ODDS AND ENDS : MARCH 1997

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

The Age Pages (AoA)
African American Mosaic
African American Perspectives (Library of Congress)
American Slave Narratives
Annotated Constitution of the U.S. Online
Apollo Manned Space Program
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Education Network Library
Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazard Page
Balance the U.S. Budget
The Beige Book--Federal Reserve System
Black History and Culture
Boskin Report on CPI
The British Monarchy
British Prime Minister's Office
Budget of the United States, FY98,
Available via GPO Access
Building Knowledge for a Nation of Learners
Bureau of Land Management
C-Span Multimedia Online
Carroll Publishing's Home Page
Celebrating Democracy
Commerce Business Daily
Available via GPO Access
Commercial News USA
The Condition of Education 1996
Congress.Org Web Site
Congressional Pictorial Directory Online
Annotated Constitution of the U.S. Online
Contacting the Congress
Cost of Living Indicators Online
Current Wold Market and Trade Publications--USDA FAS
DC's Most Scandalous Sites
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Digest of Education Statistics
The Earth Times
Economic Report of the President, 1997,
Available via GPO Access
Education Committee Name Change
Endangered Species Program (F&WS)
Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Water Home Page
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
FDIC Institution Directory
FINS Information Library Has New URL
The FOIA Web Site
Federal Depository Conference Registration
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Greenspan
Testimony and Speeches
Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
GPO Unveils Item Lister
GSA Fine Art
Geographic Names Information System (USGS)
Glitch Management
Global Environmental Outlook (UNEP)
Global Warming
Government Jobs and Pay Schedules
GOVFIND
GOVLINK
Hackers Close Down Defense Dept. Sites
HIV/AIDS: The Global Epidemic
HLAS Online
IDTF's Links to Foreign Governments
ILO Home Page
IMF Working Papers
Impact of Armed Conflict on Children -- UNCF
Inaugerations in American Memory
InfoSpace's Government Links and Search Engines
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Working Papers
Is the Earth Doomed?
Item Lister
Latin America Government Documents Project
Latin American Studies Online, Handbook of
Library of Congress : African American Perspectives
Library of Congress Celebrates the Inaugeration
Library of Congress Experimental Web Catalog
Library of Congress Learning Page
Library of Congress Resource Guide
for the Study of Black History and Culture
Liftoff to Space Exploration
Mars Pathfinder
(Michigan) Dept. of Community Health Vital Records
(Michigan) Office of the State Registrar
Michigan School Directory Info
Michigan Tax Forms
Michigan's Tax-Free Renaissance Zones
MILLINK
Military Specifications and Standards Index
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
National Biological Service
National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian)
The Observatorium (NASA)
Office of Personnel Management
On My Mind : Embracing Government Information
Online Resources on Retirement and Financial Planning
Patent Databases Available over Web
Pentagon Book Store Online
Portrait of Black Chicago (NARA)
Presidents' Summit for America's Future
Pursuing Excellence:
A Study of US Eighth-Grade Mathematics
and Science Teaching
The Resource Directory for Older People
School Directory Info
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
State of the Union Addresses
Supreme Court Decisions Via FindLaw
Tax Forms Online (U.S. and State)
Thomas Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (NPS)
Tiger Mapping Census Improved
TRAC ATF Home Page
TRAC DEA Home Page
Uniform Crime Reports 1990-1993
United Nations Information Quest (UN-I-QUE)
United Nations Invasion Tracking
USA Counties 1996
Where in the U.S. are Carmen, San Diego, etc.?
Where to Write for Vital Records?
New World Fact Book Available
New World of Work
10 Downing Street

The Age Pages (AoA)
http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/pages/info.html
The Administration on Aging provides this handy compilation of information on Older Persons, their Families, and People Interested in Aging.

African American Perspectives: Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection, 1818-1907
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/aap/aaphome.html
The 351 titles of the Library of Congress's Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love. Titles include sermons, reports of organizations, graduation orations, biographies; legal documents, playbills, librettos, dramas, and political tracts. You may retrieve pamphlets by author, subject, or keyword. Also available are a timeline of African American history (1852 to 1925) and a selected bibliography of African American history (1820 to 1920). The Daniel A.P. Murray Pamphlet Collection is a part of the American Memory project. Sources : Scout Report, February 28, 1997; Infomine 07/15/97.

American Slave Narratives
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html
American Slave Narratives, provided by the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia, contains a small sample of WPA (Works Progress Administration) interviews with former slaves conducted between 1936 and 1938. The small selections from twelve interviews are interesting in that the WPA interviewers tried to transcribe the subjects' dialect as they heard it. Source : Scout Report, February 28, 1997.

Apollo Manned Space Program
http://www.nasm.edu/APOLLO/
If you are a history or space fan, this site should be of interest to you. Contains links to the various apollo manned space program missions, including descriptions and photos. Additional links are provided for "Moonport : A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations", "The Saturn V Launch Vehicle Home Page", "Top Ten Scientific Discoveries from Apollo", and "Apollo Patches".

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Education Network Library
http://www.apec.org/library.html
Contains official publications, news releases, links to news organizations, economic information, and other web sites which cover Pacific Rim nations.

Asteroid & Comet Impact Hazard Page
http://george.arc.nasa.gov/sst/
Is the Earth Doomed? The January 27, 1997 issue of the New Yorker Magazine has a wonderful story by Timothy Ferris on "What would happen to the Earth in a cosmic collision - and why it's a threat scientists are worrying about." The Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazard Page, sponsored by the NASA Ames Space Science Division, addresses this very question. Here you can find out when the next large object is going to pass near the earth (and how large it is) and the latest on The Skipping Meteor (a meteor that lit up the skies when it skipped out of the atmosphere, made a full orbit, and then re-entered). They also have answers to the question Was TWA Flight 800 Hit By A Meteorite? Source : The Great American Web Site.

Balance the U.S. Budget
http://www.i2020.net/~bsweb/jsydenst/usbudget.htm
Show those politicians in Washington a thing or two. Like how to balance the federal budget. In your spare time, of course. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, December 16, 1997.

The Beige Book--Federal Reserve System
http://www.bog.frb.fed.us/fomc/bb/current/
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board issues this report eight times per year. It "gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions [in each of 11 geographical districts] through reports from [Federal Reserve] Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources." This information is summarized by district and sector. The Beige Book is watched closely by economic analysts, businesspeople, and journalists, and is considered a barometer of US economic performance. The site contains the current and most recent previous report. Source : Scout Report, January 24, 1997.

Boskin Report : Toward a More Accurate Measure of the Cost of Living
http://search.politicsnow.com/PN/news/special/cpi1/index.htm
Microsoft Word version:
http://www.stat-usa.gov/BEN/fnlrpt.doc
This report, issued to the US Senate Finance Committee by the Advisory Commission to Study the Consumer Price Index (chaired by Michael J. Boskin), has been made available by PoliticsNow and Stat-USA (from the US Department of Commerce). The main conclusion of the report is that the Consumer Price Index "is not a true cost of living index," and "that changes in the CPI have substantially overstated the actual rate of price inflation." The main recommendation of the report is that the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) should develop a Cost of Living Index (COLI) to measure inflation. The PoliticsNow site contains a special report analyzing the issues involved in this arcane yet controversial report. Note that the Stat-USA copy of the report is a Microsoft Word Document with embedded Excel spreadsheet graphics in it, and that Stat-USA, although a generally for-fee site, is offering free access to the report at this time. Note also that the Word file will have to be saved and then launched in Word. Source : Scout Report, December 13, 1996.

The British Monarchy
http://www.royal.gov.uk
The official web site of the British Monarchy. Contains sections on the Monarchy today, the Palaces and Estates, the Royal Art Collection, Today's Royal Family, Press Releases, and Links to Other Sites. Princess Diana is included, but not Fergie! You can even send a message to the Queen. Also includes a family tree. Source : TV.

British Prime Minister's Office
http://www.number-10.gov.uk/
Text only:
http://www.number-10.gov.uk/to/index.html
The British Prime Minister's Office has recently opened a web site, 10 Downing Street. Although it does contain selected Prime Minister's speeches, transcripts, and interviews, Prime Minister's biographies (back to Harold Macmillan at present), and a tour of #10, its greatest utility is as an entry point to British executive department government sites. The Cabinet Ministers' Biography section contains information on 23 ministers and links to cabinet web sites. There is also a page of government department pointers. Source : Scout Report, December 13, 1996.

Budget of the US, FY 98, Available Online via GPO Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/budget/index.html
The database contains a summary of the President's budget proposals along with the following separately searchable documents: Analytical Perspectives; Historical Tables; Appendix; A Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget; Budget System and Concepts; Principles of Budgeting for Capital Asset Acquisitions. Files are available as ASCII text and as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Source : Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, February 07, 1997.

Building Knowledge for a Nation of Learners: A Framework for Educational Research 1997
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/RschPriority/index.html
Now available over the world wide web in its entirety. Source : Peter Butts, pbutts@edcen.ehhs.cmich.edu, December 20, 1996.

Bureau of Land Management
http://www.blm.gov/education/education.html
Even something as bureaucratic-sounding as the Bureau of Land Management gains some zip on the Web. Learn things like "river ethics" and "wildflower conservation." Or check out a state-by-state list of education programs in your area. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, January 17-19, 1997.

C-Span Multimedia Online
http://www.c-span.org/split.htm
C-SPAN's online offerings just get better and better. A new Multimedia section offers archives of programs. "Listen ... when YOU want to hear them." Source : USA Today, Hot Site, January 10-12, 1997.

Carroll Publishing's Home Page
http://www.carrollpub.com/
GOVFIND
http://www.carrollpub.com/GovFind/GovFind.html
GOVLINK
http://www.carrollpub.com/GovLink/GovLink.html
MILLINK
http://www.carrollpub.com/Websites/defense_websites.html
In addition to providing information about Carroll Publishing's various products, the company generously shares selections from its various products. GOVFIND provides directory information on the White House and Cabinet, House and Senate, Governors, the top 100 counties and cities ranked by population. GOVLINK provides numerous web links to federal, state, county, municipal, and embassy sites. MILLINK provides links to Army, Navy, and Air Force web sites, military procurement websites, and to top defense industry contractors in the United States.

Celebrating Democracy
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/celeb/celeb.html
The cooperative Web site, Celebrating Democracy, a joint effort of The Smithsonian Institution, The National Archives, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, features online presentations of presidential memorabilia, photographs and documents from past inaugurations and inaugural balls, and up-to-the-minute photographs of the 1997 inaugural festivities. The goal of the Web site is to encourage teachers, students, and lifelong learners to connect current events with American history by tapping into the vast resources now available online from the Library of Congress and other Washington cultural institutions. Source : Elizabeth L Brown, ebro@loc.gov, PACS-P, January 15, 1997.

Commerce Business Daily Now Available via GPO Access
http://cbdnet.access.gpo.gov
The Commerce Business Daily (CBD) database is now available online via GPO Access through CBDNet. The CBD lists notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, sales of government property, and other procurement information. Each notice appears in the print CBD only once. Notices stay "active" in the CBD database online via GPO Access for 15 days and are then moved to an "archived" database. Each notice is available as an ASCII text file. The database is updated continuously. Source : Victoria A. Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, January 10, 1997.

Commercial News USA
http://www.cnewsusa.com/index.html
This site is the electronic version of an official publication of the United States Department of Commerce. CNUSA is an American export catalog-magazine that is designed to promote U.S. products and services to more than 150 countries at a fraction of the cost of any other form of advertising. The site is divided into two sections, one for importers and one for exporters. The importer section contains a searchable directory of US exporters and allows users to post special requests for products and services on an electronic bulletin board. The exporter section contains information for signing up as well as information on what importers are looking for. Source : Scout Report, December 6, 1996.

The Condition of Education 1996 (NCES)
http://www.ed.gov/NCES/pubs/ce/index.html
Now available over the world wide web in its entirety. Source : Peter Butts, pbutts@edcen.ehhs.cmich.edu, December 20, 1996.

Congress.Org Web Site
http://Congress.org/
The new Congress.org site wants to make it easy for you to communicate with your elected representatives in Washington. But is this legal? A joint venture of two Washington, D.C. area firms with expertise in communicating with Congress: Issue Dynamics Inc. (IDI), a leader in developing public affairs strategies, and Capitol Advantage (CA), the nation's largest publisher of congressional directories. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, December 5, 1997.

