ODDS AND ENDS : DECEMBER 1999

With Hypertext Links to Web Sites Where Appropriate

Table of Contents

Access America for Students
African-American Sheet Music
Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals
Alternative Medicine Online
Annual NORAD Tracks Santa Website
Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, 1999
Anti-Drug Page
AOL Presents GovernmentGuide
Armed Forces Equal Opportunity Survey
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Buying Medical Products Online
Census Bureau Reprints
Census 2000
Child Passenger Safety
Children's Butterfly Site
ChildStats.Gov
CIA Annual Report for the United States Intellegence Community
CIA Factbook 1999
Coffee Break
Congressional Collections at Archives Repositories
Congressional Directory, 106th Congress
CongressLink
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNICEF)
Crime in the United States, 1998
Depository Library Conference, Kansas City
Detroit Edison Distribution System Reliability
Documents Data Miner Gets New URL
E-FOIA Law Increases Access for the Public and Brings Changes to Agencies
EPA Publication's Search
FoodSafety.Gov
FBI's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
FBI's Project Megiddo Report on Domestic Terrorism
FBI's Uniform Crime Report, 1998
Federal Agency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Federal Customer Satisfaction Survey
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Gallery of Obscure Patents
Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
Genealogy 101
Godort International Documents Task Force Update
GovernmentGuide
GPO Access Site Search Debuts
GPO Access, 1999 Biennual Report to Congress on the Status of...
How Our Laws Are Made
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1999
Information for Financial Aid Professionals
Internal Revenue Service Bank, Post Office, and Library Program
International Monetary Fund Library Catalog
Investor Education and Assistance Home Page
JOLIS Catalog
Kids Corner
Kosovo Human Rights Reports (OSCE)
Library of Congress American Memory African-American Sheet Music
Maps, Maps, and More Maps
Michigan Administrative Code News
Michigan Documents Shipping Lists Now Available Online
Michigan Federal Depository Disposal Log Receipt Tables Now Online
Michigan Legislature Offers Bill, Resolution, and Sponsor Search Engine
Michigan Public Service Commission
Michigan Tax Forms
NASA'S Site for Emergency Preparedness
NASA'S Interplanetary Photojournal
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Natural History Page
Occupational Outlook Quarterly Online
OSHA Ergonomics Standard in the News
President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History
Project Megiddo Report on Possible Terrorism
Public Papers of the President Now Available via GPO Access
S.A.F.E. Schools Task Force Report
Santa Online
School Safety, 2nd Annual Report on, 1999
Security and Exchange Commission's Investor Education and Assistance Home Page
Small Business Classroom
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
State of Food Insecurity in the World, 1999
State of the World's Children, 2000
StoneFly: NASA'S Site for Emergency Preparedness
Student Guide, 1999-2000
Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
Tobacco Industry Documents
Understanding the Federal Courts
Uniform Crime Report, 1998
U.S. Air Force Launches New Home Page
U.S. Geological Survey National Mapping Information
U.S. Government Blue Pages Online Directory
White House Conference on Philanthropy
World Bank Library Catalog

Access America for Students
http://www.students.gov/
Access America for Students is a U.S. Government - wide initiative to deliver electronic services from government agencies and organizations to postsecondary students. Now convenient, online IRS services are available on a one-stop site that also helps students manage their finances, decide on a career, or reserve a campsite when they need a break from school and work.
(Last checked 10/29/99)

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/rpbhtml/
This Library of Congress American Memory site includes a collection of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. This searchable index provides an insight into racial attitudes over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 5, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals
http://www.dtic.mil/search97doc/aulimp/main.htm
The AULIMP is a subject index to significant articles, news items, and editorials from English language military and aeronautical periodicals courtesy of the Air University Library and the Defense Technical Information Center. It contains citations since 1990 and is updated quarterly in combination with the hard copy version of Air University Library's Index to Military Periodicals. In addition, links to available electronic journals are provided within the citation.
(Last checked 12/16/99)

Alternative Medicine Online
http://nccam.nih.gov/
Americans are visiting practitioners of alternative medicine in increasing numbers, according to studies released by the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 1998. This website includes a database with 180,000 citations on everything from acupuncture to music therapy to yoga. And it's from an organization you can rely on--the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Source: Access America Online Magazine, December 13, 1999.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, 1999
http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/irf/irf_rpt/index.html
The first Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom by the U.S. Department of State describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, and government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with P.L. 105-292 (105th Congress) and is cited as the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Publication date: September 1999.
(Last checked 11/16/99)

