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This page provides links to a variety of Government websites in several subject areas. Use the links below to see a listing of sites in each category. While the majority of the websites listed below can be freely accessed by anyone, a few may contain information that requires a Federal Depository Library login and password. The login and password can be obtained in-person from a Reference Librarian at the UMSL Libraries. Please also note that this guide is not comprehensive and therefore is not inclusive of all available Federal Government Internet resources.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
This site contains current U.S. economic data compiled by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. Statistical information such as the Gross Domestic Product, Personal Income, and much more can be found here.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' site provides access to all types of labor and economic data such as consumer spending, occupations, demographics, unemployment, and wages.
- Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations
This site lists the current wage rates paid on federally funded construction projects. Wage rates are available for each state at the county level.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor's main page links to numerous statistics, publications, and data on a broad-range of labor topics.
- Economic Indicators
Economic Indicators combines economic data from both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis in one site.
The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (EDGAR) provides access to various SEC filings from companies dating back to 1996.
- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Economic Research
This site gives access to several databases created by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that provide all types of current and historic U.S. economic data.
- National Labor Relations Board
This site provides full-text access to many National Labor Relations Board publications including manuals, regulations, decisions, and notices.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics site provides crime data on such topics as criminal offenders, crime victims, types of crimes committed, and much more.
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports are published annually and contain crime statistics at national, state, and local levels. This site provides access to the Uniform Crime Reports back to 1995.
- Child Stats
Child Stats provides access to statistics and reports dealing with children in the U.S. The topics covered include family characteristics, population, education, health, social environment, and more.
- Condition of Education
This site links to the Condition of Education which is produced by the Department of Education and contains statistics on all levels of education in the U.S.
- Department of Education
The main Department of Education site links to various research, statistics, publications, and regulations dealing with education in the United States.
- National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics provides access to the education data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Nation’s Report Card
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, assesses students’ knowledge in various subject areas.
- No Child Left Behind
This site provides an overview of the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President is published annually and measures the economic progress of the nation. This site allows full-text access to the Report from 1996 to the present.
- Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Use this site to search the Public Papers of the Presidents from 1991 forward.
- State of the Union Addresses
This site provides the full-text of all State of the Union Addresses from 1992 to the present (American Presidency Project).
- Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains items such as presidential statements, remarks, and messages. This site provides online access to this weekly publication from 1993 to the present.
- White House
The main White House webpage contains information on numerous current events as well as links to presidential speeches, press releases, and much more.
- CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook contains information on each country’s demographics, economy, political situation, and much more. The World Factbook also contains maps of each country.
- Library of Congress’ Country Studies
The Library of Congress’ Country Studies provide in-depth information on a country’s political, social, and economic characteristics. This site contains Country Studies published between 1988 and 1998.
- State Department’s Background Notes
Background Notes are compiled by the State Department for each country with information such as a country’s government, history, economy, foreign relations, and political conditions.
FirstGov is the U.S. Government’s portal to online information from all federal agencies.
- GPO Access
GPO Access, administered by the Government Printing Office, provides full-text access to executive, legislative, and judicial documents as well as allows users to search the Catalog of Government Publications from 1976 to the present.
- Aging Stats
This site provides statistics on aging Americans compiled from 13 different federal agencies.
- Centers for Disease Control Trends in Health and Aging
The Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Aging page offers information on topics related to the health of older Americans.
- MedlinePlus Senior’s Health
MedlinePlus Senior’s Health gives a listing and description of health topics related to seniors.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center provides the latest information and statistics on Alzheimer’s Disease from the National Institute on Aging.
- U.S. Administration on Aging
The U.S. Administration on Aging’s page offers an overview of topics related to aging.
- Food Safety
Food Safety is the U.S. Government’s gateway to food safety information.
- Global Health
Global Health is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and covers such topics as global health statistics and country information as well as provides access to many reports and publications.
This site, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, contains information on various diseases, prescription drugs, and a list of consumer guides for various health topics.
- Household Products Database
This database, from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine, contains information on the ingredients in thousands of household products and their possible health risks.
MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine provides information on health topics from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to a listing of various health topics, this site also gives access to information on prescription drugs and a medical encyclopedia and dictionary.
- National Center for Health Statistic’s Fast Stats
The National Center for Health Statistic’s Fast Stats page gives statistics on numerous public health topics.
- National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health page provides information on health topics, clinical trials, and research conducted by the NIH.
This site provides information on food and nutrition and includes such topics as food safety, healthy eating, and exercise.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s extensive site contains a variety of information from topics such as products regulated by the FDA to current clinical trials. Electronic versions of many FDA publications are also available here.
- USDA’s National Nutrient Database
This site provides access to the USDA’s National Nutrient Database which contains the nutritional value of thousands of food items, including fast food.
- American Memory
The Library of Congress’ American Memory project provides online access to materials related to all periods of American history. Available on this site are maps, sound recordings, photographs, written documents such as letters and diaries, and much more.
- National Archives
The National Archives’ page offers access to many historical documents and online exhibits dealing with American history.
- U.S. Courts
The U.S. Courts page links to the levels of federal courts: the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.
- U.S. Supreme Court
Use the Supreme Court’s website to view the Court’s docket, read full-text Court opinions, see the full-text of argument transcripts, and much more.
- Congressional Biographical Directory 1774-present
Use this directory to find biographical information on both past and present members of Congress.
Congress.gov (formerly THOMAS) can be used to access the full-text of Congressional legislation resources including bills, reports, votes, and resolutions.
- U.S. House of Representatives
This page provides information on U.S. House of Representatives’ committees, task forces, organizations, and leadership. In addition, this site provides information on legislation and Roll Call votes.
- U.S. Senate
The U.S. Senate’s page also gives information on Senate committees, Roll Call votes, legislation as well as historical information about the Senate.
- Department of Energy
This site contains information on a variety of energy-related topics such as energy sources, the environment, national security, and energy prices.
- Earth Sciences Portal
The Earth Sciences Portal from NASA provides information on a variety of earth sciences topics.
- Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency’s site provides information on numerous environmental topics. This site provides access to many EPA databases and publications.
- Government Science Portal
Science.gov is the U.S. government’s portal to science information produced by many federal agencies. Topics found on this site include agriculture and food, astronomy and space, conservation, health and medicine, ocean science, and much more.
This site gives access to technical reports and other research produced by NASA.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s site provides information on a variety of information such as current weather, climate, oceans, satellite imagery, fisheries and other research.
- National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation site gives access to data on science and engineering statistics and full-text access to many NSF publications.
- U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS site provides information on biology, geography, geology, and geospatial information at a national and state level.
- Government websites containing information relevant to the field of Social Work can be found under the following categories: Education, Gerontology, Health Sciences, Legislative, and Statistics.
- American FactFinder
Use the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder to create customized tables and maps using census data from both 1990 and 2000.
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics
This site, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, offers transportation data compiled from highway, aviation, maritime, rail, and other statistics.
- Fed Stats
Fed Stats provides comprehensive statistical information compiled from over 100 federal agencies.
- Office of Immigration Statistics
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics provides access to the statistics they compile on immigration and its effect on the United States.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is published annually by the Census Bureau and contains statistical tables on economic and social conditions.
- U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau’s homepage provides access to all of the demographic, geographic and economic data compiled by the agency.
- Veteran Data and Information
This site, from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, provides access to socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic characteristics of veterans in the U.S.