Congressional Pictorial Directory Online:
Via GPO Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/105_pictorial
Via Superintendent of Documents Home Page
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs
The Congressional Pictorial Directory (105th Congress) is now available online via GPO Access and the Superintendent of Documents Home Page. It contains pictures of various congressmen and officials arranged by a variety of categories. The table of contents contains hot links to the pictures. The pages retrieved from the online Congressional Pictorial Directory are in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF), therefore you must use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the pages. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system, a link is provided to download the reader for free. Source : Victoria A. Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, January 10, 1997.

Annotated Constitution of the United States Online:
Via GPO Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/constitution
The Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service, in cooperation with the U.S. Senate and Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the massive The Constitution of the United States of America Analysis and Interpretation: Annotations of Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 29, 1992 available at the GPO web site. The volume is both searchable and browsable, and contains annotated references to Supreme Court decisions in their constitutional context through June 29,1992. It is arranged by article and amendment and is available in both plain-text and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. Unfortunately, files are also arranged by article and amendment, making for some extremely large file sizes (over 1 megabyte in some cases). Still, this is a small price to pay for an indispensable constitutional law and history reference. Source : Victoria A. Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, January 13, 1997 and Scout Report, January 17, 1997.

Contacting the Congress
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress
Check out Juan Cabanela's Contacting the Congress for the latest links to the Congressperson of your choice. Allows one to click on a map to select the state you are interested in. As of February 28, 1997, only 300 out of 540 members of the 105th Congress have e-mail addresses, 311 have WWW homepages, and 8 just have gopher homepages. Also contains information on committee and subcommitee membership. Grace York reports that she regularly shares information with Juan to keep both of their lists up-to-date. Source : Grace York, E-Mail, February 28, 1997.

Cost-of-Living Calculator
http://www.NewsEngin.com/neFreeTools.nsf/CPIcalc?OpenView&Start=1&Count=30&Expand=1#1
This web site uses the historical Consumer Price Index to convert dollar values between different years. It allows you to compare real buying power of historical dollar amounts adjusted for inflation. The calculator allows you to calculate for the whole country or selected cities and regions (including Detroit). It also can calculate for all categories (food, housing, medical care, etc.) or a selection of one or more. Source : Richard Hathaway, MLink Director, rhat@umich.edu, MEL-NEWS, January 7, 1997.

Current World Market and Trade Publications (USDA/FAS)
http://www.fas.usda.gov/currwmt.html
The USDA FAS (US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service) Current World Market and Trade Circulars "provide the latest analysis and data on a number of agricultural commodities, outlining the current supply, demand and trade estimates both for the United States and for many major foreign countries." Many of these reports are issued monthly, and all are arranged by commodity. Note that the reports may be missing some statistical tables and charts present in the print editions. Source : Scout Report, January 24, 1997.
(Last checked 03/26/98)

DC's Most Scandalous Sites
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/tours/scandal/article.htm
Would you rather visit the White House or the Watergate Complex? The Tomb of the Unknowns or the home of infamous CIA mole Aldrich Ames? Scandal Tour, appearing on the Washington Post's Destination D.C. Web site, offers an alternative view of the nation's capital, directing visitors to the city's most scandalous locales. Other highlighted tour sites include Scott Circle, where Mayor Marian Barry was arrested on drug charges, and the Capitol Hill town house where Gary Hart was caught with Donna Rice. Addresses, brief synopses of the scandals that rocked the city, and links to additional information on the World Wide Web are also provided. Source : Endless Vacation, January-February 1997, p.8.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (USDA/HHS)
http://www.nalusda.gov/fnic/dga/dga95.html
This is the latest official word on nutrition - a very valuable source on a key issue for all Americans.

1996 Digest of Education Statistics (NCES)
http://www.ed.gov/NCES/pubs/D96/index.html
1992-1995 Digest of Education Statistics
gopher://gopher.ed.gov:10000/11/publications/majorpub/digest/
The US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics has recently made available this exhaustive compendium of education statistics. The bulk of the work is contained in 418 tables covering elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, as well as federal programs for education, outcomes, international comparisons, and library resources and technology. This is the 32nd in a series of publications begun in 1962. Many tables are updated through 1994 or later, and all are available in ASCII text format. The report can also be downloaded by chapter in .pdf format. The site is organized by subject, and offers as well a complete list of tables. There is a link to the 1995 Digest at the site, and NCES has also made 1992-1995 Digests available (tables in .zip format) at the Education Department's Gopher site. The Digest is one of the most respected and referenced sources for US education statistics. Source : Scout Report, January 17, 1997.

The Earth Times
http://www.earthtimes.org/
Remember the 1991 Earth Summit? The Earth Times, which bills itself as the only international newspaper for global environmental issues, began as the official paper at the 1991 Earth Summit Conference. The biweekly paper is still going strong, providing daily updates on environmental policy and conditions around the world.

Economic Report of the President, 1997, Available Online Via GPO Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/budget/index.html
[Note : select the Economic Report of the President from the scroll box.]
Transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the budget, the Report includes: 1) current and foreseeable trends and annual numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, unemployment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays; 2) employment objectives for significant groups of the labor force; 3) annual numeric goals; and 4) a program for carrying out program objectives. In addition, there is a nice compilation of statistics in the back of each report, sorted by topics. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations. Source : Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, February 10, 1997.

Education Committee's Name Changes Again
The name of the House Committee responsible for many key library and education programs has been changed again. For many years it was known as the Education and Labor Committee. At the beginning of the 104th Congress, two years ago, the name was changed to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities. At the beginning of the 105th Congress the House voted to change the name once again. The new name: Committee on Education and the Work Force. Source : ALAWON, Vol. 6, No. 5, January 24, 1997.

