Articles & Databases : Government Information
FDsys (Federal Digital System)
GPO's repository for official digital documents from all branches of government; featured collections include the Congressional Record, Hearings and Reports, the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Budget. Most documents date back from mid-1990s to the present.
Note: Site will not be available after December 14, 2018; use GovInfo.
Provides free access to official Federal Government publications, replacing the Federal Digital System (FDsys), including digitized materials dating back to 1793. Access documents from all three branches of government (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial) as well as curated collections and high-profile publications. See tutorials for how to use GovInfo.
[U.S. Government Publishing Office]
Coverage: coverage varies
Very large image-based legal research database includes such collections as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library and more.
A Federal legislative history service that makes available researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
Coverage: 1789- Present
Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress. Includes U.S. Serial Set, Congressional Hearings and Testimony, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Congressional Record, Legislative Insight, and U.S. Bills and Resolutions; as well as Executive Branch Documents (1789-1939), and Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.
Provides regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles into a research-friendly workspace similar to Legislative Insight. The database aims to cover 1936 to the present.
Sage Stats: State & Local
This data platform allows users to view and download social science data covering geographies within the United States; topics include healthcare, crime, education, employment, & religion. Business Stats no longer available. For similar resources, please consult the Business InfoGuide.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally -recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Provides citations for historical and current U.S. government publications with hot-links to online full text whenever available.
[Government Printing Office]
Note: Updated daily
Coverage: current and historical
A service of the Library of Congress that makes federal legislative information freely available. Features and content include: bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee reports, information on treaties, teacher resources, and more. Formerly THOMAS.
Full Text. Links to constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents from nations of the world.
CQ Press Library
Integrates various reference titles on government and politics, incuding CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher, CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly), CQ Congress Collection, the Voting and Elections Collection, and more, into a user-friendly, electronic format. Users have the ability to cross-search resources within the CQ Press Library.
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables are available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.
DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) Technical Reports
Publicly available scientific and technical reports conveying results of research sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, development, test and evaluation efforts on a wide range of topics. Collection includes both citations and many full-text, downloadable documents from mid-1900s to present.
[Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)]
Provides information on Congressional earmarks as part of an effort to bring greater accountability to federal spending.
[US Office of Management and Budget]
EDGAR performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance and forwarding of submissions by companies and others required to file reports with the SEC. Use for 10-K reports
Energy Information Administration
Specialized country and regional databank of energy-related information.
Coverage: 1973 --
Website for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. Surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defense, etc.
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union and provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.
Europa World Year Book
Online version of the print Europa World Year Book. Provides lengthy descriptions of countries and international organizations as well as multinational comparative statistics.
FDLP Desktop (Federal Depository Library Program)
Coverage: coverage varies
A centralized resource for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Provides official sites for permanent access to full-text federal government information such as DOE and Core of Documents of U.S. Democracy. Contains finding tools such as browse electronic titles and Federal Agency Internet sites.
[United States Government Printing Office]
Federal Funding Tools & Links
Extensive list of databases and sources for locating federal grants.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Electronic Index
Provides subject access to the Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government, including translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations worldwide. Focuses on international political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events; covers all regions and reflects the changes that have occurred in them1975-1996. See World News Connection for broadcasts from 1996 to 2013.
Provides information on international health, biomedical life sciences, non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, and more. Contains more than 1.4 million records dating back to 1973.
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable. For an alternative resource see: Global Legal Information Catalog. GLIN is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available in participating jurisdictions.
Government Periodicals Index
Coverage: coverage varies
Indexes more than 300 current periodicals including newsletters published by agencies and departments of the U.S. government. Covers 1988 to the present.
Database directory of government people, programs, and places. The directory provides contact information and organization charts for federal, state, county, and municipal government executives. Also includes information about government facilities, civilian programs, vacancies, and news.
GPO Monthly Catalog
Records of all subjects of interest to the US Government. Produced by the Government Printing Office.
A searchable database of every United States government funding program available. It includes program scope, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and contacts for federal grants.
Healthy People Data2010
An interactive database system developed by staff of the division of Health Promotion Statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics, and contains the most recent monitoring data for Tracking Healthy People 2010. Data are included for all the objectives and subgroups identified in the Healthy People 2010: Objectives for Improving Health. DATA2010 now contains only national data. State data for selected objectives is provided when available.
Homeland Security Digital Library
Provides access to U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, as well as specialized resources such as dissertations, reports, and position papers from universities, research institutions, think tanks, U.S. local and state agencies, and international organizations.
House Unpublished Hearings Digital Collection
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection includes abstracting, indexing, bibliographic information, and searchable PDFs for Congressional hearings from 1973-1979. Access through the "Advanced Search" tab.
International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center
This database offers information on virtually every dimension of security & counter-terrorism and is designed to inform the analysis process, as well as to enhance the general understanding of security and terrorism-related issues. Includes content from journals, country reports, books and more.
Information on leaders in business, government, nonprofits, and news media in the United States. Search by type, industry, job function, geographic location, size, or keyword. Includes content from 14 Leadership Directories yellow books, including Congressional, Federal, State, and Corporate. Formerly Leadership Library
[ Leadership Directories]
LexisNexis State Capital
Access to state government information including state bills and laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations, newspapers of record, articles about legislative issues affecting the states, and legislature membership.
LLMC - Digital (Law Library Microform Consortium Digital)
Online access to the full text of the Law Library Microform Consortium collection of legal and government documents material.
Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
A primary source tool for the study of all aspects of American history as well as the U.S. judicial system, containing nearly 11 million images of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978.
