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Context and Considerations of the 2018/19 Shutdown

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: January 24, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Content provided by Merrill Stein, Librarian for Political Science, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Public Administration, Naval Science, and Geography & the Environment;

Edited by Daniella Snyder & Nate Gosweiler


As the government shutdown continues, it seems useful to get some perspective. This brief selection of official and commercial updates attempts to do that. For a synopsis of the current government shutdown and its historical context check out this article by Harvard Kennedy School’s Linda Bilmes.


Select shutdown guides and surveys:

North Dakota State University compiled a research guide on the 2019 government shutdown, which can be found here. More information and resources can be found through Northwestern’s LibGuide.

 PEW Research Center selected reports:

The PEW Research Center, a nonpartisan American fact tank based in Washington, D.C. provides information on social issues, public opinion, and trends that are shaping both the United States and the world at large. They compiled data analysis of the effects of the shutdown in early January, and compiled results from one of their surveys on American citizens’ view of various shutdowns, going all the way back to 1990.

Official and commercial updates on the shutdown:

Not only does The Congressional Research Service offer key resources for understanding past government shutdowns, they broke the issue of a federal government shutdown into its causes, processes, and effects.

The Balance hypothesizes what will happen next.

Vox published an article answering popular questions about what has become the longest government shutdown in history.

Inside Higher Ed published an article detailing the ways in which the state of the government has affected university research.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget provides information on “everything you should know about government shutdowns.”

The MorningStar Investment Research Center has been updating their information on the shutdown every day, and looks to issues surrounding our national debt.

The Office of Management and Budget published a list of agency contingency plans.



For additional information, check these public, Falvey and campus funded resources:

NEW! NYT – latest campus-wide subscription.

Wall Street Journal – next most recent campus-wide subscription

The American Presidency Project

CQ Magazine

ProQuest Central

America: History and Life (EBSCO)

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (iPOLL)



Credit given to Deborah Bishov (Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian) for her suggestion of this article.




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