ODDS AND ENDS : JUNE 1998

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Agricultural Fact Book 1997(USDA)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)
Asian Development Bank
Ask-a-Scientist
Best Federal Sites on the Web (GovExec.Com)
British Official Publications Current Awareness Service
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Cataloging Pre-1976 U.S. Government Publications: Stakeholders and Strategies
Census, House Subcommittee on the
Census 2000 Initiative Web Site Coming Soon
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
Chemical Scorecard
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments (CIA)
Country Commercial Guides
Crime and Justice Electronic Data Abstracts
CyberTipline
Digest of Education Statistics 1997
Documents Data Miner
DOE Information Bridge
Environment and Energy: U.S. State and Local Government Gateway
Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia (NPS)
Environmental Terms (EPA)
EPA Student Center
European Commission Library Catalogue (ECLAS)
European Parliament Fact Sheets
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Law, Regulations and Related Acts
Federal Documents Task Force Frequently Asked Question Web Site
Federal Emergency Management Agency : FEMA.GOV
Federal Register Offers New Browse Feature
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Find the Expert at the Agricultural Research Service
Food and Drug Administration's Kids Homepage
GITCO URL Update
Gore Pushes Government Access Plan
GPO's Web Site Muscles Up on Links to Federal Documents
Green Book (House Ways and Means Committee)
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
HUD
Indoor Air Quality in Schools
International Data Resources Conference Workshop
IT Policy On-Ramp
Lobbyist Database, Registered Federal
Maps of the National Historic and Military Parks, Memorials, and Battlefields
Maps of the United States National Parks and Monuments
Medicare (HCFA)
Michigan Campaign Finance Information
Michigan Crime Victims
Michigan License Plate Renewal Online
Michigan Occupational Information System
Michigan State Documents Depository Libraries Directory
Missing and Exploited Children's Program Web Site
National First Ladies' Library
National Labor Relations Board
National Transportation Statistics
Occupational Employment Statistics
1998-9 Occupational Outlook Handbook (BLS)
Park Maps
Poverty Guidelines (HHS)
Powering a Generation of Change (SI)
Presidential Job Performance
Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands
Second Summit of the Americas
Secretary-General's Mission To Iraq (UN)
Small Business Help for the Year 2000 (SBA)
Smithsonian Institution's Revealing Things
Statistical Portrait of the United States
Students' Report on School Crime
Tapping the Government Grapevine
Terms of Environment
Tobacco Settlement , Proposed (CBO)
Tobacco Use Among US Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups (USSG)
UN Documentation Research Guide : Human Rights
UN Investigator Calls on United States to Halt Executions
UN Research Institute for Social Development
U.S. Agencies Dragging Their Feet Online
US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873
US Department of Justice: State and Local Gateway
United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
United States v. Microsoft
Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools: 1996-97 (NCES)
Virtual Reference Library
Wayne County Code Now Available
Wild Ones Handbook: A Voice for the Natural Landscaping Movement
WomenWatch
World Factbook 1997 (CIA)
World War II Poster Collection at Northwestern University
Year 2000 Solutions (Interior)

Agriculture Fact Book 1997 (USDA)
http://www.usda.gov/news/pubs/fbook97/contents.htm
The United States Department of Agriculture Office of Communications has recently released the latest version (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) of its Agriculture Fact Book, 265 pages long. It is a compendium of thousands of facts presented in thumbnail essay, chart, table, and map formats that discuss the various aspects of US agriculture. The AFB answers questions about what Americans eat and what it costs, the structure of agriculture, and rural America, among others. Users can also find detailed organizational information about the Department. The AFB is a well-known reference tool for librarians, journalists, and subject specialists alike. Source: Scout Report, March 13, 1998.
(Last checked 05/22/98)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/
OK, we admit, this site just plain tugged at our heart strings. One look at the Missing Pets Network, complete with pictures and descriptions of lost and found animals, and we were smitten. But the rest of the site is just as useful. Animal and plant lovers can find out just how to go about importing a pet bird or which flower bulbs can be brought in from Canada and the Virgin Islands. Rated as a Best of the Fed Web Site by GovExec.Com, May 1, 1998.
(Last checked 05/12/98)

Asian Development Bank [Excel]
http://www.asiandevbank.org/
The Asian Development Bank is a development finance institution that aims to "promote the economic and social progress of developing countries in Asia and the Pacific." The Bank web site provides information on its activities, business opportunities arising from its funding activities, and its publications. Information on the Bank's projects and the environmental impact assessments for those projects are also available. The economic and social statistics of the Bank's member countries are available for download in Microsoft Excel format. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, April 9, 1998.
(Last checked 05/12/98)

Ask A Scientist
http://newton.dep.anl.gov/
Argonne National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy's largest research centers, has posted this 'Newton' website with its Division of Educational Programs. The interactive website provides students (mostly K-12) and teachers with answers to questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, and general science. Users type in a question, which is forwarded to an expert in that field. While 'Newton' has been available as a Telnet service since 1991, this new website allows free access to the searchable database of 15,000 questions and answers. Currently available archives cover the period 1992 through 1995. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, March 18, 1998.
(Last checked 03/23/98)

Best Feds on the Web
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0598/050198a1.htm
GovExec.Com, the online version of Government Executive Magazine, reviews and rates the best federal web sites and comes up with a list of fifteen. While documents librarians are probably quite familiar with GPO Access and the IRS web site, they may want to take a look at some of the other sites that government employees think are top notch. An online article by Alison Maxwell, e-mail: amaxwell@govexec.com, May 1, 1998.
(Last checked 05/12/98)

British Official Publications Current Awareness Service (BOPCAS)
http://www.soton.ac.uk/~bopcas/
Provided by the University of Southampton, BOPCAS is a database containing records of new British official publications from July 1995 to the present. The database is updated frequently and includes records of new Acts of Parliament, Command papers, House of Commons Bills and Papers, House of Lords Bills and Papers, Departmental publications, and Select Committee Reports. Users can search the database using several parameters or browse by subject keyword and month. In addition, BOPCAS offers a number of Policy Awareness E-Mail Groups to alert users of new records. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, April 21, 1998.
(Last checked 05/28/98)

Bureau of Economic Analysis
http://www.bea.doc.gov/
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the US Department of Commerce, is the self-proclaimed "nation's accountant." BEA provides figures on the national, regional and international economic accounts. National accounts data include gross domestic product (GDP), input-output accounts, and gross product by industry. Regional accounts data include information on gross state product and state personal income, while international economic accounts include information on exports, imports and capital flows to and from the United States. The site also contains articles explaining how the accounts are calculated. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, May 7, 1998.
(Last checked 05/15/98)

Cataloging Pre-1976 U.S. Government Publications: Stakeholders and Strategies
http://library.willamette.edu/digor/catalog/summary.htm
This web site provides a summary of an ALA Midwinter Discussion Panel sponsored by the Godort Cataloging Committee. Source: Arlene Weible, Periodicals and Government Documents Librarian, Willamette University, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Salem, OR 97301; phone: 503-375-5343; fax: 503-370-6141; e-mail: aweible@willamette.edu.
(Last checked 03/20/98)

Census, House Subcommitee on the
http://www.house.gov/reform/98census.htm
Interested in following the latest developments concerning the 2000 Census? This web site contains press releases, a membership directory, and a link to the Census Bureau web page.
(Last checked 05/13/98)

Census 2000 Initiative Web Site Coming Soon
The Census 2000 Initiative is nearing completion of its web site to keep census stakeholders informed about key policy issues affecting the next count. The site will include recent News Alerts, an archive of past News Alerts, fact sheets on key issues, and links to stakeholder organizations involved in census activities or issues. Until the site is completed, the Red Tape Editor is collecting sample Census 2000 Updates at
http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/red_tape/cens2000.htm
(Last checked 06/12/98)

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873 (LOC)
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
The US Library of Congress' American Memory Collections, beginning a gigantic effort to make the history of the lawmaking bodies of the US easily accessible to the public, has released full text of documents and debates from the First and Second Congresses (1789-1793). At present, about 4,400 pages of documents are available. Sources include: Journal of the House of Representatives, Journal of the Senate, Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate, Annals of Congress, and the Journal of William Maclay, United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1789-1791. Information can be browsed or searched. Content is available as either directly viewable images (_Annals_), TIFF images, or text. Source: Scout Report, March 20, 1998.
(Last checked 05/22/98)

The Chemical Scorecard (EDF)
http://www.scorecard.org/
An information service provided by the Environmental Defense Fund, The Chemical Scorecard allows the general population easy access to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI is a compilation of all self-reported releases of toxic substances into the environment. Visitors can search for pollution reports via a map interface or by specifying the desired state. Reports are available for states, counties, cities, and companies. Each report includes maps of manufacturing facilities, chemical releases or waste generation for 1995, TRI pollution releases and data summaries. At the end of each report, visitors are provided with ways to voice their concern about toxic releases. In addition to the reports, the Scorecard contains rankings of toxic releases by state, county, zip code, and facility. The rankings are ordered based on a variety of criteria, including carcinogens, different toxicants, and cancer and non-cancer hazards. The Scorecard also provides information on over 5,000 chemicals included in the TRI, their health effects, and a glossary of commonly used terminology. According to the Detroit Free Press, this site includes informatio on over 900 Michigan companies. Source: Scout Report, May 1, 1998; Detroit Free Press, April 21, 1998, 1B.
(Last checked 05/30/98)

Country Commercial Guides
http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/business/com_guides/1998/
The United States State Department has recently made available the Fiscal Year 1998 Country Commercial Guides (CCG's). These Guides are prepared annually by United States embassies together with other government agencies. Visitors will find information on the economic trends and outlook, political environment, market for U.S products, trade regulations, investment climate, trade financing and travel in the CCG. An appendix containing the country's main economic indicators is also included in the report. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, May 21,1998.
(Last checked 05/30/98)

Crime and Justice Electronic Data Abstracts (DOJ BJS)
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm
The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics recently updated this massive database to include selected data through 1996. Lotus spreadsheets (.wk1) are available in 55 subjects covering crimes and arrests, criminal justice, and general demography. The data is "aggregated...from a wide variety of published sources" and presented in this format to facilitate further analysis. Data is available at the national, state, county, and city level. Currency varies by file. Source: Scout Report, April 3, 1998.
(Last checked 05/12/98)

CyberTipline
http://www.missingkids.com/cybertip
This web site sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children serves as a national resource for tips and leads regarding the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet. Parents and others concerned with child safety can also report suspicious or illegal Internet activity through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's toll-free number, 1-800-843-5678.
(Last checked 04/21/98)

Digest of Education Statistics 1997 (NCES)
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs/digest97/index.html
Mini-Digest of Education Statistics, 1997 (NCES)
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs97/98020.html
The National Center for Education Statistics has released this compilation of statistics, covering a broad range of topics in American education from kindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes over 400 tables, each of which is also available for downloading as a Lotus WK1 file. The Mini-Digest, in .pdf format, is designed as an easy reference to the statistics found in the larger Digest. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, March 10, 1998.
(Last checked 05/22/98)

Documents Data Miner
http://kronos.niar.twsu.edu/govdocs/GdocFrames.asp
A cooperative effort sponsored by Wichita State University, the National Institute for Aviation Research, and the Federal Depository Library Program. Allows one to

  • search the current List of Classes by agency, item number, sudoc stem, title, format and status (active/inactive).
  • Access information about inactive or discontinued items, including notes and annotations.
  • search any depository profile. This feature merges profile data with List of Classes fields. It also provides depository directory and e-mail functions.
  • set filter for union list searches by state, region or distance from a depository. Set home depository shortcut.
    Source: Nan Myers, Assistant Professor, Government Documents Librarian and Cataloger, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0068; Phone: 316-978-5138; Fax: 316-978-3048; E-mail: myers@twsuvm.uc.twsu.edu, GOVDOC-L, May 6, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/20/98)

    DOE Information Bridge (DOE, GPO)
    http://www.doe.gov/bridge/
    The US Department of Energy and Government Printing Office have combined to provide this resource, a searchable directory of "full text and bibliographic records of report literature produced by the DOE and DOE contractor research and development community." Reports are available since 1996 at this time and may be searched by three fields in the easy search and fourteen in the advanced search. Boolean AND/OR/NOT searching is available in the advanced search, and up to five fields can be connected this way (note that the Boolean connector choice is a drop down menu at the far right of the frame). Documents may be retrieved page by page or in their entirety (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] page scans). One of the more useful features of the site is the ability to search within a document once documents are retrieved (bottom frame). Four page image viewers are available. Note that the legibility of publications varies by viewer and publication, and that the site is sometimes down form maintenance between 12:00 and 4:00 AM Eastern time. As the site grows, it will become a magnificent source of DOE sponsored research literature. Source: Scout Report, April 24, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/28/98)

    DOJ Kids Page
    http://www.usdoj.gov/kidspage
    Features juvenile justice themes, created in response to President Clinton's call for Federal agencies to provide information on the Internet for young people. Includes:

  • Getting Involved in Crime Prevention
    Offering ideas on how youth can become part of the solution to fighting crime by joining community programs. This section enables youth to test their knowledge of crime and delinquency issues, learn what it means to be a "mapper," and discover programs that allow them to work with community police, tutor, mentor, resolve conflicts peacefully, and become community leaders. Among the programs featured in this section is OJJDP's National Youth Network, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for youth to prevent crime and victimization in their communities through a variety of community-based activities.
  • Hateful Acts Hurt Kids
    Attorney General Reno introduces youth to a variety of real-life situations at home, in school, at the playground, in the lunchroom, and in the neighborhood. Youth are asked how they would respond and shown possible consequences--positive or negative--to their response. This section was unveiled at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes in November 1997.
  • Internet Do's and Don'ts
    This page provides Rules of the Road for the information superhighway. The section includes links to several informative sites.
  • Civil Rights
    Describes Federal civil rights laws and the history that led to their passage.
  • FBI: Kids and Youth
    Provides information on crime detection and prevention.
  • Get It Straight
    Talks about drug prevention and helps youth understand why drugs are harmful.
  • Inside the Courtroom
    Describes the role of the Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal justice system.
  • FBI's 10 Most Wanted
    Displays photos.
    (Last checked 04/14/98)

    Environment and Energy: U.S. State and Local Government Gateway
    http://www.epa.gov/regional/statelocal/info.htm
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has repackaged some of its web information in a manner to make it easy for state and local government employees to find what they are looking for.
    (Last checked 02/01/98)

    Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia (NPS)
    http://www.aqd.nps.gov/toxic/index.html
    Encyclopedia Listings
    http://www.aqd.nps.gov/toxic/list.html
    This new resource from the National Park Service contains a wealth of information central to the growing field of environmental toxicology. The site consists of a searchable encyclopedia of 118 environmental contaminants, from Acenaphthene to Zinc. With information on chemical elements, compounds, and products, the EC Encyclopedia also serves as a reference for determining the potential impact of the concentration of a certain substance. Entries are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and include background information, specific threats, and other related material. Complete reference information (the Referenc.pdf file) is also available. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, April 15, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/15/98)

    Environmental Protection Agency Student Center
    http://www.epa.gov/students/
    Opened to the public on Earth Day 1998 (April 22, 1998), the EPA's Student Center is a compilation of all available environmental information from the EPA. Instead of searching for information from the multiple branches and webpages of the EPA, students may now access all this information at one site. Information is divided into eight topics ranging from air and water to ecosystems. In addition to the eight topics, the Student Center provides links to jobs and scholarships, awards, projects, and activities. Users may also look up environmental definitions in the dictionary or dive into the text of a famous environmental law such as the Clean Water Act. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, April 29, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    European Commission Library Catalogue (ECLAS)
    http://europa.eu.int/eclas/
    This Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), provided by the European Commission, currently contains over 172,000 cataloged records from the European Commission Library. Query is available on three fields in basic search and fourteen in advanced search. Users can also search by language or document type. Records include journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and Internet resources (mostly documents), among others. The catalog employs powerful hyperlinks; each bibliographic record contains multiple hypertext connections to other related records in such fields as author, series, and descriptor; and a fully functional hyperlinked classified thesaurus allows users an electronic form of shelf browsing. The catalog is freely available after required registration; searches can be conducted in English and French at this time. Source: Scout Report, March 20, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/22/98)

    European Parliament Fact Sheets
    http://www.europarl.eu.int/dg4/factsheets/en/fiche.htm
    Presented by the European Parliament Directorate-General for Research, this recently updated site is a useful resource for courses on government or European studies. Fact sheets are divided into 6 categories: How the European Community works; Citizens Europe; The single market; Common policies; Economic and monetary union; and The Union's external relations. Each category contains several fact sheets on particular topics, and each fact sheet identifies the topic's legal basis, objectives, and achievements. Sample topics include: the institutions of economic and monetary union; common foreign and security policy; European Union institutions and bodies; and citizens of the Union and their rights. The site is available in both English and French. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, March 24, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/24/98.

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Law, Regulations and Related Acts
    http://www.fdic.gov/lawsregs/rules/
    The complete text of the FDIC's Law, Regulations and Related Acts (Rules and Regulations), complete with interactive search capability, is now available. Policy statements approved by the FDIC Board of Directors, selected General Counsel opinions, legal advisory opinions, consumer laws and regulations related to banking, and selected Federal Reserve regulations are also part of the service. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, April 9, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Federal Documents Task Force Frequently Used Sites
    http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/staff/fdtf.html
    A web site focusing on federal and federal-related web sites compiled and maintained by Kevin Reynolds, Jennifer McMullen, and Larry Romans on behalf of the Federal Documents Task Force (FDTF) of GODORT. Aims for a middle ground between the wonderful, but basic "GITCO Government Information Web Page Template" (http://www.library.unt.edu/gpo/template/index.html) and the rather extensive International Documents Task Force pages on "International Documents" (http://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/idtf/igo.html) and Foreign Governments" (http://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/idtf/foreign.html). Source: Larry Romans, Political Science Bibliographer and Head, Government Information Services, Central Library, Vanderbilt University, 419 - 21st Ave. South, Nashville TN 37240-0007; phone (615) 322-2838; FAX (615) 343-7451; Internet (office): ROMANS@LIBRARY.VANDERBILT.EDU. GOVDOC-L, April 24, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/10/98)

