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This research guide provides a list of resources on the Library's Constitution Day Efforts

What is Constitution Day?

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day"Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students." US Department of Education on Commemorating Constitution Day

In commemoration of this date and in keeping with the requirement above, Yale University Libraries and the Lillian Goldman Law Library have collaborated to provide materials and programming in celebration of this event. This guide provides details on the events and collections surrounding the day.

Printed copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available at Marx Library’s iDesk September 11-22, 2023.

For access to a mini-constitution, please click here.

The Library and Constitution Day

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Yale University Libraries are stewards of vast collections of materials. These materials cover a wide variety of formats, and range from the fourteen hundreds to the present day. As US Federal Depository Library, the library encourages civic engagement throughout the year.



Constitution Day Events 2023

Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! Yale University Library is celebrating the US Constitution and citizens. Join us for our workshops listed below.  They will highlight how to find government information and how to map government data. 

Join us for "Are You Smarter than the US Naturalization Test?" on September 18th from 11:30-1PM. win a prize by answering a question from the Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test! Everyone walks away with a treat!

GeoHack 101: Map Government Data in 30 Minutes (September 14, 3-3:30 in-person @Marx Library, Seminar Room S57)

Discover geospatial technologies through modern data mapping. Explore why these tools are favored for creating interactive, insightful maps. Uncover the art of georeferencing government maps and transforming tabular US Census data into insightful maps, all in just 30 minutes. Get a taste of the possibilities and set the stage for your web-based GIS exploration.

  1. Exploring Web GIS: Immerse yourself in the world of web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a concise overview through dynamic hands-on activities. 
  2. Georeferencing Essentials: Acquire fundamental skills in aligning historical government maps with modern digital landscapes.
  3. Mapping Census Insights: Dive into the process of transforming tabular US Census Bureau data into informative and engaging maps.

Note: The instructor will remain in the classroom until 4 p.m. to discuss your mapping and data needs. 

Finding and Using US Government Information and Data (11-12 PM via Zoom, Sept 21) 

Information produced by the US Government is a rich source for research. Much is openly available but with so many departments and agencies, it is not always intuitive to find. This workshop will focus on US Government produced information and data available through Yale Library and public sources. The session will cover: 

  1. How and where to find US government information and data
  2. How to makes sense of the information you find
  3. What tools and resources are available for further research and/or analysis