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American Government and Politics

United States Federal Government

Executive Branch Resources
Compiled by the Library of Congress.

Legislative Branch Resources
Compiled by the Library of Congress.

Judicial Branch
Federal Judiciary Homepage.

Supreme Court Decisions
Full Text of Decisions from 1990-Present, and Selected Earlier Decisions.

Core Documents of Our Democracy
Basic Federal Government Documents including the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, Congressional papers, Presidential Papers, Supreme Court Decisions, and demographic and economic information.

FedStats
Statistics Produced by 70 U.S. Federal Government Agencies.

U.S. Department of Defense
News, publications, etc. from the U.S. Department of Defense.

THOMAS
Information on legislation and legislators. Included are the full texts of recent Congressional legislation, the Congressional Record, and analysis of "hot bills".

Federal Election Commission
Resources on Campaign Finance laws, regulations, procedures and enforcement.

Campaigns and Elections Magazine
Journal focusing on the"tools, tactics and techniques of the political consulting profession".

The Congressional Directory
Official directory of the U.S. Congress, providing biographies of members, committee memberships, and officials of U.S. government departments. Separated by individual congress, then state or district.

Inaugural Addresses for United States Presidents
From George Washington/1789 to the Present.

CIA Publications
Links to CIA publications including the World Factbook, list of World Leaders, CIA Maps, Historical Collection Publications, and Additional Publications.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Compiled by the School of Criminal Justice and the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center at the University of Albany. Provides statistics on a wide variety of subjects including arrests, gun ownership, motor vehicle theft, and violent crime.

County and City Data Books
Data Books from 1944-2000. 2007 edition available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms
includes "NATO only" terms.

Vietnam Era POW/MIA Database
Maintained by the Library of Congress.

CongressLink
A world of information about the US Congress as well as lesson plans for teachers and students.

Data.gov
Machine-readable datasets from the U.S. Executive Branch.

U.S. Census Bureau
Primary source of data about the nation's people and economy. Provides data from the decennial Census as well as many other national census operations and surveys.

American FactFinder
Easily searchable resource provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, brings together statistical data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses.

State Government

State of Illinois
Information on Illinois State Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Legislators.

Project Vote Smart
An Introduction to Federal and State-level Politics and Links to Officials, Candidates, and State Web Sites.

State Government Links
A Listing of State Government Resources Compiled by the Library of Congress.