Endangered Species Program
http://endangered.fws.gov/
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program web pages are highlighted by a list of endangered species in the US. This list is available by state and type of animal or plant. There is also a foreign species index. Links from selected species lead to more information about those species, including photos or reports. The site also contains a copy of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, selected endangered species policy documents, and tables of contents and selected articles from the Endangered Species Bulletin, a bimonthly publication of the USFWS. This is a no-nonsense site that allows interested Internauts to keep abreast of endangered and threatened species information. Updated 09/15/03)

Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water Home Page
http://www.epa.gov/ow/
Find entertaining ways to teach kids about water conservation. Or take a look at whether the fish you eat are safe. Do the environment, and yourself, a favor and visit the federal EPA's Office of Water. USA Today, Hot Site, December 6-8, 1996.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
http://www.eeoc.gov/
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created a new home page as of February 25th, to help in its fight against discrimination. The new home page includes biographies of the Commissioners and General Counsel, Annual Reports, addresses and phone numbers of field offices, the text of the laws enforced by the agency, press releases, fact sheets, and periodicals. Agency guidance and litigation logs will be included in the future. In summary, the EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments; prohibitions against discrimination affecting individuals with disabilities in the federal government; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Source : Mary K. Grady, Research Librarian, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Library, 1801 L St., N.W., Room 6502, Washington, DC 20507; Telephone : (202) 663-4630; E-mail: mkgrady@capcon.net; shared by Sue Fawcett, TXDXN-L, February 26, 1997.

FDIC Institution Directory
http://192.147.69.47/drs/
FDIC
http://www.fdic.gov/
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has recently made its Institution Directory available. This searchable database allows users to "obtain demographic data and financial profiles of each FDIC-insured depository institution derived from quarterly reports filed with Federal regulators." Users can search by certificate number, bank, geographic location, charter, chartering agency, federal regulator, primary insurance fund, and asset and deposit size. Retrieval can be sorted by any of 7 variables. Information returned includes balance sheet and income, loan portfolio/asset quality, and balance sheet details. Each report is linked to a glossary of terms. Quarterly and annual data is available back to December 1993. This is a significant addition to a site that already carries a staggering amount of information about United States banking. Source : Scout Report, December 13, 1996.

New FINS URL
http://www.inform.umd.edu/FINS/
The FINS Information Age Library recently changed its URL address. Source : Vigdor Schreibman, fins@access.digex.net, GOVDOC-L, December 6, 1996.

The FOIA Web Site
http://www.spj.org/foia/index.htm
Keep your government honest by watching what officials do and knowing what they know. Get advice on how to keep tabs on government activities at the Freedom of Information site produced by the Society of Professional Journalists. For journalists and non-journalists alike. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, February 4, 1997.

FRB Chairman Greenspan Testimony
http://www.bog.frb.fed.us/BOARDDOCS/TESTIMONY/
FRB Chairman Greenspan Speeches
http://www.bog.frb.fed.us/BOARDDOCS/SPEECHES/
Some feel that every time US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Allan Greenspan speaks, the US stock market shudders. He gave testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on February 26, 1996 and the Dow Jones industrial average plunged over 55 points that day (after a rebound from a 122 point loss). You can read the chairman's testimony and his recent speeches at the Federal Reserve Board site (the speeches and testimony of other officials are also available). Read the speeches and testimony, watch the market, and judge for yourself the power of one man in the US economy. Scout Report, February 28,1997.

Federal Depository Conference Registration
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/fdlppro.html
The Library Programs Service (LPS) is pleased to announce the availability of a new online registration form for the 6th annual Federal Depository Conference and 50th meeting of the Depository Library Council to be held at the Washington National Airport Hilton, Arlington, VA on April 14-17, 1997. At the main FDLP Administration page, click on the Calendar button, then click on the large green button. Complete the Registration Form online and submit it. The information automatically will be e-mailed to LPS and the sender has a record of the information on its FDLP E-mail form. Source : Sheila McGarr, Library Programs Service, Mail Stop: SLLD, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20401; Voice: 202-512-1119; fax: 202-512-1432; e-mail: inspect@access.digex.net; GOVDOC-L, February 24, 1997.

GPO's Unveils Item Lister
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/fdlppro.html
(click on the Tools button, then click on Item Lister)
Item Lister allows anyone to enter a depository library number into a search form to view, download, and print an online list of a depository library's current item selection profile. The Item Lister will display:

  • the library's item numbers currently profiled in the Depository Distribution Information System (DDIS);
  • the total number of item numbers currently available for selection through the FDLP; and,
  • the library's item selection ratio, i.e., the total number of items selected divided by the total number available, e.g., Library #0632 selects 13.84% of the total items offered : Item Numbers Selected - 995; Total Possible Selections - 7190.
    It will be updated monthly. Please report any discrepancies to: chiefdab@access.digex.net.

    GSA Fine Art
    http://www.gsa.gov/pbs/pt/pts/cultural.htm
    Follow the pointers provided at this site to locate information about and images of paintings, modern art, and historic federal buildings administered by the General Services Administration. The various selections can be searched by state. So if you are interested, you can find what fine art resides in Alpena, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Port Huron, and Saginaw, or anywhere else in the country for that matter. There is also a link to fine art administered by the Bureau of Reclamation.

    Glitch Management
    http://saturn.vcu.edu/~dream/index.html
    Ever have to give a documents presentation online, only to have the equipment or connection fail? Check out this site for some advice on "The Fine Art of Glitch Management" from Dan Ream, Virginia Commonwealth University, via NETTRAIN, January 29, 1997.

    Global Environment Outlook (UNEP)
    http://www.unep.org/unep/eia/geo1/
    The United Nations Environment Programme has recently released this report, "a snap-shot of an ongoing worldwide environmental assessment process." It "describes the environmental status and trends in seven regions...summarizes developments over time in regional policy responses...[and] concludes with an exploration, based on model analysis, of what we might expect in the future for a selected number of environmental issues if no major policy reforms are initiated." An executive summary for each chapter is first presented, followed by the full report, which contains over seventy figures and thirty tables. The power of the report lies in its regional analysis. A second GEO report is due to be released in 1999. Source : Scout Report, February 28,1997.

    Global Warming
    http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Home Page on Global Warming is served by the Waste Policy Institute for the EPA Office of Economy and Environment. This well organized site contains a great deal of information on global warming, climate change, and the greenhouse effect. It contains reports, slide presentations, and a glossary of terms, among other features. It also contains predictions on the impacts of global warming and discusses governmental policies and actions. If you would like to make a difference in the study of global warming, this site can also give you the information you need to get involved. Source : Scout Report, February 21, 1997.

