Category: U.S. Documents Masterfile

Government Reports and Colloquial Confusion: Capturing the Ephemeral with the “Popular Names” Index
06 December 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren


Government Reports and Colloquial Confusion: Capturing the Ephemeral with the “Popular Names” Index

“Since many government publications become known by short titles that appear nowhere on the piece, and since libraries catalog them under institutional titles, a device for tying the two together is needed.” - Donald F. Wisdom, Foreword to Popular Names of U.S. Government Reports, 4th ed., 1984 A recurring challenge for historians is so-called “common knowledge.” Too often insights into day-to-day life, descriptions of extinct practices, and material (read more)




“A Deficiency in our Political Annals”: Rivals of Early Congressional Reporting
27 September 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren


“A Deficiency in our Political Annals”: Rivals of Early Congressional Reporting

Exploring the Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe… Today we will look at two mainstays of early Congressional reporting: the Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe. Both dominated the journalistic world of Congress and politics in the decades before the Government Printing Office began producing its official account of Congress—the Congressional Record—in 1873. And because the two overlapped in coverage, many assumed they were partisan rivals. But (read more)




"A Profitable, Elevating, and Attractive Profession”: Bettering Farming through the Farmers' Bulletin
12 July 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren


"A Profitable, Elevating, and Attractive Profession”: Bettering Farming through the Farmers

Exploring the Farmers’ Bulletin… Our “Exploring” series continues with the Farmers’ Bulletin, a publication from the United States Department of Agriculture that first appeared in 1889. For over a century, the Bulletin has disseminated the latest research out of Agricultural Experiment Stations across the country with the aim of leading farmers to bigger crop yields and more rewarding home lives. Persuit of this goal has sometimes led the Bulletin to publish (read more)




Congressional Research Reports Now Available in U.S. Documents Masterfile
11 June 2018 by Paratext Editorial


Congressional Research Reports Now Available in U.S. Documents Masterfile

Thanks to the work of EveryCRSReport.com, researchers are now able to access nearly 15,000 Congressional Research Service (CRS Reports), with links to full-text sources where available in U.S. Documents Masterfile: 1774 – 2018. EveryCRSReport.com is a joint project by Demand Progress and the Congressional Data Coalition, who have made their bulk CRS report data freely available online. Reports by the Congressional Research Service are the encyclopedic research (read more)




Government Documents 101
09 May 2018 by Paratext Editorial


Government Documents 101

Part I: What, Who, and Why The average researcher likely doesn’t think often about government documents. Unless your specialty is political science, law, or government history, government documents don’t seem like an obvious resource to utilize. What is a specialist in literature, psychology, or biology going to find of value in government documents? The answer may surprise you. Because the work and research of government encompasses so many aspects of human society and (read more)




Paratext Celebrates 25 Years of Research, 1993-2018
05 January 2018 by Eric Calaluca


Paratext Celebrates 25 Years of Research, 1993-2018

Paratext celebrates 25 years of research database applications. “When Paratext began, the most significant 'disruption' came with the industry-wide pre-occupation with CD-ROM as a storage/delivery medium. At the time, CDs were rapidly replacing print and microfiche as the preferred delivery mechanism for large-volume research content,” according to Eric Calaluca, Paratext founder. “The expectation that CD publishing would lower costs was quickly (read more)




New Content for U.S. Documents Masterfile, Autumn 2017
09 October 2017 by Paratext Editorial


New Content for U.S. Documents Masterfile, Autumn 2017

The Autumn of 2017 brings great new content to U.S. Documents Masterfile: 1774-2018, along with recently deployed new search utilities to improve search results, particularly for non-specialists. The following sources have just been added to U.S. Documents Masterfile. Congressional Bill Summaries, 2013-2017 U.S. Documents Masterfile recently incorporated 26,000 records from the Congressional Bill Summaries of the 113th, 114th, and 115th Congresses, starting (read more)




New Review of U.S. Documents Masterfile 1774-2016
15 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial


New Review of U.S. Documents Masterfile 1774-2016

Please see this latest review of U.S. Documents Masterfile (formerly Public Documents Masterfile) in Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research, June 2015 "We liked Paratext’s Public Documents Masterfile, and believe it provides another very good option for searching huge amounts of government information, supplemented by other public sources such as Data-Planet and Readex. We also like the fact that the database integrates such a credible and exact indexing method, (read more)




