ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER 1998

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

AGRICOLA Web Gateway
Agricultural Statistics 1998
America's Children
American Memory Update
Atlas of United States Presidential Elections 1932-1996
C-Span's Write to Congress
Calling All Astrophysicists
Census 2000 Initiative
CFR Browse Feature Now Availalble
ChildStats.Gov
Child Support Enforcement, Federal Office of
City Populations
Condition of Education 1998
Congressional Voting Records
Crime in Michigan - 1997 Uniform Crime Report
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Directory of Michigan Libraries
ED Pubs
Enhanced Shipping List Service
Environmental Accounting Project
FBI FOIA Reading Room
Federal Depository Library Directory
Federal Trade Commission About Privacy
Feds on the Web
Financial Information from U.S. Government Agencies
Fish FAQs
FOIA Sites
For the Record 1997: the United Nations Human Rights System
Forest Insect and Disease Leaflets
Gateway to Education Resources
Government Resources on the Internet
Governments on the Web
Green Web of Knowledge
Health, United States, 1998
Holocaust Assets, Part Two
House of Commons Library Research Papers
How to Get It: A Guide to Defense-Related Information Resources
Human Development Report 1998
The Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullets
Life Tables
Medicare Consumer Publications
Michigan Catastrophic Claims Rebate
Michigan Consumer Statutes
Michigan Elections and Voter Registration Statistics, 1994-1998
Michigan Frequently Requested Acts
Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Caucus
Michigan in Brief, 1998-99
Missing Pet Network (MPN)
Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits
NAFTA Connect
NAFTA Home Page
NASA at 40
National Agricultural Statistics Service
National Atlas of the United States
National Library of Education (NLE)
National Priorities Project
NetVet Veterinary Government and Law Resources
La Nina
1998 OMB Report on GILS
OSH.Net
Peace Corps
Presidential Elections Atlas 1932-1996
Progress of Nations 1998
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
The Space Place
State and Metropolitan Area Data Book Now Online
State of the Land
State Small Business Profiles
Sun Safety
Suspicious Internet Banking
Taxpayer Scorecard
Time Service Department, U.S. Naval Observatory
Title 44 Testimony
Tobacco's Political Influence
Trade Compliance Center
Truman Library Project Whistlestop
Question of Palestine Database
UNICEF Voices of Youth
United Nations Human Rights System
U.S. Decennial Life Tables, 1981-1989
U.S. Federal Government Acronyms and Abbreviations
U.S. Government Blue Pages Online Directory
U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference Collection (Columbia U)
U.S. Newswire
War Casualty Lists
Water Science for Schools
Women's Bureau Know Your Rights Series
Women's Voting Guide
Workplace Crime, 1992-1996

AGRICOLA Web Gateway
http://www.nal.usda.gov/ag98/
NAL Document Delivery Services Information
http://www.nalusda.gov/ddsb/
The US National Agricultural Library, the largest agricultural library in the world, has recently opened a Web gateway to its mammoth AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) database. AGRICOLA "is a machine-readable database of bibliographic records created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. Production of these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers materials dating from the 16th century to the present. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural products, alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition." The Web interface is divided into two sections at this time, an online public access book catalog and a "journal article citation index." The book catalog contains 667,000 bibliographic records produced since 1970, while the journal section contains 985,000 records produced since 1985. Searching is available on six variables for each section, and several of the indexes are browseable, for ease of use. Those who prefer text searching can still access AGRICOLA via NAL's ISIS Telnet interface. Source: Scout Report, July 24, 1998.

Agricultural Statistics 1998 (USDA NASS)
http://www.usda.gov/nass/pubs/agstats.htm
The 1998 issue of this annual United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service compendium is available (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) from the Agricultural Statistics site. Its fifteen chapters consist of time series tables covering all aspects of the US agricultural economy, including crops, livestock, farm income and expenses, price-support, and fertilizer and pesticides. Time series and geographic coverage vary. The site also contains national and state tables and an archive of Agricultural Statistics back to 1994. Source: Scout Report, May 29,1998.
(Last checked 06/20/98)

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Child Well-Being 1998
http://www.childstats.gov/pubs.asp
America's Children, developed by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, is the second in a series of annual compendia of statistical indicators on US children. This issue, which contains 23 indicators in six topics, shows overall improvement in children's well-being but continuing racial, ethnic,and class disparities. Information is presented in non-technical terms with heavy use of charts and tables. Source: Scout Report, July 24, 1998.
(Last checked 07/17/06)

American Memory Update
America From the Depression to World War II: Photographs From the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsowhome.html
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada 1945-1982 [QuickTime, MPEG, RealPlayer, .wav]
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ncrhtml/crhome.html
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals ca: 1490-1920
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html
Railroad Maps 1828-1900
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/rrhtml/rrhome.html
The US Library of Congress American Memory site has recently added four new items to its impressive collection. The most content-rich at this time is America from the Depression to World War II. This collection of Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information photos documents every aspect of American life. Of the over 164,000 photographs, the site provides browseable and searchable access to over 45,000 black and white and 1,600 color images at this time. The collection can be searched via subject, creator, or geographical index. Images are provided in multiple formats with bibliographic information, and a useful feature allows users to shelf-browse for related images. A bibliography, cataloging information, and special section on the work of six photographers, including Dorothea Lange, round out the site. Buckaroos in Paradise is the result an LOC "American Folklife Center field project conducted in 1978-82" that focused on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch in Paradise Valley, Nevada. The collection is highlighted by 42 MPEG and QuickTime videos (each is several megabytes) and eighteen RealPlayer and .wav sound recordings of various aspects of ranch life. 2,400 still photos that document life in Paradise Valley from 1870 on are forthcoming. The site can be searched or browsed by subject or topic. A bibliography, as well as information about the history of the Ninety-Six Ranch and Paradise Valley, are also provided. Dance Instruction Manuals, provided by the LOC's Music Division, presents over 200 "social dance manuals." These searchable and browseable documents are available in multiple formats (including SGML), most easily viewed as individual page images. Included are theatrical dance, dance history, and etiquette manuals, among others. Though most manuals are in English, several other languages are also represented. There is also a special section on the history of social dance in Western Europe and America. Finally, Railroad Maps, a preview release provided by the Geography and Map Division of LOC, contains a searchable and browseable selection of maps taken from Railroad Maps of the United States, by Andrew M. Modelski. Source: Scout Report, July 3, 1998.
(Last checked 08/07/98)

C-Span's Write To Congress
http://congress.nw.dc.us/c-span/elecmail.html
Ever have that feeling that members of Congress are somewhat out of touch? Get them back in touch -- quickly and easily -- with the services of C-SPAN's aptly named Write to Congress feature. You'll even find help in looking up your ZIP code to track down that elusive elected rep. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 6, 1998.
(Last checked 08/02/98)

Calling All Astrophysicists
http://library.gsfc.nasa.gov/
You may not be an astrophysicist but you can pretend you are. With a visit to the library of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Loaded with Web resources, abstracts and journals. For younger astrophysicist wannabes, there's a Kids Page with links to cool educational sites. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 17-19, 1998.
(Last checked 08/02/98)

Census 2000 Initiative Web Site:
http://www.census2000.org
This new site includes current and past News Alerts, fact sheets on key census policy issues, links to web sites for census stakeholder organizations, and a calendar of official census-related meetings and hearings. Also includes a search engine.
(Last checked 09/18/98)

CFR Browse Feature Now Available via GPO Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html
This new feature enables you to browse the Table of Contents for individual titles and parts of the Code of Federal Regulations online via GPO Access. Select the link that says "Search or Browse your choice of CFR titles and/or volumes." Once the table of available CFR Titlesappears, select the title or titles you wish to browse. Once the table for a specific title appears, under the column titled "Browse Parts" select the appropriate range of parts to browse. You will then have the option to download various CFR sections in either text or PDF format. If you questions or comments regarding these new web pages please contact the GPO Access User Support Team by phone at 1-888-293-6498 (toll free) or (202) 512-1623 (locally), by email at gpoaccess@gpo.gov
, or by fax at (202) 512-1262. Source: Vicki Amey, GOVDOC-L, August 5, 1998.
(Last checked 08/11/98)

ChildStats.Gov
http://childstats.gov/
The official web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, established in 1994 to coordinate the collection of federal data on child and family issues and conditions. The web site serves as a clearing for Forum reports and publications, such as America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Child Well-Being 1998 and Nurturing Fatherhood. Also provides a contact list for federal statistics on children and families and a collection of related links. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, August 11, 1998.
(Last checked 08/14/98)

Child Support Enforcement, Federal Office of
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse
This site provides a comprehensive source of information nationwide child support enforcement programs. There are links to state websites with child support enforcement programs. Some of these state sites even have links to county child enforcement support programs. There are links to policy documents and links to related souces of information outside the CSE site. The site can be viewed in English or Spanish. Source: LLRX Links in the News, April 16, 1998.
(Last checked 07/24/98)

City Populations
Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States:
1790 to 1990--US Census Bureau Working Paper 27
http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027.html
This paper presents decennial census population totals for the 100 largest cities and other urban places in the United States based on the 21 decennial censuses taken from 1790 to 1990. This is the first time that the populations of America's largest urban areas at each census have been published in a single report. The report begins with useful background on three central topics: Urban and Urban Place, City Populations and Annexations, and Cities and Their Suburbs. The data are offered in 26 detailed statistical tables and two text tables. Explanations of detailed tables, sources and limitations of the data, notes for individual places, and references are also provided. Source: Scout Report, June 19, 1998.
(Last checked 07/29/98)

The Condition of Education 1998
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs98/condition98/index.html
The Condition of Education 1998 is an annual compendium of about 60 indicators in six major areas including access and participation, economic outcomes, and financial and human resources. These tabular and graphic indicators are gleaned from various surveys and publications both inside and outside of the Department of Education. Currency of the data varies by indicator. Source: Scout Report, July 24, 1998.
(Last checked 08/08/98)

Congressional Voting Records
http://womenvote.org/
A new Women's Voting Guide isn't just for women but for anyone who wants to know how members of Congress have voted on more than 300 specific issues. You designate your positions, select your voting district and this important online resource quickly spits back the results. Registration is optional. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 9, 1998.
(Last checked 08/02/98)

Crime in Michigan - 1997 Uniform Crime Report
http://www.state.mi.us/msp/crd/ucr/
The 39th Crime in Michigan annual report (prepared by the Michigan State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Program pursuant to PA 319 of 1968, as amended) is designed to provide a clear picture of the nature, volume, and extent of crime in Michigan. Over 600 police departments, sheriffs' offices, and specialized law enforcement agencies submitted offense and arrest data for the report.
(Last checked 08/20/98)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict
There are three dictionaries associated with this site. They are the Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations, and NATO Only Terms. You can browse or search any of the three databases. Source: LLRX Links on the Net, April 16, 1998.
(Last checked 07/24/98)

Directory of Michigan Libraries
http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/publications/libdir.html
The 1998/99 Directory, including sections on Michigan and Federal Documents Depository Libraries, is now available in PDF format courtesy of the Library of Michigan. Source: Linda K. Neely, Library of Michigan, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing MI 48909; e-mail: lkneely@libofmich.lib.mi.us; telephone: (517) 373-1296; fax (517) 373-5815; via Michlib-L, July 28, 1998.
(Last checked 07/28/98)

ED Pubs
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html
"ED Pubs," the Department's new one-stop shop for information products, was announced this month (August 28th) by the National Library of Education. ED Pubs (short for Education Publications Center) is the place to call for publications, brochures, videos, CD-ROMs, posters, bookmarks, and other ED products. ED Pubs includes online ordering via the Internet, a searchable database that includes all ED products, a customer call center, and an automated inventory system for ED personnel. ED Pubs customer service representatives (including Spanish speaking representatives) are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. You may call any time to leave a voicemail request or to use the fax-on-demand service. Additional ways to contact ED Pubs includes calling toll free: 1-877-4ED-Pubs (1-877-433-7827); or sending an e-mail to edpubs@inet.ed.gov. TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734
(Last checked 08/30/98)

Enhanced Shipping List Service Has New URL
http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/units/cts/acq/gpo/
The University of Buffalo is continuing to offer access to the Enhanced Shipping List Service. Shipping lists will now be available the same day the lists are posted to the Federal Bulletin Board (FBB). The keyword search option will not be offered initially. University of Buffalo staff are looking at restoring this option. An announcement will be posted on askLPS and GOVDOC-L if it becomes available. Source: Joe Paskoski, ETS, GPO, (202) 512-1698; jpaskoski@gpo.gov; GOVDOC-L, August 26, 1998.
(Last checked 08/27/98)

Environmental Accounting Project
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/acctg/
Developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 to help businesses account for environmental costs, the Environmental Accounting Project site offers a wealth of publications designed to educate users on the economic benefits of environmental concern. EAP resources include full-text papers, surveys, reports, and case studies on managerial accounting practices, corporate decision-making processes, environmental policy reforms, and profitability indicators. Case Studies are searchable by industry type, company name or keyword, and the searchable Environmental Accounting Network Directory is helpful for further contact information. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, July 30, 1998.
(Last checked 08/05/98)

FBI FOIA Electronic Reading Room
http://www.fbi.gov/foipa/foipa.htm
Since amendments were made to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1975, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has handled over 300,000 requests and has released over six million pages of FBI documents, in paper format, to the public. For this site, the FBI has made a number of interesting cases available electronically. At present, over 35 files containing thousands of pages are available (.pdf format). Users can browse the files alphabetically or by category, the latter including: Famous Persons, Historical Interest, Espionage, Gangster Era, and Unusual Phenomena. Some of the more interesting subjects include Lucille Ball, Thurgood Marshall, Marilyn Monroe, the Rosenbergs, John Wayne, John Dillinger, the 1962 Alcatraz escape, Klaus Barbie, and UFOs. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, June 30, 1998.
(Last checked 07/08/98)

FDA Almanac
http://www.fda.gov/oc/almanac/
The Office of Public Affairs for the Food and Drug Administration, the Public Health Service, and the Department of Health & Human Services has placed the most recent FDA Almanac online. The Almanac serves as a comprehensive starting point for information on the FDA and its subsidiary agencies. The introduction offers an overview of the FDA's organization, its mission, and its vision for the year 2000, as well as a compilation of the major laws it enforces. The Almanac itself contains information on the agency's 1999 budget and links to its major departments, such as the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the Office of Regulatory Affairs. Additional resources include a list of milestones in US food and drug law history, FDA-related acronyms and abbreviations, and a guide to obtaining information from the FDA. Source: Scout Report, July 10, 1998>
(Last checked 08/07/98)

Federal Library Depository Directory
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/ldirect.html
The Federal Library Depository Directory is the official GPO (Government Printing Office) directory of all Federal depository libraries. Users can search the directory by eighteen characteristics, including institution, size, type, state, city, librarian, or date of designation. Searches return all of the necessary contact information and links to the library's latest Item Lister item selection profile record. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, August 11, 1998.
(Last checked 08/14/98)

Federal Trade Commission About Privacy
http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/
Privacy Online: A Report to Congress
http://www.ftc.gov/reports/privacy3/index.htm
The US Federal Trade Commission provides this site, highlighted by the availability of its Privacy Online: A Report to Congress. This 43 page monograph "provides an assessment of the effectiveness of self-regulation as a means of protecting consumer privacy on the World Wide Web, ... based on a comprehensive online survey of the information practices of commercial Web sites, including sites directed to children, conducted in March 1998; an examination of current industry guidelines governing information practices online; and the record developed in Commission hearings and workshops held since 1995." In addition, the site offers tips on how to protect personal information, transcripts of relevant congressional testimony, useful information about protecting your privacy while you "travel" the Net, and FTC pamphlets on consumer protection and privacy information, among other features. Source: Scout Report, June 12, 1998.
(Last checked 07/12/98)

Feds on the Web
http://woodrow.mpls.frb.fed.us/info/sys/links.html
This site provides links to all of the Federal Reserve Banks and Board of Governors. The list of unique types of information offered at each site is described. A mailing address and telephone number links is also provided. Source: LLRX Links on the Net, June 1, 1998.
(Last checked 07/24/98)

Financial Information from US Government Agencies
http://209.239.32.240/econom/resources/slabf98w/index.htm
Originally presented at the June 6, 1998 Special Libraries Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN, Financial Information from US Government Agencies by Miriam Ciochon and Ernie Evangelista is now available in slide presentation format. Slide topics cover the most prolific web-based government resources for economic, banking, and finance research with special consideration of the distinctions between text-based information and data-oriented sites. Web addresses and organizational titles are clearly displayed with concise summaries of site features. A non-graphical view option is also helpful for copying useful information for future reference. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, July 30, 1998.
(Last checked 08/05/98)

Fish FAQs: A Bouillabaisse of Fascinating Facts About Fish
http://www.wh.whoi.edu/faq/
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service provides this wonderful site offering a myriad of answers to frequently asked fish questions. If your questions include "Do fish sleep?" or "How does a scallop move?" or "What is 'tomalley'?", you are sure to find the answers here--as well as many other fascinating fish facts. Answers are thorough, and many are accompanied by color graphics, tables, and photographs to illustrate principles and provide examples. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, July 22, 1998.
(Last checked 08/24/98)

FOIA Sites
http://www.citizen.org/public_citizen/litigation/foic/foiasite.html
A compilation of federal agency FOIA web sites; some provide FOIA reports. Source: LLRX Link in the News, May 1, 1998.
(Last checked 07/24/98)

For the Record 1997: The UN Human Rights System
http://www.hri.ca/fortherecord1997/
Produced by Human Rights Internet (HRI), this six volume report provides a country-by-country overview of human rights issues with links to relevant UN documents. The first volume includes an introduction, an appendix of UN bodies and mechanisms, a discussion of methodological and technical issues, and notes on major developments in the United Nations human rights system during 1997. The remaining volumes contain individual country reports, grouped by region. Each report contains links to treaties and reports to treaty bodies on a number of key topics. These include: Land and People; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Civil and Political Rights; Discrimination against Women; and Rights of the Child. Additional resources at the site include an internal search engine. Source: Scout Report, June 19, 1998.
(Last checked 07/29/98)

