With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Adminstrative Notes Index
African American Services
Agricultural Market Information
Agricultural Outlook
Agricultural Outlook Forum (1997)
Air Bag Information
American Life Histories
Avalon Project (Yale)
(Federal) Blue Pages Telephone Directory
Budget Bulletin
Budget News (OMB Watch)
CDA and the U.S. Supreme Court
New CFR Interface from GPO Access
Canadian Government Information
Cash by the Cup (Lincoln Bedroom Scandal)
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments (CIA)
Coalition for Networked Information White Paper
Combined Health Information Database (NIH and CDC)
Comet Hale-Bopp
Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy
Another Congressional E-Mail Directory
Congressional Record Available Online
Consumer Information Catalog Provides Full Text Documents
Consumer Information Center
Experimental Consumer Price Index (BLS)
Consumer's Resource Handbook
Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
Digital Classroom Project Expands
Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunications Policy
Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians
Edison National Historic Site
Embassy Information
ERIC Expands Document Delivery Options
Euro - Proposed Currency for the EU
FAA Aviation Safety Data
FBI Laboratory Practices, Special Report on
FDR Memorial
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Federal Blue Pages Telephone Directory
Federal Information in the Networked Environment
The Feds : CD-ROM Pioneers
Finance & Development (IMF and IBRD)
Food Review
Godort Handout Exchange Moved
Government Executives Telephone Directory
GPO Reorganization Proposal
Hale-Bopp Comet a Hit for NASA
Handbook of International Economic Statistics (CIA)
The Hill (Inside the Beltway News)
Historical Congressional Record and History of Bills Available Online
History of Bills Available Online
Holocaust Assets
Human Radiation Experiments
Infospace's Federal Blue Pages Telephone Directory
Infospace's Government Executives Telephone Directory
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
International Documents Database Available from Census Bureau
International Documents Task Force (IGODORT) Links to Foreign National Governments
International Documents Task Force (IGODORT) Links to IGOs
International Intergovernmental Organization Web Page Finder
The Internet and Telecommunications Policy
Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
LBJ and the Vietnam Dilemma: LBJ on Audio Tape
LBJ and the Warren Commission: LBJ on Audio Tape
Lincoln Bedroom Guest List
Lincoln Legal Papers
Liquor Advertising
MSU Dept. of Agricultural Economics Virtual Library
Medicare and You
Michigan Budget FY98
Multimedia Government Information
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Update
OMB Watch Budget News
OMB Watch Government Information Policy News
OMB Watch Regulatory News
Population Estimates (Census Bureau)
Pornography and the Net News
Post Office Kiosks in the News Again
Post Office Wings Prototype
Poverty Guidelines (Federal)
Presidential Portraits
Presidential Tax Returns
The Public Debt (to the Penny)
Regional Economic Information System (REIS)
Rural Conditions and Trends
Rural Development Perspectives
Secrecy in Government Report
Senate Budget Committee Majority Staff Website
Senate Record Vote Analysis
Social Security Administration Suspends Popular Web Site for Review
Statistical Abstract of the United States (PDF)
Statistics Canada
Today in History (Library of Congress)
US Agricultural Outlook (1997)
United States Capitol Historical Society
USDA ERS Periodicals Now Online
U.S. Naval Observatory Time Service
U.S. Postal Service Interactive Network
U.S. Postal Service Relaunch
Uncle Sam for Kids
Voices of Youth (UNICEF)
The Weather Underground
White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security
Wings: Web Interactive Network of Government Services
Women's Suffrage Exhibit
World Atom (IAEP)
World Factbook (CIA)
World Poverty (UNDP)

Adminstrative Notes Search Engine
The University of Michigan Documents Center has mounted an indexed, full-text version of Administrative Notes beginning September 1995 on the web. Apparently the search engine doesn't handle numbers, but you can search for government titles or articles on class and item number changes, mortality, conversion, etc. There are brief notes about the search box and some additional notes below. Source: Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, The University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205; E-Mail: graceyor@umich.edu; Telephone: (313) 936-2378; Fax: (313) 764-0259; GOVDOC-L, April 29, 1997.

African American Resources
Anyone interested in doing research in Black Studies may want to take a look at this Guide to Government Documents written by Chuch Eckman at the University of California-Berkeley back in May 1992. Additional resources are detailed at http://library.berkeley.edu/Collections/Africana. Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 28, 1997, p.A30.

Agricultural Market Information
Even if you don't have a grain of interest in agricultural market information, you'll be impressed at how the Web can put a huge amount of data at your fingertips. The Virtual Library at the Department of Agriculture Economics, Michigan State University, offers everything from weather to market quotes. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, March 4, 1997.
(Last checked 03/12/97)

Agricultural Outlook Forum (1997)
US Farming-Macro and micro
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sponsored annual Agricultural Outlook conferences for 73 years, and those interested in the agricultural pulse of the nation can now download 23 presentations from the conference on all aspects of the agricultural economy. The site contains presentations on the outlook for various commodities, as well as other topics such as risk management, food security and food needs, the food Consumer Price Index, and "a farmer's experience with precision farming." The site also contains USDA data from its latest Agricultural Baseline Projections to 2005 dataset, 48 spreadsheets (in .wk1 format) covering agricultural commodities, trade, and aggregate income and price indicators. Source : Scout Report, March 7, 1997.