    Federal Emergency Management Agency : FEMA.GOV
    http://www.fema.gov/
    When a natural disaster hits home, you want information and you want it fast. FEMA.gov provides it easily in its Disaster Assistance Section. Its Q&A format addresses key issues for disaster victims, such as "Where can I get food and water?" or "How can I get in touch with my family?" If a user fears an impending disaster, he or she can click on the Weather Warnings section and find up-to-date flood and tornado warnings. It's too bad Dorothy didn't have Internet access in "The Wizard of Oz." Compiled and maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Rated as a Best of the Fed Web Site by GovExec.Com, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/11/98)

    Federal Register Online Via GPO Access Offers New Browse Feature
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html
    As of May 19, 1998, a new browse feature is available for the US Government Printing Office's Federal Register database. The "Browse the Table of Contents of the current issue" function is offered in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Each document is available in text and .pdf format. In addition, users may browse all issues of the Register dating from January 2, 1998 forward. Source: Scout Report, May 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
    http://www.ed.gov/free/
    FREE is a new US Department of Education meta-site that acts as a gateway to US government sites that can be used as teaching tools or resources. It is highlighted by a searchable and browsable (ten subjects from arts to vocational education) interface to hundreds of government resources. For example, the science section points to resources from the US Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and US Geological Survey, among others. Arts contains educational resources from the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, National Archives and Records Administration, and Smithsonian Institution, among others. FREE is a handy way for teachers to quickly find useful government sites that can be put to work in the classroom. Source: Scout Report, April 10, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Find the Expert at the Agricultural Research Service--USDA
    http://alembic.nal.usda.gov:9500/NPS/expert.htm
    The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service now offers a feature where users can directly ask questions of Agricultural experts. Searching is possible in three ways: Keyword, Broad Subject Area, or Research Area. Typical search results include lists of experts with contact addresses, including email. With subject areas ranging from Air Quality and Mitigation to Weeds, this service adds a nice notch in the measuring stick of improved scientific communication. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, April 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/10/98)

    Food and Drug Administration Kids Homepage
    http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/
    Highlight of the recently opened Kids Homepage is Yorick, FDA's "favorite skeleton," which allows users to see the various medical devices and implants that can replace real body parts. Included are such items as a glass eye, a silicon cochlear implant, hip, and a knee, among others. In addition, there is a kids quiz on food safety, a medicine cabinet word find (unfortunately not interactive), a tobacco quiz, information about vaccines, and a food safety coloring book, among other features. Information is aimed mostly at young children, but Yorick should also be of interest to older users. Source: Scout Report, May 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    GITCO Update
    http://www.rice.edu/gitco
    The American Library Association Government Documents Round Table GITCO (Government Information Technology Committee) web page has moved to a new site at http://www.rice.edu/gitco. Many thanks go to Cynthia Jahns at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for all of the time and effort she spent maintaining the site while it was housed at UCSD. Doralyn H. Edwards, a GITCO member, will now maintain the site at her institution, Rice University. Source: Doralyn H. Edwards, Data Librarian, CTTL and Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX; phone: (713) 737-5691; fax: (713) 737-5699; e-mail: doralyn@rice.edu; GOVDOC-L, March 24, 1998.

    Gore Pushes Government Access Plan
    http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?WIR1997021133
    Vice President Al Gore wants a "click-through" government, where Joe's Garage can file all its tax forms electronically, where Auntie Em can download her Social Security benefits onto a smart card and where Sgt. Joe Friday can press a suspect's thumb against a silicon wafer and get an instant match from the FBI lab. "It will be a government where all Americans have the opportunity to get services electronically and where, aided by technology, the productivity of government operations will be soaring," Gore said in a prepared statement as he unveiled "Access America," a part of his reinventing government initiative. An online article by Rex Nutting, Tech Web News, February 11, 1998.
    (Last checked 04/31/98)

    GPO's Web Site Muscles Up on Links to Federal Documents
    http://www.fcw.com/pubs/fcw/1998/0323/fcw-AGENgatewaygide-3-23-1998.html
    An online article by Bob Brewin appearing in Federal Computer Week, March 23, 1998.
    (Last checked 04/13/98)

    Green Book
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/wm001.html
    Searchable, hypertext version of the House Ways and Means Committee's annual publication describing federal entitlement programs, with lots of tables and data. The 105 Congress version has just been mounted. Also available on GPO Access.
    (Last checked 05/21/98)

    HUD
    http://www.hud.gov/
    HUD's site, unlike those of some other departments and agencies we won't mention, goes beyond press releases and puffery. Every day HUD.gov features a new message to inform its users. Customers curious about how to go about buying a home can find out details and even use a calculator to determine an affordable mortgage. And those who feel they have been discriminated against in trying to obtain housing can submit a complaint on-line. Also check out HUD's Hot Spots, a list of the most frequently visited sections of the web page. Compiled and maintained by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rated as a Best of the Fed Web Site by GovExec.Com, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/11/98)

    Indoor Air Quality in Schools--EPA
    http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/
    The US Environmental Protection Agency created this site to inform schools about the problem of indoor air quality. Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be worse than outdoor air quality, a dangerous proposition considering the heightened sensitivity of children to environmental pollution levels. The site is comprised of three key elements. Indoor Air Quality Basics for Schools is a fact sheet describing the importance of IAQ, sources of indoor air pollutants, how pollutants move through a building, and strategies for controlling indoor levels of pollution. The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit provides schools with an easy-to-implement plan for improving indoor air quality. The third element consists of relevant frequently asked questions and their answers. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, April 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/10/98)

    International Data Resources Conference Workshop
    http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/apdu/
    A web site developed by Laura Guy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Gregory Haley, Columbia University, for a workshop originally held back in 1995. Last updated 1997. Part I emphasizes international data from Inter Governmental Organizations (IGOs): the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the OECD. This section also examines data supplied by research institutes sponsored by IGOs, such as the European Union. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relative advantages and disadvantages of each, comparisons of usage, of software, the availability of other tools to enhance usage, and sources of assistance. Part II emphasizes international data from an array of sources such as national archives and statistical agencies. Particular attention is paid to developing search strategies for identifying data sources, access problems, comparability problems, differences in collection strategies, and accuracy concerns. Data types include public microdata as well as other statistical and survey data. Participants will be supplied lists of contacts from whom to obtain further assistance.
    (Last checked 03/25/98)

