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Legislative Branch, U.S. Government
Executive Branch, U.S. Government
Judicial Branch, U.S. Government
U.S. Code
General Information

Legislative Branch, U.S. Government

[Link to THOMAS Home Page]
Thomas--Legislative Information on the Internet--query 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and a list of links to: Congress Now; Bills; Congressional Record; Committee Information; The Legislative Process; and Historical Documents.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 legislation.

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 Zip 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 fund, etc.).

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.

Executive Branch, U.S. Government

The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government has several cabinet-level departments that oversee many agencies, bureaus, and services.

The White House

CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Online (National Archives and Records Administration, Government Printing Office)
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.

Judicial Branch, U.S. Government

Supreme Court of the United States
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.

The Constitution of the United States of America--Analysis and Interpretation (Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress)
A list of file titles that may be downloaded in .pdf or .txt format. Also, a keyword search option is included.

The 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.

U.S. Code

Search the United States Code (Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
Public access. The search systems support Boolean, wildcard, and topic variables for searching the U.S. Code. Additional search options include "fuzzy," concept, dictionary, and related. (Note: Accessing documents resulting from a search may require temporarily allowing pop-up windows, or using Shift+click.)

United States Code (Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY)
Public access. The Title listing or a search system can be used to identify and review 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 administrative codes, refer to the bookmark, State Statutes and Legal Resources, which is within the Electronic Libraries directory of this portal.

General Information

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.

U.S. Department of Education
Links are provided for information related to financial assistance, research, programs, publications, etc.

National 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.

Education 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 publications.

U.S. 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 documents.

American 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. Census Bureau)
This 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. 

Statistical 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.).


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