One of the aspects of the current federal government shutdown that is effecting students as well as anyone else who needs to do research is that many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal agencies, are either unavailable or not being maintained.
As a service to both Clayton State University students, and the public, Clayton State Assessment & Marketing Librarian Erin L. Nagel has published a partial list of affected agencies often used in research, along with a list of alternative print and online sources that scholars and researchers can use in the meantime. Both lists are on the Clayton State Library’s blog posting located at http://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/us-federal-government-shutdown-impacting-information-sources/
Nagel notes that the list of affected information agencies is an impressive one; including most Library of Congress websites, the National Archives (the National Archives at Atlanta is located immediately adjacent to the Clayton State campus, thus directly affecting the University’s history and Masters of Archival Studies programs), the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, PubMed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NASA.
The list of alternative resources on the Library’s blog includes those dealing with statistics related to health, population, labor, science, health, medical research, education research, agriculture research, and primary sources and archival research.
“This list will be updated as more information becomes (un)available,” notes Nagel.