Branch, U.S. Government
Information on the
options, and a list of links to: Congress Now; Bills;
Congressional Record; Committee Information; The
Legislative Process; and Historical Documents. A valuable
and definitive source for past and present federal
United States House of Representatives--Find Your Representative
Public access. Use your Zip Code (preferably, Zip+4) to identify your
Congressional Representative, and a link to her or his Web site to
access press releases, position statements, district offices, etc. The
drop-down menu, Representative Web sites, provides an alphabetical list
of all Representatives with a link to their Web sites.
Write Your Representative
(U.S. House of Representatives)
Web forms are used to identifying your Congressional Representative, and
send her or him an electronic message. Your Zip+4 Code is requested,
however, the first 5-digits will work (unless your district includes
part of a regular Zip Code). Find your Zip+4 code at
Code Lookup, U.S. Postal Service.
Office of the Clerk-U.S.
House of Representatives
Public access. Major directories include: Member Information;
Committee Information; Legislative Activities; Historical
Highlights; Educational Resources; and Public Disclosure (e.g.,
campaign, financial, franking, gifts, foreign travel, legal expense
United States Senate--Find Your Senators
Public access. Use the drop-down menu to select a state and find a link
to a Web site for each U.S. Senator.
Branch, U.S. Government
The Executive Branch of the
U.S. Government has several cabinet-level departments that
oversee many agencies, bureaus, and services.
(Code of Federal Regulations)
Archives and Records Administration, Government Printing
This online service is designed to provide the public with
access to the general and permanent rules published in the
Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies
of the U.S. Government. Note:
Researchers can use the CFR Online protocol (hypertext
transport protocol plus CGI scripts) to create clickable
links to specific documents within the database of their
Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS).
Uniform Crime Reporting-UCR
(Federal bureau of Investigation [FBI], U.S. Department of Justice)
Public access. Review online crime reports from 1995 to
present--most reports are in PDF (.pdf) format.
National Memorial Institute for the
Prevention of Terrorism-MIPT (Oklahoma City, OK, [supported by]
U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Public access. Publications and other resources related domestic and
international terrorism are available.
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Court of the United
A search option, and the directories: About the Supreme
Court; Docket; Calendar and Schedules; Bar Admissions; Court
Rules; Case Handling Guides; Opinions; Orders; Visiting the
Court; Public Information; and Related Websites.
Constitution of the United States of America--Analysis and
(Congressional Research Service, Library of
A list of file titles that may be downloaded in .pdf or .txt
format. Also, a keyword search option is included.
Oyez Project Releases Inaugural Set of Supreme Court MP3 Files
(Chris Karr, Northwestern University)
Use Windows Media and Real players to audit oral arguments before the
U.S. Supreme Court through MP3-formatted files. The Inaugural files
include selected cases from the late 1950s through the late 1970s.
Follow the links within the directory, Featured
Audio, to find audio releases for more recent cases. Select the
main site of The
OYEZ Project to access an online repository for information related
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
United States Code (Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S.
House of Representatives
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Titles, Chapters, and Sections of the United States Code. (This electronic version of the U.S.
Code is based on data from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel; however, additional annotations and a different navigation system reflect a more "modern" electronic presentation.)
For online databases related to state statutes and
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Statutes and Legal Resources, which is within the Electronic
Libraries directory of this portal.
The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
maintains this site to provide easy access to statistics and
information produced by more than 100 agencies in the United
States Federal Government.
MapStats can be used to access a profile of your state, county,
Federal Judicial District, and Congressional District.
Department of Education
Links are provided for information related to financial
assistance, research, programs, publications, etc.
Center for Education Statistics-NCES (Institute of Education
Sciences, U.S. Department of Education)
NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect,
analyze, and report on the condition of education in the
U.S. Many reports and statistical tables are available online.
Statistics Quarterly (Institute of Education Sciences, U.S.
Department of Education)
Public access. Identify and access by volume and issue,
Education Statistics Quarterly from 1999 to the present.
FedWorld (National Technical
Information Service [NTIS], U.S. Department of Commerce)
Public access. This location service for the federal government
includes links to general and specific Web sites associated with the
judicial, legislative, and executive agencies and initiatives. Multiple
search systems are available for identifying a range of
information--from federal jobs to Internal Revenue Service forms and
Census Bureau (United States Department of Commerce)
A source for demographic, economic, and
social information for the nation, states, and local areas.
Many databases, tables, graphs, and downloadable
FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Public access. A site with demographic profiles based on a
city/town, county, or Postal Code (within each state).
Your Gateway to Census 2000 (U.S.
directory of the Census
Bureau provides data retrieval
options for casual and serious researchers. It includes four major directories:
State and County QuickFacts; American FactFinder; Street Address and 2000 Census
Data; and Data
Highlights--U.S. and each state.
Abstract-The National Data Book (U.S. Census Bureau)
Public access. The U.S. Census Bureau publishes year-based (e.g.,
2007) reports regarding topics that range from Agriculture to Vital
Statistics. Note: Microsoft Excel [or its no-cost Viewer] and either
Adobe Acrobat Reader [no-cost] or a commercial version of Adobe
Acrobat are required to access non-HTML files.)
Search Across Multiple Databases (Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office [GPO])
Use search system guidelines or the alphabetical index to access documents from within one or multiple U.S. Government Printing Office databases (e.g., Federal Register, Budget of the U.S., Congressional Bills, Congressional Records, Reports of the President, United States Code, etc.).