ODDS AND ENDS : SEPTEMBER 1999

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Access America Online Magazine
Aviation Accident/Incident Database(NTSB)
Best Feds on the Web
Capital Facts of the Week (Michigan Retailers Association)
CD-ROMs, a New Use for
CD-ROM Technical Documentation Project
Census Bureau Population Clocks
CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence
CIA Exhibit Center
Constitution Community
Country Studies Discontinued
Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
Defense Almanac 1999
Electronic Freedom of Information Act
Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Enviromapper
European Union Websites for Law Librarians
Fed in Print: An Index to Federal Reserve Economic Research
Future of International Legal Resources - It's the Web
Futurework: Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
Gamblers Hot Line
GovSpot.Com
GPO Access Review
Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics
Holocaust Era Assets
How to Write a Letter to Your Legislators
Internet Law Library Privatized
Library of Congress American Memory Project: Theodore Roosevelt
Library of Congress Offers New Online Catalog
License/Registration Lookup
Mapping Out Crime
Michigan Dept. of Consumer & Industry Services - License/Registration Lookup
Michigan Environmental Quality Report
Michigan Historic Sites Online
Michigan Problem Gamblers Hot Line
NARA - Constitution Community
NASA Space Educator's Handbook
National Museum of American History Online Exhibit
Official U.S. Time
Patent Databases Review
Pension Benefit Guaranty Commission
Pension Search Directory
Population Clocks
Post Office Stamps Available Electronically
New Poverty Definition in the Works
Projections of Education Statistics to 2009
Smithsonian Institution Launches Encyclopedia
Space Educator's Handbook
State Budget Process in Michigan
State of the World's Children - 1999
Supreme Court's Greatest Hits
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Toolbox for Processing & Cataloging Federal Government Documents
Top Secrets Revealed
Uncle Sam's Superseded CD-ROM List
United Nations Foundation
United Nations Report of the Secretary-General (1998)
UNWire
United States Code (USC) Available Online
U.S. Commission on National Security
United States House Internet Law Library Privatized
United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site
United States Savings Bonds Online
Watergate Memories
Web Sites for Depository CD-ROMs
Women With Disabilities
World Meteorological Organization Global Weather Reports

Access America Online Magazine
http://www.accessamerica.gov/
Federal workers are doing amazing things to deliver government services electronically. Access America Online Magazine wants to tell these stories. In honor of back-to-school month, Volume 1, no. 44 (August 23, 1999) provides information on: asking ERIC for lesson plans, book lists, and other resources; How to get federal student assistance; How to Get educational statistics online; and profiles America's Learning Exchange. Sponsored by Al Gore and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government.
(Last checked 08/25/99)

Aviation Accident/Incident Database
http://nasdac.faa.gov/asp/fw_ntsb.asp
The National Transportation Safety Board's Aviation Accident/Incident Database lets you search through its extensive set of files for aircraft events that have been classified as accidents or incidents. And you can search by such things as aircraft make or airline operator. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 28, 1999.
(Last checked 07/29/99)

Best Feds on the Web
http://www.govexec.com/bestfeds/99bestfeds.htm
Katy Saldarini reveals this year's winners of GovExec.Com's Third Annual Best Feds on the Web competition.
(Last checked 10/22/99)

Capital Facts of the Week
http://www.retailers.com/capfax/capfax.html
A weekly summary of key legislative actions affecting retailers compiled by the Michigan Retailers Association.
(Last checked 10/05/99)

CD-ROMs, a New Use for...
Who says compact discs are obsolete technology? It certainly doesn't apply to the NTDB. Last week, one of our customers caught a cab in Washington. He was astounded to see a copy of the National Trade Data Bank CD-ROM suspended on a string from the cabbie's rear view mirror. He asked the cabbie why he had the CD-ROM hanging from the mirror. It turns out the shiny side plays havoc with police radar guns; most cabbies in DC have a CD hanging from the mirror. Source: Ken Rogers,
Ken.Rogers@mail.doc.gov, GOVDOC-L, August 9, 1999.

CD-ROM Technical Documentation Project
http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/cicdoc/cicdoc.htm
Over five hundred CD-ROM products are currently available from the federal government, international governmental agencies, and commercial firms for potential use by the public. Software packages are numerous, making mastery difficult for all but a few. This matrix of CD-ROM products is being developed by government documents librarians from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big 10 libraries plus the University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago Circle) to identify existing user guides, technical documentation, and World Wide Web alternatives to the individual CD-ROM titles. It is also being used as a working paper from which CIC librarians will select documentation for conversion to web format. The GITCO data base of government CD-ROMs, currently being developed by the University of Iowa, will eventually provide the same service. Source: Grace York, GOVDOC-L, October 17, 1999.
(Last checked 10/18/99)

CIA Exhibit Center
http://www.odci.gov/cia/information/artifacts/index.htm
Housed in the Agency's Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, this unique collection illustrates the history of US intelligence--which effectively began when this country was still 13 separate colonies -- by showing some of the artifacts and tools used by men and women serving in various aspects of American espionage. Where else can you find translations of CIA-produced pamphlets that were air-dropped over designated targets in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War prior to Allied bombing runs? These leaflets gave the civilian population time to evacuate and military units an opportunity to surrender.
(Last checked 09/21/99)

The Constitution Community - NARA
http://www.nara.gov/education/cc/
A new addition to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Digital Classroom site, the Constitution Community is a partnership between classroom teachers and education specialists from the NARA. Like other Digital Classroom projects, the Constitution Community offers sample lesson plans, correlated to the National History Standards, that make use of original documents and images from American history. In addition to the lesson plan, each also includes background information, a number of suggested teaching activities, and its connection to the US Constitution. The lessons are grouped by eight historical eras, covering the American Revolution to the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Act. Highlights include The Growth of Regionalism, The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady, FDR's First Inaugural Address: Declaring "War" on the Great Depression, and the Founding Documents of the Peace Corps. Source: Scout Report, September 3, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

Country Studies Discontinued
The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress will no longer publish Country Studies (D 101.22:550- item 0327-J), formerly called Area Handbooks, due to elimination of funding for the series. Two final titles, thanks to an alternative funding source, will be released -- Dominican Republic/Haiti and Cuba. Source:Dennis Ladd, Government Documents, Southwestern University Library, 675 South Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005; GOVDOC-L, October 15, 1999.

Defense Almanac 1999
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/almanac/
There was a time when KGB agents would not even have dreamed about having such a window into the U.S. military establishment: The Defense Department's 1999 Almanac, with organizational details, expenditures and force structure. Source: USA Today Hot Link, August 30, 1999.
(Last checked 09/08/99)

The Electronic Freedom of Information Act:
The Promise Remains Unfulfilled
http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/apr99/murnane.htm
Article by Laura Gordon-Murnane appearing in the Volume 7, number 4, April 1999, issue of Searcher and available through interlibrary loan or in larger libraries.
In October 1996, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act (EFOIA) was signed into law. Laura Gordon-Murnane reports on how well -- or, in most cases, how badly -- the major departments of the federal government are implementing the specific requirements that were outlined in the EFOIA. Article starts on page 34.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Encyclopedia Smithsonian
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/start.htm
The Smithsonian Institution receives a great many public inquiries covering a wide range of topics. Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and provides links to Smithsonian resources from A to Z. Source: Scout Report Hot Site, July 15, 1999.
(Last checked 08/12/99)

Enviromapper -- EPA
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/em/index.html
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Enviromapper uses innovative Web technology to view and locate environmental information on "drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites." Thumbnail US map images expand with a click to show facilities regulated by the EPA, information about local watersheds, and local national priority list sites. Users may zoom in by clicking on a map or by entering a relevant state, county, city, watershed, zip code, or EPA region. The site also offers OpenLink, a facility that allows any Webpage to set up a hyperlink to Enviromapper. Instructions on how to use OpenLink are included. Source: Scout Report, September 17, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

European Union Websites for Law Librarians
http://www.oceanalaw.com/FreeStuff/sweeney.htm
A compilation of web sites by Ann Seeney, Librarian at the European Commission Delegation in Washington, D.C., presented at the SLA International Law Roundtable, SLA, Minneapolis, Minn., June 8, 1999.
(Last checked 09/30/99)

