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Political Science Research Guide: American Government

Finding Congressional and other Government Information & Documents

The best place to find to most Congressional and other government documents is govinfo

Govinfo has the following documents and information:

  • Legislative, Executive, and Judicial content:
    • Bills and Statutes, congressional committee materials, and proceedings of Congress
    • Presidential and regulatory materials
    • Opinions from more than 100 U.S. courts
  • New content daily- Congressional Record, Federal Register, House and Senate Calendars
  • Curated collections- Nancy Reagan tribute, documents related to the sinking of the Titanic
  • Digitized historical content- oldest dates back to 1849
  • High-profile publications- 9-11 Report, Post JFK Assassination Audio, Warren Commission Report and Hearings, Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Nixon’s Watergate Grand Jury Testimony, and landmark legislation: Civil Rights Act and Obamacare

Govinfo is replacing FDsys. Most information has been migrated to the new platform.

If you do not find your document here, try the other links below.

Books To Get Started

Use the search box to find books on an American government topic in the library.

 

Need a Specific Report or Document?

Sometimes the easiest way to find a government document is using Google.  

  • Search the exact name of the report in quotes.  
  • If needed, narrow your search by using the author of the report or year of publication if known.
  • Not finding your document? Search Worldcat and then request through interlibrary loan.
Google Web Search

US Government Diagram

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C-Span Video Archive

"The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 170,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives"