Federal & State Governments
numbers: 320s, 340s, 350s]
U.S. Senate: | Barbara
Boxer | Dianne
U.S. Congress (Dist. 6):
| Lynn Woolsey |
State Senate (Dist. 3): | Carole Migden |
State Assembly (Dist. 6):
| Jared Huffman
Government Resources [320.4]
Web Locator - http://www.lib.auburn.edu/madd/docs/fedloc.html
One of the most comprehensive guides to federal agencies, departments
government information. Note: Be sure to scroll down the page to see
table of contents, organized according to branch of government.
Government Resources on the Web -
Information on many government agencies and departments are available
this Web site. Excellent starting place for research on any area of the
U.S. government. (Univ. of Michigan Documents Center)
USA.gov - http://www.usa.gov/
- "Official information and services from the U.S. government. As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government."
Google's Uncle Sam -
- "Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets."
Federal Election Commission -
- "In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections." The website includes links to Campaign finance reports and data, Commission meetings, Enforcement matters, Help with reporting and compliance, and Laws & regulations.
& Executive Branch 
White House - http://www.whitehouse.gov/
The Web site of the Office of the President of the United States. Also
at this site: The
Presidents of the United States of America, a
of articles on each of the presidents, including inaugural addresses
quotations. Also has links to additional resources on each president.
Security Administration - http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html
The official Web site of the Social Security Administration. Includes
to: Benefits information; About the SSA; Online direct services;
for businesses; Research and data, Hot issues; Financing, planning
budgets; Freedom of information & privacy; Law, regulation &
Reporting fraud; and Kids page.
Treasury - http://www.treas.gov/
"The Mission of the Department of the Treasury is to: Promote
and Stable American and World Economies; Manage the Government's
Safeguard Our Financial Systems, Protect Our Nation's Leaders, and
a Safe and Drug-Free America; [and to] Continue to Build a Strong
Its Web site has links to: The Secretary; Current headlines;
links; Sales & auctions; Public Information; Freedom of Information
& Privacy Act information; About Treasury; Treasury bureaus &
Business services; E-Treasury; and Job opportunities.
The Internet Public Library has an excellent collection of links to
about all U.S. Presidents. Just click on a president's name, and his
page will be brought up. Then click on: Election Results, Cabinet
Presidency Highlights, Internet Biographies, Historical Documents,
Resources, Fast Facts, or Other Internet Resources for information in
areas. There are also general indexes to names and
Presidential Record -
This collection of information about U.S. Presidents from Theodore
to Bill Clinton, is provided by the Public Broadcasting Service, to
their PBS Television series: The Presidents. Each president has links
Snap Shot, The Era, Domestic Policy, Foreign policy, and Presidential
- Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents - http://www.bartleby.com/124/
- This collection was published in commemoration of the Bicentennial Presidential Inauguration that was observed on January 20, 1989. All the inaugural addresses from George Washington through George Bush.
- I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/
- This site "is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files from each of the 62 inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton's in 1997, and will include items from the 63rd inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music." (American Memory Project, Library of Congress)
Imperial Presidency's New Vestments -
Lengthy essay by A. Michael Froomkin about how the office of the
has expanded its powers beyond what the Constitution allows.
Senate - http://www.senate.gov/
The official United States Senate Web site. Check on the work of
senators, creation of laws in the Senate, and how the Senate operates
plus other useful information.
House of Representatives - http://www.house.gov/
The official Web site of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just about
anything you might want to know about our country's laws and the
process is available here.
Researcher - http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
The CQ Researcher produces a report each week on an issue of
interest. "Each in-depth report focuses on a single topic, providing a
comprehensive review of the controversies that are driving the debate,
historical background, an overview of the current situation and a look
ahead." You will need to log in to get the full benefit of the site. See the library
staff for user name and password. The Reports are available in the library
at REF 300.973 CQ.
Almanac of American Politics - http://nationaljournal.com/pubs/almanac/
Because the library has purchased print copies of The Almanac of American Politics,
we have access to their web site with updated information and reports.
Legislative Information on the Internet - http://thomas.loc.gov/
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include these features: Bills, Resolutions; Activities in Congress; Congressional Record; Schedules, calendars; Committee information; Presidential nominations; Treaties; Government resources; and Teaching resources.
out about bills being considered, as well as changes to current law.
Has links to
sessions from 1989 (101st Congress).
Legislative Archives - http://www.house.gov/house/Legproc.html
This page, part of the official congressional Web site, provides access
to a wealth of information about bills and resolutions being considered
in the Congress, as well as current information about what's happening
on the House floor. A summary of the categories of information is
under Legislative Process Information.
Congress.org is a site which keeps track of all congressional action,
you to contact your members of Congress and in general gives access to
information about the U.S. Congress which is not controlled by members
of congress themselves.
