Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
Provides American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society - a core group of current and historical Government publications - for free, permanent, public access.
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Core Print Indexes and Databases, 1774-present
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- Library Catalog
Search to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by SuDoc call number, keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
Indexes and Databases
- ADAMS (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
ADAMS has the full text of regulatory and technical documents and reports written by NRC, NRC contractors, or NRC licensees. Documents include NRC regulatory guides, NUREG-series reports, correspondence, inspection reports, and others, all searchable and accessible from the NRC Web Site.
- Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals
Indexes articles, news items, and editorials in approximately 80 English language military and aeronautical periodicals.
(See also printed version, for earlier years...WILSON Quarto TL501 .A5571x)
- Digital National Security Archive
Access primary documents central to United States foreign and military policy since 1945. Material is arranged by topical collection produced by the National Security Archives at George Washington University. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and more.
Education Resources Information Center
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
As the United States' principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Accordingly, it provides a wealth of information from all countries outside of the U.S."”from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 consist of Daily Reports published from September 4, 1941 through March 29, 1974. They provide national and occasionally local perspectives on topics related to World War II and the Axis alliance, the new Islamic countries of the Middle East, the creation of Israel, the Berlin Wall, colonialism in Africa, apartheid, the Cold War, the Suez Crisis, the beginning of the Space Age, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, East-West interaction and much more. They also offer views on such figures as Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, Ngo Dinh Diem, François Duvalier, Mohandas Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ruhollah Khomeini, Nelson Mandela, Imre Nagy, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Chaim Weizmann and many others.
FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996 are comprised of eight parts: Part 1: Middle East, Africa, Near East and South Asia (MEA, NES); Part 2: Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia (SSA, SAF, AFR, SAS); Part 3: China (CHI); Part 4: Asia, Pacifi c and East Asia (APA, EAS); Part 5: Latin America (LAT, LAM); Part 6: Eastern Europe (EEU); Part 7: Soviet Union and Central Eurasia (SOV); and Part 8: Western Europe (WEU).
These reports are also available on microfiche in Wilson Library Government Documents (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PREX 7.13:JPRS-EER- ).
FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996 offer international, national and local perspectives on Middle East crises and negotiations, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the secret acquisition of radar systems by the People's Republic of China, and much more.
- Google U.S. Government Search
Google appears to search the vast majority of government websites. It certainly includes all *.gov, *.state.*.us, *.mil and some *.org sites. To be most effective, limit your keyword searches by government or agency like this - "site:state.mn.us higher education" searches all MN web sites for higher education information and
- "site:ed.gov arts funding" searches the U.S. Department of Education for arts funding information.
Note: state governments use a mix of naming conventions - see State and Local Government on the Net to get the base address for the state you're looking for.
- Google Patents Search
Google Patents Search is a good starting place for keyword searching to help you find useful patents and their classifications, helpful for more focused searching.
Provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.with coverage generally from the early 1990s to the present.
- Hathi Trust Digital Library
The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions. Includes many historical government documents in the public domain.
Public domain works:
Anyone can view and download one page at a time. Users with a current University of Minnesota login can download the full work.
Copyright protected works:
Works protected by copyright will have limited access, except for users with print-reading disabilities who apply for special access to digitized works.
Additional information on accessing HathiTrust
database of state and federal legal materials, but also includes access to Federal Register, Congressional documents, Presidential documents, treaties, Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court documents, and more.
- Homeland Security Digital Library
The HSDL collection provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and local and state agencies.
- Index to Current Urban Documents
Index to selective reports and research generated by local government agencies, civic organizations, academic and research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and regional planning agencies in approximately 500 selected cities in the United States and Canada. State documents that deal specifically with an eligible city or county may be included.
- Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports
Established in 1957, the JPRS Reports are English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world.
The emphasis is on the communist and third-world countries of this period. The JPRS Reports also contain a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials, translated from many languages.
These reports are also available on microfiche in the Government Publications department in Wilson Library. See (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PrEx 7.22/5: )
- Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (Chadwyck-Healey)
January 1895 - June 1976, updated monthly. Issued by the Superintendent of Documents for the Government Printing Office, catalogs all publications of the United States government, including those of the Congress and all executive departments (with the exception of administrative and confidential or restricted documents). The government prints thousands of documents each year, and many of these are sent to depository libraries.
