FDsys Federal Digital System (FDsys)
FDsys provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes. FDsys is the official archive for full text government documents. Collections are searchable, or browseable. New collections are being added constantly. Browse collections.
- FirstGov - Official government search engine.
- Catalog of Government Publications - GPO's official catalog. Documents are cataloged from 1976 onward. For older documents, see the print version of this database, the Monthly Catalog (1893-1995) GP 3. 6.
THOMAS from the Library of Congress provides
Bills, Resolutions - Full text search for the current Congress.
- Bill Summary & Status - 93rd (1973) through current Congress
- The full text of bills can be searched across multiple Congresses - 101st (1989) through current Congress
- Public Laws by number - 93rd (1973) through current Congress
- House Roll Call Votes - 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990) through current Congress
- Senate Roll Call Votes - 101st Congress, 1st session through current Congress (1989 - present)
- Activity in Congress
- Congressional Record
- Schedules, Calendars
- Committee Information
- full text 104th (1995) through current Congress
- Presidential Nominations
Information provided about Presidential Nominations includes the Presidential Nomination number, the date the nomination was received the committee to which it has been referred, legislative actions, and the nominee(s) - from the 100th Congress (1987) through current Congress.
Information provided about Treaties includes treaty number, the date the treaty was transmitted, short title, formal title, treaty type, legislative actions and index terms - 90th (1967) through current Congress. Complete coverage begins with the 94th Congress. Older treaties are included if they were pending in 1975 when the database was created,
this gateway site from the Library of Congress links to " full texts of laws, regulations, and court decisions, along with commentary from lawyers writing primarily for other lawyers. Materials related to law and government that were written by or for lay persons also have been included, as have government sites that provide even quite general information about themselves or their agencies." This excellent source covers: -
- International and multinational law
- U.S. Federal law
- State law
- Law for U.S. Territories
Proquest Congressional - Drew only
Access LexisNexis Congressional from Resources by Title.
LexisNexis Congressional home page provide the following options:
- Committee Prints (1970 onward)
- Hearings (1970 onward)
- House and Senate Documents (1970 onward)
- House and Senate Reports (1970 onward)
- Legislative Histories (1969 onward - abstracts)
Members and Committees (101st Congress onward)
Regulations (1981 onward)
- Code of Federal Regulations
- Federal Register
Congressional Record (99th Congress onward)
Political Bills and Hot Topics
For a detailed look at how U.S. Congress votes:
- The Washington Post U.S. Congress Votes Database, "is a deep database of every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991)."
- Fedstats - gateway to statistics from over 100 Federal agencies
- Statistical Abstract
- Historical Statistical Abstract - archives available from 1878 onward
- American Community Survey - the most current census data.
- American Factfinder - multi-year census data.
- Census 2000 Briefs and Special Reports
- State and County Quick Facts
- Population and Housing Economic Topics
- Census Subject Index
- Historical Census Browser - Geostat Center: Collections from the University of Virginia Library- Census data from 1790-1960
- Selected Historical Decennial Census Population and Housing Counts - numerous reports from the Census department and based on historical data from the 1790 Census onward.
- Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000- Decennial Census Question Forms
Archival collections online
- 19th Century American Literary, Historical, and Cultural Studies - Sponsored by the American Studies program of Washington State University, this site has an extensive collection of primary sources from the late 18th century to early 20th on a variety of topics. Many of these sources are government documents.
- A Century of Lawmaking For A New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875 - The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress
- American State Papers 1789-1838
- Annals of Congress 1789-1824)
- Register of Debates 1824-1837
- Congressional Globe 1833-73
- Congressional Record 1873-1875
- Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-89
- Constitutional Convention
- Journals of House and of the Senate 1789-1875
- Annals of Congress 1789-1824 - debates of Congress
- Senate Executive Journal 1789-1875
- Maclay's Journal
- Bills and Resolutions - 6th Congress (1799) House of Representatives; 16th Congress (1819) Senate (selected documents)
- Statutes at Large 1789-1875
- Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789
- Letters of Delegates to Congress 1774-1789
- Elliot's Debates 1787-1788
- Farrand's Records 1787
- Access to Archival Databases From the NARA. Use the"browse by subject" option.
