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National Center for Education Statistics

K-12 State Report Cards and Profiles

Online Tool Gives Public Wider Access to Key U.S. Statistics

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has released a search engine that provides easy access to environmental data.

The GeoNames geographical database covers all countries and contains over eight million placenames that are available for download free of charge.


The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
The new ERIC online system, released September 2004, provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. Effective October 1, more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, will be available for free.

Government Computer News (GCN)
Education Taps CSC for Database Job
By Mary Mosquera 03/19/04 GCN Staff
Under a five-year, $34.6 million contract with the Education Department, Computer Sciences Corp. will develop and operate an Internet-based database management system for the Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC.
As the worlds largest education repository, ERIC will store more than a million journal articles and document abstracts. It will use the latest search and retrieval methods to cull education literature and provide materials faster over the Internet, Education secretary Rod Paige said yesterday.
The new database, replacing a vintage 1960s system, will provide as much free, full-text access as possible, with links to commercial sources so that individuals can buy paid journal articles and other materials immediately. The department's Institute of Education Sciences will oversee development of a searchable Internet catalog of education literature.
Department Awards $34.6 Million Contract to Develop and Operate World's Largest Education Database
Department's Institute of Education Sciences to oversee development of searchable Internet-based catalog of education literature

FOR RELEASE:March 18, 2004 Contact: David Thomas
(202) 401-1576 The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year, $34.6 million contract to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Rockville, Md., along with its subcontractors, to develop and operate a new database system for the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). The ERIC database will use the latest search and retrieval methods to cull education literature and give high-quality access to educators, researchers, and the general public.
The ERIC database is the world's largest education database. Begun in 1966, it is composed of more than one million bibliographic records. The goal of the new ERIC is to provide more education materials quicker, and more directly, to audiences through the Internet.
With the new ERIC, individuals will be able to go to one Web site to search a comprehensive database of journal articles and document abstracts and descriptions and, for the first time, directly access full text. The database will include as much free full text as possible, and links will be provided to commercial sources so that individuals can purchase journal articles and other full text immediately.

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Both Aidsline and Toxline are databases that are provided by the National Library of Medicine, as is Medline. Aidsline is available from the fee based OVID searching service.

There are a number of free Medline searching services on the web and one or more of them may have Toxline as well as Medline, you would need to check them to see if that database is included at any of those sites.

Websites that have free Medline access.


Dept. of ED USA Free federal educational resources

Federal Government WWW Servers

A comprehensive list of U.S. government servers. The list is broken down into three areas: multiple-agency servers, single agency servers (including the executive and legislative branches) and government consortia servers. The Federal Web Locator An award-winning hot list of links to U.S. government WWW resources, compiled by Kenneth Mortensen of the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy. American States
An alphabetical list links you to the official home page of each of the 50 U.S. states. These home pages cover broad topics such as education, business, government and travel. Government Information Sharing Project A demonstration project by Oregon State University designed to provide Web access to U.S. federal government information. Areas covered range from demographics to economic data to education statistics. Keeping America Informed: U.S.Government Printing Office The Government Printing Office Homepage offers electronic access to documents published by government agencies. Papers from the National Budgets to Nicotine Regulation Documents to Congressional Records are searchable and available for down-loading in both text and PDF formats.

IRS Tax exempt database
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