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Business

  • County Business Patterns(Census Bureau)
    • An annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses.
    • Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets.
  • Economic Indicators(Census Bureau)
    • Key economic measures on employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction and sales allow those who follow the U.S. economy to enhance their business knowledge.
  • EDGAR(Securities and Exchange Commission)
    • EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • Export Administration Regulations(Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly Bureau of Export Administration))
    • Current regulations only
    • Regulations available in PDF, ASCII, and WordPerfect formats.
  • STAT-USA/Internet(Dept. of Commerce, Economics & Statistics Administration) [This was an extensive collection of U.S. economic and finance data, international trade statistics, and market research reports broken down into two primary groupings State of the Nation and GLOBUS & NTDB (National Trade Data Bank). This site closed down on 30 September 2010] Please look here for substitute resources.

  Criminal Justice

  • Crime & Justice Electronic Data Abstracts
    • Aggregated data from a wide variety of published sources that are presented in spreadsheets to facilitate use with analytic software
    • Files contain thousands of numbers and hundreds of categories, displayed by jurisdiction and over time
    • Wherever possible the data are the most recent available
  • Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center
    • The Center maintains the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) database, which contains information about suspects and defendants processed in the Federal criminal justice system.
    • Using data obtained from Federal agencies, the FJSP compiles comprehensive information describing defendants from each stage of Federal criminal case processing.
  • Query the Federal Justice Statistics Database (1994 to2012)
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Database(NCJRS)
    • Contains summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications
    • Search the NCJRS Virtual Library –full-text publications
    • Search more than 7,000+ full-text publications from this site and from NCJRS partner agencies

  Education

  • Academic Institutional Profiles(National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies)
    • Produced annually for those universities and colleges reporting non-zero data for the past three fiscal years in at least one of the following surveys:
      • the National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges (academic R&D expenditures survey)
      • the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Post doctorates in Science and Engineering (graduate student survey)
      • the NSF Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges and Nonprofit Institutions (Federal support survey)
  • Education Statistics as a Glance 
    • Brings together data from several NCES sources including: Condition of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, Indicators of School Crime and Safety and Projections of Education Statistics.
  • ERIC
    • “The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free.”
  • IPEDS College Opportunities Online (COOL)(National Center for Education Statistics)
    • Begin a college search by using the following criteria: Geographic region, State or outlying area, City, Maximum distance from ZIP Code, Type of Institution, Instructional program, Name of institution, and/or Number of students

  Government

  • Congressional Research Service(CRS) Reports
    • The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staffs.
    • CRS does not provide direct public access to its reports, considered among the most authoritative sources of information on topics of national and international interest. Citizens are required to request the reports from their Member of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their Web sites.
    • Many CRS Reports are updated on a regular basis.
    • Use the following sites to search for those CRS Reports that have been released to the public.
      • Congressional Research Service Reports(hosted by the University of North Texas)
        • This site aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS Reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990.
        • Users have the ability to search by keyword, title, author, subject, and report number, and browse by subject.
        • This site includes all versions of the reports that could be located.
        • Please note that this site does not contain a complete collection of CRS Reports.
      • Open CRS— This archived website covers 2005 – 2012. It was a project of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports. It is a centralized utility that brings together the following collections to search.  
  • GPO Access
    • Access resources by branch of government or by topic.
    • GPO-Access: Search Across Multiple Databases
      • Search and retrieve governmental information — bills, directories, documents & reports, the Federal Register, the United States Code, and the Congressional Record, etc. — from the US Government Printing Office
    • GPO Access: GAO Comptroller Decisions: Main Page
      • The GAO Comptroller General Decisions database contains decisions made by the Comptroller General in areas of Federal law such as appropriations, bid protests, civilian and military personnel pay and allowances, household goods and freight loss damage, and transportation rates.
      • GPO Access contains decisions from October 1995 to the present.
      • Updated within two business days after decisions have been released.
      • Documents are available as ASCII text and PDF files.
    • GPO Access: GAO Reports: Main Pages 
      • Contains all publicly released GAO reports from FY 1995 to 2008, as well as approximately 85% of the publicly released reports for FY 1994 and 3% for FY 1993.  
      • Contains reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of Federal programs conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) from fiscal year 1995 through the present.
      • All published reports, with the exception of correspondence and reports that are restricted or classified, are included. The current year’s database is updated within two business days of a report’s release.
      • Reports are available as ASCII text and PDF files.
    • Congress.gov(Library of Congress)
      • “Legislative information on the Internet”
      • Search for bills and resolutions, documents, hearings, and reports reports. Search the content of the Congressional Record, as well the latest Daily digest, and Roll call votes. Links provided to Committee web sites.
      • Includes links to full-text publications available via GPO Access.

  Health

  • CDC Wonder(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
    • An easy-to-use system that provides a single point of access to a wide variety of CDC reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    • Provides patients, family members, and members of the public current information about clinical research studies
  • National Institutes of Health(NIH)  
    • Provides links to available information for health information and health education resources.
    • Results include sources recommended by NIH Health Information
    • Lists a wealth of health promotion and education materials
  • PubMed Central
    • Web-based archive of journal literature for all of the life sciences
    • Being developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • Access to PubMed Central is free and unrestricted

  Income Tax

  • IRS Tax Forms & Publications
    • Use the “Search for” box and choose “Forms & Publications” in the “within:” box.
    • Forms can be searched by number or keyword, then downloaded. Several file formats are available.

  Jobs and Wages

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • O*Net
    • Database from the Labor Dept. replaces their Dictionary of Occupational Titles and gives information on job and worker characteristics
    • Find occupations, get snapshots and details
    • Includes career exploration and assessment tools, and guides to tests and other assessments
  • USA Jobs 
    • U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information provided by the United States Office of Personnel Management
  • Wage Determinations OnLine.gov 
    • A central site for obtaining Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations.
    • Provides a User Guide for guidance in selecting wage determinations.

  Sciences

  • AGRICOLA(National Agricultural Library)
    • A bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators.
  • DOE R&D Accomplishments 
    • A central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science
    • Search DOE R&D Accomplishments Database
  • E-print Network: Research Communication for Scientists and Engineers
    • E-prints are “scientific or technical documents circulated electronically to facilitate peer exchange and scientific advancement. Included are pre-publication drafts of journal articles (preprints), scholarly papers, technical communications, or similar documents relaying research results among peer groups.”
    • Searchable gateway to preprint servers that deal with scientific and technical disciplines of concern to DOE
    • Includes “E-prints on Web sites” and “E-prints in Databases” (subjects: astrophysics, computer science, high energy physics, math, nonlinear sciences, nuclear physics, physics, and quantum physics).
  • Journal Literature
    • “Open source literature (articles and citations) published by journal publishers that generally provide peer review of the articles prior to publication; includes publications issued by commercial publishers or professional societies.”
  • Fish & Wildlife Reference Service On-Line Databases 
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    • “NOAA’s former three data centers have merged into the National Centers for Environmental Information”
  • National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP/NEPIS)(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
    • Features the U.S. Environmental Agency’s National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS) database.
    • Provides access to over 24,000 digital EPA documents.
    • Offers Simple, Advanced, and Field searches.
  • NTIS(National Technical Information Service)
    • NTIS is “the largest, central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.”
    • Search the NTIS Library for documents published since 1990
  • SciTech Connect
    • A central connection to science, technology, and engineering resource information from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Provides access to all the information previously held in the Energy Citations Database (ECD) and the Information Bridge (IB).
    • Subject searching for Biology and Medicine; Chemistry; Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization; Engineering; Environmental Science; Fission and Nuclear Technologies; Fossil Fuels; Geosciences; Materials; Mathematics and Computing; National Defense; Physics; Power Generation and Distribution; and Renewable Energy Sources.
  • STINET(Scientific and Technical Information Network) [Link to “Quick Search”]
    • From the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
    • Helps the DoD community access pertinent scientific and technical information to meet mission needs more effectively
    • “Public STINET” provides access to all unclassified, unlimited citations to documents added into DTIC from late December 1974 to the present.

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Compiled: May 2001. Revised: June 2005, Janetta Paschal, Government Documents/Reference Librarian
Updated: December 2015, Kimberly Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian