With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

National Agricultural Library
Almanac of American Politics
American Memory Historical Collections
CNN Bosnia Crisis Home Page
Bosnia Greetings
CNN Bosnia Crisis Home Page
Canadian Government Information
Canadian Government Online
Census Test
Michigan Children's Ombudsman
China: Nat'l High School Debate Topic
How to Research Congress
Consumer Information Center Web Site
Country Rpts. on Human Rights Practice
Courtroom Challenge
CRS Abstracting Service
Downloading Democracy
ES&H Technical Information Services
East European Legislative Monitor
Economic & Educational Opportunities
Economic Report of the President
Engler for Vice-President
Engler's State of the State Address
Environmental Scorecards
FAOSTAT Agricultural Data Base
FAOSTAT Fisheries Data Base
FAOSTAT Forestry Data Base
FBIS and JPRS to be Phased Out?
Federal Bulletin Board Address Change
FEC WWW Site Upgraded
Food and Nutrition Information Center
Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Midland County Friend of the Court
Govt. Documents Librarian Resources
Another Govt. Docs. Library Web Site
Govt. Electronic Bulletin Boards
Federal Govt. Info on the Internet
New GPO Access Gateway
GPO Access User Guide
GPO Publications Reference File
The Green Book (Environmental Profiles)
Habitat II Clearinghouse
Hubble Pictures
HUD User Web Site
Human Rights Practice Country Rpts.
U.S. Intelligence Community Hearing
A Permanent Int'l Criminal Court?
International Documents
International Women's Day
IRS Digital Daily
BJS Announces New Home Page
Lexis-Nexis Presidential Campaign Info
Library of Congress Learning Page
Using Locis for Legislative Histories
Michigan Children's Ombudsman
Michigan Bureau of Elections
Michigan Environmental Law
Michigan Family Independence Agency
Michigan Historical Center
Michigan House News
Michigan ICLE
Michigan Legislative Highlights
Michigan DNR Launches New Magazine
Michigan (& Mich. County) Pop. Projections
Michigan Office of Regulatory Reform
1990 Michigan School District Data Book
Michigan Supreme Court Opinions
Michigan Telecommunications Act of 1995
Mich. Travel Bureau Summer Activities Guide
Midland County Friend of the Court
U.S. Army Center for Military History
Monthly Catalog
NASA Observatorium
NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute
NATO Home Page
National Agricultural Library
National High School Debate Topic : China
Nat. Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Park Service
National Transportation Library
Nellie Mae
Non-U.S. Countries
OTA News Update
OTA Legacy, 1972-1995
U.S. Patents Citation Database
Penny Hill Press's CRS Abstracting Service
PIPC Working Papers
Disgruntled Postal Worker Zone
Preparing for the 21st Century
President '96 (Campign Simulation Game)
Pres. Clinton's State of the Union Address
Presidential Inaugerals
Presidential Sites
1990 Michigan School District Data Book
Securities and Exchange Commission
Small Business Advisor Web Site
The Spotting Scope
State Library of Ohio GPO Access Gateway
State of the State Survey Briefing Papers
State of the Union Address
State of the Union Archive
State of the World's Children
The Strategic Studies Institute
Summer Travel Guide & Calendar of Events
Arthur Miller's Supreme Court Website
Federal Tax Information
State Tax Information
Telecommunications Act of 1996
Using Thomas for Legislative Histories
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Electronic Field Trip to the United Nations
UN Div. for the Advancement of Women
U.S. Air Force's Role In Bosnia
U.S. Army Center for Military History
U.S. Army's Role In Bosnia
U.S., DOE, ES&H Tech. Info. Services
U.S. History Hypertext Project
U.S. Housing Market Conditions
U.S. Small Business Advisor Upgraded
United States Information Service
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
University Partnerships Clearinghouse
Wayne County Econ. Dev. Online
World Agricultural Information Centre
White House Web Server Upgraded
Bogus White House Home Page
International Women's Day

Almanac of American Politics
No longer available free from PoliticsUsa, which no longer exists. Currently available to National Journal Policy Group subscibers.

Bosnia Greetings
No longer available. 02/21/01.
The "Greetings and Encouragement to the Troops Form" allows anyone to send a message of greeting and encouragement to the troops in Bosnia. Messages cannot be sent to indiviuals or units however. Source : Greta Marlatt , Documents Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, 411 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93943, e-mail : (GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil), telephone: (408) 656-2986, GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.

CNN Bosnia Crisis Home Page
Provides news stories, maps, analysis, relief agency information, and archival material. Source : Greta Marlatt , Documents Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, 411 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93943, e-mail : (GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil), telephone: (408) 656-2986, GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.
(Last checked 02/21/01)

The Canadian Government Information
A guide to Canadian Government Information (by subject, province, and municipality) courtesy of the University of Waterloo Electronic Library.
(Last checked 07/05/05)

The Canadian Government Online Web Site
The Canadian Government Online web site provides information of all kinds about Canada and its institutions. A government overview offers information about "key institutions" such as parliament, the ministry and Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and Auditor General. Also included is information about Canadian symbols such as the name Canada and the flags, and maps, and fact sheets. However, the real power of the site (much like the White House site in the U.S.) is its exhaustive links to Canadian Federal Institutions, arranged alphabetically, from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to Yukon Water Board. Over one hundred connections are provided, including the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Wheat Board, Elections Canada, National Film Board, and National Archives. Under the "other governments" menu, there are pointers to all provincial and territorial pages, as well as an intergovernmental online information kiosk, with pointers to federal, provincial, and municipal pages. This is a very thorough, as well as beautifully designed gateway to Canadian information. The site is completely searchable. Both English and French sites are accessible from the home page. Source : Scout Report, February 9, 1996.

Census Test
According to the February 1996 issue of American Demographics, the Census Bureau will be conducting a test census to find out how Americans might respond to a newly designed census package. If you are interested, take a look at the article entitled "This is Just a Census Test", pages 13-15, or contact Patricia Berman, Decennial Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau; telephone (301) 457-3960.

How to Research Congress
This easy-to-use introduction, by Fenton S. Martin and Robert U. Goehlert, outlines the essential resources and searching tools for identifying primary and secondary resources about Congress. Listings include almanacs, bibliographical directories, encyclopedias, indexes, electronic products and online services, databases, journals, newspapers, and news services. All aspects of Congress are covered, including procedures, committees, investigations, reform, foreign affairs, and legislative analysis. Available in March 1996 from Congressional Quarterly Books. 140pp. Paperback : 0-87187-869-0; $19.95; hardbound : 0-87187-870-4; $29.95. To order, call 1-800-638-1710.

Consumer Information Center Web Site
The General Services Administration (GSA) offers its Consumer Information Center via the web. The 1996 Consumer Information Catalog (advertised as being available in hardcopy from an address in Pueblo, Colorado) is available for downloading, as well as full text consumer information publications on cars, children, employment, federal programs, food and nutrition, health, housing, small business, money, and travel and hobbies. Also offered are more than 15 10 second CIC TV spots (in AVI format) and a selection of CIC print adds (in GIF format). Source : Scout Report, February 9, 1996.

Welcome to the Courtroom Challenge!
Arthur Miller's Supreme Court Web Site issues the following challenge : "I'll present you with real landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court and other courts around the country. You can explore the facts, research the law, consider various arguments and then either decide the case or argue one side or the other. I'll tell you how the real case came out -- but not until after you have made up your mind about what should have happened.

If you argue one side of the case, you'll get points for choosing facts, cases and arguments that best support your side, whether or not your client ultimately wins. Enjoy the advocacy process! I hope you will learn something interesting about the law along the way. Cases selected by Professor Arthur Miller, Harvard Law School. Source: Gary Klass, PSRT-L, Jan. 25, 1996.

A permanent International Criminal Court?
For the first time in the nearly half a century which has elapsed since the adoption of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal of 8 August 1945, there is a realistic chance that the United Nations (UN) General Assembly could approve a statute for a permanent international criminal court to bring to justice those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace. Amnesty International's documents on the subject can be found here. 02/06/96.

CRS Abstracting Service
Penny Hill Press has begun offering abstracts of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, studies, fact sheets, issue briefs, and other documents over the world wide web. For a fee, you can receive same-day shipment of the full reports by first class mail or Federal Express. Some members of Congress will also forward you a copy free of charge as well. For more information, contact Walt Seager, Penny Hill Press, (pennyhill@clark.net). Source: GOVDOC-L, February 5, 1996.
(Last checked 04/28/99)

Downloading Democracy : Government Information in an Electronic Age
Susan M. Ryan from Stetson University has written a new book discussing government information in real world settings. It covers policy, individual electronic formats (CD-ROM, floppy diskettes, electronic bulletin boards, the Internet, and online databases), and the practical applications of government information in electronic formats. It also discusses the issues surrounding the distribution of government information in electronic formats including history, policy, implications for service, directory information, advantages and disadvantages of each electronic format, practical amputations in business, education, and local government, and provides a look at the future of government information dissemination in electronic formats. (Creskill, NJ : Hampton Press, 1996, 368pp.) Cloth : 1-57273-048-X, $69.50; Paperback : 1-57273-049-8, $28.50.

U.S. Department of Energy,
Office of Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H),
Technical Information Services (TIS)

TIS is a new computer-based information system that provides safety and health professionals with reliable, accurate and current information to assist them in performing their jobs. TIS is being developed for the (ES&H) by SCIENTECH, Inc. TIS is replacing the Safety Performance Measurement System (SPMS). Databases presently on TIS include information currently maintained on Safety Performance Measurement System (SPMS); additional ES&H reference information, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and Department of Energy (DOE) interpretations of those standards, ES&H Orders and Notices and ES&H technical publications. TIS will also have expanded information processing capabilities for accident and injury/illness analyses. Additional databases will be added to meet users' requirements. 02/31/96.

East European Legislative Monitor (EELM)
The Constitutional and Legislative Policy Institute has announced free subscriptions to an East European Legtislative Monitor service. For more information,
click here.

Committee on Economic & Educational Opportunities
The U.S. House of Representatives offers access to current information about student-aid issues, the impact of the Balanced Budget Act of 1995 on student-loan savings, and the text of proposed committee legislation courtesy of the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities. Also provided are a listing of committee members with biographies. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2, 1996, p.A21.

1996 Economic Report of the President
The complete text of the 1996 Economic Report of the President, authored by the Council of Economic Advisors, is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) web site. The online Report can be searched but not browsed. To see large portions of the report at once, search on "chapter" (without the quotes). This will return each chapter plus a detailed table of contents. Use the detailed table of contents to search for specific items, but be aware that the engine returns the entire chapter(s) that contain your query words. Queries will also return specific appendix tables that match the query. To receive multiple tables, use the query "table b*" (with the quotes). Tables and text are available in ASCII and PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. Acrobat formatted chapters include the graphics that are in the hardcopy version. Adobe Acrobat is available from the Adobe site or from the Scout Toolkit. Source : Scout Report, February 16, 1996.

Engler for Vice-President
An Unofficial Engler for Vice-President Web Page produced by the Michigan Republican Conservative Conference.

Engler's State of the State Address
Contains the text of Governor Engler's State of the State address,

Environmental Scorecard
Find out how your representatives are addressing your environmental concerns. The League of Conservation Voters provides National Environmental Socrecards for 1993, 1994, and the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. The 1993 and 1994 Scorecards rate both House and Senate representatives according to their voting records on critical environmental issues; the 1995 focuses only on House members. R 03/09/96.

FBIS and JPRS to be Phased Out?
According to NTIS, the recently-introduced World News Connection database includes about 65 percent of the material in FBIS and JPRS. NTIS is trying to increase this number by getting permission from foreign publishers to make the material available online. Also, an NTIS representative at the World News Connection help desk said the paper/microfiche versions of FBIS and JPRS will be discontinued by the end of 1996. Source: Jeff Steinman, Editor, Bernan Press, GOVDOC-L, March 12, 1996.

The Federal Bulletin Board Update
GPO changed the address of the Federal Bulletin Board. The new telnet address is -- "fedbbs.access.gpo.gov". Source : Clark E. McLean, Government Information Dept., General Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466, GOVDOC-L, February 4, 1996.