Air Bag Information
Worried about the continuing controversy about air bags? Consult this web site sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for questions and answers about air bags, rulings, and air bags and people.

American Life Histories
The Library of Congress is offering WWW access to "American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940". The site presents a portion of a collection from "The U.S. Work Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project and Historical Records Survey" which spans the years 1889 to 1942. The site also contains sample interviews, bibliographic information, and images. Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 21, 1997, p.A33.

The main objective of the ASEANWEB is to promote ASEAN through the provision of timely, up-to-date and value-added information on the activities undertaken by its Member Countries namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Avalon Project--Yale University Law School
Yale University Law School's Avalon Project seeks to "mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government." The site is simple yet powerful. The documents are presented both chronologically and by topic (under Major Collections), ranging from the Athenian Constitution to the 1992 European Parliament Resolution on the Situation in Tibet. The design of Avalon encourages comparative analysis, in that readers may follow links between related documents available on the site. The documents, unfortunately, lack background materials to put them in historical perspective, but this is an impressive and growing repository of primary sources. Source : Scout Report, April 4, 1997.

Take the Patuxent Bird Quiz, or simply review the many pictures and songs of Common North American and Mexican Birds. Identification tips are provided too. Courtesy of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Department of the Interior, Laurel, Md.

CDA and the US Supreme Court
Additional Reno v. ACLU Materials
The transcript of the oral argument before the US Supreme Court in the Reno v. ACLU case, which concerns the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act, is available at the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) site. The ACLU site also contains a wealth of other information about the case, including a complete chronology, the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that is currently being appealed, and the original ACLU complaint. Source : Scout Report, March 21, 1997.

New CFR Interface from GPO Access
A new and improved Web interface for searching CFR books is now online via GPO Access. A result of user feedback, this new interface makes it very easy to determine the subject matter of each CFR title and allows you to search single or multiple titles in a very easy manner. The new interface allows you to select the title(s) you wish to search and then builds a customized chart specifically for the title(s) you selected. For more information please contact the GPO Access User Support Team at gpoaccess@gpo.gov or call 1-888-293-6498. Source : Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, March 11, 1997.

Canadian Government Information
A compilation of resources and links courtesy of the National Library of Canada.

Cash By the Cup (Lincoln Bedroom Scandal)
The White House Coffees Guest List database -- fully searchable by name, employer, host and date. Plus, in collaboration with FECInfo, view 1995-1996 itemized campaign contributions from each guest. Source : Mother Jones Web Site, March 31, 1997, Updated April 2, 1997 and USA Today, Hot Site, April 4, 1997.

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments (CIA)
The US Central Intelligence Agency offers name information for chiefs of state and cabinet members for over 190 countries. Source: Scout Report, April 11, 1997.

Combined Health Information Database
A joint project of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this unified database of bibliographic records has been available to the public since 1985, and now sports a clean new interface. There are sixteen separately maintained databases that can be searched individually or at once, ranging from AIDS Education and Alzheimers Disease to Cancer Prevention and Weight Control. The simple search interface offers a single box into which keywords are entered. The detailed search interface allows the user to specify date of publication, media type, and language, and provides multiple query boxes that may be linked together by Boolean operators. Searches return lists of matches, from which individual bibliographic records (including abstracts) may be viewed. Reprint ordering procedures are also listed. Users may also browse information on the scope and coverage of each of the sixteen databases. Source : Scout Report, March 28, 1997.

Congressional E-mail Directory
With a few mouse clicks you can now keep your elected representatives in Washington on their toes. The Congressional Email Directory even shows you how to nag those without e-mail. Courtesy of Webslingerz and Jerry Hoffman. Source: USA Today, Hot Pick, April 23, 1997.

Consumer Information Center (GSA)
Consumer Information Catalog (GSA)
Consumer's Resource Handbook (GSA)
Consumer News (GSA)
Special Stuff (GSA)
Most comprehensive U.S. government web site for consumer information and feedback. The heart of this searchable site is the latest copy of the Consumer Information Catalog, stuffed full of government-issued tips on things like fixing your car, buying a home, or landing a job. No need to mail away anymore for the nifty publications listed there. They are now available as full text documents. Also available is the 1997 Consumer's Resource Handbook (addresses and contacts for state and local consumer protection agencies), Consumer News (consumer-related proposed rules and regulations from the Federal Register - with an opportunity to comment), and Special Stuff (leads to an annotated list of links to info not in the catalog, such as the Consumer Product Safety Review, new Lead-based paint disclosure regulations, and much more.