    Hackers Close Down Defense Dept. Sites
    The Pentagon shut down most of its world wide web sites December 30 after a computer hacker's break-in attempt damaged an Air Force Page. In all, over 80 web sites including a Gulf War Illness site, information sites on each of the military services, and sites providing news releases and military contract announcements were affected. The site damaged was an Air Force page that guides computer users to Air Force information available over the World Wide Web. The sites are expected to be operational again by the end of the year. Source : Detroit Free Press, December 31, 1996, p.4A; Lansing State Journal, December 31, 1996, p.3A.

    HIV/AIDS: The Global Epidemic (UN/WHO)
    http://www.unaids.org/highband/document/epidemio/situat96.html
    U.S. Mirror Site:
    http://www.us.unaids.org/highband/document/epidemio/situat96.html
    Provided by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization, this fact sheet provides up to date information on the progress of the worldwide AIDS pandemic. It provides estimates as of December 1996 for new infections in 1996, people living with HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS-associated deaths in 1996, and cumulative AIDS information. It also contains a geographic table of AIDS-related information. It is connected to a much larger study, The Status and Trends of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic, the result of a symposium held in July 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Note that both the fact sheet and larger monograph may load very slowly due to the graphic design of the sites, which, while visually appealing, is a hindrance in the distribution of this important information. If this site looks more like HotWired than the United Nations, that is because it was designed by a member of the HotWired staff. In spite of that, the compelling content of the site is worth the wait. Source : Scout Report, December 6, 1996.

    IDTF's Links to Foreign Governments
    http://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/idtf/foreign.html
    IDTF's Links to Foreign Governments has been expanded to include official sites, mostly in English, for 46 countries. Europe is just about complete; Africa, Latin America and Asia will follow. Links are limited to resources likely to be of use to foreign and international documents librarians, i.e. foreign affairs, defence, financial, central government and statistical sites with a few exceptions. Source : Mike McCaffrey-Noviss, International and State Documents Librarian, Northwestern University Library, 1935 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208-2300; E-mail: mmccaff@nwu.edu; Telephone: (847) 491-2927 (Direct Line); Fax: (847) 491-8306, GOVDOC-L, February 28, 1997.

    Impact of Armed Conflict on Children (UNCF)
    http://www.unicef.org/graca/
    In 1994, United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali appointed Graca Machel, a former Mozambican Education Minister, to study the impact of armed conflict on children in response to a call by the General Assembly for a detailed examination of the issue. This report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the two-year study which included consultations with experts and officials from key regions, field visits, and interviews with the individuals affected. Source : Scout Report, January 10, 1997.

    IMF Working Papers (1997+)
    http://www.imf.org/external/pubind.htm
    As of January, 1997, the International Monetary Fund has begun to provide full text (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) of its Working Papers. At present 17 papers are available, on such topics as India's saving performance, the effect labor market policies and growth fundamentals have on OECD countries, the Austrian pension system, and business cycles in Asia and Latin America, among others. Print copy price information and selected abstracts are available. As the IMF has produced an average of 127 Working Papers per year since 1991, this promises to be a major economic working paper repository. The IMF also provides other services from its home page, highlighted by its Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board--metadata records about economic, financial, and demographic data produced by some 27 countries at present, with 15 more expected soon. Source : Scout Report, February 28, 1997.

    InfoSpace's Government Links and Search Engines
    http://206.129.166.158/iui/index_gov.htm
    Provides extensive links to federal, state, county, and municipal web sites, as well as providing search engines for identifying U.S. Senate and House officials, and federal, state, county, and municipal officials. Site provided by Carroll Publising.

    International Labour Organization
    http://www.ilo.org/
    For the latest information about the International Labour Organization, go to its web site. Contains press releases, press kits, speeches, historical documents, fact sheets, etc. During February 1997, the ILO is sponsoring the Amsterdam Conference on Intolerable Forms of Child Labour.

    Latin American Government Documents Project
    http://lib1.library.cornell.edu/colldev/ladocshome.html
    The Latin American Government Documents Project, provided by David Block of the Olin Library of Cornell University, attempts to "organize and describe the many Latin American official documents now appearing on the Internet." The site is organized by country and agency, within subject themes that include statistical sources, executive documents, national legislative documents, national judicial documents, and subnational documents. The contents of each site are briefly summarized. This is a very well organized, concise pointer site that should be very useful to interested Internauts. Note that most of the pointers are to Spanish language sites. Source : Scout Report, December 6, 1996.

    Latin American Studies Online, Handbook of
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/
    Current Journal Abbreviations:
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/journals.html
    Subject Terms (from Volume 50 onward):
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/subjects.html
    The U.S. Library of Congress Hispanic Division has recently made all volumes from 1935 onward of its Handbook of Latin American Studies available for searching on the web. "The multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook." Users can search by subject, author, or title in basic search mode, and there is also a more powerful expert searching mode available. Retrieval includes complete bibliographic information, and subject listings are linked to other citations related to that subject. This is an exhaustive, authoritative source of Latin American Studies information. Source : Scout Report, January 24, 1997.

    Library of Congress Celebrates Inaugeration Online
    Inaugurations in American Memory
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/inaug/inaug.html
    Library of Congress Learning Page
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/
    Today (January 13, 1997), the Library of Congress unveiled an online feature presentation celebrating the presidential inauguration. The presentation, Inaugurations in American Memory, highlights photographs, films, and oral histories of past presidential inaugurations as found in the over 500,000 historical primary sources available from the Library of Congress over the World Wide Web (http://www.loc.gov/). Feature presentations are a regularly updated offering on the Learning Page, a Library of Congress World Wide Web area specially designed for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. Source : Elizabeth L Brown, ebro@loc.gov PACS-P, January 15, 1997.

