While THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov remain online, many other government websites have gone dark with the government shutdown. Marci Gorin, a government documents librarian at Florida State University, has put together a helpful guide to find alternatives to government websites. In addition to traditional sources of legal information, like Lexis and Westlaw, some other useful sites for government information are:
- Internet Archive, which will take snapshots of an agency's website on particular days within the year.
- ProQuest Congressional and ProQuest Legislative Insight: compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
- ProQuest Statistical Abstract: comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
- HeinOnline:US federal agency documents, decisions and appeals, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as statutes and legislative history materials.
In addition, EBSCO is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/). Because of the shutdown, access to the full text of articles and other materials will not be available but researchers will have access to the full set of A&I records on EBSCOhost. Click here to access ERIC, which provides access to educational literature such as the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.