Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Boy King

The University of Oxford's Griffith Institute has put together a digital collection of records documenting Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun, including ninety-three pages of photographs taken by Harry Burton during the excavation. You can also read Carter's diaries and eyewitness accounts of the excavation.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

POTUS Delivers The SOTU

"State of the Union (SOTU) provides access to the corpus of all the State of the Union addresses from 1790 to 2006. SOTU allows you to explore how specific words gain and lose prominence over time, and to link to information on the historical context for their use. SOTU focuses on the relationship between individual addresses as compared to the entire collection of addresses, highlighting what is different about the selected document. You are invited to try and understand from this information the connection between politics and language–between the state we are in, and the language which names it and calls it into being."

Monday, May 29, 2006

Come Together

The Archive of European Integration (AEI) is an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The AEI collects two types of materials: certain types of independently-produced research materials and official European Community/European Union documents. All told, the archive currently contains over 4,800 documents ranging from working papers on topics such as the common agricultural policy as well as cultural policy.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Green Man Reading

The Little Green Data Book is an annual publication which features statistics on agriculture, forests and biodiversity, energy, emissions and pollution, water and sanitation, environment and health, and other environmental topics, for world regions and countries. The site includes a glossary. and the archived editions go back to 2001. The data is published by the Development Economics Data Group and the Environment Department of the World Bank.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Fourteen Points

Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. In 1957, the Archives of the League of Nations was created. The Archives includes official records as well as portraits, paintings, caricatures, original artworks and unique objects d'art. In June 2000 Robert Goehlert led a research team to the League of Nations Archives, which included Jian Liu and Kris Bell, to start a digital library project dedicated to digitizing one of the League of Nations Archives’ photograph collections.The League of Nations Overview of Photo Collections includes photos of: Personalities, Assemblies, Councils, Delegations, Commissions, Conferences, the Secretariat, the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Bureau International du Travail, and miscellaneous photos.

Friday, May 26, 2006

By The Numbers

Economic Statistics Briefing Room provided by the White House. Here, visitors can peruse sections that offer information on income, output, transportation, and prices. Drawing on the research and statistical databases of several dozen federal agencies (including the National Agricultural Statistics Services), visitors can view tables and charts that offer such timely material as crude oil prices, poverty rates, and household wealth. Within each section, visitors can view summary statistics, and then if they wish, they can proceed to the homepage of the agency that provided each set of information.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ready For Class

Webcast.Berkeley has placed some of their course materials online for the general public. With the help of the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center visitors can either look at an archive of course webcasts and podcasts or view the archived webcasts that feature prominent speakers who have visited the campus. The events archive dates back to a January 2002 appearance by Bill Clinton, and includes dozens of interesting talks and lectures. Visitors can learn about each event in the information section, and for some, they have the option to download the audio portion of each event. Visitors can view webcasts here, and also download podcasts. The range of courses here is quite broad, and includes lectures on general chemistry, wildlife ecology, and foundations of American cyberculture. Finally, visitors can also subscribe to event and course podcasts.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Thomas Guide

Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress.The site includes the Congressional Record text and index, bills and voting records, current session schedules, and committee information.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

You May Have The Floor

FedNet is the leading provider of Washington based, real-time and archival multimedia information. Headquartered on Capitol Hill, FedNet provides clients the ability to capture, webcast, archive, search, retrieve and bundle events and information related to the client's special interests. FedNet provides news production services and real-time, live webcasts of Congressional Hearings, Floor Debates, White House briefings, Regulatory hearings, and Press conferences.

Monday, May 22, 2006

The Grand Daddy Of Them All

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Filling Out Forms

U.S. Legal Documents and Forms is the original and premiere site for legal forms on the Internet. Over 36,000 legal documents and forms, including wills, name change, real estate and more.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Need PC Help?

PC World's Info Centers is the place to find product research on topics such as spyware, Windows, and other major technology. This site can help you provision your small business or home office. This PC World site provides a one-stop shop for everything you need: reviews, charts, how-to's, articles, downloads, and pricing info on the products and topics that most interest you.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Had To Be There

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is the manifestation of one of the most influential modern educational theories, the 6,900 entries in this major new reference work form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Spread Your Wings

Butterflies of California has profiles of butterflies found in California, listed by family. Describes habitat, physical characteristics, conservation status, and other details. Includes references and maps showing recorded sightings of the butterflies in the state. Most records are accompanied by photos. From the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Golden State

California Geological Survey (CGS) is a site where you can find "information on the geology, natural resources and geologic hazards of California." Includes a history of this government body, news, educational materials, maps, and reports on topics such as mineral resources (including gold and hazardous minerals), earthquakes, landslides and erosion, and tsunamis. From the California Department of Conservation.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Your Library Card

