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Ethanol-Free Gas Stations December 10, 2014

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Looking for gas that doesn’t have ethanol in it? Many boating and plane enthusiasts use ethanol gas. Pure-gas.org has a listing by state and then city. Click on the state you would like to find ethanol-free gas in. Then scroll down to the city you are looking for. Each entry includes the city, the brand of gas, the octane number, gas station name, address, GPS coordinates, and a map location of the station. You can also choose to save or print out the list of stations. If the city you are looking for is not listed, you can also contact your local fuel distributor to find out whether they provide ethanol-free gas.

International Energy Statistics November 21, 2014

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Published by the United States Department of Energy, this dataset provides international energy statistics going back to 1980. The data is listed by petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, renewables, total energy, and by country. Fuel information by reserve, consumption, production, imported, and exported are all listed. The country data has a summary of all fuels by country. Total ranking by country compared to the rest of the world is also included. Information is listed on an annual basis, except for certain OECD members. Those OECD members have information posted monthly or quarterly.

U.S. Involvement with the United Nations November 5, 2014

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These links shows two different reports : ” United States Participation in the United Nations” and “Voting Practices in the United Nations”. Both reports are submitted to Congress. The first link covers the years 1999 – today, while the second link covers the years 1949 – 1998. From the site, “U.S. Participation in the United Nations is an annual report to Congress, prepared by the U.S. Department of State, that describes the activities of the United Nations, along with U.S. involvement in the UN, for a particular calendar year. Voting Practices in the United Nations is an annual report to Congress, prepared by the U.S. Department of State, that compiles and compares votes in the UN General Assembly with U.S. votes on the same resolutions. It also catalogs and briefly describes resolutions adopted or defeated by the UN Security Council.

Amortization Calculator October 21, 2014

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From the site, “This amortization calculator gives out the annual or monthly amortization schedule of a one time fixed interest loan. This calculator also gives out the monthly payment and total interest to be paid.” Put the loan amount, loan term in years, and the interest rate (APR) into the calculator and it will calculate the above information. The site also gives the definition of what amortization means.

For a mortgage calculator, please click on this link.

International Plumbing Code – IPC October 8, 2014

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The International Plumbing Code is now available online in full text. Shelby County still uses the 2009 edition, but also posted is the 2012 edition, for later information. Both codes are posted as PDF’s and are pretty much a mirror of the print version.

Creative Commons August 21, 2014

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Want to see if a work is in the public domain? Is there something on the Internet that you would like to use yourself? The Creative Commons website is a great place to find out if you are able to use a picture, piece of music, or other source materials. Just go to the Creative Commons website and in the Explore Box click on “Find CC-Licensed Works”. In the top right corner is a google search like box. Just type in what you are looking for. Underneath the search box is a listing of different websites you can search. Click which website you would like to search in. For example,  if you type in bouvier des flandres, then click the Flicker website, lots of pictures of the dogs will come up. Click on one of the pictures. Underneath it will tell you the rights to the pictures and whether it is able to be used.  This can also be done in other picture websites, for other media, and music websites as well.

State of Tennessee Child Daycare Inspection Reports August 5, 2014

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The Tennessee Department of Human Services  has now released its child daycare reports and placed them online. Each daycare location can be searched by location name or by the county it is in. If searching by county, the zip code of the day care would need to be known. Each entry is listed in alphabetical order, along with the star rating, the day care’s history of compliance, and its specific violations. The number of day cares in each county is also listed by zip code.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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