When speaking with students about websites that are considered credible for use in research, I often point out that those ending in .gov are some of the best resources available. However, with the government shutdown in effect students will find many of the government websites have gone black or are no longer updating materials. Many have the same message appearing, “Only websites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained.”
I have been asked why they have shut down, and the answer is rather simple – websites must be maintained in order to remain current and it is considered a felony for federal workers who are furloughed to do any work related to their profession including logging into their government email accounts, using their government issued cell phones, or updating government related social media accounts or websites.
I had sent out a list of websites known to be affected by the government shutdown. The list is constantly changing so I will be trying to update it every so often.
- American FactFinder
- BEA.gov (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
- eric.ed.gov (some of ERIC is still available through Ebsco databases)
Government websites that are have been reopened or are being maintained include:
- Library of Congress has recently reopened its’ website and it is now available, however, the content is not being updated.
- Thomas and beta.congress.gov are also being maintained as legislative sites.
- Weather.gov is being maintained.
Let me know if there are any changes in these sites so that I can update our list.