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Laws, Legislative Materials, and Legal Issues at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Laws, Legislative Materials, and Legal Issues, featuring 48 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

 

ALASKA

Alaska Case Law Service – This database provides opinions and some supporting documentation for cases decided by Alaska’s appellate courts since 1960. It is searchable by keyword, citation, decision date, party name, judge and opinion type and by docket number or counsel. This service is operated by Westlaw on behalf of the Alaska Court System.

 

NEVADA

Legislative Histories, 1865 to current – Do you want to see if the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau has compiled a legislative history on a law you’re interested in? Search by bill type, number, year or keyword.

 

WISCONSIN

Eye on Lobbying – From the website, “Using the search options on the menu to the left, you may search for: 1) All lobbying principals, licensed lobbyists, and state agency officials or liaisons; 2) “Principal Interests By Keyword” allows you to search by keyword for the business interests and areas of lobbying interest submitted by lobbying principals; 3) “Changes To Lobbying Registry” allows you to search for recent changes to authorized lobbyists, lobbying principals, and licensed lobbyists.”

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/lawsdbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

Government Finances & Contracts at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Government Finances & Contracts, featuring 46 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

 

ALASKA

Financial Documents Delivery System – Provides “access to every municipal budget and year-end financial statement submitted” to the Division of Community & Regional Affairs.

OHIO

Audit Search – Review the financial information of units of state and local government such as schools, cities, counties, etc., to see how Ohioans’ tax dollars are being spent.

UTAH

Transparency database – This site allows you to search for expenses, revenues, and employee compensation for most levels of Utah government including school districts.

 

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/govfinancedbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

Education at State Agency Databases Project

This week’s State Agency Databases Project subject highlight is Education, featuring 43 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALASKA

Teacher Certification Database – Searchable by teacher first or last name, this database will provide a list of that teacher’s current certifications along with expiration dates. This database does not list expired certifications or any personal data.

 

MISSOURI

Missouri School Directory – View public school information by county, district name, state house district, or state senate district. Information includes contact numbers for administrators and each school in the district, and the number of schools, certified staff, and enrolled students. Assessed valuation and tax levy amounts are also available.

 

TEXAS

Degree Program Search – From the website, “This tool allows a user to search by one field or a combination of fields to find a degree program(s) offered at one or more public community, technical, or state college, public university, health-related institution, Independent/Private(ICUT) Institution, For Profit Colleges & Universities Authorized by Certificate, or Other Institutions Authorized by Certificate. ”

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/educationdbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

State Agency Databases Project: Agriculture & Food Sources

As a result of the State Agency Databases Project migration to GODORT LibGuides, the volunteers are able to offer more subject guides covering the fifty states. We plan to highlight one subject guide a week till we get through all of the guides.

This week’s highlight is Agriculture & Food Sources, featuring 35 states that project volunteers know to have publicly searchable databases in this subject area. Three examples from this compilation are:

ALASKA

Alaska Seafood Recipes – Searchable set of recipes utilizing salmon, halibut, crab and other Alaskan seafood. May be searched by type of dish (appetizer, salad, entree, etc), Seafood type, and consumer/food service.

CALIFORNIA

Weed Identification Key – Use this database of images to identify weed species, especially the most common weeds found in California lawns. Because flowering parts are often mowed and not seen in turf, this key was developed using vegetative characteristics. The key goes from general to specific images of the plants; work through the key until you get to a summary page of your weed. The summary pages include control methods. There are related keys for invasive ants, aphids and other pests.

MISSOURI

Licensed Grain Dealer/Warehouse Database – Searchable by company name, manager name, address, zip code, phone number, or county.

For more, see http://godort.libguides.com/agriculturedbs. If you know of state agency produced databases in this area, either comment here or use the “Email me” link on the guide to report a database, which will be forwarded to the appropriate project volunteer.

State Agency Databases Project: 2014 Statistics

At the beginning of each year, I (Daniel) compile yearly statistics for the pages of the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases. Here are a few highlights from 2014.

State Pages

We had five states top 10,000 visits a year, led by Missouri with 22,069 visits.

1. Missouri  (Annie Moots)                       22069
2. Florida     (Wilhelmina Randtke)        17558
3. California  (Joel Rane)                          14012
4. Ohio  (Kirstin Krumsee)                       12364
5. Alaska (Daniel Cornwall)                     10583

Virginia had the fewest visits at 1638, but even this state page was visited an average of 4.5 times a day in 2014.

Subject Pages

Here are all eight of our subject collection pages, ranked by number of visits received in 2014:
1. Prisoner Locater Tools                                                  10373
2. Health Practitioner Databases A-M                            7802
3. Historical Media databases                                           2441
4. Biographical databases                                                  2251
5. Historical Newspaper and Magazine Indexes           2124
6. Health Practitioner Databases N-Z                             1893
7. Official records databases                                              1711
8. Museum Collection databases                                       986

If you’d like to establish a new subject collection on the State Agency Databases project or would like to build a subject collection on your own site using project links, let me know.

If you are interested in full project statistics from 2011 forward visit:

If you have questions or comments about these statistics, please leave a comment here or e-mail me.

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