Blog topic: Q&A

Govdocs are hard, mkay?

February 2, 2016
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

[This was originally posted on the blog "Free Government Information"] I thought I'd recount an interesting little research question I had yesterday that took me down a rabbit hole trying to answer. This student was looking for an edition of a 1913 publication called the "Immigration Laws and Rules" (WorldCat helpfully notes the uniform titles of "Laws, etc." and "Immigration Laws"!) but couldn’t find the right one in google books (go figure!).

Q&A: Federal Spending Resources on cybersecurity

December 26, 2015
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

Question: Are there any official government resources where this information is published? I am looking for a statistic along the lines of "The government spends $___ million on cybersecurity." From what I have seen for biosecurity, for example, many departments have some money set aside for biosecurity, but there isn't one place where one large number is published (unless an outside person consolidates these budgets into a singular dollar amount as some sort of project).

Q&A: Athletic and Team Budgets in the NCAA and Colleges

April 9, 2010
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

Question: I want to compare the amounts spent by NCAA colleges and universities on their teams and various sports. Where's the best place to look?

Answer: The United States Department of Education maintains a data analysis site called Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool. This allows the user to generate "rapid customized reports for [questions] relating to equity in athletics data."

Q&A: Average Tariff Levels

August 11, 2008
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

Question: I'm looking for data on the average tariff levels of various countries from 1962-1989. Any version of the average tariff (weighted average) would be fine.

Q&A: How can I find information about tests and measures used by social scientists?

June 11, 2010
by Phyllis Kayten

Question: I am looking for a test that might be used by a psychologist, educator, psychiatrist, or other social scientist, to measure some aspect of personality, behavior, cognition, perception, and other "mental measurements." (like Intelligence, Personality, Neuropsychological Functioning, Behavior, Speech, etc). How do I find descriptions and reviews?