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GetHuman July 22, 2014

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Tired of waiting on hold trying to connect with someone at a company? GetHuman is a catalog of direct phone numbers to large companies. Just type in a product, company, or organization name in the search box. The website will provide the phone number, what to directly press to talk to a human, how long the average wait times are, and what hours the call center is open. Below the entry is a place where you can share your experience and give tips on what worked or didn’t work in getting a hold of someone.


MeasuringWorth.com July 11, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Economics, United States, world.
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MeasuringWorth.com, supported by the University of Illinois-Chicago, provides the purchasing power of the United States, along with the United Kingdom and other select countries. Historical economic information is shown by year or a comparison of years, including the Consumer Price Index, the Gross Domestic Product, the S & P Composite Index, along with other growth indexes. The Dow Jones Daily average is listed.  A comparison of gold prices from the traded stock markets of different countries is also included.


AntennaWeb June 20, 2014

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Looking to cut the cord from cable television? AntennaWeb is a site that can be used to get information on how strong your local television station reception is. From the site, “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have created a color-coded labeling standard to classify each of the available outdoor antenna types.” The color coding will help decide what is the correct digital antenna type for your area. Put in your zip code to show what location you are at. Then click on the color to see the appropriate antenna that should be bought.

StatsIndiana June 3, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Arkansas, Business, Census, Colleges, Economics, Memphis, Shelby County, states, Statistics, Tennessee, United States.
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From the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, this site gives tons of statistics for census, unemployment, manufacturing, and many other subjects. The information includes an overview of the United States, along with results for all fifty states, not just Indiana. Comparisons by state are listed for the economy, education, income & taxes, population & housing, along with the workforce. State comparisons include: the number of patents issued and county business pattern establishments under the economy listing. The number of members of unions can be found under the workforce tab. Population, housing, income, and labor force statistics are listed by county and metro area. Much more information is also included on the site.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores May 22, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Health, Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
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The Leapfrog Safety Group releases a  hospital safety score survey for the United States quarterly.  From the site, “The survey assesses hospitals on three key areas: how patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and structures that promote patient safety. This website also includes information on hospitals’ hospitals safety score.” Searches can be done by city/state, state, zip code, or hospital name. From there, each hospital provides information such as maternity care, high risk surgeries, hospital-acquired conditions, and general information. The safety score is done by the Group and ranges from the letters A, B, C, D, and F, with A being the best. Some hospitals not being scored, an example being children’s and cancer hospitals. But, more than 1,200 hospitals are rated throughout the nation.


Book of the States May 1, 2014

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“The Book of the States” from the Council of State Governments has been posted in its entirety from 1935 to the present. The full book provides statistics on how a state operates. Included in the book is information on the judicial, executive, and legislative branches, along with state finances and their elections. Tables include officers and state boards. The payroll and employment of state and local governments by function is provided.  The state pages include a simple place to find state population, land mass, capitals, and the population of that capital. Historical state information includes how and when the state was annexed into the United States. A wealth of information on the states can be found in this set of books.

State Constitutions April 5, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Government Publications, Law, states.
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This site provides the state constitutions read aloud for people who do not see well or are visually impaired. Under the State Constitutions header, click on “The Constitutions”. On the left side of the page, you can click the state that you are looking for. Click “submit”. A written narrative of the constitution, along with the time blocks are listed on the page. Click on the speaker symbol on the right side of the page to hear the specific state constitution.

Further down on the page of “The Constitutions” is a place called, “Monitor the Constitutions”. This is a newsfeed that shows current stories from around the country about how the constitution of different states are being amended or challenged.

Nursing Home Compare March 17, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, apps, Senior Citizens, United States.
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Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States. Search for a nursing home by zip code or by city, state. The search results will provide the name of the nursing home, its overall rating, how it has done on its health inspections, and its staffing situation. Results are rated from one to five stars, with five stars being the best. General nursing home information and its ownership is also provided. Another page presents a place to file a complaint for a specific nursing home in your state.

Memphis Area Home Sales February 26, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Census, Shelby County.
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These are monthly reports of the Memphis area home sales going back to 2009 from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Information includes the total house sales for the month, including new and existing houses. A breakdown of single family homes, condos, and duplex sales is also shown. There is also a table with a breakdown of home sales in the different areas of Memphis and Shelby County.

Radio Search Engine February 15, 2014

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, music, Telecommunications.
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Radio Search Engine is a new website that is a radio search engine for songs, artists, shows, and stations all over the world. From the site, “Search for your favorite artist and listen to their music. If it’s not playing right now, you’ll find stations that will likely play it which will lead to other music and stations you’re sure to enjoy.”

The website home page starts by listing the FM and AM radio stations in your area. Each station lists what it is playing or if it is on a station break. The site also has a google-like search box at the top of the page. Put in the song, artist, show, or station you are looking for. A search for “Michael Jackson”, brought up multiple stations playing his songs around the nation. Click on the song you want to hear and it will bring up other songs you may like to listen to as well. Multiple talk shows and even old radio shows like “American Top 40″ can be found as well.

