Saturday, April 14, 2007

Weekend update: More research links from the week

This week, some background info on civilian casualties on the war on terror, although by no means comprehensive. Also, good help with understanding charities' tax filings (IRS form 990s). And lots more great research resource compilations.

Resources come from many sources, including many of the links listed in the right-hand column, especially the Resourceshelf and Docuticker sites. But there are also great newsletters for new resources; several this week came from The Virtual Chase's TVC Alert newsletter. I don't cite every link, but I occasionally mention the sites I browse regularly, in the blog, and on this list, which I probably need to update again, along with the other reference links there.

The links:

  • Actual Innocence awareness database, from UT Law School, resources on wrongful convictions.
  • ACLU Releases Files on Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq, press release. Search the database of claims here, or browse the list here.
  • Global Incident Map "A global display of terrorism and other suspicious incidents" includes a text display as well as mapped version.
  • Counter Terrorism training resources (link is to statistics page), great links from Justice Dept.
  • MetaCarta GeoIntel for Petroleum: geographic search for the energy industry. (Will be a subscription service).
  • Quotations Links: good collection from website of new Yale Book of Quotations, by Fred Shapiro.
  • Glossary of Catholic Church Terms from Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Selected Internet Resources:Animal Welfare, Companion Animals and Veterinary Science from Library of Congress, includes updated pet food links. Part of Selected Internet Resources in Science and Technology. See also A to Z Index of the Science Reference Services Web Site. Here's another links guide on Bees, Pollination and Climate Change.

  • Cruel and Inhuman: Conditions of isolation for detainees at Guantánamo Bay, latest Amnesty report on the topic.
  • Diminishing Returns: National Geographic feature on the global fisheries crisis.
  • Energy Alarmism: The Myths That Make Americans Worry about Oil, from the Cato Institute.
  • Environmental Defense: New Report Shows Increased Flood Risk from Global Warming Despite Billions Spent on Flood-Control Projects (press release). Read the full report (pdf) here.

  • Statistical yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2006, from ECLAC. Downloadable charts in Excel format, or entire document in PDF.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Web Harvest of the 109th Congress: preserved for posterity by the National Archives.

  • Citizen media initiatives list, collected at Cyberjournalist. This list will grow.

  • now has a search of legal websites.

  • Global Edge, at Michigan State, has great information and resources on the global marketplace, including a great page of resources like statistics, analysis and cultural reports. There are also country and industry profiles, like Energy.

    Public Records:
  • How to Read the IRS Form 990
    & Find Out What it Means
    , from Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. Also: Key Areas to Explore in Form 990s from Bill Smith on
  • Non-Profit Salary research, from Economic Research Insitute, includes a free IRS form 990 search. (Thanks to a NewsLib contributor.) Note also, another free form 990 search from The Foundation Center.
  • Lexis One for small law firms: Public Records. Access state records for a daily, weekly, or monthly fee. Remember some states are better represented in Nexis' public records than others. More Lexis One offers.
  • Nebraska Trials Court Searches for a fee.


    • Hey Liz! Is your Congressman Heath Shuler? If he is, there is a GOOD chance that he will be facing an old pal of PJ's in the next election. If my buddy is nominated (and there is a good chance he will be) by the Republicans then I will probably be heading to your neck of the woods in '08 to give support to my friend. I know you will absolutely love (NOT) having a PJ pal as your congressman. Hee! Hee!

      By Blogger PJ-Comix, at 2:31 PM  

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