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NOTE: These are links to only a selected number of government databases dealing with education and other children's issues 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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ERIC, the major education database, is being reorganized. Beginning in October of 2004, more than 100,000 documents previously only available on fee-based services are available for free at This massive liberation of these reports coincides with a cessation of distribution of microfiche copies of the reports to libraries. An easy way to find the useful ERIC Digests (brief overviews on topics of current interest to educators, administrators and policy-makers) is through

Academic Institutional Profiles. This database, updated annually, is provided by the National Science Foundation. It includes data for each institution from three of its surveys: Survey of Research and Development Expenditures, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering and Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support.

America's Literacy Directory. A database of literacy programs for those interested in participating as clients, volunteers, sponsors, etc. Searches can be refined to look at ESL, GED and other special programs.

Annual Reports (National Center for Education Statistics). This site offers links to several compendia of statistics. Some of the titles are also available in printed form in the Documents collection: Digest of Education Statistics (ED 1.326: ), Projection of Education Statistics (ED 1.102: ), Condition of Education (ED 1.109: ) and Youth Indicators (ED 1.327: ).

College Navigator. A database of approximately 7,000 higher education institutions, with information arranged to allow comparison searches based on a wide variety of criteria, from programs offered to distance from a prospective student's home.

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:

Digital Divide Web Resources. Links to model programs, sources of grant funds, and other resources dealing with use of the internet and computers in education.

Educator's Reference Desk. This portal replaces the old "AskERIC" site. ERIC is a government-sponsored system of education-related resources. At this site you can search the ERIC database back to 1989; other resources include a database of curriculum materials, subject-based guides to information, and an archive of previously-asked questions.

EFA (Education for All). This page links to country, regional and thematic reports compiled by UNESCO, as well as other information about EFA's 2000 Assessment. The reports include statistics, description and evaluation.

ESL Resource Database. This joint project of ERIC and the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education provides links to all kinds of resources in the field. You can search by keyword or by general type of resource.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE). An index/gateway to government sites of use as educational resources. Site can be searched or browsed.

Gateway to 21st Century Skills . This database of curriculum resources, including lesson plans, for K-12 is put together by a consortium headed by the Dept. of Education and the National Educational Library.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data on institutions of higher education that can be used to chart trends in the field. Some data is searchable.

International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor. Operated by the International Labor Organization's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor, this site offers reports, surveys, and statistics on child labor around the world.

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. For more information, see the LLMC web site, linked above.

Lesson Plan Sites from Government Agencies. This site, developed by Janetta Paschal at Angelo State Univ., provides an annotated listing of Texas and U.S. agencies' lesson plan suggestions. Each site annotation includes grade level and TEKS subject areas.

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. Site includes access to their publications and an extensive link collection under the link "Information and Resources."

School District Demographics. This site gives demographic and geographic data (from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses) on U.S. school districts. You can download raw data in comma or tab delimited ASCII text format, or in SAS format. Another feature allows viewing of basic data and comparison of two different districts.

Smithsonian Education. The "Educators" section links to a searchable database of lesson plans and resources on a wide variety of subjects and for all grade levels.

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

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