    Library of Congress Experimental Web Catalog
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/catalog/
    Library of Congress Information System (LOCIS)
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage/online.html
    Though still under development, an experimental online public access catalog for the Library of Congress is now available, providing access to over 4.8 million records (out of 27 million) from the Library of Congress. Compared to LOCIS, LC's command-driven catalog, this new format is easier to navigate, allowing users to search by keyword, author, title, ISBN, and LC class searches, as well as limit by format, date, publisher, and language. An exciting new feature is the ability to sort results by date, title, or LC call number, either in ascending or descending order. Individual records are displayed in hypertext format, making it possible to jump to other works on the same subject, call number, or by same author, as well as to link to online texts and images, and view the MARC (MAchine Readable-Cataloging) formats of any record. Note that at this time help screens are in development and not yet available. Source : Scout Report, December 20, 1996.

    Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
    Focuses on colonization, abolition, migrations, and the WPA. This rich collection of photographs, maps, and other original documents is also a preview of a 1998 exhibition on the impact of black history on the American national identity. Source : Newsweek, Cyberscope, March 3, 1997.

    Liftoff to Space Exploration (NASA)
    http://astro-2.msfc.nasa.gov/
    Liftoff to Space Exploration is a creation of the Mission Operations Laboratory at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This site contains current news and events related to space exploration, as well as information on past, current, and future missions, and astronaut training, life in space, and trivia. This site contains a Kid's Space section, which addresses subjects such as weight on the moon and the Space Cadet Academy. There are also quizzes, games, and photos. The Academy section explores space science, the space shuttle, earth science, the Spacelab, Mir and the Russian Space Agency, etc. This site is geared toward students and space enthusiasts interested in further learning or keeping up with current news. Source : Scout Report, January 24, 1997.

    Mars Pathfinder (NASA)
    http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/
    Text Only Version:
    http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/mpf/alltext.html
    Mars Pathfinder, "one of the first NASA Discovery class missions," is slated to launch the week of December 2, 1996, with the goal of landing "a single vehicle with a microrover (Sojourner) and several instruments on the surface of Mars in 1997." At the NASA Pathfinder website, interested Internauts will be able to follow the flight and landing (scheduled for July 1997). In addition, the site contains information about mission objectives, images of Mars (including images of possible Pathfinder landing sites), information about the Sojourner Rover that will actually explore the planet, and a downloadable cutout model of Pathfinder for construction (under Education and Outreach--very large image files). Source : Scout Report, November 29, 1996.

    (Michigan) Office of the State Registrar
    http://www.mdmh.state.mi.us/PHA/OSR/Index.htm
    The Office of the State Registrar and Division of Health Statistics is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis, and publication of statistics about health and health-related matters. The web site now contains a 1995 state profile including birth and death statistics and selected cancer, mortality, natality, pregnancy, and health care statistics. Some tables also provide county level data. In addition, the Office of State Registrar has begun mounting application forms for its various vital records such as birth certificates available via the web site. The Office of the State Registar is a sub-agency of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

    Michigan Tax Forms
    http://mel.lib.mi.us/michigan/mitaxforms.html
    The Michigan Department of Treasury in coopertion with the Michigan Electronic Library is providing access to Michigan tax forms. The forms are in Adobe's Portable Dcoument Format (PDF). You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the tax forms. Source : Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, Michigan Electronic Library, dgallag@umich.edu, MICHLIB-L, January 26, 1997. Note : URL change.
    (Last checked 04/21/99)

    Michigan's Tax Free Renaissance Zones
    http://www.mjc.state.mi.us/mjc/rzone/rz00.html
    Need information about Michigan's newly created Renaissance Zones? Check out this site provided by the Michigan Jobs Commission.

    Military Specifications and Standards Index
    http://www.dtic.mil/stinet/public-stinet/htgi/dodiss/
    If you ever get requests for military specifications or standards, you may need to consult this online index.

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    http://www.ed.gov/NCES/naep/
    School librarians may be interested in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) website. Part of the U.S. Department of Education, the site includes access to NAEP publications and activities, and the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). NAEP is mandated by Congress to monitor continuously the knowledge, skills, and performance of the nation's children and youth. Under this legislation, NAEP is required to provide objective data about student performance at national, regional, and, on a trial basis, state levels. Source : ALAWON, Vol. 6, no. 13, February 28, 1997

    National Biological Service
    http://www.im.nbs.gov/
    The U.S. Department of Interior's National Biological Service offers access to data on the status of the nation's ecosystems. The site contains sections on amphibians, butterflies, birds, and other animals; links to software packages designed for biological research; and information on how to design a program to monitor animals or plant life. Source : Chronicle of Higher Education, October 4, 1996, p.A26.

    National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
    http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/
    The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), located in Boulder, Colorado is a project of the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. This site is an informational resource for glaciology, marine geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, solar-terrestrial physics, and solid earth geophysics. The glaciology section is linked to the National Snow and Ice Data Center website, which offers resources for those interested in studying snow and ice and their relation to Earth systems. The other four sections contain data (often searchable), images, reports, publications and general information on a variety of areas such as bathymetry, ocean drilling/seafloor sediment/rock sample data, the geomagnetic field, solar and upper atmospheric data, global climate, heatflow, and much more. Source : Scout Report, January 17, 1997.

    National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution)
    http://www.si.edu/nmai/
    The richest part of this land's heritage has an online home at the National Museum of the American Indian. All roads are good in cyberspace; but this is one you shouldn't miss. USA Today, Hot Site, December 10, 1997.

    The Observatorium (NASA)
    http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/
    The Observatorium is a cooperative project among NASA's Information Infrastructure Technology & Applications Program, BDM International, and West Virginia University. This site currently offers four new features: Applications of Satellite Data, Fun and Games, Tools & Data, and the Birth of Stars; it also features a new observation each week, as well as providing current headlines in space exploration. It also has its own Sites Reviewed and Search sections that allow for further and more direct exploration into the topic of your choice. NASA's educational projects (categorized by grade level and topic), NASA's Educational Outreach Programs, and other NASA-sponsored projects are discussed. A reference section offers educational articles and tutorials. The Image Gallery contains many stunning pictures of the universe, solar system, moon, spacecraft, and more. Source : Scout Report, January 10, 1997.

    Office of Personnel Management
    http://www.opm.gov/
    The Office of Personnel Management site provides a handy way to keep tabs on federal government job openings and pay tables. Everything from summer work to professional careers. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, January 31-February 2, 1997.

