Monthly Archives: December 2010

Goodbye, GPO Access; Hello, FDsys

 As of December 20, 2010, FDsys has become the Government Printing Office’s official system of record for online Government information.


FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Through FDsys, you are able to

  • Search for documents and publications
    FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.
  • Browse for documents and publications
    FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, and date.
  • Access metadata about documents and publications
    FDsys presents information about Government publications in standard XML formats.
  • Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats
    With FDsys, download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.


Counts to Apportion Congressional Seats to States

On April 1, 2010 there were 308,745,538 residents of the United States.  This is the official count from Census 2010 and it will be used to apportion the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states.  This count and counts of the resident population by state were released today,  Additionally historic data on population change, density, apportionment, percent changes, and rankings will be released

 Check the Census 2010  web page for the details.

Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

The State Department unveiled its first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) today. The report "Leading Through Civilian
Power" is intended to guide reform throughout the Department of State itself and its operations worldwide.

This new State Department publication was inspired by the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review.


American Community Survey Detailed Reports Now Available

The Census Bureau has released the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates which are the first new socio-demographic data released for small geographic areas (less than 20,000 persons) since the 2000 Census.

  • ACS 5-year estimates are NOT Census 2010 data.
  • ACS estimates are based on data collected from
    January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2009.
  • Estimates are available for every state, county, city, town,
    place, American Indian Area, Alaska Native Area, and Hawaiian
    Home Land, as well as for census tracts and block groups.

The 5-year estimates are just one of three data products that will be produced annually from the ACS.   The first release of 1-year estimates was for 2006 data and the first release of 3-year estimates was for data gathered from 2005-2007.

All three data products will be available via the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder web portal (the 2009 1-year and 5-year estimates are there; 2007-2009 3-year estimates are not yet available).  The Bureau’s provides tips on When to use 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year estimates.

If you need help or have questions about the ACS or any of the Census Bureau’s data products, contact the staff in the DSSC’s Electronic Data Service ( or come in to the EDS lab on the lower level of the DSSC in Lehman Library.


Human Rights Day 2010


Today, December 10, 2010, is Human Rights Day. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, of the UN, promotes human rights throughout the world. To assist you in research in the field of human rights, Lehman Library has a subject guide, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs: Information Resources, which provides citations and links to library materials and databases relevant to the subject. The subject guide has sections on Finding Articles, Finding Books, Background Information, Annual Reviews, Organizations, and Primary Source Documents & Archives.


Time Running Out? Use Borrow Direct!


Borrow Direct is the expedited (4 business days!)  interlibrary loan service between the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale, for books only.


Features of borrow direct:

  • Books can be borrowed for an initial 6-week loan period, plus one 6-week renewal
  • Borrow Direct books are listed in My Library Account for easy renewal (however, Borrow Direct books will now be subject to fines)
  • Search the combined catalog by title, keyword, author, or subject
  • Books can be delivered to the following libraries on campus: Butler, Burke, Business, Engineering, Lehman, Social Work, Health Sciences, and Barnard
  • If an item is not available through Borrow Direct, use the Interlibrary Loan link in Borrow Direct and the ILL form will be filled out for you


Barometers for Public Opinon in Foreign Countries

  • Afrobarometer (search name in ICPSR Data Archive)
    is a series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, markets, and civil society in Africa.
  • Latinobarometro (access at the Latinobarometro site)
    is an annual public opinion survey that researches the development of democracy and economies as well as societies, using indicators of opinion, attitudes, behavior and values in 18 Latin American Countries.
  • AmericasBarometer (via LAPOP project, CU log in page)
    measures democratic values and behaviors in the Americas using national probability samples of voting-age adults in North American and Caribbean countries.
  • AsiaBarometer (search name in ICPSR Data Archive)
    is comparative survey in Asia, covering East, Southeast, South and Central Asia.
  • Eurobarometer (search name in ICPSR Data Archive)
    their standard survey asks for attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, complemented by measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as by respondent and household demographics. The survey includes trend questions back through the 1970s and special topic modules. See the CU description for Eurobarometer for tips on finding what the series contains.