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Bio-Image Search October 12, 2015

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From the site, “Bio-Image Search, developed by Lane Medical Library, serves up images and diagrams exclusively from medical and scientific organizations. It groups the results based on the degree to which their republication is restricted. The tool is available to anyone with Internet access.  It has access to more than 2 million images, and the librarians are hoping to add more.”

The website is useful to educators who need pictures or diagrams for their projects. The site will tell whether an image has re-usage rights, putting the images in four broad categories. The categories are: Maximum Reuse Rights, Broad Reuse Rights, Possible Reuse Rights, or Restrictive Reuse Rights. Each set of Rights has rules to go along with it. These are explained on the webpage. Human Anatomy and certain textbook images are also included. Searches are Google-like and can be done at the center of the page.

Statistics of U.S. Businesses September 30, 2015

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The “Statistics of U.S. Businesses” is published annually from the Census Department. From the site, “It includes statistical data on number of business firms, the number of establishments, employment, annual payroll, and estimated receipts for most U.S. business establishments. The data is tabulated by geographic area, industry, and enterprise size.” The statistics are also listed for the entire country, by state, county, and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Employment and payroll are some of the main areas covered. Many of the statistics are shown on Excel tables.

Historical statistics are shown here. These statistics are done annually as well and go back to 1997.

Index to Proceedings – United Nations September 15, 2015

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The Index to Proceedings for the United Nations ceased being a print publication in 2011. This publication was reinvented online after 2011. The United Nations Depository Library now provides information online on the annual meetings of the main United Nation organizations. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Security Council are all listed by year on this website and a full publication of each can be seen on the webpage. A way to read PDF’s must be loaded onto the computer to read the entries.

National and Shelby County Construction Codes September 2, 2015

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Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement – Safety standards for Memphis, Unincorporated Shelby County, Arlington, Germantown, and Lakeland, Tennessee.

Memphis and Shelby County as well as the other cities listed above have adopted the following codes. In addition, please see Local Amendments which can be found online at https://shelbycountytn.gov/index.aspx?nid=390

2009       International Building Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Existing Building Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Residential Code – Local Amendments

2009      International Mechanical Code – Local Amendments

2012       National Electrical Code – Local Amendments

2012       (Fuel) Gas Code – Local Amendments

2012       International Energy Conservation Code – Local Amendments

2009      International Joint Plumbing Code – Local Amendments – The Code that is being used by Shelby County.

2012       International Joint Plumbing Code

2009       International Fire Code – inside International Building Code + Local Amendments, written in red letters

2008       National Electrical Code

2009       International (Fuel) Gas Code

2009       International Energy Conservation Code

2009       American National Standard ICC A117.1 – (Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities)

2010       ANSI/ ASME Elevator Code A17.1

U.S. Congress Roll Call Voting Records August 4, 2015

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Roll call voting records for the United States House of Representatives and the Senate are listed from the 1st Congress until now. The website is a bit tricky to use. You must scroll down until you get to the Roll Call Data Section. When a Congress is clicked on, the format of the files comes up, explaining how to use the site. Scroll down a bit and the Congress Roll Call information comes up. The information is being compiled by a former University of California, San Diego professor, Keith Poole.

Google Custom Search for Government Sites July 7, 2015

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Tara Calishain from the ResearchBuzz blog has put together a custom Google search engine for looking up government sites.  This site searches state, county and city government sites. To start searching, a basic subject search can be done. There are tab headers underneath the search box that break the search results out into – all, county, and city. Results will be posted in Google-like form. A narrower search can be done as well.

State Medical Marijuana Laws June 23, 2015

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There are critical differences in state medical marijuana laws. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a simple webpage explaining these differences. The differences between federal and state laws are explained. And further down on the page are two tables with each state’s statutes and programs. The first table is called, “state medical marijuana program laws”, and shows whether each state has a patient registry, allows dispensaries, recognizes patients from other states, and if medical marijuana use is allowed for specific conditions. A second table explains the state laws for “limited access marijuana product laws”, with the same table criteria headers as above. Additional resources are provided at the end of the second table.

Statistic Brain June 2, 2015

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Statistic Brain Research Institute provides statistics on all sorts of subjects. Financial, marketing, industry, company, demographic, geographic, crime, health, food, people, sports, media, technology, educational, and government are just some of the main header statistics that are listed. There are more subject listings under each heading. Or, a Google-like search box is also provided to do a statistics search. An example of a search for government information provides the Presidential Election Voter Statistics. The source of the information, a research date, a years’ range coverage (1952-2012), and turnout demographics with percentages are listed.

Hospital Compare May 1, 2015

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Hospital Compare is created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). From the site, “Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care”.

Begin by typing in a city/state, state, or zip code. The hospital name can also be included. On the next page, you can choose up to three different hospitals to compare. Scroll towards the bottom of the page once you have chosen the hospitals and click “compare now”.  A survey of patients’ experiences, the timely and effective care of the hospital, its complications, readmissions, and deaths, the use of medical imaging, payment and value of care, along with the number of medicare patients seen, are all included in the comparison. Some entries are only shown for the specific problem of the patient, for example, a heart attack. Tables and graphs are also included on some of the listings.

Volio April 8, 2015

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A new website connecting individual volunteers with organizations in Memphis was just launched. It is the country’s first “virtual volunteer fair”.  The website provides an interactive platform and engaging videos. The 90-second videos of the organization can be found on the site. Then, a potential volunteer can then click on the “I’m Interested” button. A link to the organization’s website and a map of where it is located is also shown.

World Public Opinion: Global Public Opinion on International Affairs March 25, 2015

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World Public Opinion is an excellent source on finding up to date polls and news from many countries on international issues. This site provides information by current topics and by country. The environment, justice/human rights, the United Nations, and other topics are provided. The countries are listed by region, for example, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and others.

Senior Retirement Housing Guide March 11, 2015

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Every November, The Best Times Magazine prints its Mid-South Senior Retirement Housing Guide. The Guide provides information on retirement facilities, independent and assisted living homes. Their services, features, and amenities, along with the number of units and their the monthly fees are also included.


Get to Know Gaming February 10, 2015

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Get to Know Gaming is a new resource from the American Gaming Association. It provides the commercial gaming regulations for each state. The interactive map also shows the impact gaming has on the nation and the different states. The economic impact, jobs supported, wages given to workers, and the tax revenue is listed.
The regulatory commission for each state is listed, along with its website for licensing and codes. Licensing operator and supplier applications are also shown.

Marine Traffic January 14, 2015

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Marine traffic is a site that provides a live location for maritime shipping. At the home page, a map of the world will come up with grid number blocks. Click on the block of the area of the world that you are looking for. Within the grid, a map of passenger vessels, tankers, yachts, fishing boats, and navigational aids will come up. The left side of the page has a filter that will show the symbols for each vessel. Place the mouse over the vessel and it will give the name of the boat and its destination. Click on the vessel and it will give a picture of it, along with its specifications and itinerary history.

A listing of ports is also on the website. The port listing shows the number of vessels in port now, the departures, arrivals, and other information. Click on the vessels button and it provides where the ship is at that moment, the size of the ship, the area it is in, along with the flag it flies under. A maritime business directory is also provided by some of the companies.

The marine traffic is tracked by AIS. From the site, “The system is based on AIS (Automatic Identification System). As from December 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.” The AIS acts as a GPS for vessels, to help control boat movements and to avoid collisions.

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.


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