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U.S. (Federal) Government Information Resources   Tags: federal, government, how_do_i, united_states  

The federal government publishes, online and in print, a huge amount of information; learn how to begin finding and using it here!
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started

The government provides a tremendous amount of information on many subjects. Some of it is here in the building in print or microform, and can be found in our catalog. More and more is online however, from the census to law to congressional hearings and so on. This guide will help you to find the government information you need, whether it's health statistics, crime reports, economic data etc.

For further assistance, try the "More Help" tab. 

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General Sites

  • FedSys
    Main overall doorway to US publications.
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
    Lists government publications 1976 to date, including the "SUDOC #s" sometimes needed to locate them.
  • American Factfinder
    Good starting point for US population and economic stats of many sorts.
  • Statistical Abstract of the US
    A wide ranging fact filled compendium of stats on the US. issued from 1878 to 2011. (Ceased publication in 2011 due to budget issues, as did the County & City and the State & Metropolitan DataBooks.)
  • Blogs
    Gateway site to various government blogs by subject; business, defense etc. Often informative and good for current issues.

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