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Government Databases in Demographics

GPO Access

NOTE: These are links to only a selected number of government databases dealing with demographics that are available on the Web. The only databases included are those which are considered substantial research sources; almost all have some kind of search capability unless otherwise noted. Consult links on the Government Information Home Page for additional sources of electronic government information.

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Census Bureau. More and more census data is appearing on these pages, some of it replacing paper reports, some offering data not previously available. The site can be searched or browsed to find the information you need. Some files can be downloaded.

CRS Reports. These research reports by the staff of the Congressional Research Service cover all subject areas and are excellent overviews. Unfortunately there is not an official government site which offers access to the entire collection. But there are several different institutions and individuals who are working to make these valuable resources available:

Current Population Reports (CPR) Index. (Ohio State University) This wonderful index covers the Census Bureau's CPRs, many of which can be found in the Blume Library in print form. There are annotated lists of titles by sub-series and also a subject listing. When there are electronic versions of the reports, these are linked from the index. The CPRs first appeared in the 1940's (the Blume Library's collection begins in the early 1960's) and cover demographic, economic, educational, and other characteristics of the U.S. population.

Historical Census Browser. (From Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research; maintained by the Library at the University of Virginia). Data from censuses 1790-1860.

Minnesota Population Center Data Projects. This website includes links to the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, large downloadable databases of census data from 1850 to the present.

Law Library Microform Consortium. The Blume Library has made access to this extensive collection of government records, most of which are agencies reports and decisions, available through our Online Catalog. Or you can search the collection through the link here.

Social Science and Government Data Library. (from University of California, Berkeley). Another alternative interface for searching 1990 Population Census data.

UNData. A portal providing access to various UN databases, totalling over 50 million records.

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