Tag: government

Statistics and Government Resources

The U.S. government has many agencies that collect data on all manner of topics, including but not limited to education, employment, health, and public safety. If you need to find government generated data and/or statistics, a good government website to visit is the Data & Statistics page of USA.gov. The Capella University Library has also [...]

Public Safety Professionals Surveyed 10 years after 9/11

Capella University, in cooperation with several public service associations and the FBI National Academy, recently published a survey they conducted of over 1,000 public service and public safety professionals. The survey found these interesting facts, and so much more: The vast majority of respondents (92%) feel that “the emergency preparedness community has improved.” Most respondents [...]

Business Research & Statistics

The business world affects us all because our standard of living is so undeniably incorporated with it throughout our lives. Many of us might be interested in starting our own business. Most of us will need to gather information on investments options for retirement funds. Yet, the business world, with all its complexities, is one [...]

Swine Flu and Earthquakes and Floods, Oh My!

You may have used the ebook database, ebrary, through our library before. Now, ebrary has released two publicly available databases that will have special interest for learners in the School of Public Service Leadership. The first, the Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center, includes “hundreds of important government documents related to natural disasters [...]

Military Resources

Did you know that 14% of Capella learners are part of the military? Whether active duty, veterans, reservists, or Department of Defense/Uniformed Services personnel, the military makes up a large percentage of the learners we serve. Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you’re a family member or friend. Maybe you’re simply interested in researching about [...]

Finding Statistics Online

Numbers are powerful things. A simple statistic can help frame your argument or make an important point. They can be a great addition to a paper or discussion post, but they are often difficult to find online. Sure, you can find lots of numbers out there, but how often do you see the exact number [...]

Constitution Day!

September 17 was made Constitution Day in 2004, creating a day for everyone to learn about the U.S. Constitution. In celebration, I’m going to present a few government resources (digital, but still very wordy) that may be useful for research. First, the Government Printing Office is responsible for making available government information from all three [...]

Researching your Vote

With one political convention just finished and another one in full swing, there’s been a lot of talk about politicians’ records. Since both the major party candidates are Senators, there’s a one-stop-shop for looking at their actual doings on the job. And it’s from America’s biggest library: the Library of Congress. It’s called THOMAS, and [...]

Elections 2008

Tuesday is Super Tuesday and we are caucusing here in Minnesota along with 21 other states. Are you ready? Here are a few last minute websites to help gather non-partisan information about elections and the field of candidates: Project Vote Smart: http://vote-smart.org/ Fact Check: http://www.factcheck.org/ PolitiFact: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ YouTube: You Choose ’08: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose Map the Candidates: [...]