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Sometimes the best way to quickly find information is to identify the federal agency most likely to have gathered produced and released it. Sometimes search engines will not include results from these agency websites because they include dynamic content. This is content that is assembled based on the user's search query, and disassembled when the user leaves the site or page. Web crawlers will not index this content, so being familiar with the agency websites is key to quickly finding information.




flowchart from http://bensguide.gpo.gov/files/gov_chart.pdf (highlights added)

Congressional Research Service Reports
Provide in-depth analysis of many topics. Reports prepared for members of Congress, but not available to the public except when released by individual Senators/members of Congress.
Collected by opencrs.com
http://opencrs.com/
check out largest groupings of report collections at http://opencrs.com/collections.

Consumer Information
Recalls and safety information
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm

USA.gov
U.S. government portal
http://www.usa.gov/index.shtml
Browse by audience
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Audiences.shtml

Economic Analysis
Bureau of Economic Analysis
http://www.bea.gov

Education Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics (includes College Navigator, with information about 7000 institutions)
http://nces.ed.gov/datatools

Employment Data
Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewlq.htm

Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
http://www.bls.gov/OCO

Environmental Sciences
Environmental Protection Agency
By broad topic
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.htm
Data sets
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/data.html

Department of Energy Information Resources
http://www.energy.gov/sciencetech/informationresources.htm

U.S. Geological Survey
Focusing on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, as well as covering natural phenomena that threaten us.
http://www.usgs.gov

History
Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/index.html

LOC American Memory Project
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

International Information
U.S. Department of State
information about countries and regions
http://www.state.gov/countries
Background Notes
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

Most recent CRS reports regarding international issues from the Department of State
http://fpc.state.gov/fpc/c6694.htm

CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

U.S. Census Bureau international census dates
http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/cendates/

Labor Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics
www.bls.gov

Legislation and Legislative Branch
http://thomas.loc.gov

Media
Federal Communications Commission
History of Communications
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history
Major Initiatives
http://www.fcc.gov/initiatives.html
Industry Analysis reports
http://www.fcc.gov/wcb/iatd/stats.html

Social Sciences

U.S. Census Bureau
www.census.gov

Statistical Abstract (brings together stats from agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and other federal agencies)
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011edition.html

Historical Abstracts (from colonial period to 1970)
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html

Statistical Abstract by State
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/st_abstracts.html


Science/Medical/Biology

Science.gov
Gateway to the federal government's science data
http://www.science.gov/index.html

PubMed
advanced search: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/advanced

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov
(check out the data and statistics pages)

Department of Energy Information Resources
http://www.energy.gov/sciencetech/informationresources.htm

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
http://www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=236&mode=2&cached=true

National Institutes of Health
Health Information
http://health.nih.gov/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Medications
http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm
Toxic chemicals
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/
Check out the sections "discoveries," "publications," and "statistics."

General Data
Large raw datasets for downloading. Geared more to researchers and businesses.
http://www.data.gov

Fedstats.gov
Conglomerates data from various agencies and makes it available from a central search.
www.fedstats.gov

Sciences
Department of Energy Information Resources
http://www.energy.gov/sciencetech/informationresources.htm

Tax Statistics
Internal Revenue Service
http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/index.html

U.S. Government Spending
Provides information about government grants, contracts, and awards.
http://www.usaspending.gov/

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