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Federal Government Subject Guide

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When you're not sure where to start, there are several reliable gateways to federal information. -- ---This is the starting point for all online U.S. Government agency information. Searching can be done in three different ways-- by keyword, by topic or by government agency.

U.S. Consumer Gateway:  -This site is organized by category, providing links to consumer specific information.

U.S. Business Advisor -"one-stop electronic link to government for business"

U.S. Nonprofit Gateway  -For nonprofit organizations, a good starting point for online access to federal information and services.


Starting Points - Places to begin your search

Fedstats:  - Maintained by the U.S. Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, Fedstats has a search engine with links to statistics from more than 70 federal agencies. 

Other Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web From the Bureau of Labor Statistics-- links to federal and international statistical agencies.


U.S. Census Bureau -The United States Department of Commerce's U.S. Bureau of the Census web page provides a helpful search engine and subject list.  Highlights:

State and County Quick Facts - Select a state and retrieve census statistics down to county and metro levels -  Examples: New Jersey and Camden County

American Factfinder: -  Community profiles, maps, and tables.

World Population Information  - World population estimates, projections, and profiles from the Census Bureau's International Programs Center.

Publications by Topic  All the census publication documents by topic.

Labor Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics: - Labor statistics from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Highlights:

Crime Statistics

U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics include Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) crime statistics and Department of Justice publications.

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Includes the publication Uniform Crime Reports and other United States crime statistics.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - The browse and keyword searchable version of the print reference source. 


Social Security Administration - The Social Security Administration's Office of Policy is responsible for conducting policy analysis, research and evaluation of Social Security Administration programs.  Statistics on federal entitlement programs; Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.

Economic Statistics

Federal Reserve Board: Economic Research and Data - The Federal Reserve Board's link to daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual statistical releases of interest rates, foreign exchange rates, consumer credit, etc., and selected Federal Reserve Bulletin articles.

Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) -  Major source of U.S. education statistics.  Includes the current editions of the government documents, Digest of Education Statistics, Projections of Education Statistics, and Dropout Rates in the United States.

Health Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics - United States health statistics.   Includes the government documents: Advance Data from the Vital and Health Statistics, National Health Interview Series, Monthly Vital Statistics Report, and Health United States.

Immigration Statistics

Immigration and Naturalizaton Service
This site provides immigration statistics, as well as state estimates of the United States' illegal alien resident and foreign-born populations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Legislative Branch: 

Government Printing Office - The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) is the federal government's main printer.  The GPO disseminates federal government information through its Federal Depository Library Program.

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet - Similar to GPO Access, Thomas provides access to legislative documents.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774 - 1873 A collection in progress

United States House of Representatives -- Committee Links - GPO's links to information about House committees, with web sites and committee membership lists.

United States Senate -- Committee Links - GPO's links to Senate committee information.

Library of Congress  - The Library of Congress' homepage includes links to the U.S. Copyright Office, Library Of Congress Catalog and collections, and other Library of Congress resources: American Memory, Library of Congress online exhibitions

United States House of Representatives  The U.S. House of Representatives' homepage.

Office of the Clerk On-line Information Center  - This site includes current and historical information about the U.S. House of Representatives.  Includes Roll Call Votes from the 101st Congress, 2nd Session (1990) to the present.

Committee Hearings - - Provides access to selected full-text Congressional hearings.  There is no search engine, therefore, hearings can only be retrieved by committee groupings.

United States Senate - Current Senate committee hearing schedules, Senate directories, news, history and art.

Architect of the Capital - Current and historical architectural information related to the Capital and other Congressional buildings and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

General Accounting Office   The General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, audits and evaluates government programs and activities.  Online GAO Reports are accessible from this homepage and GPO Access.

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Executive Branch: 

Executive Branch - The President is the administrative head of the executive branch of the Government, which includes numerous agencies, both temporary and  permanent, as well as the 14 executive departments.  The Cabinet is composed of the heads of the 14 executive departments-- the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General.

White House

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Healthfinder - The Department of Health and Human Service's gateway to consumer health and human services information. 

Food and Drug Administration - The Food and Drug Administration homepage has a vast amount of consumer health food and drug safety information: Gateway to Food Safety Information

Food and Nutrition Information Center  - The United States Department of Agriculture's center for food and nutrition information.  Includes food pyramid, dietary guidelines, food safety reports and studies.

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Country Studies: Area Handbook Series  - Full-text country reports with a useful search engine.

CIA World Factbook   - Central Intelligence Agency's compendium of country information, including  maps and country flags.

Background Notes   - Political, economic, and geographic information for each country provided by the Department of State.

