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GOVT 2305 SO Bowman: Finding Websites


The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.

Demographic and economic data collected by the US Census Bureau.

Finding tool for all US Government publications by keyword, title, and agency. 1976 to present.

Research reports compiled at the request of members of Congress. Posted by the US State Department. 1999 - date.

Portal to US Government's open data - 180,000+ data sets across a range of topics.

Federal Digital System provides full-text access to official publications from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Portal to federal statistical programs by topic and agency.

US Government's official web portal to services and information.

MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online

Searchable archive of documents, reports and summaries of trials held at the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court, dating from 1674-1913. provides information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government.

Documents related to the murder case brought against Dr. Sam Sheppard, provided by the law library at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The case was the inspiration behind the television series and subsequent movie, The Fugitive.

Open access archive of scholarly papers in the social sciences. Some content restricted to subscribing institutions.

Includes United Nations Treaty Series documents since 1946 as well as multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General.


Executive Branch

Compilation of Presidential Documents
Official publications released by the White House, 1993 to date

Federal Agency Directory
A-Z index of US government departments and agencies.

Historic Documents

Core Documents of Our Democracy
Cornerstone documents of American democracy digitized by the US Government Printing Office.

Primary Documents in American History
Digitized historical documents from the Library of Congress collections, 1775-1872.

Judicial Branch

Supreme Court of the United States
Legal information including opinions, court rules, and transcripts of oral arguments.

Legislative Branch
Official site for US federal legislative information. Covers committees, members of Congress, legislation.

  • American Civil Liberties Union  - "The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU's mission is to conserve America's original civic values: the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) History  - The ACLU, or American Civil Liberties Union, is a nonprofit legal organization whose goal is to protect the constitutional rights of Americans through litigation and lobbying.
  • Family Research Council  - Founded in 1983, Family Research Council is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to articulating and advancing a family-centered philosophy of public life. In addition to providing policy research and analysis for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, FRC seeks to inform the news media, the academic community, business leaders, and the general public about family issues that affect the nation from a biblical worldview.
  • FRC Action - Based in Washington, D.C., FRC Action is the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council. We seek to educate and influence elected officials on Capitol Hill and in the states, activate our grassroots network, and mobilize Values Voters on behalf of faith, family, and freedom. FRC Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and was founded in 1992. FRC Action exists so that our nation’s most fundamental values are represented as we impact public policy, influence elections, and support candidates who share our values for public office.