Forest Insect & Disease Leaflets
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/nr/fid/fidlpage.htm
The US Forest Service has made available these informative leaflets on forest insects and diseases. Users may browse the Master Directory by species common name or select the Western or Eastern directories. More than 170 leaflets are listed, from Mountain Pine Beetle to Two-lined Chestnut Borer; note that a few leaflets are available only in [.pdf] format, and not all are available online. Online leaflets offer text of life history, hosts, associated insects, and control techniques; color photographs and a reference section complete each account. Most accounts were written in the 1970's and 1980's, but much of the information is still widely applicable. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, August 5, 1998.
(Last checked 08/24/98)

Government Resources on the Internet
http://www.virtualchase.com/govdoc/index.htm
Cindy Pitchon and Genie Tyburski announce the makeover of their workshop web site. In addition to a new look, the site offers many new links and several new features including:

  • a search feature
  • a new section on finding presidential information
  • a new section on finding documents related to legislative histories
    Government Resources on the Internet corresponds to a six-hour workshop by the same title. The class and the site help researchers find government documents and information on the Internet. Source: Genie Tyburski, Research Librarian, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; telephone: (215) 864-8151; fax: (215) 864-8999; e-mail: tyburski@virtualchase.com, via LAWSRC-L, July 20, 1998.

    Governments on the Web
    http://www.gksoft.com/govt/en/
    This site has groupings of links under these areas: Worldwide Governments on the WWW, European Governments on the WWW, African Governments on the WWW, American Governments on the WWW, Asian Governments on the WWW, and Oceanian Governments on the WWW. There are also categories of links encompassing Multinational Organizations, Parliaments, Law courts and several others. File size of the large collections are listed. Compiled by Gunnar Anzinger and sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Source: LLRX Links in the News, June 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/24/98)

    Green Web of Knowledge
    http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/ala/index.html
    One responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency is to provide the public with information about the environment. Stressing the theory that individuals can make a difference, this site from the Great Lakes National Program Office provides information for individuals. Within the Home and Garden section, citizens can learn about how to conserve water and energy, landscape naturally, and create a healthy home. Resources for concerned community members, planners, and educators within the Great Lakes region are highlighted under the Community section. The Webs of Life section informs visitors about the Great Lakes ecosystem, in general, and ozone depletion and wetlands preservation, in particular. Librarian's Links provides a categorized listing of EPA resources on the internet. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, July 22, 1998. Also mentioned as USA Today, Hot Site, July 30, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/24/98)

    Health, United States, 1998
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/data/hus98.pdf
    Health, United States, 1998 is the 22nd report on health and disease in the nation submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the President and Congress. Compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the report examines national trends in health and disease statistics. The Highlights section features the major findings while this year's Chartbook (each year focuses on a major health topic) examines the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. The results of this examination are discussed in the press release. Numerous detailed tables and figures are included. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, August 11, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/14/98)

    House of Commons Library Research Papers
    http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rpintro.htm
    The UK House of Commons has recently created a site that offers access to the full text of Research Papers (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) which are compiled for the benefit of British Members of Parliament by the staff of the House of Commons Library. An occasional series focusing on topics of current parliamentary interest, the papers, "aim to be politically impartial and contain factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject covered." Recently released titles include: "EU Enlargement: The Political Process," "EU Enlargement: The Financial Consequences," "Northern Ireland: political developments since 1972," "The local elections of 7 May 1998 and the London Referendum," and "Unemployment by Constituency: Welfare-to-work groups - April 1998." Source: Scout Report, June 5, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/20/98)

    How to Get It: A Guide to Defense-Related Information Resources
    This classic reference tool, now available in a new edition, is arranged alphabetically for finding publications, organizations, and other reference sources specifically related to defense documents. There are more than 2,500 entries including Web site URLs and email addresses, wherever possible. In addition, there are appendices for foreign resources, commonly used order forms, and topic specific links to DTIC subject categories. All this information is in one 592-page book for only $11.00. To order this handy resource, use order number ADA346513/IAG, and one of the options below:

  • Telephone: Commercial (703) 767-8274; DSN 427-8274; Toll Free: 1-800-225-3842 (menu selection 1, option 1)
  • Facsimile: Commercial (703) 767-9070; DSN 427-9070
  • Email: or
  • Internet: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/docorderform.html
    If you have any questions, contact Ms. Barbara Fox by telephone on 703-767-8041 or DSN 427-8041, or email at bjfox@dtic.mil.

    Human Development Report 1998
    http://www.undp.org/undp/hdro/98.htm
    The Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme has released the Human Development Report (HDR) 1998. This site provides a detailed summary of the report's contents and an agenda for action, outlining a comprehensive plan to change the world's consumption patterns in ways that will facilitate future human development. Appended to the HDR 1998 are three indices: the Human Development Index, the Gender-Related Development Index, and the Gender Empowerment Measure. Each index presents pertinent statistical measures and displays the data in a table format. The site also archives HDRs dating back to 1990 and supplies information on ordering the full report. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, September 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 10/06/98)

    The Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
    http://raceandhealth.hhs.gov/
    The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently created a site to disseminate information on its Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, a new strategy to "eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in six key areas of health status by the year 2010." From the site, users can access information about racial and ethnic health disparities in the six targeted areas: Infant Mortality, Cancer Screening and Management, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV Infection, and Child and Adult Immunizations. The site also features an overview of the initiative (including the text of the President's radio broadcast announcing the initiative), information on planned meetings and funding, a collection of related links, and a FAQ section. Source: Scout Report, July 10, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/07/98)

    Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullets
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/sctb/
    Kathy Amen's Browseable Index
    http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/doc/guides/tracers.htm
    The Library of Congress Science Tracers Bullet series is comprised of bibliographic guides designed to help persons locate published materials on a particular subject in the field of science and technology about which they have only a general knowledge. There is no browseable index, but you can search by keyword, title, or Tracer Bullet number if known. The second link provides a browseable index created by Kathy Amen at St. Mary's University in Texas.
    (Last checked 09/29/98)

    Medicare Consumer Publications (HCFA)
    http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/mcarpubs.htm
    The US Health Care Financing Administration provides this selection of consumer publications on Medicare, long-term care, and other health care issues. Users will find the 1997 Medicare Handbook, the 1997 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare, a guide to selecting a nursing home, information on skilled nursing facilities for Medicare beneficiaries, and an overview of Medicare Managed Care. Additional information is available on Medicare and mammograms, Medicare kidney coverage, Medicare home health care, and detecting consumer fraud. Source: Scout Report, June 19,1998.
    (Last checked 07/29/98)

    Michigan Catastrophic Claims Rebate
    http://www.housedems.com/RefundNow.html
    In an effort to help drivers find out about the status of their $180 insurance company refunds, House Democrats have posted a list of nearly 300 company phone numbers on their WWW page. Some companies have already sent policyholders their refund, part of $1.2 billion being returned this year from a surplus in the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. Money paid into the fund by drivers is used to cover the insurance costs of severe accident victims. Under pressure from the House and Governor Engler, the fund's board on March 18 agreed to the refund. Most of the largest companies have announced how the money will be returned to drivers, but many of the small ones doing business in the state have not. This information will help consumers get in touch with their insurance companies. Source : Lansing State Journal, June 19, 1998, p.3B.
    (Last checked 06/20/98)

    Michigan Consumer Statutes
    http://www.ag.state.mi.us/AGWebSite/consumer_and_business_info/index.htm
    Full-text of some 20 Michigan consumer protection statutes including Landlord-Tenent, Truth in Renting, Home Solitcitation Act, Home Improvement Act and Fax Advertising Act, courtesy of the Michigan Attorney General's Office. Page also contains links to a wide variety of consumer information from other sources as well such as the Federal Trade Commission.
    (Last checked 07/31/98)

    Michigan Elections and Voter Registration Statistics, 1994-1998
    http://www.sos.state.mi.us/election/vote.html
    Compiled and tabulated by the Michigan Secretary of State.
    (Last checked 08/07/98)

    Michigan Frequently Requested Acts
    http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/law/lawpubacts.html
    Another compilation of frequently requested Michigan Acts compiled by the Library of Michigan. Includes Adoption Code, Juvenile Code, Freedom of Information Act, Lemon Law (Autos), Library Privacy Act, Marriage Law, etc.
    (Last checked 07/31/98)

    Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Caucus
    http://www.housedems.com/
    A web site sponsored by the 58 democrats serving in the Michigan House of Representatives. Features include: Speaker's Office Policy Briefings Archive, Speaker's Office News and Views Archive, the Speaker's Week in Review, Current News and Views from the Democratic Perspective, and Education, A Capital Experience, covering everything from A Bill Becomes a Law to A HIstory of Michigan's Capital to an Interactive Photo Gallery of the renovations to Michigan's Capital to Trivia Facts About Michigan.
    (Last checked 06/08/98)

    Michigan in Brief, 1998-99
    http://www.michiganinbrief.org/
    Anyone interested in Michigan state government and public policy will be interested in this new handbook sponsored by the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Council of Michigan Foundations and prepared and published by Public Sector Consultants, Inc. The handbook addresses 65 Michigan public policy issues, presenting background, nonpartisan discussion of policy options, and sources of additional information; describes local government organization and the three branches of state government; explains the state budget process; contains useful appendices, including economic forecasts, census information and other data, and miscellanea; and describes the operation and role of the nonprofit sector, foundations, and United Way organizations in Michigan. All text, charts, graphs, and tables are accessible with any Internet browser and also in Adobe® Acrobat format. The web site also provides information on how to order a paper ($50)or CD-ROM version ($5) of this popular reference book. [Note: At first glance the Red Tape Editor has noticed some errors in the list of Foundation Center Cooperating Collections appearing under Appendix G. For example, it gives the wrong URL for the Michigan State University Library and lists a collection (Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools) no longer participating in the network.] Source: Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, MEL - Michigan Electronic Library, 117D Hatcher North, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1205; E-mail: dgallag@umich.edu; Phone: (313) 764-4000; Fax: (313) 764-3916, via Michlib-L, July 17,1998.
    (Last checked 07/22/98)

    Missing Pet Network (MPN)
    http://web3.aphis.usda.gov/mpn/anlost.html
    Believe it or not, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers some free help to people who have lost their pets. It's a listing service that links to missing-pet resources around the country. You can even submit a photo. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 13, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits
    http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Museum/
    Make a museum an even more powerful learning environment with the help of the Department of Education. A guide for kids between the ages of 4 and 12, this site suggests family activities before, during and after a visit. Along with links to online resources. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 21, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    NAFTA Connect
    http://www.naftaconnect.com/naftaconnect.archivos/other.html
    The archives section of this site provides a list of NAFTA related web sites. LLRX Links in the News, April 16, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/24/98)

    The NAFTA Home Page
    http://www.itaiep.doc.gov/nafta/nafta2.htm
    This page is hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce--International Trade Administration--Office of NAFTA & Inter-American Affairs Market Access and Compliance. The site provides access to the NAFTA Text, NAFTA Facts documents, The NAFTA Border Home Page, Additional Trade Related Resources, and Web Sites of Special Interest (i.e., NAALC, NADB, BECC, FTAA). Source: LLRX Links in the News, April 16, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/24/98)

    NASA at 40
    http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/nasa/index.html
    After 4 Decades, The Agency of the Future Is Left to Look Back. An online article by John Noble Wilford appearing in the New York Times.
    (Last checked 10/08/98)

    National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)
    http://www.usda.gov/nass/
    The United States Department of Agriculture created the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to provide up-to-date statistical information for agricultural producers, businesses, and organizations. Reports focus on stocks, prices, labor, weather, and chemical use as well as the production and prospects for crops and livestock. Data may be as specific as weekly state crop-weather bulletins (accessible by a clickable map of the US) or compose part of USDA NASS annual reports . Rankings of crops and commodities by state and NASS contacts and career information are also available. Geographic coverage and time series vary, but past information is archived and users may subscribe to an electronic mailing list for updates. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, June 4, 1998.
    (Last checked 06/22/98)

