Information can come from any number of sources. We’re here to help you decide which one is right for your information need. Use the books, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, scholarly journals, statistics and multimedia tabs to learn about the characteristics, purpose and disadvantages of these different types of information sources and when to choose one over another.
Charts, data, numbers, statistics oh my! Start with the Statistical Resources for Assignments! guide to find statistics in areas such as education, health, crime/justice, population studies, or business/economics. The guide includes access to web resources, book titles, federal and state level data, agencies, non-profits, and more. In addition to suggested information sources, we provide access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States which offers a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives provides historical documents and personal histories relating to milestones in American History. These records represent a growing collection of historic documents—most never before available online. The collection allows search results to be filtered by Document Categories and Titles, Dates, States and more to maximize the quality of results. The Fold3 mini-viewer allows for quick scanning of the pages of a document, while the full viewer provides even more features, including printing, downloading and sharing capabilities.
Census records from 1860 and 1930
Confederate Amnesty Papers
Lincoln Assassination Papers
Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls
Matthew Brady collection of Civil War photos
UFO documents from 1947-1969
GALILEO is sponsoring a trial of PolicyMap until January 1, 2014 and it is a place to go for Census data during the government shutdown. Off-campus access is available for PolicyMap using the current GALILEO password.
Policy Map is a fully web-based Geographic Information System that captures data in visually powerful ways through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and analysis tools. It provides data from the CDC, USDA, BEA, National Center for Education Statistics, NOAA, National Park Service and more.
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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.
Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.
JSTOR is an excellent multidisciplinary database that contains the archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It provides full text access from the first journal issues to the most recent 3–7 years depending on the specific journal.
Users can browse by subject: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, Health Sciences, History, Law, Literature, Marketing & Advertising, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Statistics, Technology and Women’s Studies.
The popular print title, Statistical Abstract of the United States, is now available electronically. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.
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The Health Data Tools and Statistics libguide provides health statistics and data at the global, national, state, and local level. This guide offers information related to diseases, mortality, health trends and more.