Authoritative Ebola Information

Many thanks to the NN/LM MAR for this timely information on Ebola! Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Topics / Resources Questions and Answers on Ebola World Health Organization (WHO) Gobal Alert and Response: Ebola Virus Disease National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides English Spanish NLM Disaster Information Management […]

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Government Information 101: Part 3, Finding Gov Info

How to Find Government Information So, you've learned the basics of US government and you know the main government information resources. Now you're actually looking for a government document. Where do you start? Ask yourself: At what level of government do I need this information? Federal, state, local (county or city) What government branch or […]

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Government Information 101: Part 2, Gov Resources

In the previous post, I discussed the basics of U.S. government (its levels, branches, and how to approach finding government information). Now I'll list some of the best places to find government information, both by government branch and with a list of popular documents. First, here are a few places to start a search for […]

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Government Information 101: Part 1, U.S. Gov Basics

New to the U.S., or just need to brush-up on some government basics? Here's a quick run-down of U.S. government at various levels and how to find government information. (I'll be writing two follow-up posts that tell where to find primary source information for each branch of government, and show an example of a gov […]

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Finding Building & Property Information

Lately, we've had many questions in the Journalism Library about finding building histories, owner names, code violations, market value, and similar things. Here's a round-up of the most useful tools to find that information! (Photo below is a 1902 panorama of NYC from the Library of Congress.) Dept. of Buildings: BIS (Building Information System) http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/bsqpm01.jsp […]

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Ring in the New Year with Facts for Features

According to the Census Bureau's Population Estimates, the United States projected population will be more than 315 million.  We'll definitely need a few extra glasses!  Enjoy these and other Facts for Features & Special Editions at the U.S. Census website. Happy New Year from the Journalism Library! Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates <http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2008/summarytables.html>. […]

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Thanksgiving Facts for Features

Some quick Facts for Features on Thanksgiving culinary delights! 2.7 billion pounds = the total weight of sweet potatoes produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2011 1.1 billion pounds = the total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2011 254 million = the number of turkeys expected to be raised […]

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Finding Campaign Finance Information

There are a number of independent groups, government boards and commissions who provide information and data on campaign finance and individual political contributions.  The following are just a few of these fantastic resources from the Campaign Finance Research Guide: Federal Election Commission (http://www.fec.gov): The FEC administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which […]

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