(Experimental ) Consumer Price Index (BLS)
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics will shortly begin an experimental Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers using a "geometric mean formula to combine individual price quotations at the lower level of aggregation." The experimental index will be called "the Experimental CPI Using Geometric Means or CPI-U-XG." BLS claims the new index will adjust the CPI to reflect "the fact that consumers can and do change spending patterns as relative prices change." The experimental index will not replace the current "fixed-weight Laspeyres formula" CPI-U (All Urban Consumers) or CPI-W (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) indexes. Beginning April 22, 1997, the Geometric Mean Index will be released monthly. The site contains information about the new index, a research paper explaining it, and a monthly CPI-U-XG table from December 1990 to the present. Source: Scout Report, April 18, 1997.

Department of Defense
Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
Keep tabs on the Pentagon's efforts to clear up uncertainties about POWs and others missing in action. Includes news releases, newsletters, weekly updates, and special reports such as the recent U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIA Affairs. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, January 3-5, 1997.

Digital Classroom Project Expands
NARA is in the process of expanding its Digital Classroom to provide even more primary materials for classroom research projects that encourage critical thinking. Currently, these studies focus on the Zimmerman telegram transmitted during World War I, FDR's attempt to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court during the 1930s, the civil rights activities of Jackie Robinson, and the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s. Accompanying the documents is historical background and a wide range of teaching activities that correlate to the National Standards for History and suggest cross-curricular connections. All aspects of the lessons, including the digitized images of the original documents, are designed for easy downloading, printing, and photocopying for classroom use. For more information, see http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/red_tape/nat9702.htm#15.

Digital Tornado: The Internet and Telecommunications Policy News Release
Text-only version:
This report, FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) Working Paper No. 29, by OPP's Kevin Werbach, "represents the first comprehensive assessment of the questions the Internet poses for traditional communications policy." The paper addresses three major topics: "category difficulties," (Internet services "do not fit easily into the existing classifications for communications services under federal law or FCC regulations") "pricing and usage," and "availability and bandwidth." The report is available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), WordPerfect, and text formats. Note that the views expressed in the paper are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent those of the FCC. Source : Scout Report, March 28, 1997.

Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians
CIS has begun advertising the the 7th edition of the Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians. In addition to including names, addresses, phone, fax, and e-mail addresses, the new edition will include home page addresses for each library or department covered. If ordered before July 31, 1997, the new directory will cost $59.95; after July 31, the price will be $75. ISBN 0-88692-384-0. For more information about CIS products, consult

Edison National Historic Site
In honor of the sesquecentennial of Edison's birth, the National Park Service has pulled togehter archival materials from the Edison National Historic Site that should be of interest to business and economic historians, as well as fans of Thomas Edison. In addition to a description of various records available, there are a number of images plus a link to materials available at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, which should invoke memories of 5th grade bus trips for local parents! Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 1997, p.A28.

Embassy Information
Find phone and fax numbers, URLs, and addresses for every embassy and consulate in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Infospace. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, March 20, 1997.

ERIC Expands Document Delivery Options
Digital images of ERIC documents from January 1996 onward will soon be available through the ERIC Document Reproduction Center (ERDS) site. Users can search through the site, place orders electronically, and receive documents online or by fax-back. The entrie ERIC database (1966+) will also be searchable through the EDRS site. Call (800) 443-3742 or send an e-mail to service@edrs.com for more information. Source: Online, March/April 1997, p.9.

EURO--Proposed Currency for the EU
If you've been anxious to get your first look at the new currency of the European Union, the Euro, this website will provide the information you seek. Available in eleven languages, three connection speeds, and Java and non-Java versions, the site promotes the proposed currency with enthusiasm. Animated images display the new notes, which flip from front to back to show both sides. A timetable for implementation of the Euro is available, as well as speeches on the new currency from Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Member of the European Commission with special responsibility for economic and monetary affairs. Background documents from the Presidency of the European Council are also provided. Users looking for a balanced critique of the idea of a unified currency should probably look elsewhere. Source: Scout Report, April 18, 1997.

FAA Aviation Safety Data
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently made available three searchable aviation databases: NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) Accident/Incident Database, FAA Incident Data System, and NTSB Recommendations to the FAA. The databases are updated monthly and are available back to 1983, 1978, and 1963 respectively. The first two can be searched via a form that allows a combination of user entries and choices from drop-down menus. Interested users are strongly encouraged to read the "Learn About the Databases" section, as well as the information about each variable before using the databases. The site also contains a brief aviation glossary and FAA regulations from the US Code of Federal Regulations. Note that the site "supports Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer only." Source : Scout Report, March 7, 1997.

FBI Laboratory Practices, Special Report on
The DOJ Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) special report on FBI laboratory practices is available in an enhanced version from TNCrimLaw or as a regular version from the federal government. The enhanced version has added hyperlinks and divisions into subsections which correspond to the Table of Contents. In addition, the document at TnCrimLaw is word searchable whereas the document at the OIG site is not. Source: Scott Carpenter, TnCrimLaw TnCrimLaw, E-mail: rscarp@usit.net; LAWSRC-L, April 17, 1997.

