With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Administrative Codes and Registers: State by State
American Memory Project Updated
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present
Canadian Government Information
Center for Environmental Information and Statistics (CEIS)
CIA, The Real
Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
CRS Reports Available from the National Library of the Environment
EDPubs Online Ordering System
Election Statistics (Clerk of the House)
Electronic Books and Pamphlets Library (Government Documents)
Fall Color Hotline
Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
Foreign Relations of the United States
Frederick Douglas
Geographic Learning Site
George Washington Papers, Second Release
GODORT Handout Exchange
Governor Engler's Inaugeral Address
GPO Releases Report On Depository Libraries and Electronic Access
Impeachment House Resolution 611
Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton
Impeachment Report (H.Rpt.105-830)
Impeachment Vote Resources
In Congress Now
Independent States of the World
IRS Display Racks Available Free
Kids' Castle
Mapping the National Identity
Michigan County Economic Profiles
Michigan Department of Corrections
National Atlas of the United States
Occupational Classification System Manual
Online Map Lists Available from USGS
Patterns of Global Terrorism
Political Violence Against Americans, Significant Incidents of
Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them
Safe Schools. Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to...
Social Security Online
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 1997
Speech and Transcript Center (George Washington University)
State of World Population 1998
Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1998
Supreme Court Guide
Treaty Research: Sources and Tips
Truth and Reconcilation Commission Final Report (South Africa)
UNESCO Electronic Document Management System
United Kingdom, Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
United Nations Treaty Collection
United States Department of State Policy Issues
U.S. Mission to th European Union
United States Missions Online
Wild and Scenic Rivers Home Page
World Bank Group Web Site Relaunched
World Development Report, 1998/99

Administrative Codes and Registers
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) sponsors this Web site which provides a straightforward chart of hypertext links, organized alphabetically by state, to bulletins, journals, registers, and codes. NASS supplies a valuable service by offering comprehensive access to state administrative codes and regulations that are often unavailable through commercial legal database services. The availability of data varies from state to state, but Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington state offer excellent coverage.
(Last checked 01/20/99)

As part of the Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) initiative, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created this site to keep the public informed about air pollution and its effect on health. Recently, the EPA added a map of the full domain of their pilot-scale program, 21 Eastern and Midwestern states, so that visitors can view ozone levels from Missouri to Maine. The site provides daily, regional ozone maps, health facts, real-time data by state, and ozone forecasts. Past ozone maps are available in Map Archives. Citizens who are interested in reducing air pollution will benefit from the EPA's tips. Source: Scout Report, September 4, 1998.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

American Memory Project Update
African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873 (Second Release)
The US Library of Congress's American Memory project has premiered a new collection and substantially updated a second. The first is an online exhibit showcasing the Library's extensive African-American collections. It traces the African-American experience through nine chronological periods that document the long and difficult path from slavery to Reconstruction to the fight for civil and social equality in the twentieth century. This virtual exhibit is similar to a physical one in that the emphasis is on the historical materials rather than explanatory text. Users will find images of a wide range of rare books, manuscripts, government documents, sheet music, movie posters, and photographs. The second site, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation has been increased from 4,400 image pages to over 23,000, chronicling the history of the early American lawmaking bodies from 1774-1793. New additions include the _Journals of the Continental Congress_, _Elliot's Debates_, and _Farrand's Records_, bringing the current number of titles to eight. As before, all are available both as digital facsimile images and as searchable texts. The only exception is _The Annals of Congress_ (1789-1793), which is available as digital facsimile images accompanied by searchable indexes and page headings. Source: Scout Report, September 25, 1998.
(Last checked 10/30/98)

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present
This site provides biographies of members of the U.S. Congress and the Continental Congress since 1774. Delegates who served in Congress from the territories are also listed. There are also links to a wealth of information about the U.S. Congress in general. Source: LLRX, December 1, 1998.
(Last checked 12/01/98)

Canadian Government Information on the Internet
Canadian Government Information on the Internet (CGII) serves as a reference guide to publicly available government information, providing access to a wealth of Internet-based resources. CGII consists of seven sections: Major Sites, Federal Information, Provincial Information, Municipal Information, Discussion Lists, Library Catalogues, and Electronic Journals. Each section contains an orderly collection of annotated links. The strengths of CGII, as a metasite collocating Canadian government information, reside in its thoughtful organization and the usefulness of its well-written annotations. CGII is maintained by the Government of Canada's Depository Services Program (DSP); content is contributed by document specialists nationwide, and CGII's creator, Anita Cannon, a reference librarian at Mount Allison University, acts as the managing editor. CGII is also available in French. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, November 17, 1998.
(Last checked 12/30/98)

