With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Air University Library Index of Military Periodicals
Anxiety Disorders Education Program (NIMH)
Atlas of United States Mortality
George Bush Presidential Library
Census Bureau News
Census of Agriculture Returns to the Department of Agriculture
1992 Census of Agriculture Volumes Available Via the Web
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Search Page
Code of Federal Regulations News
Congressional Bills: How to Get Copies of Old....
Congressional Directory (Interim), 105th Congress
Congressperson Lynn Rivers
Congressperson Sander Levin
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Cuban Missile Crisis
Dismal Scientist (Economic Indicators)
El Nino Theme Page
Electronic Journals of the United States Information Agency
ERIC Digests
Federal Reserve System's National Information Center of Banking Information
1997 General Schedule Pay Tables by Locality (GSA)
Global Climate Change, President Clinton's Address to the National Geographic Society on
Government Information Quarterly Table of Contents
Government Job Information
Government Manual 1997/98 Available Online
Government Resources on the Internet
Gulf War Illnesses, Report on
Handbook of Methods
Index of Watershed Indicators
Indian Gaming in Michigan, A History of
Internal Revenue Service, Restructuring
Journal of Government Information
Michigan Legislature Provides Online Access to Bills, Calendars, Bill Status
Michigan Statistical Abstract Contains Errors
National Bankruptcy Review Commission Report
National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)
National Trade Data Bank Manual Coming Soon
Natural Resources Library
Northeastern Illinois Documents Librarians Web Page
Ohio Godort Online
O*Net, the Occupational Information Network
Secret No More (FBI)
Sino-U.S. Relations
State Cash Flow and Borrowing Costs
The Stationery Office (UK)
Stratospheric Ozone (EPA)
Sun Docs News
Tennessee Federal Depository Librarians Online
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UN Documentation: Research Guide
UN Documents Alert Service
United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
USGS Maps Index and Inventory
The U.S. Military Online
VLA Shipping List Moving to the Web
What's a Dollar Worth?
Where to Write For Vital Records
Wind and Sea: Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
Words and Deeds in American History (LC)
World Development Sources (World Bank)
World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers
World War II Resources on the Web
Year 2000 Problem

Air University Library
Index to Military Periodicals
The Air University Library has finally made their "Index to Military Periodicals" searchable on the web and it is VERY nice. Full text copies of many of their wonderful bibiliographies are also there. The Bibliographies can be found by following the "Bibliographies" link and their periodical index is under Electronic Resources and AULIMP. Just follow the instructions from there. Source: Greta Marlatt, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, E-mail: GMarlatt@mntry.nps.navy.mil; via GOVDOC-L, September 8, 1997.

Anxiety Disorders Education Program
A little too much anxiety in your life? Do something about it with some help from the experts at the National Institute of Mental Health. The new Anxiety Disorders Education Program site offers solid info. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 25, 1997.

Atlas of United States Mortality
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made this publication (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) available. It graphically illustrates eighteen causes of mortality in the US from 1988-1992. Mortality is broken down geographically (by CDC Health Service Areas) for such causes as heart disease, various cancers, stroke, motor vehicle injuries, and homicide, among others. Interested users should study the introductory chapter (particularly the Reader's Guide) for a full explanation of how the maps work. These are color graded maps, so a color printer is crucial to those users who wish to print sections of the atlas. Source: Scout Report, October 10, 1997.

The George Bush Presidential Library
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum was recently opened at Texas A&M University. The site is similar to many other US presidential library sites in that it describes its subject (and his wife), provides information about the museum, and features a photo gallery. What distinguishes this site from other presidential library sites is the availability of hundreds of searchable and browsable presidential papers, organized chronologically at this time. Transcripts of press conferences and State of the Union Addresses are available. By providing this glimpse into a presidency, the Bush Library site becomes a model that other Presidential sites would do well to emulate. Source: Gary Klass, PSRT-L, November 15, 1997.

Census Bureau News:
Annual Demographic Survey 1997
Money Income in the United States: 1996
Poverty in the United States: 1996
Health Insurance Coverage: 1996
Three new reports have been released, "Money Income in the United States: 1996;" "Poverty in the United States: 1996;" and "Health Insurance Coverage: 1996," covering the issues of income, poverty and insurance coverage for the nation and states. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 9, 1997.

Census of Agriculture Returns to Department of Agriculture
For the first time, the census of agriculture is the responsibility of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In prior years, the agricultural census of conducted by the Bureau of the Census. Why the change? The high priority placed on the census by the United States Department of Agriculture assures the continuation of the census of agriculture and that adequate resources will be available to conduct a 1997 Census comparable to the 1992 Census. Planning, collection, and release of census results will be more efficient by consolidating the experience and resources of NASS and the Census Bureau. The consolidation will reduce response burden. Previously NASS and the Census Bureau were required to maintain separate lists of farms and ranches. Now, with the census responsibility NASS can develop one master list that can be used both for the census and ongoing sample surveys. Source: Carol A. Singer, D.C. Reference Center, National Agricultural Library; e-mail: csinger@nal.usda.gov; telephone: (202) 720-3434; fax: (202) 720-3200. GOVDOC-L, September 18, 1997.

