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"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to become a backbone American society." from web site

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"Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is custodian of a unique story and memories. At the Veterans History Project, we treasure the personal narratives sent to us by veterans from all wars. Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember.The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feelings and personal recollections." from web site

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An overview of nearly 70 digital collections relating to African American history.

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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Information and news from the U.S. Air Force.

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"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." from web site

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Information and news from the U.S. Army.

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"Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens as well as their contributions to the nation's cultural and political life." from web site

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Information and news from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Search Coastal and Marine Geology Program Resources by topic, geograpical area, or content type. Content types include general information, project information, educational materials, photographs, movies, maps, publications, and data sets.

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OSEI products include multichannel color composite imagery and single-channel grayscale imagery linked to mapped locations.

This page also links to OSEI for:

  • Dust Storms
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Icebergs
  • Ocean
  • Severe Weather
  • Snow Cover
  • Storms
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Unique Imagery
  • Volcanoes

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From the Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC), view the most recent images of the sun. Most images are provided by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the U.S. National Solar Observatory.

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Resources compiled by the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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"One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information." - from website

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"The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The release of the Douglass Papers, from the Library of Congress's Manuscript Division, contains approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass' life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. These papers reveal Douglass' interest in diverse subjects such as politics, emancipation, racial prejudice, women's suffrage, and prison reform. Included is correspondence with many prominent civil rights reformers of his day, including Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith, Horace Greeley, and Russell Lant, and political leaders such as Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Scrapbooks document Douglass' role as minister to Haiti and the controversy surrounding his interracial second marriage." from web site

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The main site for Canada's government includes information about governance, services, resources, and news releases.

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"Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. During the early years of the HGP, the Wellcome Trust (U.K.) became a major partner; additional contributions came from Japan, France, Germany, China, and others. See our history page for more information.

Project goals were to

  • identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA,
  • determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA,
  • store this information in databases,
  • improve tools for data analysis,
  • transfer related technologies to the private sector, and
  • address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.

Though the HGP is finished, analyses of the data will continue for many years. Follow this ongoing research on our Milestones page. An important feature of the HGP project was the federal government's long-standing dedication to the transfer of technology to the private sector. By licensing technologies to private companies and awarding grants for innovative research, the project catalyzed the multibillion-dollar U.S. biotechnology industry and fostered the development of new medical applications." from web site

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"Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years."

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Information and news from the U.S. Marines.

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"The NTRS provides access to NASA's current and historical aerospace research and engineering results.

  • NACA Collection: Citations and reports from the NACA Technical Report Server (TRS), 1915 to 1958.
  • NASA Collection: Citations and documents created or sponsored by NASA, 1958 to present.
  • NIX Collection: Citations and images, photos, movies and videos downloaded from the NASA Image eXchange and served out through NTRS." from web site
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"The National Agricultural Library collection of more than 3.5 million items covers all aspects of agriculture and related sciences. The depth and richness of the collection make it a unique resource, with many materials not available anywhere else in the world. NAL's collection fills over 48 miles of shelves, making it one of the largest agricultural collections in the world." from web site

University of Akron affiliates may wish to search the NAL Catalog, AGRICOLA, through our subscription interface in order to more easily locate full-text articles.

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The Exhibit Hall from the National Archives covers topics of current and historical interest. Recent exhibits include:

  • The Charters of Freedom
  • Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman
  • The Way We Worked
  • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
  • The Deadly Virus
  • Picturing the Century
  • Treasures of Congress
  • Designs for Democracy
  • When Nixon Met Elvis
  • A New Deal for the Arts
  • Panoramic Photography
  • John H. White: Portrait of Black Chicago

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"An atlas that gathers and presents information designed to help us understand continental-scale environmental issues has been released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, CEC. The North American Environmental Atlas is intended for use by both environmental scientists and the citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Its maps and services are designed to help the public visualize environmental topics at a continental scale. An example of this is the pollutant mapping tool in Google Earth that allows you to explore information about more than 30,000 facilities across our Nation, Mexico, and Canada. For professional users of geographic information, this Atlas offers basic cartographic and environmental data for the continent at no cost.

Map Layers include Agriculture, Biology, Boundaries, Climate, Environment, Geology, History, Map Reference, People, Transportation, and Water." from web site

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"The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. NBII partners and collaborators also work on new standards, tools, and technologies that make it easier to find, integrate, and apply biological resources information. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation's biological resources.

The NBII Program is managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Informatics Office." from web site

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"Earthquakes pose significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. The USGS is the only Federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide. Citizens, emergency responders, and engineers rely on the USGS for accurate and timely information on where an earthquake occurred, how much the ground shook in different locations, and what the likelihood is of future significant ground shaking." from web site

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"NGDC archives hundreds of digital data files and analog data sets ( paper, film, etc. ) containing descriptions and analyses of marine and lacustrine sediment and rocks from the sea floor. Data are compiled from US institutions and from international sources through exchange mechanisms including the World Data Center system." from web site

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"Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes affect both coastal and inland areas. Long-term data from these events, including photographs, can be used to establish the past record of natural hazard event occurrences. These data are also important for planning, response, and mitigation of future events.

The National Geophysical Data Center plays a major role in post-event data collection. We also assist in the detection, location, and evaluation of the extent of certain hazards using satellite data. The types of hazards detected using the Defense Meteorological Satellite include fires, floods, hurricanes, and cyclones." from web site

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"The National Guard is by far the oldest component of any of the uniformed services. It traces its roots to the colonial militia, and claims a "birthday" of 1636. By comparison, the U.S. Army was founded in 1775 (its first units all came out of the colonial militia) and the U.S. Air Force was created in 1947. More importantly, the National Guard maintains a unique "dual status" - both State and Federal - that no other service or component has. This dual status is rooted in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which states that "Congress shall have the power ... To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress."

The National Guard serves both the state and nation in times of need, and soldiers and airmen in the Guard swear an oath to protect and defend not just the Constitution of the United States, but also of the State in which they serve. In peacetime, the Guard is commanded by the governors of the respective States and Territories (the District of Columbia National Guard is commanded directly by the President). We assist civil leaders during natural disasters, state emergencies and civil unrest. Civil laws, particularly the Posse Comitatus act of 1878, limit the use of Federal troops (to include Federal Reserve components like the Army Reserve and the Air Force Reserve) to enforce the law. The National Guard, when acting in its capacity as State troops, does not fall under these restrictions and thus can augment civil authorities in maintaining law and order." from web site

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"In teaching geology, a picture is often worth a thousand words. This page lists public domain image sources that educators may find useful for teaching geology with national park examples. Reference in this webpage to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by NPS." from web site

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"The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community." from web site

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Information and news from the U.S. Navy.

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"Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire." from web site

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ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional/CIS) is a comprehensive index to materials by and relating to the U.S. Congress and the legislative process. The database indexes materials including hearings, committee prints and publications, and legislative histories.

The University of Akron has access to the full text of all published and unpublished Congressional hearings held 1824-1979; committee prints and publications; Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports; and the fully indexed Congressional Record. The PDFs are fully searchable and include transcripts and materials submitted for the record. The University of Akron also has access to the full text of the Serial Set from 1789 to 2003. This resource includes historical illustrations, maps, and statistical tables. These full-text collections may be accessed on campus or remotely by logging into the proxy server. OhioLINK authenticated users will not be able to access all full-text collections.

The U.S Serial Set includes reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. Of particular importance to those who study law, the Serial Set contains Congressional legislative reports that provide unrivaled insight into the legislative intent of laws enacted before 2003.

Congressional Hearings contain full transcripts of congressional proceedings, including oral statements, committee questions, and discussion. They also contain texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits, and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff.

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"Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, Science.gov provides a search of over 36 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,850+ scientific Websites.

The content for Science.gov is contributed by participating agencies committed to serving the information needs of the science-attentive citizen, including science professionals, students and teachers, and the business community." from web site

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This resource is part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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"This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes." from web site

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The American Presidency Project contains more than 85,000 documents related to the Presidents of the United States, including The Messages and Papers of the President, The Public Papers of the President, The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, party platforms, remarks, debates, and executive orders. Search by date, president, or topic.

APP is hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

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The Smithsonian Institution includes nearly thirty museums and research centers as well as the National Zoo. Museums and collections include African art, Air and Space, American Art, American History, American Indian, National Zoo, Natural History, and the Portrait Gallery. Research includes American art, astrophysical observatory, museum conservation, environment, libraries, photography, and the tropics.

The web site includes an online encyclopedia for Art and Design, History and Culture, and Science and Technology.

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The official site of the President of the United States is a resource for information from the executive branch of the federal government. Updates include current news, press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, and radio addresses.

Biographical information on this site includes that of the previous Presidents, Vice Presidents, and First Ladies.

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