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American Factfinder
Data from the 2010 US Decennial Census of Population and Housing, and more recent Annual Economic Surveys and Community Surveys.
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American Memory
Large collection of reproductions of primary source material from U.S. Library of Congress: pictures, pamphlets and recordings. Earliest dates from 1400s.
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Bills & Laws
A bill is a legislative proposal brought before Congress in either the House or the Senate. There are numerous different bill versions that track a bill through the legislative process from introduction through passage by both chambers (enrolled version). A law is a bill that has been passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President.
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Center for Research Libraries
Catalog of over four million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, and government publications, with an emphasis on non-U.S. materials. Use interlibrary loan to request items.
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Committee Prints
Information briefings or research reports requested by a committee member and include topics related to their legislative or research activities.
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Commonwealth Communities
Data on public schools, municipal finance, state legislators, employment, and state aid for 351 Massachusetts communities. Current
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Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors
At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions of the Congressional Record Daily Edition (see entry below) are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition. This permanent edition, referred to as the Congressional Record Bound Edition, is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts, each part containing approximately 10 to 20 days of Congressional proceedings.
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Congressional Record Daily Edition
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. At the end of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.
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CQ Almanac
Activities of the US Congress and policy implications thereof, by date or topic, 1945-present.
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CQ Press Political Reference Suite
A starting point for federal government research. Directories, yearbooks, and documents from all three branches. Current.
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CQ Researcher
Well-documented full text overviews of current issues, including bibliographies and chronologies. Produced by Congressional Quarterly, 1923-present.
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CRS Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress. CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.
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Data.gov
A tool for finding, accessing and using Federal government data sets, newly developed to promote open government.
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Declassified Documents Reference Service
78,000 government documents declassified by the 1967 Freedom of Information Act.
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Executive Branch Documents
Executive Branch Documents (items not printed in the U.S. Serial Set-see entry below) includes a complete annotated bibliography and full text of all Executive Branch Documents listed in the 1909 Checklist, indexed by subjects, names, agency report numbers, and SuDocs Classification. The 1909 Checklist was created in 1911 by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, and is the only systematic effort to provide a complete listing of all documents published by the U.S. Government in its first 120 years. In addition, Executive Branch Documents includes documents from 1910-1932.
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FDsys
Access to Congressional bills and reports; public laws and regulations; executive and federal agency documents; a catalog of government publications, and links to government websites.
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GEOSCAN
An index of maps and other publications from the Earth Science Center of Natural Resources Canada, with some links to online full text.
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GovEngine
A private meta-site that organizes access to federal, state, and local government information online. Current
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GovSearch
A directory of federal, state, municipal and county government personnel, officials, offices and programs.
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Hearings
A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a federal law.
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Historical Statistics of the United States
Statistics gathered by the Census Bureau, with scholarly editing and essays, from colonial times to near present.
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House & Senate Documents
House & Senate Documents consist of House Documents, Senate Documents and Senate Treaty Documents. House and Senate documents contain various kinds of materials ordered to be printed by both chambers of Congress. Documents can include reports of executive departments and agencies, as well as committee prints that were ordered to be printed as documents.
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House & Senate Reports
Congressional reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. There are two types of reports, 1. House and Senate Reports: Reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation. 2. Senate Executive Reports: Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to treaties between the United States and foreign nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or are reports of various Senate committees regarding nomination of individuals.
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Instatrac
Information about the legislative process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including bill tracking and a legislative calendar, 2005-present.
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Legislative Histories
Legislative histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including developments that span more than one Congress.
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Monthly Catalogue of US Government Publication
Provides references for all US government publications from 1895-June 1976. Post-1976 publications indexed here.
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NASA Technical Reports Server
References to Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports (STAR), journal articles, conference reports, 1958 -present.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A growing collection of primary sources and literature, mainly British so far.
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NLM Gateway
Combined search of the National Library of Medicine databases, 1950�s-present.
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ProQuest Congressional
Hearings, bills, laws and legislative histories, committee prints, Congressional Research Service reports, Congressional Record and predecessors, Executive Branch docs to 1932, and the Serial Set.
Also known as: LexisNexis Congressional
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PubMed Central
National Library of Medicine's archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Coverage varies; earliest journal is 1937-present; most are 2001-present.
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Science.gov
A site that organizes access to agriculture, computer, health, energy and other scientific information from U.S. government agencies. Current.
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SciTech Connect
Replaces DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations. Citations, and some full text, of US DOE research and development reports.1943-present. Click here to request microfiche full text.
Also known as: DOE Energy Bridge
Energy Citation
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Serial Set
In the 19th century, the Serial Set included all kinds of special reports to Congress and other material, e.g.: various expeditions and explorations, communications from the President, reports from executive branch agencies, and House and Senate Journals. Currently, it is comprised of Senate and House documents, Senate and House Reports, Senate Executive Documents and Senate Executive Reports.
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Serial Set Maps
The Serial Set Maps collection is a collection of more than 70,000 maps printed as part of the Congressional Serial Set. Several Executive Branch agencies are the most prolific publishers of the maps including the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Social Explorer
Maps illustrating Census data from 1790 to 2010, with recent community,religion, and carbon emissions data.
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Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics from U.S. agencies on population, society, trade, the government, and much more. Compiled from 1878-2012, when it ceased. Older years at HA 202 S84. Privatized (current) version above.
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Subject Compilations of State Laws
An index of articles, books, court opinions, and other publications that compare state laws, with many links to full text. Searchable by subject, 1925-current with a two year lag.
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THOMAS
Federal legislation: bills and amendments, legislative histories, hearings, roll call votes, 1973-present.
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TRAIL
U.S. government technical reports issued primarily prior to 1975.
Also known as: Technical Report Archive & Image Library
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USDA/FS Research Publications
Over 6,000 research publications and technical reports by the U.S. Forest Service and their regional research stations, 1960-present.
Also known as: Treesearch
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