1992 Census of Agriculture Volumes Available Via the Web
The 1992 Census of Agriculture, both the geographic and subject volumes, are now available on the National Agricultural Statistics Service web site. So if a volume is missing from your shelves or you didn't select a specific report, you can now pull it up via the web. Warning: Due to the size of some of the state and subject report pdf files, it may take a while if you don't have an ethernet or cable connection. Other reports available include the Agricultural Atlas of the United States, State and County Highlights Data, and Quick Facts (like the definition of a farm).

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Search Page
This page allows users to search the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics sites (NCHS). Collectively, these sites contain a huge amount of health and disease data from a large number of surveys. These include: National Health Interview Survey, National Immunization Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Survey of Family Growth, National Health Care Survey , National Employer Health Insurance Survey, National Vital Statistics System, and Mortality Data. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, November 4, 1997.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) News
A new interface for searching the Code of Federal Regulations on the World Wide Web through GPO Access is now available. This new interface allows users to search both current and historical CFR data simultaneously. CFR volumes are added to the online service concurrent with the release of the paper editions. When revised CFR volumes are added, the prior editions will remain on GPO Access as a historical set. Refer to the page, "Search your choice of CFR titles and/or volumes," for an up-to-date listing of titles and volumes available in current and historical editions. If you know the CFR citation (title and section) you can take advantage of the "retrieval function" by using the "Retrieve available CFR sections by citation" link. This provides you with the capability to execute a very specific search and immediately retrieve the document in PDF or ASCII text format. (This function allows you to search the most recent and/or historical volumes). Source: Victoria A. Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, October 31, 1997.

Congressional Bills: How to Find Copies of Old...
The staff of the Law Library Reading Room in the Library of Congress have microfilmed their collection of Congressional bills back to March of 1911 and beyond. One can view the film there and make copies at 25 cents a page. In addition, Harvard has congressional bills on microfilm going as far back as 1789 which one can request via ILL. Source: Rick McKinney,
mckinner@frb.gov, Legislative and Depository Librarian, Federal Reserve Board Law Library, Washington, D.C. 20551; GOVDOC-L, October 8, 1997; Carlos Alberto Diaz, cdiaz@sunset.backbone.olemiss.edu, GOVDOC-L, October 13, 1997.

Congressional Directory (Interim), 105th Congress
The Interim 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. This document is only available in electronic format. No paper equivalent exist. Source: Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, September 19, 1997.

Congressperson Lynn Rivers
Congressperson Rivers, serving Michigan's 13th Congressional District, has announced a new web site as of October 21, 1997. It contains copies of her newsletter, called Lynn's Capital Corner.
(Last checked 11/14/97)

Congressperson Sander Levin
Congressperson Levin, serving Michigan's 12th Congressional District, has announced a new web site as of October 31, 1997.
(Last checked 11/14/97)

Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CPSC has gone online to advance its anti-injury mission. You'll find publications, news on recalls, a kids section and a chance to talk back and share your own "lifesaving information." Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 21, 1997.

Cuban Missile Crisis
Jerry Goldman at Northwestern University has completed assembling and digitizing the Cuban Missile Crisis tapes from the John F. Kennedy Library. These audio files are now in RealAudio format. The release notes accompany the audio files. Source: Jerry Goldman, j-goldman@nwu.edu, PSRT-L, October 6, 1997.

The Dismal Scientist
The Dismal Scientist is a web site aimed at college students interested in the US economy. The site provides a "quick summary of major economic releases, along with an economist's perspective on its implications", and a summary table of the main indicators. It also contains regional data for all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 257 metro areas which can be ranked by different criteria. Other features include historical and forecast information for various geographical level variables and an economic data series dictionary. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 9, 1997.

El Nino Theme Page
A collection of web links to resources about El Nino compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Electronic Journals of the United States Information Agency
The United States Information Agency publishes five different journals to share information on public policy issues with foreign populations. Individual titles include: Economic Perspectives, U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, U.S. Society and Values, Global Issues, and Issues of Democracy. Each journal is offered in English, French, and Spanish as well as in ascii or pdf format.

ERIC Digests
33 research syntheses were added during August to a full-text searchable database of 1,700+ such syntheses on our web site. The newly added ERIC Digests examine a range of topics, from "Women and Work-Place Stress" to "Models for Improving College Teaching: A Faculty Resource". Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 10, 1997.

Federal Reserve System's National Information Center of Banking Information
The National Information Center (NIC) web site contains extensive information about banks and other institutions regulated or supervised by the Federal Reserve. These include banks (including commercial and savings), savings and loan associations, credit unions and bank holding companies, among others. The information available includes balance sheets and income statements; details on the types of loans for the most recent five quarters for all institutions are available. The corporate structure and branch location of any institution can be found at the site. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 9, 1997.

