Federal Resources

The A to Z list of recommended Federal Online Resources below were selected as reliable, primary resources.


A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
A list of government agencies and their websites.

Agricultural Statistics
Online version of Department of Agricultural publication, Agricultural Statistics.

Local Air Quality Conditions and Forecasts.

Amber Waves
The economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. U.S. Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service.

American FactFinder
Population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau

American Housing Survey
Conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the Nation’s housing at the national and metropolitan area levels.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
American Memory provides free access to historical images, maps, sound recordings, and motion pictures that document the American experience.

Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM)
The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee. U.S. Census Bureau

ATSDR- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Background Notes
U.S. Department of State – Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works and the use of the primary source materials of the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Budget of the United States Government
The Budget of the United States is available full text via FDsys for fiscal years 1996 to the present.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S.)
Official Bureau of Economic Analysis website. Source of US economic statistics including national income and product accounts (NIPAs), gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures of national, regional, industry and international accounts.

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Crime and Justice Data Online
Crime and Justice data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.


Cancer Statistics
Information from the National Cancer Institute on cancer statistics. Includes reports of cancer rates and trends, a statistics glossary, and data tools.

Career Guide to Industries
Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site contains information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (Government Printing Office)
The GPO catalog contains records of U.S. publications from July 1976-Present. As a Regional Depository, Louisiana Tech has the majority of these publications in the library and most can be checked out. Internet-only government documents are also available through the library’s database.

Census 2020

Official website of the 2020  Census.

Census 2000
U.S. Census Bureau — A portal site for accessing map-based and statistical data from the U.S. Census performed in 2000.

Census 2010
Official website of the 2010 Census: what it is, what it does, FAQ, updates, and more.

Census Bureau (U.S.)
Demographic information generated from the Census for people, households, business and industry, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information and statistics on health and safety topics that affect all citizens, workers and travelers.

Census of Agriculture
The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, or the Forum, is a working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. The Forum has partners from 22 Federal agencies as well as partners in private research organizations. is the home page for the USDA’s MyPlate: the federal government’s nutrition education and guidance.

Code of Federal Regulations
Annual compilation of federal agency administrative rules and regulations that were first published in the Federal Register.

College Navigator – National Center for Education Statistics
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States – such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation. is the official source for federal legislative information. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old site with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation.

Congressional Biographical Directory
Search for information on members of the US Congress from 1774 to the present day by entering a name, position or state.

Congressional Record
Congressional Record databases contain the official records of proceedings and debates of Congress from 1994 forward.

Constitution of the United States
A project of the United States Senate and the United States Government Printing Office and prepared by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. This site is an analysis and interpretation of the US constitution with annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Copyright Office (U.S.)
Provides access to copyright information circulars, application forms for copyright registration, online registration, congressional testimonies, press releases, and latest regulations.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
This collection provides American citizens with direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society. These titles contain information about the democratic process that are critical to informed citizens. They support the public’s right to know about the essential activities of the Government.

Country Analysis Briefs: Energy Information Administration
Energy information by the Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, including energy consumption, projects, production, and more.

The home of the U.S. Government’s open data. This database provides data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

Data and Statistics about the U.S.

Statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies. This database includes statistical profiles of states, counties, and districts.

Information about FDA-approved prescription, over-the-counter, and discontinued drug products.

DTIC Online – Defense Technical Information Center
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) serves as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. Some full-text available.


E-Stats: Measuring the Electronic Economy
U.S. Census Bureau’s Internet site devoted exclusively to “Measuring the Electronic Economy.” This site features recent and upcoming releases, information on methodology, and background papers.

Economic Indicators
Key economic data generated by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Economic Report of the President
Annual report, written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices, explaining the rationale for the president’s budget submitted to Congress.

Economy at a Glance
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on labor force, wages and salaries, and consumer price index by state, region, or industry.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s online database. Includes registration statements and periodic reports from public U.S. companies.

EHP Online: Environmental Health Perspectives
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. EHP is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Energy Information Administration – EIA
Energy information including: state profiles, historical data, alternative fuels, international coverage, forecasts.

EnviroMapper for EnviroFacts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s access to several EPA databases to provide information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States.

Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE) A data repository for Earth and environmental science data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
ERIC homepage, the Education Resources Information Center, is the world’s largest digital library of education literature.


FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The official FAFSA (free application for financial student aid) website. On-line application, as well as information on student loans, parent loans and scholarships.

FastStats- Health Statistics A-Z
The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.

Federal Register: Main Page
Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information. is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research
FRASER, the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research, consists of over 40 thousand pages of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel information, data and analysis from the Energy Information Administration.