Military and Government Collection
Offers current news for all branches of the military, through a thorough offering of periodicals, academic journals and other related content. Content also includes country reports and relevant government documents.
Monthly Catalogue of US Government Publications (MoCat)
Comprehensive index to historical information published by the United States federal government. MoCat describes over 1.2 million items published between January 1895 and June 1976.
National Centers for Environmental Information
NCEI hosts and provides free access to archives of environmental data, covering the atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical realms.
National Library of Energy
Find and access information from sources throughout the U.S. Department of Energy. Coverage includes: science and R&D, including materials previously located in Science Accelerator; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management.
[U.S. Department of Energy]
One stop place to access National Atlas of the U.S., U.S. Topo (digital and historical topographic maps), and the National Map Viewer to view and download the data layers on Public and Education Buildings, Administrative Boundaries, Hydrology, Land Cover, Contours, and other geographic features of the U.S.
Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) on CD
Access US Census decennial data, from 1970 to the most recent census at the census tract level. "All years normalized" allows one to compare historic data in current tract definitions. Produce maps of populations and landmass.
Note: Available only on Data Services computers in Fenwick Library.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Resources from the military alliance of democratic states in Europe and North America.
NTRL: National Technical Reports Library
Provides documents from the National Technical Information Service's comprehensive collection of federally-funded science- and technology-related technical reports.
[National Technical Information Service]
Full-text electronic portal for publications of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). Included are books, reports, periodicals, and statistical publications with downloading capabilities.
Covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more, from1972 to present. Includes PAIS Archive, covering content published in print 1915-1976.
Patents - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Full-text of U.S. patents issued by the USPTO since 1976; and PDFs of all patents issued since 1790.
ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World
A collection of the statistical abstracts of approximately 50 countries, both individually searchable and cross searchable. These statistical abstracts are generally issued by the national statistical offices of foreign governments and contain country-level data. Global and regional statistical compendia issued by international organizations and research firms are also included.
ProQuest Statistical Insight
Find all statistics issued by the US government since 1973; 1000 of the best statistical publications of private and state government sources and approximately 2000 titles from international agencies. Includes Statistical Abstract of the U.S., and Statistical Abstracts of the World.
Note: Full text docs offered in GIF, PDF, XLS and CSV formats
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Searchable news and information from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwestern Asia.
Provides authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development. Covers over 50 databases and 2100 Web sites from 21 U.S. Science agencies including AGRICOLA, DOE, USDA, Defense, DOT, EPA, NASA, U.S. Patent & Trademark, etc.
Features multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research. It contains videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories, other DOE research facilities, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Web-based mapping application that enables users to quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. Data includes Census (1980 - Present), American Community Survey, and both Simmons and MRI Consumer Survey Data. Users may create accounts to save their work. For more information, see the SimplyAnalytics InfoGuide.
[Geographic Research, Inc.]
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
A collection of U.S. government publications compiled under the directive of Congress. Included are reports, documents, and journals of the Senate and House of Representatives. Access through the "Advanced" search link in ProQuest Congressional.
U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
Selected legislative histories available in full-text, fully searchable format.
Contains a catalog of United Nations publications and documents, as well as non-UN sources, in the UN libraries; and provides access to a growing number of full-text resources in the six official languages of the UN. Includes voting records for adopted resolutions (1946 to present), and an Index to Speeches (early 1980s to present).
More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics. Descriptions of the international sources and definitions used in compiling the data are included.
UNECE Statistical Database
Contains a wide range of data covering Europe, North America and Central Asia. Users can download data free of charge. From United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
United Nations Official Document System (ODS)
Coverage: 1993 -- present
Covers all types of official UN documentation from 1993 forward, except: press releases, UN sales publications, the UN Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
USA Trade Online
Official US export and import data for thousands of commodities; includes monthly and annual trade statistics at the district and port level, as well as state exports and imports. Annual data is from 1992+, and monthly data from 2002+. Access restricted to two Data Services computers in Fenwick Library (Ask for assistance to log on the computers).
[U.S. Census Bureau]
Formerly Firstgov.gov. Provides official U.S. government information and services online; arranged by topic and A-Z government agency list.
USGS Publications Warehouse
Bibliographic citations for more than 70,000 publications; Full product and thematic map content for over 40,000 publications; USGS numbered series begun in 1880
[United States Geological Survey]
Virginia Digital Collections
Explore items held in the Library of Virginia, including county and city records; state archives and government publications; map, print, photographic and art collections; rare books, private papers, and social media collections; and items in the Virginia Civil War Legacy Project and the War of 1812 Bicentennial collection.
[The Library of Virginia]
Covers the Virginia General Assembly legislative sessions from 1994 onward. Provides the full-text of Bills and Resolutions, the code of Virginia, and the Administrative Code.
Virginia State Documents
List of publications currently in print and available to the public from agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is compiled from reports submitted to the Library of Virginia by agencies, departments, divisions, and institutions or branches of the state government.
[Commonwealth of Virginia]
World Bank e-library
Coverage: coverage varies
Includes all current and recent titles published by the World Bank including books, documents and working papers. Search the complete database or limit by geographic region, country, topic, publication type or date.
World Development Indicators
A comprehensive economic data source from the World Bank, showing 500 time-series indicators for 210 economies plus regional and income groups. Data from 1945.
Note: on CD-ROM inside Arlington Library only
A complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks demographic, ethnicity, literacy, political, and economic data.
Note: updated yearly
Yearbook of the United Nations
Principal reference work of the United Nations. Provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.
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