FDR Memorial
Web browsers can take a virtual tour of the FDR Memorial before it even opens to the public on May 2, thanks to this web site. The tour includes photos of the expansive memorial grounds along the Potomoc River, including the four outdoor gallery rooms that house sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The site also includes biographies of the memorial commissioners and the artists who created the statues, a brief chronology of Roosevelt's life, and links to other FDR internet sites. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, FDR is the only President to have served with a real handicap; because of polio, he was unable to stand or walk. Because of his disability, he launched the "March of Dimes" campaign to fund polio research, which led to the creation of a successful polio vaccine. That also explains why FDR's image is found on the dime. In addition, the statue of his famous wife is the first to depict a first lady at a president's memorial. Due to pressure from various organizations, a new statue may be included later on showing FDR in a wheelchair. Source: Detroit Free Press, April 12, 1997, p.1c-2C.

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
The 1997 edition provides a comprehensive summary of federal government benefits available to veterans and their dependents, including information on alcoholism treatment programs, aid for the blind, burial assistance, clothing allowances, compensation for service-connected disabilities, death payments, dental treatment, dependents' education, education and training loans, etc. Searchable.

Federal Information in the Networked Environment
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the availability of a draft of "Access to and Services for Federal Information in the Networked Environment," a white paper that is the product of a CNI initiative on federal information. The paper focuses on issues related to federal information from the perspective of institutions serving users. The challenges and opportunities addressed in the paper include an examination of what "collecting" information means in the networked environment; locating federal information; preserving federal information; and, providing services and infrastructure to support the delivery of federal information. CNI is accepting comments on the draft until April 30, 1997. Please send comments to Joan Cheverie at jchev@cni.org. Source: Joan Cheverie, Visiting Program Officer for Federal Information, Coalition for Networked Information, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036; Phone: (202) 296-5098; GOVDOC-L, April 11, 1997.

The Feds: CD-ROM Pioneers
Richard D. Schulman has written an article called "The Feds: CD-ROM Pioneers" (EMedia Professional (formerly CD-ROM Professional), April 1997, pgs 82-91) outlining the effects the federal government has had on the CD-ROM industry as a pioneer of the medium and gives several examples of CD-ROMs available from the government. Source: Vicki L. Tate, Head, Documents/Serials, University Library, University of South Alabama , Mobile, AL 36688-0002; E-mail:
vtate@jaguar1.usouthal.edu; Telephone: (334) 460-7024; Fax: (334) 460-7181; GOVDOC-L, April 2, 1997.

Finance & Development (IMF and IBRD)
A quarterly publication of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, each edition of Finance & Development has a different focus under the general aegis of economic policy development in third-world countries. For example, the December 1996 issue covers New Environmentalism, Capital Markets and Central Banking, whereas earlier issues have covered Reforming Government, World Development Report(s), Energy Policy, World Economy in Transition and more. Issues prior to Volume 3, Number 1 are available on paper only. Source: Scout Report, March 21, 1997.

GODORT Handout Exchange Moved
The GODORT Handout Exchange , formerly located on the gopher, has now moved to the University of Michigan Documents Center Web Page. The handout exchange consists of approximately 400 handouts created by documents librarians, 1994-96. Topics range from collection development policies to user guides for DOQs to welfare reform. Guides to electronic products, the Census, and federal legislation are heavily represented. Source : Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, The University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205; E-Mail: graceyor@umich.edu; Telephone: (313) 936-2378; Fax: (313) 764-0259; GOVDOC-L, April 2, 1997.

GPO Reorganization Proposal
Special thanks go out to Rob Aken (UK) and Marc Hall at (WKU), who under the direction of Cindy Etkin at Western Kentucky University and Sandee McAninch at the University of Kentucky, have mounted the text of the 1997 bill to make GPO an independent agency and give it enforcement powers for depository library distribution as well as the relevant portions of the U.S. Code. As many of you know hearings are already underway. Source: GOVDOC-L, April 25, 1997.

Hale-Bopp Comet A Hit for NASA
All of the NASA web sites that provide photos and information about Hale-Bopp have proved tremendously popular, so much so that mirror sites have been created to handle the load! Source: USA Today, April 16, 1997.

Mirror Site:
While there are many sites devoted to the Comet Hale-Bopp, one of the best is provided by NASA. The main NASA site at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is highlighted, of course, by images (over 1,700 at present). It also contains over twenty-five animations (mostly MPEG and animated .gif files), several news articles, a timeline for best viewing, viewing hints and tips, and an article on the discovery of the comet by Alan Hale. Source : Scout Report, March 21, 1997.

Handbook of International Economic Statistics, 1996 (CIA)
Basic worldwide statistics for comparing the economic performance of major countries and regions. In general, the data in the Handbook are for 1970, 1980, 1985, and individual years in the period 1990-95. To access the data, click on the Index. Source: Librarians' Index to the Internet.