General Schedule Pay Tables by Locality (1997))
Provides current pay schedules by grade and step for federal employees around the country. Courtesy of Federal Employees News Digest.

Global Climate Change, President Clinton's Address to the National Geographic Society on
Transcript of President Clinton's Speech
White House Initiative on Climate Change
Less graphical entrance:
On October 22, 1997, President Clinton addressed the National Geographic Society on the issue of global climate change and global warming. This site contains the President's speech, along with a speech by Vice President Gore (in RealAudio format). Together, the speeches take a bit over thirty-six minutes. Note that the President's remarks begin at about 10 minutes and 50 seconds into the recording. For those without audio capabilities, the speech can be accessed from the White House Initiative on Global Climate Change site, which also contains other related information on the initiative. Source: Scout Report, October 24, 1997.

Government Information Quarterly
Table of Contents Service
Jim Gravois has mounted the Table of Contents for all the issues of Government Information Quarterly in case you ever want to review what has been published in this journal over the years. Even if you don't subscribe, you may see articles that you could request through interlibrary loan. Source: Jim Gravois, Microforms and Documents Department, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5606; telephone: (334) 844-1759; fax: (334) 844-4424; e-mail: jgravois@lib.auburn.edu. GOVDOC-L, August 29, 1997.

Government Job Information
The Internet Job Source boasts the most extensive selection of government employment info available, with information about both federal and state government jobs. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 19-21, 1997.

Government Manual 1997/98 Online
The newest edition of the U.S. Government Manual (1997/1998) is now available online via GPO Access. The United States Government Manual database contains comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions and committees. Documents are available as ASCII text and as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If you access GPO Access, select the Government Manual from the scroll box and enter search terms in the search terms box. Source: Victoria A Ries, vries@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, September 5, 1997.

Government Resources on the Internet
Check out the contents of this seminar presentation. Sections include: Finding Government Resources; Navigating the Executive Branch; Exploring the Legislative Branch; Conquering the Judicial Branch; Sampling State, Local, and International Resources; Evaluating Information Quality on Internet; and Hands-On Practice. Source: Genie Tyburski, Research Librarian, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; telephone: (215) 864-8151; fax: (215) 864-8999; e-mail: tyburski@hslc.org, LAW-LIB, November 21, 1997.

Gulf War Illnesses, Report on
The second report on Gulf War Illnesses by the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight is now available via the web. It was the basis of a recent article in the New York Times. Source: Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, Michigan Electronic Library, dgallag@umich.edu; GOVDOC-L, October 28, 1997.

Handbook of Methods (BLS)
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has made available the April 1997 edition of its Handbook of Methods, in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. This 202 page book details the methodology by which BLS "obtains and prepares the economic data it publishes," providing the structural underpinning for such data topics as employment and unemployment, compensation and working conditions, occupational safety and health, productivity and technology, economic growth, and prices and living conditions. As such, it is a crucial information source for economists, statisticians, instructors, librarians, and business analysts. Source: Scout Report, September 19, 1997.

Index of Watershed Indicators (EPA)
The Index of Watershed Indicators (the IWI or Index) is the EPA's first national picture of watershed health. According to the EPA, most of the nation's watersheds are polluted, primarily because of runoff from farms, factories, and sewer systems. (Watersheds are those land areas bounded by ridge lines that catch rain and snow, and drain to specific marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, or to groundwater.) Out of the 65 watersheds in Michigan, 10 have serious problems. Source: USA Today Hot Topic, October 3-5, 1997.

A History of Indian Gaming in Michigan
A House Fiscal Focus prepared by Jerry Griffin, September 1996. This report presents a historical background as to the events that preceded the passage of IGRA and the negotiation of the compacts in the State of Michigan. The report explains the major provisions of Michigan's compacts with the Indian tribes and how the State is able to tax gaming revenues even though IGRA prohibits it. Included is a brief discussion on the elimination of the tax on Indian gaming revenues that would result should the electorate pass a November 1996 ballot proposal for casinos in Detroit. For a copy of the report, contact James Haag or call the HFA office at (517) 373-8080.

Internal Revenue Service, Report of the National Commission on Restructuring the
After more than a year of study and reflection, Congress has issued a report called A Vision for a New IRS as of June 25, 1997. This web site contains the full text of the report and transcripts of various persons delivering testimony plus a whole lot more. But only if you are interested in the IRS!

Journal of Government Information
Table of Contents Service
Jim Gravois has mounted the Table of Contents for all the issues of the Journal of Government Information in case you ever want to review what has been published in this journal over the years. Even if you don't subscribe, you may see articles that you could request through interlibrary loan. Source: Jim Gravois, Microforms and Documents Department, Auburn University Libraries, Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5606; telephone: (334) 844-1759; fax: (334) 844-4424; e-mail: jgravois@lib.auburn.edu. GOVDOC-L, August 29, 1997.

