Federal Government Information

General Federal Resources

General Resources

Use this page for general searching in online databases and webpages.


Main Online Sources

GPO Access
The GPO is the Government Printing Office, the official printer of the government. Online access to the Federal Register, Congressional Record, U.S. Code, and other federal government sources.

GPO Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The GPO is the Government Printing Office, the official printer of the government. This catalog has records from 1976-present. This is a good starting place for looking up specific government documents. Check out the instructions for the GPO Catalog.

Brown's catalog has federal government documents records since January 1, 2005. For documents prior to that date, try Josiah first since a sizeable number of the government documents records are there. Then, try the card catalog (see Federal Documents in Print).

LexisNexis: Basic Legal Research provides information on court decisions and patents.

LexisNexis: Congressional offers full-text for many Congressional documents back to the 1980s. There is also an index of documents going back to the 1830s.

Thomas includes texts of bills, laws passed, committee information, information on members of Congress, full text of the Congressional Record , voting records of members, and information on the legislative process. Full-text goes back mainly to early 1990s.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875 has online copies of bills, resolutions, laws and the Congresssional Globe and Record from this time period.


Documents in Print

Brown University is a depository library for government documents. Our collection is extensive and stretches back to the 1800s. In order to search for documents in print, please go to the help guide at Federal Documents in Print.


Other Sources

CapWeb is an independent site which provides information about Congress, including descriptions and rosters of congressional committees, as well as links to the national party and congressional leadership sites, and other sites dealing with Congress and the legislative process.

Columbia University Libraries: U.S. Government Documents is the University's subject guide for government documents.

FedWorld provides a subject listing of federal web sites, access to GILS records, etc.

First.gov is the official federal portal to all government information

Library of Congress is the nation's library with one of the world's biggest collections.

Google: UncleSam is google's special search engine for government information online.

Government InfoMine (U. California, Riverside) an index and virtual library of important university-level research and educational tools on the Internet that contain or relate to government information.

Roll Call current issue of this newspaper covering activities on Capitol Hill.

Sales Product Catalog for government publications available for sale from the government Printing Office

University of Michigan Documents Center has a huge resource guide on government information.

U.S. Government Manual: The Manual contains information about all the agencies of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.


U.S. Government Manual has full text back to 1995.

U.S. Government Manual goes back to 1973.


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