The Federal Election Commission WWW Site Updated
Since it's a campaign year, The FEC www site has been updated recently to include:

  • Citizens Guide to Contributions and the Law
  • Financial Information About Candidates , Parties and PACs
  • News Releases, Media Advisories. In addition, the What's New! section includes the addition of dozens of newly registered US House and US Senate candidates and their campaign finance pages. You have a choice of viewing an alphabetical list of all candidates or choosing from a particular state. If you choose Michigan, for instance, you will be presented with a list of Senate Candidates and lists of House of Representative Candidates by District Number. Source: Marek Waterstone, Government Information Services, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston, TXDXN-L, February 27, 1996.

    The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
    The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the National Agricultural Library (USDA) maintains a variety of electronic access points for the full texts of its bibliographies, resource lists, and fact sheets. Topics include Food Labeling Educational Materials, Food and Nutrition Software and Multimedia, and educational materials covering Foodborne Illness and the Food Guide Pyramid. Additional information is available on human nutrition, nutrition education, food service management, and other topics. Source: Scout Report, January 19, 1996.

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum Unofficial Home Page
    The University of Michigan School of Information and Library Science in cooperation with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum has created an unofficial home page for people interested in the programs and activities taking place in Michigan.

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum Official Home Page
    The Official Home Page, also put together by a University of Michigan SILS student, is tied to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Home page at the University of Texas.

    The GovBot Database of Government Web Sites
    The GovBot has gathered 100,000+ web pages from government and military sites around the country. Best of all, GovBot allows you to specify overall keywords, keywords in title, and keywords in the URL. Source: Grace York, University of Michigan Libraries, GOVDOC-M, January 22, 1996.

    Resources of Use to Government Documents Librarians
    Andrea Sevetson from the University of California, Berkeley has put together a handy compilation of "Resources of Use to Government Documents Librarians" generated by such groups as the Depository Library Council, GODORT, GPO, and other related professional associations. So if you need to find a current list of Depository Library Council members; consult "Electronic Future" documents or other GPO fact sheets, administrative notes, and the like; find a Documents to the People index; access the GOVDOC-L archives; etc., this is a destination to remember. Source: Andrea Sevetson , GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.

    Another Government Documents Library Web Site
    The University of Colorado-Boulder Government Publications Library site is similar to the Federal Government Information on the Internet Web page, with one major exception. It also covers foreign agency statistics and government information very thoroughly.

  • Under International Documents there are links to various international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, the United Nations and several of its organizations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), among others.
  • Information about Non-U.S. Countries includes subject information about non-U.S. countries covering children and youth to weather forecasts. Included in these pointers are several searchable World Bank databases, country health profiles, business directories for various countries, endangered species information, and links to election information in many countries, as well as parliamentary sites for over 30 countries, among others. This variety of pointers makes this a very good place to start for finding international information. Source : Scout Report, March 8, 1996.

    How to Access the Government's Electronic Bulletin Boards
    Bruce Maxwell. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, Inc. 1996. A second edition to last year's book of the same title, this book provides detailed descriptions of more than 200 free, public-access electronic bulletin board systems (BBSs) operated by federal agencies and departments. Electronic bulletin boards operated by the federal government provide access to a wide range of information sources such as lists of federal job opportunities, staff directories for particular agencies, and documents like the full text of Supreme Court opinions, grant information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH Grant Line), or statistical information issued by the Bureau of the Census. A layperson's guide, this book describes how to reach these BBSs, what they offer, and how to navigate through them. Particularly helpful is the introduction which provides background information in simple, practical terms about what one needs to connect to electronic bulletin boards in terms of hardware and software, in addition to a basic introduction to menu commands and solutions to common problems. The 1996 edition includes helpful information about how certain government information sites have changed or been improved (NASA Spacelink, for instance, which used to be almost unnavigable, has been completely transformed by a new easy-to-use interface); also included in the 1996 edition is an appendix which lists which BBSs have been added since last year, which ones have been deleted and which ones have undergone name changes. Source: Current Cites, Vol. 7, No. 2, February 1996.

    Federal Government Information on the Internet, version 9
    Version 9 of the guide Federal Government Information on the Internet is now available on the UNLV web site and will also be posted on the University of Michigan's clearinghouse within a couple of weeks. It will also be available on the GODORT disk exchange this summer. For those not familiar with it, it contains both free and for fee links to government information by subject, from the Agency for International Development to weather, and includes nearly 100 subjects, as well as selected mailing lists and library catalogs. It is one of the first places to go for a logical collection of pointers to U.S. government information. Thanks to UNLV for continuing to post the guide on their web site. We are working on procedures to keep the guide up to date and more current. Source : Maggie Parhamovich Farrell, magoo@nevada.edu, GOVDOC-L, February 29, 1996; Scout Report, March 8, 1996.

    New GPO Access Gateway
    The State Library of Ohio has set up a GPO Access Gateway. Source: Linda Chia, Loyola University, Chicago, GOVDOC-L, February 17, 1996.

    GPO Access User Guide
    William Taylor, Government Documents Librarian, at the Georgetown Law School Library, has created a webpage with searching tips for users of GPO Access. This is written for people who need a shorter, more handy reference than the comprehensive GPO pages. It assumes you are already familiar with the basics of full-text searching, including Boolean operators. It does not address *how* you connect to the GPO databases, whether with WAIS client software or a Web browser, but its tips apply to both systems. Source: William Taylor, GOVDOC-L, February 15,1996.

    The Green Book
    Environmental profiles of the new leaders and freshmen members of the 104th Congress, elected November 1994. Produced by the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. R 03/09/96.

    Hubble Space Telescope, see the NASA Space Telescope Science Information Service.

