Statistical Abstract of the United States

March 2014 Database of the Month


Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organizations of the United States. The 2014 edition is now available.

In the spring of 2011, the Census Bureau announced that the edition that year would be the last one produced at government expense. Despite protests from librarians and journalists and despite petitions to Congress, the Census Bureau unit that published the Statistical Abstract was eliminated in November. Its elimination resulted not from a decline in popularity or perceived value, but from the need to reduce agency spending while supporting new and existing data collection efforts. ProQuest has now taken on responsibility for updating and releasing this publication, the most used statistical reference tool in U.S. libraries.
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SCOAP3 Open Access Initiative

Florida Atlantic University Libraries is proud to support Open Access by becoming a SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) partner. On January 1, 2014, CERN announced the start of the SCOAP³ Open Access publishing initiative. Eleven publishers of high quality content, including Springer, Elsevier and IOP, are participating in this innovative open-access venture. Continue reading

Mango Languages

January 2014 Database of the Month

Mango Languages is an online self-paced language learning system covering over 40 languages and including 16 ESL classes taught in the native language, and four Religious and Scholarly language courses. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions.  Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, AND culture.

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Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

The FAU Libraries have added the ProQuest Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports archive to the ProQuest Congressional database. The CRS Reports, 1916-2013, include the full text of reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which was established within the Library of Congress to provide members, committees, and congressional staff with nonpartisan and objective research and analysis on all public policy issues. Read more about the CRS.

ProQuest Congressional provides the tools for searching the Congressional Record, finding members of Congress, tracking proposed legislation by keyword and sponsor, searching Congressional hearings, the Federal Register, the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection, Congressional committee schedules, Committee Prints & Misc. Publications and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

October 2013 Database of the Month

Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides searchable content from a wide range of primary sources for the “long” 19th century. This is an international primary source collection of 19th century materials, such as monographs, personal diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and maps. Archives include: British Politics and Society; Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture; and CORVEY Collection of European Literature (1790-1840). Continue reading

New: IBISWorld

IBISWorld is a comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research. The in-depth research reports include key statistics, industry conditions, market characteristics, industry performance, external market drivers, key success factors, and 5-year revenue forecasts for each US industry. Detailed written analysis provides explanations and insights. Continue reading

Faculty Databases Review

FAU Libraries are asking faculty to participate in reviewing the Libraries’ subscribed databases. The survey can be accessed at will be available until Monday, April 8. The results will be used to help identify how the library resources are being used, what databases are important to faculty research and instruction, and what resources should be considered for purchase. We appreciate your time and effort in assisting in the development of the Libraries’ online collection. If you have any questions, please contact your College library liaison.

If you are not a member of the faculty and would like to offer your comments, please submit the Library Comments & Suggestions Form.



Database outages due to storm

11/5/2012 Update: We have had no further reports of database outages, all databases are now in service.

A few of our databases with operational centers in the storm-impacted regions may not have service. We will update this list as more information becomes available. If you are experiencing access problems to any of our electronic resources, please contact Jane Strudwick,

  • Books in Print (Now has service, 10/31)
  • Sports Business Research Network (SBRNET) (Now has service, 11/4)
  • IEEE: IEEE/IEL Electronic Library  (Now has service, but single article purchases and IEEE account management are unavailable at this moment.  11/1)