More about government databases and websites during shutdown

October 1, 2013 – 1:35 PM

Which government databases and websites can you access after the government shutdown?

Because of the government shutdown, several data repositories and websites run on government servers are unavailable. Those include: ERIC, USATradeOnline, Library of Congress, and all Census websites (including American Factfinder).

Other essential sources of information are up and running, but only on a limited basis. That means that they are only being maintained, but new information isn’t being added as usual. Those include PubMed, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Agricola. While the shutdown occurs no new data will be collected or added to these resources.

If you are a UGA affiliated user, you have a few temporary workarounds:

ERIC: EBSCO’s ERIC mirror database will have the most recent added records, so the citations of research will be available, however, the fulltext located on the Department of Education servers will not be available. If you are looking for a fulltext document with an ED # from 1966 to 2004, we have a microfiche copy located in the Basement of the Main Library available for copying. Post 2004 fulltext is not available.

Census & American Factfinder: We have two subscription databases that will suffice temporarily. Social Explorer contains the most recent Census, American Community Survey, and American Economic Survey datasets. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is available through ProQuest for basic statistical needs on a year to year basis.

If you are unaffiliated with UGA, you can access this government information directly from our campus Libraries in the Main Library, the Science Library, and the Miller Learning Center.

Elizabeth White,
Reference Department

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