With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Agricultural Statistics 1997
Airline Fares Consumer Report
ALA/GODORT Fact Sheet on The Federal Depository Library Program
American Treasures (Library of Congress)
America's Talent Bank
Balanced Budget Act of 1997
Better Designed Web Sites
Blue Book Online Via GPO Access
The British Library
The British Monarchy Site Expands
Browse Electronic Titles Revamped
Canadian Postal Lookup
C-Span Congressional Directories
Census 2000 : Report to Congress
Church Arson Task Force Report
Community Decency Act Overturned
105th Congress, Congressional Directory, Available via GPO Access
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS)
Dead Presidents
Demystifying Documents on the Internet
Depository Program Value and Liabilities
Diana, Princess of Wales
Disaster Finder
Doctor-Assisted Suicide
Domestic Airline Fares Consumer Report
Earth Summit +5
Economic Development Web Site
Eisenstat Report
Electronic Freedom of Information Act
Energy Data
Energy Research News
Fannie Mae
Farm Service Agency
FCC Offers Universal Service
Federal Legislative Histories Tutorial
FERRIT (Census Bureau)
Financial Action Task Force On Money Laundering
Flower Files
Gatekeepers of the Info Age, or the New Luddites?
Global Knowledge 97 (World Bank)
Government Documents Course Taught at Drexel
GPO Access Training Offered by MLC
Group of 77 (UN)
Guide to Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations (USGS)
HillSource ( House Republic Conference Web Site)
Holocaust Assets Page and Preliminary Report
Home Path (Fannie Mae)
How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet 1998
How to Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web
Human Development Report 1997 (UNDP)
IRS Non-Profit List
InfoNation: City Profiles
InfoNation: Model UN Discussion Area
InfoNation: World at a Glance
International Treaties
Internet and Electronic Dial-Up Bulletin Boards (GAO)
Investigator's Guide to Sources of Information (GAO)
Job Database
Labor Market Profiles
Legislative Histories Tutorial
Library of Congress Information Bulletin News
Locating United States Government Information
Madrid Summit (NATO)
MESC Job Database
MESC Labor Market Profiles
Michigan Child Support Web Site Debuts
Michigan School Report
Michigan School-to-Work Clearinghouse
Michigan State Forest Campgrounds and Pathways Locations
Michigan State University Agriculture Weather Office
Millenium Program Launched by White House
MIR Space Station
NAEP 1996 Science Report Card
NAFTA Report Released
NASA Astronauts
National Church Arson Task Force Report
National Institute of Mental Health
NATO Eastward Expansion
NonProfit Gateway
Non-Profit List (IRS)
Ocean Planet
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Population Pyramids Now Available on IDB (Census Bureau)
Progress of Nations (UNICEF)
Pursuing Excellence
Queen Expands Web Site to Meet Big Demand
Quick Tour of Government Information Sites
Ready Set Read Early Childhood Learning Kit
Reinvention Express
Richard Nixon Video Archive
Roswell Report : Case Closed
Sharing Secrets
Smithsonian Photo Treasures
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics News
State of the World's Forests (FAO)
State of the World's Children (UNICEF)
Studies in Intelligence (CIA)
Supreme Court Overturns CDA, Decides Two Other Major Cases
Uniform Crime Report (1996)
Virtual Government Information Course (University of Arizona)
USGS Guide to Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations
Virtual Records
Vital Records Information (United States)
War, Peace, and Security Guide
Who's Who in the Federal Government (University of Memphis)
World Bank Group
World Wide Web Sites Reported by Federal Agencies (GAO)

Agricultural Statistics 1997 (USDA)
US Agriculture By the Numbers and in the Fields
The latest volume of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Statistics is a detailed compilation of statistical charts and tables covering all aspects of the US agricultural economy. Most of the available tables are based on a short (three and ten year) time series, and many are updated through 1996. The previous two Agricultural Statistics volumes are also available, and tables from the 1995-6 version can be viewed in plain text comma separated values (CSV) format for easier statistical manipulation. Data users can also request CSV formatted tables for the 1997 volume. Source: Scout Report, June 27, 1997.

ALA/GODORT Fact Sheet on The Federal Depository Library Program
http://uicdocs.lib.uic.edu/docsdept/fact.htm (HTML version)
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/GODORT/fact0497.pdf (PDF version)
The New ALA/GODORT Fact Sheet on The Federal Depository Library Program featured in the "Virtual Packet" for Library Legislation Day as something to take along to the hill is now available on the "Resources of Use to Government Documents Librarians" page (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/GODORT). Thanks to Maurie Kelley (UIC) and Sherry Dedecker (UCSB) for handling this task for GODORT. Source: Andrea Sevetson, Government Documents Librarian & 1996/97 ALA/GODORT Chair, Government & Social Science Information Service, 223 Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000; E-mail: asevetso@library.berkeley.edu; Phone: (510) 643-9346; Fax: (510) 643-6650; GOVDOC-L, May 8, 1997.

American Treasures (Library of Congress)
No-frames version:
To celebrate the treasures in its over 110 million item collection, the Library of Congress simultaneously opened an ongoing exhibition and this website on May 1. The site is divided into three parts: memory (history), reason (philosophy), and imagination (fine arts). At present there are 61 treasures, including the items found in President Lincoln's pocket after his assassination, Alexander Graham Bell's notebook entry for March 10, 1876 ("Mr. Watson--Come Here--I want to see you"), and an example of imaginative book design from the Janus Press. The top treasure is a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Each treasure is briefly introduced, and the user can then click on a thumbnail image to retrieve a much larger image and more detailed explanation. The online exhibition will provide a "cumulative record of many items that have been on display." Source: Scout Report, May 2, 1997.

Balanced Budget Act of 1997:
H.R. 2015 Summary
H.R. 2015 Text
Balanced Budget Overview from the White House
1998 Budget Publications from the OMB
H.R. 2015, a bill designed to eliminate the federal deficit by 2002 and create the first balanced budget since 1969, was signed into law by President Clinton on August 5. The first two sites, hosted by the Library of Congress's THOMAS, give a comprehensive summary and the full text of the Balanced Budget Act, respectively. The White House's site provides a short and somewhat adulatory list of the bill's major highlights. Finally, the Office of Management and Budget offers several online publications concerning the proposed FY1998 budget, including Analytic Perspectives, a Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget, and the full text of the 1998 Budget. Source: Scout Report, August 8, 1997)

Better-Designed Web Sites
There is an excellent article, "Assessing US Federal Government Websites" in "Government Information Quarterly" [vol.14, no. 2, 199, p.173+] which includes an excellent summary of citations to articles and a handy/dandy list of the criteria for evaluation of websites. These criteria can very easily be used by both government and depository librarians creating their own websites. Source: Linda Johnson, University of New Hampshire, E-mail:
linda@hopper.unh.edu, via GOVDOC-L, September 3, 1997.

The Blair House Papers
The revinventing government directions that President Clinton passed out to his cabinet members in January 1997.

1997 Blue Book Online via GPO Access
The 1997 Blue Book - Overview and Compilation of U.S. Trade Statutes (Ways and Means Committee Print 105-4), June 25, 1997 is now available online via GPO Access. Part I contains a general overview of current provisions for our trade laws. Part II contains a compilation of the actual text of these laws, as amended. This publication is part of the database for the 105th Congress Ways and Means Committee Prints. Documents are available as ASCII text files and as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Source: Victoria Ries, GOVDOC-L, July 14, 1997.

British Library
OPAC97--British Library
The British Library, the United Kingdom's national library, now makes portions of its collections available via an online public access catalog. "Reference collections" included are: Humanities and Social Sciences collection (1975- ), Science, Technology and Business collection (1975- ), Music collection (1980- ),and Older Reference Material collection (to 1975 only). "Document Supply" collections included are: Journals/Serials collection (1700- ), Books and Reports (1980- ), and Conferences collection (1800- ). The more modern subject-oriented collections can be searched separately or in combination, as can the document supply collections. Searching is available on seven bibliographic variables. While this web catalog contains just a portion of the massive collections of the Library, it is a major addition to Internet-based bibliographic research. Note that the catalog is available Monday through Saturday, "04.00-24.00 hours GMT," except for "English public holidays and official holidays." Source: Scout Report, May 23, 1997

The British Monarchy
Queen Expands Web Site to Meet Big Demand
The millions of people who have flocked to Queen Elizabeth's Web site since its March launch now have even more pages to admire. Her 165-page world of crowns, corgis, and castles attracted one million hits on the opening day and the site is now being expanded, with another 85 pages to sate the appetite of enthusiasts. About 12.5 million Internet surfers have accessed Queen Elizabeth's Web site since the British monarch took to the information superhighway two months ago, Buckingham Palace said. Source: Reuter via CNN Interactive, May 6, 1997.

Browse Electronic Titles
Users of Browse Electronic Titles (BET) will find changes in the appearance of the page effective the week of July 14, 1997. The changes are designed to do two things: 1) minimize the download time of the page and 2) maximize the content of the page. As Browse Electronic Titles has expanded, LPS realized that download times for the file were becoming a problem for users. To resolve this problem, LPS decided to break the page up into a series of smaller interrelated files. This will allow users to go to the New Additions, the most popular component of the page, without having to download the entire file. This move offers another opportunity: smaller files mean that we can include more information, so LPS is working on re-capturing older monographic titles that had been dropped from the list after the 90-day period specified as the life-time for monographic publications. Source: Robin Haun-Mohamed, Chief, Depository Administration Branch, Library Programs Service (SLLA), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20401; Phone: (202) 512-1063; Fax: (202) 512-1636; E-mail: chiefdab@access.digex.net, GOVDOC-L, July 154, 1997.

Canadian Postal Lookup
Find a postal code in Canada, if you have at least the street address and town.

C-Span's Congressional Directories
Congressional directories don't get better than this. C-SPAN's listing of members of Congress and the committees they serve on -- long a staple for journalists -- comes to the WEB. You'll never again be in the dark about who to blame for what. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, May 7, 1997.

Census 2000 : Report to Congress
Want to track the latest developments about the 2000 Census? The "Report to Congress -- The Plan for Census 2000" is now available on the Census Bureau's web site. Source: Beverly Railsback, New Jersey State Library, ailsbac@njsl.tesc.edu, GOVDOC-L, July 15, 1997.

Congressional Directory, 105th Congress on GPO Access
The Congressional Directory for the 105th Congress is now available online via GPO Access. The Congressional Directory is prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). Documents are available as ASCII text files and as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Source: Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, July 25, 1997.

Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) Now Online
Since 1980, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics has provided an open dialog between its members and the Federal statistical agencies. Member organizations include professional associations, businesses, research institutes, and others interested in Federal statistics. COPAFS helps professional associations and other organizations obtain and share information about developments affecting Federal statistical programs. In addition, COPAFS helps the public to learn more about the Federal statistical agencies, to communicate the views of data users concerning Federal statistical activities, and to obtain a better understanding of how policy and budget are likely to affect the availability of Federal statistics.

Dead Presidents
If you're into dead presidents (and gosh, who isn't?), you came to the right place. By simply clicking your mouse button, you can see pictures of Manus Hand visiting the final resting places of every one of them (save three). Prepare yourself for excitement and adventure (or at least for a bunch of pictures of this web site's creator standing in front of cemeteries, tombs, crypts, and mausoleums). And yes, you read it correctly! On the pages you're about to visit, you will be able to read the obituary text published at the time of the man's death -- fascinating and excellent sketch biographies and accounts of the tragedies which befell the men who held the office. [Currently, the obituaries or death notices are provided for all Presidents (except Garfield) from Fillmore through Cleveland. But the rest are promised as soon as the web site's creator fingers are rested up.] Audio files are available for some of the later presidents. Note: URL has changed since item first appeared in Red Tape.
(Last checked 04/21/99)

Demystifying Documents on the Internet
Anyone who missed the Godort of Michigan annual meeting should check out this wonderful web site prepared by Marilyn Moody.

Depository Program Value and Liabilities
Laura Orr-Waters from the Yale Law Library has an article out in Legal Reference Services Quarterly, vol. 15, no.3/4, 1996, pages 133-144 entitled "Love It or Leave It: Government Depositories in Law Libraries", on the benefits and drawbacks of staying in the depository program. A lot of what's in it applies to other depository libraries as well as law libraries. Source: Amy Flick, Government Documents, MacMillan Law Library, Emory University School of Law,
aflick@law.emory.edu; phone: (404) 727-6797, via GOVDOC-L, June 11, 1997.

