Archive | May 2006

National HIV Testing Resources

From the CDC, this is a one-stop shop for all consumer information on HIV testing.  This site provides a very good FAQ on blood tests, home tests, and antibody tests, as well as a national database of testing sites.

The Best of the Humanities on the Web

This site offers a wealth of information.  Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate the various subjects and see what the National Endowment for the Humanities considers to be the best of the web.  Also includes lesson plans…

Energy Information Administration

From Kevin Dixon (Staff Development):

This site provides the official energy statistics from the U.S. Government. You can use it to search gas prices back to 1990, amongst other useful statistics. Kevin comments, “I just used this site to find out that while gas prices are down 6.4 percent from last week, they are up 75.8% from last year. OUCH!”

Congress Votes Database

Created by The Washington Post, the Congress Votes Database indexes all Congressional votes since 1991. Users can search by individual lawmaker, state, missed votes, late-night votes, etc. Also provides links to individual websites and RSS feeds for votes.


This site is a free, searchable archive of photographs for public use.  It’s a great source for images for reports and PowerPoint presentations. 

Newspaper Archives

This is a collection of FREE, full text, full image, searchable/browsable newspaper archives containing thousands of articles focused on specific topics from Scroll down the page to see a list of all archive collections. Topics include: Immigration, AIDS, FBI, September 11, Global Warming, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barbecue Food Safety

From the Librarians’ Internet Index, in honor of the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest:

Tips for safe outdoor grilling of meat and poultry. Topics include defrosting, marinating, transporting, keeping cold food cold and hot food hot, cleanliness, precooking, thorough cooking, reheating, serving, leftovers, safe smoking, pit roasting, and cancer risks from high-heat grilling. From the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Country Reports on Terrorism

From Librarians’ Internet Index:

Annual reports from the Secretary of State about “developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, and countries determined by the Secretary to be of particular interest in the global war on terror.” Includes reports back to 1996.

Local Law Enforcement Links

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

This site provides links to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

History of Operation Blue C.R.U.S.H.

This article from the Memphis Daily News details the history of the Memphis Police Department’s Operation Blue C.R.U.S.H.(Crime Reduction Using Statistical History), which “involves using mapping and statistical information to target crime hot spots and chronic perpetrators.”

From the Memphis Police Department, Crimemapper allows users to locate crime information by street address or intersection.

U.S. Blue Pages

An online directory of all federal offices and services, this tool can be searched by city, state, ZIP, area code, agency or keyword.

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Lab Tests Online

From a consortium of professional societies, this site was created to provide patients and caregivers with a thorough overview of any type of clinical laboratory test.  Users can look up a particular test or search by condition or disease.

Early Christian Writings

“The most complete collection of documents from the first two centuries with translations and commentary. Includes the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, and Church Fathers.” Entries include links to online translations of texts, as well as on- and offline references related to the texts. The recently released Gospel of Judas is included.


From Nathan Tipton (Humanities):

“Overbooked is an amazing Readers Advisory resource.  Advertising itself as a ‘web site for raveneous readers,’ Overbooked features a wide variety of booklists covering different genres (in both fiction and nonfiction), a huge array of book reviews, and a full page of links to Readers Advisory collections from libraries nationwide.  The site is a worthy supplement to the Readers Advisory resources currently housed in the Humanities Department.”

Yahoo! Babel Fish

Babel Fish, the popular online language translation tool, has moved–It has found a new home at Yahoo!  This tool provides free translation of words and phrases in 38 different language pairings.  At its new location, the translated text can then be immediately searched on Yahoo!’s search engine.