    "On My Mind: Embracing Government Information"
    An article by Charles Seavey, appearing in American Libraries, December 1996, p. 33. Note: If you don't have back issues of American Libraries, try interlibrary loan.

    Online Resources on Retirement and Financial Planning (AoA)
    http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/pages/finplan.html
    Compiled by Saadia Greenberg, Administration on Aging (Revised: December 16, 1996). The purpose of this resource is to provide the public with a convenient set of links to online resources for financial and retirement planning. The Administration on Aging, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is concerned with informing the public about how they can better prepare for a more financially secure retirement.

    Patent Searching from IBM and Optipat
    http://www.ibm.com/patents
    USPTO and CNIDR Patents Database
    http://patents.uspto.gov/patbib_index.html
    IBM and Optipat, Inc. have made a searchable US Patent Database available on the web. Coverage is from 1971 to the end of 1996 at present (IBM intends to update it regularly), and retrieval includes bibliographic information about the patent, claims, reference, and abstract information. In addition, for patents since 1987, images of the patent are available. IBM intends to add images from 1974-86 patents early in 1997. Users can view the images, or order the patents online from Optipat. Patent number searching, as well as Boolean and field searching are provided. The provision of claims and detailed drawing image information distinguishes this site from the Patent and Trademark Office/CNIDR (Center For Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval) patent search site. Of course, as might be expected, both retrieval and relevance rankings of these two search engines differ, so patent searchers may want to use them in combination. Source : Scout Report, January 10, 1997.

    Pentagon Book Store
    http://www.booksdc.com
    The Pentagon Book Store is now open to the public! The store specializes in titles on military operations and strategy, travel, languages, biographies, history of government affairs, and political intrigue. Source : Internet Connection, January 1997, Vol. 3, No. 1, p.4.

    Portrait of Black Chicago (NARA)
    http://www.nara.gov/exhall/americanimage/chicago/white1.html
    Portrait of Black Chicago, a new exhibit from the National Archives and Records Administration, contains nineteen annotated photos by John H. White, a Chicago newspaper photographer, taken for the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUAMERICA project in the 1970s. The photos provide a "slice of life" of African American Chicago in the early 1970s. Source : Scout Report, February 28, 1997.

    The Presidents' Summit for America's Future
    http://www.citizenservice.org
    http://www.phillynews.com/packages/summit/
    The Summit is being co-sponsored by The Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National Service. The Philadelphia newspapers -- the Inquirer and the Daily News -- are also managing a web site with information about the summit and will be maintaining it through the actual meeting. Source : Debra Erikson, The Points of Light Foundation, Eriksonda@aol.com, TALK-AMPHILREV@TAB.COM, February 5, 1997.

    Pursuing Excellence: A Study of US Eighth-Grade Mathematics and Science Teaching, Learning, Curriculum, and Achievement in International Context
    http://www.ed.gov/NCES/timss/
    This study, recently released by the US Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, claims to be "the most thorough international study of math and science education ever conducted." The report's main conclusions include: "The content of US eighth-grade mathematics classes is not as challenging as that of other countries, and topic coverage is not as focused; and evidence suggests that US teachers do not receive as much practical training and daily support as their German and Japanese colleagues." In addition to the report of initial findings (in HTML and Adobe Acrobat .pdf versions), there is a news release from the Department of Education and information about a videotape classroom study that accompanied the main study. This is the first of a series of reports that will cover "US mathematics and science education for fourth, [eighth] and twelfth grade students in an international context." Source : Scout Report, December 13, 1996.

    The Resource Directory for Older People (AoA)
    http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/resource.html
    This directory is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families, health and legal professionals, social service providers, librarians, researchers, and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons. It is a cooperative effort between the Administration on Aging and the National Institute on Aging.

    School Directory Info
    http://www.mde.state.mi.us/reports/scm/
    Need an address for a school, a phone number, a principal's name, or information about the grade levels taught at a specific school? Try the State of Michigan School Code Master web site. Provides data for all the school districts in the state, plus intermediate school districts. Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Education.

    Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 1995 [PDF]
    http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
    Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 1995 is produced for the U.S. Department of Justice by the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center at SUNY-Albany. Its six sections are searchable and browsable and consist of 654 tables and 5 figures of mostly national data time series of varying lengths, in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Sections can be downloaded for printing in their entirety or individual tables can be printed (a real plus as individual table size is usually less than 10KB.) The data is compiled from over 100 sources (annotated with selected links). Source : Scout Report, November 29, 1996.

    State of the Union Addresses--Past and Present
    1997 State of the Union Address [RealAudio]
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/SOU97/
    Text Only
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/SOU97/index-plain.html
    State of the Union Addresses 1934-96
    gopher://www.polisci.nwu.edu:70/
    [select: State of the Union Archive]
    Annual Messages/State of the Nation Messages 1790-1836
    http://www.let.rug.nl/~welling/usa/presidents/addresses.html
    President Clinton's State of the Union Message, delivered February 4, 1997, is available in both text and RealAudio formats at the White House web site. For Internauts interested in historical perspective, a selected archive of State of the Union messages of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, along with a complete archive of all messages 1946-96 is available at the Northwestern University Political Science gopher. And Annual Messages/State of the Nation Messages are available for the years 1790-1836 (Washington-Jackson) at George Welling's magnificent "From Revolution to Reconstruction and What Happened Afterwards" site. Source: Scout Report, February 7,1997.

    Supreme Court Opinions 1937-Present
    http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html
    Findlaw has recently made an excellent site even better by adding a browsable and searchable archive of US Supreme Court opinions from 1937 to the present. Cases can be browsed by volume number or year, and searched by citation, title and the full text of the opinions. The Findlaw opinions database, while still a "public beta," offers two enhancements over the Fedworld/FLITE Supreme Court Decisions Database (discussed in the September 26, 1996 issue of the Scout Report). One is that it runs from 1937 to the present, whereas FLITE runs 1937-1975. The other is that each case is presented in hypertext format, which allows linking from case to case, and thus invites users to follow along with the Justices' reasoning. Source : Scout Report, January 31, 1997.

