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FDsys (Federal Digital System) (GPO’s official system of record)

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GPO’s online catalog)

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Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

General Information

Searches a broad range of government-produced information.

Federal Agency Directory

This site shows how the federal government is organized. Click on links to find agencies and subagencies.

GovSpeak: A Guide to Government Acronyms & Abbreviations

Each acronym is defined and links to the home page (or best alternative) of the identified department, agency, office, program or publication.

Statistical Abstracts  of the United States: 1878-2012

Statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

United States Government Manual

Information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, as well as some agencies, international organizations, boards, commissions, and committees.

Executive Branch

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Legislative Branch

Bills  |  Biographical Directories  |  Comprehensive Legislative Web Sites  |  Conference Reports  |  Congressional Record  |  Congressional Research Service  |  Documents & Reports  |  Hearings

How laws are made


Biographical Directories

Conference Reports

  • Conference Reports  (109th-    )
    • A conference report is a compromise on legislation that is negotiated between the House and Senate via conference committees.
    • It is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval.

Congressional Record

  • Congressional Record (v.140 (1994)-present)
  • Congressional Record Index (1983-present)
  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873 (Library of Congress American Memory Collection)
    • Brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Journals of the Continental Congress through The Congressional Globe, which ceased publication with the 42nd Congress in 1873
    • Search all collections at once, or each collection separately
      • The Congressional Record and its predecessor are also available in the Library:
      • Congressional Globe: (1st sess.:37th Congress-2nd sess.:38th Congress) (Closed Stacks, West Texas Collection (University Center): J 11 .G56)
      • v.1(1873)-v.122(1976) on microfilm (in the basement)
      • v.123 (1977)-v.134 (1988). 95th Congress, 1st session - 100th Congress, 2nd session. (U.S. Documents Microfiche: X)
      • v.134(1989)-present. 101st Congress, 1st session -present    (U.S. Documents Microfiche: X 1.1:)

Congressional Research Service

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS)  (information from the Library of Congress)
    • 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.
      • Includes all versions of the reports that could be located.
      • Please note that this site does not contain a complete collection of CRS reports.
  • Other resources to use to locate and obtain CRS reports:
  • Documents & Reports (i.e., “Serial Set”)

    U.S. Congressional Serial Set (via GPO Access)

    Congressional Documents (104th Congress-present)

    Congressional Reports (104th Congress-present)


    Congressional Hearings: Main Page (104th Congress-present)

    Search for hearings

    Congressional Hearings: Browse (104th Congress-present)

    U.S. Senate: Bibliographies — Comprehensive lists of hearings, prints, and publications printed by the Senate, 1983 to present

    Comprehensive Legislative Web Sites

    Legislative Branch Resources

    Congressional publications, House & Senate links, Other legislative branch publications & resources, and Legislative branch web sites. (Legislative Information on the Internet)

    The Library of Congress provides searchable information about the U.S. Congress and the legislative process

    Search bills by topic, bill number, or title

    Search through and read the text of the Congressional Record for the 104th-109th Congresses

    Search and find committee reports by topic or committee name

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    Judicial Branch

    Supreme Court of the United States (the official web site)

    U.S. Courts (Federal Judiciary Home Page)

    Maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the U.S. Courts

    Contains news and information about the Federal Courts

    U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

    NOTE: The Supreme Court does not view any of its electronic information as official.

    1893-Present (United States Reports v.150 (1893)-   )  (Hosted by FindLaw)

    1990-Present  (Hosted by Legal Information Institute, Cornell University, under the auspices of Project Hermes)

    1937-1975  (United States Reports v.300-422)  (Federal Legal Information Through Electronics (FLITE) Hosted by FedWorld)

    1992-2000 (Hosted by GPO Access)

    Judicial Branch Resources

    Judicial branch resources, publications, and web sites

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    Laws & Regulations

    Federal Register (v.59 (1994) forward)

    Federal Register: What It Is and How to Use It (online tutorial) (National Archives)

    An online guide for the user of the Federal register, Code of Federal regulations system.

    This online tutorial is available in two formats: PDF and HTML. Download the PDF files to a personal computer for faster access.

    Code of Federal Regulations (1996-current year0

    List of Sections Affected

    Browse or Search (1997 forward), Retrieve a Federal Register page (1995 forward), LSA Compilation (1986-2000)

    Public and Private Laws: Main page

    Beginning with the 110th Congress, the Public and Private Laws have been digitally signed and certified. GPO has signed and certified the PDF files to assure users that the online documents are official and authentic.

    Collection of laws enacted during the 104th Congress (1995-1996)-109th Congress (2005- )

    Prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration

    United States Code (1994 through 2006 editions, plus supplements)

    The United States Code is prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.

    Database contains the general and permanent laws of the United States.

    GPO Access Online Resources: Grouped by Branch of Government

    Search and retrieve information — Public Laws (104th-109th Congresses), the United States Code (1994 and 2000 editions), History of Bills, the Federal Register — from the US Government Printing Office

    Established by the Regulatory Information Service Center to assist users who want to find information about Federal, state, and local regulation

    Includes the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

    The Regulatory Plan, which is published as part of the fall edition of the Agenda, identifies regulatory priorities and contains additional detail about the most important significant regulatory actions that agencies expect to take in the coming year

    Introduced January 23, 2003

    “On this site, you can find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the Government’s legal newspaper.”

    Reports on Federal Agency Major Rules (General Accounting Office)

    Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, the General Accounting Office provides a report to the Committees of Jurisdiction of both houses of Congress on major rules proposed by Federal Agencies within 15 days of the receipt of a copy of the rule at the General Accounting Office or publication in the Federal Register, whichever is later.

    FindLaw: Cases & Codes

    Includes U.S. federal and state codes, statutes, regulations, and cases

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    Government Information en Español (El portal oficial en español del Gobierno de los EE.) (The U.S. government’s official Spanish-language web portal)

    información federal, en español (St. Mary’s University, San Antonio)

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    Other Information Resources, Web Sites, and Search Engines

    Organization & University Web Sites

    Documents Center (University of Michigan)

    Government Information Connection® (University of North Texas)

    Digital Collections

    Congressional Research Service Reports Archive

    CyberCemetery (Archive of defunct U.S. government web sites)

    Search Engines (The U.S. Government’s official web portal) (formerly:

    Search the Federal Government through (single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies) (“ for Science”)

    “ is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results.”

    Includes more than 50 million pages of government science information

    Searches an index of 1,850+ agency-selected sites

    Includes a “spelling suggestion tool” (a recent enhancement)

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    Subject Access to Government Information

    Browse Government Publications

    Government Information on the Web Subject Index (St. Mary’s University, San Antonio)

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    Citing Government Information

    Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style (University of Nevada, Reno)

    Citing Government Information Sources Using APA (American Psychological Association) Style Purdue Online Writing Lab

    Cheney, Debora. The complete guide to citing government information resources: a manual for social science and business research. 3rd ed. Bethesda, MD: LexisNexis, Congressional Information Service, 2002. Reference First Floor (non-circulating): J9.5 .G37 2002)

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