The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Refdesk Sites of the Day are:

FBI: Uniform Crime Reports

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program was conceived in 1929 by the International
Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.

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Bureau of Justice Statistics.


Searchable online version of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, as well as thesauri, quotations, foreign language dictionaries, a word of the day, and games.


An Outline of the U.S. Economy

This report, released by the U.S. Department of State, charts the challenges and risks facing Americans and their economic well-being. The site examines how the American economy works, and explores how it evolved.


National Vital Statistics System

You my find out how to obtain vital records in the U.S. by using this guide from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: EDGAR

All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements,
periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database.