Paratext Launches New Resource Usage Platform
26 February 2015 by Paratext Editorial


Paratext Launches New Resource Usage Platform

Paratext is pleased to announce our new Resource Usage Platform. You can measure statistics on terms, titles found, most popular queries, and which data sources are being utilized. The platform is available for 19th Century Masterfile, Public Documents Masterfile, and Reference Universe. Observe how your reference collection is being utilized: Discover how e-resources and print usage compares. Use for deeper analysis for coordinating research programs and objectives. Use (read more)




Data-Planet Datasheets now fully Indexed within Public Documents Masterfile
19 September 2014 by Paratext Editorial


Data-Planet Datasheets now fully Indexed within Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext­­­TM announces that an extensive collection of Data-Planet TM DataSheets is now indexed, linked, and integrated into Public Documents MasterfileTM. Researchers can now query over 150,000 metadata records representing authoritative publicly and privately sourced datasets. Libraries who subscribe to both services can link directly from the search results to Data-Planet’s datasheets, with a visual chart, map, or graph, accompanied by (read more)




Data-Planet Datasheets to be Indexed in Public Documents Masterfile
21 January 2014 by Paratext Editorial


Data-Planet Datasheets to be Indexed in Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext™ is pleased to announce that it has recently signed an agreement with Data-Planet to index an extensive collection of Data-Planet DataSheets within Public Documents Masterfile™ (PDM). Libraries who subscribe to both properties will link directly from search results into more than 150,000 of Data-Planet DataSheets, complete with a chart, map, or graph, statistical abstract and downloadable data-sets. Public Documents Masterfile users (read more)




See the New Public Documents Masterfile
16 October 2012 by Paratext Editorial


See the New Public Documents Masterfile

The best search tool for government documents discovery has undergone a transformation.Public Documents Masterfile has a look and feel that’s brand new and enhanced search features to go with it. We’ve kept the basics that make Public Documents Masterfile so valuable to government  documents librarians. You can still search for current and historical primary sources, government documents printed by the GPO and beyond, and for a great variety of research (read more)




Public Documents Masterfile Update: SuDoc Numbers, Ames and new ERIC records
10 October 2011 by Paratext Editorial


Public Documents Masterfile Update: SuDoc Numbers, Ames and new ERIC records

Public Documents Masterfile customers will be happy to learn that Paratext has added SuDoc numbers, LC card numbers and Item Numbers to many of the citations included in the GPO Monthly Catalog Subject Indexes (1895-1976).  Due to this inclusion, all government documents included in this index from 1947-1976 will now be considerably easier to access for Public Documents Masterfile users. Expanding the coverage of historical primary sources, we’ve also just added (read more)




1.2 Million Links to Historical Congressional Documents Now Online within Public Documents Masterfile
07 September 2011 by Paratext Editorial


1.2 Million Links to Historical Congressional Documents Now Online within Public Documents Masterfile

A deeper awareness of the political mechanisms and motivations of the United States government, particularly during its earliest days, is invaluable for accomplishing a greater understanding of the functions of democracy.  Public Documents Masterfileis designed to simplify the process of finding important government documents and thus help promote greater knowledge of how the United States government functions. The Annals of Congress, Register of (read more)




New Content and over 8 million full text links now in Public Documents Masterfile
18 May 2011 by Paratext Editorial


New Content and over 8 million full text links now in Public Documents Masterfile

We’ve added the index to the Congressional Globe to the Annals of Congress and Register of Debatesalready found in the Congressional Record file in Public Documents Masterfile, bringing Congressional coverage up to 1867. In addition, we’ve recently updated many thousands of records to federal documents to be discovered via Public Documents Masterfile in the following: Post-1976 GPO Public Documents (1976-current)  (read more)




New Introductory Portal and Thousands of New Documents now live in Public Documents Masterfile
23 February 2011 by Paratext Editorial


New Introductory Portal and Thousands of New Documents now live in Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext is pleased to report that you can now find a new, introductory search portal when accessing Public Documents Masterfile. This new landing page makes it easy for you to join our RSS feed to keep up with new content updates and other information related to Paratext products, provides your users with a basic description of the service, and offers a reminder of the variety of subjects and fascinating information included in the index via our scrolling discovery bar. Recent (read more)




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