Fed in Print: An Index to Federal Reserve Economic Research
http://www.frbsf.org/system/fedinprint/
This is a great source if you are looking for working papers, etc. To test this out, just enter the word "labor," you will be directed to numerous studies on labor economics. Source: Stuart M. Basefsky, Information Specialist, Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 232 Ives Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901; Telephone: (607) 255-2184; Fax: (607) 255-9641; E-Mail: smb6@cornell.edu; GOVDOC-L, September 13, 1999.
(Last checked 09/15/99)

Federal Depository Program at the Crossroads:
The Library Administrator's Perspective
Article by David C. R. Heisser appearing in the Volume 16, number 3 issue of Government Information Quarterly and available in larger libraries or through interlibrary loan
Rapid transition of the Federal Depository Library Program to a mostly electornic environment and U.S. Government Printing Office standards for computer hardware and public services in depositories have raised the specter of mass exodus of libraries from the program. This study examines libraries' commitment to the program and how they are coping with changing information formats and public service demands, from the perspective of senior administrators responsible for allocating resources and setting service priorities. The author visited 24 depositories in three geographic regions and interviewed library directors and documents librarians. Administrators' statements give evidence of great willingness to continue as depositories and the belief that costs must be borne for access to electonic information generally, not just government sources. There are serious doubts, however, about the program's future as universal Internet access diminishes the special advantages of depository status. Directors express firm conviction that there will continue to be an important role for government information specialists in libraries. Article starts on page 241.

The Future of International Legal Resources - It's the Web:
Web-Based Sources for Public International Law
http://www.oceanalaw.com/FreeStuff/marci.htm
Public international law governs the relationships between national governments, the relationships between intergovernmental organizations, and the relationships between national governments and intergovernmental organizations. It regulates governments and intergovernmental organizations across national boundaries. A presentation by Marci Hoffman, International and Foreign Law Librarian at Georgetown Univesity Law Center, at the SLA International Law Roundtable, SLA, Minneapolis, Minn, June 8, 1999.
(Last checked 09/30/99)

Futurework: Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
http://www.dol.gov/dol/asp/public/futurework/report.htm
For those of us who still have to work for a living, this new report from the Department of Labor -- defining the future workforce, wages, and trends -- makes interesting reading. Prepared by U.S. Dept. of Labor for Labor Day, 1999. Source: Stuart M. Basefsky, Information Specialist, Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 232 Ives Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901; Telephone: (607) 255-2184; Fax: (607) 255-9641; E-Mail: SMB6@CORNELL.EDU; GOVDOC-L, September 4, 1999. Also a USA Today Hot Site, September 20, 1999.
(Last checked 09/21/99)

GovSpot.Com
http://www.govspot.com/
Subtitled "The Government Information Portal on the Web". Provides a useful compilation of links to a variety of information from and about government including links to government agencies, document collections, news resources and services. Source: David Dillard, Temple University; telephone: (215) 204 - 4584; e-mail: jwne@astro.temple.edu; LawSource, September 10, 1999.
(Last checked 09/11/99)

GPO Access Review
The Federal Register Free on GPO Access
Article by Laura Gordon-Murnane appearing in the Volume 7, number 6, June 1999, issue of Searcher and available in larger libraries or through interlibrary loan
The Internet Express column discusses the background events that led to the creation of GPO Access, an electronic portal for government information, by the Government Printing Office. Says that the award-winning site is a one-stop kiosk of information from all three branches of the federal government, covering more than 70 searchable databases, including the Federal Register, Supreme Court Decisions, and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Adds that GPO Access is free and funded by the Federal Depository Library Program. Presents a detailed discussion of how to search the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations via GPO Access, describing specific search options and elaborating on how easy or difficult they are to use. Includes a table describing the contents of each section of the Federal Register and a second table of tips and examples for specific types of searches on this resource. Includes two screen display, five tables, and one sidebar. Article starts on page 46.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics Now Available
http://www.bernan.com/Title.asp?TitleID=29
Based on the Handbook of Labor Statistics, formerly published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bernan's Handbook provides current data on: population; employment and unemployment by industry; hourly and weekly earnings; consumer and producer prices; export and import prices; consumer expenditures by household type; employment costs; productivity; employee benefits; and international comparisons. It also includes a comprehensive index, plus detailed projections of employment by industry and occupation for 2006. 3rd edition, August 1999, 392pp. ISBN: 0-89059-1282-2; price: $65.

Holocaust-Era Assets -- NARA
http://www.nara.gov/research/assets/
Holocaust-Era Assets Finding Aid
http://www.nara.gov/publications/assets/
Provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) this site offers information on both primary and secondary sources related to the history of assets stolen from Jews and other dispossessed peoples by the Nazi regime and its allies. The primary offering in the first category is an online version of the NARA's recent 1,200-page final edition of its A Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. The guide is offered in HTML format in six very large sections, along with an introduction and search tips. Other primary source resources include a list of recently declassified documents and their locations and a list of newly-accessioned records. Secondary source information includes a collection of annotated bibliographies and related links. The site also offers publications and information concerning recent and ongoing research at the NARA, including symposium and conference papers, very recent unpublished research papers, and a list of upcoming events. Source: Scout Report, September 17, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

How to Write a Letter to Your Legislators
http://www.retailers.com/retailers/letter.html
Advice from the Michigan Retailers Association. Includes a sample letter and links to e-mail directories.
(Last checked 10/05/99)

Library of Congress Offers New Online Catalog
http://catalog.loc.gov
Today, August 31, marks the opening of the Library of Congress' new web version of its online catalog. The old system, known as Library of Congress Information Systems, or LOCIS, will be available until December 31, 1999. However, the last updates to LOCIS were made on August 12, so searching LOCIS will not give you any information input after August 12. The new system, based on the Voyager ILS created by Endeavor, contains all records and has combined the two major files, i.e., the older PREMARC records and the MUMS records, so it's one-stop searching. Several features are better, e.g., truncation with a question mark, but not everything is better. The OPAC does not include authority headings, for instance. Source: Library Juice, 2:35, September 8, 1999.

License/Registration Verification
http://cis.state.mi.us/bcs_free/default.asp
Consumers can check to see if doctors, real estate agents, and other professionals are licensed by the state with this new Internet program, including the license date and the license status. Licenses that can be checked include dentists, builders, veterinarians, nursing home operators, accountants, barbers, social workers, chiropractors, optometrists, pharmacists, and therapists. Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Bureau of Commercial Services, Division of Licensing.
(Last checked 08/09/04)

Mapping Out Crime:
Providing 21st Century Tools for Safe Communities
http://www.npr.gov/library/papers/bkgrd/crimemap/content.html
Describes how the federal government can help communities and police departments use information-age tools to reduce and prevent crime. Report of the Task Force on Crime Mapping and Data-Driven Management. U.S. Department of Justice and National Partnership for Reinventing Government. July 12, 1999.
(Last checked 08/25/99)

Michigan Environmental Quality Report
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/fbsd/report99.pdf
Michigan has made several improvements in air, land and water quality, but still faces challenges to restore the environment, according to the first report released by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The report may or may not be as a result of Sen. Ken Sikkema, R-Grandville, introducing a bill in March 1999 requiring such an annual report; the bill is still in committee.
(Last checked 10/01/99)

Michigan Historic Sites Online
http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/michsite/index.html.
Explore lumber barons' houses, bridges, factories, mines, and historic Main Streets via this new web site sponsored by the Michigan Historical Center. Funded by a grant, the web site covers all sites recognized by the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places through December 1998, over 3000 in all.
(Last checked 10/01/99)

Michigan Problem Gamblers Hotline
(800) 270-7117
Since April 1999, a state-financed hot line for compulsive gamblers run by the Michigan Department of Community Health has received more than 5,000 inquiries and counseled about 50 clients. Gamblers entering the new MGM Grand Detroit Casino are also receiving " compulsive gambling doesn't pay" pamphlets with information about the hotline. Source: Crain's Nonprofit News, September 1, 1999.

Official U.S. Time
http://www.time.gov/
"Proof from cyberspace that the government does some things right". Just pick a time zone and click. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 20, 1999.
(Last checked 09/21/99)

Patent Databases Review
A Comparison of Two Top Internet Patent Sites, and Why I Still Search Patents Online
Article by Nancy Lambert appearing in the Volume 7, number 3, March 1999, issue of Searcher and available through interlibrary loan or in larger libraries
The Better Mousetrap column presents a side-by-side comparison of two patent search databases: the revised IBM Intellectual Property (IP) Network and IP Network for Business sites, and the full-text file of U.S. patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Says that the IBM site includes data from the USPTO dating back to 1971, from the European Patent Office back to 1979, and from the Patent Cooperation Treaty dating to 1997. Adds that the USPTO site offers full text of U.S. patents, 1976 to date. Reports that the USPTO site is easier to use for patent number searching and inventor searching, and offers 30 separate searchable fields. Notes that the IBM site provides more flexible Boolean searching, proximity searching, and a link to data mining capabilities. Says that neither site offers indexing, an important tool for searchers who package information for use by their clients. Includes six screen displays. Article starts on page 48.

Pension Search Directory
http://search.pbgc.gov/
The federal government thinks that you or someone you know may be owed a pension benefit without knowing it. The Pension Search Directory, courtesy of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Commission, is filled with the names of people who have worked long enough to earn a pension benefit, but could no longer be located by their companies. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 11, 1999.
(Last checked 08/12/99)

Population Clocks
http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
The U.S. Census Bureau puts a new twist on the idea of online clocks. The agency's POPClocks site gives us current population estimates in the USA and the world. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 22, 1999.
(Last checked 07/22/99)

Post Office Stamps Available Electronically
The Post Office Unveils the E-Stamp
http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/may99/peppriell.htm
Article by Barbara Peppriell appearing in the Volume 7, number 5, May 1999, issue of Searcher and available through interlibrary loan or in larger libraries.
Beta tester wanna-be Barbara Peppriell tells how an Internet product could turn waiting in line at the local post office into all but a faded memory by the time you’re ready to mail out holiday cards in December. Article starts on page 65.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

New Poverty Definition in the Works
The Census Bureau has begun to revise its definition of what constitutes poverty in the United States, experimenting with a formula that would drop millions more families below the poverty line. The bureau's new approach would in effect raise the income threshold for living above poverty to $19,500 for a family of four, from the $16,600 now considered sufficient. If adopted, 17 percent of the population or 46 million Americans would be below the poverty line rather than the current 12.7 percent. For more information see "Devising New Math to Define Poverty", New York Times, October 18, 1999, p.A1 and A14.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2009 -- NCES
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=1999038
This latest offering from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) contains projections for key education statistics including enrollment, teachers, graduates, and expenditures for the past fourteen years and projected to the year 2009 for the nation as a whole; and projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment and public high school graduates in the District of Columbia and all fifty states to the year 2009. The report contains numerous charts and tables, a description of the projection methodology used, and appendixes containing supplementary tables, data sources, and a glossary. Source: Scout Report, August 20, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

Space Educators' Handbook
Web link no longer works.
http://tommy.jsc.nasa.gov/%7Ewoodfill/SPACEED/SEHHTML/seh.html
"One small click for all mankind" is how the Space Educators' Handbook describes this extraordinary site that includes everything from astronaut bios to astronomical images to a Space Calendar that highlights notable air and space events. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 10-12, 1999.
(Last checked 06/21/00)

State Budget Process in Michigan
http://www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/1990s/1999/BudgetProcess/index.htm
A presentation/report made by the Citizen's Research Council of Michigan to the freshmen class of state representatives in the Michigan State Legislature on January 20, 1999.
(Last checked 09/29/99)

State of the World's Children - 1999
http://www.unicef.org/sowc99/
The State of the World’s Children 1999 report tells the stories of a world community unwilling to accept the consequences of illiteracy or to be denied the human right to a quality education.
(Last checked 07/28/99)