Anti-Drug Page
http://www.theantidrug.com/
The Office of National Drug Control Policy wants to show you how honesty, love and communication between parents and children can deter drug use better than prisons, police or politicians. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 5, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Armed Forces Equal Opportunity Survey
http://dticaw.dtic.mil/prhome/eo96exsum.html
Defense Secretary William Cohen's Memo Introducing the Report
http://dticaw.dtic.mil/prhome/docs/eomemo.pdf
Released in late November, this 264-page report from the Department of Defense (DOD) reveals that a high percentage of minorities in the US military have experienced racist behavior. In a survey of over 40,000 troops in 1997, one in five African-Americans responding also said they believed race had a negative impact on their prospects for promotion or assignment. This almost unprecedented survey of race relations in the US military, which was ordered by Congress and conducted in 1997, was delayed in release for several months while top military officials debated how to portray the results. Users can read the full text of the report, in .pdf format, at the Defense Technical Information Center site. An executive summary and a review of major findings by chapter are also provided. Source: Scout Report, November 29, 1999.
(Last checked 12/16/99)

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov
With Benjamin Franklin as a guide, the kids' pages cover topics such as the U.S. Constitution, how laws are made, the branches of the Federal government, and what it means to be a U.S. citizen. Ben's Guide also includes games and links to other U.S. Government Web sites created for kids. A service of the Superintendent of Documents, Ben's Guide offers sets of resources tailored to four specific age groups, plus a special set for parent and educators. It also offers instruction on the use of the primary source materials on GPO Access, a free web service of GPO that provides electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the U.S. Federal Government. Benjamin Franklin was chosen as the "tour guide" through this site since he was, among many other things, the first public librarian in America and the first official printer of the colonies. His accomplishments earned him the honorary title of "first public printer" of the United States. As the current Public Printer, Michael F. DiMario said "Studies have shown that students in this nation do not have an adequate knowledge of how their government works or a basic understanding of civics. Through Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids, GPO is doing its part in educating our nation's young people about their government." Source: Karen E. Seiger, GOVDOC-L, December 1, 1999.
(Last checked 12/01/99)

Buying Medical Products Online
http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/default.htm
Thinking of buying prescription or over-the-counter drugs online? Is it safe? How can you tell if a Website that sells medical products is legitimate? What is FDA doing to stop sites that are breaking the law? What should you do before you buy medical products online? Here's information on how you can take advantage of the convenience and privacy of online buying while still protecting your health and your money. Source: Access America HomePage and Online Magazine, January 10, 2000.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Census Bureau Reprints
http://www.nross.com/census.html
Reprints of the First through the Thirteenth Censuses (1790-1910) are available from Norman Ross Publishing, Inc., 330 W. 58th St., NY, NY 10019. Phone: (800) 648-8850. E-Mail: info@nross.com. Source: Mark Thomas, Public Documents & Maps, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0177; E-mail: markt@duke.edu; Voice mail: (919) 660-5853; Fax: (919) 684-2855; GOVDOC-L, December 14, 1999.

Census 2000
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/2khome.htm
Census questionnaires will be delivered in March 2000 to about 118 million households in time for "Census Day," April 1. Help get everyone revved up to return their forms. Census figures "count" in determining funding, roads, schools, and services your community may need, as well as where to draw district lines for representation in Congress. Source: Access Anmerica HomePage and Online Magazine, January 3, 1000.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Child Passenger Safety
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/index.html
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brings the essentials of child passenger safety to the Net. Info on everything from seats to air bags. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 4, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Children's Butterfly Site
http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/butterfly/butterfly.html
Children's imaginations are bound to take flight after a visit to this photo-rich site about butterflies. Includes a coloring page that shows the life cycle of the Monarch. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Midcontinent Ecological Science Center. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 1-3, 1999.
(Last checked 10/29/99)

ChildStats.Gov
http://www.childstats.gov/
This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education. Reports of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics include America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, the annual Federal monitoring report on the status of the Nation's children, and Nurturing Fatherhood. Source: Access America HomePage and Online Magazine, January 10, 2000.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

CIA's Annual Report for the United States Intellegence Community
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/fy98intellrpt/index.html
You don't have to be a spy to find out what the U.S. intelligence community is up to. Just fire up your Web-connected computer and check out this extensive annual report from the CIA director. Source: USA Today Hot Site, September 1, 1999.
(Last checked 09/07/99)

CIA Factbook 1999
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
If you've every wondered what our spooky friends at the CIA do when they're not doing the James Bond thing: They're working on the fact-filled (even for non-spies) annual Factbook. The 1999 version is available online even without a security clearance. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 1-3, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Coffee Break
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Coffeebreak/
A collection of short reports on recent biological discoveries courtesy of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Each report incorporates interactive tutorials that show how bioinformatics tools are used as a part of the research process. The target audience is molecular biologists, clinicians and students, not caffeine-deprived documents librarians! Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 20, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Congressional Collections at Archival Repositories
http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/c_clctns.html
The history of the U.S. Congress is documented in the official records of Congress, the private and personal papers of members of Congress, and many other sources. Official records and some personal papers are located in the National Archives at the Center for Legislative Archives (http://www.nara.gov/nara/legislative/), but most personal papers are geographically dispersed in repositories around the country. This web page provides an alphabetical list of institutions holding these materials and the names of the individuals whose materials have been collected. Courtesy of the University of Delaware Library and maintained by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin. Please email lrjm@udel.edu with comments, questions, or suggestions for additions to these sources.
(Last checked 11/15/99)

