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December 2002 Web News
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Favorite Web Sites: Genealogy

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association. Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet. Created in 2001, the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) site reports that it contains archival information on over "22 million passengers and members of ships' crews [who] entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924." These records can be accessed by clicking the "Passenger Search" area on the site's home page and may be searched by name and gender.  Results may be edited to display close matches only, alternate spellings, or limited by ethnicity, age, or year of arrival. This site also features a section called "The Immigrant Experience" which chronicles the history of immigration in America. Free registration is required, but the AFIHC's site is truly a remarkable resource for genealogical research. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) This site, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is a well-known and important source for most genealogists. The cleanly designed home page offers three search methods: Ancestor Search, which allows you to search for a person's name; Keyword Search, a subject search on the Web and in the SourceGuide; and Custom search, where you can limit your search to any of the specific files offered. The site also provides a secure archive and links to mailing lists where those researching the same family lines can discuss their research. For those seeking further information, there is a directory of Family History Centers in the United States and an online store offering helpful tools, publications, software, and supplies. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee), whose banner reads "the oldest and largest free online community for genealogists," is made up of "extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories." The searcher can type in a name in the search box or follow the link to "The World Connect Project," which contains more than 204 million ancestor names. Another search box is provided on the home page to search records in, a fee-based subscription site and the funder/supporter of RootsWeb. The RootsWeb Surname List consists of a register of over one million surnames submitted by more than 250,000 genealogists. This Web site is great to offer to the beginning online genealogist who visits your library. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

World Marketing Forecasts and Market Research Monitor Bring the Most Recent International Marketing Data Online

The IU Northwest Library recently subscribed to World Marketing Forecasts and Market Research Monitor both produced by Euromonitor International.

World Marketing Forecasts features consumer market forecasts to 2005 and socio-economic forecasts to 2013 from 71 countries. Over 330 consumer products ranging from automotive products to tobacco and over 100 demographic, lifestyle and economic indicators are covered. The resource's main menu allows the user to perform a basic keyword search within text or one can view data by specific product, socio-economic parameters, regions/countries or years.

To use World Marketing Forecasts from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to .

Market Research Monitor provides high quality analysis of global consumer markets and issues affecting them. This online database features over 1,000 reports which offer up-to-date market data and detailed company profiles including market shares and brand information. The resource is updated monthly with new reports. In addition, there is a library of 600 Major Market Profiles which focus on industrial and service sectors in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States.

To access  Market Research Monitor from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to .

Literature Resource Center Joins the GaleNet Database Lineup

The IU Northwest Library recently added Literature Resource Center to its Gale Group database subscription. This electronic database provides access to biographies, critical analyses of authors and bibliographies from every historical time period and literary discipline. Literature Resource Center features over 120,000 novelists, essayists, poets and other writers along with comprehensive, in-depth coverage of 2500 most researched authors.

At the database's main screen, users can search for specific author and title information by typing keywords in the appropriate dialog box. The online service also provides a literary-historical timeline as well as full-search access to Gale's Encyclopedia of Literature. The database also spotlights a different author such as A.A. Milne each day.

To search Literature Resource Center from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to .

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