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Research guide: U.S. Government Documents and Statistics
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Library Databases

  • ProQuest Statistical Insight with Datasets
    • Tables selected from hundreds of US government and business reports, from 1999 to the present
    • US Federal statistical publications, coverage from 1973, full text from 2004
    • International statistical publications from the UN, EU, OECD, coverage from 1983, full text from 2007
    • US State government, business, and research institute statistical publications, coverage from 1980, full text from 2007
    • Statistical datasets from government and private sector sources
  • CQ Researcher Online Plus Archive, 1923 to present - CQ Researcher archives reports written for members of Congress covering social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press, a division of Congressional Quarterly Inc. Overview
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  • Bound, paper books - In the library catalog search by Subject for the Library Congress Subjects: Local government -- United States -- Statistics, State governments -- United States -- Statistics, United States Statistics.
  • Interlibrary Loan - The challenge is government documents that are not widely available online, including (1) old, archival government documents, and (2) the Statutes at Large, which is the printed record of the laws of the United States. Searching for such government documents is best accomplished by identifying a library that would have an interest in collecting such an archive (the Library of Congress is the most general source) and using interlibrary loan.
  • Articles from our electronic Reference collection are available through the Gale Virtual Reference Library . You can search the entire encyclopedia collection at once on the main search page.
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Web Resources
  • - As the U.S. government's official web portal, offers all the online publications archived by the Government Printing Office, which includes all major Congressional publications, and selected material from the Executive and Judicial branches.
  • US Census Bureau American Factfinder - Every 10 years the Federal government conducts a Decennial Census.The census was originally for Congressional apportionment (how many House Members a state sends to Congress) and redistricting voting districts. Now many different government agencies and private sector groups use the information in many ways. This site offers the results of the last decennial Census.
  • Fed Stats - Fed Stats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. It covers more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
  • HUD State of the City site - Provides statistics on cities
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010 - Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • Thomas from the Library of Congress - Indexes and provides full-text access to Congressional legislative information.
  • GPO Access - A searchable full-text database created by the Government Printing Office in order to disseminate information from the three branches of government.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis under the U.S. Department of Commerce - BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decisionmakers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, under the U.S. Department of Labor - includes most recent data of Consumer Price Index, unemployment, wages, productivity, and an inflation calculator. The most-often viewed pages of the BLS Web site since its first year have been from the online version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics - Provides information on crime, law enforcement, prosecution and the justice system.
  • U.S. Geographical Service Earthquake info - This is the go-to site after an earthquake. It posts the magnitude and the epicenter of all quakes in the U.S.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Like all federal agencies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) generally is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

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