10/01/2013 - Federal Gov't. Shutdown Impedes Access to Some Content

Due to the current lapse in Federal government funding, US Federal websites are currently either limited or unavailable altogether. This will include all government websites, such as Census, ERIC, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Library of Congress, PubMed, etc. Please consult each website individually for specific updates. For additional questions, or help assessing government information during this shutdown please consult Jeffrey M. Wilhite, Government Documents Librarian. For information about available government services, visit


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    • PubMed is open, but staffing is minimal and updates are limited. If you encounter problems, use Medline instead. Medline is slightly smaller than PubMed and lacks in-process citations and out-of-scope articles, but contains the same core journal article content.
    • ERIC is unavailable on the Department of Education’s site, However, it can be accessed via the EBSCO platform. Note: Items that are “Full text from ERIC” will lead to an error page as a result of the shutdown. Options for full text: (1) If the item is a journal article (has a number that begins with EJ), look up the journal in the catalog. It may be available from one of our other databases or in print in the library. If not, place a request through Interlibrary Loan. (2) If the item is an ERIC Document (ED), Google it. Some recent ERIC documents are online from other sources, such as the websites of their publishers. (3) If it’s an ERIC Document that is older than 2005, the library has it on microfiche, in off-site storage. Use Sooner Xpress to request the item. Make sure you include the ED number in your request. (4) ERIC Documents published after 2005 and not online elsewhere will remain unavailable until normal government functions are restored.
    • Many publications of the US Geological Survey, including topographic maps and maps in series, are available in print in the Youngblood Energy Library.
    • is still available through the Library of Congress website; if you are having problems getting links to work on THOMAS, please try the Proquest Legislative Insight database.
    • Oxford Academic is making some of their resources available for free during the shutdown. o that end, we have opened up access for the next two weeks to three of our online resources: Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and the US Census demographics website, Social Explorer.