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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CNTS Dataset on Domestic Conflict Events (International Coverage)

In addition to the wealth of data that is publicly available through federal, state, or local government sources, at Columbia you have access to a number of other rich datasets. You can access these datasets through the Numeric Data Catalog and the Spatial Data Catalog, which are maintained by the DSSC Data Service at Lehman […]

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2014 Data Visualization Contest

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Data Visualization Contest for the Journalism Library! ¬†Submit your data visualizations to¬†journalism@library.columbia.edu by 5pm on Monday, May 5th to be included. (Only CU Journalism students are eligible for this contest.) The winning entry will be printed as a poster and displayed with your name (and the project […]

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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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Congratulations to Data Viz Contest Winner, Jefferson Mok!

We are excited to share the work of recent J-School graduate, Jefferson Mok – the winner of the Journalism Library Decorate Our Wall data visualization contest!  In "The NRA Network," his use of NRA data, illustrating the wide distribution of funds around the country toward various programs, was a wonderfully innovative, and cleverly illustrated, way to […]

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