Questions & Answers
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 10:43.
What year did the Soviet Empire collapse?
In Poland, it was 1989, with other satellite countries falling later. A Google search is useful for quick questions like this, and a Searchworks search turns up many sources.
Submitted by email@example.com on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 22:49.
How can I find statistics about Hispanics in the United States regarding topics such as immigration, Hispanics' role in the labor force, education, etc?
To start, try Pew Hispanic Center: Chronicling Latinos' diverse experiences in a changing America.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 14:29.
I'm trying to find some U.S. government publications that I suspect Stanford has, but which I can't find. Are they on microfilm? How can I find them?
Many U.S. government publications available at Stanford aren't listed in Searchworks, because they're cataloged within some "set," not as individual publications. In these cases, you need to use other indexes to find the microform sets.
Generally, you can search LexisNexis Congressional and LexisNexis Statistical, both accessible from the databases page.
Here's a guide to help you find some major categories of U.S. government documents:
- Any Agency report, from any government branch, is likely to be indexed in American Statistical Index (ASI) in LexisNexis Statistical if the report contains statistics:
- House and Senate bills/resolutions:
- 1789-1931/1932 (1st through 72nd Congress) MFILM N.S. 35 Media Microtext
- 1933/1934-1987/1988 (73rd through 100th Congress) MFICHE 1267 SSRC MICROFORMS
- 1989-present (101st Congress on) available full text electronically through Congressional Universe, GPO Access, and Thomas
- Committee hearings indexed in LexisNexis Congressional:
- 1833-1956 (23rd -84th) MFICHE 34 SSRC MICROFORMS [Finding aid posted above the fiche]
- Committee prints indexed in LexisNexis Congressional:
- 1911-1969 (61st through 91st) MFICHE 216 SSRC MICROFORMS
- 1970 on (92nd to current) MFICHE 57 SSRC MICROFORMS
- House and Senate numbered documents & reports and the American State Papers (ASP):
- Issued in the Congressional serial set and numbered, indexed in LexisNexis Congressional: 1817-1960 (15th – 61st) MFICHE 1808 SSRC MICROFORMS
- Senate executive documents & reports: documents and reports not printed in the US serial set
- 1817-1969: indexed in LexisNexis Congressional: MFICHE 1299 SSRC MICROFORMS
- Congressional Budget Office documents:
- 1970 to date MFICHE 57 SSRC MICROFORMS
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports:
- Major studies and issue briefs indexed on CD-ROM at Z733 .U63 C6533 (Information Center CD-ROMs)
- Print indexes in SSRC reading room
- Reports themselves, from 1975/1976-1989 MFILM N.S. 1537 Media-Microtext
- 1990 to current MFICHE 1655 SSRC MICROFORMS
- Also available from 1990 on at this database
- General Accounting Office (GAO) documents:
- Non-depository titles are indexed at MFICHE 1655 SSRC MICROFORMS
- Depository titles are indexed in print format in Fed Docs
- GAO documents with statistics: indexed in LexisNexis Statistical
- Executive Branch Documents:
- Executive Agency documents are listed by parts which cover particular agencies; there are indexes for each part. The bibliographic volumes include the description and Superintendent of Documents classification. A title and Superintendent of Documents classification are included. In many cases, the library has a title but may be missing a volume.
- U.S. Executive Branch documents, 1789-1909: MFICHE 1894 SSRC MICROFORMS; Index and Guide: Z716 .A2 U84 1990 SSRC Reading Room
- U.S. Executive Branch documents, 1910-1932: MFICHE 2664 SSRC MICROFORMS; Index and guide: Z1223 .Z7 C59 1996 SSRC Reading Room
Submitted by email@example.com on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 14:05.
How was "race" defined in 2000 United States Census? Was this different from earlier years?
Before 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau required respondents to select only one racial category to describe their racial identities. But starting in 2000, Census respondents could choose multiple racial identifications. This means that many more categories of responses became possible--63, to be exact. The Census Bureau's slide show presentation about race and the 2000 Census is available here.