November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics
Gale Encyclopedia of Science
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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States
There are too many reference sources on the Internet for all to be listed on our pages. Below, we've listed some web sites we've found especially useful. They are arranged by type of reference work, or by subject.
National Academy of Science: Biographical Memoirs Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.
DPLA: The Digital Public Library of America DPLA strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. It aims to expand the realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
Nancy Pearl Librarian and author of Book Lust and More Book Lust, Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.
New York Times Books on the Web Contains more than 50,000 book reviews, author interviews, and book news articles that appeared in the newspaper and the New York Times Book Review since 1980. Free registration is required.
Economic Indicators Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance.
FedBizOpps.gov FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps.
O*Net Online O*NET Online provides hundreds of occupation-specific entries for job seekers, employment professionals, and those interested in exploring different career tracks. It is created for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration.
U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index The Fair Use Index tracks a variety of judicial decisions to help both lawyers and non-lawyers better understand the types of uses courts have previously determined to be fair—or not fair.
Native Health Database The Native Health Database contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.
Net Wellness This site provides high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.
Oncolink Cancer information sponsored by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Travelers' Health Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site assists travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.
David Rumsey Map Collection An extensive digitized gallery of maps, globes, atlases, charts, school geographies, and material in other formats. The site focuses on "cartography of the Americas from the 18th and 19th centuries," but has offerings from all over the world.
American Rhetoric Includes the Online Speech Bank, a database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events.
OFFStats, Official Statistics Offers a collection of links to official statistics worldwide. It arranges statistics sources alphabetically in three sections--by country, region, and subject--with pull-down boxes for easy selection.
Population Reference Bureau Data Finder This database contains data on 137 population, health, and environment variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole. Not all countries have data on all variables.
UNdata: A World of Information UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations into a single entry point for easy access.