    National Atlas of the United States
    http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/
    Text Only
    http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/indext.html
    The USGS offers a National Atlas of the United States, an interactive resource that allows users to view part or all of the US and overlay any of fourteen layers of information including natural features, political boundaries, federal lands, roads, cities, or airports. These layers can be downloaded as compressed .tar.gz files. In addition, the atlas includes two Shockwave animation maps, one a clickable relief and elevation map, the other an animation of monthly vegetation growth in the lower 48 states in 1995. Source: Scout Report, June 26, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/07/98)

    National Library of Education (NLE)
    The Gateway to Educational Materials
    http://thegateway.org/
    Spurred by President Clinton's 1997 call to prioritize education in the Information Age, the National Library of Education (NLE) and the US Department of Education collaborated to create this one-stop educational resource. Current sites listed provide information, lesson plans, and activities pertaining to all K-12 subjects. Users can browse sites by subject or keyword, or they can search by subject, keyword, title, or full-text of the site description. GEM sources are derived from a consortium that includes the AskERIC Virtual Library, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Math Forum, Microsoft Encarta, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the US Department of Education. Future plans include the ability to search by state and national curriculum standards. Source: Scout Report, June 12, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/25/98)

    National Priorities Project
    http://www.natprior.org/
    The National Priorities Project says it has worked for 15 years to make our nation's budget priorities "something ordinary citizens can understand." Thanks to its Web site, more citizens than ever before have access to the organization's information: for example, what it calls the trade-off between excessive military spending and cuts in community-based programs. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 6, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    NetVet Veterinary Government and Law Resources
    http://netvet.wustl.edu/LAW.HTM
    A compilation of government and law links for the veterinarian.
    (Last checked 10/12/98)

    La Nina
    http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/lanina.html
    You thought all the strange weather conditions from El Nino might be a thing of the past maybe? Then you haven't heard about La Nina (a.k.a., "The Little Girl"), which tends to bring nearly opposite effects. Let NOAA fill you in with historical background and climate predictions. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, June 25, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    1998 OMB Watch Report on GILS
    http://www.ombwatch.org/ombw/info/gilsreport3.pdf
    OMB Watch, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that monitors the access to government information at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has published "Launch and Forget? An OMB Watch Report on the Implementation of the US Federal GILS." The report concludes that the implementation of GILS (Government Information Locator Service)--a cataloging standard for federal government information mandated by the Paper Reduction Act--has lagged because 33 agencies within the government have not yet made their records available online; moreover, many agencies who do post their records online do not update their holdings regularly. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, August 25, 1998.
    (Last checked 09/16/98)

    OSH.Net
    http://www.osh.net
    Finding information about occupational health and safety no longer means having to burrow through thick, unwieldy volumes of government reports. Just click your mouse over to OSH.NET for the latest on everything from chemical and construction safety to hazard control and violence in the workplace. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, June 5-7, 1998.
    (Last checked 06/08/98)

    Peace Corps
    http://www.peacecorps.gov/
    Peace Corps Essays
    http://www.peacecorps.gov/essays/index.html
    A recruiting tool for "the toughest job you'll ever love." It provides information about becoming a Peace Corps volunteer, the countries that the Peace Corps serves, programs for those who have completed Peace Corps service, and World Wise Schools, a Peace Corps K-12 learning resource. Perhaps the most subtle and powerful part of the site is the collection of over 50 essays by volunteers covering their experiences in all areas of the world. Writers range from John Coyne, who served in Ethiopia from 1962-64, to Lorena Alvarez, one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in South Africa. Source: Scout Report, June 12, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/25/98)

    Presidential Elections Atlas
    Atlas of United States Presidential Elections 1932-1996
    http://www.klipsan.com/usp32-96.htm
    This online volume (122 pages in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only), provided by Klipsan Press and edited by Alan Miller, is a graphical and numerical guide to each of the last seventeen US presidential elections. Sleek and elegant in design, it clearly conveys geographical trends in presidential voting over the last 65 years. For each election, data tables chart the popular vote for several parties (numbers and percentages included), and maps show which candidate won what state, as well as percentages of votes by state for the major parties and important other parties. Percentage maps are either "electoral strength" or "equal count distribution," depending on whether the candidate won or lost. Methodology is explained in the preface. While the electronic text is an admitted advertisement for a print book (as evidenced by the fact that the file cannot be printed), this is still an excellent reference resource to save to the desktop and use whenever the need arises. Source: Scout Report, July 3, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/07/98)

    The Progress of Nations 1998
    http://www.unicef.org/pon98/
    UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) has placed its annual report, Progress of Nations, online. The report examines the situation of children in the world today and reviews how nations have actively addressed children's social and health situations. The 1998 report specifically addresses children's civil rights, including the right to be registered at birth, a right that makes possible access to health and education benefits. Also addressed in this year's report: the progress of childhood immunization programs, issues related to adolescence in developing countries, and the struggles of the homeless in industrialized countries. The Statistical Tables provide "a summary of the year 2000 goals agreed to by almost all nations at the 1990 World Summit for Children." The full report is available in .pdf format at the web site. Source: Scout Report, July 10, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/06/98)

    Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/religion.html
    This magnificent companion site to a new US Library of Congress exhibit draws upon the holdings of the Library and other archives to illustrate the importance of religion in the founding and making of America during the 17th through 19th centuries. The site is divided into eight parts, including America as a Religious Refuge, Religion and the American Revolution, and Religion and the New Republic. Each section consists of background information and thumbnail images of manuscript fragments, portraits, book title pages, documents, or other artifacts. These images, which users can enlarge by clicking on the thumbnails, are contextualized by the accompanying detailed captions and bibliographical information. In addition to the over 200 images, the site contains a complete object list of the exhibition. Source: Scout Report, June 12, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/25/98)

    The Space Place
    http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/spacepl.htm
    The Space Place demonstrates and explains scientific concepts related to astronomy in a fun, hands-on manner that is tailored to grade school children. Sponsored by NASA, the California Institute of Technology, and a consortium of other technology partners, The Space Place offers a simple, clutter-free forum where children can learn about such topics as stars, the earth, ions, and interferometry by baking cookies, navigating a maze, and solving a riddle. The explanations that follow the activities are clear and concise enough for even adults to understand. Source: Scout Report, August 14, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/17/98)

    State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, 1997-98
    http://www.census.gov/statab/www/smadb.html
    Acting as an annual supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the US Census Bureau's State and Metropolitan Area Data Book allows users to see how the nation's states and metro areas compare in everything from banking and births to wages and welfare. The 276-page publication features data for the fifty states, the District of Columbia and 315 metropolitan areas and their component counties and central cities. State and metropolitan rankings arranged in table format on topics such as population by age, average annual pay, and federal funds and grants may be viewed separately on site with additional rankings to be added in the near future. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, July 30, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/05/98)

    State of the Land
    http://www.nhq.nrcs.usda.gov/land/home.html
    This excellent new site, from the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, "provides data on land use and change, soil erosion and soil quality, water quality, wetlands, and other issues regarding the conservation and use of natural resources on non-Federal land in the United States." The site is searchable by keyword and is organized into five main sections: People on the Land; Analysis Maps & Publications; Water Quality, Wetlands; Cropping, Grazing Land; and NRCS National Conservation Priorities. Each main section offers further information on that topic, and hyperlinks take readers to related sites. Source: Scout Report on Science and Engineering, July 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/24/98)

    State Small Business Profiles (SBA)
    http://www.sba.gov/ADVO/stats/profiles/
    The Office of Advocacy of the US Small Business Administration profiles small businesses in all states for 1995-1997 and small businesses in the entire US for 1997 at this site. The profiles are snapshot views that include such topics as the number of businesses, income, minority businesses, turnover, finance, job growth, and industries. As such, they can help users quickly and easily gauge the state of small business in a state, a region, or the United States as a whole. Source: Scout Report, May 29, 1998.
    (Last checked 06/22/98)

    Sun Safety
    http://nic.fb4.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/uv_index/uvi_map.gif
    Get smart about getting sun. Check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a regular update on ultraviolet conditions in your area. A numbered map provides a quick-and-easy guide. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    Suspicious Internet Banking
    http://www.fdic.gov/consumer/suspicious/
    Internet banking is a hot financial field. But the FDIC wants to help make sure you don't get burned by it. The agency has launched a Suspicious Internet Banking site that lets you see if an institution has a legitimate charter. You can also report suspicious activities online. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 16, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    Taxpayer Scorecard
    http://scorecard.taxpayer.net/
    Taxpayers with a gripe about taxes have never had greater power to express themselves than in the age of the Web. This Common Sense Taxpayer Scorecard shows how. Check your representatives' voting records individually or by state. Backgrounders tell you about particular votes. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 31-August 2, 1998
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    Time Service Department, U.S. Naval Observatory
    http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/time.html
    Have you ever wondered, really wondered, what time it is? With the help of the US Naval Observatory (USNO) and its Time Services Department, you can find out. This Department serves as "the official source of time used in the United States," and the site contains selections on GPS satellite timing operations, the USNO Master Clock, devices for setting your computer to USNO time, a description of clocks of the future, downloadable software, and several other interesting and timely links. This site allows users to see exactly what time it is in any time zone in the world. Source: Scout Report, June 5, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/20/98)

    Title 44 Testimony, July 29, 1998
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/public-affairs/ppstmt.html
    Pubic Printer Micahel F. DiMario's testimony before Senate Rules on the bill to revise Title 44, Wednesday, July 29, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/04/98)

    Tobacco's Political Influence
    http://www.crp.org/alerts/v4/tobaccowebchart_1.html
    The Web helps give us added insight into what motivates our politicians. Find out, for example, how loud tobacco money talks on Capitol Hill. Here's a site compiled and maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics that breaks down political action committee contributions to senators according to their votes in a key action that killed anti-tobacco legislation last. Check out Senator Abraham's flip-flop on the issue, for example. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, June 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/02/98)

    Trade Compliance Center
    http://www.mac.doc.gov/
    This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and accessed from the department's Market Access Compliance site. It provides an online database whose goal is to help strengthen foreign compliance with international trade pacts. There are over 200 agreements accessible alphabetically, by country/region, by issue, or by using the search engine. There is market access information for nearly 100 countries which can be browsed by country, region, or report. The type of reports that are available are Country Commercial Guides, Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices, National Trade Estimate Reports , and Trade Policy Review Summaries. There is also a page of links to trade information Websites. Source: LLRX Links in the News, April 16, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/24/98)

    Truman Library Project Whistlestop
    http://www.whistlestop.org/
    50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of the Armed Forces Executive Order 9981-Truman Library
    http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/truman/9981.htm
    Desegregation of the Armed Forces Study Collection--Project Whistlestop
    http://www.whistlestop.org/study_collections/desegregation/large/desegregation.htm
    On July 26, 1948, President Truman signed Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the US armed forces. The Truman Library Website, hosted by the University of Texas, has placed online digitized and text versions of the order as well as a chronology of events leading to the order. Of more interest to researchers is the newly expanded collection of digitized original documents relating to desegregation at Project Whistlestop, the digital archive of the Truman Presidential Library. Whistlestop' collection contains over 750 pages of digitized documents. Selected by subject specialists, the documents range from press releases to letters to Truman's diary entries. As with the actual paper documents, the digitized items are divided into folders in no particular order. However, the site does provide a brief description of each document. Project Whistlestop, funded in part by a United States Technology Innovation Challenge Grant from the US Department of Education, is an outstanding online collection of primary documents and archival materials provided for student research projects. Source: Scout Report, July 17, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/13/98)