    Tax Forms, U.S. and State [PDF]
    http://www.lib.lsu.edu/govdocs/taxes.html
    As thoughts in the US turn to taxes (April 15 is just around the corner), Mary Jane Ledvina of the Louisiana State University regional government depository library has provided a simple, effective pointers page to downloadable tax forms. Included are federal tax forms and those for 43 states. Of course, available forms vary by state. Most forms are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. This is a simple, crisply designed page that should save time, although probably not headaches. Source : Scout Report, January 31, 1997.

    Thomas Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
    http://www.nps.gov/jeff/arch-home/index.htm
    Have you ever visited the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri? This web site, sponsored by the National Park Service, allows you to take a virtual tour of the Museum of Westward Expansion. Explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West. Listen to audio clips of Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, a buffalo soldier, and an overlander. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, February 14-16, 1997.

    Tiger Mapping Service--US Census Bureau
    http://tiger.census.gov
    A new version of the Census Bureau's Tiger Mapping Service (TMS) is now on the prowl. Users enter city and state or zipcode information, and choose from among the matches from the Census Bureau's database of places (for example, cities, towns, and regions may have the same name). The maps returned are clear, detailed (though street names are not included at this time), and precise. Why use this service instead of one of the others freely available (such as Mapquest, described in the August 16, 1996 Scout Report)? Because of TMS's extraordinary flexibility. In addition to standard atlas features, TMS offers access to a good deal of the 1990 Census's data, which can be plotted onto the maps as well. Most impressively, since the maps and accompanying data are available in the public domain, website creators can make a cgi-bin link to the TMS server that will return a customized map, complete with multicolored pins and labels, for placement on a web page. Source : Scout Report, January 31, 1997.

    TRAC ATF Home Page
    http://trac.syr.edu/tracatf/
    This Web Site has been established by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) to provide the public with detailed comparative information about how firearms laws are enforced by the ATF and the United States Justice Department in different sections of the country. TRAC is a non-partisan, non-profit, tax exempt data research organization associated with Syracuse University. Includes background information about the ATF, the text of statutes it enforces, information on crime and violence related to fireams in the U.S., and statistics on prosecutions and convictions.

    TRAC DEA Home Page
    http://trac.syr.edu/tracdea/
    This Web Site has been established by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) to provide the public with detailed comparative information about how the criminal provisions of the federal drug laws are enforced by the DEA and the United States Justice Department in different sections of the country. TRAC is a non-partisan, non-profit, tax exempt data research organization associated with Syracuse University. Includes information on drug enforcement in the U.S., including background information about the DEA, the text of statutes it enforces, and statistics on prosecutions and convictions.

    Uniform Crime Reports 1990-1993
    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/socsci/crime/index.html
    Uniform Crime Reports 1990-93, from the University of Virginia Social Sciences Data Center, is a searchable dataset from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that allows users to retrieve county level data for arrests (Part I and Part II offenses) and reported crimes (Part I offenses only). Users choose area, time, and crime variables to submit. Data can be retrieved on the screen or as comma-delimited files from an FTP location. Source : Scout Report, November 29, 1996.

    UN Info Quest (UN-I-QUE)
    http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/unique/index.html
    UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest) is a ready reference file created by the United Nations/Specialized Agencies Reference Desk of the Dag Hammarskj÷ld Library to respond to frequently asked questions. It is a database designed to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials (1946 onwards). It does not give full bibliographic details nor does it replace existing bibliographic databases (UNBIS, UNBIS Plus on CD-ROM) produced by the Library. UN-I-QUE focuses upon documents and publications of a recurrent nature: annual/sessional reports of committees/commissions; monographic series; journals; annual publications; reports periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the General Debate; etc. Information within each record is presented in reverse chronological order to facilitate identification of the most recent data.

    United Nations Invasion Tracking Site
    http://krug.org/unit/menu.html
    Remember the movie RED DAWN? UN troops tried to take over the U.S. This site spoofs such sentiments, reporting on UN sightings all over the U.S. My personal favorite : "UN Troops Fly UFOs in California".

    USA Counties 1996
    http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/usaco-stateis.html
    OSU Government Information Sharing Project
    http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/
    Oregon State's well known Government Information Sharing Project has recently added the US Census Bureau's USA Counties 1996 database to its arsenal of interactive demographic, economic, and educational databases. USA Counties 1996 allows the user to choose from nearly 3,500 variables in 26 major subject categories from age to health to wholesale trade. Single county profiles can be retrieved for multiple variables; conversely, the user can retrieve multiple county, single variable profiles. Time coverage varies, and this database is meant to provide a "snapshot" of a county rather than a detailed time series, but the amount of information and the fineness of geographical detail make USA Counties 96 unique. Unfortunately, there is currently no provision for downloading retrieved information in formats that allow the statistics to be further manipulated. Source: Scout Report, February 7, 1997.

    Where in the U.S. are Carmen, San Diego, etc.?
    http://www-nmd.usgs.gov/www/gnis/
    Now you can get fast and accurate information on Carmen, San Diego, and almost 2 million other domestic geographic names, via the new World Wide Web site for the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System. Using the data browser is easy. Users are prompted to enter the name of a geographic feature, and system responds with listings for feature type, state, county, latitude, longitude, and the name of the 7.5-minute USGS topographic map on which the feature is located. Users can ask the system to search all records for the nation or to confine the search to a name within a single state or feature type, such as streams or populated places. Source: Computers in Libraries, February 1996, p.54.

    Where to Write for Vital Records? (NCHS)
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm
    The National Center for Health Statistics produces an up-to-date reference resource entitled Where to Write for Vital Records. This handy guide contains information on how to obtain certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from the vital statistics offices for each State and territory, including the District of Columbia, New York City, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    1996 World Factbook (CIA)
    www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
    The 1996 and 1997 World Factbook are no longer available on the web. Click here for The 1998 World Factbook. Please update your links and bookmarks to the new URL (www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html).

    World of Work (ILO)
    http://www.ilo.org/public/english/235press/magazine/index.htm
    The Bureau of Public Information of the International Labour Organization now provides full text (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) of this magazine at the ILO web site. The present issue contains articles about the global unemployment crisis, child labor, the textile, footwear, and clothing industries, and work stress, among others. World of Work is a quarterly magazine that does not necessarily reflect the views of the ILO. Note that this is a graphically rich magazine, and the files are correspondingly large. Source: Scout Report, February 14, 1997.


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