    HUD USER Web Site
    HUD USER is the primary source for Federal Government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics. HUD USER also creates and distributes a wide variety of useful information products and services courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). For example, one can find here

  • Issue Briefs offering a concise, factual explanation of HUD's position on a specific issue or policy proposal;
  • Recent Research Results, a monthly newsletter containing short summaries of reports recently published by PD&R;
  • U.S. Housing Market Conditions, a quarterly publication containing data about the housing market, including housing production, marketing, finance, and inventory (national, regional, and historical);
  • a link to the HUD USER gopher offering immediate access to numerous publications produced by PD&R available for viewing or transferring in many formats, including WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, and others;
  • the HUD USER Bibliographic Database, the only database in the country exclusively dedicated to housing and community development issues. (It contains more than 5,800 full-abstract citations to research reports, articles, books, monographs, and data sources on housing policy, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and a host of other relevant fields.);
  • Habitat II Clearinghouse, a network dedicated to information exchange on U.S. activities for the United Nations Habitat II conference scheduled for June 1996 and for other Habitat information;
  • the University Partnerships Clearinghouse dedicated to helping colleges and universities become involved in stabilizing and revitalizing their own communities; and
  • numerous web links providing quick and easy access to a wealth of other housing-related Internet resources.

    1995 Country Report on Human Rights Practice
    The latest report courtesy of the Department of State Foreign Affairs Network (DOSFAN). 03/07/96.

    U.S. Intelligence Community Hearing
    This site contains a complete transcript of the January 19, 1996 public hearing by the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community. GPO has also mounted this hearing, Preparing for the 21st Century : An Appraisal of U.S. Intelligence on its GPO Access site, assigning the publication the following SuDocs number (Y3.2:C17/IN8/INTERNET), and announcing that it is the first of many to come that will only be available over the WEB. However, Alan Zoellner reported that if you call (202) 414-1158, you may still be able to acquire a paper copy! Source : John Pike, Federation of American Scientists, (johnpike@fas.org), GOVDOC-L, February 14, 1996;Alan Zoellner, College of William and Mary, GOVDOC-L, March 15, 1996

    IRS Digital Daily
    The Internal Revenue Service has opened a "Digital Daily" on the Web. The site is friendly and light-hearted, graphically rich, and easy to use. It offers a searchable interface to 600 tax forms and publications for businesses and individuals, ready to download. Sections devoted to "Tax Regulations in English", tax information for business, and an IRS newsstand with tips about your taxes will help you get started early this year. A note on how many days until April 15 may also provide incentive. A parallel "text only" site is available for those with slower connections. Or if you only need a specific tax form (in various desktop formats) go directly to: ftp://ftp.fedworld.gov/pubSource. Scout Report, January 19, 1996.

    Bureau of Justice Statistics Announces New Home Page
    The latest BJS crime data are now available on the Internet at BJS's new home page free of charge. Criminal justice reports, spreadsheets, and news releases are electronically available in a variety of formats. Among the many publications available on the site are Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey, Weapons Offenses and Offenders, Prisoners at Midyear 1995, Capital Punishment 1994, Drugs and Crime Facts 1994, Guns Used in Crime, and Trends in Juvenile Violence. Source: JustInfo, Vol. 2, No. 5, March 1, 1995.

    Lexis-Nexis Election '96 WWW Site
    With the 1996 presidential election coming up, Lexis-Nexis is launching the most comprehensive online election coverage in the company's history. More than 5,800 online sources of news, public records, legislative information, and trend data will aid journalists, political professionals, and others following local, state, and national races. Users already familiar with Lexis-Nexis will want to check out The Campaign Library (CMPGN), Election '96 Easy, Exclusive Political Event Transcripts, TrendPlus, and Public Opinion Poll Online (RPOLL). To learn more, visit the company's Election '96 WWW site or call (513) 865-1059. Source: Information Today, January 1996, p.64.

    Library of Congress Learning Page
    The Library of Congress (LOC) has organized its digitized American Memory collection in a way designed to fit the needs of students and educators. The new site is called the LOC Learning Page. Resources to help educators incorporate the Library's primary sources into their curriculum are provided on the "Educator's Page," as well as answers to technical questions about the online materials. The electronic collections are arranged alphabetically by keyword, as well as by media type. The "Pathfinder Pages" arrange the collection by types of events, people, places, and topics. The entire site is searchable, and under "Search Suggestion List" a synonym list for key word searching has been provided. While the American Memory collection has been available for some time, the Learning Page is a significant enhancement for K-12 educators and students, and everyone else. For more information on LOC's digitized American Memory historical collections, click on http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html. Source : Scout Report, March 15, 1996.

    Using LOCIS for Legislative Histories
    Larry Schankman has a hypertext guide to using Locis for legislative histories. It's also available for downloadingt, via ftp, at: ftp://clark.net/pub/lschank/fedlocis.asc. Source: Larry Schankman, Mansfield University, GOVDOC-L, March 7, 1996.

    Michigan Children's Ombudsman's Office, the Children's Watchdog
    The February 18, 1996 issue of the Detroit Free Press contains an interesting article about Richard Bearup, the official children's watchdog for the state of Michigan. Armed with the recently passed Public Act 204 and an $800,000 budget, Bearup has been commissioned to set up the first Children's Ombudsman Office with jurisdiction over an entire state. During his first year in office, he has hired eight investigators (and is looking for three more) and handled nearly 400 complaints, most concerning the Department of Social Services' Protective Services Division, the arm responsible for responding immediately to abuse and neglect cases. Less often, the calls deal with foster care and adoptions. To aid in probes, he is establishing a network of child abuse consultants and creating a referral system of private attorneys willing to take cases for free. He will be issuing a report on his agency's first year of operation in the near future. In the meantime, if you need to file a complaint about the state's handling of child abuse and neglect cases, call 1-800-642-4326, weekdays 8-5. Source: Detroit Free Press, February 18, 1996, pp.1F, 4F-5F.

    Michigan Bureau of Elections
    Offers information about a wide variety of elections and campaign finance information. For more information, see article in Documents News from Around the State section.

    Michigan Environmental Law
    Michigan is in the process of codifying its environmental laws. As part of this effort, Cooper, Fink, and Zausmer have created this web site pulling together component parts of Michigan's environmental laws. 01/11/96.

    Michigan Family Independence Agency
    Contains News Releases, Current Facts, 1993-1994 Biennial Report, reports on Michigan's Welfare Reform, a copy of Myths and Facts about Welfare Contacts, and a list of key contacts within the agency. Formerly called the Michigan Department of Social Services. 03/10/96.

    Michigan Historical Center
    Offers glimpses of the exhibits, photos, and archival materials available at the Michigan Historical Center (sometimes called the Michigan State Museum) in downtown Lansing. For more information, see related article in Documents News from Around the State.

