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Question One
• Question:
• “What is the gross domestic product of
• Resource: CIA The World Factbook
• https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the
Question Two
• Question: “How many libraries are there in
• Resource:
• The National Center for Education Statistics
• http://nces.ed.gov/
Question Three
• Question:
• “I’m thinking of becoming a librarian. What
are the long-term job prospects for me? how
much money can I expect to make?”
• Resource:
• The Occupational Outlook Handbook
• http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Question Four
• Question: “I’m very interested in weather
patterns and satellite imagery. Where can I
find more information and images?”
• NOAA-National Ocean and Atmospheric
• www.noaa.gov
Question Five
• “I’m interested in the political contributions
made by Hollywood celebrities. Can I find
that information online?”
• Federal Election Commission, Disclosure
Data Search
• http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/discl
Question Six
• “I’m doing in depth research on the effects of radiation,
particularly radiation generated by nuclear weapons, on
humans. I have one reference to an article that has the
following number--DOE/EH—0460—how do I get my hands
on it? How do I find more information?
• U.S. Department of Energy, OPENNET Database
• https://www.osti.gov/opennet
Question Seven
• Question:
• “My wife and I are thinking of starting a business in our
community. We’d like to offer low-cost services to the
senior population, but want to know if there are enough
potential customers of retirement age to make our
venture successful.”
• Resource: U.S. Census/American Factfinder
• http://factfinder.census.gov/
• County Business Patterns
• http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/index.html
Question Eight
• Question:
• “I’m an Arkansas native, and I heard that during World War
II, there were Japanese internment camps in Arkansas.
What information can I find on that?”
• Search general questions in USAsearch.gov or…
• Google U.S. Government Search
Question Nine
• Question:
• “I’d love to have a map of the area I live in
with a whole lot of detail to it. Can I find one
on the computer to print or will I have to
order one and pay for it?”
• Resource: USGS
• http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/
Question 10
• Question:
• “I’ve been a migraine headache sufferer for 22 years.
I’ve tried tons of doctors, and now they are suggesting I
find a clinical trial. How do I find a clinical trial, and how
do I know they need people to study?”
• Resource:
• National Institutes of Health, Clinical Trials Database—
Question 11
• Question:
• “I sell paint at my hardware store, and I’m just curious,
nation wide, is more or less paint being sold this year vs.
last year?”
• Resource:
• U.S. Census Bureau, Current Industrial Reports
• http://www.census.gov/cir/www/index.html
Question 12
• Question:
• “I’m thinking of moving to Wyoming. I don’t
know much about the economy there. Where
can I go to see some general information?”
• Resource: The Bureau of Labor Statistics
• www.bls.gov
Question 13
• “I know the ‘Iraq Study Group Report’ was
published. The copy you have is checked
out. Is there any way I can still get it?”
• Google U.S. Government Search
• www.google.com/unclesam
Question 14
• “I would love to be able to see a large
collection of historical newspapers online.
Are there any sources for this?”
• Library of Congress, “Chronicling America”
• National Digital Newspaper Program
• http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Question 15
• “I’m considering travel to Burkina Faso. While I’m there, I
might decide to adopt a child. Oh, and what vaccinations do
I need before I leave?”
• United States Department of State, Country Specific
• http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html
Question 16
• “I’m writing a paper on lyme disease for my
BIO 101 class. Where can I just get some
general information? I think I’d also like to
see some pictures of it.”
• The Centers for Disease Control
• http://www.cdc.gov
Question 17
• “I heard there was an ongoing controversy between shoe
companies about a patent for ‘intelligent footwear
systems.’ Where can I find more information about this
invention, specifically drawing of what it might look like?”
• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Database
• http://patft.uspto.gov/
Question 18
• Question:
• “If I wanted to see documents related to Delta Airlines
merging with Northwest, where might I find information?”
• Resource:
• The Securities and Exchange Commission, Edgar Database
• http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
Question 19
“My primary area of research is the space program. For
quite some time, I studied NASA’s response to the
Challenger disaster. Some of the documents I accessed
previously are no longer available on the web. Is there any
chance of finding them?”
• Resource:
• University of North Texas, CyberCemetery
• http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/default.htm
Question 20
• Question:
• “I want to be able to track legislation that is going on in
congress right now. I’m particularly interested in bills
sponsored or co-sponsored by my
• Resource:
• Thomas, the Library of Congress
• http://thomas.loc.gov/
Bonus! Obscurities
• Rummaging in the Government Attic
• http://www.governmentattic.org/
Thank You for Attending!
•Email: russell.palmer@lyrasis.org