Congressional Directory, 106th Congress
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/browse-cd-99.html
A detailed look at who's who and what's what in Washington. Courtesy of the U.S. Congress and GPO Access.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

CongressLink
http://www.congresslink.org
A free educational web site for teachers and students compiled and maintained by the Dirksen Congressional Center. Over the past four years it has been in existence, the site has undergone many changes (including a new url) and will continue to do so to meet the needs of its users. CongressLink has a growing library of lesson plans and other resources to encourage a better understanding of Congress. The site also gives teachers the opportunity to communicate with their colleagues and with subject matter experts. And if you can't find what you are looking for on CongressLink, we have an annotated list of over seventy-five related web sites to help you. The web site also gives one the option of subscribing to CongressLink Communicator, a monthly update containing news about CongressLink and featuring articles written by teachers and students who use the site. Source: PSRT-L, January 5, 2000.
Last checked 01/06/00)

Convention on the Rights of the Child - Tenth Anniversary
http://www.unicef.org/crc/
November 20 marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as an international human rights treaty. To mark the anniversary, UNICEF offers a number of resources. The highlight of these is an updated Guide to the Convention that traces the treaty's creation, its implications for the world's children, the full text, and a FAQ. Other offerings at the site include several related publications, eight 30-second cartoons depicting selected Articles of the Convention in RealPlayer and Windows Media Player formats, a child labor quiz, and related links. Source: Scout Report, December 3, 1999.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

Crime in the United States, 1998
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/98cius.htm
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr.htm
The FBI has released its annual Crime in the United States report for 1998. The report is based on the Bureau's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, which compiles data from over 17,000 city, county, and state law enforcement agencies nationwide. The report is offered in seven sections in .pdf format only: Summary of the UCR Program, Crime Index Offenses Reported, Crime Index Offenses Cleared, Persons Arrested, Incidents of Family Violence: A Special Study, Law Enforcement Personnel, and seven appendices. The UCR main page offers links to previous reports from 1995 to 1997, hate crime statistics, reports on law enforcement officers killed and assaulted, and information related to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Source: Scout Report, November 5, 1999.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Depository Library Council to the Public Printer Conference, Kansas City, MO
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/adnotes.html
The October 25, 1999 issue of Administrative Notes has extensive notes about the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer Conference held recently in Kansas City, MO, October 18-21, 1999 including remarks by Superintendent of Documents Francis Buckley, Jr., a Library Programs Service Update by Gil Baldwin, a Depository Administration Branch update by Robin Haun-Mohamed, Responses to the Spring 1999 Depository Library Council Recommendations, and various other reports. Source: GOVDOC-L, October 29, 1999.
(Last checked 11/02/99)

Detroit Edison Distribution System Reliability
http://cis.state.mi.us/mpsc/orders/press/2000/1226970.txt.htm
Bothered by frequent outages by Detroit Edison? Read the Michigan Public Service Comission Staff Investigation Report and News Release from November 1999. Source: Grace York, GOVDOC-M, November 30, 1999.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Documents Data Miner Gets New URL
http://govdoc.wichita.edu/ddm/
Change your bookmarks if you check this site regularly. Source: Nan Myers, Assistant Professor and Librarian, Government Documents, Patents & Trademarks, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0068; Telephone: (316) 978-5130; Fax: (316) 978-3048; Toll-free: 1 (800) 572-8368; E-mail: myers@twsuvm.uc.twsu.edu; GOVDOC-L, December 10, 1999.
(Last checked 12/14/99)

E-FOIA Law Increases Access for the Public and Brings Changes to Agencies
http://www.llrx.com/features/e-foia.htm
In 1996, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act was passed to deal with the increasing number of government records in electronic format. Joaquin Ferrao details the E-FOIA provisions, how government agencies comply, and what challenges lie ahead. Source: Law Library Resource Xchange, November 15, 1999.
(Last checked 11/18/99)

EPA Publications Search
http://www.epa.gov/epapages/epahome/pubsearch.html
This new site, located off of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) search page, simplifies finding EPA publications. Users can search by document number, title, or keyword. Search returns include a brief abstract, URL, and reference to document format (HTML or .pdf). The site also offers a Guide to EPA Publication Numbers and more information about EPA publications in general. Source: Scout Report, December 10, 1999.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

