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Government Information: Federal

A short tutorial on finding state and federal information.


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  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) - The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Coverage begins with July 1976 and new records are added daily.

  • - is the U.S. Government's official web portal that provides access to over 51 million federal, state, local, and tribal governmental web pages. With, it is possible to find information on practically any subject and information is updated on the site daily. For more information about and how to use it, view our Guide.

  • - is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results. is a metasearch engine that searches 29 different governmental databases at one time, including AGRICOLA and MEDLINE.


Executive Branch


Legislative Branch

  • and Thomas are the portal websites from the Library of Congress to finding legislative information including bills, legislative acts, resolutions, and treaties. Eventually, will incorporate Thomas. Until then: Thomas can be found at and at

  • Visit the Senate's homepage at:

  • Visit the House of Representatives' homepage at:

  • Congress Votes Database, from the Washington Post, contains every vote made in the U.S. Congress since 1991: 

  • Congresslink is a resource for teachers providing information about Congress (in Spanish):

  • To search for information from Congress including laws, acts, bills, and resolutions search the ProQuest Congressional Database.


Judicial Branch