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FDLP Basic Collection - From the FDLP Website: “Publications included in the Basic Collection are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government. The list of titles constituting the Basic Collection was first developed in 1977 to identify the most basic Federal publications for inclusion in all depository collections. This list has been periodically updated since then.”


FDsys – GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. 
Government Information Online  (GIO) provides users with virtual reference services via chat and email. Government Information experts from around the country can help find information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national, and international).
MetaLib – MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.
Catalog of US Government Publications – The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.

LLMC Digital Collection – This cooperative of libraries focuses on the preservation of legal and government documents.  This content is accessible and searchable through the online collection of federal, state, territorial, and international documents. – Created in a partnership between Oklahoma State University and GPO, this website provides browsable lists of federal websites compiled by professional librarians. Each topic contains a list of websites with detailed descriptions.

U of Michigan Guide to Government Documents – Print and web guides to citing government documents in various formats; online sources to cite government publications regardless of format.
GovDocs Subject Index on the Web – St. Mary’s University, in partnership with GPO has created an index of government information subject pages at various libraries and institutions around the country. – A “home page” for the United States Government.
How Laws are Made – This page provides links to explanations for every step of the lawmaking process.

GovSpeak - This guide lists acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by the United States federal government. Each acronym is defined and links to the home page (or best alternative) of the identified department, agency, office, program or publication.



Congressional Resources

ProQuest Congressional – provides access to Committee Prints, CRS Reports, Hearings, House and Senate Documents and Reports, Legislative Histories, and the Serial Set (including maps). Only accessible in the law library.

Hein Online Congressional Documents – Includes PDFs of the Congressional Record, Congressional Globe, Register of Debates in Congress, Annals of the Congress of the United States and an abridgement of the Debates of Congress (1769-1856). Only accessible in the law library.
Thomas – Legislative information from the Library of Congress.  Includes Congressional information and documents, links to Committee sites, and information on the legislative process.
Open CRS – Provides access to a number of Congressional Research Service reports available in the public domain.  Links to other collections of CRS reports around the country are also included at this website. This is not an exhaustive list.  

Publications Covering Congressional Activities

C-SPAN Video Library - Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives.
Washington Post (Section A)  - Covers the top news for the nation and the world. Access via LexisNexis Congressional.
The Hill  - Covers news and events on Capitol Hill.  Access via ProQuest Congressional.
Roll Call – Roll Call refers to itself as “The newspaper of Capitol Hill.”  Access via ProQuest Congressional for full articles



Executive Resources

Hein Online – Several collections including executive materials are available including US Presidential Library, Federal Agency Documents, Federal Register Library and the Code of Federal Regulations. 
LSU Federal Agencies – This LSU/GPO partnership directory provides a browsable listing of government agencies listed categorically. This directory is searchable by agency keyword. 
Federal Agencies and Departments – This webpage includes links to U.S. Government Departments and Agencies listed alphabetically.
Code of Federal Regulations – Available in full-text html or as a pdf.  - Homepage for the current president and administration. – On average, federal agencies and departments issue nearly 8,000 regulations per year. Each day, public users may submit comments on these regulations using 

Cyber Cemetery – Archive of defunct government agency websites. 



Judicial Resources

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Resources) – The PACER service provides on-line access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. This system is provided for free to faculty only. However, if usage does not exceed $10 in a quarter, fees for that quarter are waived. This makes the service free for most users. Registration is required. 

United States Courts - Provides information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.

United States Supreme Court – Homepage for the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Courthouse News Service – Newswire for lawyers that provides daily comprehensive reports on new appellate rulings, new legislation and new civil cases from the federal and state courts with the most prolific and weighty litigation.
Circuit Court District Map – A printable map of the district courts in the United States.

Topical Resources

State Resources

E-Secretary of State – Links to the secretary of state webpages for every state.  Also includes links to forms, tax forms, statutes, and an entity search.
MuniCode Library – Portal for city and county ordinances nationwide.
Official State Government Websites  - A webpage that includes links to the official state webpages for all 50 states and Washington, DC.
Public Records Online - The Public Records Online Directory is a Portal to official state web sites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed web sites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet.
State Legislative History Guides – Research guides and resources listed by state.
State Legislature Websites – Includes links to the General Assembly, State Codes, State Regulations, Public Notices, Administrative Rules, and State Library websites. – News and analysis on states and state issues
LLMC Digital Collection – State and territory information.

International Law

Global Legal Information Network - The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.

Foreign Trade Data - FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need.
European Union - The official website of the European Union provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.
United Nations – Homepage for the United Nations. The website includes information related to UN projects, global issues, resources, UN Councils, UN news, and more.
Dag Hammarskjöld Library (United Nations Library) – The UN library website includes subject guides to UN resources, research guides, UN system pathfinders, official documents, treaties, press releases, and links to UN depository libraries and information centers worldwide. 
US – This webpage from the US Department of State provides links to websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic missions around the world. Websites listed here are all available in English. 
Country Studies – Library of Congress’s Country Studies were published from 1988-1998. The original intent of the series was to provide information related to lesser-known areas of the world where US troops might be deployed. The collection is not all-inclusive, but it does cover 101 different countries and regions around the world. 


Intellectual Property

Copyright Information

Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases

Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR)


American Factfinder - Statistics from the United States Census including the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Population Estimates Program, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys.

CIA World Factbook -  Includes information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. – This website provides access to government data sets. Provides access to “raw” data, geodata, and data tools.  Data is easily searchable through the catalogs and can be accessed  in XML, Text/CSV, KML/KMZ, Feeds, XLS, or ESRI Shapefile formats. – Statistical information across all government agencies, mapped statistical profiles of States, counties, cities, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts, international comparisons and more. 


Duke NGO Guide – Research guide and searchable directories for non-government organizations produced by Duke University. – Official source for locating federal forms.   Provides links to forms listed by agency or name and is also searchable.
UncleSamSearch – Google search of U.S. Government websites.  Includes courts, military, federal, state, county, and local government websites.
Government Sales and Auctions - Buy new, seized, and surplus merchandise and real estate from the government. Some items sold online by auction or fixed price. Others available by public auction, sealed bid, or contact with a Realtor.
National Archives and Records - Holds the records of the United States Government.  This site provides access to art work, census data, US legal manuscripts, the Federal Register and more. – The U.S. government’s official website that provides access to data related to the Recovery Act spending and allows for reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.            
Registry of US Government Documents Digitization Projects – Directory of records for digitization projects of documents that originate with the US government. This website serves as a locator for publicly accessible digitization projects of government materials.  
USA Jobs - USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal Government employment opportunities.





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