On April 15, 1997, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and twelve other federal agencies announced a new, consolidated "gateway consumer health information web site". HHS was asked to coordinate this project by Vice President Al Gore as part of "reinventing government", i.e., making it easier for consumers to find the information they need. The new site will have links to more than 550 health related Web sites, links to 500 online documents, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to databases and Internet search engines. Includes both federal and private sources of information. Users can browse resources alphabetically by using a simple drop-down menu search form, or by selecting from any of 31 major subject topics to find annotated organization and/or web resources. The "pubs" section features key word searching for online publications and contains a large list of publications catalogs as well as pointers to seventeen medical dictionaries and glossaries. The "news" section contains press, DHHS, and selected state health department news. The site provides one-stop shopping for a vast array of consumer health information. Source: Scout Report, April 18, 1997 and Metta Lansdale, MLink Program and MEL, University of Michigan Graduate Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Voice: (313)764-3903; Fax: (313)764-3916; E-mail: lansdale@umich.edu; MICHLIB-L, April 22, 1997.

The Hill
CapWeb mirror:
The Hill has the largest weekly circulation on Capitol Hill and has a target audience composed of Congress, the Executive Branch, Cabinet-level departments as well as public-interest and lobbying groups. In short, the Hill is a highly focused window into the politics/workings of the legislative branch (and subsequent interactions with the executive and judicial branches) of the US federal government. While the online version contains only selected articles (the paper is subscription-based), what is posted is complete and timely, supplying much of the detail not covered anywhere else. The Hill isn't for everyone, but if you live and breathe to learn the best of "inside the beltway" news, it's certainly worth a look. Source : Scout Report, April 4, 1997.

Historical Congressional Record Index and History of Bills Now Online via GPO Access
The Historical Congressional Record Index and History of Bills are available online via GPO Access as of April 10, 1997. The years now accessible are 1983-present. Each year is available for searching individually, however, you can choose the option to search all historical databases. If you choose the database titled Historical CRI or Historical HOB, you will search all years except for the current year. Source: Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, April 10, 1997.

Holocaust Assets
U.S. Department of State's position on Holocaust Assets.

Human Radiation Experiments
Documentation on experiments from the 1940s through 1970s. Outlines location, purpose, and number of subjects. Source: Grace York, E-mail, April 20, 1997.

Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments Final Report
For more information...

Infospace's Federal Blue Pages Telephone Directory
Provides telephone numbers for the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, at both the national and regional level. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, March 20,1997.

Infospace's Government Executives
Provides a search engine so that you can locate federal, state, county, or municipal executives by name or title. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, March 20, 1997.

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Contains press releases, legal documents, and trial transcripts. Source: Grace York, April 6, 1997.

International Data Base (IDB)
A computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for all countries of the world. Combines data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050 (the amount of information available for each country may vary.) Includes data such as: population, vital statistics, migration, fertility, literacy, ethnicity, religion, languages, and labor force. From the U.S. Census Bureau's International Programs Center. Source: Librarian's Index to the Internet.

International Documents Task Force (IGODORT) Links to Foreign National Governments
Now maintained by the University of California, San Diego.
(Last revised 01/06/00)

International Documents Task Force (IGODORT) Links to IGOs
Now maintained by the University of California, San Diego.
(Last revised 01/06/00)

International Intergovernmental Organization Web Page Finder
A collection of international inter-governmental organization (IGOs) web sites compiled by Bob Williams in preparation for the publishing of International Inter-Governmental Organizations : A Reference Guide, to be released in late 1997 by Ablex Publishing. The list is divided into four sections : United Nations; United Nations Subsidiary Bodies; United Nations Specialized Agencies, the IAEA, and Related Agencies (Alphabetically by name); and All Other IGOs (Alphabetically by name). Source : Robert V. Williams, College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; E-mail: bobwill@sc.edu; Telephone: (803) 777-2324; Fax: (803) 777-7938; GOVDOC_L, March 14, 1997.

Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
The National Archives and Records Administration has pulled together this collection of primary source materials on "Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate" in memory of Jackie Robinson's breaking the color line in baseball 50 years ago.

LBJ and the Vietnam Dilemma: LBJ on Audio Tape
The LBJ Library in Austin, TX has released copies of conversations in the Oval Office from May 27, 1964. These secretly recorded telephone calls between LBJ and Adlai Stevenson, McGeorge Bundy, and Richard Russell convey a sense of Johnson's anguish over American involvement in South Vietnam. Several news stories report the facts, but listening to the audio conveys powerful emotive content missing from text-only descriptions. Requires a sound-enabled computer and installation of the free RealAudio Player http://www.realaudio.com. Source : Jerry Goldman, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208; j-goldman@nwu.edu, Phone: (847) 491-2637; Fax: (847) 475-6671; PSRT-L, March 20, 1997.

LBJ and the Warren Commission : More LBJ on Audio Tape
This site provides recordings of conversations by LBJ in the Oval Office during the period November 23-29, 1963 related to the creation of the Warren Commission. Source: Jerry Goldman, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208; j-goldman@nwu.edu, Phone: (847) 491-2637; Fax: (847) 475-6671; PSRT-L, April 7, 1997.