    UNICEF Voices of Youth
    http://www.unicef.org/voy/
    UNICEF's Voices of Youth teaches young people about current global issues and fosters discussion of these issues among children worldwide. Comprised of three educational forums: The Meeting Place, The Learning Place, and The Teachers Place--Voices of Youth explores, through collaborative projects and interactive learning modules, the role of young people in relation to issues of human rights, work, gender, environment, and war. Each international forum has very successfully encouraged lively discussion among youths; approximately 7000 children from more than 80 countries have participated in discussions thus far. The entire site is searchable and some sections are available in French and Spanish. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, September 8, 1998.
    (Last checked 10/08/98)

    United Nations Information Center on the Question of Palestine Database
    http://domino.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF?OpenDatabase
    Information About UNISPAL
    http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/qpal/UNISPAL.htm
    The United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights has made a portion of its 3,000 document database available on an experimental basis. Documents (in a Lotus Domino database), beginning with the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and running mostly from 1946 to the present, are accessible by date, subject, title, publishing entity, and type. Sources include press releases, Yearbook of the United Nations excerpts, DPR studies, and Secretary-General reports, among others. Unfortunately, the search interface does not work at this time, but the many browse access methods, and the amount of accessible material give this site great power. Source: Scout Report, June 5, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/20/98)

    United States and Allied Wartime and Postwar Relations and Negotiations With Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey on Looted Gold and German External Assets and US Concerns About the Fate of the Wartime Ustasha Treasury
    http://www.state.gov/www/regions/eur/rpt_9806_ng_links.html
    This US State Department report, a supplement to the Holocaust Assets report, is now online. While the report is in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format, a summary is available in text, as is a "special briefing" by Under Secretary Stuart Eizenstat that also summarizes main findings. The report itself is mainly an accounting of how the Nazis used the money they obtained from the gold they looted "to purchase critical war materials from the other neutral countries necessary to sustain the war effort: Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey." There is a separate chapter on each country, as well as one on Croatia's Ustasha regime. Source: Scout Report, June 5, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/20/98)

    US Decennial Life Tables 1991-1989
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/products/pubs/pubd/lftbls/decenn/1991-89.htm
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics has recently released this series of publications (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only) that provide death rates calculated using "data from the 1990 Census of Population and deaths occurring in the United States to residents of the United States during the 3-year period, 1989-91." At present, 46 volumes are available (the US, the District of Columbia, and 44 states). Data are broken out by age, sex, and race. For each age, the tables list the proportion dying, the number living and dying per 100,000, the stationary population, and the average remaining lifetime. Complete documentation is available. What makes these publications so fascinating is the granularity of age breakdown, basically a year-by-year breakdown from birth to age 110. Source: Scout Report, June 12, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/25/98)

    U.S. Federal Government Acronyms and Abbreviations
    http://www.fed.gov/infohwy/gov_acro.html
    The General Services Administration Messaging Program Management Office provides this list of acronyms and abbreviations.
    (Last checked 10/08/98)

    US Government Blue Pages Online Directory
    http://bp.fed.gov/
    This site allows users to locate government services telephone numbers anywhere in the nation. Currently, the user is only able to access the America Anywhere nationwide directory by clicking on the Web Pages (Images) or PDF file link. Instead of being listed by government organization as in past "blue pages" in the print telephone directories, the telephone numbers are now listed by service. By mid-summer it is predicted that the online directory will be searchable. Individual state directories are not yet online. Source: LLRX Links in the News, July 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/27/98)

    U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference Collection
    (Columbia University Libraries Documents Service Center
    http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/dsc/readyref.html
    A handy bookmark to 135 of frequently used government documents (almost all of which are hyperlinked) in fourteen areas, including agriculture, business, economics and labor, crime, government and law, and transportation. The power of this site is its selectivity. Bookmarking it guarantees users a government documents librarian to help answer most general questions about the US. Note: Also provides Superintendent of Documents call numbers for items, which can facilitate access to the print resources included in the list. Source: Scout Report, June 26, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/07/98)

    U.S. Newswire
    http://www.usnewswire.com
    U.S. Newswire is the wire service for news from the U.S. government and other public policy news sources. You can obtain news releases, advisories, and statements for free by clicking on the Top News icon. Clicking on the Links icon provides links to the websites of USN clients. For more in-depth information, a subscription charge is involved. These charges are described under the Use It icon. Source: LLRX Links in the News, March 16, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/24/98)

    War Casualty Lists
    http://www.nara.gov/nara/electronic/korvnsta.html
    The National Archives and Records Administration offers a kind of online war memorial. You'll find state-level casualty lists for the Korean and Vietnam wars. A clickable map lets you select a state; names are sorted alphabetically. Source: USA Today, Hot Site, July 30, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/04/98)

    Water Science for Schools
    http://wwwga.usgs.gov/edu/indexjs.html
    Chock full of information about water, the US Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools is an enjoyable site for educators and students alike. From Water Basics to Special Topics, the site is easily navigable and teaches students about the importance of water in their everyday lives. Confused about terminology? A complete glossary defines terms used within the site and in the water field in general. An activity center lets educators and students put newly gained knowledge to work. The picture gallery, which is divided into four categories for easy browsing, shows water in action and human and animal interactions with water. Source: Scout Report for the Sciences and Engineering, July 8, 1998.
    (Last checked 07/28/98)

    Women's Bureau "Don't Work in the Dark, Know Your Rights Series
    Age Discrimination
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/age.htm
    Disability Discrimination
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/disabled.htm
    Family and Medical Leave
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/fmla.htm
    Pregnancy Discrimination
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/pregnant.htm
    Sexual Harassment
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/sexual.htm
    Wage Discrimination
    http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/wb_pubs/wage.htm
    The Women's Bureau has provided a series of online publications for working women worth checking in. Individual titles are indicated.
    (Last checked 08/04/98)

    Workplace Crime, 1992-96
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/wv96.htm
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice has recently released a report, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, estimating the scope of workplace crime in the US. Supported by data from 1992 through 1996, the report outlines the types of workplace crimes, the frequency of crimes, the characteristics of offenders and victims, the relationships between offenders and victims, the professional distribution of victims, and the number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies. Data is also included from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to describe the occurrence of workplace homicide. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, August 11, 1998.
    (Last checked 08/14/98)



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