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Chapter 2: The ABC's of Online Resources
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Goldmine Sites
Internet Guides
Online Compendia
Regional Intermediaries
Formats for Online Data
Options for Finding Online Resources


Goldmine Sites
American Factfinder, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data from the decennial census, the economic census, and the American Community Survey for states, counties, places, and metropolitan areas.
factfinder.census.gov

CenStats, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Census Bureau data including County and Zip Code Business Patterns, USA Counties, Annual Survey of Manufacturers, Census Tract Street Locator, Consolidated Federal Funds Report, residential building permits, and occupation by race and sex.
tier2.census.gov/dbappweb.htm

Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University
Demographic, economic, and land use data bases and mapping resources.
www.ciesin.org

Economic Time Series, Economagic
Regional time-series data from several federal agencies: Bureau of Labor Statistics (labor force, employment and unemployment, Consumer Price Index), Census Bureau (building permits), Bureau of Economic Analysis (Gross State Product), and Regional Federal Reserve Banks.
www.economagic.com

Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, University of Virginia
Access to several federal regional economic databases, including the County and City Data Book, County Business Patterns and Census Public Use Microdata Samples from the Census Bureau; and the Regional Economic Information System and Regional Economic Projections from the Bureau of Economic Analysis,
fisher.lib.virginia.edu

Government Information Sharing Project, Information Services, Oregon State University
Demographic, economic, and education databases from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the National Center for Education Statistics.
govinfo.kerr.orst.edu

State and County Demographic and Economic Profiles, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Profiles for states and counties include population estimates, income and poverty estimates, data from the decennial census and the economic census, County Business Patterns and USA Counties.
www.census.gov/datamap/www

State and Regional Economic Data, The Dismal Scientist
Data for states and 257 metro areas include business, demographic, socioeconomic, labor, income, real estate, and vital statistics. Rankings are included.
www.dismal.com/regions/regions.stm

Internet Guides
Business and Economics Numeric Data, Mansfield University
Long list of links to websites with economic data.
www.mnsfld.edu/depts/lib/ecostats.html

EconData.Net
More than 400 links to socioeconomic data sources on the Internet. Links are sorted by subject and provider to make finding data easier.
www.econdata.net

Federal Internet Guide, The Washington Post
Links to federal agency webpages and government meta-sites.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/fedguide/overview.htm

Fedstats
Access to websites of over 70 federal statistical agencies. Includes a brief description of key statistics from each agency.
www.fedstats.gov

Guide to Online Data Sources for Economic Development, University of Minnesota
Links to federal and state data resources for economic development data.
www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/slp/edweb/dataguid.htm

Networked Resources, Mann Library, Cornell University
Links to data and information resources related to arts and humanities, science and technology, and social sciences.
campusgw.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/manntom2.cgi?section=networked&URL=gateway.html

State and Local Government on the Net, Piper Resources
Links to state and local government websites and national trade associations in public administration.
www.piperinfo.com/state/states.html

State Economic Data Sources, Association of University Business & Economic Research Centers
Links to state-specific sources of data including labor market information agencies, economic development organizations, and university business and economic research centers.
www.auber.org/htmls/leapcomp.html

Online Compendia
County and City Data Book, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Wide variety of social and economic data for all counties, and places of 2,500 or more.
fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/ccdb or www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html

Guide to State Statistical Abstracts, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Bibliography of statistical abstracts produced by states.
www.census.gov/statab/www/stateabs.html

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Social and economic data for states and metropolitan areas. Full publication is available in PDF format.
www.census.gov/statab/www/smadb.html

State of the Nationís Cities, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University
Data for 77 cities and their suburbs on employment, economic development, demographics, housing, land use, income and poverty, and more. Downloadable file only.
www.policy.rutgers.edu/cupr/sonc.htm

Statistical Abstract of the United States, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Social and economic data for states, metropolitan areas, and cities. Tables are available in PDF format.
www.census.gov/prod/3/98pubs/98statab/cc98stab.htm

USA Counties, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Social and economic data for all counties.
tier2.census.gov/usacor www.census.gov/statab/www/county.html

Regional Intermediaries
Economics Departments, Institutes, and Research Centers in the World
Links to economics departments, institutes, and research centers in each state.
ideas.uqam.ca/EDIRC/usa.html

Federal Depository Libraries by State or Zip Code, U.S. Government Printing Office
Listing of over 1,400 Federal Depository Libraries across the nation. Each provides free public access to a wide variety of federal government information and expert staff to assist users.
www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dpos/adpos003.html

Membership Directory, American Chamber of Commerce Researchers' Association (ACCRA)
Contact your nearest ACCRA member for advice on local data sources and uses.
www.accra.org/networking_comm/Search_criteria.cfm

Regional Offices, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Regional offices provide access to agency publications going back several decades and to personnel who can provide information on data sources and uses.
www.bls.gov/regnhome.htm

Regional Offices, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Regional offices provide access to agency publications going back several decades and to personnel who can provide information on data sources and uses.
www.census.gov/field/www

State Data Centers, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census Bureau data.
www.census.gov/sdc/www/sdctxt.html

State Economic Data Centers, Association of University Business & Economic Research Centers
Contact your nearest university business and economic research center for help in accessing and using federal and state socioeconomic data.
www.auber.org/docs/geo.htm

State Workforce Development Agency Homepages, Interstate Commission of Employment Security Agencies
Agencies that will give you help in accessing and using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
www.icesa.org/sections/links/index.cfm#state

Formats for Online Data
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Free downloadable software used to view PDF files.
www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

FIPS List, U.S Census Bureau
List of FIPS codes for states, counties, places, and metropolitan areas.
ftp.census.gov/pub/datamap/fipslist

Importing Tips, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
Tips for importing BEA data into a spreadsheet program.
www.bea.doc.gov/bea/regional/docs/import_tips.htm

WinZip Computing, Inc.
Free downloadable software used to unzip compressed data files.
www.winzip.com

Options for Finding Online Resources
Deja News
Access approximately 35,000 newsgroups and 18,000 discussion forums.
www.deja.com/usenet

Directory of Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists
Search or browse for mailing lists on just about any topic.
www.neosoft.com/internet/paml

eGroups
Free e-mail group service that allows you to join a long list of discussion forums. Or, create your own e-mail groups.
www.eGroups.com

Lists Hosted at LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
List of discussion groups.
www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?XH=LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU

Liszt, the mailing list directory, Topica
Search or browse for mailing lists on just about any topic. There are also newsgroup and chat room directories.
www.liszt.com


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