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Canadian Statistics: How to find them

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Ever needed trustworthy statistics to back up your research?  Not surprisingly, Statistics Canada is your “go-to” source for Canadian stats, but you may not be sure where to find what you need.  The major issue for most people is deciding which of the two main databases that UBC Library subscribes to will have the information […]

Food and Product Recall Database

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

After discovering this morning that a brand of potato-leek soup might have undeclared clams in it….this seemed like an appropriate database to highlight.   The Healthy Canadians website has played host to a database of recalled food and consumer products since 2007.  You can search by product or by food and the site also provides links […]

American Community Survey- Latest Release

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The US Census Bureau conducts an official census every 10 years, with the next one coming up in March 2010.  In between years the Bureau conducts a variety of smaller-scale nationwide surveys, including the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS is sent to approximately 3 million households.  The most recent 3 year estimates based on […]

New apps for US Government data

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sunlight Labs – “a non-profit, non partisan Washington, DC based organization focused on digitization of government data” has been running a contest to identify the top three websites offering applications that provide “easy access and understanding for the public” to US government data/information.  They all make it just a bit easier to access high quality […]

Research Database on the US Voting System

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization with a special focus on “science, engineering and innovation.”  It also publishes the journal Science.  AAAS has just launched a new database which has the lofty goal of providing fundamental information about “the accuracy, reliability and security of voting technologies, election […]

IMF Financial Soundness Indicators

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The International Monetary Fund recently launched a database of “financial sector soundness” indicators, or FSIs, for member countries who choose to participate. The aim is to provide users with a means of judging the soundness of financial institutions as well as national economies. The IMF’s list of core FSIs focuses on areas such as debt […]

World Bank e-Library Trial

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

UBC has a trial to the World Bank e-Library and a few other of their databases until the end of August. You can access the trial page here World Bank e-Library: An electronic portal to the World Bank’s full-text collection of books, journals, working papers and other documents on social and economic development. It is […]

International Demography stats from US Census Bureau

Monday, June 29th, 2009

It’s always exciting to discover a reliable source of international statistics!  The US Census bureau has a great database of demographic indicators for “countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.”  Indicators are: Birth, death, and growth rates, migration rates, infant mortality, and life expectancy Fertility rates Total population and […]

GPO Access Content Migration

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

GPO Access is in the process of moving information into a new database: Federal Digital System (FDsys).  Some collections are no longer available in GPO Access, one is available  in both and the rest are set to be moved into FDsys by the end of 2009. According to the GPO FDsys “is an advanced digital […]

New Treaty Database from the UN

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The UN recently put up a database of Diplomatic Conferences which will provide the searcher with access to documents/background information on the negotiation of 12  international treaties.  The oldest conference contained in the database is the Law of the Sea, 1958 and the most recent is Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, […]

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