    IT Policy On-Ramp
    http://www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/
    This site certainly isn't flashy. In fact, the flaming logo on the front page is downright annoying. But IT Policy On-Ramp does what it's supposed to do: promote the strategic management and effective use of federal information technology. From its comprehensive Year 2000 directories to its federal Webmaster information exchange area, this site is everything a federal IT professional needs to survive. Compiled and maintained by the GSA Office of Information Policy. Rated as a Best of the Fed Web Site by GovExec.Com, May 1, 1998.
    (Last chekced 05/12/98)

    Lobbyist Database, Registered Federal
    http://www.crp.org/lobby/
    Who's In the Lobby?
    http://www.crp.org/pubs/lobbyweb/lobbyindex.htm
    Center for Responsive Politics (CRP)
    http://www.crp.org/
    Provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, this database allows users to search for registered lobbyists by name or interest area. Under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, two semi-annual reports are due by those who lobby at the Federal level, and these reports are used to create this database. Search results include organizations that hire lobbyists, names of lobbyists, areas of interest, lobbying expenses, and "covered" employee status. At present, the database contains reports filed through February 1, 1998. The site also offers a link to a special CRP report, "Who's in the Lobby? A Profile of Washington's Influence Industry." Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, April 21, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/21/98)

    Maps of the United States National Parks and Monuments
    http://mahogany.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/National_parks/National_parks.html
    Maps of the National Historic and Military Parks, Memorials, and Battlefields
    http://mahogany.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/National_parks/historic_parks.html
    Courtesy of the University of Texas, Austin, Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection.
    (Last checked 05/23/98)

    Medicare: The Official US Government Site for Medicare Information--DHHS HCFA
    http://www.medicare.gov/
    The Health Care Financing Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides this site--a consumer gateway to information about Medicare, a national health insurance program that covers 37 million Americans, mostly over age 65. Current highlights include a managed care section that contains Medicare Compare, an interactive database that allows users to compare (according to zip code or state) the benefits offered by Medicare managed care providers. Medicare Compare can also be downloaded as a Microsoft Access Database. The managed care section also contains a glossary of terms, frequently asked questions and their answers, and instructions on how to enroll and disenroll in a managed care plan. Users can refer to the overall site for general information on the Medicare program, fraud and abuse, and state contact lists, among other features. Source: Scout Report, April 3, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Michigan Campaign Finance Information
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/cfr/cfonl.html
    State campaign finance records are now available on the world wide web. For some candidates, like Secretary of State Candice Miller, that means computer users can search all 2,038 of her 1997 contributions and sort them by contributors, date, or amount given. For others, only images of campaign finance records from 1995 to present are available. Searchable campaign finance record information will be available almost immediately for candidates who file reports using the Michigan Electronic Reporting and Tracking System software developed last year by the Secretary of State's Office. If not, Elections Division workers will eventually enter all information submitted into the database. Source: Lansing State Journal, May 22, 1998, p.3B.

    Michigan Crime Victims
    http://www.MIvictims.org/
    Michigan Victim Alliance has established this web site to provide current information on services and support for victims of violence.. Includes downloadable forms such as a "Personal Protection Order". Also contains information on how to keep kids safe in cyberspace, how to prevent becoming a victim of cyberstalking, and ways to avoid online form. Made possible by a one year grant.
    (Last checked 04/02/98)

    Michigan License Plate Renewal Online
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us./renew.html
    Beginning June 1, Michigan motorists will be able to renew their license plates over the world wide web. The transaction will require paying registration fees by credit card and having vehicle insurance with one of the companies participating in the electronic insurance-verification process. It will take 7 days to recieve tabs. Boat owners can use the service, too. Source: Detroit Free Press, May 28, 1998, 3B.
    (Last checked 05/28/98)

    Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS)
    http://www.mois.org
    Describes the day-to-day working conditions for 2,000 occupations, including typical hours and schedules, whether travel or overtime is required, and what hazards might be involved.
    (Last checked 05/29/98)

    Michigan State Documents Depository Libraries Directory
    http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/services/midoclibs.html
    The place to look for information about state documents depositories in Michigan. Compiled and maintained by the Library of Michigan. For more information or to correct your entry, contact Ann Marie Sanders, asanders@libofmich.lib.mi.us, or call (517) 373-9489. Source: Ann Sanders, GOVDOC-M, March 25, 1998.
    (Last checked 03/25/98)

    Missing and Exploited Children's Program Web Site
    http://www.ncjrs.org/ojjdp/missing/index.html
    This web site is sponsored by the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as an ongoing effort to prevent child abduction and exploitation. The site features "Tips for Kids" that tells where to go if they are scared, lost, or need help. They can also share their own ideas on safety and self-protection, as well as learn how to avoid cyber-exploitation. The site also contains information for parents, law enforcement officers, educators and others concerned about the problem of missing children. The "Support for Parents" section addresses how parents can best protect their children and what steps they should take if their child is missing. In addition to information, the site also features links to other sites, such as the Justice Department's Kids Page, which offers youth information about crime prevention and other criminal justice issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, which serves as a national resource for tips and leads regarding the sexual exploitation of children through the Internet. Parents and others concerned with child safety can also report suspicious or illegal Internet activity through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's toll-free number, 1-800-843-5678.
    (Last checked 04/21/98)

    National First Ladies' Library
    http://www.firstladies.org/
    Developed and maintained by the Stark State College of Technology in Canton, Ohio, this new site is the first virtual library devoted to the history of America's First Ladies. At the heart of the site is a comprehensive bibliographic database containing 40,000 books, articles, letters, manuscripts, and other works by and about the 43 First Ladies. Both the site and the new physical library aim to bring materials together to fill a longstanding informational void in both American women's studies and the history of the presidency. Source: Scout Report, February 27, 1998.
    (Last checked 03/05/98)

    National Labor Relations Board
    http://www.nlrb.gov
    Offers a new "Help Desk" on its web site to help workers and employers find the answers to job-related problems. The help desk provides information on a range of subjects from age discrimination to wrongful discharge. The feature also steers people to the appropriate federal or state agency for additional information or assistance. Source: Detroit News, May 17, 1998, L1.
    (Last checked 05/18/98)

