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Government Documents: Popular Online Resources

Finding Government Information @ Davis Library, Online, and Elsewhere

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Core Documents of our Democracy

Click here and here to see two great resources about historical documents of the United States government.

General Information Sources

If you're just beginning your search, these resources might be a great place to start:

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder comes from several censuses and surveys. is the home of the U.S. Government's open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.


FDsys stands for the Federal Digital System of official government publications. FDsys is currently in the process of replacing the Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is the "Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government." This information storage and retrieval site allows for simple and advanced searching of authenticated, official, and up-to-date government information from all three branches.


FedStats provides information for Federal agencies that are listed in Statistical Programs of The United States Government and reporting expenditures of at least $500,000 per year in one or more statistical activities.

This is the official online source for IRS tax forms, instructions, and publications.

" searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. is governed by the interagency Alliance." is the United States government official web portal. This resource allows users to search government information both by topic and agency. There are also links where you can contact the Federal, State, Local, and Tribal governments, as well as elected officials. The topical list of government information is a great place to start for general searches.

Worldometers offers real time statistics on world population, government and economics, social media, and the environment, to name a few. This is a great resource for up-to-date statistical information around the world.

Another great data and statistics resource specifically focusing on the U.S. is the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Of Student Interest

Helpful Databases

Both public and commercial databases are available to help make finding Government Documents and federally-funded research information easier.

Off Campus Access to each of the OhioLINK Research Databases listed below requires a special login. These commercial resources are restricted to Rio Grande students, faculty and staff. The other items listed here are government sponsor, so they're free and open for public use.

Use the "Advanced Search" option in either Academic Search Complete or Business Search Complete to limit your results by "publication type" to "Government Documents."

If you have any questions about these different search tools, please... "Ask Us!"