David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Government Information Resources

Background Notes (U.S. Department of State)
The Background Notes series offers concise profiles of over 170 individual countries and selected international organizations. The national profiles feature basic geographic and demographic information as well as descriptions of the government, economy, and military/defense establishment. An overview of each country's political conditions, foreign relations, and travel/business climate is also provided. Updated periodically.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau's web site provides a one-stop portal to a variety of Census information, including news, data, and analysis tools. In addition to the 2000 and 1990 decennial census of population and housing, the site offers links to the economic census, the census of governments, data on agriculture, foreign trade, industries, and transportation, and a variety of mapping tools.
Department of Education
Summarizes information on initiatives of the department. Includes full text of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act plus links to a variety of other education-oriented sites.
A comprehensive subject listing of government agencies and information.
General Accounting Office Reports and Testimonies
The General Accounting Office is the investigative arm of Congress. It examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs and activities, and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions. Its published reports cover a wide variety of topics and offer useful sources of information for many student research projects. This web page enables you to search and browse a database of reports issued since 1975; all reports issued since 1995 are available online in full text.
GPO Access
Access to Congressional Bills, Congressional Record and Congressional Record Index, Federal Register, GAO Reports, History of Bills, Public Laws, Unified Agenda, and the United States Code.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Provides information on the organization of NASA and links to the Administration's centers and program offices. Links to recent press releases, status reports and a searchable gallery of photo, movie, and audio archives.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's web site you can search for patents or search for trademarks through several databases.
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions (at FindLaw)
"FindLaw's searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: U.S. Reports 150-, 1893-). Browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and searchable by citation, case title and full text."
U.S. Supreme Court Opinions (at Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute)
Links to searchable and indexed decisions of the Supreme Court from 1990 to the present. Includes notable earlier decisions as well.
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include Bills and Resolutions; activity in Congress; the Congressional Record; schedules and calendars; Congressional Committee information; Presidential nominations; Treaties; and other government information.
The White House
An introduction to the White House and the Executive Branch.

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