Diana, Princess of Wales
The Royal Monarchy Page now features a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. As you can imagine, the traffic on this web site was extremely heavy the first week after Diana's death. The site features a transcript of the Queen's Message to the Nation, an Official Biography, Funeral Arrangements, Order of Service, an interactive Condolence Book, information about the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund support her favorite charities, Background Information, and Press Releases.

Disaster Finder
Natural disasters are a new online focus of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The agency's Disaster Finder provides links to more than 550 disaster information sites on the Web. Use the search engine or browse categories. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, May 14, 1997

Domestic Airline Fares Consumer Report
Does Northwest Airlines really charge the most per mile travelled and provide the worst service according to the number of consumer complaints? Read the latest government aviation survey.
(Last checked 06/25/97)

DUCKDATA: A Bibliographic Database of North American Waterfowl (Anatidae) and Their Wetland Habitats
The National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, provides this searchable database of over 11,000 citations on North American waterfowl related to "wetlands, ..waterfowl ecology, conservation, and management." Sources are primarily "scientific journals, books, graduate theses, and natural resource agency publications." Coverage is extensive through 1991, and fairly complete through 1994. The database is being updated for 1995-6 at present. Author, title, year, and keyword searching are available, and an inverted index of key words (unfortunately not hypertext linked) can be used to aid searching. The entire database is also available for downloading (in ProCite and comma-delimited ASCII .zip format). A publication of the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Department of the Interior. Source: Scout Report, May 23, 1997.

Earth Summit +5
Special Session of the General Assembly to Review and Appraise the Implementation of Agenda 21, New York, 23-27 June 1997
In 1992, more than 100 heads of state met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first international Earth Summit convened to address urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development. The assembled leaders signed the Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, endorsed the Rio Declaration and the Forest Principles, and adopted Agenda 21, a 300 page plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21st century. The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created to monitor and report on implementation of the Earth Summit agreements. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session. This special session of the UN General Assembly will take stock of how well countries, international organizations and sectors of civil society have responded to the challenge of the Earth Summit. This web site pulls together a variety of materials generated by the summit. Source: Grace York.
(Last checked 06/25/97)

Economic Development Web Site
An ambitious site sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, State and Local Policy Program. Currently provides descriptions, comparisons, and downloading information on five different national data sets: County Business Patterns, Regional Economic Information System, BLS surveys, the Federal Reserve Economic database, and America's Labor Market Info System, plus provides links to economic development resources by State. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and SEMCOG are the two organizations identified for Michigan. Also supplies an article explaining how to use data sources to analyze and understand industries in your area and another one providing ten key principles for developing a cutting edge economic development strategy. Source: Julia Wallace via Grace York, E-mail message, April 21, 1997.

Energy Data
Whether you want to keep an eye on crude oil production, stocks, and prices. Or check out the federal government's "energy calendar." The Department of Energy site may not be fancy but it's packed with info.
Source: USA Today, Hot Site, June 3, 1997.

Energy Research News--US Department of Energy
Energy Research News (ER News) is a bimonthly newsletter supported by the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Research. This newsletter focuses on informing engineers, researchers, and the interested public of the latest research and technology advancements at OER. Topics include energy generation, microbiology, the Human Genome Project, global weather change, computing, and more. Users may register for an email reminder (topic list) that announces each new issue. Back issues (to April 1995) are available. Source: Scout Report, May 31, 1997.

Farm Service Agency
The FSA and USDA have created a site that anyone involved in American agriculture will find useful. The site provides easy access to information on a number of programs, including Farm Loans, Conservation, Acreage Reduction, and FSA Civil Rights. The Newsroom offers the latest news releases and media advisories issued by FSA and USDA, and Commodity Information allows users to view up to the minute commodity information or review commodity reports online. Other features include Site Search, What's New, and an FSA office locator. Source: Scout Report, August 15, 1997.

FCC: Report & Order in the Matter of Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service
FCC News Release
American Library Association (ALA) Interpretation
The Federal Communications Commission has made available the full text of FCC 97-157, which focuses on universal service. The report "sets in motion universal service policies that will ensure all Americans, including low-income consumers and those who live in rural, insular, high cost areas, shall have affordable service and will help to connect eligible schools, libraries, and rural health care providers to the global telecommunications network." The universal service provisions "implement the mandate for Universal Service set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996." At present, the report is available in WordPerfect 5.1 format (plain or .zip compressed). Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and HTML versions will be available soon. An FCC News Release details principles of the universal service provisions, and includes statements by FCC Chairman Reed L. Hunt and three other FCC commissioners. The ALA has provided information on the effects of the provisions' telecommunications discounts on libraries and schools. Source: Scout Report, May 9, 1997.

More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full array of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use. Users can search by agency name, by program, by region. The site also offers compilations on contacts, press releases, and additional links. Source: Julia Wallace, Documents to the People, March 1997.

Federal Legislative Histories Tutorial
Mike Seadle of the UMich School of Information has developed a slick, web-based tutorial for federal legislative histories. The web site is divided into 12 brief pages which include background on the legislative process, choosing a topic, and each stage, from obtaining the text of bills and hearings to floor debates, laws, and the final regulations. Each page includes descriptions of the sources, call numbers, and hot links as appropriate. For more information, contact him at mseadle@umich.edu. Note: The page is updated every year by Grace York.
(Last checked 04/28/99)

FERRET : The Federal Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool
This new service of the US Census Bureau allows researchers to extract information from the Current Population Surveys March 1995 and 1996 supplements and CPS Displaced Workers 1996 data. For CPS March supplements, pre-formatted macrodata tables are available in nine categories at present, including health insurance, family income, and poverty. But the real power of the site, especially for researchers, is the ability to query and extract microdata records from both datasets, and either view this microdata or download it as ASCII text (user's choice as to delimiter format), with crosstabs or frequencies, or as SAS datasets. Presently available datasets are just the beginning of what will be a much larger searchable statistics database, and "FERRET will be one of the tools in the Census Bureau's Data Access and Dissemination System (DADS)," a data retrieval system "being developed to provide better access to all census data." Note that users must supply an email address before using the system. Source: Scout Report, June 6, 1997.
(Last checked 06/28/06)