Lincoln Bedroom Guest List
For enquiring minds. Here's the full list of most of those who have stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom since President Bill Clinton took office, courtesy of The Associated Press. Not included are the president's relatives and their guests -- 35 in all -- and First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's guests -- 72 total. Also includes links to related resources concerning President Clinton's fundraising problems.
(Last checked 03/24/04)

Lincoln Legal Papers
For those of you not interested in who's been sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom, you may want to check out this site instead. Historians in Illinois are trying to track down all documents filed by Lincoln in local courthouses before he became the famous author of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 1997, p.A25.
(Last checked 09/20/01)

Liquor Advertising
Read about Clinton's efforts to rein in liquor advertisors. Source : AllPolitics, April 1, 1997.

Medicare and You
Health Care Services Corporation, the Medicare contractor for Michigan and Illinois, has designed a Web site called Medicare and You to help serve the rapidly growing number of seniors who now have personal computers. Seniors are the second-largest consumers group currently buying personal computers, studies show. The site, which has been up for about five months, contains information about the benefits structure, how claims are processed, coverage issues, and information about related news and events. Source : Dell Warner, Detroit News, Cyberia, February 21, 1997.

Michigan Budget, Fiscal Year 1998

Multimedia Government Information
A site created by Paula Gray-Overtoom, a MLS student at Indiana University in Bloomington, pulling together multimedia government information available over the web. Types of multimedia covered include animations, photographs, movies, sounds, virtual tours, etc. Also sorted by name of agency. Source: Paula Gray-Overtoom, pgrayove@indiana.edu, GOVDOC-L, December 11, 1996.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Update
How NAICS Will Affect Data Users
In case you haven't seen it, there is a Web site (from the Census Bureau) with all kinds of information about the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System), including comparability tables from NAICS to SIC and SIC to NAICS. Also note a very useful paper that will answer lots of questions about the changeover: "How NAICS Will Affect Data Users". Source: Karen Kimber, Reference and Social Sciences Outreach Librarian, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435; E-mail: kkimber@library.wright.edu; GOVDOC-L, April 20, 1997.

OMB Watch Budget News
Budget News, a project of OMB Watch, provides timely news and analysis of the U.S. federal budget, including all of the major appropriations and tax bills, proposed changes to entitlement programs, and the Balanced Budget Amendment. Budget News also serves as a central directory for other major sources of budget-related policy information.

OMB Watch Government Information Policy News
OMB Watch has a long history of encouraging the public's right-to-know and public access to government information. Since the mid-1980s, OMB Watch and Unison Institute have worked closely with EPA, HUD and other federal agencies to create a series of environmental and housing databases available through RTK NET, the Right-to-Know Network. During the 1990s, OMB Watch expanded its role to include oversight of policy and legislative issues that address public access to government information. Most recently, OMB Watch has taken on the issue of information and access equity - ensuring that all citizens have equal access to useful technology and information.

OMB Watch Regulatory News
Regulatory News provides news and analysis of major national, state, and local regulatory "reform" efforts. Regulatory News also serves as a central directory for other major sources of regulation-related policy information. Regulatory News is a joint project of OMB Watch and Citizens for Sensible Safeguards (CSS),a coalition of almost 300 public interest organizations dedicated to preserving environmental, health, and workplace protections.

Population Estimates (Census Bureau)
The US Census Bureau, in association with the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE), has recently released updated population estimates on the national, state, and county level. Updated national estimates are available on a monthly basis, and annual estimates are available for 1990- February 1997 by age group, sex and race. On the state level, estimates have recently been updated through 1996 for demographic components, age groups, and sex, increasing the time series covered to 1990-1996. On the county level, 1990 and 1996 estimates are now available for population, population under and over 65, and demographic components of change. All files are available as ASCII text, with some of the larger ones compressed in .zip format. Documentation and layout of files is available. Source: Scout Report, April 25, 1997.

Pornography and the Net News
The U.S. Supreme Court justices are wary about law limiting kids' access to Net. Source : Detroit News, Cyberia, March 20, 1997.

Post Office Kiosks in the News Again
It would appear that the Postal Service is getting closer to implementing their much discussed kiosks. InformationWeek released an article today announcing a multi-million deal between USPS and MCI to set up an initial 34,000 point intranet that, among other things, would provide for kiosks to do such things as get driver's licenses and file tax returns. Source : Bob Walter, Learning Resources, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762; E-mail: bwalter@mail.pittstate.edu; Phone: (316) 235-4878; Fax: (316) 235-4090; GOVDOC-L, March 27, 1997.

Post Office Wings Prototype
Check out Wings (Web Interactive Network of Government Services), the prototype for the U.S. Postal Service kiosk program. The WINGS project is a Postal Service effort to help local, state, and federal governments provide the public with easy-to-use, integrated customer services. For example, under the Moving section of the site, people can change their mailing address, read up on the population demographics and government services of their new state, and (in the future) take care of voter registration and even view IRS regulations on deductions for moving expenses. WINGS has started several online working groups to address issues such as legal and regulatory hurdles, pilot tests, appearance standards, and security concerns.

Poverty Guidelines (Federal)
Includes the current poverty thresholds from the Census Bureau and the guidelines as published in the Federal Register.

