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A dynamic guide to alternate research sources for use during the 2013 Federal Government shutdown.
This guide contains useful information, but is no longer being updated.
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016 URL: Print Guide

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Status Updates

  • 10-16-13, Night: Shutdown Officially Ends
    The Senate and House pass the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 to end the shutdown, and the law is signed by President Obama in the early hours of 10/17/13. Federal employees are informed they should report to work the next morning.
  • 10-16-13: Euromonitor Offers Free Access To Passport: Countries and Consumers
    Free access to Passport: Countries and Consumers offered by Euromonitor for socio-economic data while the government sites are down. This system includes data from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Development, and International Trade Commission. Free access is through Nov. 8. To access the database you must register for an account at
  • 10-6-13: Social Explorer Offers Free Full Access To Census Data During Shutdown
    The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials, including the US Census website. To that end, Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012. For access to Social Explorer, simply email to request a username and password.
  • 10-3-13: Library of Congress Websites Back Online
    The Library has restored access to all sites in addition to its legislative information sites. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and its BARD database are also back online, though no new books have been added at this time. Other legislative branch agencies, and many executive branch agencies with information functions similar to the Library, are granting public access as well. Note that some websites may not be updated during the Shutdown.
  • Get updates on the operating status of the federal government.
    Find an overview of some of the government services and operations that will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again.
  • Census.Gov Hosted Websites
    List of Census.Gov websites and products unavailable during the shutdown.

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Updates & News


ERIC full-text is not available

Because of the U.S. Government shut-down, the full-text of ERIC is largely not available.  This guide gives alternate methods for finding the full-text for articles cited in the ERIC database. See the ERIC tab in this guide for assistance.


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