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December 2017

2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS)

The United States Census Bureau just released the 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. The American Community Survey is a reliable resource for social, economic, housing, and demographic information about the American people and workforce.

Used by officials, community leaders, businesses, and researchers, the ACS holds the distinction of being the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 subject areas addressed in the survey.

October 2017

The Proceedings and Debates of the United States Congress

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record began in 1873 and contains the daily proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. This resource provides insight into how Congress addressed significant topics on our nation’s history.

Currently available for online searching are Volume 061 (1921) through Volume 154 (2008). Bound copies may be found in the Government Documents Collection located in the basement of the Porter Henderson Library.

Congressional Record Index

The index to the Congressional Record lists individuals, organizations, and topics mentioned the Congressional Record and provides the date and page number for locating pertinent information. Information for the years 1983 through 2017 is available online. Bound copies may be found in the Government Documents Collection located in the basement of the Porter Henderson Library.

June 2017

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017

Recently released by the Department of Defense:

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017

These annual reports are required by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 and were amended in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

The 2017 report includes: an executive summary along with its annual update on developments in China’s military strength, training, and activities. Also included are chapters on: understanding China’s strategy; force modernization goals and trends, resources for force modernization, force modernization for a Taiwan contingency; and U.S.-China Military-to-Military Contacts.

March 2017

2020 Federal Census & American Community Survey

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released information about its planned subjects for the upcoming Decennial Census of Population and Housing (commonly referred to as the 2020 Census). Federal agencies, businesses, researchers, and even our local libraries use the data collected to make important decisions that impact you.

2020 Census Program Memorandum Series: 2017.09 documents the submission of planned subjects for the 2020 Federal Census and American Community from the U.S. Census Bureau (Department of Commerce) to Congress.

Subjects Planned for the 2020 Census and American Community Survey handbook explains the relationship between the proposed subjects and how the collected data benefits communities and federal agencies. Also explains how federal agencies use the data.

Census Bureau Blog: Planned Subjects for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey. This blog post explains the legal requirement to submit the planned subjects and also their decision on the request from 75 members of Congress to include sexual orientation and gender identity as subjects for the American Community Survey.

January 2017

Presidential Documents

As our nation moves to a new Presidential Administration it seems an appropriate time to feature Presidential papers and documents. These documents provide insight into the past and a convenient means to view current situations.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

From Herbert Hoover through Barack Obama, these annual 2-volume compilations provide easy access to Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks. Electronic copies of the papers of Presidents George H.W. Bush through Barack H. Obama can be access online through the link above. Search RamCat for the complete list of available papers.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

Keep up-to-date on recent Presidential activities. This weekly publication contains executive orders, The President’s Weekly Address, statements, letters, and more. For print copies, search RamCat or browse the AE 2.109: range of the U.S. Government Documents Collection in the library’s basement. Use the link above for online access.

November 2016

In honor of Veteran’s Day, this month’s featured Government Documents highlight service provided by different branches of the United States Military during different eras in American History.

The First 109 Minutes: 9/11 and the U.S. Air Force  by Pricilla D. Jones
An informative piece on the events of September 11, 2001 and the response of the U.S. Air Force in defending U.S. airspace.

The Last Full Measure of Devotion: ARSOF fallen from the War on Terrorism, 2001-2014 A biography of US Army Special Operations Forces.

War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965-1968 by John Darrell Sherwood. An authoritative account of the U.S. Navy’s hard-fought battle along Vietnam’s rivers and coastline from 1965-1968.

The United States Marine Corps in the World War by Major Edwin N. McClellan, USMC                                An account of the activities of the 4th Brigade of Marines, 2d Division of Regulars and the Day Wing, Northern Bombing Group as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during a series of campaigns in France during World War I.

September 2016

George S. Patton Papers: Diaries, 1910 to 1945

Get to know both the personal and professional side of George S. Patton. The Diaries of U.S. Army officer George S. Patton provide insight on Patton’s daily activities and observations during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I, and World War II. Look here for more information about this collection. These diaries are part of the larger George S. Patton papers collection.