Supreme Court's Greatest Hits
The Supremes have a new compilation disk, but don't expect to hear Diana Ross on this one. Instead, the new CD-ROM platter is crammed with more than 70 hours of often passionate legal debate that was recorded on tape in the nation's highest court. A project created by Northwestern University political scientist Jerry Goldman and recently produced by Northwestern University Press, the Supreme Court's Greatest Hits contains digital recordings of oral arguments and opinions from 50 of what legal scholars consider the most important Supreme Court cases in the last 44 years, including Roe v. Wade, New York Times v. Sullivan, and Miranda v. Arizona. The CD also provides background information on a range of opinions that cover issues like race and sex discrimination, the exercise of Presidential power, and freedom of the press. The CD-rom, for MAC or Windows, costs $29.95 and can be ordered from Northwestern University Press at (800) 621-2736.

Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film -- LOC
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/trfhtml/
The Library of Congress (LOC) American Memory Project has released yet another in a recent spate of new sites. Produced by the National Digital Library and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, this site contains 104 films recording events in Theodore Roosevelt's life and chronicling the times in which he lived. Roosevelt, as the site points out, "was the first US president to have his career and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies." The films cover the period from 1898 to his death in 1919, including scenes from the Spanish-American War; his various trips to Central America, Europe, and Africa; domestic scenes; and meetings with various dignitaries. Users can search the collection by keyword or browse by subject or title. Returns include several stills from the movie, notes, and three playback options (Quicktime, MPEG, or RealPlayer). Four sound recordings (and transcriptions) from 1912 in which Roosevelt explains his progressive political views are also included in RealPlayer format. Special presentations include a film chronology, a timeline of Roosevelt's life, and an essay on Roosevelt on film. Source: Scout Report, September 17, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

Toolbox for Processing and Cataloging Federal Government Documents
http://www2.lib.udel.edu/godort/cataloging/toolbox.htm
http://www2.lib.udel.edu/godort/cataloging/
This is a new web page by the Cataloging Committee of the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table. A collection of tools and guides for the processing and cataloging of materials distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program, this Toolbox is intended to serve both new and experienced library staff who process and catalog depository materials. The Toolbox describes and compares the resources listed to assist the user in decision-making. The intention of this website is to provide one-stop shopping for any problem or question one might have about processing and cataloging federal documents. The Toolbox is divided into the following sections: (1) GPO Item Selection and Classification Information; (2) Depository Processing Tools; (3) GPO Cataloging Records; (4) Collection Management Information; (5) Cataloging Handbooks, Manuals, and Guides: (A.) Links to Selected Tools; (B.) Megapages by Library Organizations; (C.) Tool Collections by Individual Libraries; (6) Verifying PURLs and Internet Resources; (7) Library Catalogs; and (8) E-Mail Discussion Lists
This Toolbox is not intended as a static display of links. Recognizing that United States federal government publishing and standards for bibliographic control are subject to change, the GODORT Cataloging Committee welcomes feedback from users on the content and presentation of these resources. Comments and suggestions may be directed to the editor, John A. Stevenson, through the e-mail link at the bottom of the page. Source: ALA Godort Cataloging Committee, Government Documents, Patents, & Trademarks, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0068; Phone: 316-978-5130; Fax: 316-978-3048; E-mail: myers@twsuvm.uc.twsu.edu; GOVDOC-L, October 13, 1999.

Top Secrets Revealed
http://www.odci.gov/csi/books/cubamis/book1.pdf
http://www.odci.gov/csi/pubs.html
http://www.odci.gov/csi/studies.html
The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) may be the closest the world has come to nuclear Armageddon. All you need is an Adobe Acrobat Reader to see what the CIA thought it was all about -- the latest installment from the agency's Center for the Study of Intelligence. Follow the links to discover other books, monographs, and selected articles from Studies in Intelligence published by this agency. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 17-19, 1999.
(Last checked 06/21/00)

Uncle Sam's Superseded CD-ROM List
http://www.lib.memphis.edu/gpo/super_cd.htm
Have you ever been puzzled as to how many versions of a cd-rom title to keep? The University of Memphis Regional Depository Library provides this list as practical advice.
(Last checked 10/18/99)

United Nations Foundation
http://www.unfoundation.org/
This is the web site for the foundation Ted Turner funded to support the activities of the United Nations. Provides information about the foundation's activities and also highlights from the most recent issue of UNWire.
(Last checked 09/15/99)