Center for Environmental Information and Statistics (CEIS)
Created in 1997 as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's national commitment to "improve public access" to EPA's information resources, the new Center for Environmental Information and Statistics (CEIS) Website "provides access to integrated information on environmental quality, status and trends." Available at the site are Environmental Profiles (for each US state, county, and territory), a substantial, searchable Digital Library of Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Atlas, offering "full-color, national and state maps... covering a wide range of natural resources." This impressive Website will prove valuable to researchers and educators, alike. Source: Scout Report for the Sciences and Engineering, September 16, 1998.
(Last checked 10/31/98)

CIA, The Real
This special report is based on the New York Times Television documentary, "The Real C.I.A.: Enemies, Secrets and Spies." With text by Tim Weiner, the Times Washington correspondent who narrated the report, it includes video clips from the documentary and articles from the New York Times archives.
(Last checked 12/08/98)

Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders, April 13, 1945, through January 20,1989
The Codification provides in one convenient reference source proclamations and Executive orders with general applicability and continuing effect. It covers April 13, 1945, through January 20, 1989, spanning the administrations of Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan." Source: Cindi Wolff, USDOI Library, e-mail: cindi_wolff@ios.doi.gov; GOVDCO-L, December 17,1998.
(Last checked 12/18/98)

CRS Reports available from the National Library for the Environment
A dozen new Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports and six updated CRS reports have been posted at the National Library for the Environment site. The reports cover air quality, the tobacco settlement, ozone depletion, the Earth Summit, federal protection and habitat conservation of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, NAFTA, salvage timber sales, gold mining in Yellowstone, and the World Solar Summit, among other topics. Source: Scout Report for Science and Engineering, November 11, 1998.
(Last checked 12/07/98)

EDPubs Online Ordering System
The US Department of Education recently launched this site to offer one-stop, public access to free copies of publications, posters, videos, CD-ROMS, and a comprehensive array of other Department of Education products. Users can browse by topic or conduct either a keyword or advanced search to locate items of interest, which can be ordered at the site. There is currently a one item per order limit. A number of resources are available in Spanish, as well as alternate formats such as Braille, large print, disks, and captioned videotapes. Source: Scout Report, September 25, 1998.
(Last checked 10/30/98)

Election Statistics (Clerk of the House)
The Office of the Clerk of the US House of Representatives has been publishing official statistics for federal elections since 1920. However, many of these statistical documents have been out of print for several years. To make this valuable information readily available to students and researchers, the Clerk of the House has provided all previously published federal election statistics on the Web. At this site, biennial election data from 1920 to 1996 can be viewed in .pdf format. Data for the last three federal elections are also available as HTML files. Each file contains vote counts from every state and territory in the US for congressional and presidential elections. Source: Scout Report, October 16, 1998.
(Last checked 12/09/98)

Electronic Books and Pamphlets Library (Government Documents Collection)
University of Buffalo Libraries
Arranged by Subject Categories
In keeping with the Federal Depository Library Program mandate to promote a "more electronic library," the Acquisitions staff of Central Technical Services at the University at Buffalo Libraries has created an innovative region on the University at Buffalo Libraries' Website devoted to electronic government documents. The section encompasses United States federal documents received through the depository program, as well as, Canadian, New York State, and Erie County, New York documents. What makes this site truly unique, is that while many of the documents are links to exisiting government sources already posted on the Internet, many others have been digitized or scanned locally. Access is three-fold. Electronic versions of documents are arranged alphabetically, by title and by government agency, as well as sorted into eighteen searchable subject categories. Publications which have been selected for inclusion appeal to a broad spectrum of the population and provide information to individuals in may areas important to their daily lives. Source: MaryEllen Donathen, Acqusitions Department, Lockwood Library Bldg., SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260; donathen@acsu.buffalo.edu; telephone: 716-645-2305. GOVDOC-L, March 2, 1998.
(Last checked 10/29/98)

Fall Color Hotline
The USDA Forest Service maintains this site, offering information and weekly updates on locations and intensities of fall leaf colors across the US. From Maine to Utah, curious "leaf peepers" will find insights on the current status of fall colors. Biological information is provided as well as recreational information. Two sections, entitled "Why Leaves Change Color" and "The Chemistry of Fall Colors" shed light on some of the biological explanations behind colorful leaves. Source: Scout Report on the Sciences and Engineering, September 30, 1998.
(Last checked 10/22/98)

Want to know what your tax dollars are doing? Or would you rather just know what's going on in the House and Senate? FedNet is sort of the C-Span of the Web: it gives you the day's schedule of congressional hearings and events, then lets you go straight to the action, such as it is, using RealAudio for a live sound feed. You can listen in on committee hearings, get the spin via interviews with the pols, and even listen to what you missed by delving into the archives. For those who want to stay abreast of our country's history in the making -- or simply for those suffering from insomnia -- this is an indispensable site. Requires RealAudio. Source: Yahoo Internet Life.
(Last checked 11/14/98)

Foreign Consular Offices in the U.S.
This publication contains a complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States, and recognized consular officers. Compiled by the U.S. Department of State, with the full cooperation of the foreign in Washington, it is offered as a convenience to organizations and persons who must deal with consular representatives of foreign governments. It has been designed with particular attention to the requirements of government agencies, state tax officials, international trade organizations, chambers of commerce, and judicial authorities who have a continuing need for handy access to this type of information.
(Last checked 10/13/98)

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 350 individual volumes. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies. This web site provides a complete list of volumes, plus full text copies of more recent volumes in the series. Volumes not available electronically are available in many Federal Depository Libraries such as the Michigan State University Library.
(Last checked 10/13/98)

Frederick Douglass--National Park Service
American Visionaries
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
A champion of human rights, as well as a brilliant orator and author, Frederick Douglass was one of the most influential leaders of social reform during the nineteenth century. This online exhibit, provided by the National Park Service's Museum Management Program as part of its American Visionaries series, chronicles the history of Douglass, his ideas, and his influence. The site features a time line and several articles, but the strength of this exhibit is its numerous images, provided by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, December 1, 1998.
(Last checked 12/31/98)

Geographic Learning Site-US State Department [Flash, Frames]
Text-only version:
Designed by the State Department's Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, the Geographic Learning Site (GLS) functions as an instructional resource for teaching world geography and international affairs to K-12 students. The GLS, especially the Challenging World section, emphasizes the five geographic themes delineated by the National Geography Standards: location, place, human/ environment interaction, population movement, and regions. The site is divided into four major sections. The first, Where Do US Diplomats Work?, provides teachers and students with information about US embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic posts located in countries worldwide, including maps and data about every nation. In Traveling With the Secretary, students are able to "follow" Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on a recent diplomatic visit to gain a better understanding of foreign affairs. The Challenging World section, which is divided into three subsections based on grade level, explores geographic topics associated with the Secretary of State's "seven key national interests to guide international relations." The fourth major section, World Geographic News, posts information about cartographic and geographic issues recently in the news. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, December 15, 1998.
(Last checked 12/22/98)

George Washington Papers, Second Release of
The Library of Congress (LOC) National Digital Library has recently made the second Web release of the George Washington Papers. The first release featured Series 2, a collection of 41 letterbooks dating from 1774 to 1799. This second release contains Series 2 and also incorporates Series 3, 44 letterbooks from the Revolutionary War Period, and Series 5, 34 volumes of financial papers dated 1750 to 1796 (most of which have not been published previously). Together, these new additions total approximately 23,000 images offering excellent insights into both the Continental Army and Washington's private, public, and military households. All three series can be searched by keywords or phrases. Additional resources at this unparalleled online resource for studying Washington and the young American republic include a comprehensive bibliography, a timeline, and three essays on the Washington Papers. Source: Scout Report, August 28, 1998.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

GODORT Handout Exchange
The GODORT Handout Exchange has just been updated with the new guides contributed by members over the past few months. They range from a scholarly view of the Internet and self-studies to documents on selenium, construction management, legislation, and the Community 2020 CD-ROM. There's even a new section on staff reference training. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and to Larry Romans for organizing it all.
In case you missed last summer's message, you can now contribute the URL for a guide directly to the handout exchange. There's a box at the top of each web page that links to the form. Since URLs don't appear on the handout exchange disks you can purchase, there's a "What's New" page to track them. As a "friend" of both GODORT's Education Committee and GITCO, I'm especially anxious to receive web guides to government CD-ROMs. But don't let that limit you. Links to introductory documents department web pages should still be sent to Lily Wai at Idaho [lwai@uidaho.edu] so we don't duplicate efforts. Good soul that she is, Lily even agreed to this. Source: Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, The University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205; e-mail: graceyor@umich.edu; phone: (734) 936-2378; fax: (734) 764-0259. GOVDOC-L, October 13, 1998.
(Last checked 12/16/98)

Governor Engler's Inaugeral Address
For the first time ever, the Governor of Michigan's Inaugeral Address was carried live via the web by Livestream Netcast. In case you missed the Governor's speech, his third inaugeral address, this site contains a copy of "Michigan: A Legacy of Liberty".
(Last checked 01/04/98)

GPO Releases Report On Depository Libraries and Electronic Access
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has recently released "Managing the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Electronic Collection: A Policy and Planning Document." The Federal Depository Library Program, which consists of almost 1,400 libraries across the country, makes available government information to the public. As the public increasingly is turning to electronic information, GPO has worked to develop an electronic collections plan. The report outlines the policies for developing and maintaining the collection and makes clear the distinctions between GPO's role and that of the National Archives. GPO will not retain the original record copy and agencies are still required to develop appraisal schedules for the transfer of electronic records to the National Archives, even if these records are part of the GPO's electronic collection. Source: Page Miller, pagem@CapAccess.org, NCC Washington Update, Vol. 4, no. 44, November 10, 1998.
(Last checked 11/10/98)

Impeachment House Resolution 611
House Resolution 611, "Impeaching William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, for High Crimes and Misdemeanors,"—which was referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed—is now available via GPO Access in ASCII and PDF format. The full House Report 105-830 will be available soon. Source: Paula Kaczmarek, Manager, Government Documents, e-mail: pkaczma@detroit.lib.mi.us; telephone: (313) 833 1025; GOVDOC-M, December 16, 1998.
(Last checked 12/18/98)

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
At the end of the US Civil War, Vice President Andrew Johnson took office as the seventeenth President of the US after Abraham Lincoln's assassination. During Johnson's four-year term as a Democratic President (1865-69), his lenient Reconstruction policies toward the former Confederacy upset the Radical Republicans who controlled Congress. In response to Johnson's highhandedness, the House of Representatives voted articles of impeachment against the President, and he was tried, and subsequently exonerated, before the Senate in 1868. This site explains the key political issues behind Johnson's impeachment, details the legal and political arguments for impeachment, provides biographies and portraits for 28 key figures related to the trial, and chronicles Johnson's term as President. An instructional game that simulates the impeachment process is also included. The majority of content at this site is provided by over 200 excerpts—including images—from Harper's Weekly, the most prominent publication of the era. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, December 1, 1998.
(Last checked 12/31/98)

Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton
Compilation of web links and relate information by Grace York, University of Michigan Documents Center. Source: GOVDOC-L, December 30, 1998.
(Last checked 01/04/99)

Impeachment Report (H.Rpt.105-830): "Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States"
Prepared by the Committee on Judiciary.
(Last checked 12/28/98)

Impeachment Vote:
Clinton Accused--Washingtonpost.com
The President Under Fire -- The New York Times
Investigation of the President--C-SPAN.org
Guide to Impeachment and Censure Materials Online—JURIST: The Law Professors' Network
The Impeachment Debate--Online NewsHour, PBS
Impeachment Inquiry of President Bill Clinton--National Public Radio
Impeachment Inquiry--Committee on the Judiciary, US House of Representatives
This week's In the News focuses on the forthcoming debate and vote in the US House of Representatives. These seven resources provide background information, primary materials, recent news, political commentary, and legal analysis. On Friday and Saturday of last week, the House Judiciary Committee, after weeks of partisan debate, drafted and approved four articles of impeachment against President William Clinton. The first article alleges that Clinton, during his appearance before a grand jury last August, "provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony" concerning his lawsuit with Paula Jones and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The second article also alleges that Clinton committed perjury, citing two instances of misleading testimony given in Paula Jones case: the first occurring in December 1997 during Clinton's responses to written questions, the second occurring during his January deposition. The third article of impeachment alleges that Clinton, in relation to the Jones case, committed acts that "prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice" in seven instances between December 7, 1997 and January 26, 1998. The fourth and final article alleges that Clinton abused his presidential power by proffering false statements to Congress in his answers to the 81 questions that were asked of him last month during the Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry. On Thursday, the four articles of impeachment will be introduced, debated, and voted on by the 435 members of the House. If a majority of representatives endorses one or more of the articles, then Clinton will be tried in the Senate, wherein a two-thirds majority vote is required to remove the president from office. Political pundits believe that the imminent vote for impeachment is contingent upon the decisions of about two dozen moderate Republicans who are publicly undecided about the vote.

Clinton Accused, a special report provided by Washingtonpost.com, is the best resource for locating information on the impeachment procedures. The site offers background information, posts the latest news, profiles nearly thirty key people in the "tangled web of accusations facing the president," presents several photo galleries, and provides full-text access to primary materials, including hearing transcripts and legal documents. In addition, users may search the Clinton Accused database, which contains all primary materials and a news archive. The President Under Fire is part of the Issue in Depth series in The New York Times on the Web. The site contains many of the features of Clinton Accused as well as many audio and video clips. C-SPAN.org's Investigation of the President provides detailed congressional information regarding the impending impeachment, including multimedia coverage of recent events and an archive of key documents not provided by other news sources. For citizens "interested in developing a better understanding" of the legal processes dominating the news, JURIST: The Law Professors' Network has produced the Guide to Impeachment and Censure Materials Online. This comprehensive guide links users to online resources divided into ten sections: Impeachment Primers, Constitutional and Statutory Provisions on Impeachment, Impeachments in History, Impeachment Procedures, Cases on Impeachment, Censure, Clinton Controversy, Academic Opinion, Public Opinion, and Further Reading. PBS's Online NewsHour publishes political analysis and commentary at The Impeachment Debate Website. National Public Radio will broadcast live audio coverage of the forthcoming impeachment proceedings and post online reports at a special site, Impeachment Inquiry of President Bill Clinton. Impeachment Inquiry, a site of the Committee on the Judiciary of the US House of Representatives, provides official reports, statements, and resolutions released by the committee. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, December 15, 1998.
(Last checked 12/22/98)

In Congress Now
The Office of Tom DeLay, the Majority Whip of the US House of Representatives, provides this up-to-the-minute account of House floor proceedings. When the House is in session, this site reports floor business as it happens in a reverse chronological scroll, while posting an updated image of the action. In addition to the advantages of instantaneous coverage, this site affords users access to legislative information. Reported floor activity pertaining to a particular bill links directly to the text and the status of that bill via THOMAS. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, October 6, 1998.
(Last checked 12/14/98)

Independent States of the World
Lists all countries officially recognized by the U.S., including official names and capitals. Also contains a list of dependencies and areas of special sovereignty.
(Last checked 10/13/98)

IRS Display Racks Available for Free
Libraries do a lot of hard work for the IRS, so when a freebie is available, take full advantage of it, I say. Are you all aware you are eligible for free display racks under the BPOL program? I just received my two FREE racks and they are nice. Worth the long, back-ordered wait. They are the same ones you order from Gaylord (pg. 355 - Literature Display Racks) in a classy black. There are no IRS logos or signage so you can use it for displaying handouts, etc. the rest of the year. To get your free display racks:

  1. Call the BPOL hotline at 800-829-2765
  2. Have your BPOL account number ready. Its the 6-digit number at the top center of your BPOL order form.
  3. Tell them you want some display racks. They'll add it to your current order.
Source: Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, MEL - Michigan Electronic Library, 117D Hatcher North, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1205; Phone:(734) 615-0668; Fax: (734) 764-3916; E-mail: dgallag@umich.edu; via Michlib-L, December 14, 1998.

Kids' Castle
Smithsonian Magazine recently unveiled the Kids' Castle Website to capture the interest and imagination of eight to fourteen year-old kids. The site features a link of the day and topical entry into site sections in the major areas of History, Arts, Worldwide, Personalities, Sports, Air & Space, Science, and Animals. Each of these sections features articles and images from the Smithsonian archives as well as safe (first name and last initial only) response options that will be posted for all to read. Links to additional, related sites are included. Brief articles and singular graphics optimize the content at the site; other exemplary design features include a pull-down menu at the bottom of the screen that allows users to go to any general topic area from every point in the site. Kids can also join the Kids Club at the site to receive a monthly newsletter via email that contains poems and stories from ordinary kids, articles, and notification of upcoming contests and games. Source: Scout Report, October 23, 1998.
(Last checked 12/09/98)

Mapping the National Identity
States Brace for Year 2000 Census
State demographers and knowledgeable state officials applaud the plan to provide data over the Internet, noting that everyone from city managers to fifth-graders will have unfettered access. But they also worry that Census is planning to rely too heavily and too quickly on a publishing medium that still is not accessible to everyone. As a result, they expect that slack will have to be picked up by state data centers-state-run offices that act as middlemen between Census and jurisdictions by receiving basic census data and using it to calculate complex, value-added demographic and socioeconomic information for state agencies, localities, businesses and residents. An article by Heather Hayes appearing in Civic.Com.
(Last checked 11/23/98)

Michigan Department of Corrections
Citizens can find information on the Internet for every department in state government now that the Department of Corrections is online. The newly created Corrections Web site offers victims resources, information on prisons, job postings, and press releases. It was the last of 19 state departments to go online. For more information, see Governor Engler's new release.
(Last checked 11/13/98)

Michigan County Economic Profiles
Detailed economic profiles of each of Michigan's 83 counties including information on population, labor force and employment, transportation, income statistics, employers and products, banking institutions, industrial and commercial services, education, housing, medical facilities, climate, recreation, taxes, and government entities. Courtesy of the Michigan Job Commission. Source: Debbie Gallager, Michigan Electronic Library.
(Last checked 01/04/98)

National Atlas of the United States
U.S. Geological Survey
Offers standard info along with details such as volcanoes and past earthquakes. Use the "identify" button to yield a detailed report on the locale displayed.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

Occupational Classification System Manual
Researchers may gain insight into the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau occupational codes via the Occupational Classification System Manual (OCSM). A list of Major Occupation Group titles (MOGs) is provided as well as links to the Census Occupation Index--an alphabetical list of approximately 30,000 occupational titles. Further guidance in locating the proper occupation classification for research queries is outlined in the articles "Using the OCSM" and "Using the Census Index." Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 8, 1998.
(Last checked 11/08/98)

Online Map Lists--USGS
The US Geological Survey maintains maps of geological and environmental features in the US. Now, finding a map has been made easier through the creation of Online Map Lists, a list that provides information exclusively on USGS published topographic maps and a small number of related maps. Researchers, students, and map enthusiasts may view or search for maps by state, specific map name, or latitude and longitude. Within longitude and latitude users can specify a 1-degree by 1-degree block of latitude and longitude to retrieve a list of all published USGS topographic maps within that block. Source: Scout Report for the Sciences and Engineering, September 30, 1998.
(Last checked 10/22/98)

Patterns of Global Terrorism Index
Submitted annually by the State Department to Congress, this report contains regional and country overviews, information on state-sponsored terrorism, a review of the year's incidents, and an introduction to US anti-terrorism policy. Reports from 1995-97 are available. Source: Scout Report, August 28, 1998.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

Political Violence Against Americans Index, Significant Incidents of
In the wake of recent terrorist threats to the US, security is on the minds of many Americans planning international trips. This report, published by the US State Department, may help put the potential risks into perspective. Examines incidents of political violence and terrorism-related acts affecting US citizens. It divides the globe into five major geographic regions and briefly summarizes each of the year's notable incidents chronologically, by region. Unfortunately, the most recent report available is from 1996. Source: Scout Report, August 28, 1998.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them
Part of the The Library of Congress's Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room Web Site. Source: Chuck Malone, Government Information Librarian, Western Illinois University Library, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455; telephone: (309) 298-2719; e-mail: C-Malone@wiu.edu; GOVDOC-L, November 20, 1998.
(Last checked 11/23/98)

Safe Schools. Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to...
Text of the President's Remarks at the Safe Schools and Communities Event--August 27, 1998
Released last week and announced by the President yesterday, this new guide is designed to help teachers, parents, and community members detect the warning signs of potentially dangerous student behavior and respond appropriately. Created in response to a recent wave of school violence, the report is based on the research "of an independent panel of experts in the fields of education, law enforcement, and mental health." Sections include Early Warning Signs, Getting Help for Troubled Children, Developing a Prevention and Response Plan, and Responding to Crisis. Users can browse an online version of the guide or download it and an Executive Summary in .pdf or HTML formats. Source: Scout Report, August 28, 1998.
(Last checked 11/11/98)

Social Security Online: The Official Web Site of the Social Security Administration [Acrobat Reader]
Provides information on the agency's history, goals, budget, services, laws and regulations, as well as statistical data and research. The site provides consumers with information about retirement and disability benefits, forms, answers to frequently asked questions, and instructions and directories that will help those interested in contacting the agency. Employers will find information on wage reporting, tax guides, and employee handouts. Consumers who have a web browser that supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can file an electronic request for Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate statement; however, as reported in the May 23, 1997 Scout Report, for security reasons the SSA no longer sends the statement online. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, September 24, 1998.
(Last checked 10/30/98)

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 1997: 25th Anniversary Edition
This 25th edition is dedicated to the staff who have worked on this project over the past quarter century and includes special commentaries and reflections from distinguished contributors. It contains data from more than 100 sources in 6 sections:

  • characteristics of the criminal justice systems
  • public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice topics
  • the nature and distribution of known offenses
  • characteristics and distribution of persons arrested
  • judicial processing of defendants
  • persons under correctional supervision
    Nearly all the data presented are nationwide in scope and, where possible, they are displayed by regions, states, and cities to increase their value for local decisionmakers and for comparative analyses. The report includes more than 600 tables, figures, subject index, annotated bibliography, technical appendixes with definitions and methodology, and list of source publishers and their addresses.
    (Last checked 11/17/98)

    The Speech and Transcript Center
    This site is compiled by Gary Price at George Washington University. It provides links to transcripts of speeches of a variety of persons. The site is arranged by subject: Business, Television/Radio Programs Transcripts, U.S. Government, U.S. State Officials, International Government, Professional Organizations, and Historical Speeches. It is updated regularly and a list of the most recently added items is provided under the topic "New to the Page" at the beginning of the list of subjects. Some interesting transcripts come from "Women's Speeches from Around the World", "Meet the Press", and the NAACP. Source: LLRX, December 1, 1998.
    (Last checked 12/01/98)

    State of World Population 1998
    An annual report from the United Nations Population Fund.
    (Last checked 11/01/98)

    Statistical Abstract of the United States 1998 -- US Census Bureau [.pdf, 1020 p.]
    The US Census Bureau has released the online version of the 118th edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, an annual compendium of statistics profiling the social, demographic, and economic conditions in the US. The 1998 edition contains almost 1,700 tables and graphs, which present summaries of local, state, regional, national, and selected international data, including "93 new tables covering topics such as women's health, school violence, home-based businesses, and bank fees and services." Data are organized into 31 statistical sections to facilitate access to the numerous tables, graphs, and figures. The 1995 through 1997 editions of the Statistical Abstract are also provided at the site, alongside the 1998 edition in a tabular format. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, December 15, 1998.
    (Last checked 12/22/98)

    Supreme Court Guide
    Explore the issues facing the court during its 1998-99 term. This special guide features profiles and photos of the justices, a collection of landmark cases, past articles, forums, related web sites and more.
    (Last checked 12/08/98)

    Treaty Research: Sources and Tips
    If you ever get treaty questions, this guide developed by Debbi Schaubman, Head, Government Documents, Michigan State University Libraries, may be of help.
    (Last checked 12/18/98)

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report
    Truth and Reconciliation Commission Official Homepage
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chairman of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), presented the long-awaited 3,500 page report to President Mandela, on October 29. The TRC was established in 1995 to investigate human rights violations committed by all sides during the apartheid era. After two-and-a-half years and the testimony of over 21,000 victims, the TRC has produced a report which accuses leading figures from all political parties of human rights violations. The controversial nature of the report led to two legal challenges prior to its publication. The first, by former President F W de Klerk, was successful, and sections relating to him have been removed. The other challenge, by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), failed, and the report contains multiple accusations of ANC wrongdoing in its long fight against apartheid. The harshest criticism, however, is reserved for the senior figures of the apartheid system. The TRC site provides the full text of the final report in five volumes, totalling over ten megabytes. The TRC homepage offers information on the Commission, its legal background, the work of its various committees, an Amnesty Database, recommended reading, and suggested links. Source: Scout Report, October 30, 1998.
    (Last checked 12/08/98)

    UNESCO Electronic Document Management System
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Electronic Document Management System offers researchers these two databases. The first, the UNESDOC database, provides multilingual, full-text access to documents of major governing bodies, field mission reports, speeches of the Director-General, and the UNESCO Sources Bulletin. UNESDOC documents are presented as text or .pdf files, and are searchable by citation; however, only the text files are available for full-text string searching. The second database, UNESBIB, allows users to search an extensive bibliography of UNESCO documents and publications, as well as the UNESCO library catalog. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, September 22, 1998.
    (Last checked 10/06/98)

    United Kingdom
    Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
    A new web site, launched September 1, 1998, detailing Home Office research and statistical outputs on criminal justice issues, publications, and contact points. Subjects covered include crime, courts, police, drugs, fire, immigration, prisons and probation. There are also more than 60 publications downloadable in PDF format. Recent publications downloadable from the site include:

  • Home Office Research Study 185 - "Entry into the Criminal Justice System: a survey of police arrests and their outcomes"
  • Home Office Statistical Findings 76 - "The prison population in 1997 - a statistical review"
    (Last checked 10/12/98)

    United Nations Treaty Collection
    The site comprises portions of two U.N. publications -- United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) and Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General. UNTS consists of treaties, international agreements and subsequent actions registered or recorded with the Secretariat. Multilateral Treaties offers the current status of these documents. With some exceptions, the Web site offers scanned images of treaty documents filed between 1946 and 1986 (or volumes 1 through 1448 of UNTS) as well as the current version of Multilateral Treaties.

  • Researchers seeking original treaty documents search the United Nations Treaty Series. Search options include the kind of agreement (multilateral, bilateral, etc.), signature, adoption, or entry into force dates, participants to the treaty, subject terms, popular titles, registration number, or keywords in title. Results include an annotation for each document and an option to view an image of the document in English or French. Annotations offer the official title, registration number, country that registered the document, date of registration and other dates, and a list of participants with effective dates.
  • Researchers seeking status or signatory information browse Multilateral Treaties. Consisting of two parts -- United Nations Treaties and League of Nations Treaties -- and a subject index, researchers locate a document of interest and then discover information about it including its UNTS citation, status, entry into force and other relevant dates, signatories, and individual country declarations and reservations. Source: Genie Tyburski, Legal Resources on the Net, Internet Lawyer, October 1998.
    (Last checked 11/16/98)

    U.S. Department of State Policy Issues
    Includes hot issues such as Iraqi Compliance with UN Weapons Inspections, Terrorist Bombings in East Africa, Asian Financial Crisis, Crisis in Kosovo, etc. as well as more standard reports on arms control and international security, counter-terrorism, international narcotics and law enforcement, treaties and legal issues, etc.
    (Last checked 10/13/98)

    U.S. Mission to the European Union
    The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with the European Union and its forerunners since 1953. The web site provides information about the mission and public policy topics concerning U.S.-Europe relations. For instance, you can find press releases on the latest issue threatening U.S.-European relations, the banana controversy!

    (Last checked 01/08/98)

    United States Missions Online
    To support its relations with other countries and international organizations, the United States maintains diplomatic and consular posts around the world. In most countries with which it has diplomatic relations, the U.S. maintains an embassy, which usually is located in the host country capital. The U.S. also may have consulates or consulates general in other large commercial centers or in dependencies of the country. Be sure to check out the embassy page for the country you are interested in. Many provide extensive links to additional web sources of information related to the country where the mission is located.
    (Last checked 10/13/98)

    Wild and Scenic Rivers Home Page
    1998 marks the 30th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This web site, sponsored by the National Park Service, describes the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the managing agencies responsible for carrying out the program, states (including Michigan) with similar programs, other sources of information on wild and scenic reivers, and a bibliography for further reading.
    (Last checked 10/19/98)

    World Bank Group Relaunch
    To facilitate easier information access, the World Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Association) recently relaunched their extensive website of development information according to a new, more integrated graphical structure. New menu option highlights include the arrangement of data publications by geographical location and topic, visitor "portals" into the site based on specific audience needs, and a Special Interest section that profiles important research and tools such as the latest World Development Report. Source: Scout Report for Business and Economics, October 8, 1998.
    (Last checked November 8, 1998)

    World Development Report 1998/99: Knowledge for Development
    The World Bank has published the twenty-first annual World Development Report, investigating "the role of knowledge in advancing economic and social well-being." The report makes three important suggestions directed to developing countries. First, developing countries are encouraged to institute policies to narrow the gap between the information-poor and the information-rich. Second, governments, NGOs, and the private sector need to collaborate to address the information problems that cause economic and political failure. Third, developing countries are prompted to recognize that knowledge is at the core of all development endeavors. This site provides the full version of the report, a report summary, a slide show, press releases, a Q & A section about the report, and ordering information. Source: Scout Report for the Social Sciences, October 20, 1998.
    (Last checked 12/16/98)

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