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General Electronic Resources

These are some of the most important resources available for U.S. government publications and cover multiple types of documents as well as a variety of subjects.

  • Code of Federal Regulations
    Codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
  • Government Printing Office (GPO)
    Official website of the government agency responsible for publishing and disseminating official U.S. government publications to Congress, federal agencies, federal depository libraries, and the American public. Includes links to GPO Services and Products, the U.S. Government Bookstore, and information about the Federal Depository Library Program.

Additional Electronic Resources

  • American Memory
    Historical collections from the National Digital Library and archival collections from the Library of Congress.
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
    Provides a fun and educational introduction to how the U.S. Government works.
  • Constitution of the United States
    Official site at the National Archives which includes a high-resolution scanned image of the original and more.
  • Copyright Records at the U.S. Copyright Office
    Contains records for the approximately 20 million works and documents recorded with the Copyright Office since 1978.
  • Country Studies (Area Handbooks)
    Includes essentially all governments in the world, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.
    Machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
  • FDSys
    The Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System, providing free online access to Federal Government publications.
  • Federal Agency Internet Sites
    A comprehensive list, with links, to all federal agencies. Can be arranged alphabetically or hierarchically. From Louisiana State University in conjunction with the Federal Depository Library Program.
  • Federal Depository Library Program
    Centralized resource for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and its librarians. The FDLP is responsible for disseminating federal government information to the American public through the nation’s depository libraries.
  • Federal Register
    Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
  • FedStats
    Official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Includes economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, and farm production. Includes official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies.
    Consolidates links to official federal, state, and local government information websites for the Unites States, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Presidential Libraries and Museums
    Covers all U.S. Presidents, with information about presidential libraries if one has been established.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Use the Abstract as a statistical reference and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. The Statistical Abstract will no longer be updated as of 2012.
  • United States Copyright Office
    Site of the office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material. Includes information about copyright law and regulations.
  • (The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal)
    Provides links to information from all levels of government: federal, state, local, tribal. Groups categories by topic and by audience. Lists many directories of government contacts. Reference Center gives abbreviations, calendars, forms, historical documents, laws, maps, and statistics.
  • World Factbook
    Produced by the CIA, the World Factbook provides summary information on the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 271 U.S.-recognized countries, dependencies, and areas.

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Thanks to Roxanna Jones of the William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucy for most of the information included in this guide.

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