FBI's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
http://foia.fbi.gov/
The FBI has provided an assortment of its most frequently requested FOIA materials on this page. Selections are labeled Espionage, Famous Persons, Gangster Era, Historical Interest, Unusual Phenomena, and Violent Crime. A search engine is also provided. Source: Mary C. Horton, Government Information & Microtext Dept., Access Services Team, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University (Dep.0445/WFUN), P.O. Box 7777, Winston-Salem, NC 27109: E-mail: hortonm@wfu.edu; Telephone: (336) 758-5829.
(Last checked 11/05/99)

FBI's Project Megiddo Report
http://www.fbi.gov/library/megiddo/publicmegiddo.pdf
The attached analysis, entitled Project Megiddo, is an FBI strategic assessment of the potential for domestic terrorism in the U.S. undertaken in anticipation of or response to the arrival of the new millenium. Source: Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, The University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205; Phone: (734) 936-2378; Fax: (734) 764-0259; E-Mail: graceyor@umich.edu; GOVCOC-L, November 3, 1999.

Federal Customer Satisfaction Survey
Note: CNN AllPolitics link no longer works.
http://cnn.com/1999/ALLPOLITICS/stories/12/13/govtquality.ap/index.html
You have J.D. Power for cars, Roger Ebert for movies, and Rolling Stone for music. Now the University of Michigan has rated the federal agencies of the U.S. government. Twenty-nine different federal agencies were rated, and overall, the results weren't bad! See who wins (Head Start) and who loses (I'll give you one guess). Source: Briefme Weekly Ezine, December 16, 1999.
(Last checked 06/21/00)

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
http://www.ed.gov/free/
This web site by the U.S. Department of Edcuation pulls together federal government materials for education. Also see Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM), a companion site allowing access to educational resources from the private sector.
(Last checked 12/22/99)

FoodSafety.Gov
http://www.foodsafety.gov/
Gateway to government food safety information. Provides links to selected government food safety-related information. Not every government web site is listed. When more than one government web site provides similar information, links will be provided to only one or two of those sites. A steering committee consisting of individuals with different backgrounds reviews all potential sites for inclusion on the FoodSafety.gov web site. This web site is part of the National Food Safety Information Network. It is maintained by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Source: Access America HomePage and Online Magazine, January 10, 2000.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Gallery of Obscure Patents
http://www.patents.ibm.com/gallery
Hey, it's not a government web site per se, but librarians working at the U.S. Patent Depository libraries in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Ferris State might be interested.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
http://www.thegateway.org/
Educators can use GEM to search for private sector resources on particular topics, classified by grade level, from over 140 reviewed educational sites. GEM is a product of the U.S. Department of Education's National Library of Education, in partnership with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at Syracuse University. Also see the companion site, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE), which focuses on resources from the federal government.
(Last checked 12/22/99)

Genealogy 101
http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/aboutins/history/index.htm
Are you interested in finding out more about your family's history? Millions of Americans trace their history to an immigrant. Turn to the recently-redesigned History, Genealogy, and Education portion of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) website for information about the INS Historical Reference Library collection and services, documents concerning the history of the Service as well as of immigration law, procedure, and immigration stations, and instructions for historical and genealogical research using INS records. It will also be the future home of information and resources designed for the use of primary and secondary school teachers. Source: Access America Online Magazine, November 1, 1999.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

GODORT International Documents Task Force Update
http://govinfo.ucsd.edu/idtf
The revised home page has new categories, links, etc. Thanks to the IDTF web committee, Barbara Mann, Andrea Morrison, David Griffiths, Debbi Schaubman, Andrea Sevetson, and Mike McCaffrey Noviss for their contributions and input. Source: Jim Church State & Local Government, Information Librarian, United Nations Bibliographer, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. -0175R, La Jolla, CA 92093-1075; Tel: (858) 534-1266; Fax: (858) 534-7548; GOVDOC-L, January 5, 2000
(Last checked 01/6/00)

GovernmentGuide
http://www.governmentguide.com/officials/officials.adp?type=msie
America Online has created a web site called "AOL Presents GovernmentGuide: Your Guide to Government Resources" to help its users locate government information over the web.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

GPO Access Site Search
http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/search.html
This feature currently searches all HTML documents on GPO Access. It may be used to find specialized search pages; Web pages for GPO's other online services, such as the online bookstore and finding aids; and documents on GPO Access that exist as HTML files. However, it does not search for ASCII text and PDF files within databases, such as the Code of Federal Regulations or the Sales Product Catalog. Source: GOVDOC-L, October 15, 1999.
(Last checked 10/18/99)

GPO Access, 1999 Biennial Report to Congress on the Status of ...
http://www.gpo.gov/biennialreport
This report written in accordance with the requirements of Public Law 103-40, the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993, is now available on GPO Access. Source: Selene Dalecky, GPO, GOVDOC-L, January 3, 2000.
(Last checked 01/04/00)

