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New to Collection: Statistics Sources, 33rd Edition

Subtitled "a subject guide to data on industrial, business, social, educational, financial, and other topics for the United States and internationally," the four-volume set, Statistics Sources, is an impressive and extensive finding aid.

Its publisher, Gale Cengage, describes the set as follows:

This easy-to-use alphabetically arranged dictionary serves as a guide to current sources of factual quantitative information on more than 20,000 specific subjects, incorporating almost 135,000 citations and more than 1,600 sources. Statistics Sources provides the widest possible range of print and nonprint, published and unpublished, and electronic and other forms of U.S. and international statistical data on industrial, business, social, educational, financial and other topics.

The 2009 edition, soft-bound set has just this morning been added to the ready reference collection in the Government Information and Law department. Click on the call number below to view Statistics Sources in the library catalog.

Call no.: King Govt & Law Reference | HA1 .S735 2009 v.1-4

2009 Selections to the National Film Registry Announced

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, has selected 25 motion pictures that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come. Spanning the period 1911-1995, the films named to the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress range from the sci-fi classic "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and Bette Davis’ Oscar-winning performance in "Jezebel" to the Muppets’ movie debut and Michael Jackson’s iconic video "Thriller." This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 525.

To see the complete list of 25 motion pictures selected for 2009:
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2009/09-250.html

To nominate films for the 2010 National Film Registry:
http://www.loc.gov/film/

THOMAS provides new RSS, Top Five Bill, and full-text options

THOMAS, the free-access legislative database maintained by the Library of Congress, yesterday announced several new features for the Web site.

New RSS feed: Bills Presented to the President
This new RSS feed lists bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President's signature.

Top Five Bills
The five most-searched-for bills from the past week are listed in the center box on the right side of the homepage. Hovering the mouse over the bill number will display the title of the bill. Clicking on the bill number will bring you to the Bill Summary and Status page for that bill.

Bill Text PDFs
Changes to bill text display pages were made to make the PDF more visible and accessible. Clicking on a PDF link will bring you to the Government Printing Office (GPO) PDF for a specific version of a bill.

Other site additions, including social bookmarking options, are described at the THOMAS What's New page.

Originally launched in 1995, THOMAS provides free, public access to an ever-expanding catalog of Congressional activity. For more information on it, and other sources of Congressional information, contact the Government Documents librarian.

Share your views on Federal public access to research policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) now invites your input on the *management* of policies to deliver public access to the published results of taxpayer-funded research, to be submitted to the online discussion no later than TOMORROW, January 7, 2010.

*All* are urged to respond to this pivotal opportunity and to encourage researchers, students, and others to weigh in. Your input will be critical in helping the administration to form a deep and balanced view of stakeholders’ interest in ensuring public access to publicly funded research.

The questions before us now are:

  • Compliance. What features does a public access policy need to ensure compliance? Should this vary across agencies?
  • Evaluation. How should an agency determine whether a public access policy is successful? What measures could agencies use to gauge whether there is increased return on federal investment gained by expanded access?
  • Roles. How might a public private partnership promote robust management of a public access policy? Are there examples already in use that may serve as models? What is the best role for the Federal government?
  • (See the full post at http://blog.ostp.gov/2010/01/01/policy-forum-on-public-access-to-federally-funded-research-management/).

    This is the last of the three announced phases of the online discussion. The first two phases focused on public access policy implementation as well as on features and technology. From January 8 to 21, the online discussion will revisit in more detail aspects of the conversation that warrant deeper exploration. To participate, visit the Public Access Policy blog at http://blog.ostp.gov/category/public-access-policy. Comments emailed to publicaccess@ostp.gov are also accepted, but will still be posted to the blog by the moderator.

    General comments, addressing any part of the Request for Information, may be submitted to the Federal Register no later than January 21. See the full notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29322.htm for details.

    via SPARC (http://www.arl.org/sparc)

2009 Tax Forms Now Available

The GIL/IMC Area (Government Information and Law / Instructional Media Center) has a limited number of printed tax forms available for U.S. federal taxes. The links below provide online copies of these forms, as well as to tax forms for Ohio, the Midwest-area states, and Canada.

For more information about accessing these forms, contact Government Information and Law at King Library.

For quick access to this blog entry, feel free to use this URL: http://tinyurl.com/MU2009taxes

Federal Tax Forms:
http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html

Oxford City Tax Forms:
http://www.ritaohio.com/individual/formsandinstructions.htm

Ohio State Tax Forms:
http://www.tax.ohio.gov/forms/index.stm

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Great Lakes area State Tax Forms

Illinois Tax Forms:
http://www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/index.htm
Indiana Tax Forms:
http://www.in.gov/dor/taxforms/
Iowa Tax Forms:
http://www.state.ia.us/tax/forms/indinc.html
Kentucky Tax Forms:
http://revenue.ky.gov/forms/curyrfrms.htm
Michigan Tax Forms:
http://www.michigan.gov/taxes
Minnesota Tax Forms:
http://www.taxes.state.mn.us/taxes/individ/forms.shtml
Missouri Tax Forms:
http://dor.mo.gov/tax/personal/individual/forms/2009/
Pennsylvania Tax Forms:
http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/forms_for_indi...
West Virginia Tax Forms:
http://www.state.wv.us/taxrev/personal.html
Wisconsin Tax Forms:
http://www.dor.state.wi.us/html/formpub.html

Canada Revenue Agency:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html

More Content Added to U.S. Government's Digital Repository

FDsys, the digital repository created by the U.S. Government Printing Office, continues to grow with new content additions.

Over the holiday break, FDsys was expanded to include the following government publications:

* Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1991 to 2005)
* Code of Federal Regulations (2007 to 2009)
* Precedents of the United States House of Representatives (as part of the GPO Federal Publications collection)

Released to Public Beta in 2007, FDsys is home to scores of contemporary government publications, including Economic Indicators, the Congressional Record, and the weekly and now daily Compilations of Presidential Documents.

For more information about FDsys, or help on how to use it, visit the extensive FDsys Help Center, view an online tutorial, or contact the Government Documents Librarian.

Using Google Earth to track Santa?

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is tracking Santa using Google Earth. Check out their webpage and see if Santa has made it to your neighbourhood yet!

Google Earth is a really neat free program you can download from Google. Google Earth allows you to view a 3-d representation of the globe (and space) with maps and satellite imagery.

You can also follow Santa's journey using Facebook, Twitter, and Picasa.

Happy Birthday to Jane Austen

Jane Austen

" 'My idea of good company, Mr. Eliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.' 'You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best.' " (Persuasion).

If you can't spend Jane Austen's birthday surrounded by the best company, then perhaps some of these new titles about Jane Austen might do the trick:

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen edited by Susannah Carson. (on order for King Library and available through OhioLINK)

Jane Austen and Marriage by Hazel Jones (King Library PR4038.M3 J66 2009)

A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen by Richard Jenkyns (Hamilton Library PR4037 .J45 2007)

The Cinematic Jane Austen: Essays on the Filmic Sensibility of the Novels by David Monaghan, Ariane Hudelet, and John Wiltshire (King Library PR4038.F55 M66 2009)

Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists by Peter W. Graham (King Library PR4036 .G73 2008)

Or how about checking out this journal devoted to the study of Jane Austen: Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal

Or go check out an 1894 edition of Pride and Prejudice in our Special Collections on the third floor of King Library. It's bound in dark green cloth with gold embossed decorations.

If you're looking for a present to help me celebrate, I would love tickets to New York City to go see the exhibit A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy at the Morgan Library!

Free Holiday Movies

Finals got you down? Get into the holiday spirit with one of these movies from the IMC:

Christmas with the Kranks
Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip the holidays altogether, but can they deal with the fallout?

A Christmas Carol: The Musical
A musical version of Dickens' classic, starring Kelsey Grammer.

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
When a small-town, extremely disgruntled guy, Davey Stone, faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he messes up big time and lands in jail.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This much loved holiday classic gets an update with Jim Carrey in the title role.

Surviving Christmas
Drew (Ben Affleck) wants to recapture the magic of the being home for the holidays, but he must convince the people that live in his childhood home to play along.

Happy holidays and have a great break!

Freely accessible, reliable e-resources for H1N1 influenza information

Ebrary, a platform for viewing digital content, has created an information center to bring together current information about the H1N1 influenza. The site was created by ebrary employees, in the course of researching H1N1 to protect their families and friends.
While some of the most important information in the world is contained within PDF documents, it is a very difficult format to search, use, and manage online. To enable people to discover valuable H1N1 data, ebrary has created a highly interactive database of PDF documents from government agencies and other authoritative sites (copyrights permitting or with permission).

Access the information center here:
http://h1n1.ebrary.com/home.action

Due to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza (formerly known as Swine Flu) and concerns about the 2009/2010 flu season, the EBSCO Publishing Medical and Nursing editors of DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™ (NRC) and Patient Education Reference Center™ (PERC) have made key influenza information from these resources freely available to health care providers worldwide. The information is designed to inform patients and their families and provide information to clinicians to help them with H1N1 diagnosis and H1N1 treatment by making up-to-date diagnosis and treatment information available. The resources being made available will also provide up-to-date information about the H1N1 vaccine.
The editorial teams will monitor the research and update these resources continuously throughout the flu season.

Access the portal here:
http://www.ebscohost.com/flu/

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