    Michigan House News
    The Michigan House rang in the new year with new phones on all 110 representatives' desks. But the spiffy new phones don't ring. Instead, they light up at their base in a bright neon blue, so calls don't interrupt important deliberations. They replace models that malfunctioned frequently and didn't let lawmakers put a caller on hold. Source: Detroit News, January 21, 1996, p.3B.

    Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
    The Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education offers Michigan Supreme Court opinions from October 1, 1995 on, selected public acts passed by the legislature from January 1, 1995 on, plus information about other miscellaneous law materials and ICLE products. Source: Debbie Gallagher, MEL, MICHLIB-L, March 25, 1996.

    Michigan Office of Regulatory Reform
    The Michigan Office of Regulatory Reform has established a World Wide Web page on the Internet. The agency was set up last year to oversee and streamline rule-making by government agencies. It has certified more than 1,000 rules for rescission and another 1,000 for elimination by summer. This web page allows computer users to see the status of proposed rules and offer input on proposed and existing regulations. Source: Detroit Free Press, February 26, 1996, p.1B.

    Michigan Telecommunications Act of 1995 (MTA)
    With the passage of the Michigan Telecommunications Act of 1995 and the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, Michigan is ready to take full advantage of the new and exciting changes that will be taking place in the telecommunications industry. The MTA Web Pages are designed to offer you the latest information on these changes. Over the past 5 years, we have seen an explosion of new products and services being offered to the customer. In the next five years, that pace will only increase as more and more competitors, encouraged by Michigan's bold and forward-thinking legislation, enter into the competitive marketplace. Courtesy of Senator Mat Dunaskiss, Chairman of the Senate Technology and Energy Committee. 03/15/96.

    Midland County (Mich.) Friend of the Court Home Page
    One of the few family law home pages in the nation. Friend of the Court, an arm of county circuit courts, is responsible for collecting child support. Although some of the information available is specific to Midland County, much of it will be useful to anyone in Michigan. For instance, the site contains the entire Child Custody Act, the state law that judges use when deciding who gets the children in a custody dispute. Created by Alan Zoltowski. Source : Detroit Free Press, March 5, 1996, p.3B. URL change noted 07/22/96.

    The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
    The Monthly Catalog, with records from January 1994 to the present, is available via the Web. Records are searchable by title, publication year, Superintendent of Documents Class Number, Depository Item Number, and GPO (Government Printing Office) Sales Stock Number. Once your item has been retrieved, you can use the site to locate the nearest federal depository library where it is available, as well as the nearest GPO Book Store where it can be purchased. Help on the searching system and the searchable fields is available on the home page. Source: Scout Report, January 12, 1996.

    NARA News
    NARA Home Page :
    NARA NAIL : http://www.nara.gov/nara/nail.html
    NARA GILS : http://www.nara.gov/gils/gils.html
    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has made three new resources available via the Web. The highlight of the NARA home page is its Online Exhibit Hall, which contains an exhibit on poster art from World War II, as well as facsimiles and information about the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation. The National Audiovisual Information Locator (NAIL) is a searchable database holding thousands of descriptions of items in the Still Picture, and Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branches of NARA. Descriptions of over 2,000 still picture series, 73,000 film and video titles, and 6,000 sound recording titles are available for searching, and instructions for ordering copies are available. The NARA Government Information Locator Service (GILS) is a searchable database of National Archives information resources. The goal of the GILS service is to help the user learn what kinds of information NARA creates about its holdings. Information about GILS and searching tips are provided. Source: Scout Report, February 2, 1996.

    NASA Observatorium
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration offers access through the world wide web to the Observatorium : a resource for information on the earth and space. Users can browse pictures of the solar system and other images, including a collection related to volcanoes. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, November 10, 1995.

    NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute Web Site

  • http://www.stsci.edu/EPA/Latest.htm
    Offers a selection of the latest Hubble Space Telescope observations, including the Saturn Ring-Plane Crossing, Orion Nebula Mosaic, Galileo Probe Target, Core of Galaxy NCG, and Brown Dwarf Gliese. Each link offers photos and detailed explanatory captions. Links back to the central public Hubble picture archive are also available. Source: Scout Report, January 5, 1996.

    NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute Web Site

  • http://www.stsci.edu/pubinfo/PR/96/01.html
    The Hubble Telescope's "deepest-ever view of the universe" is available for viewing. "Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in this 'deepest-ever' view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Besides the classical spiral and elliptical shaped galaxies, there is a bewildering variety of other galaxy shapes and colors that are important clues to understanding the evolution of the universe. Some of the galaxies may have formed less that one billion years after the Big Bang." Photos are available in low and high resolution, black & white and color, and are accompanied with a detailed explanatory caption, press release, and background information. Source : Scout Report, January 19, 1996.

    NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute Web Site

  • http://www.stsci.edu/pubinfo/PR/96/09.html
    The Hubble Space Telescope's photographs of the surface of Pluto are available on the Web. The photographs were taken during a seven day period in late June and early July of 1994, but have just recently become available. To understand the power of the Hubble Telescope, "viewing surface detail on Pluto is as difficult as trying to read the printing on a golf ball located thirty-three miles away!" Along with two resolutions of a surface map of Pluto, there are three resolutions of an entire planet picture, as well as PostScript and Adobe Acrobat PDF illustrations of the planet's orientation during the picture. Explanatory captions are provided. Source : Scout Report, March 15, 1996.

    NATO Home Page
    http://www.nato.int/ifor/ifor.htm :
    Provides basic documents, regular news updates, and factsheets about Bosnia developments. Source : Greta Marlatt , Documents Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, 411 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93943, e-mail : (GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil), telephone: (408) 656-2986, GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.

    National Agricultural Library's (NAL)
    Integrated System for Information Services (ISIS)
    Online Public Access Catalog

    Login: ISIS.
    The National Agricultural Library's (NAL) Integrated System for Information Services (ISIS) online public access catalog is available for searching through telnet. ISIS is a computerized catalog containing the most current bibliographic citations for books, reports, maps, journals/periodicals, audiovisuals, CD-ROMs, software, and other materials added to NAL collections since 1966. ISIS also contains AGRICOLA journal article citations from 1989 onward. The catalog can be searched 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Saturday. Searching instructions are available at the site. Click here for NAL document delivery information. Source: Scout Report, February 23, 1996.

