Archive | November 2009

Popular Names By State

Social Security Online offers the the top 100 names in the U. S. for a selected state and year of birth, as well as the top 5 names by state, for a selected year of birth.

First-Time Homebuyer Credit Extended And Expanded,,id=204671,00.html

“The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009, signed into law on Nov. 6, 2009, extends and expands the first-time homebuyer credit allowed by previous Acts.  Under the new law, an eligible taxpayer must buy, or enter into a binding contract to buy, a principal residence on or before April 30, 2010 and close on the home by June 30, 2010. For qualifying purchases in 2010, taxpayers have the option of claiming the credit on either their 2009 or 2010 return.”–From the IRS Website.


Founders Early Access Project

“The Rotunda Founders Early Access project makes available for the first time thousands of unpublished documents from our nation’s founders in a free online resource.”–From the Website.

Health IT Buzz

“Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, today announced the launch of Health IT Buzz, a new blog that will allow readers to learn more about health information technology (health IT) and provide a space for consumers, providers, policymakers, and technology experts to share their ideas and concerns regarding health IT.”–From News Release.

Thanksgiving — Bureau of Labor Statistics

This is an interesting site on which the BLS gives provides economic and labor statistics relating to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Investment Advisor Public Disclosure

On this United States Securities and Exchange Commission website:  “You can search for an investment adviser firm on this website and view that
firm’s Form ADV. Investment advisers file Form ADV to register with the SEC
and/or the states. Form ADV contains information about an investment adviser and its business operations. Form ADV also contains disclosure about certain disciplinary events involving the adviser and its key personnel.–From the website.

Native American Records

Footnote has provided digitized copies of many original Native American records, including ratified peace treaties, Indian Census rolls, the Guion Miller Roll, and more.

The Supreme Court Database

The Supreme Court Database allows users to access in-depth information about all Supreme Court cases.  But, it also enables users to search for cases that meet particular parameters to create subsets of data.  So, if a researcher needs to find all the cases that resulted in the reversal of an appeals court decision on the topic of unions, this is the site to use.  Supported by the National Science Foundation.

Screening For Breast Cancer

These are the guidelines issued in November 2009 by U. S. Preventive Services Task Force.  They have controversial with some groups, particularly the guideline recommending against routine mammography screening in women aged 40 to 49 and recommending biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online

According to the site, “The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 1,000 tables. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. The Sourcebook is supported by the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.”

The 50 Best Inventions of 2009,29569,1934027,00.html

Time offers its list of the 50 best inventions of 2009.   You can click on the invention to get more information about it.

Copyright Watch

“Copyright Watch collects and monitors copyright laws from all over the world.”–From the Web site.

Grants For Individuals

Much grant funding goes to nonprofit organizations, but this extensive compilation,done by the Michigan State University Libraries, focuses on funding opportunities for individuals.

Supporting our U.S. Troops overseas

My father brought this site to my attention on Veteran’s Day. and the nonprofit website,, are partnering this site.  Choosing from more than several designs, people can send a postcard online to our soldiers overseas.  The site just  asks for your name, hometown, and any message the site provides, and viola– your postcard has been sent.

(Note:  The site does state because of the bulk of mail sent out, no confirmation email can be sent to the person sending the postcard.)

Thanks to my dad for the tip, and to our soldiers because…