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Government: Federal

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U. S. Government documents.  Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. Title 44 United States Code.

Search Engines for Federal Information: - Official web portal for the United States government. Includes federal, state, and local government resources, a guide to government agencies, online services, business and nonprofit information, news, and reference materials. 

Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box.

Ben's Guide to Government for Kids - Straight forward government information by grade level.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - Money the government gives away in grants or loans.  This is where Matthew Lesko gets his information for his books.

Catalog of United States Government Publications - (Formerly called the MOCAT) Search for government document publications.

Census Bureau - When you want to know how many people do what, this is the place to go.

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style - Cite government documents in your bibliography.

Citizenship Test

CongressLink - Provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. Special section for teachers.

Congress Votes Database

Copyright Office - Copyright forms available here for download.  Copyright Basics very helpful for beginners.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy - 24 documents including the Bill of Rights, Constitution, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Declaration of Independence. - The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama's administration, increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of

Economic Economic Indicators

FBI - Includes major investigations, missing persons, crime reports.

FedWorld - Access to detailed information from over 50 governmental agencies,  including ordering services, federal job opportunities, and links to other government sites.

Federal Citizen Information Center - Consumer information on a wide range of topics.

Federal Depository Library - The Monroe County Library System is a federal depository library. Click here for information about our resources and services as well as for quick links to a variety of other useful sites.

FedStats - Access to statistical data from over 70 federal agencies including popular tables and state rankings from the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the White House Statistical Briefing Rooms and agency press releases.

Federal Digital System (FDSys) - FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Through FDsys, you are able to:

  • Search for documents and publications
    FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.
  • Browse for documents and publications
    FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, and date.
  • Access metadata about documents and publications
    FDsys presents information about Government publications in standard XML formats.
  • Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats
    With FDsys, download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.

FedWorld - Access to detailed information from over 50 governmental agencies,  including ordering services, federal job opportunities, and links to other government sites.

Final Report of the 9-11 Commission - Search Engine for the 9/11 Report

Flood Plain Maps from FEMA

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States - Lists address, phone, fax and consul for all foreign countries' consulates in the United States.  

HUD USER is your go-to source for housing research and information. We have over 800 publications and datasets, most available as free downloads on this site.

Identity Theft Site - The Federal Trade Commission's national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. Learn how to avoid identity theft and what to do if you become victim of identity theft.

Law Library of Congress: Guide to Law Online is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online.

Library of Congress - Online exhibits and special collections. - Facts You Need to Know About Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards.  

POTUS:  Presidents of the United States - Presidents and candidates, cabinet members, election results, administration highlights, and presidential trivia.  Links lead to historical documents, inaugural addresses, biographies, First Ladies, and other Internet resources.

Small Business Administration - Great source of information for people just starting a business. Gives ideas for financing and expanding business.
           - FREE online courses for Small Businesses

State Department Travel Warnings - Before traveling abroad check these warnings and information about your destination.

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web - Major statistics from the United States government and links to statistics for many countries around the world. What report couldn't use a few statistics!

Supreme Court Decisions - Searchable database, many years of cases.

Thomas Legislative Information - Congress This Week. Bill Summary and Status. Bill Texts. Congressional Record. Committee Information, Historical Documents, The Legislative Process.

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. Also available at Right to Know network.

University of Michigan Documents Center - Well organized access to federal and state information. Frequent updates.

VoteSmart - Non-partisan site developed by the Center for National Independence in Politics. President Carter and President Ford are on the founding board of directors. To provide voters with factual information on candidates, elected officials, our political system and issues.

White House - E-mail the President or the Vice-President. Learn about the history of the White house and take a tour. Check the Briefing Room for the latest government statistics and news releases. Browse links to other government branches, cabinet offices, and independent federal agencies and commissions.

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