Charity Checker January 28, 2014

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From the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, Charity Checker provides information and ratings on different charities. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, CharityNavigator, GreatNonprofits and GuideStar give the rating results, all in one place. This is the first time where the ratings and reviews for all four sites are aggregated together. Over 11,000 charities are listed on the site. A search can be done by name,  state, and category.  Once the charity is found, a rating is given for one or more of the organizations above. The site will also list the charity’s location, EIN number, and revenue.

PDF Convert January 3, 2014

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From the site, “pdfconvert.me is a free email service which will take the content of a message and return that content back to the sending email as a PDF attachment. This allows mobile devices to have a “print to PDF” feature in many circumstances.”

E-mail’s are sent to pdfconvert@pdfconvert.me, webconvert@pdfconvert.me, attachconvert@pdfconvert.me, or noheaders@pdfconvert.me. No sign up is required.

Tennessee Personal Driving History December 18, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Automobiles, Public Records, Tennessee, Transportation.
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For a nominal fee, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is allowing Tennesseans to get their personal driving history or motor vehicle record (MVR). The driving history will show a person’s driving record for the last three years. It is an official copy from the state of Tennessee. The record can be gotten online at the website above, at a Driver Service Center, or it can be requested through mail. Allow two weeks from the mailing date to receive the driver record.

A Report on Women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. December 9, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in Adolescents, All, Children, Diseases, Health, United States, Women.
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This report, “A Report on Women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S.”, is released from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It provides statistics on women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. including the number of new cases by race, geography, and age. Transgender, lesbian, and bisexual women are also counted. Some statistics on men are included. Insurance coverage, poverty, drug use, sexual abuse, and treatment programs are also listed. At the beginning of the report, a history of HIV/AIDS is shown from 1981 – 2013.

Manualslib – The Ultimate Manuals Library November 16, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Business, Computers, Consumer Information, Directories, Materials, Repair, Self Help.
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This site contains lots of free users guides uploaded by people who held on to the instruction booklet for their refrigerator, computer, dishwasher, remote control, etc. Over 700,000 pdf’s are on the site. Just use the search box to type in what manual you are looking for. From the site, “Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages.” You can view the manual or download it to your computer by an add on. All manuals are only available in PDF.

You can also share the pages of the manual on social media, if you like. Just click, “share this page”.

Likewise, you can even upload a manual to a product that you don’t see on the page. Instructions are available on the home page.

The Book Cover Archive October 28, 2013

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The Book Cover Archive provides information on a book cover and its designer. The site presents over 1,200 cover designs. Each entry includes the title of the book, author, publisher, publication date, the genre it belongs in, and its designer. Click on the name of the designer and a list of other book covers that he or she has done is listed. Art directors, photographers, illustrators, and even typefaces can be searched on the site.

HealthStats October 16, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Countries, Diseases, Health, United States.
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From the website, “HealthStats is the World Bank’s comprehensive database of Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) statistics. It includes over 250 indicators on topics such as health financing, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria and tuberculosis, health workforce and health facilities use, nutrition, reproductive health, population and population projections, cause of death, non-communicable diseases, water and sanitation, with background information on poverty, labor force, economy and education. Users can access HNP data by country, topic, or indicator, and view the resulting data (and wealth quintiles) in tables, charts or maps that can be easily shared through email, Facebook and Twitter.”

Exempt Organizations Select Check October 2, 2013

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There is a new website from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that will allow you to see if an organization is a non-profit or charity. From the website, “Exempt Organizations Select Check is an on-line search tool that allows users to select an organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filing.” After you click on the Select Organizations Exempt Check Tool at the website, there are three choices available to choose from.

  1. Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub. 78 data),
  2. Organizations whose federal tax exemption was automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years, or
  3. Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filers and filings.

The name or EIN number can be typed into the search box. Then, the search results should come up with the organization name, EIN number and the location it is in. The Deductibility Status is also listed (the type of charity the organization is.). This website is replacing Publication 78, which is no longer published by the IRS.

Streamer September 14, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Maps, Rivers, Water.
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Streamer is a new website from the National Atlas of the United States. This government site allows you to map the water flow of rivers across America. Begin by going to the map. Locate the river you are looking for. Hold the shift key and drag a box around your river area of interest. The map provides the names of rivers in the area. Click on the river and you can see how it goes upstream or downstream. Clicking on the “Trace Report” button shows a summary or detailed report with the latitude, longitude, and elevation of the river. It also includes the total length of the river and what cities it passes by.

Two different maps can be chosen. The base Terrain map, on a white background or the Imagery map, which is on a green background. The Imagery map is more topographical, while the Terrain map is more of a basic map.

3D Virtual Fossil Collection August 27, 2013

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Animals, Science, Taxonomy.
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This website, from the British Geological Survey, provides the first link to 3D images of fossils. From the site, “the pictures link to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models. Just type the fossil you are looking for in the search box. The full details of the fossil results provide the taxonomy group the fossil belongs to. The 3D images come up under view scanner. The three choices to bring them up include by web browsers, by zipped .ply file, and by zipped .obj file.


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