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Government Information & Statistics: United States

Government Information & Statistics -- UNITED STATES

Major & Gateway Sites

  • FDSys (Federal Digital System).
    U.S. Government Printing Office site providing access to official U.S. government documents.

  • (formerly Firstgov)
    The U.S. government's official web portal for federal government information. Also links to the official state and local government sites and hundreds of aboriginal tribes.

  • State and Local Governments, by Library of Congress
    Links to the official government web sites of individual states. Scroll down for links to some city, county and other state and local government gateway sites.

  • U.S. Government Documents Federal Guides: Ready Reference Collection, by Columbia U. Libraries.
    An excellent collection of links to the most frequently used U.S. government documents, organized by subject.

  • U.S. Government Manual.
    The official handbook of the U.S. federal government provides information on departments, agencies, boards, committees, commissions, etc. Searchable and browsable from 1995 on.

Law & Legislation

  • Caselaw Access Project (CAP) by Harvard Law School Library. Keyword searchable digitized collection of all officially published U.S. federal and state court decisions from 1658 to 2018. To view the full text signing in is required.
  • by the Library of Congress. This is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. (Replaces the former THOMAS site.) Provides access to bills, laws, House and Senate votes, committee reports, the Congressional Record, information on the legislative process and links to key U.S. historical documents and debates.
  • Indigenous Law Portal: United States by the Library of Congress. Includes tribes listed by region and state, digitized historical constitutions, and a large selection of links to Indigenous law sites.
  • Supreme Court of the United States. The official site, with information from recent terms.
  • The Supreme Court Database. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
    Contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2014 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.
  • Supreme Court Collection, by the Legal Information Institute and Cornell University Law School.
    Provides all official Supreme Court decisions and summaries from 1990 to the present day and for hundreds of significant historic cases as well. Can be searched by date, topic, party or author name. Also links to oral arguments and briefs.
  • United States Code, by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    A consolidation of "the general and permanent laws of the United States" organized by subject.

Statistics & Data

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States, by the U.S. Census Bureau 1878-2011. Compiled by ProQuest 2012 to present, with statistics from some other sources. Latest print volume available at HA 202 .U58 S7 Reference.
    An annual compilation of the most frequently requested statistics on social, political, and economic conditions in the United States.
    Thousands of datasets from U.S. federal government agencies.

  • FedStats
    A gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies providing access by topic, geography and keyword.

  • Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    by U.S. Bureau of the Census. HA 202 .B87 Reference.
    This 2-volume set includes major social, economic and demographic statistical series.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    The official statistical agency of the U.S., this site includes data digitized from the first decennial census in 1790 to the present.
  • American FactFinder  The U.S. Census Bureau's main dissemination site for data from the last two Censuses and several other major surveys.

Maps/Geospatial Data

  • Census Bureau Geography
    The gateway to U.S. Census Bureau maps and geography files.
  • Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
    By the U.S. Geological Survey, this is the official repository of geographic names for physical and cultural geographic features in the U.S. with location by state, county and geographic coordinates.
  • Library of Congress American Memory Map Collection.
    Hundreds of digitized historical maps from the collection searchable by subject, keyword, geographic location, or seven topical categories.
  • National Geospatial Program
    By the U.S. Geological Survey, this is a gateway to U.S. government base data, map products and geospatial services online. It includes "The National Map" - the national atlas of the U.S. with hundreds of map themes, topographical maps, hydrographical charts, land cover database, orthoimagery, etc., "", for federal, state and local geographic data, "" with map layers on many themes easy to assemble and print, dynamic maps and lots of related information, "Geonames" - a gazetteer for the U.S., and more.
  • Office of Strategic Services World War II Maps
    A collection of over 700 maps of the over 5,000 produced by the U.S. OSS between 1942 and 1945. Areas covered include Africa, China, Japan, France, Germany, and the Philippines. Digitized by Stanford University Libraries.




Finding Aids

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
    A finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government dating from July 1976 to the present. The print Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications should be used for earlier publications.
  • Finding U.S. and International Statistics.
    A subject-based list of the major online sources for statistical information, by Laine Ruus, U. of Toronto Data Librarian. (Note: Where access restrictions apply, please contact the Mount Allison Library Research Help Desk.)
  • MetaLib, by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
    A federated search engine that searches and provides access to reports, articles and citations in U. S. federal government databases. Each database can also be searched separately through the "A-Z Resources" tab.
  • State Agency Databases Project. Key U.S. State government databases identified and annotated by librarians and other government information specialists on behalf of the State and Local Documents Task Force of the ALA Government Documents Roundtable.


Research Guides

  • Congressional Information on the Library of Congress Web Site, by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist.
    Annotated links to full-text congressional publications include descriptions of the documents and the years available. Also links to related sites and a glossary of Congressional terms.
  • Guide to Law Online, by the Law Library of Congress Public Servcies Division.
    An annotated guide to sources of information on U.S. federal government and law online; includes bills, resolutions, laws, debates, journals, roll call votes, etc. Also links to other guides for the states and territories, specific subjects, etc.
  • Tapping the Government Grapevine: The User-Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources
    by Judith Schiek Robinson. ZA 5055 .U6 R63 Reference.
    This book is an easy to use, practical guide to the major sources of U. S. government information in print and on the web.
  • United States Law Research Guides, by Harvard Law School Library.

Special Collections

  • American Memory Project, by the Library of Congress.
    Select the collection "Government, Law" for links to digitized government collections, or search all collections by keyword.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports. The CRS,  a federal legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, provides Congress with research and analysis to support their legislative, oversight, and representational duties. Reports aim to be authoritative, objective and nonpartisan, and range in length from several pages to more than one hundred pages and cover the full breadth of topics of interest to Congress. U. of North Texas collection:
  • Congressional Russia Investigations Public Documents Clearinghouse. Compiled by Just Security, contains significant documents in Congress’s various Russia investigations dating back to the 2016 election cycle, such as letters, subpoenas, deposition transcripts, hearing transcripts, press statements, contempt resolutions, criminal referrals, and any subpoena enforcement litigation.
  • Core Documents of Our Democracy, by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
    A collection of online federal government documents that define the U.S. democracy and about the democratic process.
  • CyberCemetery, by the U.S. Government Printing Office and U. of North Texas Libraries, this searchable and browsable site provides access to web sites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions.
  • End of Term Web Archive: US Federal Web Domain at Presidential Transitions,a collaborative effort to capture government websites at risk of changing or disappearing at the end of each President's term since 2008. 
  • FBI Records: The Vault.
    Thousands of documents from FBI investigations digitized as a result of Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIPA) requests.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, by the U.S. State Department.
    This series of hundreds of volumes contains official documents from Presidential libraries, the Dept. of State, Defence, National Security Council, CIA, Agency for International Development and others, as well as the private papers of individuals involved with formulating U.S. foreign policy.

    - 1936 to present: JX 233 .A35 Stacks
    - 1943-45: Micro 5035
    - 1945 to present:
  • Indigenous Digital Archive, by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, New Mexico.
    Includes thousands of photographs, government reports, letters and other archival material documenting the history of US government residential schools, or "Indian boarding schools" in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration.
    - 1932/33 to the present: J 80 .A283 Stacks
    - recent issues:
    Each volume contains the papers and speeches that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary at the time.
    A search engine and portal for U.S. government science information. Searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 websites from U.S. federal agencies.
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Featured Publications

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) Vol. 2: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, completed in November 2018, is a comprehensive and authoritative report on climate change and its impacts in the United States, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, made up of 13 federal agencies.