympics 2006 (Turin, Italy)
    http://olympics.usembassy.it/
    The U.S. Mission to Italy has launched this web site for those planning on attending the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
    (Last checked 11/10/05)

    World Youth Report 2005: Young People Today and in 2015
    http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/wyr05.htm
    Reports on the plight of the world’s youth, who suffer from poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment. Focuses on 15 areas of policy priority to meet international development goals. From the United Nations.
    (Last checked 10/11/05)

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