As you are probably aware, the recent failure of the legislative branch to pass a funding bill has resulted in a partial shutdown of federal government operations. Because of this, many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal government agencies, are unavailable or not being maintained so the information provided may not be up-to-date.
Some of the information sources impacted are:
Most Library of Congress websites, including the American Memory Project (Access restored but not being maintained, updated 10/3/13)
US Census Bureau including American FactFinder and Fedstats
US Department of Education, including ERIC and National Center for Education Statistics
US Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is a partial listing of affected sites. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov
To assist you in this period of uncertainty, we have identified alternate resources that might serve your research needs during the shutdown.
For statistics related to health, population, labor, and more:
- The Statistical Abstract of the United States is available online and in print for basic statistical needs.
- Find alternative statistical resources from our Statistical Resources for Assignments! or Health Data Tools and Statistics LibGuides.
- The most recent Occupational Outlook Handbook is available in the library
- Try out PolicyMap to create custom tables, maps, and reports based on education, real estate, income, health, and more. For a limited time only! (Updated 10/9/13)
For science, health, and medical research
For education research
- ERIC by EBSCO is available to provide citations and some full-text but external linking to content provided by the Department of Education will be unavailable.
- The library has physical copies of ERIC documents on microfiche. ED 272647- ED 483046
For primary sources and archival research
- See the primary sources page on the History LibGuide
- Use a recommended source from Galileo’s Archives and Primary Sources list (with the exception of the American Memory project)
For agriculture research
- AGRICOLA by EBSCO offers bibliographic records from the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library and covers every major agricultural subject.
We will continue to update this list and keep you informed of changes that might affect your research. Please let us know with your comments here, on Facebook, by email, or in person if you need help finding information unavailable on government websites.