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U.S. Federal Government - Legislative Information: Workshops and Course Guides

Political science/government information workshops - fall 2015

United Nations Research at Yale and Beyond

This year, the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary. In this workshop, we'll explore Yale's UN depository collection, with materials going all the way back to 1945, as well as online resources and search strategies for finding up-to-the-minute UN information. We will also discuss strategies for preparing a research visit to the UN Archives in New York.

When: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4-5 p.m.

Where: Bass Library, L06-A


National Archives Research Drop-in Session

Planning a research trip to the National Archives and Records Administration? Have questions about accessing federal government records without having to leave campus? Just want to learn more about conducting research at the National Archives?

Melanie Maksin, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information, and Sahr Conway-Lanz, Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy, will be hosting a drop-in session for anyone in the Yale community who has questions about research at the National Archives and wants to learn more.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 3-4 p.m.

Where: Bass Library, L06-A


Top Secret: Declassified Documents, FOIA Requests, and Hard-to-Find Government Information

Acorn. Idealist. Rattan. Froth. These whimsical terms are just a small selection of “top secret” classifications used by the United States federal government in the 20th century. You might know that the Library is a depository for U.S. federal government documents, but did you know that we also have access to declassified documents related to national security and foreign affairs, as well as FBI files on civil rights activists? These are just some of the secrets of Yale’s government information collections that we will explore in this workshop.

In this session, participants will discover sources and strategies for finding declassified government documents. We will also discuss best practices for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and helpful tricks for tracking down elusive government information.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4-5 p.m.

Where: Bass Library, L06-A

Guides from workshops and courses

On this page, you'll find links to guides and handouts from workshops and course-integrated sessions that are related to government information. These guides often provide targeted, in-depth suggestions for resources and research strategies in particular disciplines or on specific topics.

Director for Research Support & Outreach Programs

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Jeremy Garritano
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