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  • AccessUN
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    AccessUN indexes the majority of United Nations documents and publications. Articles appearing in UN periodicals are individually indexed as well as bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series.

    Documents from the six main bodies of the United Nations - General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice - are indexed. Masthead documents (formerly referred to as mimeographed documents), Official Records, sales publications, limited and restricted documents, and documents emanating from sessional and standing committees, functional commissions, conferences and regional bodies are the basis of the Index.

    Full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council and the Economic and Social Council are appended to their respective bibliographic citations.

  • American FactFinder
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    You can use American FactFinder to view, print, and download statistics about population, housing, industry, and business. Using FactFinder, you can also find U.S. Census Bureau products; create reference and thematic maps; and search for specific data.
  • Council of State Governments
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    The Council of State Governments (CSG) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides quality research support "to help state officials shape public policy." Its research areas include governmental operations, state and federal legislation and regulations, and policies issues at the state and national levels. Of most use is the Knowledge Center section, especially the subsections titled Policy Area, which contains reports on numerous topics (e.g., education, elections, public safety), and Data Center, which links to polling numbers, an unemployment tracker, and a database where one can compare how states perform in certain categories.
  • ePodunk (TM)
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    Detailed, easily browsable profiles of cities and counties across theU.S. are the specialty of ePodunk, which has grown to include data onairports, cemeteries, museums, and other institutions as well. Profilesinclude historical postcard images from the Making of America projectand all imaginable statistics at the city and county level: income,educational level, economic, crime. Not only does the site link touseful municipal/county government and chamber of commerce sites, but italso displays or links to harder-to-find information like local mediaoutlets, community organizations, political reports, historical weatherinformation, support for libraries, a “gay index” based on the Gay andLesbian Atlas, films shot in the area, and celebrity residents.
  • Glassdoor
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    Glassdoor is free career resource that searches “over 20,000 job sites, newspapers, and company career pages” at once. Apply directly for millions of jobs. This database also provides access to company reviews and ratings written anonymously by employees and job seekers; salaries; and sample interview questions.
  • Google Maps
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    Ah, finally - a map system that does it all. This free service offersdetailed street and terrain maps, robust locator tools to findaddresses/businesses/places, and a route planner for traveling by car,public transport, or walking. Live traffic conditions for several citiesare available as well. For those who need visual cues, Google Mapsprovides that too. Its fascinating "Street View" shows 360° panoramicstreet-level views, inviting users to virtually walk and explore thearea. This is available in many U.S. cities and in several countriesabroad. There is also a feature for those wanting to create their ownmaps. No more fumbling with folding paper maps, just click on this greatsite.
  • Greensource
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    Produced by McGraw-Hill Construction, this free website (with ads) focuses on environmental and sustainable building news and projects around the world (but with a US emphasis). Includes fora on topics such as humanitarian design, LEED, and professional practice, as well as entries from the world's top green building and design blogs. It also allows searching in Sweets for green building products.
  • MassTransitMag
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    The MassTransit website is dedicated to "Better Transit Through BetterManagement", and their offerings include industry news, email newsletters,video profiles, and opinion pieces about the world of mass transit. The siteis mostly dedicated to providing information about mass transit systems inthe United States, though visitors will note that there is some coverage ofinternational transit systems as well.
  • PolicyFile
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    PolicyFile includes information addressing virtually all aspects of public policy. Specific themes listed include: Arms Control, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Democratization, the Department of Defense, Economic Policy, Education Policy, the European Union, Global Economics and International Trade, Health Policy and Health Care Reform, Human Rights, Immigration, Intelligence, Latin America, Science and Technology Policy, State and Local Issues, Terrorism, and Urban Policy. The database can be browsed by primary contributor or thematically and all abstracts have been linked to Home Pages, electronic mail addresses and full text documents, where available.
  • PolicyMap
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    PolicyMap is a multi-disciplinary interactive online mapping tool that provides access to a diverse range of data, including, demographic, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, and health. Use it to create maps, tables, and graphs for a variety of research purposes, including, market analysis, business planning, site analysis, demographic profiles, policy briefs, and grant applications
  • SimplyMap
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    This database from Geographic Research, Inc. enables non-technical users to quickly create thematic maps, reports, ring studies and location analyses using extensive demographic, social, business and marketing data from many sources including the US Census, Experian Simmons and more.
  • Social Explorer
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    Social Explorer allows users to visually display demographic data in the U.S. from 1790 through the present at a variety of geographic levels, create reports, maps and animations that can be downloaded.
  • Transportation Research Board
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    TRB is a searchable index of the Transportation Research Board. The TRB Publications Index contains over 21,000 annotated citations for all TRB and Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) publications from the mid 1970s until present. All NCHRP and TCRP publications, Special Reports, Circulars, TR News, Conference Proceedings, and Records are included. Each individual paper in the Transportation Research Records, Conference Proceedings, Circulars, and TR News is indexed. Links are provided from citations in the index directly to TRB's Electronic Bookstore, a form for ordering out of print publications, or the full text electronic documents.
  • TRISOnline
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    TRIS Online is a public-domain, web-based version of the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) bibliographic database. The TRIS Online database contains over half a million records of published transportation research including technical reports, books, conference proceedings and journal articles. Currently there are almost 24,000 TRIS records with links to electronic copies of the full-text. The time span covers literature from the 1960s to the present, with some coverage of prior years. Highway Research Board publications are covered back to 1923. TRIS coverage includes the disciplines of planning, finance, design and construction, materials, environmental issues, safety and human factors and operations for the modes of highways, transit, railroads, maritime and aviation. TRIS does not contain information on vehicle standards and specifications, patent information, market research, military transport or news articles. TRIS focuses on transportation research.
  • Urban Studies Abstracts
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    The database contains 40,000 records gathered from legislative groups, research institutions, public research agencies, universities, and scholars from around the world covering essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Coverage is from 1973 to the present.
  • UrbanRail.Net
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    This site is a resource that has grown over the course of 15 years froma site focusing on the metro system in Barcelona to a site called“metroPlanet” to its current incarnation with an international scope andconvenient, easy-to-use maps of urban railway systems in the world’slargest cities on 6 continents. Users will mainly appreciateUrbanRail.Net for its quick, simple maps, but the site put together by aBerlin public transportation enthusiast and historian also featurespractical information such as transit pricing, links, and timelines oftransportation history for each rail service or line.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • USC GeoPortal
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    The USC GeoPortal is a centralized repository of spatial data layers for use by USC faculty, staff, and students. The interface allows users to search, preview, map, and download geospatial data including including contours, land use, parcel data, and select census data for Los Angeles. For more details including complete data holdings, see the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.
  • Water Resources Abstracts
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    Water Resources Abstracts provides summaries from 1967 to the present of the world's technical, scientific, and public policy literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources as well as the legal aspects of water supply, use, control, or management. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports in the physical and life sciences, as well as from engineering, legal, and government publications. The database also includes access to Water Resources Netsites, linking to research and development programs, data sets, lists of experts and researchers, conference and meetings information, and other resources on the Internet.
  • World Bank Worldwide Development Indicators
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    The World Bank's World Development Indicators provides direct access to more than 700 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to present. A subset of these data can be viewed graphically within the World Bank's Data Visualizer.

    Also, check out the World Banks new open-data initiative.