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. Our goals are to open the doors to the world's library of scientific knowledge by giving any scientist, physician, patient, or student - anywhere in the world - unlimited access to the latest scientific research. The site facilitates research, informed medical practice, and education by making it possible to freely search the full text of every published article to locate specific ideas, methods, experimental results, and observations.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Navigate The Nervous System

Anatomy Atlases is an anatomy digital health sciences library that has been uniquely committed since 2006 to educate patients, healthcare providers, and students in a free and anonymous manner for the purpose of improving patients' care, outcome, and lives using current, authoritative, trustworthy health information while serving as a platform for research into the challenges facing world-wide information distribution. The sites goals are to curate a comprehensive digital library of anatomy information for patients and providers. Maximize the impact of this digital library by enhancing awareness among potential users at local, national, and international levels.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Spin Me Right Round

The Recorded Sound Reference Center is the public access place for the Library's audio collections, which reflect the entire history of sound technology, from wax cylinders, through LP's and tape, to compact audio discs. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Technically Speaking

The Science & Technology Division's Reading Room is the public access point for the Library's scientific and technical materials. The reading room supports access to information in all areas of science and technology. The exceptions are clinical medicine and technical agriculture, the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library, respectively. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Pinpoint It

In the Geography & Map Division Reading Room, researchers can access the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world, including more than 4.5 million maps and 60,000 atlases as well as a large number of cartographic materials in other formats. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

In The News

The Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room provides public service to material in the Serial & Government Publications Division: current & retrospective newspapers (U.S. and foreign), current periodicals, and government documents (including U.S. Federal Depository, United Nations, and European Union publications). Collections include material published in all Western European languages. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


The Prints & Photographs Reading Room provides public access to more than 13.6 million images, including photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Curl Up With A Good Book

The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, title pages, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Down Home

The Folklife Reading Room of the American Folklife Center is the access point for researchers interested in folklife. The ethnographic collections of the Archive of Folk Culture, part of the American Folklife Center, are international in scope and include over one million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Arabian Spice

The African & Middle Eastern Division Reading Room provides reference and bibliographic services covering more than 70 countries and regions, from South Africa to Morocco to the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. In most cases, materials written in the vernacular languages of these areas must be accessed through the African & Middle Eastern Division reading room. Provided by The Library of Congress Research Centers.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Irish Invasion

The Center for Immigration Research (CIR) at the Balch Institute created this series to promote access to information about immigrants from Ireland to the United States during the era of the Irish Potato Famine, 1846-1851. It was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36). These materials identify 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York, 1846-1851, and the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of the passenger records list Ireland as the native country. The other 32 countries include Canada, Brazil, Saint Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout Europe. These records include passengers aboard ships with both Irish and non-Irish ports of embarkation for emigration to America. The series consists of four electronic files. The primary file is the Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) that includes passenger lists with the personal names involved in this wave of immigration. Three additional files supplement it and serve as electronic code files. They are the Famine Irish Manifest Header File, the Famine Irish Port Code List and the Famine Irish Country Code List. Each of the FIPAS records contains data on a passenger and may include name, age, town of last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, and codes for passenger's sex, occupation, literacy, native country, transit status, travel compartment, passenger port of embarkation, and the identification number for the ship manifest.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Emergancy Exposure

Index to Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials. This newly added series consists of an electronic index with digital photos for 8,751 images in the FEMA headquarters digital photographic series related to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998 - 2004.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Fresh Air

The National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) has reports from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "ongoing comprehensive evaluation of air toxics in the U.S." These reports contain the results of an assessment of 1999 air toxics emissions (released in 2006), and an earlier report on 1996 toxic air pollutants. The 1999 assessment includes a summary of the findings, a FAQ on air toxics, a list of the over 170 air pollutants in the report, a glossary, data tables, maps, and tools to analyze the data.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

On The Road Again

Pocket Guide to Transportation is an annual publication provides quick facts about the U.S. transportation system, covering topics such as accidents, car travel, airports, railroads, oil imports, ports, border crossings, fuel economy, auto emissions, and even international piracy and armed robbery at sea. Archived reports go back to 1999. From the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

All That Glitters

Gold Statistics and Information from statistical publications such as Mineral Commodity Summaries, Minerals Yearbook, and Mineral Industry Surveys. Features brochures on gold prospecting, gold prices in the U.S., and other mineral and metal publications with data on gold. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Monday, May 01, 2006

How Do You Set A Price?

Homeland Security: Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding collects press releases, reports, and other documents about federal efforts to develop "a long-term plan for rebuilding the region devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." Most documents discuss funding requests and costs to rebuild and repair levees and housing on the Gulf Coast. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.