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National Government

Below is a list of links to other sites on the Internet which feature information on Government Documents or the Federal Government. This list is by no means comprehensive, nor is it meant to be. It is here to introduce you to some of the sites for Government information on the Internet. The arrangement provided lists directory sites or gateways first, then sites are divided into primarily about the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, or the Judicial Branch. There is, of course, a miscellaneous section.

Directories and Gateways

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. A priority Open Government Initiative, increases the public's ability to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Descriptions of the Federal datasets are provided as well as information about how to access the datasets. A primary goal of is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.

FirstGov the Official website for searching the U.S. Government. There is also a link to State and Local sites.
The Federal Web Locator Federal agencies.
FedStats brings together statistical publications from many federal agencies in one site, arranged by topic and searchable by keyword.
FedWorld.Gov is from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the United States Department of Commerce. It offers access to many government research databases, some free and some for which you pay.
FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence indexes more than 1,500 teaching and learning resources in the following categories: Arts and Music, Health and Phys Ed, History and Social Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science. - Federal Government is a non-profit site with links to federal, state and local government sites.
GovSpot is a commercial site which provides access to government-related sites for local, state, federal, and international resources.
GPO Access Now GPO FDsys This online catalog is the finding tool for federal publications and provides direct links to documents available electronically on a wide variety of subjects. It includes descriptive records for both historical and current publications. To access only electronic documents, click on the Advanced Search tab, then select Internet Publications from Catalogs to Search at the top of the screen.
The United States Goverment Manual Serves as a directory for agencies and personnel in the US Government's three branches since 1935.
Yahoo: Government: U.S. Government Links to sites concerned with the U.S. government, including a division by the three branches.

Executive Branch

Library of Congress' web page of the Executive Branch and Independent Agencies  
U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics  
U.S. Bureau of Census  
CenStats web-based access to some popular U.S. Census Bureau databases and publications.
America's children: key national indicators of well-being.
Central Intelligence Agency This website contains publications and reports, as well as The CIA World Factbook and The Factbook on Intelligence. The CIA's Electronic Document Release Center also contains many documents which can be located through their Search form.
EDGAR Securities and Exchange Commission company filings.

EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Full-text searching is available for reports filed the last four years is the Filings & Forms Page of EDGAR.   Click on SEC Forms List (PDF Versions):  Page down the list to be sure the form you need is included. To enter the Next-Generation EDGAR system, from SEC Home page, click on Search EDGAR for Company Filings on the right. Search by Company name, CIK or Ticker Symbol, file number, state, country, and/or SIC.

Reports filed from 1994 through reports filed yesterday are available in Historical EDGAR Archives, where searching is available by header information only.  The appearance of the searching may be unfamiliar to you, but it is actually an older form of searching where you identified the kind of information or placement of the information you were searching for, then the specific search string you formulated.  Click on header information to see the command line strings to use. Page down to see some examples.

General Accounting Office  
National Library of Medicine Includes fact sheets on NLM databases, as well as information on NLM services, events, publications, research, and grants.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) with statistics research and links to resources on all aspects of criminology and law enforcement. This site includes the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database and online full-text publications from more than 1,500 publications on this site and from NCJRS partner agency web sites.
U.S. Census Bureau Maps and Cartographic Resources  
United States Geological Survey (USGS) site contains maps, publications, reports and scientific studies.
U.S. Department of the Treasury includes Tax Forms and Instructions
United States Patent and Trademark Office General information on patents and trademarks; points of contact with USPTO; and links to patent databases.

USPTO Patent Databases

U.S. National Archives  
Office of Technology Assessment Archives of OTA publications and reports from 1974 to 1995 maintained by Princeton University.
White House web page

Legislative Branch

Congress.Org includes a congressional directory with contact information; also, a breakdown of the membership of House and Senate committees.
Internet Law Library (laws and regulations): three points of access -
Internet Law Library hosted by
The 'Lectric Law Library  
Thomas (search and retrieve legislation from the 103rd to current congresses)
U.S. House Of Representatives - Home Page  
U.S. Senate - Home Page  

Judicial Branch

Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice a training tool and information resource for Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, reporting cases under investigation and offering guides such as in search and seizure and collecting evidence.
CourtListener Legal research tool allowing up-to-date information on federal precedents.
Judicial Branch  
U.S. Judiciary: Federal Court System and Decisions  
Federal Court Locator - Federal Courts is a non-profit site with links to federal and state courts.
The Oyez Project  
Supreme Court of the United States  

Supreme Court of the United States Opinions


Miscellaneous Sites

Browse Government Documents is maintained by the Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress and is, of course, perpetually under construction. Collection of video & still photos of declassified U.S. government films.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans as per the government's documentation in an effort to educate about a healthy diet US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Documents Center of the University of Michigan is a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal,foreign or international. Its web pages are a reference and instructional tool for government, political science, statistical data, and news..
FedFlix features more than 3,300 US government films created during the past 70 years on a wide variety of topics.
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information (ALA GODORT FDTF)
Government Information A Menu of Texas, U.S. and International Government information sources, including major databases
GovPulse Federal Register browser.
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum Materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman.
HUD US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Justia Justia's mission is "to make legal information and resources free and easy to find".
INFOMINE (a huge collection of government resources and guides from the University of California, Riverside)
The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collects and preserves US government records. Its Digital Vaults include approximately 1,200 digitized documents, photographs, drawings, maps and film clips. Search by keyword and tags; customize the exhibit experience by collecting images and creating posters, movies and games that can be shared by email. This media-rich site requires Adobe Flash 9 player, but an html version of the site is accessible.
National Security Archive A collection of declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and made available by George Washington University.
Peace Corps Digital Library This site offers a searchable collection of select electronic Peace Corps materials from 1961 to the present. It is a work in progress that is updated on a regular basis. Here you will find volunteer photos, stories, speeches, letters, and essays as well as other types of documents.
ToxRefDB Computational Toxicology Research Program: search the toxicological profile for 470+ chemicals. Search by chemical name, CAS number, effect type, target and study type. Reference tools include Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR), where you can perform structure and assay searches, and ToxCast, a tool for predicting potentially toxic species.
U.S. Federal Government Information Access information by and about federal government agencies and their policies.
U.S. Government Title List is an alphabetic list of popular print publications now available through the WWW. The list is maintained by Northwestern University Library.
Uncle Sam - Migrating Government Publications (University of Memphis) This site lists printed U.S. government serials that are migrating to the Internet; identifies their URLs; and links directly to the online documents.  The list includes publications in dual format as well as those available only on the Internet. It is arranged both alphabetically by title and by Superintendent of Documents classification number.
U.S. Business Advisor Comprehensive guide to conducting business with government agencies.
Zip Code Lookup  


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