United Nations Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization
http://www.un.org/Docs/SG/Report99/a541e.pdf
Submitted to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on August 31 by Secretary General Kofi Annan, this annual report reviews the organization's activities in 1998. The report discusses such topics as humanitarian relief and disaster prevention, peacekeeping and security, sustainable development and the fight against poverty, the challenges of globalization, and human rights. The Report of the Secretary-General is available in .pdf format only and includes a detailed table of contents. Source: Scout Report, September 17, 1999.
(Last checked 09/23/99)

UNWire
http://www.unfoundation.org/unwire/index_unf.html
UN Wire is indispensable to anyone interested in the United Nations and global affairs, providing a concise, intelligent, daily summary of key news stories from around the world. UN Wire also features direct, immediate links to full-text, audio, video and additional sources of information on the Internet. A sample issue is available for immediate viewing; however free registration is required to access the current issue and archives. Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund, which are dedicated to supporting United Nations efforts on behalf of the environment, population stabilization and children's health. UN Wire is produced independently by National Journal Group, the Washington, DC-based publisher of National Journal, CongressDaily, and Greenwire.
(Last checked 09/15/99)

United States Code Database
http://uscode.house.gov/
Provides access to the United States Code, a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. Compiled and maintained by the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel.
(Last checked 08/13/99)

U.S. Commission on National Security
http://www.nssg.gov/
This commission, chaired by former Senators Warren Rudman and Gary Hart, has just released its report New World Coming: American Security in the 21st Centuryon its web site. Besides the report, the commission's web site contains interactive debate forums where readers can post messages on subjects such as U.S. national security and technological issues affecting national security. It also contains background on the history, philosophy, charter, of the commission as well as biographies of its members.Source: Bert Chapman, Purdue University, chapmanb@purdue.edu, GOVDOC-L, October 6, 1999.

U.S. House Internet Law Library Privatized
Web link no longer works.
http://law.house.gov
Effective May 28, 1999, the House Internet Law Library which was begun as a demonstration project and gained national recognition was discontinued at this web site. In the hope that the work begun in 1994 would be continued by others, copies of the Internet Law Library were provided to those requesting it.
(Last checked 06/21/00)

The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site
H.I.P. = It's History In your Pocket!
http://www.usmint.gov/Kids/index.html
Kids are invited to find out the "awesome history" in the nickels and dimes jingling in their pockets. This site from the U.S. Mint also includes a tutorial on how to set up a valuable coin collection. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 24, 1999.
(Last checked 06/21/00)

United States Savings Bonds Online
http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/sav/sav.htm
Find out whether your U.S. Savings Bonds stopped earning interest. Or how much they're now worth. Authoritative financial info from the aptly named Bureau of the Public Debt. Source: USA Today Hot Site, July 23-25, 1999.
(Last checked 07/29/99)

Watergate Memories
http://www.si.edu/nmah/ve/maroon/
You may not have a vivid memory of Watergate, but this online exhibit from the National Museum of American History provides a powerful visual record. Taken by noted photojournalist Fred Maroon, these historic photos chronicle the Nixon years. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 13-15, 1999.
(Last checked 09/21/99)

Web Sites for Depository CD-ROMs
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/govdoc/cdrom.htm
Washington State Unviersity provides this useful compilation of depository cd-roms that have a world wide web counterpart.
(Last checked 10/18/99)

Women With Disabilities
http://www.4women.gov/wwd/index.htm
Today's women have a multitude of roles and responsibilities -- demands that are even more difficult for the estimated 28 million of them with disabilities. Sponsored by the National Women’s Health Information Center's Information and Referral Service at (800)-994-WOMAN or by TDD (888) 220-5446. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 23, 1999.
(Last checked 09/08/99)

World Meteorological Organization Global Weather Reports
http://www.wmo.ch/web-en/member.html
Can't get enough info about the weather? Expand your horizons with the help of the World Meteorological Organization. National weather services from Algeria to Zimbabwe strut their stuff. Source: USA Today Hot Site, August 19, 1999.
(Last checked 09/21/99)

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