    National Transportation Statistics 1998
    http://www.bts.gov/btsprod/nts/
    NTS is a compendium of selected national transportation and transportation-related statistics from a wide variety of government and private sources. The data illustrate transportation activity for the major transportation modes - air, automobile, bus, truck, transit, rail, water, and pipeline. Previously available in print or as depository microfiche, NTS is now only available online. The data has been optimized for use online and will be updated annually. Source: Paul Schaffer, Journal of Commerce, pschaffr@interport.net, GOVDOC-L, May 18 and 19, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/20/98)

    Occupational Resources From BLS:
    Occupational Employment Statistics
    http://stats.bls.gov/oeshome.htm
    1998-9 Occupational Outlook Handbook
    http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
    US occupations are featured in these two information-rich resources from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The first is highlighted by the 1996 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, which differs from previous surveys in that it includes wage data by occupation for the first time. The site contains a description of the survey and complete national and state data for 760 occupations in seven major areas. Included are occupation title, number of employees, hourly mean and median wage, and an OES code number that provides information about the occupation and its employment distribution by wage range where surveyed (distribution is for the national survey only). An occupational search engine is forthcoming. The site also contains information about previous OES surveys back to 1988. The 1998-9 Occupational Outlook Handbook provides the latest edition of a guide to 250 occupations from able seaman to zoologist. Users can browse an alphabetical index or any of eleven occupational clusters, or search the resource by keyword. Each occupation contains a thumbnail sketch of important features as well as information about the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, the job outlook, earnings, and related occupations. This is an excellent source of relevant, condensed occupational information. Source: Scout Report, March 20, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/22/98)

    1998 Poverty Guidelines (DHHS)
    http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/98poverty.htm
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released the 1998 federal poverty measures. There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure: poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines. Data for both versions are available at this site. Separate data are listed for the 48 states, Alaska, and Hawaii. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, March 24, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/22/98)

    Powering a Generation of Change (SI)
    http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/nmah/csr/powering/
    Powering a Generation of Change is a Smithsonian Institution documentation project that is a response to the coming deregulation of the electric power industry in the United States and Canada. The site is interesting almost as much for its information on electricity and the history of electric power regulation, as for its information explaining deregulation and its societal impacts. One of the highlights of the site is the Visions of Power section, with in-depth interviews with Joseph P. Kearney of US Generating, Andre Caille of Hydro-Quebec, and William T. McCormick, Jr. of CMS Energy. Visions of Power offers numerous links to information provided by a variety of participants in the deregulation debate. The Powering the Past section provides a fascinating tour through the history of electric power, accompanied by images from various Smithsonian museums. A large bibliography on electric power is also available. Source: Scout Report, March 6, 1998.
    (Last checked 03/20/98)

    Presidential Job Performance Website
    http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/presapp/charts.htm
    How is President Clinton doing in the latest polls? Check out our regularly updated Clinton job performance from five major survey organizations. For a historical perspective browse the earliest FDR ratings and those of every president through George Bush. Website sponsored and maintained by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
    (Last checked 03/25/98)

    Recreation.Gov : Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands
    http://www.recreation.gov/
    Looking for a quick weekend getaway, but don't know where to go? Recreation.gov, a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and the National Park Service, will do just about everything but drive you to your destination. Simply pick the state where you want to go and your activities of interest and this site lists all of the possibilities. Still not satisfied? The National Weather Service provides weather information for your destination and the U.S. Geological Survey can provide a map of the area online. Rated as a Best of the Fed Web Site by GovExec.Com, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Second Summit of the Americas
    http://www.cumbre.cl/summit/home.htm
    The Second Summit of the Americas was held in Santiago, Chile from April 18-19, 1998. Thirty-four countries from the American continent attended the summit to discuss democracy, poverty, education and economic integration, and free trade in the Americas. The web site contains press releases, opening and closing speeches, and the Final Declaration of the Summit. The Plan of Action adopted at the Summit, background information on the Free Trade Areas of the Americas, and projections for available resources for initiatives are also available at the site. Note that the site is available in Spanish or English. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, May 7, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/15/98)

    Secretary-General's Mission To Iraq--UN
    http://www.un.org/NewLinks/mission.htm
    The United Nations has posted relevant information about Secretary-General Kofi Annan's mission to negotiate an agreement with the government of Iraq on the issue of compliance with UN resolutions 687 and 715, concerning elimination of certain of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, along with compliance monitoring. The site is highlighted at this time by the Memorandum of Understanding negotiated between the UN and the Republic of Iraq, and transcripts of two press conferences by the Secretary-General. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, February 27, 1998.
    (Last checked 03/05/98)

    Small Business Help for the Year 2000--SBA
    http://www.sba.gov/y2k/
    The US Small Business Administration provides this compendium of information on the well-known Year 2000 problem and small business. The Year 2000 problem is caused by the fact that many computers have two digit date fields for year, and when the year 2000 comes these computers may interpret the date as 1900 instead of 2000. This site, currently a work in progress, concisely defines the problem; it also contains links to other relevant information resources. Checklists for small businesses to use in preparing for the Year 2000 are included, as well as a brief yet informative list of steps to take to combat the problem. Also provided is a suggested query of the SBA Pro-Net database that enables small business people to find a variety of firms that can be of assistance with the Year 2000 problem. Source: Scout Report, April 3, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Smithsonian Institution's Revealing Things
    http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/ripley/eap/rt/
    Revealing Things is the Smithsonian Institution's first specifically web based exhibit; both the content and design of the site are fascinating. This work in progress is a prototype of a future, more fully-developed exhibit. It concentrates on "common, everyday objects to tell stories about people, their cultures, and the meanings they associate with their possessions." Items discussed include a 1937 chemistry set, a Vietnam memorial offering, a duckpin bowling ball, an early TV, and a celery vase, among many others. Organized according to theme, era, and object, the exhibit is presented in a new pop-up browser window. Within that window, navigation takes place via "maplets," a connected series of moving colored labels representing the three ways that the exhibit is organized. Users can move slider bars to effect the placement of the labels, and search on terms to create their own thematic or object-based exhibit. When the cursor is placed over an object label, scrolling text introduces it. Alternatively, the site can be navigated via a series of icons that run down the middle of the exhibition page. When an icon is clicked, the series of icons may rearrange. Each exhibit contains a photo of the object, along with written commentary on it. In addition, sound is sometimes available to play period music, or render out loud the exhibition text. The most fully-developed object at this time is "Patched Bellbottoms." Users are advised to read the help files on both the main page and the exhibit page for navigation tips. The exhibit is a fascinating precursor of what could be a new way to interactively view museum exhibits, allowing the user to cast off the restraints of a linear orientation. Warning: the exhibit is extremely browser and bandwidth intensive. Source: Scout Report, March 13, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/13/98)

