Archive | May 2009

Sonia Sotomayor — Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress offers this page on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, which includes links to articles she has written, a foreward she wrote for a book, to the texts of her two previous confirmation hearings,  to her judicial opinions, and to websites that have information about her.

Learn About the United States of America offers links to governmental sites that provide information on America’s history, culture, symbols, holidays, the Constitution, time zones, weather, and much more.

State Fact Sheets — United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

“State fact sheets provide information on population, employment, income, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, and top commodities, exports, and counties for each state in the United States.”–From the website.

From the site: “The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.”  Users can search by category, agency or both, and access is available to raw data and data interpreted by ‘tools.’

Media College

Media College “is a free educational and resource website for all forms of electronic media. Topics include video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more. [They] have hundreds of exclusive tutorials with supporting illustrations, videos, sound bytes and interactive features. You’ll also find reference material, utilities and other useful goodies, as well as a helpful forum.”

The tutorials look pretty good, and the site even archives operating manuals for different types of equipment.


Wolfram|Alpha has been getting a lot of buzz lately, but if you haven’t come across it yet, it is a “computational knowledge engine.”  What does that mean?  Well, I could try to explain it to you, but Phil Bradley has done a much better job than I could: Phil Bradley’s post on Wolfram|Alpha.

Most important thing to note: This is NOT a search engine.  But, really, please read the post above before trying it out.  It will save you a number of frustrations. 

Oh, and for the time being, you might want to confirm information you find here in a second source.  I did a search for “Memphis” and noticed that the current time was incorrect.

UNdata : A World of Information

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched a new internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point … from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.”–From the website.  You can search 22 databases which have 60 million records which have global statistics on a diverse number of areas.

Property Assessment Directory

It’s not the prettiest site, but it has the goods.  This site is a large link directory to property assessment sites around the country.  Most are county sites, but there are a few aggregate sites as well.

United States : The Constitution

The Law Library of Congress offers this new web page on the United States Constitution and offers information on military tribunals, Presidential Signing Statements, Executive Privilege and more.

Find Your Summer Camp 2009

The Memphis Commercial Appeal provides this online search tool to help you find summer camps in the Memphis Area.   There are ways to narrow your search, including by camp type:  Arts/Hobbies, Day Camps, Educational, Residential, Specialty, and Sports.

Budget of the United States of America : Fiscal Year 2010

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) offers the Fiscal Year 2010 United States Budget, the Budget Message of the President, and other Budget-related documents here.

50 Useful Twitter Tools for Researchers

This is an annotated list of 50 Twitter-oriented applications arranged by function.  I am by no means a Twitter expert (I might just re-read the Newbie’s Guide to Twitter right now…), but a few of these look like they could come in handy in our work.

Citizen’s Briefing Book

As the Obama Administration was transitioning into power, they asked for Americans to play a part and suggest changes that needed to be made.  Using the website, the Administration collected over 44,000 ideas.  The most popular ideas (determined by over 1.4 million votes cast) are presented in this document—-a citizen’s briefing to President Obama.

Local Impact of the Capital Purchase Program

“The map … [on this Website] represents locations where the Department of the Treasury has funded transactions through the Capital Purchase Program (CPP), and will be updated as new transactions are announced. As of March 2009, Treasury has made investments in banks in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.”–From the Website.  The map will show the total amount of money given by the U. S. Treasury to the banks in a specific state and then a list of the names of each of the banks and the amount of money it received.