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Books of the Month!

Think Python

If you want to learn how to program, working with Python is an excellent way to start. This hands-on guide takes you through the language a step at a time, beginning with basic programming concepts before moving on to functions, recursion, data structures, and object-oriented design.

United States Sugar Policy: An Analysis

The principal purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the effects of the U.S. sugar program on our domestic economy and on the economies of key sugar-exporting developing countries. [Selected from DOC Archives]

UX Strategy

This hands-on guide introduces lightweight strategy tools and techniques to help you and your team craft innovative multi-device products that people want to use. Whether you're an entrepreneur, UX/UI designer, product manager, or part of an intrapreneurial team, this book teaches simple-to-advanced strategies that you can use in your work right away.

Dynamic Diversity: Projected Changes in U.S. Race and Ethnic Composition 1995 to 2050

By examining individual race and ethnic groups, as well as the Minority as a combined group, this report describes population changes from 1995 to 2050 on the national level, and 1995 to 2025 on the state and regional level. [Selected from DOC Archives]

Building Microservices

With lots of examples and practical advice, this book takes a holistic view of the topics that system architects and administrators must consider when building, managing, and evolving microservice architectures. Author Sam Newman provides you with a firm grounding in the concepts while diving into current solutions for modeling, integrating, testing, deploying, and monitoring your own autonomous services.

The Defense Materials System and Priorities: Keeping Defense Programs on Schedule.

This booklet explains why the Defense Materials System (DMS), under which priorities and allocations are administered, is necessary and, in addition, describes the characteristics of the System. [Selected from DOC Archives]

Library Happenings

Save the Date

8th Annual Research Database Fair

Join us for refreshments and an exhibit hall at the 8th Annual Research Database Fair! 

Date:         Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:         10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:  Reading Room (HCHB Room 1894)

This is the perfect opportunity to explore research tools and services provided to you by the Commerce Research Library.

  • Visit the Exhibit Hall between 10:00am-1:00pm and learn how our research databases can make your job easier.  There’s something for everyone! 
  • Learn about book delivery, customized training for your office, and more great library services.
  • Bring your mobile device and discover how your library account lets you access many research databases on-the-go.
  • And, of course, enjoy coffee and other refreshments courtesy of our generous database vendors. 

For a list of participating databases, visit the event page.

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Check out our new Digital Exhibit!

Secretary of Commerce, Undersecretary of Everything Else: Herbert Hoover as Department of Commerce Secretary, 1921-1928

Visiting HCHB?  Come see the companion physical exhibit on display in the library's Reading Room.


Lexis Advance Webinars

Did you know that Lexis Advance is replacing in May 2017? Prepare yourself with recent training sessions available online to all Commerce employees. 

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We offer training on library resources tailored to your office's mission.  Whether it's a one-on-one training or a presentation at your staff meeting for the whole team we're happy to accommodate your schedule and location.

Use our training request form to schedule your office training now!

Upcoming Library Events

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The library staff is happy to assist with any of your research needs.  You can: