Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Recommended Format Specifications

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Science/Technology

Lists recommended formats for various categories of creative content including print, digital, photographs, microforms, motion pictures, software, datasets, and databases.  From the Library of Congress


Dissolved-Solids Sources, Loads, Yields, and Concentrations in Streams of the Conterminous United States

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Warns about concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, which are elevated in many of U.S. streams because of human activity.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Important Information About Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Categories: Marriage/Family,Retirement/Social Security,Sex Issues

Answers questions about how the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act has resulted in federal recognition of same-sex marriages and the paying of Social Security benefits to surviving spouses in same-sex marriages.  From the Social Security Administration


Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases but has limits to its authority.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Prioritizing Highway Projects for Improvement of Evacuation

Categories: Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters


Responds to concerns that only a portion of people in low-lying areas of Hampton Roads will be able to evacuate in time in the event of a major hurricane, especially if they have less than 36 hours notice.  Calls for preparing a list of evacuation highways for priority attention.   From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization