Thursday, December 18, 2003

Free Nexis Health Articles for Journalists

In Dr. Sree Sreenivasan's 2003 list of recommended web resources on Poynteronline

I saw an interesting resource I missed in April -- The PUSH Journal: Free Nexis access for stories dealing with women's and sexual health issues.

This is apparently restricted to journalists, but thought it would be a very good resource for IRCs to advise their journalist contacts of. I haven't tried to register myself, but should this really provide free topical Nexis material, this looks quite valuable.

Eileen, G/IR, Washington DC


From ADSURLs 23/04 Nolan Malone, Kaari F. Baluja, Joseph M. Costanzo and Cynthia J. Davis.
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. December 17, 2003.

The report chronicles the increase of the foreign-born population over the last decade: from 19.8 million in 1990 to 31.1 million in 2000. All regions of the country experienced increases in the foreign-born population - by nearly 90 percent in the South, 65 percent in the Midwest, 50 percent in the West and nearly 40 percent in the Northeast.
Between 1990 and 2000, the foreign-born population grew by 200 percent or more in North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada. In 2000, more than half of the nation’s foreign-born population lived in three states: California, New York and Texas.
Foreign-born people constituted the majority in six cities with populations of 100,000 or more population in 2000 - two of them in Florida and four in California, according to this analysis of census results by the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 7-in-10 people in Hialeah, Florida and about 6-in-10 in Miami were foreign-born, according to the census figures. The foreign-born accounted for more than half the population in the California cities of Glendale, Santa Ana, Daly City and El Monte.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Subject: Trio information resources on the net

Dear All :

I would like to share these information with our IRC colleagues. Maybe you can find these information are useful and can use as your resources to answer your reference inquiries. The nice thing is they archives the question and answers so we can use it everytime we need. Happy reading...


At we strive to provide students, teachers, and parents with access to the best possible resources on the world wide web. We have received hundreds of questions and have enjoyed helping out kids, parents, and even some overseas visitors in locating resources and information about a wide variety of topics.
Remember that while we do our best to point students in the right direction, we will not simply answer questions straight out of a textbook. We must stress the need for students to pay attention in class to their lectures, use their study notes, and read the assigned chapters in the textbooks before asking someone else to provide the answers. If students are still having trouble finding answers even after using these resources, then of course we encourage you to send us your questions. We will be more than
happy to locate resources that will help you out.

Here are the sample of topics:
-Voting Rights Act of 1965
-National Parks
-Dairy Products in U.S. States
-Which US state is well-known for its dairy products?
-Voting Rights Act of 1965


Here are the sample of the questions :
If a senator happens to die while in office, what is the succession
Who is the representative from our congressional district?
How long does it take to receive a tax refund from the IRS?
How do I find out more about the Americans with Disabilities Act?
When did people start paying federal income tax?
What is the difference between "hard" and "soft" money donations?
When was the first televised debate between two presidential candidates?
How many U.S. presidents were an only child?
Has a president ever been married in the White House?
Where does the vice president live?
George Washington was the first president to use the veto. What was the bill
and why did Washington veto it?
Who was the first president to be voted for by women?
Who was the first president born after World War II?
Who was the first president to appear on color television?
Who was the first president to have electricity in the White House?
Which presidents were left-handed?
How long do former presidents get protection from the U.S. Secret Service?
Who was the only U.S. president to hold a patent on an invention?
What was Rutherford B. Hayes' campaign motto in 1876?
Which 20th century U.S. Presidents did not appoint a Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court?
Who was the president when the White House got its first car?
Which president promised "a chicken in every pot"?
What president won the largest electoral vote total in an election?
Which states don't follow the "winner-take-all" procedure of awarding
electoral college votes?
What does the "S" in Harry S. Truman stand for?
Which U.S. President became a U.S. Senator after leaving office?

If you would like to know the distance between 2 cities -- everywhere around the world -- you can use this tool.
This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.

IRC Jakarta, Indonesia

Nancy Carey, Natalie M. Justh and Jeffrey W. Williams.
United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). November 26, 2003.

This report, based on information from the 2000 Academic Libraries Survey, provides a quantitative picture of academic libraries in the United States.
The tables in this publication summarize library services, library staff, library collections and library expenditures for libraries in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District
of Columbia.
From FY2004 EADSURLS No. 22

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Wondering what happened to all those CRS reports that were on Congressmen Shays and Green's web sites? They've been archived at thememoryhole. The site aims to be a an archive for sensitive or otherwise impossible to find information "the government doesn't want you see" Brought to you by Russ Kick, author of "50 things you're not supposed to know". The site even includes some sensitive reports released with blocked out text -- with the text unblocked (apparently a simple process with acrobat.) Well worth a look/bookmark.
See also: nytimes on thememoryhole.txt
PS: thanks to Mary Nell Bryant

Howdy do

Glad to be onboard


(from ADSURLs 22/04)
Capital Punishment, 2002
Thomas P. Bonczar and Tracy L. Snell.
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). November 17, 2003.

This report presents a statistical overview of persons under sentence of death in the U.S. on December 31, 2002, and of persons executed in 2002. Preliminary data on executions by States during 2003 are included, and the report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during 2002. Numerical tables present data on offenders' sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for capital offense, legal status at time of capital offense, methods of execution, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution. Historical tables present executions since 1930 and sentencing since 1973.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Anti-Americanism: Causes and Characteristics

Recent Commentary by Andrew Kohut from the Pew Research Center on anti-americanism. Released December 10, 2003. "The numbers paint a depressing picture. Just a quarter of the French approve of U.S. policies, and the situation is only slightly better in Japan and Germany. Majorities in many countries say America’s strong military presence actually increases the chances for war. And most people believe America’s global influence is expanding. The United States has been down this road before, struggling with a battered image and drawing little in the way of support even from close allies. But for a variety of reasons, this time it is different: the anti-Americanism runs broader and deeper than ever before. "

The Troubling Medicare Legislation

This analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examines the new Medicare prescription drug law. Revised December 8, 2003.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Securing Permission for Copyrighted Works

This site provides a good summary of where to obtain for copyright permissions for various types of works:

Securing Permission for Copyrighted Works:
Expediting the Process with the Aid of Collective Rights Organizations

"There are many organizations that can aid you in your quest for securing permission to use copyrighted works. These organizations, by acting as agents for multiple copyright owners, can expedite the process of securing permission either by putting you in contact with the proper copyright owner, or by granting permission on behalf of the copyright owner. Many of these organizations can even grant “instant” permission online. By contacting the appropriate organization, you may be able to secure permission without having to identify, locate, or contact an individual creator of any particular work. Therefore, when starting from scratch, contacting the appropriate collective rights organization will likely be the best place to start your search."

Brown@50: Fulfilling the Promise

Howard University School of Law's page for "the celebration
and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board
of Education (1954)." Features a chronology of slavery,
segregation, and civil rights in the United States; court
decisions; and links to civil rights resources. Also
provides information about events and conferences
(2003-2004) related to the anniversary.
Subjects: Segregation in education...
Created by je
Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet,

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

US Politics Today

New political news website "U.S Politics Today" just launched
with over 750 political content areas

December 9, 2003, Washington D.C.

IPD Group announces the launch of U.S. Politics Today
( - a non-partisan political
information service designed for political professionals.

Most sections of U.S. Politics Today are updated every 30 minutes
and provide the most complete political coverage available about
all Members of Congress, Governors, Federal Agencies, Supreme Court,
among other topics.

For more information, please contact Joe Rothstein, Editor
U.S. Politics Today at To review
the site, please visit

To subscribe to the FREE U.S. Politics Today daily e-mail newsletter,
simply reply to this e-mail.

Monday, December 08, 2003

In this week's issue of National Journal:

Guide To The Web A Staff Report
In this special report, National Journal highlights hundreds of Web sites, organized by 50
issue areas likely to be topical in 2004. National Journal reporters
selected the Web sites based on interviews with experts in those fields, as
well as their own experience in using the Internet as a resource. The 50
topic areas are arranged alphabetically within broad categories such as
foreign affairs and the economy.

The complete Web guide can be downloaded and added to your bookmarks or favorites list.

Public History Resource Center

(excerpt from the Scout Report, Volume 9, Number 48 December 5, 2003) Public History Resource Center... the general public can learn more about what exactly constitutes public history, read reviews of history-focused websites, peruse syllabi on such topics as archival studies and historic preservations, and learn about degree-granting programs in public history. Additionally, the site includes a rather detailed list of related websites, thematically organized into areas such as associations, job resources, listservs, and newsletters. Along with the website reviews, the publications section includes several helpful feature articles, such as how to utilize the historical documents and still images held by the U.S. Mint.

RSS in Government

RSS in Government: News About How RSS is Being Used by
International, Federal, State, and Local Governments.
Find breaking coverage about RSS in local, state, national,
and international governments, as well as in the Department
of Defense and other agencies. (RSS, most commonly known as
Really Simple Syndication, is an Internet tool for tracking
news and updates.) Searchable. The editorial team includes
Ray Matthews, an RSS apostle based at the Utah State

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

CQ Researcher in Spanish

In early 2004, CQ Press will introduce the Spanish-language edition of The CQ Researcher. By completing the survey, you may find on you will be offered the option to receive further information on The CQ Researcher en espaƱol as well as a charter subscription discount of 25% off the first year's subscription rate for your
institution. Interesting for Spain or countries with Spanish minority?