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New Research Guide: Judges and Judging Finding and Using Data

A new research guide “Judges and Judging: Finding and Using Data” has been added to the library website.  The first part of this research guide is to help users locate data about judges and judging. The second part offers examples of how this type of data can be used. From the guide: Often articles about …Read the Rest

The Upshot

A recent Fact Tank chart of the week, “Another way to see employment,” by Drew Desilver introduced me to another blog that often discusses data in their posts. The Upshot is a New York Times blog which “provides news, analysis and graphics about politics, policy and everyday life.” The Fact Tank post discussed a chart in The Upshot …Read the Rest

Misuse of Data

Last week an op-ed in the Washington Post, by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson, claimed that the data supports the argument, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married.”*  The following day a FiveThirtyEight post claimed that the article misused data to support its argument. Two issues struck Mona Chalabi, the author of the …Read the Rest

Summer Reading

This summer, why not become a little more familiar with some of the data gathered by the federal government? Below is a list of blogs or short postings about data captured by the federal government. Census Bureau Profile America is a daily 60-second podcast feature from the Census Bureau. The features use information gathered by …Read the Rest

Law Day – May 1st

This year’s Law Day’s theme is “Why Every Vote Matters.” The American Bar Association (ABA) is celebrating the right to vote: As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote …Read the Rest

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

During fiscal year 2013, state governments collected $846.2 billion in taxes. For its Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections survey the Census Bureau defines taxes as “compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes.” Taxes are classified into five categories: (1) property, (2) sales and gross receipts, (3) license, (4) income, and (5) other. Figure 1 …Read the Rest