Country Reports: Economic and Trade Practices - Prepared by the U.S. State Department to assist members of Congress on trade and economic legislation. The reports provide information on individual country's economic trade policies and practices.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - U.S. State Department reports on individual country human rights practices.

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) -   Provides global Market Reports with world market and commodity analysis.

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Judicial Branch

The Federal Judiciary Homepage: News and information about the Federal Courts - Provides an introduction to the United States court system and how the structure works.

Supreme Court Decisions 1990 - present - From the Law School of Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.

The Oyez Project: Northwestern University  - A multimedia database containing briefs from key cases and most written opinions since 1891.

FindLaw Supreme Court Opinions - From Findlaw Inc.,  Supreme Court opinions from U.S. Reports 150 (1893 - ) to the present.  Search options: browse by year, U.S. Reports citation, party name, and full-text.

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Arts, Leisure & Travel

Smithsonian Institution  Includes a helpful link to the Smithsonian's Museums and Research Centers highlights:

Department of the Interior - links to National Park Service/Wildlife and Plants homepages:

National Park Service - Part of the Department of the Interior, some of this site's highlights: National Register of Historic Places , NatureNet:The National Park Service's Natural Resource Place on the Web.

Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands - Recreation.Gov is a one stop source of recreation information available on federal lands.

Travel Publications - The U.S. State Department's travel tips for Americans abroad.


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Government Publications

Finding Aids

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications - Government Printing Office's catalog of depository publications. Items that include electronic format have immediate links.

Online Full-text Government Documents

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Source of information on federal grants and financial aid.

Medicare Handbook

Monthly Labor Review Online - (1989 - present) Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics print publication, Monthly Labor Review, provides analysis & research articles related to employment and unemployment information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Keyword searchable version of the frequently used print reference source.

Social Security Handbook

Statistical Abstract of the United States Online full-text version of the popular reference publication.

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Securities and Exchange Commission - Online access to the SEC Reports of publicly traded companies = EDGAR Database

International Trade Administration -  Part of the Department of Commerce, the ITA's mission is to help U.S. businesses compete in the global marketplace.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)- With a mission to protect federal antitrust laws and protect consumers, the FTC provides access to publications that are useful to consumers and businesses.

Small Business Administration - Information for small business owners and those who want to start a small business. 


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U.S. Department of Education - - A starting point for information on and about education.

Global Education Locator - - A quick way to search and locate information about postsecondary institutions, public schools or districts, public libraries, or private schools in the United States.

Federal Government "Kids Pages" - gateway to federal agency web sites devoted to information for children.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - the Government Printing Office's children's guide to U.S. Government information.

United Census 2000, Census in Schools - Census in Schools provides educators with the tools to teach about the people and economy of the United States. (annotation from website) for Kids - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's health information site for children.

NASA Just for Kids - NASA's children's homepage.

Star Child – NASA's learning Center for young astronomers.

ARTSEDGE: The National Arts and Education Information Network - - established by the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), is a resource for educators and students of the arts.

NASA for Educators - A NASA resource developed especially for educators.

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U.S. Department of Energy - - The U.S. Department of Energy homepage.

U.S. Energy Information Administration - The U.S. Department of Energy's source for statistical information.  Links to Dept. of Energy statistical publications and reports.

Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -  The EPA's mission, "to protect human safety and safeguard the natural environment"

The EPA's Search Your Community  Retrievable information by zip code  

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Consumer Information Center (CIC) - full-text versions of the federal consumer publications published by the U.S. General Services Administration.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) - Current and historical information about U.S. currency and stamps.

FBI Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room - Access to FBI files released through the Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms

The Internal Revenue Service's link to tax Forms and Publications includes forms from 1992 to the present.

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - links to the National Weather Service

Climate Prediction Center - The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) short-term climate predictions and forecasts.

National Climatic Data Center - - The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's archive of world weather data.

Worldwide Weather Events of 1991-1999
 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's worldwide weather facts.

Tides Online -  -Current and historical tide data information.

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Grants & Financial Aid

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The Catalog contains Federal domestic assistance programs available to: State and local governments of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

National Science Foundation  The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

United States Department of Education - Student Financial Assistance The Department administers several major student aid programs, including Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. 

Federal Student Financial Aid Homepage   Useful guide to information about grants, loans, work-study, and tax credits for education and how to apply for them.

U.S. Business Advisor  Provides useful financial assistance page for business

Small Business Administration's Financing Your Business Provides information on everything a small business owner needs to know about financing.

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Envirofacts Maps on Demand - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)  Envirofacts  allows you to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Air, Chemicals, Facility Information, Grants/Funding,  Hazardous Waste, Risk Management Plans, Superfund, Toxic Releases, and Water Permits, Drinking Water, Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence, and Drinking Water Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Information.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)   - Homepage of the United States Geological Survey.


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