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Yearbook of the United Nations February 10, 2016

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“The Yearbook of the United Nations” is the reference work on the United Nations System. Starting in 1946 and going forward through today, the Yearbook answers political and security questions from around the world, human rights questions, economic and social questions, legal questions, has statistics, and provides the structure and roster of the United Nations.

American Cancer Society Cancer Statistics Center January 26, 2016

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The Cancer Statistics Center from the American Cancer Society provides a one stop source on statistics for all kinds of cancer. The number of new cancer cases per year, along with number of deaths is listed, as well as the numbers per state. Map statistics, as well as trends are shown. Cancer screening and risk factors are also covered. Many of the statistics are from the source, “Cancer Facts & Figures“, which is available from the American Cancer Society.

GED Easy January 7, 2016

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The GEDEasy.com database includes over 25,000 locations nationwide that provide GED preparation and testing. Students can simply put the name of the city in the search form at http://gedeasy.com/ged-classes/ and the GEDEasy website will provide a list of locations that offer GED classes in that area. The search box is towards the middle center of the webpage, about a quarter of the way down. Testing sites for the GED are also listing further down the webpage, in the results page, below the GED classes list. All listings are shown by zip code.

The direct link to the GED classes in and around Memphis is listed in the link at the top of the page.

From the site, “The database includes classes offered by community colleges, literacy councils, high schools, libraries, community action agencies, churches, and many other organizations committed to education and the improvement of the lives of those who were unfortunate enough to not finish their regular high school education.”

Memfacts December 16, 2015

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Memfacts is a new website from the City of Memphis that contains a lot of statistics about the city. The headers of Public Safety, Neighborhoods, Youth, Economy, and Government are a click away from providing data on multiple subjects. These include robberies and burglaries, Fire response times, EMS response times, crime, employment, household income, GDP growth, poverty, code compliance, pothole repair, delinquent weed cutting, and much more.

Collections Search Center – Smithsonian Institution December 1, 2015

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The Collections Search Center from the Smithsonian Institution allows a “search over 9.3 million records of museum objects, archives and library materials including more than 1.4 million online media files” (from the site). A Google-like search allows for a perusal of what is in the collections by keyword. Or, the Browse by Category button shows the Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology collections. A search can also be done for the items on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution Museums.

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.


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