Law Citations: A Change on the Horizon?
Take a look at a very interesting article, "Judiciary Battles To Computerize Citing System", in the most recent Government Technology issue (September 1997, vol. 10, number 9, p.70-72). To summarize, West Publishing Group leads the fight against court-issued, vendor-neutral and format-neutral law citations because it holds a lucrative copyright on the dominant method for identifying judicial rulings. Now, West, finds itself facing a formidable advocates of a nationally uniform citation standard free from copyright claims: the ABA, law libraries, the judges, the court staff, among others. Several states have already adopted or are experimenting with court-generated public domain citation schemes, designed to be medium-neutral so they could be used equally by print and electronic publishers. An AALL report, issued in 1995,
, called for the courts to adopt a universal system based on year, court, sequential numbering of decisions, and paragraph numbers, which could be used with equal confidence regardless of the source - electronic, paper, or other form. Although West had enjoyed considerable success in its fight agains the new standards, last year, West found itself confronted by the American Bar Association. Concerned about a potential chaos, ABA appointed last year a committee that have already recommended adopting a new system almost identical to the one proposed by AALL. Source: Anna A. Sylvan, Librarian, GIS/Government Information Resources, St. Charles City-County Library District, Depository #0337, 2750 Hwy. K, O'Fallon, MO 63366; URL: http://www.win.org/library/matls/govdocs/main.htm, E-mail: asylvan@mail.win.org, Tel. (314) 978-7997; Fax (314) 978-7998. GOVDOC-L, September 10, 1997.

Michigan Legislature
This new website offers the following features:

  • text of bills and joint resolutions as they are introduced
  • text of bills and joint resolutions as passed by the House and Senate
  • text of the final passed bills and joint resolutions
  • daily journals
  • calendars
  • bill status (searchable by bill number, sponsor or subject)
  • resolution status (searchable in the same ways)
    Future phases of the website will feature legislative and fiscal analyses of bills, committee notices and schedules, and other important information. The site is updated throughout the day, as documents are relased for public distribution by the responsible legislative office or agency. Bill status will be updated nightly to reflect actions taken during the session day. The site can be viewed with Netscape 3.0 or newer or Internet Explorer. Many of the documents are in PDF format. If you need to obtain Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these documents, you can click on the link on the legislative web main page and download this free plug-in. This website is a joint project of the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, and the Legislative Council through the Legislative Services Bureau and the Library of Michigan. Source: George Needham, State Librarian, George Needham, Library of Michigan, 717 West Allegan Street, Lansing, Michigan 48909; e-mail: gneedham@libofmich.lib.mi.us; voice: (517) 373-5504; fax: (517) 373-4480. Michlib-L, September 19, 1997.

    Michigan Statistical Abstract 1996 Contains Errors
    Debbi Schaubman informed me that the Table X-16, Land Areas and Water Areas of Michigan Counties: 1997, p.382 needs to be corrected. No, Michigan does not contain 147,135,821 sq. miles of land and 103,602,763 sq. miles of water etc. all the way down through the counties although it may seem like it at times. If you want a corrected table, contact Trina Williams at the Michigan Information Center; telephone: 517 373-7910; e-mail:

    NARA NAIL Images
    Press Release
    US archivist John W. Carlin recently unveiled the first group of digitized images of some of the National Archives and Records Adminstration's most significant documents. As part of NARA's Electronic Access Project, these 5,300 documents are the first of approximately 120,000 items that will be digitized and available electronically through the National Audio Information Locator (NAIL--discussed in the February 2, 1996 Scout Report) searchable database over the next year. Among the initial offerings are Civil War maps, plans, engineering drawings, diagrams, blueprints and sketches of forts; photos from the Kennedy White House; Department of the Navy photos from 1900-58; groundbreaking Lewis Hine photographs of child labor abuses for the National Child Labor Committee, 1908-1912; and Environmental Protection Agency photos depicting images related to environmental issues of the 1970s. Note that the images (in thumbnails and full-size) are only accessible through a NAIL search and are identified by a red bullet. Source: Scout Report, October 31, 1997.

    National Bankruptcy Review Commission Report [.pdf]
    National Bankruptcy Review Commission
    The National Bankruptcy Review Commission is an independent commission created in 1994 with the aim of "investigating and studying issues related to the Bankruptcy Code". After seeking views and opinions from different parties and evaluating them, the Commission has released a report with more than 170 recommendations to reform the bankruptcy law on October 20, 1997. The most controversial part of the report is on the reform of consumer bankruptcy adopted on a 5-4 vote. The Commission suggests that for consumer bankruptcy, "a uniform approach to exemptions for debtors -- coupled with audits, national filing records and a limit on both repeat filings and the reaffirmation of of unsecured debt -- should help slow or stop the increase in consumer bankruptcies and enable debtors to repay more of their obligations to more of their creditors." Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 23, 1997.