- American Military History from the U.S. Army Center of Military History, in two volumes: The United States Army and the Forging of a Nation, 1775-1917; The United States Army in a Global Era, 1917-2003.
- Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
- Avalon Project - From Yale University. Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. An extensive collection of primary legal and historical documents.
- Budget of the U.S. - 1996 onward
- The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation - (also in print in Ref 3KF4527 .U54 2004).
- Core U.S. documents
- CyberCemetary of Government Websites
- E-Resources Online Catalog at the Library of Congress - Excellent gateway into digital collections cataloged by the Library of Congress. Some are subscription databases, but many are free. Browse databases by subject, or by keyword.
- Depositories of Primary Sources - "A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."
- Digital Collections from the National Archives Library Information Center with links to numerous digital library collections of U.S. historical documents.
- Documents Relating to U. S. Foreign Policy, 1620 to the present AND International Relations in General: Historical and Contemporary - "From Professor Vincent Ferraro, Ruth C. Lawson Professor of International Politics, Mount Holyoke CollegeInternational Relations Program. Especially rich source for documents from World War I and World War II but also covers the Cold War,Viet Nam, and even the Clinton administration."
- Economic Indicators - 1995 to the present
- Education Reports from ERIC - 1995 to the present
- EuroDocs provides links to many Western European historical documents, which are either transcribed, reproduced, in facsimile or translated. Most of these documents are not easily accessible from any other source. U.S. foreign relations documents are included as relevant to each European country.
- Foreign Relations is available from 1961 to 1976 from the State Department. Selected volumes of the FRUS is available from 1861 - 1960 through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries
- Historical Census Browser - Geostat Center: Collections from the University of Virginia Library - Decennial Census data from 1790-1960.
- Historical Media Databases - lists databases produced by states or their political subdivisions that provide online access to historical photographs, video, or audio.
- Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights - From the Thurgood Marsall Law Library at the University of Maryland, an excellent collection of documents from the Civil Rights Commission.
- Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties - "Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is an historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, II-VII). The work was first published in 1903-04 by the U.S. Government Printing Office." The nine Early Recognized Treaties with American Indian Nations, transacted between 1722 and 1805 by The British government (first seven treaties) and the newly formed United States government (remaining two), can be accessed through the Oklahoma State University Library.
- Making of America. From Cornell University - Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (1894 - 1922)[and
- The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880 - 1901)|http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/browse.monographs/waro.html] online.
- McCarthy Hearings - "S. Prt. 107-84 -- Executive Sessions of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations (McCarthy Hearings 1953-54). Closed according to Senate rules for 50 years, these hearings are now available to researchers and the public."
- Medline/PubMed - medical research database.
- New Jersey Digital Collection - Links to hundreds of source documents scanned by the NJ State Library.
- New Jersey Health Statistics from 1877 to 2000: An Historical Electronic Compendium of Published Reports - an "enormous archive of official annual reports on the health of New Jersey" from the Library at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
- Pearl Harbor Attack - "Collected here are documents from the 23 volume, 40 part, 25,000 page report of HEARINGS BEFORE THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES SEVENTY-NINTH CONGRESS which was released on July 20, 1946."
- Public Papers of Presidents of the United States - from the University of Michigan Digital Library. "The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States contains material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. It includes volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton."
- Registry of U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects
- Rutgers Congressional Document Collection - from Rutgers School of Law, Camden. "This is a full-text archive of selected documents of the United States Congress from the collection of the Rutgers - Camden School of Law. Hearings included in this online collection date from the 1970's to 1998."
- Social Security Administration Special Collections - Selected posters and pamphlets from SSA public information campaigns dating from 1936.
- Supreme Court Decisions - from 1937 to 1975 via FDsys
- U.S. Court Opinions - 2004 to the present.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Full Text and Full Images Databases - Full text and full page images for patents from 1790 onward. The help links are essential for effective use of these databases.
Also consider using large, recommended directories:
- Internet Archive - loads of copyright monographs and older government documents, and much more!
- domz Open Directory
- Hathi Trust - contains loads of primary materials, including Congressional Hearings
- Librarians' Internet Index
- Scout Project
Drew's Archival Government Documents Collection.
For an overview of Drew's Government Documents collection see U.S.Government Documents Publications. (Government Documents print/CD-ROM collection located on A-level/ Microfiche collection located on C-level).
Archival collections include:
- Annals of Congress/Congressional Globe/Congressional Record (print/microfiche) - X 1.1/A: Search the Index of this series at A Century of Lawmaking For A New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875
- Statutes at Large - GS 4. 111 (incomplete): online from FDsys (1951-2007) and online from the Library of Congress from 1789-1875.
- U.S. Serial Set - Y 1.1/2: Select documents from the American State Papers and the Serial Set from 1789 to 1917 are available online from the Library of Congress A Century of Lawmaking For A New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875 .
- The Drew Library has the following documents in print and/or microformat.FDsys provides online access via their Browse Collections option:
- U.S. Code (print - latest edition) Y 1.2/5:
- United States Report - JU .8:
- Code of Federal Regulation - AE 2. 106/3:
- Federal Register (microfiche)
- United States Government Manual - AE 2.108/2: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html
- Census (1850 onward - print/microfiche/CD-ROM) Historical Census Browser - Geostat Center: Collections from the University of Virginia Library - Census data from 1790-1960.
- Foreign Policy - S 9.12: U.S. Treaties are available online from 1976 onward from the Library of Congress THOMAS. Foreign Relations is available from 1961 to 1976 from the State Department. Selected volumes of the FRUS are available from 1861 - 1960 through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries.
- Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents - 1966-2000. This series contains "statements, messages and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the previous week." 1966-1985- GS 4. 114:
1985-2000 - AE 2. 109. Public Papers of the President from 1991 onward is available via FDsys.
- Numerous important Congressional hearings
- 19th Century Ethnology
- Indexes to the Serial Set:
- CIS U.S. Serial Set Index (1789-1969) US DOCS REF 328.73 C749c
- CIS Annual (1970-2000) US DOCS REF 328.7303 C749c
- CIS Index Annual (2001-2004) US DOCS REF 328.7303 C749c
- Checklist of United States public documents 1789-1909, congressional: to close of Sixtieth Congress; departmental: to end of calendar year 1909 - GP 3.2:c 41/2
- Tables of and annotated index to the Congressional series of United States public documents - GP 3.2:P 96 (A-level)
- Indexes to Government Documents
- Cumulative Index of Congressional Committee Hearings (1935-1980) - Y 1.3: H 35/2/
- Monthly Catalog (1893-1995) GP 3. 6: for 1994 onward online see the Catalog of Government Publications.
- Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog (1900-1971) - US DOCS REF 015.73 U.S. subject index
- Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents 1789-1976 - US DOCS REF 015.73 L642c
- A descriptive catalogue of the government publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881- US DOCS REF 015.73 P823d
- Comprehensive index to the publications of the United States government, 1881-1893 - US DOCS REF I 15.2: In2
- Guide to U.S. government publications - US DOCS REF 015.73 G946g
- Citation manuals
- Citation manual for United States Government publications REF J9.7 .B75
- Citing Government Information Resources REF J9.5 .G37 2002
- The Bluebook REF KF245 .U55 2005
- U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual
- Citing Government Documents from Columbia University Libraries
- How to Cite Government Documents from University of Nebraska Kearney
- How are Laws are Made
- U. S. Federal Law and Regulation - user guide
- U.S.Government Documents Publications at Drew.
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