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Europa World Plus Online – New Resource!

October 11th, 2013 by

The Library has recently added a subscription to a key reference database – Europa World Plus.  Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series.  First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world’s leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

In addition to summary information about countries, for each country Europa includes basiClick here for a clickable world mapc country statistics and profile, and directories of government and politics, society and media and business and commerce.  Recent political events and recent election are featured on the home page.

Government Shutdown and Government Information

October 7th, 2013 by

The Government Shutdown has hindered finding government information on the internet. The community of Government Information librarians have been busy finding alternatives for the information that the federal government can not provide during the shutdown. Thanks to everyone who is helping find alternatives.

http://igs.berkeley.edu/library/status-of-government-websites-during-shutdown This website from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Affairs is an excellent source for the identification of unavailable website.

Private vendors of government information also have stepped up by allowing free access to their databases.

Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer – the premier US Census demographics website – for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.

The company, policymap.com is allowing free access to their census data available even though the official Census site was down.

EBSCO is offering a free version of ERIC for the duration of the shutdown (citations and abstracts only).

Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Performing Arts

October 3rd, 2013 by Michael Winter

Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Performing Arts provides digital resources related to music, dance, theater, radio, film, television, and performance. AHDS is part of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. AHDS supports researchers, teachers, and students in the collection and creation of digital materials.