Financial Action Task Force On Money Laundering--OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has established this site, which features a publications page that includes the last six annual reports on task force activity (1991/2-1994/5 reports are available in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only). These reports detail money laundering "methods and countermeasures," and "monitor the implementation of anti-money laundering measures." Also included are reports on "money laundering typologies." Users can find news of FATF's work and forty recommendations to combat money laundering. Parts of the site are available in French, German, and Portuguese, as well as English. Source: Scout Report, August 1, 1997.
(Last checked 08/11/97)

The Flower Files
Need some flowers to brighten up the office? The Agriculture Department's National Agricultural Library, along with the University of Pittsburgh and the Michigan State Cooperative Extension Service, has created an online collection of handpainted images of plants and flowers published in the Curtis Botanical Magazine between 1797 and 1827, including drawings of flower species that have become extinct. The searchable database of technically and aesthetically marvelous prints displays images along with horticultural information about each flower.
(Last checked 07/03/97)

Gatekeepers of the Info Age, or the New Luddites:
Views from the 116th ALA Conference

If you enjoyed Jack Solock's "quick tour of government information sites", you may want to take a look at this additional article which appeared originally in the August 1997 issue of Internic News.
(Last checked 04/21/99)

Global Knowledge 97
The World Bank developed the Global Knowledge 97 website as a forum for discussing the use of "knowledge and information as tools of sustainable and equitable development." Visitors to this site can listen to speeches at the Knowledge for Development in the Information Age Conference held in Toronto, Canada on June 22-25, 1997 (RealAudio format). The conference aimed "to assure that developing countries and the world's poor participate fully in the global knowledge economy." The preliminary consultants' report (129 pages) prepared for the conference is also available at the site (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only). To facilitate dialogue on the conference's theme, a mailing list, GKD97, has been set up as well. Source: Scout Report, August 1, 1997.

Government Documents Course Taught at Drexel http://pobox.upenn.edu/~olson/dvdg/drex680/
The Delaware Valley Documents Group is pleased to host once again HTML versions of the course description, reading list, syllabus, and exercises for Tom Karel's Summer 1997 "U.S. Government Publications" (INFO 680-501) course taught at Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology. Please note that exercises are being posted as they are distributed in class. Exercises used last year are also available: please contact me if you're interested in viewing them. Source: Lauris Olson, Reference Department, Van Pelt Library/6206, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206; E-mail: olson@pobox.upenn.edu; Telephone: (215) 898-8118; Fax: (215) 898-0559; URL : http://pobox.upenn.edu/~olson; GOVDOC-L, July 21, 1997.

GPO Access Training Offered by Michigan Library Consortium
The Michigan Library Consortium is offering three training sessions for librarians interested in learning how to use GPO Access. To register, visit the MLC Web site at
http://www.mlc.lib.mi.us or send an email message to register@mlc.lib.mi.us. If you desire, you can also print out the MLC workshop registration form and fax it to (517) 694-9303. Source: Aaron Smith, OCLC Services Manager, Network Librarian, Michigan Library Consortium, 6810 South Cedar St., Suite 8, Lansing, Michigan 48911-6909; Email: smitha@mlc.lib.mi.us; Phone: 800/530-9019 ext.18; Fax: 517/694-9303.

Group of 77
A coalition of developing countries with memberhip in the United Nations. The site contains a descripiton of the history, mission, and structure of the coalition, a list of member countries, documents, news articles, speeches, and access to the Journal of the Group of 77.

The web site of the House Republican Conference. Hot Topics covered include Medicare, Balanced Budget, Juvenile Crime, Tax Reform and Relief, Housing Reform, and Education at the Crossroads. Lots of current information on legislative issues from the Republican point of view.

Holocaust Assets Page and Preliminary Report (US Department of State)
Foreword and Executive Summary to State Department Report
The State Department has released U.S. and Allied Efforts To Recover and Restore Gold and Other Assets Stolen or Hidden by Germany During World War II: Preliminary Study (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only). "The report -- sometimes called the Eisenstat Report -- documents one of the greatest thefts by a government in history: the confiscation by Nazi Germany of an estimated $580 million of central bank gold--around $5.6 billion in today's values--along with indeterminate amounts in other assets during World War II. These goods were stolen from governments and civilians in the countries Germany overran and from Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Nazis alike, including Jews murdered in extermination camps, from whom everything was taken down to the gold fillings of their teeth." Among the report's conclusions: this plunder was "essential to the financing of the German war machine"; and "the fact that [neutral countries] pursued vigorous trade with the Third Reich had the clear effect of supporting and prolonging Nazi Germany's capacity to wage war." It calls for "justice for the surviving victims," economic, moral, and political. The Foreword and Executive Summary of the report are available in HTML. A .pdf version of "Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park" is also available. Source: Scout Report, May 16, 1997.

Home Path
A new web site from Fannie Mae designed to assist a site you with buying or refinancing a home. There are actually three paths on this site: HomeStarterPath, HomePurchasePath, and HomeRefinancePath. Where you start depends on where you are in the process of homeownership.

  • HomeStarterPath lets you compare renting with owning, study various mortgages, see how much house you can afford, and more!
  • HomePurchasePath helps you with information on how to shop for a lender, steps in the mortgage application process, loan closing activities, and more.
  • HomeRefinancePath will help you decide when to refinance, steps in the refinance process, how much refinancing may cost, and more.
    Also contains tools like Calculators which let you see how much house you can afford under various "what-if" scenarios and a Glossary to help you understand a wide variety of mortgage and financial terms. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, May 8, 1997.

    How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet 1998
    Investigative journalist Bruce Maxwell has written another book for Congressional Quarterly [Published August 1997, 282 pages, paperback, ISBN 1-56802-295-6; Price: $28.95; Orders: 1-800-638-1710] describing more than 600 federal Internet sites, mailing lists, and other resources that offer a huge array of information for free. The author's Web site offers the book's Introduction and Table of Contents, information about ordering, links to some of the best federal Web sites, and lists of best selling computer books and books for writers. For more information contact the Congressional Quarterly web site at http://books.cq.com or contact Bruce Maxwell at bmaxwell@netcom.com.

    How to Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web
    This hands-on workshop by Sherry Dedecker and Patricia Cruse, Librarians at the University of California, San Diego, is designed to demonstrate how to maximize retrieval of federal government information on the Web. It is broken up into the following sections: Know the Structure to Find the Information; Using Search Engines and Subject Indexes to Locate Federal Information; Laws of the Land; Statistics, Demographics, and Other Useful Data; and Major Issues to Consider.