Presidential and First Lady Portraits
In celebration of Presidents' Day , a collection of 156 images of American presidents and first ladies is going online, the result of a collaborative effort by both the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and the National Digital Library. The exhibition, called "By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies", captures the fine detailing and shading of the originals -- whether prints, posters, watercolors, lithographs, or engravings. Each portrait is shown with the title of the image, its creator, the year of creation, and the Library's reproduction number (for ordering purposes). In addition, an effort was made to select images showing the presidents in interesting or unusual surroundings. For instance, Warren G. Harding is shown frolicking with his dog; 300-pound William Taft, golf club in hand, is ready to take a swing; and a relaxed Calvin Coolidge is shown shaking hands with major league pitcher Walter Johnson at a baseball game in Griffith Stadium. Sources: Library of Congress Information Bulletin, February 10, 1997, p52-53; USA Today, Hot Site, April 14, 1997.

Presidential Tax Returns
Even though President's don't have to release copies of their tax returns, inquiring minds always like to know so most of the recent President's have made copies of their tax returns available to the press. Check out this site provided by the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts for copies of tax returns for FDR, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton.

The Public Debt (to the Penny)
And now for something really depressing. Take a look at the public debt, down to the penny. Check back often. Courtesy of the Bureau of Public Debt. Source : USA Today, Hot Site, March 7-9, 1997.

The Regional Economic Information System (REIS)
Michael R. Lavin has written an article on REIS in the April-May 1997 issue of Database pages 61-66.

Secrecy in Government
Provides the full text of Senate Document 105-2, the report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy released by Senator Patrick Moynihan. In short, the report calls on government agencies to end "a culture of secrecy" that denies the public and scholars access to historical records. It also urges the government to restrict fewer documents and to move quickly to open other records that do not threaten national security. For more information, look in the News Around the Country section of this newsletter. Also look at the Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 1997, p.A28 for more information.

The Senate Budget Commitee Majority Staff Website

  • The Congressional Budget Process--An Explanation (Also known as "The Little Yellow Book").
  • Senate Budget Committee 1997 Markup Book.
  • The latest issues of the Budget Bulletin, a weekly newsletter on the federal budget featuring information about current budgetary debates, pending legislation, and Presidential proposals.
  • The latest numbers on the deficit and debt, medicare and medicaid data, monthly treasury statement, and links to other budget sites.
  • Various analysis documents.
  • Various budget documents, and
  • Information about the committee.

    Senate Record Vote Analysis
    Covers all roll call votes since 1981. Arranged by Congress and then subject or chronologically. Provides synopsis and names of members voting yea, nay, not present. No info for the 105th Congress yet. Comes from Senate Republican Policy Committee. Source: Grace York, E-mail, April 22, 1997.

    Social Security Administration Suspends Popular Web Site
    After a little more than a month, the Social Security Administration took its controversial Web site offline today for further review, in response to concerns that snoopers and hackers could gain access to citizens' private information for fraudulent purposes. The site provided information on an individual's annual income and available benefits and was intended to answer citizen requests for such information quickly and cheaply. To access the information, users had to supply five items of information: full name, Social Security number, date of birth, place of birth and mother's maiden name. The incoming requests over the web and answers -- while available -- were probably more secure than their mail counterparts. The agency plans to hold public hearings across the U.S. in the next two months on privacy and computer security issues before officials make a final decision on the fate of the Web site. Source: All Politics, April 9, 1997.

    Statistical Abstract of the United States 1996
    Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
    The US Census Bureau offers this exhaustive compendium of national, regional, state, local, and selected international statistics drawn from "reports and records of government and private agencies." The book (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) is divided into 31 topical chapters, composed mostly of annual time series data. Unfortunately, as there is no table of contents, the best finding aid is the subject index, which identifies table numbers (not page numbers). An additional shortcoming is that the Bureau has not supplied table number limits with each chapter heading, as it did with the 1995 _Statistical Abstract_. Still, by locating the tables of interest in the index, and then making an educated guess as to which chapter those tables would be located in, along with using Acrobat's search capability, one can actually use this book in its electronic format. This volume, published annually since 1878, is known as "the national data book." Source: Scout Report, April 4, 1997.

    Statistics Canada
    Statistics Canada, a highly respected producer and supplier of statistical information in all areas of commerce and society, has made many of its publications and services available via the web. The site includes a daily bulletin covering new data releases and their associated products; basic statistical facts in tabular form; background reports on economic and social events and conditions; the CANSIM database of 700,000 statistical indicators ($3 per time series, chargeable to a credit card); the International Trade Database; and descriptions of the wide range of products and services available from Statistics Canada, with convenient online ordering capabilities. Source : Online, March/April 1997, p.10.

    Today in History (Library of Congress)
    A new and imaginative way to access the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection is through its "Today in History" page. This new feature will provide historical facts related to the current date along with links to materials from the extensive online collections. The first three days highlighted April Fool's Day, General Robert E. Lee's evacuation of Richmond Virginia, and John Burrows, a nature essayist. Previous days' sites will be archived for future reference, with the archive being updated every Friday. The "Yesterday" link allows users to view previous days' entries before the weekly archive update. Source : Scout Report, April 4, 1997.