    Statistical Portrait of the United States
    According to Bernan, this volume picks up where the U.S. government's Social Indicators left off in the early 1980s as the most comprehensive source for the social indicators and trends that shape how Americans live. Prepared by government and private-sector experts, this new reference work employs tables and graphs to present a compelling portrait of social, economic, and environmental trends in the United States over the past 25 years. Chapters cover population; living arrangements; education; health; work; income; poverty and wealth; housing; crimes and victims; leisure, volunteerism, and religion; voting; the environment; and government. In addition to detailed statistical tables, the volume provides detailed analysis of where the United States as a nation is heading and how it compares with other countries. It also provides extensive lists of sources of additional information (including web site addresses) for each topic. 350pp. ISBN: 089059-076-1; Price $79. To order, contact the Bernan Customer Service Department at (800) 865-3457; fax (800) 865-3450, or e-mail:
    order@bernan.com. Source: Bernan Press Release, April 27, 1998.

    The Students' Report on School Crime
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/srsc.htm
    This report is the first focusing on data collected in the 1995 School Crime Supplement (SCS), an enhancement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). It compares findings from the 1989 and 1995 SCS on student reports of victimization, drug availability, street gang presence, and gun presence at school. In each year, the SCS was administered to about 10,000 persons age 12 through 19 currently attending school. This joint BJS and National Center for Education Statistics report presents the first findings from the 1995 supplement, discussing relationships among the the variables examined, such as how drug availability, street gang presence, and gun presence are related to student reports of being victimized at school. April 12, 1998
    (Last checked 04/14/98)

    Tapping the Government Grapevine Advertisement
    http://www.oryxpress.com/gdip3
    The third edition of Tapping the Government Grapevine: The User-Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources, by Judith Schiek Robinson, is now available from Oryx Press. According to the sales advertisement, the new edition has been updated and expanded to include extensive coverage of Internet resources, directories of World Wide Web addresses, and quick tips about government Web sites to search for different types of information. ISBN 1-57356-024-3;price: $34.50.

    Terms of Environment--EPA
    http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/
    Compiled by the US Environmental Protection Agency, this site is the only place users need go to find an environmental term, abbreviation, or acronym. All items are listed alphabetically. No search tool is provided. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, April 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/09/98)

    The Tobacco Settlement (Proposed): Issues from a Federal Perspective (CBO)
    http://www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=407&sequence=0&from=1
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has prepared a report analyzing the impact of the proposed tobacco settlement's impact on consumers and industry. In the report, CBO estimates the reduction in smoking under various scenarios if the settlement is implemented. The report also examines the impact of regulation on public health provisions, tobacco industry payments, and targets for teen smoking. The appendix summarizes research on life-cycle estimates due to the cost of smoking. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, April 23, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/15/98)

    Tobacco Use Among US Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups (USSG)
    http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/osh/sgr-minorities.htm
    US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher has released this report (available in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only and 332pp. long), which details the dismaying news of a reversal in the trends of tobacco use by minorities, caused in the main by large increases in smoking by minority youth. This 24th Surgeon General report on tobacco use is the first that concentrates on minorities. The report details tobacco use among African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics. The report is accompanied by 84 tables and 22 figures. In addition to the report (which can be downloaded in its entirety or in sections), the site contains a press release, several fact sheets, and ordering information. Source: Scout Report, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    United Nations Documentation Research Guide--Special Topics: Human Rights
    http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/spechr.htm
    The Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations has begun to add Special Topics Guides to its Research Guide Site. The first pertains to human rights and contains annotated pointers to UN resources from two charter-based bodies and six treaty-based bodies. These sections contain pointers to the bodies themselves, and to bibliographic information and selected full texts of the reports of those bodies. In addition, there is bibliographic information on relevant conference proceedings and declarations, as well as a bibliography of general UN human rights literature. Source: Scout Report, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    United Nations Investigator Calls on United States to Halt Executions Until it Can Ensure Fairness and Impartiality in Use [of] Capital Punishment
    http://www.unog.ch/news/documents/newsen/hr9821e.html
    Commission on Human Rights Report
    http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu4/chrrep/98chr68a3.htm
    54th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
    http://www.unhchr.ch/news/chr98/54chr.htm
    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (Bacre Waly Ndiaye of Senegal), in a report to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights 54th Session, has recommended that "the United States stop executions until it can ensure that death penalty cases are administered fairly and impartially, in accordance with due process." The recommendation is the result of an investigation that culminated in a visit by the Rapporteur to the US in September and October 1997. A press release explains the rationale behind the recommendation. Full text of the report the press release is based on is available at the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights site, along with other information about the Session, including a large number of documents about the status of human rights around the world. Scout Report, April 10, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
    http://www.unicc.org/unrisd/
    War Torn Societies Documents Database
    http://www.unicc.org/unrisd/wsp/talk.htm
    UNRISD is an organization with roots going back to 1963. Its mandate is to study the relationship between social and economic development. This takes the form of multi-country research (with an emphasis on developing countries), as well as "action research" in the areas of "integrating gender into development planning and rebuilding war-torn societies." One of the highlights of the site is its War-Torn Societies Project, which contains a documents database with a searchable and browsable annotated bibliography of WSP collected literature. The main site also offers information about the organization and its activities, and a selection of electronic publications, as well as a browsable and searchable catalog of its publications. Note that portions of the site are available in multiple languages. Source: Scout Report, May 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    U.S. Agencies Dragging Their Feet Online
    http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19980428S0023
    The United States government is far behind schedule in its efforts to publish information online, says a report released last week by a Washington, D.C., watchdog group. OMB Watch, a nonprofit group focusing on budget issues, said few agencies are complying with the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act (EFOIA) regulations, which requires them to post many public documents on their websites. An online article by John Borland, Net Insider, April 28, 1998 appearing in Tech Web News.
    (Last checked 04/31/98)