    National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution)
    The Smithsonian Institution has recently created a homepage for the National Museum of American History. The site's five main sections include: Virtual Exhibitions, currently hosting exhibits on American Wine; the history of Tool Chests; World War II Home Front Posters; and a Centennial Salute to Cinema. Not Just for Kids features web versions of hands-on activities from the museum. Visitors can go to the Music Room for information on American music resources, consult an illustrated Timeline for links to information on highlighted events, and guess the identity of a pictured invention in the What Is It? section. General visitor information and teaching resources are offered, and the Collections, Scholarship, and Research, section contains contact information for scholars and students who wish to use the Museum's archival resources. Source: Scout Report, September 19, 1997.

    The National Trade Data Bank Manual Coming Soon
    Bernan Press is publishing "The National Trade Data Bank Manual" in late September. It is a paperback user's guide priced at $22.50. Stat-USA identified the writer to us and we commissioned the work, with review provided by Stat-USA. I believe the manual will be provided to federal depository libraries directly by Stat-USA, but additional copies are available for purchase from us. The "NTDB Manual" covers everything from the basics (installation, tools, commands and menus) to the details of search techniques and printing, copying and saving instructions. It is available on a 30-day money back guarantee basis. For further details, please see our web site at
    http://www.bernan.com/bpbooks/ntdbm.html or contact Diane Kyrus, Bernan Associates; e-mail: dkyrus@bernan.com; telephone: (301) 459-2255, ext.247; fax: (301) 459-0056. Source: Diane Kyrus, GOVDOC-L, September 16, 1997.

    Natural Resources Library
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    In addition to describing the library's holdings, this web site provides access to the Virtual Reading Room, an information resource for scientists, policy analysts, lawyers and the public interested in all aspects of the management, use and conservation of all types of natural and cultural resources, including water and land and associated biological and extractive resources. Through the Virtual Reading Room, and its links, you can also access information related to American Indians and Alaska Natives, and the earth, environmental, biological, economic and other natural and social sciences. This information includes laws, regulations, maps, and scientific, technical and economic information. The Virtual Reading Room also provides access to over 700 journals, and 100 magazines, print and electronic news outlets, and numerous public, university and other libraries around the world. The information accessible from this Room comes from the Department of the Interior, other Federal, state and international agencies, universities and other non-governmental sources.

    NCJRS Abstracts Database
    This online database is free to all until February 1, 1998, at which time fees may apply for some users. No decisions have been made yet regarding fees and Depository Library online usage. The NCJRS Abstracts Database (formerly known as the NCJRS Document Data Base) will continue to be updated on CD-ROM. The next scheduled update for the CD-ROM, a depository item, will cover additions to the Database through December, 1997. The Database will also continue to be available on DIALOG as file 21.
    The NCJRS Abstracts Database provides 100-200 word abstracts for more than 145,000 criminal justice publications. Literature covered includes U.S. Federal, State and local government documents, books, journal articles, unpublished research reports, and program descriptions and evaluations, from the early 1970's up to the present. Currently 355 new items are added to the Database each month. The Database on the Web will be updated twice monthly. Interlibrary loans are available for all items in the collection to U.S. and Canadian libraries. For all publications with copyright clearance, photocopies are available on a cost-recovery basis from NCJRS (for such items, "paper reproduction sales" is noted in the SALE field).
    Features of the Document Data Base on the Web include:

  • Search all parts of the records, or search specifically by title, subject, author, or NCJ #.
  • Perform simple or complex searches, combining words and phrases with AND, OR, and NOT, and parentheses.
  • Limit searches by publication date
  • Truncate terms with $ For more information, contact Anne Bolin, abolin@ncjrs.org, or NCJRS at (800) 851-3420 or askncjrs@ncjrs.org. GOVDOC-L, November 26, 1997.

    Northeastern Illinois Documents Librarians (NIDL) Web Page
    The NIDL home page provides information about NIDL members and officers, announcements, meeting minutes, and resources of interest to government documents librarians. Source: Joan Coogan, Government Publications Department, Northwestern University Library, jcoogan@nwu.edu; GOVDOC-L, October 15, 1997.

    Ohio Godort Now Online
    Among the items currently available are a membership brochure, a membership directory, directory of committees, links to useful government documents resources, and a link to the organization's newsletter "Docs Prescriptions".
    (Last revised 04/20/05)

    "O*NET, the Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a comprehensive database system for collecting, organizing, describing and disseminating data on job characteristics and worker attributes. O*NET replaces the outmoded Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), but offers more than merely up-dated data. O*NET provides a new conceptual framework that reflects the advanced technologies, adaptable workplace structures and wide-ranging skills required by today's changing workplace." In particular, "the framework that organizes O*NET data is a skills-based structure called the Content Model. The Content Model classifies data into six domains, or 'windows' that look into all aspects of the workplace, from the attributes of occupations to the characteristics of people who do the job." For more information, contact the O*NET Project, DOL Office of Policy and Research/ETA/O*NET, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, MS N5637, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 219-7161; fax: (202) 219-9186; e-mail: O*NET@doleta.gov. Source: Stuart M. Basefsky, Information Specialist, Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 232 Ives Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901; telephone: (607) 255-2184; fax: (607) 255-9641; e-mail: smb6@cornell.edu. GOVDOC-L, August 22, 1997.

