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Accessing U.S. Government Provided Library Resources During the Shutdown

by Michael Holt on October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Due to the recent partial shutdown of the federal government, a number of widely used online resources that are normally accessible by the public will not be available for the duration of the shutdown. If you need any assistance accessing any materials that were provided by the federal government, please feel free to ask a librarian for help. Our reference librarians can be reached through phone, email, text messaging, and online chat through the following link:




Below is a list of a few of the most popular services that have been affected and some suggested alternate locations that you can visit to obtain the information.


Resources Affected by the Shutdown:


PubMed – Open With Minimal Support


PubMed is open, but it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries.


Where to go instead:  MEDLINE<http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zbmf>, our subscribed database which has all the content of PubMed.


ERIC.ed.gov – Shut Down


Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host www.eric.ed.gov  have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.


Where to go instead: Access ERIC at EBSCOHost or use our Electronic journal search to look for materials on eric.ed.gov.  Fulltext materials hosted on eric.ed.gov will not be available.


Census.gov (including American Fact Finder) – Shut Down


Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.


Where to go instead: ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States which has a great amount of important Census data.


loc.gov – Shut Down


Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice.


Where to go instead: Odum Library patrons wishing to use resources provided by the Library of Congress, including Subject Heading searching and American Memory, are advised to contact the Odum Library Reference Desk at: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/general/live-chat.php


These are the most commonly used library resources affected by the shutdown. There are other sites maintained by the U.S. government that could experience issues as well. If you have trouble accessing anything you need for your research, please contact a reference librarian and we will be happy to help you get the resources you need during the shutdown.


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