How Our Laws are Made
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/lawsmade.toc.html
Recently updated by the House of Representatives Parliamentarian, the 22nd edition of How Our Laws Are Made reflects changes in congressional procedures since the last edition was published in 1997. The guide is offered as a plain text document or by chapter in HTML format. Source: Scout Report, November 12, 1999.
(Last checked 01/10/99)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1999
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=1999057
Analyzes national data from several sources on crimes committed in schools and to and from schools. In addition, "data for crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society." According to the NCES, this report represents the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools. Source: Scout Report, October 1, 1999.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Information for Financial Aid Professionals
http://ifap.ed.gov/dev_csb/new/home.nsf
An electronic library for financial aid professionals containing publications, regulations, and guidance regarding the administration of the Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid Programs.
(Last checked 11/30/99)

Internal Revenue Service
Bank, Post Office, and Library Program (BPOL)
http://www.irs.gov/forms_pubs/bpol
Several services are available at this web site.  Tax product shipping information is routinely updated, program information is provided and frequently asked questions are posted here.  You can also subscribe to the BPOL Dispatch, an electronic subscription message service, where program updates and product status are automatically sent to subscribers.  Get answers to your questions right away through Live Help.   Our assisters are on-line Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Central Time, to answer your questions. Source: Louise Davis, Internal Revenue Service, E-mail: Louise.Davis@m1.irs.gov; GOVDOC-L, December 13, 1999.
(Last checked 12/14/99)

JOLIS Catalog
http://jolis.worldbankimflib.org/external.htm
The online catalog of the Joint World Bank and International Monetary Fund Library Network. Includes references to World Bank and non-World Bank resources held in ALL the World Bank and IMF Libraries. Some of the participating libraries provide interlibrary loan services.
(Last checked 11/23/99)

Kids Corner
http://www.info.gov/kids.htm
On this one web page, you'll find a dazzling collection of government kids pages. Source: Access America Online Magazine, December 20, 1999.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Kosovo/Kosova Human Rights Reports
Part I:
http://www.osce.org/kosovo/reports/hr/part1/index.htm
Part II: http://www.osce.org/kosovo/reports/hr/part2/index.htm
Press Release: http://www.osce.org/e/docs/presrel/1999-087-mik.htm
Background paper: http://www.osce.org/kosovo/reports/hr/index.htm
Released on December 6, these two new human rights reports from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) document extensive human rights violations in Kosovo. Totalling more than 900 pages, the reports reveal human rights abuses on both sides of the conflict. The first report "presents probably the most extensive and systematic survey to date of human rights in Kosovo in the first half of 1999," based on hundreds of in-country reports and statements from nearly 2,800 refugees. The report concludes that in this period, which also saw the NATO air campaign, the province's Albanian population suffered the overwhelming majority of abuses. The second report covers the period between June 14 and October 31, 1999, when over 800,000 displaced Albanians returned to Kosovo. Analyzing human rights conditions and events in each of the five regions of Kosovo, the report finds that the vast majority of violations were committed against Kosovo Serbs, Roma, Muslim Slavs and others who were marked for revenge by the returned Albanians. Both reports are offered by chapter in HTML or .pdf format. A background paper and press release are also available. Source: Scout Report, December 10, 1999.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

Maps, Maps, and More Maps
http://www-nmd.usgs.gov/
Find the map you need from the Map People. The U.S. Geological Survey and partners have every kind of map - digital maps, aerial maps, topical maps, satellite images, National Geospatial Data, not to mention learning experiences for students and teachers. Source: Access American Online Magazine, November 15, 1999.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

Michigan Administrative Code
Conway, Greene is marketing a new revised edition of the Michigan Administrative Code in paper or CD-ROM format for $750. The company if the official contractor for the State of Michigan for this title. The title will be distributed to Michigan depository libraries in the future, but the Library of Michigan has not determined in what format yet. Source: Ann Marie Sanders, Library of Michigan, 717 W. Allegan, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909-7507; Phone: (517) 373-9489; Fax: (517) 373-9438; Email:
asanders@libofmich.lib.mi.us, Michdoc, December 2, 1999.

Michigan Documents Shipping Lists Now Available Online
http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/publications/midocshiplist.html
The available lists begin with #795 go up to #820. New lists will be added to the web page within one week of their creation date and will remain available for three calendar years. Most of the lists are currently only available in PDF, but the HTML versions are being added also. Source:Bernadette M. Bartlett, Library of Michigan, Documents Outreach Coordinator, 717 W. Allegan, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: (517) 373-2971; Fax: (517) 373-9438; Email: bbartlet@libofmich.lib.mi.us, Michdoc, September 28, 1999.

Michigan Federal Depository Disposal Logs Receipt Tables Now Online
http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/publications/feddoc/displog.html
The Library of Michigan and the Detroit Public Library are now posting which libraries have submitted selective disposal lists. These charts are updated daily and reflect if a list has been received at the Library of Michigan and how many pages, received at Detroit Public and how many pages, and the date of each regional's response. Another step toward a better Michigan federal depository network!
(Last checked 12/06/99)

Michigan Legislature Offers Bill, Resolution, and Sponsor Search Engine
http://www.michiganlegislature.org/find.asp
This web page allows one to search for bills, resolutions, or bills by sponsors for the 1999-2000 and 1997-98 General Assemblies. Not only does it provide the full text of bills in both pdf and text files, it also provides legislative histories and House Legislative and Senate Fiscal Agency bill analyses. Check out House Bill 4259 (1999-2000) as an example.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

Michigan Public Service Commission Has New URL
http://cis.state.mi.us/mpsc/
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Michigan Tax Forms, 1999
http://www.treas.state.mi.us/formspub/formind.htm
http://mel.lib.mi.us/michigan/MI-taxforms99.html via MEL
Source: Debbie Gallagher, E-mail: gallagherd@aadl.org; Telephone: (734) 996-3180; MICHLIB-L, January 6, 2000.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

NASA's Interplanetary Photojournal
http://photojournal.wr.usgs.gov/
For an out-of-this-world journey, take a pictorial tour of the solar system, courtesy of NASA. The Planetary Photojournal also lets you keep track of new image releases. Source: USA Today Hot Site, November 1, 1999.
(Last checked 11/04/99)

NASA'S Site for Emergency Preparedness (StoneFly)
http://stonefly.arc.nasa.gov/mainnav.map?135,62
Is your community prepared for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, forest fires, or other disasters? NASA has dedicated this site - StoneFly - to people around the world interested in combining the latest communication technology into their emergency preparedness activities. Whether you're just a visitor or a registered user (with full access privileges), you'll appreciate this tool for your personal or business use. Source: Access America Online Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, October 25, 1999
(Last checked 10/29/99)

Natural History
http://www.amnh.org/naturalhistory/
A magazine of science, nature, and culture. The rich voice of the American Museum of Natural History. Explore distant civilizations, delve into the mysteries of the universe and learn more about social and ecological issues. The site contains news of the current issue, highlights from the past, information for subscribers and advertisers, and a mystery object for you to identify. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 11, 1999.
(Last checked 10/20/99)

Occupational Outlook Quarterly Online
http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqindex.htm
OOQ Online is based on the print periodical Occupational Outlook Quarterly and mirrors its print counterpart. To make the best use of the medium, OOQ Online gives you the opportunity to read a "nutshell" description or a "snippet" from each OOQ article before you download the full text of the article. Nutshells and snippets are provided in the standard language of the Web, HTML. They are meant for online reading. The full text of each article is available in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). The PDF files are not designed for online reading; instead, we provide them so that users may print copies that will be substantially easier to read on paper than they would be to read on line. PDF files also retain the layout and page numbering of the printed article, so they can be used to make or follow bibliographic references. 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, October 10, 1999.
(Last checked 10/11/99)

OSHA Ergonomics Standard
http://www.osha-slc.gov/ergonomics-standard/index.html
In late November, the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new wide-ranging proposals to protect about 27 million workers engaged in heavy lifting or repetitive motion. Business groups immediately voiced their objections to the proposed standards, which would force them to adopt ergonomics programs to minimize risks if even a few employees suffered such injuries. According to OSHA, the proposal would cost about $4.2 billion annually to implement, but would save over $9 billion in lower compensation claims and fewer lost working days. Business groups dispute this amount and contend that the proposals will result in thousands of legal claims and counterclaims. Users can read the full text of the proposed standards for themselves at the OSHA site. The standards may be downloaded from three mirrors in .pdf format only. Also at the site is an abbreviated text of the standards, an introduction, a FAQ, and a form for submitting electronic comments. Source: Scout Report, November 29, 1999.
(Last checked 12/16/99)

President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History
http://www.gsa.gov/staff/pa/whc.htm
Actually 1998 was the 150th Anniversary of the Women's Rights Movement, launched at the world's first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. This web page contains links to an on-line exhibition by the National Portrait Gallery commemorating the Women's Rights Convention held July 19-20, 1848 plus other sites of interest.
(Last checked 11/05/99)

Project Megiddo
http://www.fbi.gov/library/megiddo/publicmegiddo.pdf
Widely reported in the press this week and then released online on November 3, the FBI's report "Project Megiddo" analyzes "the potential for extremist criminal activity in the US by individuals or domestic extremist groups who profess an apocalyptic view of the millennium or attach special significance to the year 2000." Those most likely to commit violent acts, according to the FBI, are either groups motivated by religious beliefs relating to the Apocalypse or New World Order conspiracy theory holders convinced the United Nations has a secret plan to conquer the world. Available in .pdf format only, the report contains a useful introduction and short analyses of groups such as the Christian identity Movement, white supremacists, militias, the Black Hebrew Israelites, and apocalyptic cults. A brief discussion of the potential for violence in Jerusalem, especially at the Temple Mount, is also included. Source: Scout Report, November 5, 1999.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Public Papers of the President Now Available via GPO Access
http://www.gpo.gov/nara/pubpaps/srchpaps.html
Volume one of the 1996 Public Papers for William J. Clinton are now available online via GPO Access. The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States series was begun in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available. Volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton are included in the Public Papers series. GPO Access provides two different methods of accessing the information in each volume: a traditional simple-search interface and a table of direct links to sections of each volume. The table of contents, as well as various lists, appendices, and indices, are available as HTML files with links to PDF files of the documents. At this time, only Clinton's 1996 and 1997 Public Papers are available online. As subsequent volumes covering the administration of President Clinton are published, they will be added online. Earlier Clinton volumes, as well as volumes covering previous administrations, will also be added on an incremental basis. Source: GOVDOC-L, October 21, 1999.
(Last checked 10/25/99)

S.A.F.E. Schools Task Force Report
http://www.gop.senate.state.mi.us/senator/emmons/
Recent incidents across the country such as the shootings at Littleton, Co. have reinforced the need for heightened security in our nation's school. This report, undertaken by a Michigan Senate Task force, gathers information and makes recommendations for the Michigan public school system. Look under the News section of Senator Emmon's website.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

Santa Online
The Annual NORAD Tracks Santa Claus Website
http://www.noradsanta.org/
Once upon a time, a retail store in Colorado Springs, CO, advertised a Santa hotline. The printer got the phone number wrong and the calls went to Colonel Harry Shoup, Director of Operations for what was then the Continental Air Defense Command. When the Colonel got the first call, he didn't miss a beat. He had his staff check radar to see where Santa was as he made his way south from the North Pole. His staff gave updates on Santa's whereabouts to the children who called. When the United States and Canada formed the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in 1957, they decided to continue tracking this important annual airborne mission. A few years ago, NORAD put the tracking system online. Fire up the computer this Christmas Eve and let the children follow Santa's trip around the globe. Source: Access America Online Magazine, December 20, 1999.
(Last checked 01/11/00)

School Safety, Second Annual Report on, 1999
http://www.ed.gov/PDFDocs/InterimAR.pdf
Updated description of the nature and extent of crime and violence on school property. Describes measures some schools have taken to prevent and address school violence.
(Last checked 01/10/00)

Security and Exchange Commission's
Investor Education and Assistance Home Page
http://www.sec.gov/oiea1.htm
The SEC offers to help you learn about investing with its Investor Education and Assistance service. Includes answers to top questions. How to file complaints. And how to avoid trouble. Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 22-24, 1999.
(Last checked 11/04/99)

The Small Business Classroom
http://classroom.sba.gov/
If you own a small business - or want to be an entrepreneur - this is the site for you. The Small Business Administration's online classroom offers courses and interactive business guidance on a variety of topics. SBA made agreements with Harvard Business School and several companies for some of the best courses and information available on the Internet, free of charge. You can also sign up for free e-mail counseling from SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Source: Access America Online Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, October 18, 1999.
(Last checked 10/29/99)

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 26th edition
http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/
Perhaps more than you ever wanted to know about crime. The authoritative Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 26th edition, brings its vast database to cyberspace. In Adobe Acrobat format. Source: USA Today Hot Site, November 1, 1999.
(Last checked 11/04/99)

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 1999
http://www.fao.org/NEWS/1999/img/SOFI99-E.PDF
This excellent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations found that in 1999, 790 million people in the Third World were undernourished, and 34 million in First and Second World nations also did not have enough to eat. Although the number of undernourished people has dropped by 40 million since 1996, a decline of 8 million per year, the world will not be able to meet the 1996 World Food Summit goal of reducing the number of starving people to about 400 million in 2015. This 35-page report is filled with graphically rendered data sets, maps, glossaries of defined terms, and side bars highlighting specific countries and issues. SOFI's presentation conveys the urgency of the issues surrounding the world's food insecurity clearly and concisely. Source: Scout Report, December 3, 1999.
(Last checked 12/15/99)

State of the World's Children, 2000
http://www.unicef.org/sowc00/
The State of the World's Children 2000 seeks to fan the flame that burned so brilliantly a decade ago when world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and then confirmed their commitments for children and adolescents at the 1990 World Summit for Children. It is a call to leaders in industrialized and developing countries alike to reaffirm their promises for children. It is a call for vision and leadership within families and communities, where the respect for the rights of children and women is first born and nurtured and where the protection of those rights begins.
(Last checked 12/22/99)