    Secret No More (FBI)
    Indexes thousands of FBI files which are publicly accessible from the FBI through FOIA. They are arranged in alphabetical order and the file number is given so patrons interested in requesting these files from the FBI can do so. Source: Rosalind Tedford, tedforl9@wfu.edu, Wake Forest University, GOVDOC-L, October 29, 1997.

    Sino-US Relations/Human Rights Issues in China:
    US Department of State Fact Sheet: US-China Relations
    US Department of State: Speeches, Statements, and Testimony on China
    US Department of State: China's Human Rights Record
    Chinese Embassy: Foreign Policy and Relations
    Chinese Embassy: Human Rights Issues
    Tibetan Government in Exile Official Website
    Amnesty International: Publications on China
    Human Rights Watch/Asia: Reports on Asia
    China News Digest
    This week's In the News concerns Sino-US relations and human rights issues in China. These nine resources provide a variety of viewpoints on these issues from both official government sources and private organizations. The State Visit of Chinese President Jiang Zemin last week represented a thaw in official Sino-US Relations, which have been somewhat chilly since Tiananmen in 1989. Despite reaching agreements on a broad range of security, economic, environmental and law-enforcement issues, the two Presidents were clearly far apart on the issue of human rights. While President Clinton made mention of the right to political and religious expression, President Jiang expressed the need for political and social stability in his country. On the whole, both leaders have achieved their goals. President Clinton has secured China's cooperation on several issues, most importantly arms control and trade, while the state dinner and formal ceremony recognized China's role as a key player in the world economy and Jiang's international position as its head of state.

    The State Department Fact Sheet outlines the reasons why the US needs to seek open and stable relations with China, briefly discusses the history of China policy since 1972, and outlines China's economic strengths and the state of US-Chinese trade. The State Department's second site offers full text transcripts of speeches, statements, and testimony on China from 1995-97. The Department's human rights fact sheet is a brief description of the administration's policy of "engagement" and its results in China. The Chinese Embassy site contains statements on China's foreign policy in general, Sino-US relations, and relations with other countries. In addition, the Embassy also offers statements and papers on human rights issues. The Tibetan Government in Exile site contains information on the status of Tibet and human rights abuses by the Chinese Government. Human Rights Watch/Asia and Amnesty International also offer a number of reports and press releases on human rights abuses in China and Tibet. China News Digest, which is located in the US, is probably the finest online source for the latest news and analysis from and about China. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, November 4, 1997.

    State Cash Flow and Borrowing Costs
    A House Fiscal Focus report prepared by Mitchell Bean, June 1997. This report concisely articulates the scope and magnitude of Michigan's cash flow practices and borrowing experiences. It discusses the use of the state's Budget Stabilization Fund as a resource for interfund borrowing, and it explains the use of state short-term borrowing for income tax refunds and for school aid and other budget payments. For a printed copy of this report [with accompanying graphics], contact Mitch Bean or call the HFA office at (517) 373-8080.

    The Stationery Office (UK)
    The Stationery Office of the UK provides one-stop shopping for selected UK government publications. Stationery Office publications are available by date, title, or government department. There is also a selected list of publications available from other government departments. As it grows, this site should become a major repository of UK government documents. Note the difference between The Stationery Office and Her Majesty's Stationery Office (there is a link at the site). Source: Scout Report, September 19, 1997.

    Stratospheric Ozone (EPA)
    You might not want to take that walk in the sun without some authoritative ozone info from the EPA. This web site contains information about the science of ozone depletion, regulations in the US designed to protect the ozone layer, information on methyl bromide, flyers about the UV index, information for the general public, and other topics. Also contains many links to other sites; EPA's pages on ozone depletion always have a graphic or the word "EPA" at the top. If you're looking for information not found here, try calling the Ozone Protection Hotline toll-free at (800) 296-1996 or direct-dial at (301) 614-3396. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 22-24, 1997.

    Sun Docs News
    A Newsletter for Florida and Caribbean Depository Libraries. Commences with Vol. 4, no.4, November 1997. Source: Donna Barranti, Rollins College, Olin Library, Government Documents Dept. - 2744, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789-4499; e-mail: donna.barranti@rollins.edu; telephone: (407) 646-2693; fax: (407) 646-1515; FLADOCS, November 24, 1997.
    (Last checked 11/24/97)

    Tennessee Federal Depository Libraries Online
    Check out the resources pulled together by the Tennessee Federal Depository Librarians, including copies of Library Self-Study Forms.

