Government Information


Selected Web sites compiled by Jan Sauer, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian and Vicki Tate, Government Documents & Serials Librarian

Megasites | Resource Guides | Congress  | Courts and LawDepartments & Agencies | Impeachment |
Libraries & Archives | Statistics | Taxes | United Nations  | White House

For print and electronic resources, see Government Resources: Federal and Alabama. For regional, including international, see Country and State Information.

For guides to printed information on this topic, see U.S. Governmental Agencies and Presidential Papers.

Megasites

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance : Searchable list of gov. programs, projects, activities.
FedStats: Searchable database of publicly available statistics from the Federal Government.
FirstGov: government information. Supports wildcards * and ?.
Government Information INFOMINE: Searchable index to scholarly Internet Resources.
GPO Access: Search the Federal Register, the Congressional Record, Congressional bills, and other government information.
Northwestern University Government Publications: Government publications and maps; includes international government information and sites.
State and Local Governments (Library of Congress) : Links to maps and state and local government information by state.
Uncle Sam Migrating Government Publications: The U.S. Government is the process of converting a lot of its printed information to electronic format. This site takes you directly to the electronic format. Lists information by SuDoc number or by title.
United Nations: Searchable. Includes access to UN databases; some free and some subscription only. [Back to Top]

Resource and Subject Guides

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: Includes the Constitution and the Federalist Papers.
FedWorld: allows you to search for information on Federal internet sites.
Guides to Government Information
How to Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web
PoliSci.com: Includes local information
POTUS: guide to information on the presidents of the United States.
Resources of Use to Government Documents Librarians
Subject Guides to Government Resources  
US Government Documents Ready Reference Collection: from Columbia University.
US Government Information: contains links to Internet resources and to research guides both from the University of Delaware and on the Internet. [Back to Top]

Congress

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present  
Congress.org: If you don't know your senator or representative, you can look them up here by zip code.
CQ's Campaigns and Elections : Congressional Quarterly is a private publisher.
House of Representatives: Provides a House directory as well as links to Roll Call Votes and the Internet Law Library.
Legislative Histories: US Congress: Searchable. There is also a tutorial here to help you learn to use government information.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet : Bills, Committee Actions, Record, Major Historical Documents and more.
United States Senate: Searchable. Contains information on Senators, legislative activities, and committee activities.
US Legislative Branch: From the Library of Congress. Provides information on both branches of Congress, has e-mail addresses for senators and representatives, contains schedules for the House and Senate, and provides access to information about legislation.
Write Your Representative: Provides contact information for your Representatives and a link to their web pages, if they have one.[Back to Top]

Courts and Law

For a guide to finding printed materials in the USA Library, see Key to Law Materials in the USA Library.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Constitution for the United States of America
Federal Court Locator: provides access to federal court opinions and rules.
Federal Judiciary: searchable
FindLaw: search engine for Internet legal resources.
FindLaw's Constitutional Law Center: includes documents and Supreme court information.
Guide to the Law Online: from the Law Library of Congress.
Internet Legal Research: federal and state law.
Justice Information Center (NCJRS)
LawCrawler: search engine for Internet legal resources.
Legal Information Institute: fulltext legal documents including federal and international resources.
National Center for State Courts: includes links to federal and international courts as well as to state courts.
Supreme Court Decisions : 1990+ Decisions, Selected Historical Opinions and 1937-75 Decisions through FedWorld.
Supreme Court of the United States: official site. Contains slip opinions, orders,  and argument calendar.
United States Code: searchable. Also contains list of titles.
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Searchable. Decisions going back to 1995 are available through this site. [Back to Top]

Departments and Agencies

Department of Justice Home Page
Federal Agencies Directory
Federal Election Commission
NASA
National Environmental Publications Information: Searchable. This is the Environmental Protection Agency's site for electronic posting of its documents.
Patent and Trademark Office : Patent searching, if you dare! Fees. Forms
US Department of State  
US Federal Government Agency Directory: Searchable; also lists agencies by branch of government. From Louisiana State University Library.
USA.gov [Back to Top]

Impeachment

Articles of Impeachment: grounds on which President Clinton was tried.
Backgrounder on Impeachment: from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.
Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment
Guide to Impeachment and Censure Materials Online
Impeachment: a Look at the Process: from the American Bar Association.
Impeachment Counsel's Report
Impeachment Trial: coverage of the trial by PBS.
Trial Memorandum of President William Jefferson Clinton: the Senate memorandum. Available in PDF format also. [Back to Top]

Libraries and Archives

Library of Congress
National Archives and Records Administration
President: connects to Presidential libraries and archival sources
Presidential Libraries IDEA Network : Libraries, Web sites, and First Ladies.
State Library Web Listing: Links to all 50 state libraries.
US Depository Libraries [Back to Top]

Statistics

American FactFinder: from the US Census Bureau. Find information and statistics on your community. Not a user-friendly interface; be sure to use the Help Me button for tips on more efficient searching.
County and City Data Books: Includes the 2000, the 1994 and 1988 versions.
FedStats: Searchable database of publicly available statistics from the Federal Government.
Kids Count Census Data Online
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web: lists resources by country and topic.
Population Reference Bureau
Statistical Abstract of the United States: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
LexisNexis Statistical: available both on and off campus with a USA ID. [Back to Top]

Taxes

Alabama Department of Revenue: includes downloadable tax forms
Information for US Citizens and Resident Aliens Living Abroad
Internal Revenue Service
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory: includes links to all state sites.
Tax Forms and Publications: can search for tax forms using the Forms & Publications Finder.
Tax Software: includes software for individuals and professionals.
Yahoo Finance Tax Center: federal and state forms; tax information, tips and guides. [Back to Top]

United Nations

Dag Hammarskjöld Library
UN-I-QUE: the United Nations library's "ready reference" Internet database.
United Nations Documentation: Research Guide: "provides an overview of the various type of documents and publications issued by the Organization ... and gives guidance as to where to find them in either electronic or paper format and how to work with them."
United Nations System Pathfinder [Back to Top]

White House

George Walker Bush: biographical info, information on cabinet appointees and links to speeches.
POTUS: guide to information on the presidents of the United States.
White House
White House News: The most current information from the White House including radio and TV addresses. [Back to Top]

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