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Congressional Quarterly Political Reference Suite

The University of Michigan Library has purchased additional titles to the Congressional Quarterly Political Reference Suite. These new electronic reference books add to their collection of CQ reference works on campaigns, politics and elections. The CQ Political Reference Suite can be accessed here:

New titles include:

    Supreme Court Compendium, 5th Edition
    Cities in American History
    Encyclopedia of Water Politics
    The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues
    Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census
    Federal Regulatory Directory, 15th Edition
    Women in American Politics
    Encyclopedia of US/Latin America Relations
    Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate
    African American Electorate
    Elections A to Z, 4th Edition
    and many more.

Reprieve: The Statistical Abstract Lives On

The Statistical Abstract Lives On – Proquest will Publish Starting in 2013
Sue Polanka | Points of Reference – A Booklist Blog
March 22, 2012

ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off: The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year

Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life

March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.

If you were not aware of the impending demise of The Statistical Abstract, see this previous post.

Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality

A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality
C. Stone, H. Shaw, D. Trisi and A. Sherman | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
November 28, 2011

This resource is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It provides information on the (a) commonly used sources and statistics, including a discussion of relatives strengths and limitations; (b) an overview of the trends over the last ~60 years; (c) an overview of how the most well-off Americans and doing; (d) an overview of how the least well-off Americans are doing.

[Link to PDF version]

New Reports from the Urban Institute

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Aging
Our extensive work on retirement policy covers the many ways the aging of America will trigger changes in how we work, retire, and spend federal resources. The number of Americans age 65 and over will rise from about 13 percent in 2008 to 20 percent by 2040. The recession dealt a heavy blow to retirement accounts, leaving many older adults worried about their retirement security.

Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans (Fact Sheet – PDF)
The recession has increased joblessness among older Americans. These graphs and tables report unemployment rates and how they have varied by age, sex, race, and education since 2007.

Child Care Choices of Low-Income Working Families
By:Ajay Chaudry, Juan Pedroza, Heather Sandstrom, Anna Danziger, Michel Grosz, Molly M. Scott, Sarah Ting
This research report presents the findings from a qualitative study of the child care choices of low-income working families in two urban communities. Participants included 86 parents with young children, many of whom were immigrants, English language learners, or parents of children with special needs. We discuss the key themes and variations in family experiences, giving particular attention to parental preferences and the factors that influenced their decisions, within the contexts of their employment and the early care and education programs in their communities. We conclude with policy recommendations that can promote parental access to affordable and high quality care.

Read the entire report in PDF format.

Two Census 2010 Blogs


Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Director and former director of the Survey Research Center at ISR, started a blog in October: “My idea is to use this blog to let you know my thoughts about how the country is doing as we approach this “national ceremony” that occurs every 10 years – the decennial census.” It can be read here.

The Pew Research Center has started a website called All Things Census: Methods, Findings, Resources. From their “About” statement: “All Things Census is a gathering place for postings about census methods, findings and resources. As the 2010 Census revs up its engine, this site will look at how the machinery is running. When the data come out, starting late this year, it will feature reports on what the numbers say and mean.”

United Nations Demographic Manuals On-line

23 manuals and guides of demographic methods and techniques issued by the United Nations over a long period of time are now online.
The pages for particular manuals include a short introduction, reproduction of the cover page, chapter-level table of contents hyperlinked to respective files in the portable document format and links to thematically related manuals.

Google Scholar Adds Full-text Case Law

When you are at Google Scholar page, click on the “Legal opinions and journals” radio button. You can find legal opinions by searching for cases or by topics.

“As you read an opinion, you can follow citations to the opinions to which it refers. You can also see how individual cases have been quoted or discussed in other opinions and in articles from law journals. Browse these by clicking on the “How Cited” link next to the case title.”

More at
Finding the laws that govern us

World Bank public data now in Google Search

Google first began integrating data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division in April of this year. Now it has added 17 World Development Indicators in Google search. To see the new data, try queries like [gdp of indonesia], [life expectancy brazil], [rwanda’s population growth], [energy use of iceland], [co2 emissions of iceland] and [gdp growth rate argentina].

You can create interactive charts with link buttons to allow you embed the charts in your websites or blogs like the one below.

Women and health: today’s evidence tomorrow’s agenda

The WHO report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women’s specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

World Development Report 2010

World Development Report 2010
Source: World Bank
From Press Release:
Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change.
High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy sources to help tackle climate change. If they act now, a ‘climate-smart’ world is feasible, and the costs for getting there will be high but still manageable.
Download individual chapters (advance press edition)