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Government Documents and Information: Basic Federal Government Information

This guide introduces patrons to government information sources available to members of the Morgan Community

General Online Sources for Government Information

Below is a list of useful online sources for government information:

Legislative Branch Information

  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation (through the Library of Congress) provides access to records and acts of Congress from 1774 through 1873 (1st through 43rd Congresses), including Congressional journals, debates, bills, resolutions and more.
  • FDsys provides full-text Congressional hearings, bills, votes and more from the 105th Congress (1997) to the present. 

Executive Branch Information

  • The American Presidency Project (created by the University of California at Santa Barbara) provides access to Presidential papers, including public papers, news conferences, executive orders, economic reports, speeches and more.

  • WhiteHouse.gov provides Presidential statements, briefings, executive orders and more.

Judicial Branch Information

  • USCourts.gov provides information about the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals and Federal Judges.

  • Visit SupremeCourt.gov for information on U.S. Supreme Court briefs, oral arguments, opinions and more.

  • The Federal Judicial Center, the research and aducation agency of the federal judicial system, makes many of its research publications available on its website.
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