    Trick or Treat for UNICEF
    UNICEF Tricks & Treats:
    October is National UNICEF month. This is the time of year when children across the United States help other children all over the world by joining UNICEF "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" campaign. And this year - for the first time -- the event takes on an international and interactive level via the Internet. At this special, spooky site, both children and grown-ups can participate in plenty of Halloween fun and mischief, while learning more about UNICEF and its life-saving programs. For example, you can

  • send festive online "treats" to your friends: online coloring books, downloadable wallpaper or cute animations of pumpkins and ghosts;
  • surprise your friends with a devious online "trick:" They'll be alarmed to see a bat flying around their desktop, or to see their computer screen melt before their eyes;
  • download a special-edition screensaver with Halloween colors to help celebrate National UNICEF month;
  • kids! order your own UNICEF collection carton online for your classroom or neighborhood - it's easy and fun!
    And of course, visitors from around the world can make contributions online to support UNICEF, with proceeds going directly to community-based services in primary health care, basic education, and safe water and sanitation.
    Among the new, enhanced Support UNICEF site features are:
  • a comprehensive Greeting Cards section with an inside look at the history of UNICEF greeting cards and the opportunity to order cards or to locate UNICEF shops around the world;
  • updated news and campaign features on issues affecting the world's children such as the latest information on the global, deadly threat of landmines;
  • a timely UNICEF Alert electronic mailing list to keep visitors up-to-date on site changes and UNICEF activities.
    Source: Pamela Franklin, Talk-AmPhilRev@tab.com, October 10, 1997.

    UN Documents Alert Service
    Documents Alert is a service of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library to identify important documents that have been recently issued. A brief annotation, and in some cases, a full-text document are provided. Users can have citations sorted by release date or UN document symbol. Document citations are kept on the site for a one month period. Some recent full-text documents available on the site include: "Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium," "Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission [UNIKOM]," and "Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara." Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, October 21, 1997.

    United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
    The UN has recently created a guide to help researchers new to UN documentation which. It provides an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the UN and offers guidance on finding and working with them. Topics covered include Document Symbols, Basic Research Tools, Indexes, Full-Text Documents in Electronic and Paper Formats, Parliamentary Documents, Resolutions/Decisions, Speeches, and Press Releases. Many categories include information on electronic access to indexes and full texts. Although designed for new users, anyone working with UN documents will benefit from this clear and concise guide. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, October 21, 1997.

    UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
    The ICTY was established by the UN Security Council in May 1993 to "prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991." This site was recently established to provide information on the Tribunal's proceedings. Users can view the latest documents and news, press releases, and lists of detainees and indictments. Other features at this site include Tribunal Publications, Basic Legal Documents, Tribunal cases, the ICTY Bulletin, and links to information on the Dayton Peace Agreement. Quick access to information is provided in the ICTY at a Glance section and the entire site is also searchable. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, September 27, 1997.

    USGS Maps Index and Inventory
    After much toil, and many headaches, I am pleased to announce that the "Index and Inventory of USGS Maps using Microsoft Access" is available to be downloaded. This index contains the names of all the topographic maps in the following scales distributed by the United States Geological Survey:1:24,000; 1:25,000; 1:50,000; 1:100,000; and 1:250,000. This Index was designed to help librarians do inventories of their topos and aid them checking in these depository items. The "readme" file explains how to use the Index. Source: Christopher JJ Thiry, Map Librarian, Colorado School of Mines, e-mail: cthiry@mines.edu. GOVDOC-L, September 11, 1997.

    The U.S. Military Online
    Gaining access to the enormous storehouse of military information has never been easier. Speeches by Defense Department and military service officials, press releases, fact sheets, regulations and manuals, program descriptions and documents, budget data, and background material are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The public benefit is incalcuable. So if you are interested in exploring all the information available from the .mil domain, check out this new book by William M. Arkin. Page after page offers URLs for military home pages, from the high-profile (STRATCOM, West Point) to the obscure (the 22nd Signal Brigade [V Corps] in Darmstadt, Germany). Looking for a color photograph of a B-2 in action? The latest job postings at Camp Pendleton? It's all here, broken out by organization, by subject, and by geographic area. The author also provides telephone and postal addresses, as well as e-mail addresses, in addition to URLs for each site. On the cover, it mentions that updates will be available in the future at
    http://www.seas.gwu.edu/nsarchive/usmil/usmil.htm. For more information about ordering, contact Brassey's Order Department, P. O. Box 960, Herndon, Va. 20172. Price: $29.95

    VLA Shipping List Moving to Web
    The VLA Shipping List (newsletter of the Public Documents Forum of the Virginia Library Association) will no longer be published, but instead will join the growing ranks of newsletters and periodicals available solely in electronic format. New issues will be announced via GOVDOC-L. Source: VLA Shipping List, Vol. 24, No. 1, November 1997, the last paper issue.

    What's A Dollar Worth?
    This web site, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, provides CPI and Inflation Rates from 1913 on, regional and commodity/service group indexes, and a calculator to determine how much an item or service costs today that was purchased in any year between 1913 and 1997 or vice versa.

