The University of Michigan Documents Center and the
Northwestern University Library offer excellent access points for government
documents. Links to their resources are included in the appropriate sections.
The other links are to CMU databases, print reference sources, or resources of
particular interest to researchers at Carnegie Mellon.
- LexisNexis Congressional
(Carnegie Mellon Users Only)
This database provides comprehensive access to
U.S. legislative information. It includes members and committees, the
Congressional Record, proposed bills, bill tracking, testimony,
legislative histories, federal laws from 1789 on (Statutes at Large),
regulations, and more. Documents are available in full text; the years of
coverage vary by document type.
The Federal Register is a U.S. Government Printing Office
(GPO) publication that lists U.S. federal agency announcements and
information, such as presidential documents, agency meetings, grant
opportunities, and proposed federal regulations.
Legislative information from the
Library of Congress
- GPO Monthly
Catalog Carnegie Mellon Users Only)
The Monthly Catalog provides access
to over one-half million records on all subjects of interest to the U. S.
government, primarily from the executive and legislative branches. Hunt
Library has the corresponding Monthly Catalog of U. S. Government
Publications for the years 1919 though 1996 in print.
- Index to Current Urban Documents
(Carnegie Mellon Users Only)
The Index is a guide to the reports and
research that are generated by local government agencies, civic organizations,
academic and research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and
regional planning agencies in approximately 500 selected cities in the United
States and Canada. Check Cameo to
determine if Hunt Library has a copy of Pennsylvania state or local documents.
If not, documents can be acquired through interlibrary loan or purchased
online. Hunt Library holds the print indexes from 1975 to the present.
- Leadership Directories
directories are a "who's who" of people at the federal, federal regional,
state, and municipal levels of government. Contact information is provided for
individuals and agencies.
- Federal Government
Resources on the Web (University of Michigan Documents Center)
This Government Printing Office site contains links to a variety
of federal agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget, National
Council on Disability, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The
site provides access through multiple means such as an alphabetical list of
all databases or by branch of government. Users can search multiple databases
individually or in combination.
Archives and Records Administration
The Access to Archival Databases
(AAD) System gives you online access to electronic records that are highly
structured, such as in databases. The initial release of AAD contains material
from more than 30 archival series of electronic records, which include over
350 data files totaling well over 50 million unique records. Available series
include casualty lists from the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) Ownership Reporting System, 1978-1998 records, Port
of New York ship passenger lists,1846-1851 (Irish Famine database), etc. The
system eventually will expand to over 500 databases.
- National Science
The NSF is an independent U.S. government agency responsible
for promoting science and engineering. It annually invests over $3 billion to
support research and education projects related to these fields.
Sam Migrating Government Publications
This page tracks printed
government publications that are migrating to the Internet by identifying URLs
and linking them directly to the electronic documents. The scope of this list
is limited to serials and periodicals and includes those publications in dual
format and in electronic (Internet) format only.
- The United States
The Manual contains descriptions of government
agencies, primary members of each agency, and contact information. Hunt
Library has print editions from 1973/74 to the present. The Manual is
arranged in the following manner:
- Legislative Branch
- Judicial Branch
- Executive Branch (with Departments)
- Independent Agencies
- Quasi Official Agencies
- Federal Boards, Commissions and Committees
- Non-Governmental Federally Related Sites
in Pennsylvania (State of Pennsylvania)
The "Agencies, Authorities,
Boards, Commissions, Councils, Departments, and Offices" section provides
links to a wide variety of executive branch offices.
- Pennsylvania General
In addition to general information regarding the
legislature, the House of Representative and Senate links contain
information on legislative members and committee assignments.
Bill Room This page allows you to search the full-text of House and
Senate bills from 1971 to the present. The bill tracking feature began in
1999. You can also view House and Senate Schedules and Calendars.
The Manual provides information regarding the
executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the state government. There
also are sections on local government, elections, and Pennsylvania history.
Earlier editions (1949-) are available in Hunt Library.
- State Governments - General
- Local Governments - General
Governments and Politics (University of Michigan Documents Center)
- State and
Local Governments (Library of Congress)
Codes (Seattle Public Library)
Codes are available for selected U.S.
municipalities. Currently there are no listings in Pennsylvania.
- National Association of Counties
NACo includes information on demographics, funding data for
programs such as the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), and
public affairs programs.
- The National League of Cities
NLC's direct members include 49 state municipal leagues and 1,500
communities of all sizes. Through the membership of the state municipal
leagues, NLC represents more than 18,000 municipalities.
- The U.S. Conference of
This is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with
populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,050 such cities in the
- Municipal Year Book (annual)
REF-1 JS344 .C5 A24
VOL. 75 2008
Government Information on the Internet (2000)
REF-1 ZA5075 .G68 2000
Contains information on federal,
state, local, and foreign government sites.
Many government pages are not available on commercial websites or retrieved
by general search engines. These specific sites and search engines are
designed to provide access to a much wider range of government information.
This site is the primary
portal for the Federal Government. This resource connnects users to millions
of web pages - from the federal government, local and tribal governments,
and to foreign nations around the world. Users can search more than 50
million web pages. Most of these pages are not available on commercial
- FedWorld.gov (U.S. Department of
Users can search for federal government jobs, locate scientific
and technical studies, obtain tax forms, and much more.
- Commercial Search Engines