    U.S. Department of Justice: State and Local Gateway
    http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/related.htm
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal web sites are sorted into categories that reflect state and local information needs.
    (Last checked 01/30/98)

    United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
    http://www.usitc.gov/
    The USITC is an independent federal agency that provides trade advice to the government and examines instances of unfair trade practices. The web site offers useful information relating to international trade, including a monthly calendar of events, a listing of news releases, and notices of investigations into unfair trade practices. The USITC also publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, now available for downloading (WordPerfect 6.1). Researchers will be interested in the reports and publications section, which features the International Economic Review, the Industry, Trade, and Technology Review, opinions on countervailing duties, and general factfinding reports. The site also provides many useful links to trade-related information. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, April 9, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    United States v. Microsoft
    http://www.ljx.com/LJXfiles/dojvms.html
    Law Journal Extra has created this web site to provide information concerning the latest battles between the United States and various government with Microsoft. In case you have not been following the legal developments, the Justice Department and Attorneys general for 20 states filed a wide-reaching antitrust complaint against Microsoft Corp., charging the software company with violating the Sherman Act and state unfair competition laws on May 18th. The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., seek an injunction barring Microsoft from pursuing allegedly anti-competitive business practices, such as tying distribution of its Windows operating system to its Internet browser by making suppliers carry both products. The states are also asking the court to order Microsoft to allow other Internet browser applications to be included with its Windows operating system and are seeking civil penalties from the company. Source: LAWSRC-L, May 18, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/19/98)

    Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools: 1996-97 (NCES)
    http://nces.ed.gov/pubs98/violence/index.html
    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a report based on a survey conducted in the summer of 1997 on violence in US public elementary and secondary schools. The Principal/School Disciplinarian Survey on School Violence questioned 1,234 principals or school disciplinarians about the actual number of specific crimes in their school, their perceptions about discipline issues at their school, the types of disciplinary actions pursued, and the security prevention measures undertaken. The report includes tables and figures that allow for a comparison of crime in schools by size, socio-economic status, region, and grade level, among other characteristics. An Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version of the entire report is available to download at the site. Source: Scout Report, March 27, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    Virtual Reference Library
    http://www.vrd.org/
    The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) is a new project creating the foundations for a national cooperative digital reference service. The project is sponsored by the National Library of Education (NLE) and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, with support from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Digital reference services, also called "Ask-An-Expert" (or "AskA") services, are Internet-based question and answer services that connect users with individuals who possess specialized subject or skill expertise. As opposed to static Web pages, digital reference services use the Internet to place people in contact with people who can answer specific questions and instruct users on developing certain skills.
    (Last checked 05/21/98)

    Wayne County Code Available
    The new Wayne County Code which is officially entitled Code of Ordinances County of Wayne, Michigan, was recently published in 1998 by the Municipal Code Corporation in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a one volume looseleaf publication which includes the Wayne County Charter, Reorganization Plan as well as the Code of Ordinances. The Code is numerically arranged by subject such as Economic Development and Finance with separate indexes to the Charter and Reorganization Plan and Code located at the back of the volume. This is the first Code of Ordinances ever issued by Wayne County. For more information, contact Richard Maciejewski, Detroit Public Library, Municipal Reference Library, Manager; telephone: (313) 224-3885; e-mail:
    rmaciej@detroit.lib.mi.us.

    Wild Ones Handbook: A Voice for the Natural Landscaping Movement
    http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/wildones/
    If you've decided this is the year to try something in the yard other than lawn, the Wild Ones Handbook is a good place to start. Wild Ones is a non-profit group that began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977. It promotes and supports the use of natural landscaping as an alternative to lawns. The Handbook contains short essays written by natural landscaping designers and enthusiasts, as well as professional prairie nursery representatives. Topics covered include background information on prairies, how not to aggravate neighbors and village officials, preparing a yard for planting and landscaping for wildlife. Several of the essays provide lists of suggested plants native to the Midwest. The online version of the Wild Ones Handbook is a cooperative effort of Wild Ones - Natural Landscapers, Ltd., and the US Envrionmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program (GLNP). Source: Scout Report, May 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/30/98)

    WomenWatch--The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
    http://www.un.org/womenwatch/
    This UN site offers information and news on national and international efforts for women's advancement and empowerment. At the site users can learn about UN and intergovernmental bodies promoting women's rights, view information on UN global conferences on women, browse regional plans of action for women's advancement and empowerment, and obtain up to date information on events at the UN and elsewhere in the follow-up to the Beijing and other global UN conferences. Additional resources include a collection of annotated related links and links to the schedule, and official documents of the 42nd annual Commission on the Status of Women (March 2-13, 1998). Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, March 10, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/22/98)

    The World Factbook 1997--CIA [frames]
    http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
    Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
    http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/index.html
    The US Central Intelligence Agency has recently released the 1997 version of this annual series of country information reference books. Data is available for over 250 countries. For each country, map and flag, geographic, population, government, economic, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issue information is provided for the latest year available. There are also seventeen individual reference maps and eight appendices. Derived from several US sources, this information has proved to be an indispensable reference source for those who want quick, thumbnail country information. Note that this Factbook supersedes previous editions. In addition, the CIA's Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments site has recently been updated. Source: Scout Report, April 3, 1998.
    (Last checked 05/12/98)

    World War II Poster Collection at Northwestern http://www.library.nwu.edu/govpub/collections/wwii-posters/
    Note that you will be able to retrieve the whole collection by date, title, or topic from the advanced search screen. There are currently 233 posters available and it is anticipated over 300 will eventually reside here. Source: Mike McCaffrey-Noviss, International Documents Librarian and Acting Head, Government Publications and Map Dept., Northwestern University Library, 1935 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois, 60208-2300; E-mail: mmccaff@nwu.edu; Telephone: (847) 491-2927 (Direct Line), GOVDOC-L, March 10, 1998.

    Year 2000
    http://www.doi.gov/oirm/y2k/y2kpage1.html
    This web site by the U.S. Department of Interior shares information on how various federal agencies are dealing with the infamous YEAR 2000 computer problems as well as links to other relevant sites. Source: Cindi Wolff, US Department of the Interior Library Manager, Reference Services, cindi_wolff@ios.doi.gov, GOVDOC-L, April 7, 1998.
    (Last checked 04/13/98)


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