Although the U.S. Government shutdown is affecting access to various services and websites, alternate routes to U.S. government information (e.g. digital resources, paper and fiche) may be available. Please contact Laurier's Government Information Librarian, Hélène LeBlanc, for help.
Some examples of alternatives for databases include the following:
- PubMed (http://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/databases/pubmed) is provided free by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This is operational but may not be updated during the shutdown.
- Can use MEDLINE on ProQuest (http://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/databases/medline), containing most, but not all the information within PubMed.
- ERIC (http://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/databases/eric-sponsored) is provided free by the U.S. Department of Education. This is completely unavailable.
- Should use ERIC on ProQuest (http://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/databases/eric), however this links to the full text in the free version so it can only be used as an index during the shutdown.
For more information the impact of the shutdown on U.S. government agencies, see CNN's "Government shutdown: What's closed, what's open?"