October 23, 2012

The mobile presidency: new app for U.S. Presidential documents

The Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives' Office of the Federal Register have released a new mobile app that allows users to keep up with the daily public activities of the President. Check out the announcement at the Free Government Information blog, or go directly to the mobile site: http://m.gpo.gov/dcpd/.

The documents you'll find through the app are taken from the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Compilation includes proclamations, executive orders, speeches, statements on bill signing and vetoes, and other public materials from the White House press office.

September 24, 2012

Big changes for Congressional research

This month has seen major changes to two important resources for Congressional/legislative research.

ProQuest Congressional, one of Yale's subscription databases, has a brand new look. ProQuest Congressional provides full-text access to many different types of Congressional documents--bills, laws, the Serial Set, the Congressional Record, and more. Some of these materials are available back to the 19th century, which makes PQ Congressional an important resource for historical research, too. Check out the new search interface, and take a look at these helpful guides and webinars for more information about constructing great searches and finding the Congressional documents you need.

If you've ever used THOMAS (from the Library of Congress) to get access to the text of recent bills and other legislative documents, you'll want to know that THOMAS is going away in 2013. Its successor, Congress.gov, was released in beta on September 19, 2012, and while it doesn't yet have the full contents of THOMAS (see this guide that compares Congress.gov's coverage to that of THOMAS), these materials are being integrated into the new system.

Finally, if you're interested in following federal legislation and regulations--or legislation at the state level--have you tried Scout? This tool from the Sunlight Foundation provides easy access to the text of bills, regulations, and more, and if you create an account (it's free!), you can set up alerts to track the legislative and regulatory actions that interest you.

August 27, 2012

Data and statistics workshops - fall 2012

Throughout the fall semester, members of the Yale community will have opportunities to learn more about statistics and data resources.

In August, explore data from the World Bank; in September, view contemporary and historical Census data with Social Explorer. Additional workshops will cover American FactFinder, public opinion resources, and ICPSR.

Be sure to check out the full schedule of workshops and register today!

April 6, 2012

Senior essayists: apply for the Applebaum Award

Did you write a senior essay in fall 2011 or spring 2012? Did your research include government documents from the Yale University Library? If so, you can submit your senior essay for consideration for the 2012 Harvey M. Applebaum ’59 Award!

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award will be conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research that incorporates Yale University Library’s government documents collections. The prize is an award of $500.

What types of government documents are eligible for consideration? Anything within the scope of Yale's depository collections:

--United States federal government
--Canadian federal government
--European Union (note: this does not include government documents or information from individual member countries of the European Union)
--United Nations
--Food and Agriculture Organization

If you used items from these collections in print, on microfiche or CD-ROM, or online, consider submitting your senior essay! The deadline is 5 p.m., April 20, 2012.

For more information including eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see the Applebaum Award website. If you have any questions, contact Melanie Maksin, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information.

April 5, 2012

Goodbye, GPO Access

GPO Access marked a quiet revolution in government transparency...

Hon. Robert A. Brady, March 28, 2012

In March 2012, the Government Printing Office (GPO) shut down GPO Access, the online tool that had connected diverse groups of users--scholars, politicians, students, and citizens--with U.S. government information since 1994.

GPO Access was developed as a result of the GPO Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-40), which, in its official title, called for "a means of enhancing electronic public access to a wide range of Federal electronic information." While depositories like Yale University Library continue to provide access to government information, the creation of GPO Access and the proliferation of digital documents has almost certainly changed the way that members of the public learn about and engage with the federal government.

GPO's new site, FDsys, has actually been around since 2009, when the transition away from GPO Access began. Now FDsys is the official site for federal government information, and home to essential resources like the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the U.S. Code, and the Compilation of Presidential Documents.

December 8, 2011

New database: Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970-1990

Yale Library has purchased a new collection of declassified documents: “Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970-1990.”

This collection can be accessed within the database Digital National Security Archive. That database includes 36 other declassified documents collections on U.S. foreign policy issues since World War II.

August 23, 2011

GIS workshops in spring 2012

Intro, intermediate, advanced, raster, classic cartographic and more: Yale GIS workshops

July 7, 2011

Legislative histories in new ProQuest Legislative Insight database

Now available at Yale: ProQuest Legislative Insight, a database of compiled legislative histories. "Legislative histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including development that spans more than one Congress." Read more about what they are and how to search them.

June 22, 2011

New database: U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action

Yale Library has purchased a new collection of declassified documents: “U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action.”

This collection can be accessed within the database Digital National Security Archive. That database includes 35 other declassified documents collections on U.S. foreign policy issues since World War II.

June 15, 2011

Yale Library to receive Kissinger Papers

Yale to Receive Kissinger Papers and Establish the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy