U.S. Government Agencies

Jan Sauer, Kathy Jones & Vickey L. Baggott                                                                                                     January 2002

This is a partial list of resources, located in the Reference and Documents Departments, that may be helpful when doing research on government agencies.  You can e-mail the Reference Department or call 460-7025 or contact the Documents Department at 460-7024 for help.
 


FIRST CHOICES

REF JK 421 .F42 1999
Sisung, Kelle S., editor
Federal Agency Profiles for Students

REF JK 421 .G65 1983
Whitnah, Donald R., editor-in-chief
Government Agencies
Series: Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions ; 7

REF JK 9 .H57 1998
Kurian, George Thomas, editor-in-chief
A Historical Guide to the U.S. Government

DOCS DESK AE 2.108/2: and REF DESK JK 421 .A32
National Archives and Records Administration
The United States Government Manual
URL: http://PURL.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS2410
 


INDEXES and DATABASES

ABC POL SCI : Advance Bibliography of Contents: Political Science and Government
REF Index Table #7 Print index only (1969-1998)

"Academic Search Elite" through EBSCO

"Expanded Academic ASAP" through InfoTrac

"Government Information" USA Library homepage (http://library.southalabama.edu)

GPO Access (Official federal government information)
USA Library homepage: Electronic Indexes: G: GPO Access  OR
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/index.html (Public access anywhere)

Lexis-Nexis through Lexis/CIS (Available on campus and remotely)

Marcive (Web index to federal government publications)
USA Library homepage: Electronic Indexes: M: Marchive   (Available on campus and remotely)

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) (Available on campus and remotely!)
FirstSearch: Per-Search Databases OR
USA Library homepage: Articles & Indexes: P: PAIS
 


GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

DOCS PREX 2.8:
Executive Office of the President. Office of Management and Budget.
Budget of the United States Government   (Yearly agency appropriations)
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aaces002.html

DOCS REF AE 2.106/3: (Latest edition only)
National Archives and Records Administration.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)   (Enacted federal agency rules and regulations)
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html OR
USA Library homepage: Lexis/CIS: Congressional Universe: Regulations

DOCS REF AE 2.106:
National Archives and Records Administration.
Federal Register (Proposed federal agency rules and regulations)
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html  OR
USA Library homepage: Lexis/CIS: Congressional Universe: Regulations

DOCS DESK Z 1223 .Z7 A 575 2000
Batten, Donna, editor (formerly known as Andriot)
Guide to U.S. Government Publications

DOCS REF GP 3.24:
U.S. Government Printing Office. Superintendent of Documents.
List of classes of United States government publications available for selection by depository libraries
URL: http://fedbbs.access.gpo.gov/libs/class.htm

DOCS REF GP 3.8:
U.S. Government Printing Office. Superintendent of Documents.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1893-2000?) and
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (1995- )
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/locators/cgp/index.html
 


REFERENCE BOOKS

REF HV 6017 .E52 1983
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice

REF KF 154 .E53 1987
Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System

REF JF 501 .E53 1994
Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System

REF INDEX TABLES (on far wall past #4)
Facts on File

REF KF 156 .G77 1983
The Guide to American Law : Everyone's Legal Encyclopedia

REF Z 688 .G6 S53 1986
A Guide to Selected Federal Agency Programs and Publications for Librarians &
Teachers

REF JK 468 .I6 U55 1990
United States Intelligence : an Encyclopedia
 


INTERNET RESOURCES

U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory
URL: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/fedgov.html
(Keyword search to locate the homepage of each agency)

Standard URL is: http://www.(Agency name or acronym).gov

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sample: http://www.noaa.gov

For agency history, see "About (agency)" OR "History" on its home page

Example: http://www.30th.noaa.gov/history.html
 

GOVERNMENT SEARCH ENGINES

FirstGov : Your First Click to the U.S. Government
URL: http://firstgov.gov/

Google : Uncle Sam
URL: http://www.google.com/unclesam

GOVBOT : Database of Government Web Sites
URL: http://ciir2.cs.umass.edu/Govbot/

GovernmentGuide
URL: http://www.governmentguide.com/
 


USA Online Catalog--suggested searches:

Subject Searches                                                                     Keyword searches

administrative agencies--United States                                   agency AND atomic
bureaucracy--United States                                                       government agencies
executive departments-United States                                    department AND treasury
United States. (Agency name)-History                                   bureau AND alcohol
                                                                                                       service AND immigration
                                                                                                       "know your government"