    National High School Debate: China
    Welcome to the U.S. Department of State's homepage for high school students participating in this year's National Federation of State High School Association's debate n China. This page provides a selection of recent information regarding U.S. policy for use by student debaters researching this year's topic: "China: What should be the policy of the United States toward the People's Republic of China." 01/25/96.

    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    Offers access through the world wide web to information on biomedical research. Intended for scientists, the site provides announcements, articles, and press releases; grant announcments and application information; and links to other scientific data bases and general information about basic research. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, November 10, 1995.

    National Park Service (NPS) Web site
    The United States Department of the Interior has recently opened its National Park Service (NPS) Web site, offering listings of all U.S. national parks, monuments, historical sites, memorials, and other designations by name, state, or region -- although state and regional access is limited to clickable maps only at this time. Each NPS site provides varying quantities of information. "Preserving America's Heritage" contains exhaustive information about natural resources and history in the parks, as well as educational resources related to the NPS. "Caring for the American Legacy" has useful information about the NPS, including the nomenclature of the National Park System Units located under "What is the National Park System?". There is also a "Hot Topics" section of NPS issues. Although the "Search the National Parks by Theme" section is in an immature state at present, watch for it to improve, making access to specific information even easier. Source: Scout Report, March 8, 1996.

    Nellie Mae
    Nellie Mae offers access through the world wide web to information on college loan programs including EXCEL, GradEXCEL, Federal PLUS LOANS, and Federal Stafford Loans . Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, December 1, 1995.

    OTA News Update
    The congressional Office of Technology Assessment was closed by Congress on Sept. 29, 1995. A new web site, containing electronic copies of all OTA reports, is currently being built at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. It will be complete in about two weeks. The same information will then be available at two other sites: http://www.access.gpo.gov/ota/ courtesy of the Superintendent of Documents (GPO) and http://www.ota.nap.edu/ courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences.

    In addition, a set of five CD-ROMs containing all 23 years of OTA publications in PDF format The OTA Legacy, 1972-1995 is in production and will be available from the Superindent of Documents by mid-April. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lou Higgs (mlhiggs@crosslink.net). Source: Mary Lou Higgs, NSF, GOVDOC-L, March 12, 1996.

    U.S. Patents Citation Database
    The Community of Science Web Server now provides a fully searchable version of the U.S. Patents Citation Database, containing all of the approximately 1.7 million U.S. patents issued since 1975 and, according to the company, the most comprehensive source of patent information on the Internet. The database is updated weekly and permits subscribers extensive search capabilities using all of the important "front page" information about each patent : number, dates, assignee, inventor, title, abstract, exemplary claims for recent years, and U.S. and international classifications. In addition, the database tracks the lineage of each patent--how each patent cites previous patents or is cited by subsequent ones. Subscriptions are not cheap however; a year's subscription runs around $500. Call to see if your closest university is an institutional member. Or call (410) 563-5382 to subscribe. Source: Information Today, January 1996, p.49.

    Political Institutions and Public Choice (PIPC) Working Papers Available
    The Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research has released a number of papers in this news series that may be of interest to larger academic libraries. To order, indicate which of the following items you desire and provide a self-addressed mailing label to David W. Rohde, Michigan State University, College of Social Science, IPPSR, PIPC Program, 324 S. Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Michigan County Population Projections
    The Michigan Information Center has mounted Preliminary Population Projections to the Year 2020 for Michigan and Michigan Counties for the years 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2020.

    Welcome to the Disgruntled Postal Worker Zone
    Sometimes a little humor can backfire. Check out this world wide web site created by a (former) Postal Service employee. Not for everyone, but the RED TAPE Editor thought the cartoon with the caption "Any more comments about our lack of speed or efficiency?" is a classic.

    President '96
    Welcome to President '96, the political simulation game where you become an inside player in the 1996 race for the White House. A full slate of fictional candidates is running -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The candidates are fictional, but the issues they -- and you -- face are the vital real-world issues that confront the United States. Brought to you courtesy of Crossover Technologies, Inc. 03/15/96.

    Presidential Inaugerals
    Offers the inaugeral addresses of various Presidents from Washington to Clinton, courtesy of Columbia University. 01/25/96.

    Presidential Sites - Specific Presidents.
    Pulls together information about various presidential libraries materials available over the Internet. It is sponsored by a consortium managed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which includes Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems - the partners in UNC's SunSITE project - the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association, and the National Archives and Records Administration and its Presidential Libraries System. Not yet complete, but a good place to start if you are interested in finding information about the Presidents. 01/25/96.

    1990 Michigan School District Data Book.
    The Michigan Information Center has mounted 1990 administrative and census data for each school district in the state. 02/14/96.

    Securities and Exchange Commission Home Page.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has a very informative web site that is highlighted by the entire EDGAR database. This database contains the electronic filings that corporations are required by law to make with the SEC. The filings include company annual reports and prespectuses, among other reports, and are an excellent source of company information for researchers, investors, and the general public. According to SEC, "currently, nearly three-quarters of the publicly traded domestic companies use EDGAR to make the majority of their filings. Once all registrants become subject to electronic filing requirements (May 1996) most documents filed with the Commission will be available on EDGAR." Form definitions are given, as well as searching information and online help. Complete company, form, and master indexes are available. In addition to the EDGAR database, the SEC site provides news digests, congressional testimony, selected recent special studies, and the 1994 Annual Report of the Commission. Also available are currrent SEC proposals and enforcement actions, as well as pointers to other related sites. Source: Scout Report, February 9, 1996.

    U.S. Small Business Advisor Web Site Upgraded.
    The"Advisor", which was first presented at the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, underwent a six-month redesign that addressed the specific needs of the business community. The improved "Advisor" provides one-stop electronic access to more than 60 different federal organizations that assist or regulate businesses. Users can file documents electronically with the government; retrieve documents, applications and other information; get answers to commonly asked questions; obtain names and contact numbers of business agencies; acquire news on specific business topics; and send feedback. Source : Marek Waterstone, Government Information Services, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston, TXDXN-L, February 15, 1996.

    The Spotting Scope
    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a new free publication called The Spotting Scope which is published quarterly. The new magazine details what the DNR is doing with non-game money from the MI income tax form checkoff box. To subscribe send your name and address to: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, Natural Heritage Program, P.O. Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909-7680. Source : Dorothy Davies, Manchester Township Library, MICHLIB-L, January 3, 1996.

    State of the State Survey Briefing Papers
    Every year, the Governor of Michigan gives a State of the State speech which gets wide coverage in the state's newspapers and television news shows. This year larger libraries may want to acquire a series of State of the State Survey Briefing Papers prepared by the MSU Institute of Public Policy and Social Research as background information for the speech. Single copies are available free of charge; additional copies cost $2 each. (Make check payable to Michigan State University.) To order, indicate which of the following items you desire and provide a self-addressed mailing label to Michigan State University, IPPSR, College of Social Science, 321 Berkey Hall, Attn: Publications, East Lansing, MI 48824-1111.

    President Clinton's State of the Union Address
    President Clinton's State of the Union Address can be read or heard (via RealAudio) at the new Whitehouse Web site. On the page you will find the speech, as well as a "statistical snapshot" of where America is today, background to the address, and more information on each of the seven major challenges made in the address. Click here for the Text Only Version. Warning: to hear the speech you need a RealAudio Player which can be obtained from the following URL address (http://www.realaudio.com). Source: Scout Report, January 26, 1996.

    State of the Union Archive
    If you are interested in what past presidents have said in their State of the Union Addresses, try Northwestern University's valuable State of the Union Archive gopher. It offers the full text of all State of the Union Addresses from Harry Truman's in 1946 to Bill Clinton's in 1995. Also included are five selected Addresses from Franklin D. Roosevelt. Source: Scout Report, January 26, 1996.

    State of the World's Children
    UNICEF recently released its first world wide web version of the State of the World's Children on December 11, 1995 to celebrate the beginning of the agency's 50th anniversary year. "It was the suffering of children in war that prompted the founding of UNICEF 50 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly. It is the continuing suffering of children that reminds us how much more we need to do, and how enormous is the task still before UNICEF. The State of the World's Children report this year examines what it calls "the terrible symmetry" framed by these 50 years." 01/31/96.

    The Strategic Studies Institute
    The Strategic Studies Institute is the primary research faculty of the U.S. Army War College, and includes both civilian scholars and uniformed military officers with extensive experience in national security and military affairs. The most common products of the Institute are SSI Studies which deal with topics having strategic implications for the Army, the Department of Defense, and the larger National Security community. Additional information is available on the mission, history, and organization of SSI, plus a link to the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Source : Scout Report, January 19, 1996.

    1996 Michigan Summer Travel Guide & Calendar of Events Now Available
    The Michigan Travel Bureau has issued a 74-page guide listing more than 1000 events scheduled for this summer plus a description of state parks, general travel tips, and sources of more Michigan travel information. For a free copy, write the Michigan Travel Bureau at P. O. Box 3393, Livonia, MI 48151, or call toll-free 1-800-543-2937 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or if you prefer, you can call 1-800-644-8644 for a recorded Michigan summer activities and events report updated weekly. Source: Detroit Free Press, February 17, 1996, p.10A.

    Federal Tax Information
    A collection of federal tax information and forms courtesy of Compuserve.

    State Tax Information
    Information on state taxation for each state is available. Addresses and phone numbers are provided for each state's revenue department. Pointers to the revenue department or general state home page are provided. For some states, downloadable tax forms are available. Source: Scout Report, February 9, 1996.

    Telecommunications Act of 1996
    On February 1, 1996, Congress passed S.652, the "Telecommunications Act of 1996." The Act represents the first-ever comprehensive rewrite of United States communications laws and is the most sweeping reform of FCC policy enacted in decades. President Clinton signed the Act on February 8, 1996, and its provisions become effective immediately.

    The law firm of Blumenfeld & Cohen has made the full, indexed text of the Telecommunications Act available to the Internet community, along with a number of related resources -- summaries, analysis of particular subject areas, and the Conference Committee report accompanying the Act -- that may be useful to communications practitioners, regulators and others. Use the hypertext index of the bill to find relevant sections, including local telephone competition, obscenity on the Internet, and V-chip provisions. 03/11/96.

    Using THOMAS for Legislative Histories
    Larry Schankman recently created a hypertext guide to using Thomas for legislative histories. It's also available as text, via ftp, at: clark.net/pub/lschank/mythomas.txt. Source: Larry Schankman, Mansfield University, GOVDOC-L, March 7, 1996.

    Bureau of Transportation Statistics Web Site
    This site includes a National Transportation Library, including full test documents produced by the various members of the nation's transportation research and planning communities; an Office of Airline Information, with full text copies of the FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation, BTS Transportation Indicators, and U.S. International Air Passenger & Freight Statistics; a Directory of Transportation Data Sources 1995 listing items available free from the BTS in print, disk, or cd-rom; and a list of web links to other transportation libraries.

    An Electronic Field Trip to the United Nations
    PBS and Turner Adventure Learning (TAL) have introduced a home page designed to complement their upcoming electronic field trip telecast to the United Nations. Titled "Conflict Resolution in the Global Village", the field trip offers teachers and students the opportunity to examine the techniques used by world leaders to achieve and maintain peace. The Web page, located on PBS ONLINE, offers the following resources to all Internet visitors: an area to send in questions to UN experts; classroom activities covering UN-related issues; background information on the UN; details on UN peace-keeping operations; links to UN-related Web sites. There are still openings for the formal electronic field trip on February 8-9. For subscription information, educators can visit the web site or send e-mail to fieldtrips@pbs.org. Source: Scout Report, January 26, 1996.

    U.S. Air Force's Role in Bosnia
    http://www.dtic.dla.mil/airforcelink/bosnia :
    Provides current news, photos, maps, factsheets and biographies. Source : Greta Marlatt , Documents Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, 411 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93943, e-mail : (GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil), telephone: (408) 656-2986, GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.

