The government shutdown has cut off access to many key resources provided by federal agencies. Mashable has a summary and links to where some government data can be found, and EBSCO has provided access to the ERIC database for free.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is available in print from 1966-2008 (2nd floor, call number HA202.A2), and electronically via ProQuest from 2009 – present. ICPSR is also a great place for data and statistics from government agencies.
If you have any questions about finding government information, please contact the Help@Ames Desk!
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