Digitizing Historical Newspapers: Chronicling America Project

The Library of Congress announced the addition of the Gazette of the U.S. National Gazette, and the National Intelligencer to its national digital newspaper program. The announcement, with information about the project can be found here.

This link goes directly to the Library of Congress site for its Chronicling America project which offers both basic and advanced search features. The All Digitized Newspapers 1789-1922 tab provides access to approximately 2,100 titles and can be searched by state, ethnicity, and language. Also available is the U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present of approximately 153,900  newspapers published in the U.S. This directory can be searched by an alphabetical listing, or using keywords with limiters for location and time frame.

April 2016

New USGS Maps Forecast Earthquakes from Human-Induced and Natural Causes

Recently the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a series of maps that, for the first time, include potential hazards from human-induced causes. The USGS also released a report 2016 One-Year Seismic Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes that serves as the first step in developing an operational earthquake forecast for the Central and Eastern United States.

Source: USGS news release (28 March 2016)

March 2016

Congressional Directory for 114th Congress Available

In addition to being a guide to the members, committees, and officials of the 114th Congress, the directory is the only government document issued by Congress that shows the organization of the two chambers, their committees, officials, and support groups.

The Congressional Directory also includes:

  • Historical statistics
  • Information on the Capitol buildings and their grounds
  • A guide to other agencies of the Legislative branch
  • Information on the departments and agencies of the Executive Branch
  • The U. S. Courts
  • International organizations
  • Foreign diplomatic offices in the United States
  • Members of the congressional press, radio, and television galleries
  • A Name Index

Search RamCat for Congressional Directory.

Source: FDLP news release (16 March 2016)

February 2016

American Heart Month

Hearts are popular in February. In addition to Valentine’s Day, heart health advocates designated February as American Heart Month.  This month’s spotlight focuses on government resources that provide information on a variety of topics related to heart health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDC Wonder

ClinicalTrials.gov

  • Provides patients, family members, and members of the public current information about clinical research studies. Use search terms such as “heart attack” AND Texas to retrieve local information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)  

  • Provides links to available information for health information and health education resources.
  • Results include sources recommended by NIH Health Information
  • Lists a wealth of health promotion and education materials

PubMed Central

  • Web-based searchable archive of journal literature for all of the life sciences
  • Use search terms such as “heart disease”, “myocardial infarction”, “heart failure” to search over 3.7 million articles.

December 2015

For the Young and the Young-at-Heart

On December 1, 2015 the North American Aerospace Defense Command released this year’s                      Official NORAD Santa Tracker with a countdown to Christmas, Santa’s Village in the North Pole, games, music, video clips, and more.  Enjoy!

Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon: relive, or learn about, the first manned mission to the moon. Well known for its stunning “Earthrise” photo, this NASA article provides highlights from the mission and video clips of the Christmas message from the astronauts (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders) and of Jim Lovell’s recollections of Apollo 8’s launch day.

November 2015

ISIS and National Security

In light of the November 13, 2015 terrorist bombings in Paris, France and the reported release of an ISIS video threatening Washington D.C with Paris-Style attacks; ; this month from the ASU Depository of Government Documents in the links below address the topic of protecting the United States from terrorist attacks, both foreign and home-grown. To date, in 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Congress met numerous times to discuss several different aspects of protecting the nation against terrorism.

Some featured meetings are:

The administration’s strategy to confront ISIS : hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Countering violent Islamist extremism : the urgent threat of foreign fighters and home-grown terror : hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security

ISIL in America : domestic terror and radicalization : hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations of the Committee on the Judiciary

One flight away : an examination of the threat posed by ISIS terrorists with western passports : hearing before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security

September 2015

Global reach: a view of NASA’s international cooperation

Global reach: a view of NASA’s international cooperation  This new eBook from the Government Publishing Office is available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions.  In this publication, you can learn more about NASA’s continuing international partnerships and gain a sense of the breadth of NASA’s cooperation with other nations, as well as the accompanying benefits that such cooperation yields.

January 2015

Veterans Health Benefits Guide

The Veterans Health Benefits Guide provides the latest information on VA health care services, providing tools to help you determine how you can receive care. Find information about eligibility, health benefits (including preventive care, dental, medical, and much more), patient rights, and VA centers.


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