Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ERIC, PubMed, and the rest

Be aware that U.S. government websites and databases will be unavailable (or of limited availability) throughout the government shutdown. PubMed, MedlinePlus, and the CDC, for instance, warn that "Due to the lapse in government funding, PubMed is being maintained with minimal staffing. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operations inquiries." You will be able to find already indexed material--so long as no network or server problems arise--, but indexing of new journal articles will lapse. The currency of health and medical information is extremely important so utilize any retrieved material with care.

The free Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) from the government  is unavailable, though Plough Library still has access to ERIC data through its EBSCO subscription. Be aware, however, that EBSCO draws its information from the government. The same lapse in indexing will apply to ERIC as well as PubMed.

You will find many, many more government websites listed on our Research Guides by Subject--as they are among the most useful sites for finding reliable information. Any of them may be inaccessible for the duration.

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