Government Publications On The Internet

The following links take you to some of the federal publications that are on the internet.  For agency websites, go to the regular Government page on this site.  Every effort has been made to verify the links are correct; please let a Reference Librarian know if a link does not work.  Titles are in alphabetical order, with the publishing agency listed after the title.  Items available in print in the library are marked: GD = Government Documents collection; items in the regular collections have call numbers.  Some publications may require Adobe Acrobat in order to be read; you can download the free software from Adobe's website if your computer does not already have it.


Indexes or Subject Guides:
Browse Topics -- alphabetical list of subjects, with links to appropriate government agencies
Publications.USA.gov --
Who sells property forfeited to federal law enforcement?  Is it safe to shop online?  Where can I get a list of the National Parks?  How can I protect myself while I travel? Publications can be usually be read for free online, downloaded to an e-reader, or ordered in print
USA.gov Reference Center -- travel warnings, maps, statistics, laws, historical documents:  a wide variety of resources are available from this page, making it a great first stop for government data

Publications:
ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines Homepage -- Looking for Americans With Disabilities Act Guidelines?  Start here first!  This page links to the guidelines, as well as comparisons with the International Building Code and the National Fire Protection Administration codes.
Agricultural Statistics --
Dept. of Agriculture; current and previous years (back to 1994); Ref 338.109 Un3
Alzheimer's Disease -- National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center; free publications can be read on the site, others must be purchased
Amber Waves -- Dept. of Agriculture; "The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources and Rural America"
American Factfinder -- Census Bureau; an excellent starting point for population, housing, economic and geographic statistics, including the 2000 Census figures and statistics from the American Community Survey.
American Housing Survey -- "data on the Nation's housing" from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
American Memory : Historical Collections for the National Digital Library from the Library of Congress; includes "Today in History" and a wide variety of topics to browse through.
Are You Ready? A guide to citizen preparedness:  find out how to create a disaster supplies kit, what to expect in a natural disaster, and other helpful tips.  Note:  this PDF file is large and may take some time to download, depending on your Internet connection.

Background Notes/Fact Sheets -- published by the Dept. of State; provides basic information on countries U.S. relations with each country.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids -- good for all ages as a basic introduction to how our federal government is set up and how it works.
Budget and Economic Outlook
--
Congressional Budget Office;
Ref  352.5309 B859U
Budget of the United States Government -- Fiscal Year 1997 forward; Ref  351.7222 UN3b
Bureau of Justice Statistics publications
Buying a Safer Car -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; provides information about child safety seats and new car safety features, as well as danger areas and things to keep in mind when buying a car.  

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance  --  Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public; Ref 353.002 C28 [Note: individuals may find Benefits.gov more useful for personal grants and assistance.]
Census of Agriculture -- statistical information for "every place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold;" published every five years
Child Welfare Information Gateway publications -- publications cover such topics as child abuse and neglect (recognizing and preventing), foster care, and adoption
Chronic Disease Publications -- information from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
CIA Publications -- includes the World Fact Book, maps, and other specialized materials
Code of Federal Regulations -- Ref 348.7323 Un3c
Community Health Status Indicators Report -- health information by county
Compensation and Working Conditions -- Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, issues back to June 1996
Condition of Education -- publications and information from the National Center for Education Statistics Ref 370.973 C752
Congress.gov -- your source for bills, laws, and other legislative information
Congressional Directory -- compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing; Ref 328.73 Un3
Congressional Record -- online version provided by GPO (Government Printing Office)
Consumer Price Index -- Dept. of Commerce; also considered the "cost of living" index; check out the Inflation Calculator! 
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: An Electronic Collection -- "These titles contain information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate. They support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government."
Country Reports on Terrorism --
formerly called "Patterns of Global Terrorism", this publication from the US Dept. of State is presented to Congress every year, as required by law.

Daily Treasury Statements -- Dept. of the Treasury Financial Management Service; 
Debt to the Penny -- daily statement of the public debt of the United States
DOE Information Bridge -- "free and convenient access to full-text and bibliographic records of Dept. of Energy (DOE) research and development reports"
Diplomatic List -- "This publication covers foreign missions (embassies, interest sections) in the United States. It contains the names of members of the diplomatic staffs of these missions and their spouses."

Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction -- (2001) prepared by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
Earthquakes In and Near the Northeastern United States, 1638-1998 -- published by the US Geological Survey
Economic Indicators -- here you can find monthly figures for the Gross Domestic Product, employment rates, price indexes, and the federal debt
Economic Report of the President -- Ref  330.973 UN3e
Dept. of Education Annual Reports -- includes Condition of Education and Digest of Education Statistics, among other titles
Emerging Infectious Diseases -- tracks and analyzes disease trends, such as MRSA and hospital infections, in both humans and animals.
Exempt Organizations Select Check -- formerly Cumulative List of Organizations, this site "is an on-line search tool that allows users to select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings."
Export Administration Regulations
--
Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Export Administration;
Ref 343.73 Un3e

FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid; fill out the form online; NOTE: this site may require newer versions of Internet browsers due to security requirements
Farmer's Markets Listed by State --
This site lists farmer's markets around the country.  Maybe there are some in your area you didn't know about!

FedBizOpps -- click on FedBizOpps Vendors for a list of federal agencies that are looking for various goods and services; previously known as "Commerce Business Daily" or "CBDNet"
Federal Register -- "the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and
organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents." GD - microfiche
Foreign Consular Offices in the United States -- State Dept.; consulate offices by state.
Fuel Economy Guide -- compare fuel efficiency, emissions, and safety information for new vehicles; Ref 629.253 F952

Health, United States -- National Center for Health Statistics; the 2008 edition is currently available, as well as previous issues; Ref 362.1 N213
Highway Traffic and Construction Noise - Problem and Response
--
published by the US Dept. of Transportation
Historical Decennial Census Records --
The Census Bureau has scanned historical census records and loaded them as large PDF files. Note that the actual census enumeration pages, listing individuals, may not be available; the files may only be statistical compilations.

Humanities -- magazine; published by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Identity Theft and Privacy information -- important tips and guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission; most files are in .pdf format
International Energy -- Energy Information Administration; prices, production, and other information related to the various forms of energy, including petroleum, coal and natural gas from around the world

Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (Congressional Reports)

Kidney disease publications from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Mail Manuals -- home page for both the International and Domestic Mail Manuals, published by the US Postal Service.
Minerals Yearbook -- US Geologic Survey, Mineral Resources Program; Ref 338.2 Un3
Monthly Energy Review -- statistics on national energy production, use, fuels and more
Monthly Labor Review -- statistical information concerning jobs and the job market
Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the U.S. Government -- Dept. of the Treasury; 

NAICS and SIC Correspondence Tables -- convert SIC codes to NAICS and vice versa
National Atlas of the U.S. -- create your own map of the United States, showing such things as the locations of Superfund sites, abandoned coal mine areas, climate reports, or other details
National Cancer Institute Cancer Information -- everything from types of cancer to statistics and clinical trial information
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the U.S. -- the commission "is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks."  While the commission was closed on August 21, 2004, this site still contains the reports, hearings and statements collected and published by the commission.
National Compensation Survey -- Pennsylvania; Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse -- "an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases"
National Register of Historic Places -- bulletins and brochures
National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- information on drug use by young and old
National Truck Crash Profile -- "summarized crash results for large trucks involved in fatal and non-fatal crashes that occurred in the United States"
9-11 Commission's Final Report -- Read the complete, official report from this website.  Each chapter is available as a PDF file (which means you will need Adobe Acrobat to read it), or you can download the entire report in one large file.  This title is also available in print at the Pottsville Library: 364.142 N213.

Occupational Outlook Handbook -- THE place to look for information on what the prospects are for jobs in various careers and fields; Ref 331.7 Un3
Occupational Outlook Quarterly -- Dept. of Labor; this publication summarizes information from the Handbook, pulling together similar careers from various areas
O-NET* -- What occupation is right for you?  What does that job require?
OnSafety -- official blog site of the Consumer Product Safety Commission with the latest safety information; older safety announcements can be found in their newsletter, The Safety Review

Parent's Guide to Internet Safety -- FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Patents: General Information -- a manual that describes what patents are, who can get one, and how to do the research
Pennsylvania Code Online -- rules that have the force of law in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Consolidated and Unconsolidated Statutes -- "This site provides free access to both the consolidated and unconsolidated Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes and Constitution, as compiled and maintained by the editorial staff of Thomson/West, and made available here in an unannotated version under agreement with the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau."  Please note that free legal advice is not provided at this site. 
Presidential Directives and Executive Orders -- includes directives from Presidents Truman through Obama
Producer Price Indexes -- Bureau of Labor Statistics; 
Public Laws -- a collection of federal laws enacted from 1995 (104th Congress) through the present
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States -- includes speeches, communications to Congress, bill signings, and more; Ref 353.035 Un3

Recovery.gov - this site explains the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it identifies where that money is being spent.
Regulations.gov
--
use this site to find, review and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register.
Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq -- Download the full report, or view individual chapters of this official report.  Adobe Acrobat is required to read this report. Also available at the Pottsville Library:  REF 352.379 UN3

School Enrollment in the United States: Social and Economic Charateristics of Students
Science.gov: FirstGov for Science --
If you have a question remotely involving science, start here! This site allows you to search through federal publications, including research and development by U.S. government agencies.

Social Security Benefit Information Publications -- short, factual information about benefits, the Supplemental Security Income program, and a whole lot more
Social Security Handbook -- the complete manual is available here, but in very large files.  
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics -- Dept. of Justice and the Utilization of Criminal Justice
Statistics Project; "data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States."
State and County Quick Facts --
Just want the basic facts on how many people live someplace? Find statistics for people, businesses and geography here. If you want more details, just click on the link to "Browse data sets for ______."

Surgeon General's Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use
-- Read the latest reports concerning smoking, including its relationship to cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and other health problems. 
Survey of Current Business -- Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis; issues back to January 1998; 

Title IV School Code Search -- Dept. of Education
Toxic Release Inventory -- EPA; information on "toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment;"
Trademarks: Basic Facts -- what they are and how to register

Uniform Crime Reports -- Federal Bureau of Investigation; statistical reports concerning crime across the nation
US Code -- prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
US Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids Reserves Annual Report -- Energy Information Administration; reports back to 1996
U.S. Government Bookstore -- "the official online bookstore for U.S. Government publications available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office." 
US Government Manual -- editions go back to 1995-96; "comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches"; Ref 353 Un3
United States Reports -- US Supreme Court; "the materials collected here contain not just opinions, but the full text, from cover through index, of bound volumes 502 et seq., including all of the opinions, orders, and other materials issued for the Court's 1991 Term and subsequent years."
US Supreme Court Decisions -- 1990 to the present, some pre-1990 decisions

Veteran's Employment and Training Service Fact Sheets -- These guides explain the basics of what services are available to veterans through the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents  
Women's Bureau Publications -- Department of Labor; includes "Facts on Working Women"
World Leaders
(formerly "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments") -- CIA

 

This page updated July 22, 2013.

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