World at Risk

The CQ Researcher (print, reference) is a favorite of topic-shopping students as well as students who already have a public-agenda topic and are looking for supporting info resources. The Library just received CQ Press’ World at Risk (print, circulating), a mini-Researcher that has updated information on many project hot topics, including AIDS, global warming, and human rights.

The Tax History Project

The Tax History Project is “a public service initiative from Tax Analysts. Established in 1995, the Project provides scholars, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with information on the history of U.S. public finance.” Includes (but of course) tax history, but also offers the returns of select U.S. Presidents (take a look at F.D.R.’s 1040), an image gallery (cartoons, too), and primary source material.

The new way things work by David Macaulay, with Neil Ardle

New Title in the Library: The new way things work / David Macaulay, with Neil Ardle, “The information age is upon us, baffling us with thousands of complicated state-of-the-art technologies. To help make sense of the computer age, David Macaulay brings us The New Way Things Work. This completely updated and expanded edition describes twelve new machines and includes more than seventy new pages detailing the latest innovations. With an entirely new section that guides us through the complicated world of digital machinery, where masses of electronic information can be squeezed onto a single tiny microchip, this revised edition embraces all of the newest developments, from cars to watches. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained–with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth” (from publisher’s description).

State Health Facts Online

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Health Facts Online “contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.” The site covers a range of health topics, including HIV/AIDS, Managed Care and Health Insurance, Minority Health and Women’s Health. “The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation. ” [Quotes from the Foundation’s web site]

“Search Engine Wars” series on NPR

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition today began a weeklong series of features on search engines. Today’s story reviews the history of search engines. Later this week, we’ll learn about the industry, how search engines make money, what to expect in the future, etc. You can listen at http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2004/apr/google/. The page also has a collection of search engine-related links.

World Newspapers

The Australian-based Online World Newspaper Index offers links to a large number of, well, world newspapers published in a number of languages (including English). Tucows’ NewsDirectory limits itself to English language world newspapers, magazines and othe media outlets. Quoting the site: “This free directory of newspapers, magazines, television stations, colleges, visitor bureaus, governmental agencies and more can help you get to where you want to go, or find sites you didn’t know about.”