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American FactFinder
Powered by the U.S. Census Bureau, this site is the starting point for browsing, searching, or mapping data on all things American.

Bureau Of Economic Analysis
The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis is the place to go for official economic data, such as gross domestic product (GDP), and trade balances.

Bureau Of Labor Statistics
Just as the Bureau of Economic Analysis site should be the first stop for overall economic data, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics should dominate any search for labor and employment data essential viewing for the subject.
The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government. There are 272,677 datasets available on The data provide comes for many differnt governmental agencies and is made available to researchers to perform their own analysis.

EDGAR: SEC's Database Of Corporate Information
Get free access to database of documents that publicly held companies are required to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (Managed By The U.S. Department Of Commerce’s International Trade Administration)
This site is provided on an interagency level to help U.S. companies operate in the global marketplace. Although focused very much on the practicalities of exporting, substantial information is available on global trade and international economics.

Experimental site for those doing federal legal research. Areas covered include U.S. code, statutes and regulations, federal courts, and Government Accountability Office (GAO) decisions.

FedStats is an impressive clearinghouse of statistics from more than 100 federal, state, and local agencies. Available at the site are statistics on such topics as agriculture, crime, education, demographic and economic issues, health, and energy and the environment. The information is free.

This Department of Commerce site serves as a gateway into the "world" of federal Web information, including direct links to search engines for the federal Web.

International Data Base
Computerized data bank of demographic and socioeconomic data for 227 countries for selected years from 1950 to the present and demographic data projected to 2050.

Possibly one of the "least popular" popular sites on the Web, drawing a vast audience as much by fear as desire! In all seriousness, the site is an excellent information provider for those wanting or needing to learn more about the work of the IRS and the nature of the American taxation system.

Library Of Congress
Online access to the largest library resource in the world. This site offers background on the library, as well as catalog searching and information on special displays and events. Special information sections are available for researchers, lawyers, librarians ,and many more.

National Center For Education Statistics
Department of Education site serves as a focal point for education data and information on topics such as examination performance, participation, and private schools.

National Center For Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation's principal health statistics agency. Data compiled by the health statistics center are used to document the health status of the population and important subgroups, and to identify disparities in health status and use of healthcare by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, and other population characteristics. The amount of free data is impressive. There is a great deal of information relating to diseases, injuries, and the effect of lifestyle on personal health.

National Climatic Data Center
This self-proclaimed "world's largest archive of weather data" provides analysis of weather trends—past, present, and future. Information is available on a national, international, regional, or city-by-city basis.

Office Of The United States Trade Representative
This site provides a wealth of information on the activities of the Trade Representative and the negotiations taking place within organizations such as NAFTA and the WTO. Also provides background on the performance of industries ,such as steel and agriculture, which operate in a tariff environment.

Economics and Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerces' expert economists and analysts produce in-depth reports, fact sheets, and briefings on policy issues and current economic events.

The 2010 Statistical Abstract: Guide To Sources Of Statistics
Alphabetically arranged, this U.S. Census Bureau guide contains references to important primary sources of statistical information for the United States. Secondary sources have been included if the information contained in them is presented in a particularly convenient form or if primary sources are not readily available. All the information is free. Other information may also be found in state reports and foreign statistical abstracts, and in reports for particular commodities, industries, or similar segments of the nation’s economic and social structures. The Census Bureau guide may be accessed at

THOMAS: Legislative Information From The Library Of Congress
Library of Congress-maintained site provides full information on current and past legislative sessions and related activity. Committee reports and the current House and Senate committees are also covered.

U.S. Census Bureau
The starting point for any demographic research covering the U.S., its regions, states and populations.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Provides information to the agricultural community on issues such as crop planting (by volume and distribution), livestock, production, productivity and prices, and historical data.

U.S. Government Printing Office
This agency is responsible for the publication of almost all Federal reports and official public materials (for example, The 9/11 commission Report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence). Most recent reports are available as .pdf files for download, or hard copies can be purchased online or by telephone.

U.S. House Of Representatives
Search Representatives' personal sites, committee sites, and background information on House activities. Visitors can use a zip-code form to locate representatives by region.

U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Home Page
Essential site for intellectual property research. Searchable databases of trademarks and patents show full details of recorded marks and their holders, as well as expired marks and patents. The site also has a highly useful background section explaining what trademarks, servicemarks, and patents are, and how registered marks differ from the unregistered.

U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission
Provides access to background documents and information that are not available from the EDGAR database. Also provides up-to-date news on SEC activities and policies.

U.S. Senate
Provides similar services as the House site, including coverage of current legislative proposals.

U.S. State Fact Sheets
This Department of Agriculture-hosted site offers snapshots of every state covering population, income, employment, and farm and industry performance indicators.

The White House—Economy
This White House site offers easy access to simple current U.S. federal economic indicators. Excellent for those needing just a brief overview of the issues.


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