New Guide: Federal Stimulus Bill (2009)

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This bill appropriates additional federal funds for job creation and preservation, aid for those most affected by the recession, infrastructure projects (transportation, environmental, etc.), and aid to state and local governments to reduce or eliminate service cuts and/or tax increases. This guide provides links to information about the stimulus bill, including ways to track how the money will be spent; you can find the permanent page at:

For help locating resources, please contact Tamara Smith, Government Documents Coordinator, at 410-837-5072 or


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (111st Cong., H.R. 1).
Read the text of the final (enrolled) version of the bill.

A New Era of Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promise.
An overview of the FY 2010 Budget of the U. S. Government due to be released in spring 2009.
Created by the White House to explain the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and to track stimulus spending.

Stimulus Watch.
An unaffiliated, volunteer-built site that lists shovel-ready projects in cities nationwide and allows visitors to leave comments or vote on the importance of a project. The site uses data taken from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ MainStreet Economic Recovery Report, and the site’s dataset is available as an Excel download.

U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Still a work-in-progress, this site provides links to information about the stimulus package.

U.S. Department of the Treasury. Internal Revenue Service. IRS Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.,,id=204335,00.html
A short article highlighting some of the tax-related provisions that are being implemented.

Find Documents

Catalog USMAI [help]
Books, journals, government documents and other materials in the University System of Maryland, including UB. You may search up to six individual locations or the entire system.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications [help]
Coverage: July 1976 – present. Search more than 500,000 records for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. Includes links to full text where available.

FDSys [help]
Coverage: 1993 – present. Search for federal documents back to the 103rd Congress. Collections include: Federal Register; Congressional Record; Congressional bills, hearings and documents; Public and Private Laws, and the Compilation of Presidential Documents (now updated daily).

Google U.S. Government Search
Search for U.S. federal, state and local government information. Very helpful for locating specific documents.
The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal. Search for a particular document, or browse the topics.

Subject Databases

ABI Inform [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: 1970 – present. Indexes more than 1,300 journals on business, management, with 75% full-tex

BNA [on-campus]
Coverage varies. Variety of titles covering a broad spectrum of practice areas, including intellectual property, environmental law, federal securities, labor and employment, tax, and public contracts. Among the titles are U.S. Law Week, U.S. Patents Quarterly, and the BNA Tax Management Portfolios. Its daily publications, including Daily Tax Report, Daily Labor Report, and Daily Environment Report, are indispensable to the legal professional. NOTE TO OFF-CAMPUS USERS: In order to search for BNA journals in Research Port, you will need the exact title. You can find a complete list of titles at

Business Source Premier [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: Varies – present. Business Source Premier provides full text for nearly 8,350 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. Funded by the Maryland Digital Library (MDL). Includes company profiles, many of which contain SWOT analyses.

HEIN ONLINE: [On-campus]
Coverage: varies. A retrospective collection of over 90 law reviews, with over 200,000 articles. Full-text is available, in graphical image format.

Military & Government Collection [on-campus]
Coverage: various dates. Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 350 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 titles.

News/Current Events Databases

Baltimore Sun [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: Sept 16, 1990 – present. Full text of Baltimore Sun.

National Newspapers (NA5) with Washington Post [on-campus]
Coverage: Varies with each title back to 1984. Full text of 5 newspapers:
Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition and the Washington Post.

General Databases

Academic Search Premier [on-campus] [help] Coverage: 1990 – present. Provides full-text for over 3,400 scholarly journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education, sciences, and more. Funded by the Maryland Digital Library (MDL).

ArticleFirst [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: 1990 – present. Indexes journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Citations only. No abstracts or full-text. Now includes ContentsFirst.

Lexis-Nexis Academic [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: 1970 – present. Features full text of many newspapers and periodicals. Also offers business news, legal materials such as federal & state codes, case law and legal journals.

Masterfile Premier [on-campus] [help]
Coverage: 1990 – present. Indexes more than 3,100 magazines covering general subjects. Includes full-text for over 1,000 journals.

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