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.  

Indexes or Subject Guides:
Catalog of U.S. Goverment Publications (CGP) -- "the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online." Topics -- travel warnings, maps, statistics, laws, historical documents:  a wide variety of resources are available from this page, making it a great first stop for government data


100 Civics Questions and Answers  -- Study to become a citizen using either the written questions and answers, or using the MP3 audio file available here. Visit the "Educational Products" page for other tools, including some in Spanish.

ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines Homepage -- Looking for Americans With Disabilities Act Guidelines?  Start here first!  The United States Access Board 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
The al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, doctrine, modus operandi and U.S. policy to degrade and defeat terrorism conducted in the name of Sunni Islam; available as PDF, MOBI, and EPUB downloads.
Alzheimer's Disease -- National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
American Factfinder -- Census Bureau information, as easy as entering in your zip code. An excellent starting point for population, housing, economic and geographic statistics, including the 2010 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
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:  clicking the link will begin retrieving the file. This PDF file is large and may take some time to download, depending on your Internet connection.

Background Notes/Fact Sheets -- now called "U.S. Bilateral Relations 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

Budget of the United States Government -- Fiscal Year 1996 forward; Ref  351.7222 UN3b
Bureau of Justice Statistics publications

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 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 -- "general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government"
Compilation of Presidential Documents --
"consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary."
Condition of Education -- publications and information from the National Center for Education Statistics Ref 370.973 C752 -- 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)
Congressional Research Service Reports -- "This site is not affiliated with the Congressional Research Service, but aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different web sites since 1990." Additional sources for CRS Reports include the ILR School at Cornell (for workplace issues); the Federation of American Scientists; and The official CRS site now provides access to some reports, too.

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
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."

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 ebola, 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

FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid; fill out the form online.
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 2013 edition is currently available, as well as previous issues; Ref 362.1 N213

Highlights of Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (2014) -- This link goes to the page for the free 148-page ebook you can download as a PDF file. The report "assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century." A copy of the full 829-page report can also be downloaded.
Highway Traffic and Construction Noise - Problem and Response
(2006)-- published by the US Dept. of Transportation
Historical Decennial Census Records -- 
Links to online sources for Census records, 1790-1940.

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

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

Landscapes of West Africa: a window on a changing world -- "Beautifully illustrated with maps, graphs, tables, and images, this text describes the natural environment of 17 countries in West Africa and the impact human populations have had over the past four decades."
Library of Congress Digital Collections -- This enormous (and growing!) resource allows you to "view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films."
Library of Congress Kids and Families
-- Many websites designed for young readers and for the whole family to explore together, such as "Today in History", "National Jukebox", "Everyday Mysteries", and the "Young Readers Center".
Local Food Directories -- This site lists farmer's markets, CSAs, and other food hubs around the country.  Maybe there are some in your area you didn't know about!

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
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 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. You can also find the published reports broken into sections at the CyberCemetery page (hosted by University of North Texas Libraries)
National Compensation Survey -- Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse -- "an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases"
National Map of the U.S. -- best source for topographic maps 

National Register of Historic Places -- bulletins and brochures
National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- information on drug use by young and old
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.
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 -- "the primary search tool for Department of Energy (DOE) funded science, technology, and engineering research results.  It provides access to all the information previously available in SciTech Connect, DOE Information Bridge, and Energy Citations Database."

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 Reuters, 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; provided by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
Public and Private 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, for Presidents George H. W. Bush through the present; Ref 353.035 Un3
use this site to find, review and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register.
Responses to Climate Change: What you need to know -- "Useful to anyone wanting to learn more about climate change and strategies for managing our natural resources." -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; provides information about child safety seats and new car safety features, as well as danger areas, recalls, and things to keep in mind when buying a car. Parents should also visit the Parents Central section for great tips on keeping kids safe in the car. -- 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; some publications are available in audio formats.
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.

State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms -- Published by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. "This publication is designed to help Federal firearms licensees (FFL) comply with Federal and State firearms laws; ... In addition, this book will assist FFLs in making lawful over-the-counter sales of rifles and shotguns to out-of-State residents, transactions that must meet the legal requirements of both the FFL's and the purchaser's State of residence."

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 Reporting -- Federal Bureau of Investigation; statistical reports concerning crime across the nation
U.S. Code -- prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved 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." Now also includes ebooks, both on the site and available elsewhere.
U.S. 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."
U.S. 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.

Warren Commission Report -- The report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, plus 26 volumes of hearings, are now available online from the U.S. Government Printing Office.
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


Last checked and updated September 24, 2018.

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