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Most U.S. Government information is now available online, for free - how do you find it?
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Ukraine Crisis Information:  for background studies on Ukraine and Crimea leading up to the current crisis, the following sources may be useful:

Liberty and Security in a Changing World: Report and Recommendations of the President's Review Group on Intelligence

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (March 23, 2010) - also learn the steps to getting covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace at

  • October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment starts
  • January 1, 2014: Health coverage can start
  • March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends.

Voting Rights Act of 1965  (Pub.L. 89-110, § 15, 79 Stat. 445 (1965), 42 U.S.C. § 1971 et seq.) - struck down in part in Shelby County v. Holder, No. 12-96, Argued Feb. 27, 2013, Decided June 25, 2013, 570 U.S. --.

Defense of Marriage Act (Pub.L. 104–199, 110 Stat. 2419 (1996), 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) - held unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307, Argued March 27, 2013, Decided June 26, 2013, 570 U.S. --.

Affirmative Action - Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 11-345, Argued Oct. 10, 2012, Decided June 24, 2013, 570 U.S. --.

Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis of Cleared Industry Reporting (U.S. Defense Security Service) -  an analysis of reports to "identify the threat to sensitive or classified information and technology resident in the U.S. cleared industrial base, and provide industry with the information needed to protect against foreign collectors."

Guide to Law Online: Ukraine (Library of Congress)

Guide to Law Online: Syria (Library of Congress)

Guide to Law Online: Iraq (Library of Congress)

Guide to Law Online: Afghanistan(Library of Congress)

Federal Reserve Board of Governors: News & Events

Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Current) (Semiannual).


Law Library of Congress: In Custodia Legis

The blog of the Law Library of Congress:

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U.S. Government Information Web Portals

The U.S. Government publishes an enormous amount of information that is freely available online.  This research guide contains links to federal government information:  the President, Executive Departments, Congress and federal legislative information, federal courts and legal opinions, and federal agencies:

FDSys (successor to GPOAccess):  The U.S. Government Printing Office database is the official U.S. government digital information source, publishing authenticated Public and Private Laws, the United States Code, the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, congressional bills and resolutions, and presidential papers.

Core Documents of U.S. DemocracyHistorical U.S. federal government publications including the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and current important documents from all branches of the federal government.  The main portal to federal government information useful to citizens, international visitors, businesses, and government employees.  See a subject listing of contents on the Reference Center and General Government page.

United States Government ManualThe official manual of the U.S. government provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, as well as information on quasi-official agencies and international organizations in which the United States participates, and the many federal boards, commissions, and committees. The U.S. Government Manual also contains the texts of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and a federal government organization chart.

Library of CongressThe nation's oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress is also the largest library in the world. It serves as the research arm of Congress.

Fedworld.govEstablished and maintained by the Department of Commerce and National Technical Information Service (NTIS) "to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the federal government." 

A - Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and AgenciesA comprehensive list of federal, state, local, and tribal government agency and department websites, from

Federal Agency Directory:  Directory of federal boards, commissions, and committees; executive agencies; independent agencies; judicial agencies; legislative agencies; and quasi-official agencies, from Louisiana State University.

Government Information on the Web Subject Index - (Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University) - a useful subject index to research guides for government information on the web.

U.S. Census Bureau - Population, economic, and demographic information compiled from the United States Census conducted every ten years. State and County QuickFacts provides access to selected statistical information by geographic area. A helpful research guide on finding census information is available from the University of Michigan Library.

U.S. Government on YouTube:'s YouTube page features channels from the White House, NASA, the State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, the IRS, the Library of Congress, and many more.


    U.S. Government - Periodicals

    The U.S. Government publishes an enormous number of magazines and newsletters on a wide range of subjects.  A list of the publications of individual government departments and agencies can often, but not always, be found on their websites.  The University of Louisville Libraries have put together a comprehensive list of government periodicals.


    Great Government Information Resources

    Many universities, law schools, and others maintain web pages on U.S. government information.  Below are just a few:

    Legal Information Institute (LII) (Cornell Law School) - links to federal and state court opinions, statutes, and regulations,as well as international law.

    Washlaw: Legal Information on the Web (Washburn University Law School) - federal, state (including administrative codes), local,and international law sources.

    Government Information Library (University of Colorado at Boulder) - items from state, national, and international governmental agencies..

    Infomine (University of California) - guide to scholarly internet resources on many topics, including government information.

    American Law Sources Online - portal to sources of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican law.  Most Mexican sources are in Spanish.

    ConSource - a free online library of constitutional history, with more than 11,000 historical documents relating to the U.S. Constitution and amendments.  Click on a clause of or amendment to the Constitution to find relevant background documents.

    Zimmerman's Research Guide (LexisNexis) - free online legal encyclopedia and research guide.

    "Internet and Online Sources of U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Information," by Richard S. McKinney, is available from the Law Librarians' Society of the District of Columbia (LLSDC) at


    U.S. Government Forms

    Many federal forms are now available online, including tax forms and Social Security forms: Government Forms - the U.S. Government's official hub for federal forms.

    U.S. Courts - Forms - forms for federal courts, sorted by category.

    IRS Forms - the official source of IRS tax products.

    Social Security Administration Forms.


    Government Information for Kids - the official kids' portal for the U.S. Government.

    Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - Ben's Guide is a civics course online, full of government information presented in a colorful format and organized by grade level.

    FedStats: Federal Government Information for Kids - arranged by federal agency.

    LegalMatch:  "A Listing of Government Agency Pages for Kids" - although this is a commercial website, it links to federal government agency information pages for young people (with thanks to Monument Charter School).

    A Kid's Guide to Government Compliance and Education: Agency Pages for Kids! (from Revitas, Inc.) - Almost all U.S. government departments have special sections on their websites for kids. The sites linked from this page are designed to describe to kids what that specific department does through explanations written in simple language. Many of them also include additional games, puzzles, challenges, and activities to help kids learn more about those fields. (Special thanks to Joan Ward, Anna, and the rest of the class in Maine.)


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