Government Resources

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.

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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.
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Consumer Information
Recalls and safety information
U.S. government portal
Browse by audience

Economic Analysis
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Education Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics (includes College Navigator, with information about 7000 institutions)

Employment Data
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Environmental Sciences
Environmental Protection Agency
By broad topic
Data sets

Department of Energy Information Resources

U.S. Geological Survey
Focusing on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, as well as covering natural phenomena that threaten us.

Library of Congress

LOC American Memory Project

International Information
U.S. Department of State
information about countries and regions
Background Notes

Most recent CRS reports regarding international issues from the Department of State

CIA World Factbook

U.S. Census Bureau international census dates

Labor Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Legislation and Legislative Branch

Federal Communications Commission
History of Communications
Major Initiatives
Industry Analysis reports

Social Sciences

U.S. Census Bureau

Statistical Abstract (brings together stats from agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and other federal agencies)

Historical Abstracts (from colonial period to 1970)

Statistical Abstract by State

Gateway to the federal government's science data

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(check out the data and statistics pages)

Department of Energy Information Resources

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

National Institutes of Health
Health Information
Toxic chemicals

National Science Foundation
Check out the sections "discoveries," "publications," and "statistics."

General Data
Large raw datasets for downloading. Geared more to researchers and businesses.
Conglomerates data from various agencies and makes it available from a central search.

Department of Energy Information Resources

Tax Statistics
Internal Revenue Service

U.S. Government Spending
Provides information about government grants, contracts, and awards.