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Ready Reference

List of links compiled by the Louisiana State University Libraries.

The official Government Printing Office site. Nearly exhaustive links to legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government information.

As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. For data prior to 2013 see the US Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts of the United States. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
Elected Officials
State and Federal Local, State and Federal from the League of Women Voters
This guide lists acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by the United States federal government. Each acronym is defined and links to the home page (or best alternative) of the identified department, agency, office, program or publication. From UC San Diego.

Browse Topics is a resource designed to be the pathway to any publicly-accessible, Government information. Maintained by volunteer librarians, Browse Topics helps the public locate data, conduct research, and learn about various government Web sites.

These documents are collected from various federal web sites including the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Many pages include not only the full text of these important documents, but facsimile copies so users may experience the feel of the original material.

Compiled by the National Archives, these 100 milestone documents chronicle US History from 1776 -1965 and include:

Declaration of Independence (1776)
Articles of Confederation (1777)
Original Design of the Great Seal of the United States (1782)
Constitution of the United States (1787)
Federalist Papers, No. 10 & No. 51 (1787-1788)
President George Washington's First Inaugural Speech (1789)
Bill of Rights (1791)
Patent for Cotton Gin (1794)
Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)
Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
Missouri Compromise (1820)
Monroe Doctrine (1823)
President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress 'On Indian Removal' (1830)
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848)
Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)
Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)
Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter (1861)
Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops (1863)
Gettysburg Address (1863)
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)
Check for the Purchase of Alaska (1868)
14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868)
Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872)
Thomas Edison's Patent Application for the Light Bulb (1880)
Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Zimmermann Telegram (1917)
Joint Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Germany (1917)
President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points (1918)
19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote (1920)
President Franklin Roosevelt's Radio Address unveiling the second half of the New Deal (1936)
Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942)
Manhattan Project Notebook (1945)
Surrender of Germany (1945)
United Nations Charter (1945)
Surrender of Japan (1945)
Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel (1948)
Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy (1954)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (1961)
Transcript of John Glenn's Official Communication with the Command Center (1962)
Aerial Photograph of Missiles in Cuba (1962)
Official Program for the March on Washington (1963)
Civil Rights Act (1964)
Voting Rights Act (1965)

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Another way of using Census data that allows users to apply it to geographic units (community boards, school districts, health districts) that are not available through the Census web site. It also includes NYC specific data sets not available elsewhere.

Searching the Census of Names

Population Reference Bureau

Good for beginners and more advanced users. The Law About links offer an overview of law on a variety of topics, as well as links to state and federal resources. Supreme Court decisions are indexed by justice's name, constitutional issue and case name. The Popular Name index to the U.S. Code is a big plus.

Legal Information by State

Background Notes  Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

Foreign Relations of the United States
Produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, the Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

Public Diplomacy Query, U.S. Department of State International Information Programs
An electronic archive of the International Information Programs , Department of State [formerly U.S. Information Agency], comprised of a wide array of official texts, statements, publications, reports, and other documents on U.S. foreign policy, international issues, and IIP overseas programs. This archive is no longer hosted by the Dept. of State, but many of the materials can be found by searching the Federation of American Scientists site using the link above. Begin your search with PDQ - such as "PDQ and Iraq."

World Leaders


International Labor Affairs

Corporate Social Responsibility

International Information Program
Engages international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society, and values to help create an environment receptive to US national interests.  Archived information available at

InfoUSA is a resource for people around the world who seek information about United States history, culture, economy, educational systems, political processes and more. The site is developed and maintained by the Office of Information Resources in the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), U.S. Department of State.

US Embassies and Consulates

Passport Information & Forms

Travel Advisories

Travel and Living Abroad Information

Office of the Legal Advisor

Lexis-Nexis, Country Profiles

DocsCite is a step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format.  Use the above drop-down menus to select the appropriate template.  From Arizona State University.

From the Federation of Tax Administrators (a private organization).