*Government websites are back online* as of Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Montgomery College Libraries and the Montgomery College community are beginning to feel the effects of the government shutdown directly. You may find that links on the Libraries' website and Research Guides that are US Government websites (usually a .gov domain) will lead to an error message or shutdown notice. Several notable sites frequently used for research that are shutdown include Library of Congress and Census.gov.
Try the Wayback Machine:
Providing access to sites that are closed - http://archive.org/web/web.php. Their web crawler has archived 280 billion webpages over the last 2 decades. These versions may not include the most recent site updates, but you may find access to content as recent as the past few weeks.
Ars Technica provides a fairly thorough list of websites that are down, partially down, or still up and running: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/shutdown-of-us-government-websites-appears-bafflingly-arbitrary/. Additionally, the Sunlight Foundation provides an explanation of the hit and miss nature of websites that are down and those still online.
In the meantime, if you do have trouble accessing information, your best bet is to consult with a librarian who may be able to find you a source in print or find an alternate way to access the information. If you are faculty and incorporate government information into your syllabus, the library may be able to assist with alternative means of accessing the information. Please don't hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions or need assistance. Contact Us.