American attitudes: “program on international policy attitudes” (PIPA)

This website ( reports on research performed by the PIPA of American attitudes on topics of foreign policy and international issues. This is a great resource for students to review when considering topics for their papers and speeches. It is also a great source for those interested in politics and International issues. Polls and surveys are organized in the “Digest” section by topic so that one can see the change of American attitude on issues over time.

Protein Data Bank

Protein Data Bank: “The PDB is the single worldwide repository for the processing and distribution of 3-D structure data of large molecules of proteins and nucleic acids. New structures are released each Wednesday by 1:00am Pacific time.” From: “The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), a non-profit consortium dedicated to improving our understanding of the function of biological systems through the study of the 3-D structure of biological macromolecules.”

50th Anniversary of ‘Wonderful World of Color’ TV: U.S. Census Bureau

50th Anniversary of ‘Wonderful World of Color’ TV: “Facts and statistics to celebrate the 50th anniversary (March 2004) of color television. Provides data on TV viewing habits, average number of TVs per household, cable TV rates, television broadcasting networks, advertising, and related topics.” (annotation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)

Modern Meat: PBS Fronline

Modern Meat: PBS Fronline: “Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline show that “goes inside the world of the modern American meat industry and shows that this once simple product, the hamburger, is no longer so simple.” Includes features on industrial meat, foodborne illnesses and meat safety, the meat inspection process, and politics. Provides interviews, a program transcript, video clips, and links to consumer resources.” (citation from Librarians Index to the Internet)

The Lucy Parsons Project

The Lucy Parsons Project: “The Lucy Parsons Project is an online educational resource designed to publicize the life of Lucy Parsons and the struggles she championed. There is a rich and vibrant history of anarchist, labor and racial and gender struggles for social change which have been systematically ignored by conventional histories of the United States. Lucy Parsons, a poor woman of color who took great risks engaging in revolutionary anarchist movements for social change, is a part of this enormous history. She is a unique figure even within the anarchist movement, as one of the only known African-American anarchist women of her era. Many of the struggles in which she took part are responsible for the freedoms and privileges many Americans enjoy today. “

The Schomburg Legacy: Documenting the Global Black Experience for the 21st Century

The Schomburg Legacy: Documenting the Global Black Experience for the 21st Century: This exhibition from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “presents a comprehensive survey of the development of the Center’s collections since the death of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1938) and explores the Center’s
role as the premier public research library in the world devoted to documenting and preserving the histories and cultures of people of African descent worldwide.” (annoation from Librarian’s Index to the Internet)

Pledge of Allegiance Resources

A petition by Michael Newdow to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance when led in public schools goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. He contends it’s a violation of the First Amendment. Additional resources are available through One Nation, Under God, a tipsheet from the Religion Newswriters Association and through a Pledge resources page from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. From the Waterboro Public Library (ME) blog.

U.S. City/County/State Info & Demographics

ePodunk (free site) offers links to data for communities throughout the U.S. covering census & demographics, companies, crime & arrest statistics, the economic climate, education, high school graduation rates, environment, etc. Also includes lists such as claims to fame, festivals, imaginary places, literary quotes about places, &etc. Most/all of the information is collected from other sources (the site relies heavily on the U.S. census), but its by-community analyses (heavily linked one-page snaphots) are intuitive and straighforward.