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Subject Librarian: Alicia Kubas

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This subject covers: Information on the departments, personnel, and activities of the federal government of the United States.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Website for government publications and information with pages on the United States, Canada, European Union, United Nations, Minnesota, U.S. Census, and Data & Statistics.

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Indexes, Other

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.

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Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1945

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Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

1976 to the present, updated daily. Produced by the Government Printing Office, the Catalog of United States Government publications includes print and electronic Government information products created by Federal agencies.

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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.

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.

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General Reference Sources

Laws and Legislation

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.

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Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

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)

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Web Sites

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.

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Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

CQ Press is a publisher of research about the American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. CQ Researcher includes reports on current affairs, social policy and other controversies back to 1923. CQ Almanac has analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945. CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly) provides in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983. Other content includes Voting and Elections Collection and Politics in America.

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National Journal Online covers politics, policy, and government. Includes access to Daily, Hotline, Almanac, Data & Charts, Presentation Center, Daybook, Magazine Archives, Washington in the Information Age, etc.

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Primary Source Materials

Government Documents

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.

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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.

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Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Created by Queens College, City University of New York, and partnering with the University of Minnesota's own National Historical Geographic Information System, this subscription edition of Social Explorer offers the ability to create customized maps and reports of demographic, housing, and employment patterns throughout the United States using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Statistical Resources

Agricultural Statistics is published each year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to meet the diverse need for a reliable reference book on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns.

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This is a data distribution system from the Bureau of the Census that will be the primary distribution locale for Census data. American FactFinder offers the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources.

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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.

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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.

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The official web site of the Census Bureau, which is the primary source of statistical information within the U.S. government.

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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.

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Hosted by the General Services Administration, the FPDS contains statistical data about U.S. Government Executive Branch procurement contract transactions awarded since October 1, 1978. Every year, the Federal Executive Branch spends approximately $200 billion to buy goods and services. The FPDS summarizes who bought what, from whom, and where. Access to statistics and some documentation is through the customer support link or the reporting agency link.

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This site offers a wealth of economic data and information, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments regional economic data, and more. The widely used database FRED is updated regularly and allows 24/7 access to regional and national financial and economic data.

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Published by the Census Bureau, this set contains U.S. Statistics from Colonial times to 1970. Subjects covered are population, vital statistics, migration, labor, prices and price indexes, national income and wealth, consumer income and expenditures, social statistics, land, water, climate, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, minerals, construction and housing, manufacturing, transportation, communications, energy, trade, productivity, financial markets and institutions, government, colonial and pre-federal statistics.

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The University of Wisconsin's Data and Program Library Service's Internet Crossroads contains over 650 annotated links to data-related resources on the Internet.

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IPUMS consists of twenty-five high-precision samples of the American population drawn from thirteen federal censuses which span 1850 to 1990. As such, IPUMS is not a source of tabulated statistics about the United States. Rather, it is a source of microdata for researchers to use in order to tabulate statistics.

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Hosted by the Census Bureau, this web site not only tells users about NAICS, its history and future, but provides handy tools such as the NAICS-SIC Bridge and links to statistics sorted by NAICS code.

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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.

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Provides surveys, data, vital statistics, state data and news. NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

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Current and historical statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation on transportation-related subjects including transportation as it relates to safety, the economy, energy, and the environment.

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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.

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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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The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.

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Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

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Writing Guides

Covers citation forms for federal, state, regional, and local documents as well as those of some international bodies.

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Library Information

Government Publications Library

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