    Human Development Report 1997 (UNDP)
    The United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report Office provides two useful selections from its Human Development Report 1997. The overview of is a detailed summary of the contents of the report, discussing world poverty and a six point strategy for poverty reduction. HDR 1997Rankings contain Human Development Index, Gender-Related Development Index, and Gender Empowerment Measure rankings tables for 175 countries. More detailed information on the meaning of the HDI is contained in Analytical Tools for Human Development. The full text of the report is forthcoming, and ordering information is available at the site. Source : Scout Report, June 13, 1997.

    IRS Non-Profit List
    The IRS has mounted a search engine on its web site to allow donors and others to search electronically to find out whether a charity or a foundation is considered by the government to be a legitimate non-profit organization. By filling in a simple form, you can search through a list of nearly 500,000 nonprofit groups to find a specific organization or to locate all groups in a particular city or state. Information will be updated quarterly. Similar information is available in the Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenune Code of 1986. The books are also referred to as Publication 78. Source: Jon Harrison, Grants and Related Resources : Part Two, Section 17: Nonprofit Organizations, http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/znonprof.htm.

    OK, so maybe the UN CyberSchoolBus mentioned in the December 1996 issue of RED TAPE should be a tour stop for adults as well as kids. For example, check out the InfoNation database, with over 30 different fields of information on 185 different countries. You can find anything from population to the level of carbon emission, from the average temperature to the GDP.

    InfoNation: City Profiles
    Profiles the 21 largest cities in the world. The profiles are taken from "The Challenge of Urbanization: The World's Largest Cities", UN Publications, Sales Number: E.96.XIII.4, Price: $29.00

    InfoNation: Model UN Discussion Area (MUNDA)
    A global service for all Model UN-ers. Here's a place where you can exchange ideas, discuss topics and ask for (and receive) information. Through this service you can be in touch with other participants and other organizers all over the world.

    InfoNation: World at a Glance
    Using a map of the world and a country list, you can see basic information on any UN Member State, along with the country's flag.

    International Treaties
    A collection of treaties by Law Research.

    Internet and Electronic Dial-Up Bulletin Boards (GAO)
    The General Accounting Office has released a report in Adobe Acrobat format on Internet and Electronic Dial-Up Bulletin Boards: Information Reported by Federal Organizations, (GGD-97-86), June 16, 1997. Appendix V provides a list of all 215 dial up bulletin boards that were identified, a substantial number but rather insignificant next to the 4300 web sites identified in a supplemental report. To locate the report, choose General Accounting Office from the menu, then GAO Reports, and then type in the report number. Select either text or pdf file. Source: Jack Ralston, ralston@lib1.uncfsu.edu, GOVDOC-L, June 19, 1997.

    Investigator's Guide to Sources of Information

  • The 1997 edition of Investigator's Guide to Sources of Information by the U.S. General Accounting Office contains five chapters, four on information sources and a fifth on how to access information through the Internet.
  • The first four chapters--on local and state governments; federal agencies; directories, reference works, and other sources; and electronic databases--discuss selected information sources in definitive categories that investigators will find helpful. The guide's descriptions of information found in specific electronic databases were furnished by the organizations that administer the databases and have not been validated by GAO. Depending on their specific needs, users of the guide may want to independently validate the currency and accuracy of information in the databases. Tables in chapters 1 and 2 provide details on topics discussed in the chapters.
  • Chapter 5 is a guide to using the Internet for investigative purposes. In addition to sections on how to access the Internet and the tools and functions available for Internet interaction, chapter 5 contains a sample search that may be of particular interest to the novice Internet user. Chapter 5 also informs the user about the types of information available from the Internet. For specific information on the Internet and specific web browsers, please consult applicable software manuals, local bookstores and libraries, and/or various Internet service providers.

    Library of Congress Information Bulletin
    The official publication of the Library of Congress, the Information Bulletin, can now be accessed on the World Wide Web. For the first time, on-line readers will be able to view not only the text of the publication, but also its images, many of which are drawn from the collections of the Library. Currently, only 1997 issue are available in web format; previous editions however are available back to November 1992 from LC Marvel, the Library's text-based gopher site. The LCIB web home page also provides a link to these pre-1997 issues. Eventually, all issues will be converted for web access. One last note. In July, the Information Bulletin will change from a biweekly to a monthly schedule to help the Library of Congress deal with budgetary pressures.

    Locating United States Government Information:
    A Guide to Sources, 2nd Edition
    Government documents librarians may want to order this book by Edward Herman, Associate Librarian, Business and Government Documents Center, Lockwood Library, State University of New York at Buffalo. It should be available in August 1997 from William S. Hein & Co., Inc. The purpose of this book is to provide a practical "how to" guide for locating United States government publications. Its workbook format incorporates illustrations from appropriate indexes and abstracts, plus questions and answers. Emphasis is upon locating and using government information, rather than policy issues. The book will actually be published in two volumes -- a basic text and an Internet supplement, with information about web resources being collected in the supplement. Additional ordering information follows: LC 96-51490; ISBN 1-57588-203-5; xvii, 582 pages; Item #310920; $68.00 purchase price includes 1997 Supplement (ISBN 1-57588-393-7; iii, 105 pages). E-mail orders can be sent to Hein at
    wshorder@class.org. Or you can review Hein's web page at http://lawlib.wuacc.edu/hein/heinhome.html. Source: Ed Herman, GOVDOC-L, August 26, 1997.

    Madrid Summit (NATO)
    On July 9, 1997, NATO extended membership invitations to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Follow the breaking developments. Also contains documents, press releases, etc. on related issues.

    MESC Job Database
    Michigan job searchers and employers now have access to a national resume database, thanks to the Michigan Employment Security Agency. Called America's Talent Bank, the online database is ready to accept resumes from workers looking for jobs and provide employers with leads on talent. Eight other states are participating in the database, and Illinois is expected to join by the end of the summer. The service is free. Source: Detroit Free Press, July 20, 1997, p.P1.

    MESC Labor Market Profiles
    Need labor statistics on Michigan metropolitan areas or other labor market areas in the state? This site allows you to click on a map to find the data on the area you want.
    (Last checked 07/18/97)

    Michigan Child Support Web Site Debuts

  • Parents who don't pay child support risk having their pictures and cases posted on a new state web site designed to help locate deadbeats, Governor Engler recently announced. The web site, proposed last year by the governor to publicize the worst offenders, was up and running on May 27th with the names of three deadbeats supplied by the St. Joseph County Friend of the Court, the first agency to comply with Engler's request for such cases.
  • Engler explained the program in a letter to all circuit courts, which oversee Friend of the Court operations. A parent who wants the nonpaying parent's name posted on the web should contact a Friend of the Court caseworker. All such cases must meet several criteria, including an OK from the custodial parent who is owed money and verification from Friend of the Court on the amount owed, said Karen Smith, spokesperson for the state Family Independence Agency, which developed the site.
  • In addition to the deadbeat listings, Michigan Child Support Web Site offers links to a variety of sites that can perform searches by name, address, and employer. These locator services, which are free, will help people conduct their own searches for an absent parent. For more information, contact John Truscott, (517) 335-6397.
    Source: Governor's Office Press Release, May 27, 1997; Jacquelynn Boyle, Detroit Free Press, May 28, 1997, p.1B and 4B.

    Michigan School Report Available
    The 1997 Michigan School Report, previous reports for 1995 and 1996, and reports for individual school districts are available at this site.

    Michigan School-to-Work Clearinghouse
    The Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Department of Education are making available assistance for local community partnerships to develop plans for the implementation of a school-to-work system that will help youth acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and labor market information they need to make a smooth and effective transition from school to career-oriented employment or to further education or training. This assistance is to be used as "venture capital" to stimulate local creativity in establishing systems that build on and enrich promising programs such as tech prep education school-to-apprenticeship, cooperative education, business-education compacts, and career academies or charter schools. Check out this web site for more information.

    Michigan State Forest Campgrounds and Pathway Locations
    A directory provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    Michigan State University Agriculture Weather Office
    Carries daily, short- and long-range weather forecasts, soil temperatures, precipitation for the last day, week, and month, and crop and weather summary information from around Michigan and the world. Though primarily intended for farmers, this site should also be of interest to gardeners as the planting season approaches and soil temperature, sunshine, and rainfall become crucial concerns. The site is sponsored by MSU Extension, the MSU Department of Geography, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, and the state agriculture department's climatology program. Source: Detroit Free Press, April 20, 1997, p.7F.

    Millenium Program Announced by White House
    On Friday, August 15 at the National Archives, the President and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the White House Millennium Program--a multi-year national initiative to mark the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the new millennium. The Millennium Program will celebrate the accomplishments of the 20th century, recognize and initiate projects, and engage every sector of society in conveying the American heritage to future generations. In addition to special projects by federal agencies, Individual communities and the public are also asked to participate. Among the examples of individual participation cited by the First Lady was "helping to raise money for a library." The President said the best local community millennium projects will be awarded the honorary title, Millennium Communities, and their stories will be posted on the White House website. Source: ALAWON, Vol. 6, No. 72, August 19, 1997.

    MIR Station Web Site
    Will the MIR space station survive the latest catastrophe? Check out the latest information from this NASA web site. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, June 26, 1997.

    NAEP 1996 Science Report Card for the Nation and the States
    This National Assessment of Educational Progress report (available in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) "evaluate[s] and report[s] the educational progress of students at grades 4, 8, and 12... provid[ing]... students' science achievement at each grade and within various subgroups of the general population." For 8th graders, selected state data is also available. Major assessment findings include: 4th and 8th grade scores by gender were similar, but by 12th grade, males had higher scores; higher levels of parental education were associated with higher student performance at all grade levels; and non-public school students had higher average scores than public school students. Source: Scout Report, May 16, 1997.

    NAFTA Report Released
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released a web report on the operation and effect of NAFTA on the United States and Mexico. Source: Stuart Basefsky, Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, smb6@cornell.edu, GOVDOC-L, July 21, 1997.

    NASA Astronauts Biographies
    Over 100 astronauts -- from Akers to Young -- can be easily accessed at NASA's website. The site includes a search feature that can scan the contents of the bios, too. There is even a separate compilation of biographies for cosmonauts who have served on joint US/USSR missions. And of course, information on how to become an astronaut, or book an astronaut for a public appearance, etc.
    (Last checked 08/27/97)

    National Church Arson Task Force Report
    Is racism behind the flurry of recent church fires across the nation? Read the results of the First Annual Task Force Report from the FBI and the Bureau of ATF presented to the President in June 1997.
    (Last checked 01/05/98)

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service
    Historically, NCJRS was reknown for providing bibliographic access to criminal justice publications, plus interlibrary loan and document delivery services (primarily microfiche). In the future, most of this material will be delivered full text via the web site. The complete NCJRS database should be up and running via the web site in June 1997. Source: Grace York, E-mail, April 21, 1997.

    National Institute for Mental Health
    Located at the National Institutes of Health, NIMH is focused on mental health: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc. The site contains items of interest to the researcher (news & events, grants, contracts, & committees, and research activities) as well as the lay person (the public information section provides specifics on "mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment," as well as links to other NIMH programs such as D/ART, the Depression Awareness Recognition Treatment Program). Additionally, NIMH organizational and directory information is available. The site can be searched, through either a simple or an advanced search interface. Source: Scout Report, April 11, 1997.

    NonProfit Gateway
    The NonProfit Gateway is designed as a central starting point to help nonprofit organizations access online Federal information and services. Linked to all Cabinet Departments and many agencies, it contains information about grants, regulations, taxes, and other services as well as information on a wide range of other topics and programs. Our potential users are any of the 1.2 million nonprofit organizations as defined by the IRS Tax Code, or any members or clients of these groups. Most Americans have been involved with nonprofits in many ways -- either as members, volunteers, contributors, or as recipients of their services. The White House Office of Public Liaison has assigned one person in each Cabinet Department and in many independent agencies to serve as an official Federal "Nonprofit Liaison." These Nonprofit Liaisons, or their designated representatives, participate as members of the The NonProfit Gateway Task Force that created this site and will continue to review and add more useful information to it. Source: Jon Harrison, Grants and Related Resources : Part Two, Section 17: Nonprofit Organizations, http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/znonprof.htm.

    Ocean Planet
    Here's a comprehensive exhibit of our Earth's watery and endangered treasure by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, May 13, 1997.

