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Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS)

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS)

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Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS). 2nd ed. Ed. by Margo J. Anderson, Constance F. Citro, and Joseph J. Salvo. Los Angeles: CQ Press, 2012. 456 p. alkaline $175 (ISBN 978-1-60871-025-6). E-book available, call for pricing.

The Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census (2nd ed.) updates and revises its predecessor to reflect the significant changes that have taken place in US census data collection and analysis over the past twelve years. The most notable addition to the encyclopedia is a twenty-two-page section on the American Community Survey (ACS) that covers historical and methodological aspects of this survey, which has replaced the long-form census questionnaire. The ACS section also includes a guide to understanding and using ACS data products, a particularly helpful addition because these products differ substantially from the data products of the modern decennial census.

The remainder of the encyclopedia has been updated to reflect changes in policy and practice since the first edition. Historical articles remain virtually unchanged, although the editors have added some discussion in reference to the ACS. Articles on current topics have been substantially or entirely revised. Some topics briefly mentioned in the first edition are expanded to full articles in the second, while a few tangential articles are contracted to provide more general information. The bibliographies for each entry have been updated with URLs to online resources, and the appendix includes reproductions of the collection forms for the 2010 census and the 2010 ACS. The index has also been improved with the addition of boldface type to indicate full articles. Additionally, this edition has improved its collection of historical photographs and images relating to the census while clarifying the sometimes confusing captioning of the first edition. …

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