The Student Guide for Financial Aid, 2000-01
http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/SFA/StudentGuide/2000-1/index.html
The US Department of Education has placed online the 2000-2001 edition of its comprehensive Student Guide for Financial Aid. The three major aid programs of the Department, Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans, account for a full 70 percent of all student financial aid disbursed in the US. Available in both HTML and .pdf formats, this guide is a useful resource for information about these programs and how to apply for them. Users can also browse for a select topic using a pull-down menu in the top right-hand side of the page. A short list of important phone numbers and Websites is provided. Source: Scout Report, March 10, 2000.
(Last checked 03/15/00)

Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/home.html
Findings from the first Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health include:

  • Mental disorders, ranging from clinical depression to schizophrenia, affect nearly one in five Americans, but two-thirds of those people never seek treatment because of social stigmas and lack of money.
  • Research for treating these disorders has exploded in the past 25 years, and doctors now say they have powerful options--including both therapy and new medications.
    (Last checked 12/14/99)

    Tobacco Industry Documents
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/industrydocs/index.htm
    Announced by US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala on November 18, the day of the Great American Smokeout, this important new site will allow the public, for the first time, to conduct searches of key tobacco industry documents "made public by state lawsuits, congressional subpoenas, and the November 1998 master settlement agreement." The site is composed of four major sections. The most relevant of these for general users is the Minnesota Select Set, a full-text, searchable database with about 350,000 pages of viewable documents selected by Minnesota lawyers as key to the state's trial. Second is the searchable citation index, or the 4B Index. The 4B Index represents approximately 4 million documents, totalling 27 million pages, that are stored at the Minnesota Depository. Users may submit requests online or by fax for hard copies. Some of the cited documents may also be found via the collection of annotated links to sites that hold tobacco industry documents, most of which are maintained by the various tobacco companies and are supposed to mirror the documents in the Minnesota Tobacco Document Depository, according to the Master Settlement Agreement. Background and search tips are provided to help users navigate these sites. The fourth major section is a collection of approximately 7,000 selected British American Tobacco Company documents from Guildford, England, which are stored in Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Select Set and may be viewed online. Source: Scout Report, November 19, 1999.
    (Last checked 12/16/99)

    Understanding the Federal Courts
    http://www.uscourts.gov/UFC99.pdf
    An overview of the "operation, and administration of the entire federal court system." The report covers the relationship between the courts and the other branches of government, the structure and jurisdiction of the federal courts, and an overview of the judicial process and administration. A list of legal terms and directories of the US District Courts and Courts of Appeals is also included. Source: Scout Report, November 12, 1999.
    (Last checked 01/10/00)

    U.S. Air Force Home Page
    http://airforce.com/
    The U.S. Air Force has launched a redesigned Web site into cyberspace to help users feel they're experiencing the past, present and future of the service. Includes an Online Air Show with free screensaver. Commercially produced!
    Source: USA Today Hot Site, October 27, 1999.
    (Last checked 11/04/99)

    U.S. Government Blue Pages Online Directory
    http://bp.fed.gov/
    The General Services Administration is working with 24 federal agencies and the publishers of more than 6,200 telephone directories nationwide to make it easier for you to find the government services you want in the Blue Pages. Browse the already published directories, or find out when the new user-friendly blue pages will hit your door. The new blue pages have larger type, identifying icons, toll-free numbers, and Internet addresses, organized by subject and type of service. Source: Access America Online Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, October 18, 1999
    (Last checked 10/29/99)

    USGOVSEARCH Free Edition
    http://usgovsearch.northernlight.com/publibaccess/
    Originally unveiled and subsequently much-maligned as a pay-for-access service provided by a partnership between Northern Light and the US Government, usgovsearch quickly lost its larger partner. Northern Light continued with the service nonetheless and recently came out with a free public access version of the search engine, which was originally designed for public libraries and public schools only. While the full edition of usgovsearch still requires a subscription, the public access version indexes millions of pages from US government and military sites. Users can search by keyword; by date range, agency, and subject in a power search; or by specific agency. The sheer size of the Northern Light database makes this search engine a useful resource for users seeking US government information. A sample search for "Medicare," for example, produced over 31,000 returns. The same search in Google's Uncle Sam produced 8,500 hits, though the list was topped by the official US Government site on Medicare as opposed to the site of the Health Care Financing Administration in usgovsearch. Rather than choosing one over the other, the Scout Report recommends using both these engines in conjunction when searching for government information. Source: Scout Report, November 5, 1999.
    (Last checked 12/16/99)

    White House Conference on Philanthropy: Gifts to the Future
    http://www.giftstothefuture.gov/
    Philanthropy will be in the national spotlight on October 22, 1999 as the Clinton Administration holds the first White House conference ever to focus on charitable giving. Among the topics to be discussed: how traditions of philanthropy can be passed to future generations, how companies can encourage individuals to increase their philanthropy, and how people who are making fortunes in high-technology fields are reshaping the non-profit world.
    (Last checked 10/25/99)

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