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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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Resources compiled by the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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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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"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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See below for NCDC access notes.

"[NCDC develops] both national and global data sets that have been used by both government and the private sector to maximize the resource provided by our climate and minimize the risks of climate variability and weather extremes. The Center has a statutory mission to describe the climate of the United States and NCDC acts as the Nation's Scorekeeper regarding the trends and anomalies of weather and climate. NCDC's climate data have been used in a variety of applications including agriculture, air quality, construction, education, energy, engineering, forestry, health, insurance, landscape design, livestock management, manufacturing, recreation and tourism, retailing, transportation, and water resources management among other areas. Our data and products fulfill needs ranging from building codes to power plant and space shuttle design. Our Nation's climate data are critical to our modern lifestyles." from web site

Follow these directions to access data from a computer workstation at the University of Akron or other educational institution:

  • This database works best with Internet Explorer.
  • Go to: http://www7.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/
  • Click on Local Climatological Data.
  • Now you should see on the left "Your Access is Free."
  • On that same page, scroll to the state you want on the right side, and click next.
  • Scroll to your specific area at the right, and click next.
  • Choose the year and month you want, and click next.
  • Click on the first highlighted blue line. Your data should open.

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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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"Your Geoscience resource for maps and related data about: geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology." from web site

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"The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is stored in a geodatabase implementation of the NHD model. This provides great flexibility and efficiency to allow the data to work well in analysis using a geographic information system (GIS). To maximize the capability of the NHD, users should download the data in a file-based or personal geodatabase known as NHDinGEO. For those using the NHD to create simple maps, a shapefile version known as NHDinSHAPE also is available." from Web site

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"The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world." 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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"The School District Demographics site is related to the access and use of school district demographic information. The site's purpose is:

  • To provide access to information about demographics, social characteristics, and economics of children and school districts from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • To enable users to directly access school district geographic and demographic data.
  • To provide information about school district demographic concepts, uses, and applications to facilitate effective use of these information resources." from web site

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"The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. NODIS is a depository for U.S. Census information, which is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). NODIS provides data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance, programming and training.

"NODIS is your online connection to demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles. The majority of data, maps and reports are based on geographies in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties). NODIS also makes available data for other areas in Ohio and the US as well. The information contained in this website originates from a number of sources, including the Bureau of the Census and the Ohio Department of Development." - from web site

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See Ohio Geological survey for maps, data sets, and more. See other divisions via the Ohio Department of Natural Resources 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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"Statistics Canada, a member of the Industry Portfolio, produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada’s central statistical agency, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces.

Objective statistical information is vital to an open and democratic society. It provides a solid foundation for informed decisions by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as individual Canadians.

In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

We at Statistics Canada are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all information entrusted to us and to ensuring that the information we deliver is timely and relevant to Canadians." from web site

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TIGER stands for Topically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system, and provides shapefiles for use with GIS software.

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"The Publications Warehouse contains:

  • Bibliographic citations for over 70,000 publications
  • Full product and thematic map content for over 40,000 publications
  • USGS numbered series begun in 1880
Use the Publications Warehouse Web Site to:
  • Locate products by author, title, year, or product type
  • Locate products recently published by USGS, by month
  • Discover availability, price, and purchase options for hard copies"
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"The USGS mission is to provide water information that benefits the Nation's citizens: Publications, data, maps, and applications software. USGS Water Resources offices are located in every State." from web site

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