    Where to Write for Vital Records
    Although print versions are released from time to time, the latest version of "Where to write for vital records...births, deaths, marriages, and divorces" is available at the National Center For Health Statistics (NCHS) Web site. The electronic version contains updated information not included in the latest printed version. Source: James Mauldin, Publications Management Specialist, U.S. Government Printing Office, Depository Administration Branch, Room C-617, Washington, DC 20401; telephone: (202) 512-2010 EXT. 3-2022; e-mail: jmauldin@gpo.gov, GOVDOC-L, September 5, 1997.

    WINDandSEA: The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
    Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Library, this meta-page links to over 750 science and policy related sites. Each site is selected and briefly annotated by NOAACL staff. The page is organized topically, and then alphabetically within the topic. At present over 35 topics are available, from air pollution to wetlands. In addition, there are connections to sites of current interest. Although the site lacks a search engine and is available only as a single page (nearly 200K) at this time, the number of sites and the usefulness of the index make this a very good place to start for those interested in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences. Source: Scout Report, October 3, 1997.

    Words and Deeds in American History
    To celebrate their centennial, the staff of the Library of Congress' Manuscript Division have selected for online display approximately ninety representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Included are the papers of presidents, cabinet ministers, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, military officers and diplomats, reformers and political activists, artists and writers, scientists and inventors, and other prominent Americans whose lives reflect our country's evolution. Most of the selected items fall within one of eight major themes or categories which reflect the division's strengths. Each of these themes is the focus of a separate essay containing links to digital reproductions of selected documents. A detailed description accompanies each document, and additional information about the parent collections may be obtained by following links to catalog records and finding aids. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 22, 1997.

    World Development Sources [TMS Sequoia]
    World Development Sources is the "digital repository" of World Bank documents. It houses a searchable database of development-related reports produced since 1988 by the World Bank. These include Staff Appraisal Reports (SARs), World Bank President's Reports and Memoranda, Economic and Sector Work, Evaluation Reports and Studies, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Montreal Protocol Project documents. It also contains working papers and publications produced by the World Bank since 1993. All of these papers can be viewed online using the TMS Sequoia plug-in (available at the site for Windows and Macintosh). Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 9, 1997.

    World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers
    The U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency has begun putting up tables from its latest annual report on the web. The 1995 report is presented in html format, including minor corrections not available in the printed report. The full 1996 report is promised, but in the meantime, there are a number of pdf tables available including:

  • Table 1 PDF Military Expenditures, Armed Forces, GNP, Central Gov't Expenditures and Population 1985-1995 (196 kb)
  • Table 2 PDF Arms Transfer Deliveries and Total Trade, 1985-1995 (150 kb)
  • Table 3 PDF Value of Arms Transfer Deliveries, Cumulative 1993-1995 (151 kb)
  • Table 4 PDF Value of Arms Transfer Deliveries and Agreements, 1985-1995 (41 kb)
  • Table 5 PDF Number of Major Weapons Delivered by Supplier and Weapon Type (64 kb)
  • Rankings Country Rankings in 1995, By Variable (100 kb)

    World War II Resources on the Web
    Pearl Harbor: the Mother of All Conspiracies
    Yahoo's Pearl Harbor Collection
    Need primary source material for classes on World War II? The first site provides a wealth of primary material including over 5,000 pages of original documents and testimony compiled by the U.S. Congress concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. The second site provides a definite spin on the facts. You can always have your students check the primary evidence and see if they agree. For more web sites, consult Yahoo. Source: Daniel Blewett, Government Documents Librarian and Bibliographer for History and Political Science, Loyola University, Chicago; telephone: (773) 508-2620; fax: (773) 508-2993; e-mail: dblewett@luc.edu. Blewett was a speaker at Envisioning the Future: Creating the Humanities Classrrom of the 21st Century, Michigan State University, September 25-28, 1997 where he discussed "Connecting 21st Century Classrooms to the Records of our Nation".

    Year 2000 Problem:
    Year 2000 News Clippings
    Year 2000 Archives
    IBM Year 2000
    Federal Government: Year 2000 Information Directory
    The Year 2000 problem is caused by the fact that most computer systems only recognize the last two digits of a year. As a result, when the year 2000 comes around, it will be stored as year "00." This will give rise to mathematical and logical errors in computer systems resulting in incorrect results or even system failures. The Year 2000 Archives and news clippings site contains many useful articles on the Year 2000 problem. The IBM Year 2000 site contains useful information about the problem and also the book The Year 2000 and 2-Digit Dates: A Guide to Planning and Implementation (ASCII and PostScript format). The Federal Government: Year 2000 Information Directory contains information about relevant Internet sites to assist federal government and other interested organizations in addressing the Year 2000 problem. It includes the final Federal Acquisition Regulation on Year 2000 and a collection of best practices. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 9, 1997.

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