American Government Resources


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Legislative Branch
  • Presidential Libraries--Take an inside look at the administrations of some of America's chief executives.

  • The White House--Tour the home of America's First Family.

  • Presidents of the United States--A conplete guide to the American presidents containing information about their life and their accomplishments both in office and out of office.

  • Watergate-25 Years Later--The Washington Post commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of its most famous story.


  • USDA Economics and Statistics--The USDA Economics and Statistics System contains nearly 300 reports from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, covering U.S. and international agriculture and related topics.

  • Bureau of the Census--The home of the nation's statistical information.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology--The NIST works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.

  • Patent and Trademark Office--Contains information regarding both patents and trademarks promoting an understanding of intellectual property protection.

  • Social Security Administration--Social Security Online is the official Web site of the Social Security Administration.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation--Examine all aspects of the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. Don't miss the 10 most wanted fugitives!!

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics--Examine the most current labor statistics in the United States. (Searchable)

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Your guide to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) who's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America's workers.

  • Federal Aviation Administration--A world wide resource that provides information on all aspects of aviation in the United States.

  • IRS Digital Daily--Provides broad and immediate access to IRS tax information and services

  • Department of Veterans Affairs--A world wide resource that provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, and VA facilities worldwide.
    Legislative Branch
  • Congressional Email Directory--All Americans should be in contact with their elected officials. This directory makes it easy. You can also view the home pages of the Congressmen.

  • Congress Link--Offers lesson plans and information about the U.S. Congress and how it works.

  • General Accounting Office --The General Accounting Office is the investigative arm of Congress. Charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and disbursement of public funds, GAO performs audits and evaluations of Government programs and activities.

  • Government Printing Office--The Government Printing Office (GPO) prints, binds, and distributes the publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government.

  • Library of Congress--Your guide to the vast resources of America's largest and most unique library. Search the nation's library without leaving your desk. Visit some of the unique exhibits.

  • Thomas Legislative Information (US Congress Internet site)--Provides Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public including congress, bills, committees, historical documents and the legislative process.

  • U.S. House of Representatives--Legislative information as well as information about Members, Committees, and Organizations of the House and to other U.S. government information resources.

  • U.S. Senate--Provides information from and about the members of the Senate, Senate Committees, and Senate leadership and support offices. This evolving service also provides general background information about U.S. Senate legislative procedures, Senate facilities in the U.S. Capitol, and the history of the Senate.
    Judical Branch
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts--Serves as a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.

  • Supreme Court Decisions--Decisions of the US Supreme Court from 1937 to the present. (Searchable)

  • Supreme Court Justices--Your guide to the present US Supreme Court Justices.

  • Oyez-Supreme Court Resource and US Supreme Court Online--Two complete guides to the United States Supreme Court.
    Federal Government Information Sources
  • Federal Government Agencies on the Internet--A complete guide to the U.S. Federal Government Agencies on the Internet.

  • FedWORLD Information Service-- FedWorld provides a comprehensive central access point for locating and acquiring government information.

  • Law and Legal Information
  • Cornell Law Information--Serves in the dissemination of legal information via the Internet.

  • Criminal Justice Reference Service--The National Institute for Justice serving as a national and international clearinghouse for the exchange of information in the criminal justice area

  • WWW Virtual Library Law Collection--A useful collection of links to law on the Web (state, federal and international). (Searchable)

  • Our Documents--Provides links to 100+ important US documents in their original, hand-written form; the site also includes tips for teachers and library media specialists for use of these items in the curriculum and links to more information about the history and contents of the documents.

  • U.S. Code--Examine and search the complete US Code.
    Political Parties
    Democratic National Party and Republican National Party--Visit the official sites of the two major US political parties.
    Newspapers and Periodicals
  • CNN/Time All Politics--Current political news from CNN and Time.

  • National Political Index--Up-to-the-minute coverage of the US political scene utilizing several noted resources.

  • Project Vote Smart--Your one-stop shopping center for political information featuring factual information on elections and political leaders.
    Iowa State Government
  • Code of Iowa--The laws of Iowa--completely searchable. Most recent update!!

  • Iowa Civil Right's Commission--An excellent source of civil rights information (quizzes, publications, information on civil rights law). Updated weekly.

  • Iowa General Assembly--Iowa's lawmaking authority.

  • State of Iowa--A link to all aspects of Iowa state government.

    Updated by Alissa Lewis 2/15/10
    East Buchanan Community School Tech Team
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