    United States Capitol Historical Society
    Looking for a unique gift. Try out the various possibilities offered by the United States Capitol Historical Society. Selections include books, games, prints and maps, apparel, desk accessories, etc.

    USDA Economic Research Service Periodicals Now Online:
    Agricultural Outlook
    Food Review
    Rural Conditions and Trends
    Rural Development Perspectives
    The Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has recently made these publications available (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only). Agricultural Outlook, the monthly short and long term commodity outlook publication, long available via the USDA Economics and Statistics system at Cornell University's Mann Library, is now available with graphics and charts. Food Review, issued three times a year, deals with "trends in [US] food consumption, food assistance, nutrition, food product development, food safety, and food product trade." The two rural development publications, each issued three times annually, "track... economic and social trends in rural America," and present "nontechnical articles on the results of new rural research," respectively. Selected archives of all four publications are available, and articles can be downloaded individually. About the only drawback to this terrific addition to ERS's electronic holdings is that the separate statistical section that accompanies AO (over 20 pages of tables), is not available at this time. This is particularly unfortunate, as these tables are one of the most valuable aspects of the publication. Source: Scout Report, April 25, 1997.

    U. S. Naval Observatory Time Service
    The U.S. Naval Observatory Time Service Department is responsible for only one clock, but it's a big one -- the Master Clock that marks the official time for the United States. In addition to providing the official time, the web site also provides historical, scientific, and public service information. Quotations and proverbs about time are scattered throughout the site. Source: Detroit Free Press, April 13, p.7F.

    U. S. Postal Service Relaunch
    The US Postal Service's website has long been a valuable source of information about all manner of mailing issues, both domestic and international. Now the USPS has redesigned its site to be more intuitively navigable and, well, pretty. The standard services are still available: US address standardization and ZIP+4 coding, Express Mail tracking, postal rates and regulations, and stamps. New is an interactive rate calculator (domestic postage only at present) and two innovative features: Unforgettable Letters, which highlights the art and history of personal correspondence, and InkCredible Stories, comprised of three fictional serials--each week a new chapter is written, in which postage plays a pivotal part. There is also a section for kids that includes art projects and info on stamp collecting. It's time to start thinking of the Postal Service as delivering more than the daily mail. Shockwave Required. Source: Scout Report, April 25, 1997; USA Today, Hot Tip, April 18-20, 1997.

    Uncle Sam for Kids
    A collection of government documents sites of particular interest to young people compiled by a Show-Me Librarian! Congratulations on a job well done. Source : Anna A. Sylvan, St. Charles City-County Library District, O'Fallon, MI 63366; E-mail: asylvan@mail.win.org, GOVDOC-L, March 5, 1997.

    Voices of Youth (UNICEF)
    As a part of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, the UN-sponsored World Summit for Social Development solicited comments from youth all over the world about worldwide problems.

    The Weather Underground
    Started with a NSF grant of $200,000, the Weather Underground web site has been a huge success, rivaling the Weather Channel and other sources of weather information. It is now going commerical. Source : http://www.detnews.com/cyberia/sites/970301/weather/weather.htm, Detroit News, Cyberia, March 1, 1997.

    White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security
    Besides the commission's final report, which was issued last month, the site has transcripts of public hearings conducted by the commission and links to lots of other Internet sites devoted to aviation safety and security. Source : Bruce Maxwell, bmaxwell@netcom.com, Author, "How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet", GOVDOC-L, March 24, 1997.

    Women's Suffrage Collection
    In celebration of National Women's History Month (April 1997), the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Divisions have created an online exhibit called "Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, 1848-1921. In all, 167 books, pamphlets, and other artifacts are displayed documenting the suffrage campaign.

    World Atom (IAEA)
    News and updates courtesy of the International Atomic Energy Commission Public Information Service. The IAEA is charged with encouraging the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The web site provides press releases, newsbriefs, images, and information about publications and databases. Also includes a search engine.

    The World Factbook 1996 (CIA)
    The US Central Intelligence Agency has recently released the latest in this annual series of country information reference books. Data is available for over 250 countries. For each country, map and flag, geographic, population, government, economic, transportation, communication, and defense information is provided for the latest year available. Users can browse the whole country list, by continent, or by subject (Data in the Factbook). There are also fifteen individual reference maps (.gif, .tiff, or .pdf format), and eight appendices. The entire book is available in compressed (.gz) plain text and rich text format (.rtf). Information comes from several US sources. This is an indispensible reference source for those who want quick, thumbnail country information. The agency also offers name information for chiefs of state and cabinet members for over 190 countries. Note: 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).
    (Revised 02/17/99)

    World Poverty (UNDP)
    No need to guess how many people around the world live on less than a dollar a day. The Poverty Clock keeps a dreadful count. Provided courtesy of the United Nations Development Programme. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, March 11, 1997.

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