GeoFRED/Geographic Federal Reserve Economic Data
Economic Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Google Patents
With Google Patent Search, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.

Government Information Online – Ask a Librarian
Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national, international) on almost any subject.


GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and is preserved as technology changes. – Find the Right Loan for You
Federal loan information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Available grants from all Federal grant-making agencies. Keyword searching and online applications make this an easy to use website.

Federal website for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies, with links to information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.
Official site for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Household Products Database – Health and Safety Information on Household Products
From the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Consumer information on household products: company contact info, health effects, and handling instructions. Search by product name, manufacturer, ingredients, category, or health effects.


IRS Forms and Publications
Federal income tax forms and instructions.


Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.


MedlinePlus: Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Written in easy to understand language, this site gives details on over 800 topics including diseases, conditions, and wellness. There are links to local resources (US) and reference materials including an encyclopedia and dictionary.

A service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, MetaLib searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.


National Atlas of the United States
Contains interactive and static maps using data from over 20 government agencies that “capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life.”

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. This site has links to yearly reports on The Condition of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, Indicators of School Crime and Safety, and Projections of Education Statistics.

National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site designed to provide quick and easy access to a wide range of information and data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. Also includes links to related sites.

National Invasive Species Information Center
The National Agricultural Library’s gateway to invasive species information covering Federal, State, local, and international sources. Includes fact sheets, reports, image galleries, regulations, publications, etc.

National Mental Health Information Center
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, this site links the user with events, dictionaries, funding sources, organizations as well as journal articles and papers on all topics in this field.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas.

National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service

National Wetlands Inventory
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Series of topical maps to show wetlands and deepwater habitats.

No Child Left Behind –
US Department of Education – Information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act, effect on students and teachers and the education system in the United States.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
United States Department of Agriculture’s consumer page on nutrition, food safety, dietary supplements, and more.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each occupation includes the following information: Nature of the Work, Working Conditions, Employment, Training, Other Qualifications, along with Advancement, Job Outlook, Earnings, Related Occupations and Sources of Additional Information.

Office of Scientific and Technical Information, OSTI
Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy Research Results, Energy, Science, and Technology Information.

OpenCongress tracks bills, votes, senators, and representatives.


Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

PLANTS Database
The PLANTS Database from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S

PubChem Project
PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. It is a component of NIH’s Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative. PubChem includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases, Pcsubstance, Pccompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively.

National Library of Medicine web site with over 16 million citations to biomedical articles covering 1950’s to current and including links to articles and other related resources.

Federal Citizen Information Center – answers to your questions about the Federal government and common consumer issues.

A “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls. Find out about recalls in medicine, consumer products, motor vehicles, environmental prod is the U.S. government’s official website providing easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse. is a one-stop Web site to find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other Federal actions.


Science and Engineering Statistics
National Science Foundation: Publications, data, and analyses about the nation’s science and engineering resources. Provides a lot of information on education and funding for science research. searches over 40 databases and 2,000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

SciTech Connect
Your connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U. S. Department of Energy. This database consolidates the contents of OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database.

Small Business State Profiles
The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories supply data on small businesses in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

State and County QuickFacts
U.S. Census Bureau: Quick Facts tables provide summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various Census Bureau programs. Profiles are available at the national, state, and county level.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States (1879-2012)
U.S. Census Bureau summary of statistics on the social and economic conditions in the United States.

St. Louis Fed: Economic Data – FRED
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data): a database of 20,320 U.S. economic time series. With FRED you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series.

Student Aid on the Web
Information on funding post-high-school education, provided by the US Dept. of Education.

Supreme Court of the United States
Access the Supreme Court’s argument calendar, opinions, case handling guides, rules, bar admissions forms, public information, and additional information about the Supreme Court, the Judiciary, and the government.

US Department of State travel site with all the information you need to know about traveling aboard, passports, hurricane season, and travel specific country information.

U The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal
Portal to information about the U.S. government and its services. Includes subject groupings, links to federal and state agencies, and headlines.

U.S. Geological Survey
U.S.G.S. contains a wealth of information on the biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water resources of the United States gathered by USGS scientists. The Publications Warehouse includes over 40,000 full text publications.

United States Code
Codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

United States Senate
Official site of the United States Senate.


Water Data for the Nation
This U.S. Geological Survey website features real-time data and site information from more than 1.5 million USGS sites in all fifty states.

White House
Official site of the President of the United States.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources is the federal resource for women’s health information. The Center contains health topics, research articles and various health tools.

World Factbook
Central Intelligence Agency: Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for each country of the world.


ZIP Business Patterns
U.S. Census Bureau – Data on the total number of business establishments and number of establishments by employment-size classes by detailed industry. Data can be compared to other zip codes.