Archive | July 2006

State Tax Holidays

In honor of the upcoming Tennessee State Tax Holiday:

From the Federation of Tax Administrators, this is a guide to tax holidays offered by various state governments.  A handy chart provides dates, restrictions and links to the official state websites.

Oyaka Ticket Search Engine

According to their site, “Oyaka is a One Stop Comparison Meta-Search Engine using advanced web technology to bring its users millions of event and movie tickets from all over the web with speed and reliability.”  Users can price compare for tickets nationwide to a variety of events–sports, concerts, theater and movies.

Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounders

“Current political and economic issues succinctly explained”

 From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

“Inspired by Sarah’s recent post about the Council on Foreign Relations’ background essay on Hezbollah, I have spent some time at that organization’s web site.  CFR is a nonpartisan and independent membership organization and its website seeks to ‘raise the level of foreign policy awareness by offering timely, unbiased, and in-depth coverage of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs to anyone interested.'”

“Backgrounder essays could serve as reliable, balanced resources for students and others wanting to learn more about current events and controversial international issues.  They can supplement our electronic subscription to Issues and Controversies–which customers cannot access at home–as well as print sources such as the CQ Researcher (available in the History Department).”

“I found the following Backgrounder essays to help me better understand recent news:

AHA Find a Hospital

Thanks to Nancy Passella (Whitehaven) for suggesting this topic!

From the Virtual Health Information Center website:

A directory of hospitals that can be searched by name or geographic location (state, city, zip code). Information from Find a Hospital is derived from the annual American Hospital Association (AHA) survey of hospitals and licensed by the National Library of Medicine. Available through MEDLINEplus.

Recycling For Charities

Recycling For Charities is a nonprofit that collects used electronic items (cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, pagers) and either refurbishes them or disposes of them in an environmentally conscious manner.  For every item donated, RFC then donates $1 to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Israel and Lebanon: Online Resources

Checking Out and Checking In is a blog created by Iris Shreve Garrott, a librarian in Paducah, Kentucky.  This entry is a compilation of sources related to the current conflict in the Middle East.

Hezbollah (aka Hizbollah, Hizbu’llah)

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

“From the Council of Foreign Relations, background about Hezbollah, ‘a Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups and organizations. It opposes the West, seeks to create a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran, and is a bitter foe of Israel.’ Topics include origins, leaders, area of operation, and major attacks in the 1980s and 1990s. Includes links to material about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon in 2006.”


From ResearchBuzz:

CouponCabin is a search engine for coupons, coupon codes and deals from a wide variety of stores.  Users can search by store, by type of coupon, by expiration date or by category of product.

MCS Directory

This link is to the Memphis City Schools directory on the MCS website.  They have all schools listed along with the contact info (website, address, phone, etc.). There are also some links to reading lists and events on the various school web-pages. 

Local Lawyers Rate Judicial Candidates

From Doris Dixon (Raleigh):

“Customer: ‘Where can I find a copy of the letters written by the two lawyers about the candidates in the August 3rd election? I heard that one of the attorneys is a Democrat, the other a Republican, and both had some sharp things to say about some of the people running for office.’

Information god or goddess: ‘I have the URLs for two letters that were mentioned in recent article in the Commercial Appeal (7-15-06)'” Article from Newsbank 

How MySpace Works

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

“This introduction to the prominent social networking site Myspace describes what it ‘really is, what it can do for you, [and] how it blew past the competition.’ Discusses how the idea of social networking is applied online (‘It’s the simple act of expanding the number of people you know by meeting your friends’ friends, their friends’ friends and their friends’ friends’ friends.’). Also addresses safety issues. From How Stuff Works.”

Eigen’s Political & Historical Quotations

“Eigen’s Political & Historical Quotations is the world’s largest collection of memorable quotes about and by historians, politicians and other public figures. The collection is designed for the use of students, journalists, teachers, historians, political scientists and the many other people who are interested in politics and political history. Use the quotation search to look for quotes by keyword, author, idea, or actual text.”  Over 40,000 quotes by more than 12,000 authors are indexed.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive “was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.” It includes the “Wayback Machine,” which allows users to view previous incarnations of websites by entering the URL.

Oceans Alive: Eat Smart

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

 “A collection focusing on health and environmental aspects of seafood. Provides a FAQ on seafood and health, an evaluation of fish oil supplements, a seafood selector (indicating health and environmental concerns), a seafood buying guide, and a recipe collection. From the nonprofit organization Environmental Defense.”

Grief and Loss

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

“This compilation of grief resources provides contacts for bereavement support organizations, financial and legal steps to take when someone dies, details about claiming government and employee benefits, and guides for the newly widowed, coping with loss, understanding grief, and ways to remember those who have died. From AARP.”