Archive | December 2008

Women in the Labor Force : A Databook

This report from the U. S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics provides current and historical labor force and earnings data for women and men from the Current Population Survey.


“DataPlace aims to be your one-stop source for housing and demographic data about your community, your region, and the nation. “–From web site.   The data sources are very relibable; most are from the U. S. Census.

Treasures of the New York Public Library Video Series

The New York Public Library offers this online video series that highlights some of the treasures found in its massive collection.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

“The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database has information on almost 35, 000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.”–From the web site.  The principal sponsor of this project is the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the projcect is an Emory University Digital Library Research Initiative.

Security in Numbers : SSN’s and Id Theft

The Federal Trade Commission offers its report here that recommends five measures to prevent Social Security Numbers from being used for identity theft.

The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

Veterans For America offers this 599 page guide to such issues affecting veterans and servicemembers as vocational rehabilitation, education, and housing.  It also provides information to help veterans and servicemebers who seek benefits from the Veteran’s Administration.  It provides help to all veterans but also provides information specific for newer veterans, those who fought in the Iraqi War and in Afghanistan.

Financial Crisis Planner : Resources For Learning About and Tracking the Current Financial Crisis

This is a library guide from the Chicago-Kent College of Law that “brings together some of the best and most accessible materials related to the [financial] crisis. It provides resources such as articles on the failure of regulation, the Congressional testimony of key players, editorials on the government’s bailout of banks, books on previous financial debacles, and the voices of people who have lost homes in foreclosures”–from the website.

Free Clip Art

I often have students looking for clip art for their PowerPoint presentations or reports, and since the Clip Organizer in Word doesn’t always behave as it should, I often end up directing them to a Google image search.  The problem with that?  Often those images are copyrighted.  So, here are two sites that offer thousands of free clip art images in the public domain:

WP Clip Art –

Open Clip Art Library –

Focus On The Economic Crisis

The Foundation Center offers an interactive map showing how United States foundations have offered support in response to the economic crisis.  Data can be displayed by state, county, city, zip code, and congressional district.

Vintage Christmas Catalogs

From Wayne Dowdy (History):

This site “has scanned copies of Christmas catalogs from the 1940s to the 1980s.  The catalogs are complete and would be helpful to students looking for historical pricing information as well as to those looking for nostalgia.”

JOBCentral : National Labor Exchange

JobCentral National Labor Exchange is a service of the DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit consortium of leading U. S. corporations, in alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.   Jobs available from leading U. S. employers are found here, and may be searched by keyword and locations, and most of the jobs can be applied for online.  You can search by a just a location, e.g., Memphis, TN, to find all available jobs in that location.  In addition, there are added fields to help you limit your search and there is other job-related information included.

7 Things You Should Know About … Zotero

The Educause 7 Things You Should Know About series has added Zotero as a part of the series.  Information is found here on Zotero, which is a research tool for managing online references and can serve as a centralized location for gathering and storing references.

Search and Find Magazines on Google Book Search

Google has announced an initiative to bring more magazine archives and current magazines online and has partnered with a diverse number of magazine publishers to begin digitizing millions of magazine articles.   Users can use Google Book Search to search for magazines and magazine articles and as time goes on there will be more and more magazine articles appearing in the results of a Google Book Search.

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Online Deal Finders

OK, so this one is really for all the staff.  Of course, customers might ask about such things, but I’m putting this up for anyone who still has some shopping to do!

Lifehacker has created this guide to online sites and tools for getting the best price on a variety of different types of products.  Enjoy!

Investing in Bonds

“Geared toward many types of investors–from beginners to experienced equity investors who are new to bonds to sophisticated bond investors– is a unique source of bond price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary and information about bonds. The site has been ranked as a top investor site for bonds by Money, CNBC, Forbes and others and is continually enhanced and updated with new data, information and features. [AND] The site was created by The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association to help educate investors.”–From the web site.