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Government Information Online

Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian  

Ask government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national international) on almost any subject. GIO is a free online information service supported by nearly twenty public, state and academic libraries throughout the United States.

Federal Government

Presidential Information

American Presidency Project  

An impressive website housing online versions of executive orders, inaugural and state of the union addresses, and a searchable archive of the Public Papers. Coverage is strongest for more recent presidents.

Public Papers of the Presidents  

Search or browse official versions of presidential speeches and writings since 1991.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents  

Search or browse presidential statements, messages, and remarks since 1993.

White House  

The official White House website, containing transcripts of speeches, press releases, issue papers, and other documents expressing the president's perspective.

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Legislative Information

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress  

Biographical information about every current and former member of Congress.

A comprehensive source of past and present U.S. legislative information. The site offers bill summaries, bill texts and vote tallies. It will eventually replace THOMAS, Congress's current legislative database.


Identify and contact elected leaders in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures; post letters online to elected officials; have your representative's votes sent to you weekly via e-mail; and more. Please note: This is not the official site for the U.S. Congress. For the official legislative database, please see THOMAS.gov and Congress.gov.

Congressional Pictorial Directory  

Pictorial directory of the members of the current US Congress.


Search and retrieve legislation from 1989 through the present, search or browse the Congressional Record (the official transcript of the House and Senate) back to 1989, and read selected House and Senate committee reports. The bills and resolutions section includes detailed information on every bill, including sponsors, committee activity, floor votes, and the full text of the bill itself. THOMAS.gov will eventually be replaced by Congress.gov, the current legislative database.

US Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875  

Compiled by the Library of Congress, this browsable and searchable archive includes the Journals of the Continental Congress, the House and Senate Journals, Bills and Resolutions, and the American State Papers.

US House of Representatives Educational Resources  

Includes an explanation of how laws are made and links to important historical documents such as the Constitution and Federalist Papers.

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Judicial Information

Supreme Court of the US  

Search for text of recent opinions and orders of the Supreme Court, and general information about the court.

Supreme Court Historical Society  

Offers a detailed historical overview of the court, an explanation of how it works, and a handy resource guide for researching it.

Supreme Court Collection (Cornell Law School)  

Cornell Law School's archive of decisions from 1990 through the present. Search by keyword or browse by topic.

FedWorld Supreme Court Decision Archive  

An archive sponsored by the US Dept. of Commerce, covering decisions between 1937 and 1975.

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New Hampshire

NH Administrative Services  

Provides access to agencies and personnel working for the State of NH. Within this page you can search by Department, search for a state employee, browse a current Topical listing, or view a Departmental listing.

NH General Court (Legislature)  

The official homepage of the NH state legislature. It includes tools for searching legislation, browsing or searching state laws (the Revised Statutes Online), and checking out recent activity in the NH House and Senate.

NH Judicial Branch  

Read recent opinions and orders from the various levels of the court system in NH.

NH State and Local Government Links (Piper Resources)  

Quick links to NH agencies, departments and local governments.

NH State Government  

NH State Government official website. Provides news, business and government information, laws, rules and more...

NH Tax Forms

Printable NH tax forms from the NH Department of Revenue Administration.

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General US State Resources

American Law Sources On-Line  

Provides state-by-state access to recent court decisions, legislative bills, laws and statutes, and other law-related resources.

National Association of Counties  

This organization's website contains several useful resources, including papers and bulletins on important issues and a database of statistical information at the county level.

National Conference of State Legislatures  

Provides access to bills, statutes, constitutions, and other documents for every state. Contains an issues page for fact sheets and reports organized by

policy topics.

State Agency Databases   
A list of public databases produced by government agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each listing includes a description of the database’s purpose and contents.

State and Local Government on the Net  

A metalink site to state and local online resources for the states, including individual government agencies and legislatures.

State Tax Forms  

Printable state tax forms from the Federation of Tax Administrators.

State Constitutions, Statutes and Legislative Information (Cornell

Links to important legislative and regulatory documents for every state.

StateList (University of Illinois)  

This site maintains links to online publication catalogs for many states, allowing you to search for state documents on particular issues.

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Foreign and International Information

A current and comprehensive source of socio-demographic, cultural, historical, economic, political, environmental and corporate information, along with news, analysis, maps, data and statistics on all of the 192 countries of the world.

Background Notes (State Department)  

Up-to-date summary information on the world's countries.

Country Studies (Library of Congress)  

Detailed overviews of countries, covering their history, economy, geography, political system, and society.

Foreign Governments (Northwestern)  

Links to official foreign government websites, including the pages of important agencies and offices.

United Nations  

The international organization's official website, containing publications, key documents from the Security Council and General Assembly, and issue pages. (Visit www.unsystem.org to find websites of organizations under the UN umbrella, such as the ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WTO.)

The World Factbook (CIA)  

An authoritative reference handbook on individual countries, with extensive summary information, basic statistics, and maps.

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Search Engines and Finding Tools (Government)


Created by the Dept. of Commerce, this website offers links to governmental scientific publications, historical Supreme Court decisions, and archived IRS forms and publications. 


A well-organized information portal with links to the best governmental information by topic. Includes federal and state links.

GPO Access  

Free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. You can use the Federal Resources by Topic page to start finding government publications on specific issues.

United States Government Manual  

Search or browse the official handbook of the Federal Government, providing information about the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees

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Statistical Resources

Countries and Regions (World Bank)  

Select a country or region, then click on Data and Research to gain access to statistics on health, education, poverty, and other factors.



The federal government's official portal to government-produced statistics. Use the Topic Links to find the best reports and statistics by subject, the Agency tools to find the relevant government agencies for your subject, or try the Search engine.

InfoNation (United Nations)  

A simple tool for obtaining basic statistical information on countries, and performing side-by-side graphical comparisons.

OFFSTATS (Official Statistics on the Web)  

An easy-to-use database of up-to-date statistics organized by country, from the University of Auckland Library (New Zealand).

Regional Indicators (University of New Hampshire)  

Compare population and demographic factors across regions of the
country instead of state-by-state. This sitet uses data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Statistics.

Statistical Abstract of the United States  

The online edition of the annual Census publication that contains statistics on nearly every topic imaginable, as produced by various government agencies.

US Census Bureau  

Demographics, housing, poverty, and economic statistics. You can use the American FactFinder to view or generate tables based on the most recent Census.

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Additional Resources

Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Contains full text for over 60,000 articles from 399 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

American Memory  

The home page for the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress. American Memory provides free access to historical images, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, motion pictures and more.

Copyright Forms  

U.S. Copyright Office forms available for downloading to your computer.


Websites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions, preserved here for posterity.

Government Resources for Seniors Workshop Notes    

This is an online version of the handout for the Government Resources for Seniors training workshop.

GPO Catalog of Government Publications    

Search the online CGP to find citation information on all government publications issued since the 1970s.

Immigration forms, naturalization test, e-filing, laws, services and more...


Internal Revenue Service  

Printable federal tax forms and instructions, filing information, and more. You can also order forms here..

Library of Congress  

The US national library's website, including links to Thomas, the American Memory Project, webcasts and more...

National Archives  

The government organization responsible for preserving important US documents and records. Their website includes scanned versions of "America's Historical Documents", archive searching tools, and links to many online document collections. 

Uncle Sam (University of Memphis)  

 A guide to citing government publications.

US Government Online Bookstore (GPO)  

Purchase government publications that are in-print directly from the Government Printing Office.

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