- Open Congress.org - http://www.opencongress.org/
- "The US congressional legislative process is largely closed-off from timely and meaningful public input, and finding out what's really happening in Congress can be a difficult and discouraging task. The rules by which bills become laws are notoriously arcane, and Congress offers few channels for people to make their voices heard on consequential public policy matters. This disconnect results in apathy about politics and low approval ratings of Congress. OpenCongress seeks to address these issues by merging official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, and public participation tools to give you the real story behind what's happening in the Congress. Our service is free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan, designed to encourage government transparency and civic engagement.
Courts and the
Court - http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
The official Web site for the United States Supreme Court. Has links to
general information about the court, the court's docket, oral
bar admissions, court rules, case handling guides, opinions, orders and
journal, visiting the court, public information, and related Web sites.
Supreme Court Historical Society -
- This is the website of the society is "dedicated to the
collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the
United States." The website provides a history of the Supreme Court;
pages on how the Court works; a link to Society publications; learning
resources including information about cases affecting students and
women, summer institute for teachers, activities and lesson plans on
landmark cases, graduate institute, and curriculum support (several
poems about Court cases).
Information Institute - http://www.law.cornell.edu/
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University provides several
databases for legal information. Use the menu on the left side of the
to find various databases of laws. You can also search By
Subject, or you can go directly toSupreme
Court Decisions which
information about the Court, and links to selected historic Supreme
This commercial site organizes useful links to resources where you can
find vast amounts of information about laws on certain subjects. A
link at this site is Supreme
Court Cases where you can search for many U.S.
Court opinions on cases that are not covered by the recent and historic
databases. Fills some of the gap between 1975-1990. Supreme
Court Resources is FindLaw's page that offers
calendar, court rules, Real Audio recordings of the Oral Arguments, Law
Journal Extra! news stories, Justices' biographical information and
free e-mail update service. See also U.S.
Constitution and Related Court Cases, FindLaw's
set of resources with annotations from the Congressional Research
Library of Congress with links to cited Supreme Court Cases.
Federal Legal Information Through Electronics is a "system [which]
the full text of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1975.
Decisions are available as ASCII text files that can be read on your
screen or saved to your hard drive and accessed by using most word
programs. Most decisions are very large and may take a while to
if you have a slow Internet connection. After conducting a search, the
search results screen lists the size of the decision in bytes so that
can estimate download times."
1000 Cases Most Cited by the Court Itself -
USSC+, a commercial database provider, allows online access to its
"We've extracted this special subset of cases from the massive USSC+
Edition database primarily to demonstrate the capabilities of our
research facility. However, many visitors will find the "Top 1000"
useful on its own since it contains the most important decisions ever
by the United States Supreme Court."
of a Murder - http://tqd.advanced.org/2760/homep.htm
Subtitled 'A trip through our nation's legal justice system,' this site
provides an inside look at the American system of justice. "You will be
able to follow the story of a defendant as he faces one of the most
charges that the legal justice system of the United States of America
levy against an individual. This is more than an exciting fictional
however." This ThinkQuest site provides an interesting story but also
to many other sites about legal matters.
Rules - http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/
This page has links to the whole range of courts in the state and rules
which govern the conduct of trials from local courts to the Supreme
Choose a type of rule from the drop-down list. Most are available in
PDF or HTML format.
U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia - http://www.oyez.org/
The Oyez Project "provides access to more than 2000 hours of
Court audio ... recorded since 1995 [through the present]." (The
collection is selective.) Features pending court cases; "On This Day,"
a listing of all Supreme Court events by date; legal news; biographies
of the Supreme Court Justices; subject directory of cases; a calendar
court events, including dates for cases scheduled to be argued and
and more. Searchable. (LII)
Supreme Court Justices -
This site offers biographical information on every Supreme Court
from James Wilson to the current judges, with details on appointments,
family, education, work, legal experience, literature, online
case participation with links, and predecessors. Includes biographical
sketches and portraits. Browsable and searchable. From the Oyez Project
at Northwestern University. (LII)
Freedom Forum - http://www.freedomforum.org/
This extensive, searchable site is a "forum for dialogue, discussion
debate on free expression and freedom of information issues." It
news and commentary from this organization with a mission "to foster a
greater public understanding of and appreciation for First Amendment
and values...." (LII)
"Stateline.org was founded in order to help journalists, policy makers
and engaged citizens become better informed about innovative public
[W]e will follow the development of major issues as they appear on the
public agenda in a critical number of states. These issues will change
over time but they now include: Welfare and Social Policy;
Land Use; Environment; Growth Management; Transportation; Healthcare;
and Courts; Education; and Campaign Finance. Professional journalists,
many with long experience in covering public policy, staff the site."
Center on the States)
and Local Government on the Net -
Includes organized links to state (agencies, legislative, judicial,
boards & commissions), regional, counties, cities, and other sites.
With few exceptions this list is confined to servers controlled and
by state and local agencies.
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