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Government Documents at MSU CCL: Web Resources

Guide to Finding U.S. Government Information on the Internet

GENERAL SEARCH TOOLS

GPO Catalog 
http://catalog.gpo.gov

The GPO Catalog is like a library catalog. It allows you to search for documents produced by the Federal Government and distributed by the Depository Library Program. If the document is online it will give the URL If it is in paper or microfiche it provides a link so you can find a Depository Library which may have the physical document.

FirstGov
http://www.firstgov.gov

FirstGov is like Google. It searches across government web sites (Federal and State) so you can find the information you are looking for. Browse using the Categories menu or search using keywords.

Federal Citizen Information Center
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/

Provides information on consumer matters, health, education, and other topics.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

U.S. House of Representatives Home Page
http://www.house.gov

U.S. Senate Home Page
http://www.senate.gov

Use these sites to find information about your elected officials, about current legislation, daily schedules, and House and Senate committees.

Legislative Branch Resources on GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legislative.html

GPO Access provides a list of resources for legislative research. Find bills, laws, committee reports, and biographical information about current and past legislators. It includes links to the Congressional Record, which can be browsed by date or searched by keyword.

Thomas
http://thomas.loc.gov

Use Thomas, from the Library of Congress to research current and past bills and laws. Hint: if you are looking for the official version of the bill passed by both Houses of Congress and sent to the President look for the suffix 'enr' at the end of the bill number. (H.R. ###enr)

PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE BRANCH

President & Vice President
http://www.whitehouse.gov

Find information about the President and Vice President (as well as their spouses) here. Read their schedules, speeches, and position papers.

Executive Branch Resources on GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/executive.html

Federal Executive Branch on Firstgov
http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml

JUDICIAL BRANCH

Judicial Branch Resources on GPO Access
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/judicial.html

Provides links to the Supreme Court and other Federal Courts. Search for Court opinions.

CENSUS AND STATISTICAL SOURCES

American Factfinder
http://factfinder.census.gov

The Census Bureau's main site for information from the Census of Population and Housing (10 years), the Economic Censuses (5 years), and the American Community Survey.

Fedstats
http://www.fedstats.gov

A one-stop shopping source for statistical information from over 70 Federal agencies.

OTHER USEFUL SITES

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/coredocs.html

Includes links to online versions of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, the Federalist Papers, and many other resources.

Government Accountability Office
http://www.gao.gov

Congressional Research Service

American Memory
http://www.loc.gov/ammem/

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