Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

End of Term Web Archive: U.S. Federal Web Domain at Presidential Transitions

Categories: Govt Information,History,Presidency

Now covering presidential transitions from 2008, 2012, and 2016 covering some 50,000 records.  Hosted by the California Digital Library and the Internet Archive


James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers

Categories: History,Presidency

The digitized papers of Buchanan, representative and senator from Pennsylvania, secretary of state and 15th president and those of his niece who served as his White House hostess, cover the period 1825 to 1887.  From the Library of Congress


Bankruptcy and Student Loans

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Youth

Examines the concept of “undue hardship” as a legal term involving required payment of student loan debt. According to court interpretations the debtor must prove three things to qualify for exemption from repayment.  The report provides a comprehensive overview of the various legal issues related to whether a debtor may discharge a student loan via bankruptcy.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Russia,Syria

Examines the conflict, now in its 7th year, after the capture of Raqqah and the defeat of the Islamic State and presents objectives for the near future including duration of the U.S. military presence, effectiveness of cooperation with Russia, and planning for a political settlement.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


Federally Funded R&D Centers Continue Increase to $19.2 Billion in R&D Spending in FY 2016

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

Provides information on research and development spending at the 42 federally funded centers in the U.S. including total spending, sources of funding, and expenditures at specific centers.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, Fall 2016

Categories: Education-Higher,Health/Medical,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Women

Includes 55 data tables on graduate students in STEM fields by field and gender.  Also includes tables on enrollment by state and institution, on citizenship, ethnicity and race, and on institutional rankings.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Patient Safety and Adverse Events, 2011 and 2014

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

Reports on progress made since a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors resulting from systemic problems.  Reports that hospitals in 34 states  showed declines in patient adverse events from 2011 to 2014 with one exception.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release of Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

Press release which announces the release of digitized volumes of the Foreign Relations of the U.S. spanning the years 1888 – 1899 covering events that took place between 1886 and 1889.  From the Office of the Historian of the Department of State


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