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Infotopia May 11, 2016

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From the site, “Infotopia is an academic search engine designed for “students, teachers, and especially homeschoolers.” Created by Dr. Michael Bell (former chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians) and Carole Bell (former middle school librarian and director of libraries), Infotopia uses a Google custom search to provide access to previously vetted websites selected by librarians, teachers, and educational professionals.” Infotopia provides tabs to different subject areas. These include: Arts, Biography, Games, Health, History, Images, Languages, Literature, Math, News, Reference, Sci/Tech, and Social Sciences. Under each tab, a topic can be selected from different websites, besides the Google-like search that can be done. Citation sources and search tips are also shown on the site.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting April 5, 2016

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The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Media Library and Archives. From the site, “The AAPB website provides the general public with access to the AAPB Online Reading Room, where users can screen or listen to digitized materials that the AAPB has made available for research, educational and informational purposes. It also includes a database of the entire AAPB digitized collection, which currently includes 68,000 items (40,000 hours), and 2.5 million metadata recordings that describe items which have not yet been digitized.” Many historic programs of publicly funded radio and television across America are available on the website. They can be watched or listened to on the site.

The easiest way to search the website is to use the Google-like search box. Once the results are brought up, you can limit your search on the left side by genre, media type, topic, year, and other subjects. Many of the shows are copyrighted. For reuse for educational or research purposes, the contributing organization may need to be contacted.

Curated exhibits are also available on the site. These feature content on different topics of historical significance.


Innerbody March 10, 2016

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Innerbody is a website that shows pictures of human anatomy. Each body system is broken down into parts. Click on the body system and a picture is provided in both 2D Interactive and 3D Rotate & Zoom. For 2D Interactive, hold the mouse pointer over the part of the body you are looking for. On the right side of the page, a box will pop up that explains what that body part does. Click on the body part and it gives a fuller description. For 3D Rotate & Zoom, click on the picture of the body part you are looking for. High resolution 3-D CAD views will come up, along with a  sound description. Also, the picture can be rotated to get a more accurate sense of the organ.

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.



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