- NASA Technical Reports Server
Provides citation with abstracts mostly to technical reports relating to aerospace research. Covers NASA documents published since 1958 and NACA documents from 1916-1958. Many of the reports indexed can be found on microfiche in the Science and Engineering Library.
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 210,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources, including federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and
- Proquest Congressional
The Proquest Congressional Research Digital Collection (CRDC) provides full-text access to more than 5,000 Congressional committee prints published from 2004 to present and more than 23,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 2004-present. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and analytical abstracts of the documents. Also includes links to political parties and organizations, news sources, etc. See Overview/Help for useful information on the legislative process.
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
TRID (Transportation Research International Database) is a newly integrated database that combines the records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre's International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to over 940,000 records of transportation research worldwide.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set - Digital Edition
A rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history, from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Additional congresses are added each month. (coverage of 1817-1980; see ProQuest Congressional for full coverage)
USA.gov is the world wide web information portal for the United States Federal Government. It is intended to be your first resource to find any government information on the Internet.
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Finds publications, press releases, and social media activity of U.S. government agencies and legislative unites including legislators, department chiefs, and other branches in the federal government. Social media includes Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and other output by government entities. Congressional documents such as hearings are also available. See this tutorial on Finding Congressional Service Reports in Voxgov.
Historical U.S. Government Publications on the Web
- Full-Text Historical Databases Containing Government Publications
- Nineteenth Century Masterfile
Current Contents of 19th Century Masterfile:
Series I: Multi-Title Periodical Indexes
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, Index to Legal Periodical Literature (Jones and Chipman), Catalogue of Scientific Papers, the Religion Index and more.
Series II: Indexes to Books
ALA Index to General Literature, 19th-century bibliographic database and more.
Series III: Indexes to Newspapers
New York Times Index, New York Daily Tribune Index, Palmer's Index and more.
Series IV: Indexes to Individual Periodicals
Harpers Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, North American Reviews (with free links to full text)
Series V: US and UK Government Documents Indexes and US Patent Index
Congressional Record, Papers of the President, Hansard's Parliamentary Indexes and more.
- Early American Imprints Series I: Evans (1639-1800)
Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance
published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2.4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.
- Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA)
Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.
- Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Freely available to all users. Select from either the Michigan site or the Cornell site. For more information, see: https://www.lib.umn.edu/faq/20282
- Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
This site is intended to serve as a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the website seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.
- United States Government Manuals 1935-1951
As the official handbook of the U.S. federal government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
Location(s): Latest Edition: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.108/2:
TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) GS 4.109: (1935-1984)
TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) AE 2.108/2: (1985-)
- United States Government Manual
As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
Location(s): Latest Edition: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.108/2:
TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) GS 4.109: (1935-1984)
TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) AE 2.108/2: (1985-)
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- Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Since its inception in 1957 the United States Commission on Civil Rights has been at the forefront of efforts by the Federal government and state governments to examine and resolve issues related to race, ethnicity, religion and, more recently, sexual orientation. The Thurgood Marshall Law Library offers access to the historical record of this important federal agency by archiving and/or digitizing many of its publications.
- Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention
- Elliot's Debates
The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution is a five-volume collection compiled by Jonathan Elliot in the mid-nineteenth century. The volumes remain the best source for materials about the national government's transitional period between the closing of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787 and the opening of the First Federal Congress in March 1789.
Location(s): TC Law Library KF4502 .E56 1891 Regular Loan
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- Journals of the Continental Congress
The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774. The Second Continental Congress ran from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789. The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress as kept by the office of its secretary, Charles Thomson. The Journals were printed contemporaneously in different editions and in several subsequent reprint editions. None of these editions, however, includes the "Secret Journals," confidential sections of the records, which were not published until 1821.
This complete edition, published by the Library of Congress from 1904 to 1937, is based on the manuscript Journals and other manuscript records of the Continental Congress in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.
- Letters of Delegates to Congress
The twenty-six volumes of the Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789 aims to make available all the documents written by delegates that bear directly upon their work during their years of actual service in the First and Second Continental Congresses, 1774-1789.
- Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States
The Annals of Congress, formally known as The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, cover the 1st Congress through the first session of the 18th Congress, from 1789 to 1824. The Annals were not published contemporaneously, but were compiled between 1834 and 1856, using the best records available, primarily newspaper accounts. Speeches are paraphrased rather than presented verbatim, but the record of debate is nonetheless fuller than that available from the House and Senate Journals.
Location(s): TC Law Library Microform Collection (US Docs) Mfiche X 1-41
TC Law Library Rare Books US-X 1-42 Non-Circulating
TC Wilson Library Annex X 43 - X 71
TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Mfiche) X 43 - X 71
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- Congressional Globe
The Globe is the third of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and the Register of Debates and succeeded by the Congressional Record. The first five volumes of the Globe (23rd Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 1st Session, 1833-37) overlap with the Register of Debates. Initially the Globe contained a "condensed report" or abstract rather than a verbatim report of the debates and proceedings. With the 32nd Congress (1851), however, the Globe began to provide something approaching verbatim transcription.
Location(s): TC Law Library Rare Books US-X72-180 Non-Circulating
TC Wilson Library Annex X 72 - X 180
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- Congressional Record - Century of Lawmaking
The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Printed by the Government Printing Office, it is the fourth and final series of publications containing the debates of Congress. (It was preceded by the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe.) The Record is far more comprehensive than its predecessors in reporting Congressional debates. Appendixes appear in most volumes, the earlier ones limited mainly to speeches of members.
- Maclay's Journal
William Maclay was one of the first two senators from Pennsylvania. Within two months of the opening of the first session, he had begun to keep a diary, which he continued almost daily for the three sessions of the 1st Congress. Because Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795, his is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses.
- Foreign Relations of the United States
The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian. The years 1863-1958 have been selectively digitized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with the intent of eventually creating a complete online edition).
The State Department also makes available the volumes from 1945 - present at Volumes Online.
Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) S 1.1: Regular Loan 1870 - present
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- Laws and Other Legislative Materials
- Bills and Resolutions
This web site provides digitized versions of bills and resolutions introduced into Congress between 1799 and 1871.
- Legislative Insight (Proquest)
Legislative insight is a federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted United States public laws.
- Proquest Supreme Court Insight
Complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document by document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set
The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.
Location(s): For print versions, ask at the General Reference Desk.
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- U.S. Statutes at Large
Every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the set. In addition, the Statutes at Large includes the text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, treaties with Indians and foreign nations, and presidential proclamations.
Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.111: 1789 - present.
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Official U.S. Government Web Sites
- Federal Agency Directory
Based on the entries in the US Government Manual, this site includes a very complete listing of federal agency sites.
Often, multiple agencies have duties that fall within a single broad topic. Because it can be very difficult to determine which agencies do which work within a topic, the Federal government has been working to create "cross-agency" portals that do the detective work for you. These portals emphasize the public service aspects of the agencies included. Currently, these portals are:
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Statistics About the United States
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEA's national, regional, and international
economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the nation's position in the world economy. Access to their statistics and the data used to derive the statistics comes in multiple forms, from static tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides access to statistical information by subject, publications in print and online, and links to the most current versions of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
On this site you can view statistical tables, extract statistics and read reports covering the methodology and meaning of the data collected by the Bureau of Labor.
- Fastats: Health Statistics A-Z
Quick access to health statistics such as: accidents, outpatient department visits and work loss days from the National Center for Health Statistics. This subject index gives users a summary of the most current figures; links to "Comprehensive Data", typically statistical time-series in PDF format and links to related web sites including other government web sites and occasionally including private, non-profit sources.
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
- Green Book - House Ways & Means Committee
The Green Book provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty, and taxation. The first edition was released in 1981 and online editions begin with 1996. Online editions can be searched or browsed and file formats are either text or *.pdf.
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- Historical Statistics of the U.S.
The Historical Statistics of the United States Millenium Edition is a compendium of statistics about the United States produced by the United States Census Bureau since 1790 with additions, revisions and analysis by noted social scientists. This edition includes numerous new topic areas including statistics on migration, poverty, nonprofit organizations, slavery and Native Americans. Tables may be searched and downloaded in Excel or other formats, either individually or in large groups. Users may create custom tables and graphs. Citations may also be downloaded in multiple formats.
- National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.
- Quick Stats: Agricultural Statistics Data Base
U.S., State, and County level agricultural statistics for many commodities and data series with querying ability by commodity, state(s) and year(s) from 1866-. Results can be downloaded as Microsoft Excel-compatible comma-separated value (*.csv) files.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.
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- USA QuickFacts
Easy access to demographic, business and geographic statistics. Links to more detailed information are built into the system.
- Government Publications Library Statistics Web Page
A page created by the U of M Government Publications Library staff, you can use it to locate statistics by subject, go to heavily used resources and find answers to common questions.
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