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Volio April 8, 2015

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Memphis, Nonprofit.
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http://voliovolunteers.com/

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Environment, world.
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http://worldpublicopinion.org/index.php?

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Arkansas, Directories, Memphis, Mississippi, Senior Citizens, Tennessee.
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http://thebesttimes.com/news/2013/nov/18/latest-senior-retirement-housing-guide/#.VDLwlkiIpQs.email

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Mississippi, United States.
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http://www.gettoknowgaming.org/by-the-book#national

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Water, world.
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http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/home

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Fuel.
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http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=TN

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Countries, Energy.
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http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/IEDIndex3.cfm

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Annual Reports, United States.
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http://www.state.gov/p/io/rls/rpt/index.htm

https://archive.org/details/usdeptofstateunreports

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Business, Finance.
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http://www.calculator.net/amortization-calculator.html

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Home Repair, Repair.
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https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ipc.2009.pdf

https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ipc.2012.pdf

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Images, music.
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http://creativecommons.org/

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Children, Tennessee.
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http://www.tn.gov/accweb/

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

Posted by Business & Sciences Reference Staff in All, Business, Consumer Information, Time.
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www.gethuman.com

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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http://www.measuringworth.com/growth/

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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http://www.antennaweb.org/

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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http://www.stats.indiana.edu/

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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http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp

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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http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/category/content-type/content-type/book-states

“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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http://www.stateconstitutions.us/index.html

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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http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

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.

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