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AIHEC Presentation

  1. 1.  Changes in government publications and access to the government  New transparency & feedback mechanisms  Extends research resources  How the FDLP can assist you
  2. 2.  Good browse options : http://www.usa.gov
  3. 3.  Blog, rapid posting of material  Accountability websites  Task Forces
  4. 4.  Consolidated place to: find proposed regulations  Find accompanying documents  Submit your comments 
  5. 5.  Core government reference tools  Full text US Code, Federal Register, & Code of Federal Regulations  Aggregator site: some hosted material, lots of links to other sites  Generally organized by branches of the government
  6. 6. http://thomas.loc.gov  Access to current and recent legislation: Read the text of bills your Senators or  Representative are considering See how legislators voted on bills  Read the text of speeches and debates in Congress   Updated daily  Great access for materials 1989-present
  7. 7. http://thomas.loc.gov
  8. 8.  Quick access to contact information for legislators http://www.house.gov  http://www.senate.gov   Access to Congressional committees/hearings  Senate Reference materials
  9. 9.  What do these initiatives cost?  What’s the budget for a specific program?  What programs and governments get grant money?  Office of Management & Budget (OMB) http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/  Official Presidential budget   Recovery.gov http://www.recovery.gov  Accounting for the American Recovery and  Reinvestment Act
  10. 10. http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr.html   Census Bureau database that breaks down funding to state, county, & local governments/programs  Queryable database
  11. 11.  http://www.cbo.gov  Congressional watchdog  Prolific reports on costs for proposed legislation and new programs
  12. 12.  The U.S. Government is the largest producer of statistical information in the world.  Data is needed in many kinds of research projects.  Statistical Abstract first  It can be helpful to ask, “Who would be interested in this data? Who would collect it?”
  13. 13. http://www.fedstats.gov
  14. 14.  Data on most aspects of American life, from basic demographics, to economics, to household characteristics.  Historical data on ethnicity, religion, finances, and more.  Census Bureau A to Z is good for pointing in the right direction.
  15. 15. http://www.census.gov
  16. 16. http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus
  17. 17.  Bureau of Economic Analysis  Bureau of Justice Statistics  Bureau of Labor Statistics  Bureau of Transportation Statistics  Energy Information Administration  National Agricultural Statistics Service  National Center for Education Statistics  National Center for Health Statistics
  18. 18.  URL: http://www.science.gov/  Cross-departmental  Searches over 1,800 government science websites (more than 50 million pages)  Offers email alerts
  19. 19. Science Accelerator: http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/ 
  20. 20.  EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/ Always a good place to start for environmental topics  Organized by topic & links to related agencies (good  aggregation of info by subject) “Learn the Issues” tab and A-Z Index often best places  to start “Where you live” functions are powerful 
  21. 21.  National Climatic Data Center (NCDC): http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov Free access to detailed climate data for users from  .gov, .edu, .k12, .mil, and .us domains  U.S.Climate Change Science Program: http://www.climatescience.gov/ Key climate change reports   EPA : http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ Links to policy documents  Information on climate factors 
  22. 22.  Publications Warehouse: http://pubs.usgs.gov Annual Reports  Bulletins  Circulars  Open-File Reports  Water Supply Papers  Water-Resources Investigations Reports   Science topics: http://www.usgs.gov/science/  Natural Hazards Information: http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/
  23. 23.  Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS): http://www.fws.gov/ Endangered Species Program  Species descriptions  Wildlife refuges   USGS Biology Science Programs: http://biology.usgs.gov/  National Wildlife Research Center: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/nwrc/
  24. 24.  Nature& Science: http://www.nature.nps.gov/ Terrific site with biological, geological, and  general environmental information Air & water quality data  Noise monitoring information  Wildlife management   Specific park policies (like Yellowstone winter use) are in the Management/Park Planning sections of individual national park websites.
  25. 25.  Treesearch: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/ Lots of full-text, digitized research publications  Search by topic or citation  More than 24,000 publications, & more added all the  time
  26. 26.  MedlinePlus: http://medlineplus.gov/ Consumer-oriented side of Medline  Overview information on conditions  Medical encyclopedia & dictionary  Descriptions of drugs, supplements, and herbal  remedies  Healthfinder: http://www.healthfinder.gov/ Health library describing illnesses and treatments  Drug interaction checker 
  27. 27.  SubstanceAbuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.samhsa.gov Office of Applied Studies releases many publications  on mental health and drug abuse topics.  MentalHealth Work Group (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.htm
  28. 28.  Geodata.gov: http://www.geodata.gov Government portal for GIS resources   National Atlas: http://www.nationalatlas.gov Great for thematic maps   National Map: http://www.nationalmap.gov Especially good for scientific info:  topo, geologic, and streamflow layers
  29. 29.  URL: http://www.kids.gov/ Organized by grade levels  Highlights good government science websites for kids 
  30. 30.  Most agencies have a student-oriented site Example: EPA Student Center  (http://www.epa.gov/students/)
  31. 31.  National Security Agency (NSA) Cryptokids: http://www.nsa.gov/kids/
  32. 32.  FREE: http://free.ed.gov/index.cfm  Provide curricular materials by subject
  33. 33.  Google Book Project: http://books.google.com/
  34. 34. Open Content Alliance / Internet Archive:  http://www.archive.org/details/USGovernmentDocuments  Has separate section for digitized U.S. Government Documents  Librarians can submit materials for digital archive  Better understanding of copyright-free status
  35. 35.  Digitized copies of historical statistical volumes: http://www.census.gov/history/ Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the  United States, Colonial Times to 1970 Historical Census Reports  Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: 1878-present  (http://www.census.gov/compendia/ statab/past_years.html)
  36. 36.  American Memory collection: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html  A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
  37. 37.  Government information digital collections: http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/digital- collections CRS reports  Experiment Station Publications  Federal Newsmaps  FCC Record  USDA publications 
  38. 38.  AmericanPresidency Project: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington to  Taft (1789-1913) Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-  1993) Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:  Clinton to G.W. Bush (1993-2008)
  39. 39.  Digital Collections: http://digital.library.okstate.edu Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties  Indian Claims Commission Decisions 
  40. 40.  Bureau of American Ethnology Annual Reports: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb37575968z/date
  41. 41. Questions?

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