    Population Pyramids Added to IDB (Census Bureau)
    The Census Bureau's IDB database has added a graphical enhancement that turns raw numbers into meaningful trends almost instantly. Population Pyramids allows users to view population pyramids (horizontal bar graphs going in opposite directions for male and female populations) for over 200 countries. Graphs are available for summary years (1997, and projections for 2025 and 2050), or any selected year or group of years between as early as 1950 and as late as 2050 (availability depends on the country). But the real eye-opener is the "dynamic output" function that rapidly replaces one year's pyramid with the next for the whole time series, allowing researchers to see a "movie" of the trend of the population pyramid. For many countries, this resource will be more valuable as a tool of population projection than population history, and users should note that raw number scales are used. Source : Scout Report, June 20, 1997.

    Progress of Nations 1997 (UNICEF)
    Progress of Nations assesses the well being of the world's nations in terms of sanitation, nutrition, health, education, and women. Each section is accompanied by a "Progress and Disparity" section, and the entire publication includes a social indicators and statistical profiles table. Source: Scout Report, August 1, 1997.

    Pursuing Excellence: A Study of US Fourth-Grade Mathematics and Science

    Achievement in International Context
    The Third International Mathematics and Science Study, provided by the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, has released the second in its series of Pursuing Excellence reports, this one detailing fourth grade math and science achievement. The report attempts to compare US science and math achievement with that of 26 other TIMSS countries. Several of the findings are encouraging: "in mathematics, U.S. fourth graders perform above the international average of the 26 TIMSS countries....in science content areas, [US] fourth graders' performance exceeds the international average in all four of the areas assessed." However, "the international standing of U.S. fourth graders is stronger than that of U.S. eighth graders in both mathematics and science." The previously published eighth grade assessment can be found on the same page. Source : Scout Report, June 13, 1997.

    Quick Tour of Government Information Sites
    The July 1997 issue of Internic News features an overview of government information sources by Jack Solock. Solock gives federal depository libraries in general a plug in his introduction and features the University of Michigan Library's Documents Center as a standard meta-site providing annotated links to international, national, state, and statistical government information.

    READY*SET*READ Early Childhood Learning Kit
    America Reads Challenge
    The READY*SET*READ Early Childhood Learning Kit, announced by President Clinton at the April 17, 1997 White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning, is available at the Department of Education web site. The kit contains activity guides for families and caregivers, which are arranged in four age groups from birth to age five; they are designed to "help your young children learn about language." Each activity section explains "What [the age group does]," and "How [the age group learns]," before detailing many pertinent learning activities. The guides also contain lists of reading and writing play materials, a short ALA (American Library Association) suggested young readers book list, and pointers to other resources, including activities for older children (Basic Kit). The kit supports the President's America Reads Challenge, which seeks to achieve literacy for every American child by third grade. Note that the families guide and the caregivers guide are very similar in content. Source: Scout Report, May 9, 1997.

    Reinvention Express (NPR)
    "An Information Sheet for Federal Communicators, Managers, Workers, and Their Partners" with tips on how to streamline federal government and make it more user friendly. Part of the National Performance Review, Reinventing Government, operation.

    Richard Nixon Video Archive
    Visit the Richard Nixon Video Archive, where you will find scenes from Nixon's megahits, including the Checkers Speech, The Last Press Conference, and The Watergate Affair. Other selections include Senator Joe McCarthy : A Multimedia Celebration; Voices of the Civil Rights Era; Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler, and various other videos and audio files on Rogues and Heroes. Courtesy of the Webcorp Historic Audio and Video Archives. Source: Political Site of the Day, July 10, 1997.

    Roswell Report: Case Closed
    Talk about your wacky military optimism. Just in time for Independence Day and the big UFO bash in Roswell, the Air Force has finally coughed up an explanation of what happened in the New Mexico desert that caused untold numbers of Americans to believe that the military covered up a 1947 spaceship crash. The Air Force put an alien on the cover of its Roswell Report and stamped it "Case Closed", perhaps in the hope that the constant questions that have persisted for fifty years will go away. Unfortunately, the Roswell Report will settle the debate over alien encounters about as well as the Warren Commission report settled the debate over the single-bullet theory in President John Kennedy's assasination. So keep your eyes open for he following title which will be arriving soon from GPO: the Roswell Report: Case Closed (D 301.2:R 73). It is also available for sale by the Superintedent of Documents, Stock Number 008-070-00719-3 for $18.00. Or simply check out this web site which contains a copy of the official news release, a video, and an electronic copy of the report. [And while you're at it, the Superintendent of Documents still has copies of the Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert, Stock Number 008-070-00697-9 for $52.00.] Source: Maureen Dowd, "No Aliens at Roswell--But Plenty in D.C.", Detroit Free Press, June 26, 1997, p.15A; Robin Haun-Mohamed (Depository Administration Branch, Library Programs Service (SLLA), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20401; telephone: (202) 512-1063; fax: (202) 512-0877; email:chiefdab@access.digex.net), GOVDOC-L, June 26, 1997.

    Sharing Secrets
    Good news, bad news. The federal government declassified close to 200 million records in 1996, more than in the previous 12 years combined, according to a report released Friday by the National Archives and Records Administration. However, agencies classified almost 6 million records last year, an increase of 62 percent over 1995. An electronic article by Brian Friel analyzing the impact of Executive Order 12958, issued by President Clinton in April 1995. Source: Government Executive, August 19, 1997.

    Smithsonian Photo Treasures
    The idea that the Smithsonian is a national treasure was never clearer than this. More than 1,000 photos -- from how to shoot fireworks to scenes of folk masters -- are yours for a mouse click. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, May 6, 1997.

    Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics News
    From now on, the Sourcebook site will be regularly updated to reflect new data as it becomes available in preparation for the 1996 Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, which will be published in the summer of 1997. Changes will be announced on the "What's New" page and labeled on the table and figure list for the first 30 days they appear. Source: Jack Reed, jr0280@cnsunix.albany.edu, UNCJIN-L, May 2, 1997.

    State of the World's Children 1997 (UNICEF)
    Each year UNICEF's State of the World's Children discusses a single topic related to children's welfare. This year's issue concerns child labor. There are two chapters: "The Convention on the Rights of the Child: A New Era for Children," and "Children at Risk: Ending Hazardous and Exploitative Child Labour." The web site also provides ten statistical tables and fourteen-page length sidebars (panels). Source: Scout Report, August 1, 1997.

    State of the World's Forests 1997 (FAO)
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization provides this book (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only), which "presents information on the current status of the world's forests, major developments over the reporting period (1995-1997), and recent trends and future directions in the forestry sector." SOFO provides information on global forest cover, including estimates for 1995, change from 1990, and revised estimates for forest cover change from 1980 to 1990, concluding that "the annual loss of natural forests was lower during the 1990-1995 than the 1980-1990 period." Users may download the entire SOFO or any of its parts, including a special section on developing "criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management." Source: Scout Report, May 9, 1997.

    Studies in Intelligence (CIA)
    A collection of articles on the theoretical, doctrinal, operational, and historical aspects of intelligence. Selected issues are available online (such as vol. 01, no. 1, 1997; vol. 39, no. 5, 1996; vol. 38, no.5, 1995), as well as an index of declassified articles, broken out by author and by title, which can be ordered for a fee from the National Archives.
    An interesting read for those interested in the history and survival of the Central Intelligence Agency. A few articles from the latest electronic issue include:

  • Inside the White House Situtation Room
  • How to Succeed in the DI: Fifteen Axioms for Intelligence Analysts
  • A Major Informational Challenge: Toward A Functional Model of Information Welfare
  • A Die Hard Issue: CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-1990
  • The Record Versus the Charges: CIA Assessments of the Soviet Union
  • Unpopular Pessimism: Why CIA Analysts Were So Doubtful About Vietnam
  • A Persistent Emotional Issue: CIA's Support to the Nazi War Criminal Investigation
  • Critics and Defenders: A Review of Congressional Oversight

    Supreme Court Overturns CDA, Decides Two Other Major Cases
    The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School has posted opinions, syllabi, and related documents for three major Supreme Court cases decided on June 26: 96-511 (Communication Deceny Act), 96-110 (physician-assisted suicide), and 96-1671 (line-item veto). Non-Java and WordPerfect versions are also available. Source : Scout Report, June 27, 1997.

    TRAC FBI Web Site
    The Transactional Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a widely respected independent and non-partisan "data gathering, data research and data distribution organization," has done it again. TRAC's new FBI site is unparalleled for the amount of information it offers on one of the least monitored federal agencies. After free registration, users can access over 23,000 pages of information, including numerous tables, maps, and graphs. Findings and data graphics on the FBI are divided into five sections: Key Findings, FBI national Profile and Enforcement Trends Over Time, White Collar Counts, FBI at Work, and District Enforcement. The site also directs users to the text of criminal statutes enforced by the FBI and the sources for the data, including descriptions of strengths and weaknesses. This site demonstrates how technology and the Freedom of Information Act can be combined to provide citizens with highly-detailed but easy to acess information about their government. Source: Scout Report, August 8, 1997.

    Uniform Crime Reports 1996 Preliminary Annual Release
    Number Crunchers Precision Journalism Crime Rates and Ranks
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation on June 1, 1997 released this report, a compilation of four tables chronicling the state of crime in the US in 1996. Three tables briefly summarize national crime index trends by population group or area, geographic region, and time period. The bulk of the report is a city table containing crime statistics in eight different crimes ranging from murder to arson, comparing 1996 and 1995 figures. Number Crunchers Precision Journalism has taken this raw data and created tables of rankings for big city crime rates, murders, and motor vehicle thefts. Source: Scout Report, June 6, 1997.

    USGS Guide to Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations http://water.usgs.gov/public/eap/env_guide/
    The guide presents the purpose, text, and resulting regulations of major United States federal environmental law statutes. Topical areas covered are: air quality, cultural and historic resources, fish and wildlife conservation, prime and unique farmlands, public land resources, solid and hazardous substances, water quality, and water resources. Source: Infomine, 07/11/97.

    This article from Wired News points out the amazing differences between the domestic and international web sites of the United States Information Agency.

    Virtual Government Documents Course Available from University of Arizona
    Want to take a government documents course this fall? The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science is offering a 3 credit, graduate course "LiS 574 -Government Information" taught by Charles Seavey. This online course is available to any graduate degree or non-degree student with graphical web access. If you have further questions, please call us at (520) 621-3565 or send an e-mail to Kathy Wilka at wilka@u.arizona.edu or Sue Fitzner at sfitzner@u.arizona.edu. The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science also has a web site at http://www.sir.arizona.edu/. Source: Sue Fitzner, FLADOCS, July 14, 1997.

    Virtual Records
    This electronic article by Nancy Ferris, nferris@govexec.com, Government Executive Magazine, August 1997, provides an analysis of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act.

    Vital Records Information (United States)
    This page contains information about where to obtain vital records from each state, territory and county of the United States.
    (Last checked 10/13/98)

    War, Peace, and Security Guide
    Provided by the Information Resource Centre of the Canadian Forces College, (Department of National Defense), this meta-site links to information on military and naval forces worldwide. Major categories of information include armed forces of the world, international organizations, and disarmament, as well as military art and science, biography, and history. The contemporary conflicts section provides links to information on a frighteningly large number of world hot-spots, from Peru to East Timor to Chechnya. Each page can have up to three modes: web/gopher links, journal/document links, and mailing list/newsgroup links. The journal/document links pages specify whether abstracts, full text articles, or simply publication information is available from each source. The pages are searchable through an Excite search engine. Overall, the site is a well organized guide to military science and contemporary international military issues. Source : Scout Report, April 4,1997.

    Who's Who in the Federal Government
    Names of current cabinet officers, heads of independent agencies, and Congressional committee chairs with links to their biographies. From the Univ. of Memphis. Source: Grace York, E-mail, May 12, 1997.

    World Bank Group
    Offers researchers information about bank projects in developing countries. Users can follow links to the five development organizations of the group, including the International Monetary Fund and the International Finance Corporation. The site provides information about the group's history, research reports, and links to related directories and international organizations. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 1997, p.A27.

    World Wide Web Sites Reported by Federal Agencies
    GAO report GGD-97-86S provides information on approximately 4,300 www sites reported by 42 different federal agencies in operation between November 1996 and April 1997. Adobe Acrobat version. A supplement to GAO Report GGD-97-86 focusing on Internet and Electronic Dial Up Bulletin Boards. To locate the report, choose General Accounting Office from the menu, then GAO Reports, and then type in the report number. Choose either the text or pdf file. Source: Jack Ralston, ralston@lib1.uncfsu.edu, GOVDOC-L, June 19, 1997.

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