    U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH)
    The U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) has a new homepage and ambitious plans. According to the What's New section, the CMH Homepage will attempt to provide the U.S. Armed Forces and members of the general public with rapid access to the institutional memory of the U.S. Army. Initially, the site will be more of a finding aid to resources than an actual library, archive, or museum. For example, it will provide access to our publications catalog, and information about the primary and secondary historical resources held at the center. As the site develops and grows, however, it will begin to display actual CMH publications, documents, and museum artifacts. It is conceivable that one day, every book published by the center and every artifact in the Army art collection will be accessible online through the Internet. Source : Greta Marlatt, GOVDOC-L, February 29, 1996.

    U.S. Army's Role in Bosnia
    http://www.dtic.dla.mil/bosnia/army :
    Covers news, biographies, photos, and a publication entitled "A Soldier's Guide: Bosnia-Hercegovina". Source : Greta Marlatt , Documents Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, 411 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93943, e-mail : (GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil), telephone: (408) 656-2986, GOVDOC-L, January 4, 1996.

    U.S. History Hypertext Project
    "From Revolution to Reconstruction, and What Happened Afterwards" is an ongoing hypertext history of the United States. The backbone of the document is a U.S. Information Agency document called "An Outline of American History." The site is divided into eight chapters covering the colonial period to the Bush administration. Hypertext links are made to literally hundreds of full text documents including Presidents' addresses, the Federalist Papers, the Confessions of Nat Turner, the Mayflower Compact, the Northwest Ordinance, and excerpts from F.L. Olmsted's "A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States." The power of this site is not in its collection of documents, but in how they are accessed via hypertext and appear in context of the history presented. At present the content predominantly covers early American history, however the site is a work in progress, so look for further web links in the future. Source : Scout Report, February 9, 1996.

    U.S. Information Service
    The job of the U.S. Information Service, a subdivision of the United States Information Agency, is to spread the word about the United States to those in other countries. So here, visitors can access full text versions of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence in English, French or Spanish. Brief histories, an outline of the U.S. economic system, and a breakdown of branches of government are just the beginning; cultural exchange info is provided for foreign students, too. Along with expected lists (such as current events), there's some intriguing esoterica, like information on U.S. International Broadcasting, which includes the Voice Of America, and Radio and TV Marti, which broadcasts specifically into Cuba. An A-1 resource on all counts. 01/31/96.

    Wayne County (Michigan) Economic Development Online
    Local governments are starting to mount their own web sites with useful information. Check this site created by Wayne County. 03/09/96.

    White House Web Server Upgraded
    One of the top sites on the Web just got better. "Welcome to the White House", the official Web site of the Executive Branch, has been completely redesigned and upgraded to incorporate new features. The site offers interesting content for everyone, including children, students, and adults. The Interactive Citizens' Handbook allows searching for government information by entering a question in plain English such as "how do I find out about my social security benefits." The answer will be returned to you from the appropriate government computer, but what's great is that you don't need to know which computer -- amazing even for an Internet site. In other words, you don't have to know how the government is organized in order to get answers to your questions. In addition, a directory organized by subject lets you browse what's available on topics important to you. The President's weekly Saturday radio addresses are available in audio format and are searchable by keyword, allowing you to immediately listen to the parts of the speech that addresses the topics of interests to you. In the Virtual Library and the Briefing Room you can browse and search the full text of White House documents and speeches, and subscribe to the publications mailing list to receive White House publications on a daily basis, just like the press. A section devoted to White House History and Tours offers biographical sketches, inaugural addresses, and portraits of all the presidents, and even more interesting, all the first ladies. "Art in the White House - A Nation's Pride" displays the tremendously rich collection of American arts and crafts on display in the White House, and tours of the Old Executive Office Building and the First Lady's sculpture garden, which most Americans never get to see, are included. Socks leads a tour of The White House for Kids section, including a bit of history about the children and pets who have lived there, and "Inside the White House", a quarterly newsletter just for kids. The entire site is graphically rich, and what's really handy is that it senses what kind of Web browser you are using and automatically displays the version that is compatible with your browser. And all information is easily accessable to those with slower connections through the "Text version" link on every page. Source : Scout Report, January 26, 1996.

    Bogus White House Page
    If you visit the White House's World Wide Web Site, and find a plug for a book by Gennifer Flowers, the Arkansas woman who has made a career out of her alleged affair with Bill Clinton, don't be surprised. Welcome to the bogus White House Page, a parady of the official version. Other gags (sections) include: (1) What's Cooking : "The President dines at the Washington area's premiere culinary establishment -- McDonald's and (2) The Style Section : Hillary's Hair - all 242 hairdos since Hillary moved to Washington. While the spoof appears to be good fun, be careful to remember that not everything on the world wide web is "official". Source : Lansing State Journal, March 11, 1996, p.3A.

    International Women's Day
    It happened almost 140 years ago, on March 8, 1857. In one of the first organized actions by working women anywhere in the world, hundreds of women workers in garment and textile factories in New York City staged a strike against low wages, long working hours and inhumane working conditions... In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. To help celebrate, the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women/DPCSD has put together this world wide web page to celebrate International Women's Day. Email address: daw@undp.org. Source : HandsNet Headline, March 8, 1996.

    World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT)
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is in the final stages of creating a computerized World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT). The Centre will provide clients - including governments, research institutions, universities and private users - with fast economical access to FAO's vast library of information on agriculture, fisheries, forestry, nutrition and rural development. A few of the many menu choices currently available include:

  • The FAOSTAT Agricultural Data Base containing time-series data (starting 1961) for over 210 countries and 1500 items on the production and trade of primary and derived crops and livestock products; agricultural machinery; fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides (trade only); land use and population.
  • The FAOSTAT Fisheries Data Base containing time series data by country on volume of annual production (catches and culture) from all waters, production of processed and preserved products, and external trade of these products in terms of colume and value. The data provided for seven broad aggregates of species and six main types of products preservation. Aggregates by continent and other geographical/economic groupings are also provided.
  • The FAOSTAT Forestry Data Base containing time-series data (starting 1961) on forestry production, external trade, utilization of conferous, non-coniferous and derived products.
    In general, the FAOSTAT Databases give the user access to an amazing amount of country data. Source : Scout Report, March 15, 1996.

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