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General Resources for U.S. Government Information

  1. DIRECTORIES
  2. SEARCH ENGINES
  3. RESEARCH GUIDES

Directories

Federal Telephone Directories (General Services Administration) - Includes directories for members of Congress, agencies, and commissions. For local and toll free telephone numbers, try the U.S. Blue Pages.

Federal Agencies Directory (Louisiana State University) - Complete list of Federal agencies. Search a hierarchical list; by government branch; or using their search engine.

Locate a Government Official, Judge, or Congressman (University of North Texas)

U.S. Federal Government Agencies Database (Duke University) - Designed to provide access to web sites of and brief descriptive information about the major agencies of the United States Federal Government.

United States Government Manual, 1995/96 to present (National Archives) - Directory of agencies and officials. The University of Minnesota provides .pdf versions from 1935-1951.

  • Historical print editions are available in Main: United States Government Organization Manual [JK464.5.U5 (1935-1972/73)] and U.S. Government Manual [JK464.5.U5 (1973/74 to present.)]. Most recent edition available in Doe Ref, BIOS, BUSI, ED-P, ENGI, ENVI, IIRL, and PUBL .

Who's Who in the Federal Government (University of Memphis)

Search Engines

USA.gov - (Formerly FirstGov.gov) Official United States Government web portal, with specialized “gateways” for citizens, business and government employees.

Google: U.S Government - (Formerly Google: Uncle Sam) Limits the Google search engine to federal and state sites (e.g., .gov, .mil, .ca.gov).

GovEngine.com - Comprehensive Directory of Official Federal, State, and Local Government and Court Links.

GPO Access - This site provides free online access to official federal information products. Included are resources such as the Code of Federal Regulations, the Economic Report of the President, the Federal Register, and the United States Code.

SearchMil.com - Limits searches to .mil sites (e.g., Department of Defense).

Research Guides

Agency Publications Indexes (Government Printing Office) - Indexes created by Federal agencies to identify their publications. Retrieve citations and, when available, the full text of the document.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (July 1976 to present) (Government Printing Office) - Link to Federal agency online resources or identify materials distributed to Federal Depository Libraries.

Citing Government Information Sources (University of Nevada, Reno)

Federal Resources Organized by Topic (Government Printing Office/Oklahoma State University Partnership)

FedStats - Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies

Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information (FDTF/GODORT/ALA, Vanderbilt University)

Government Periodicals (University of Louisville) - Links to full-text resources.

Infomine: Government Information (University of California, Riverside) - Virtual library and reference tool contains useful Internet resources including databases, journals, books, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles and directories.

Researching the Federal Budget
Provides key budget terms, an overview of the federal budget process, and selected resources for tracking the budget and federal spending.

U.S. Government Ready Reference Collection (Columbia University Libraries)