Intro to Government Information Sources

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A guide to using government resources, for a semester-long freshman information literacy course.

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  • online archive of websites from U.S. government agencies or commissions that are no longer operating “ snapshot” of each website as it existed before “pulling the plug” maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries freely accessible world-wide affiliated NARA archive (National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Intro to Government Information Sources

    1. 1. W should you know? hat Starr Hoffman Head, Government Documents Dept. University of North Texas Libraries
    2. 2.  Government Docs / Information Products • Created or compiled by government employees, at government expense, or as required by law  Published or unpublished  Restricted or publicly available  Print or electronic• Different levels: Federal, State, or Local Government• Determine agency that might be involved • “Wha t g ro up wo uld g a the r o r ne e d this info rm a tio n? ”
    3. 3. Common questions answered with gov docs…  I need to find the number of students graduating from public universities in Texas.  I am looking for a report from the Securities and Exchange commission on the October 1987 market crash.  My doctor wants me to eat more protein. What foods are high in protein?  What industry employs the most people in my county?  I want to see section 23-37 of the traffic law. (Ask to determine: local, state, federal?)  Where can I find a form to get my name changed?
    4. 4. • Kids Count Data Book (Annie E. Casey Foundation) • http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx• Health, United States (Health) • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm• U.S. Census Bureau • http://www.census.gov/• Statistical Abstract of the United States • http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/• American FactFinder • http://factfinder2.census.gov• Historical Statistics of the United States • http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html• County City Data Book • http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html• State and Metropolitan Area Data Book • http://www.census.gov/compendia/smadb/
    5. 5. • National Center for Educational Statistics • http://nces.ed.gov/• Condition of Education • http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/• Digest of Education Statistics• http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/• Library Statistics Program • http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/
    6. 6. • Lexis Nexis Databases • Lexis Nexis Congressional • Co ng re s s io na l a nd s e ria l s e t d o c um e nts d a ting ba c k to the 1 7 0 0 ’s . • Lexis Nexis Statistical • Fe d e ra l, Sta te , a nd I rna tio na l s ta tis tic s . nte • Lexis Nexis State Capital • Sta te le g is la tiv e info rm a tio n, inc lud ing s ta te s ta tute s & bills .• CQ Press Databases • CQ Researcher • Unbia s e d re s e a rc h a rtic le s o n “ho t to p ic ” is s ue s , g re a t biblio g ra p hie s . • CQ W eekly • We e kly ne ws m a g a z ine a bo ut a c tivitie s in the U. S. Co ng re s s . • CQ Voting and Elections
    7. 7. • UNT Government Documents Collections • http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/digital-collections • CyberCemetery • CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports • Federal Newsmaps • Texas Laws & Resolutions • …and more!• Portal to Texas History • http://texashistory.unt.edu/ • photographs, documents, maps, & more! • “Primary Source Adventures” (elementary school) • Services for Educators • Handbook of Texas Online
    8. 8. • Roswell Report• Roswell Report: Case Closed (executive summary online )• The Pentagon: The First Fifty Years• Managing Death Investigation• Drugs of Abuse (similar data online)• The FBI Laboratory• At Cold War’s End• Cloning Human Beings
    9. 9. http:/digital.library.unt.edu/ / explore/ collections/ GDCC/
    10. 10. • online archive of websites from U.S. government agencies or commissions that are no longer operating http:/digital.library.unt.edu/ / explore/ collections/ GDCC/
    11. 11. • provides permanent public access• archive of “dead” government information • one version, final “snapshot” of website before it’s taken offline• freely, globally available• 73 websites and growing• partnership between: • University of North Texas Libraries • U.S. Government Printing Office • National Archives and Records Administration
    12. 12. • Protect At-Risk Information: • 1990’s: U.S. government information moved online • much of it born-digital • often edited or removed without warning• Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) • administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) • mission: to p ro v id e fre e , p e rm a ne nt p ublic a c c e s s to g o ve rnm e nt info rm a tio n • online information complicates this mission • University of North Texas is a federal depository library
    13. 13. • web files (HTML, XML)• text documents (.txt, .pdf, .doc)• spreadsheets & statistics (.xls)• presentations (.ppt)• media files: • images & photographs (.jpg, .gif, .png, .tiff) • audio (.mp3) • video (.wm, .mov, .rp)
    14. 14. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/GDCC/•Starr Hoffman Head, Government Documents Dept. University of North Texas Libraries govinfo@unt.edu starr.hoffman@gmail.com http://geekyartistlibrarian.wordpress.com

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