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Statistical Resources on the Web- http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html

Comprehensive, annotated directory of the best resources for statistics on the Web. The place to start when you want to find a good source for statistics on most topics. Maintained by Grace York, government documents librarian at the University of Michigan.


Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information - http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/staff/fdtf.html

This is a directory of links to popular government documents on the Internet. The links are organized by topics including major government indexes, business, crime, census, congress, consumer information, copyright, education, foreign countries, health, impeachment, natural resources, law, scientific reports, and tax forms. Information on the situation in Kosovo is highlighted. From the Federal Documents Task Force (FDTF) and the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).


Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web - http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm

List of links to federal and international statistical agencies, including the official statistics departments of around sixty countries. Maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


U.S. State and Local Government - http://lib11.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/godort.pl?searchtext=State&Type=Simple&Resource=DB&Website=FDTF

A directory of links to local and state government sites. From the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).


Ways to Search for Government Information - http://library.csun.edu/GovernmentPublications/FindDocuments

Organized by level of government. From Cal State Northridge Library.


Government Publications

Agricultural Handbook - http://www.usda.gov/factbook/

“The Agriculture Fact Book  is a handy reference tool that offers information about U.S. agriculture and describes all USDA programs. It also provides useful information about food safety, nutrition, rural issues, research, education, and natural resources.”   Annual issues are archived back to 1996.


Background Notes - http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

Full-text and updated periodically, the U.S. State Department Background Notes on geographic entities and international organizations is now online. Organized by region and country or international organization, there's a lot more information here than the basic statistical and geographic information located in almanacs. History, government and political conditions are discussed, as well as the economy, foreign relations and basic travel information. Also listed are principal U.S. officials and consulate officers.


Budget of the United States - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/index.html

Full text of the Budget and its Appendix, Budget Analyses, Historical Tables, Systems and Concepts, Principles, Citizen's Guide, Mid Session Review, and assorted documents and reports. Keyword searching available for one or more publications. Documents in PDF. From the Office of Management and Budget. Current year back to 1996.


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - http://www.cfda.gov/

“Access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.”  


Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/

Regulations for all of the agencies of the United States.  


Consumer Price Index - http://www.bls.gov/cpi/

Monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.


Counting California - http://countingcalifornia.cdlib.org/

Economic and social science government data for the state of California.


Country Studies / Area Handbooks - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. This series presently contains studies of 100 countries. You can search across all countries or any combination of countries, browse the table of contents for a specific country or simply read the full text for any of the countries listed.


Diplomatic List - http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/

Foreign embassies and officers in the United States; includes contact information.


Economic Indicators - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/indicators/



Federal Register - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/

Daily publication of all new laws going into effect prior to being incorporated into the CFR and the U.S. Code


Government Manual - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/

Guide to all of the federal departments and agencies.


GPO Access - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/

Your one-stop point for federal government information. Unique to this site - full-text search access to the Monthly Catalog of government publications, with links to your local federal depository library.


Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts -- http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/111812.pdf

U.S. embassy and consular offices and officers in other countries; includes contact information.


[Monthly] Catalog of United States Government Publications - http://catalog.gpo.gov/F

The most comprehensive finding aid for U.S. government documents; a catalog of all documents received by GPO. Includes author, title, subject, and keyword title indexes; uses LC subject headings; covers 1994 to present.


National Atlas of the United States -http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/index.html 

This Web site displays an interactive map of the United States allowing the user to "map more than 2 million geographic names" in a series of map layers. These map layers display airports, federal lands, urban areas, water features, parkways, rivers, railroads, roads, volcanoes and seismic events with a Zoom In/Zoom Out feature. All these map layers can be downloaded along with very detailed technical information. In addition, other U.S. maps include a terrain relief and elevation map and a seasonal vegetation growth map, both of which require Shockwave.


Occupational Outlook Handbook -- http://www.bls.gov/oco/

For each occupation lists the nature of the work, working conditions, number of jobs in what industries and what areas, training, other qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.


Statistical Abstract - http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

The basic annual compendium of federal statistics; includes almost 1,600 tables, of social, economic, and political statistics, and a guide to other statistical publications and sources. View each individual section in Portable Document Format (PDF)


Supreme Court of the U.S. -  http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ 

Docket, schedule, rules, opinions, orders, related web sites.


Tax Forms and Publications - http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html

Everything you need to know to file your tax returns with the federal government. Includes an improved Forms and Publications search tool and information about e-file, the electronic tax filing system.


Thomas--Library of Congress - http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas2.html

Congressional bills, laws, and reports; Congressional Record; how bills become law, C-SPAN; and House and Senate Web services.


Uniform Crime Reports - http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

Statistics of crime from the FBI.


U.S. Code - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/

The laws of the United States. New federal laws are first issued individually as Public Laws. (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plaws/)


World Factbook - https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Published annually, by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world. Also, check out their appendices and maps at the bottom of the page.


ZIP Code Look-Up and Address Information - http://www.usps.com/zip4/

The official United States Postal Service ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) plus 4 lookup. You can also associate a ZIP Code with city/state names, decipher postal abbreviations, and FAQ on ZIP Codes.


United Nations

Infonation - http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm

This site is "an easy-to-use, two-step database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations." It covers "over 30 different fields of information on 185 different countries from population to the level of carbon emission, from the average temperature to the GDP." Other resources from the United Nations


CyberSchoolBus Resouce (http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/res.html) Source include data on global trends, city profiles, flags, country statistics, and more. Material is also available in Spanish and French.


World Population Trends - http://www.un.org/popin/wdtrends.htm 

This United Nations site contains the 2000 population count for most of the countries in the world, as well as other files on world population growth, milestones, estimates to 2050, demographic impact of HIV / AIDS, ageing statistics, oldest-old (on how many people are over 80, 90 and 100, etc.), South to North migration flows, and child mortality estimates, among others. Many of the files require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.