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Federal Government Documents & Information: Home

A guide to finding and evaluating government documents and information.


This guide will help you locate information published by the government or governmental agencies.  

Library Databases for Political Science can be here.

Key Government Documents

News Articles from CQ Weekly (CQ Press)

Each issue of CQ Weekly contains an unbiased, objective and comprehensive roundup of virtually all Capitol Hill activity from the previous week.


Branches of Government

The federal government is defined by the U.S. Constitution as having three equal branches:

Legislative Branch: This branch of the Federal Government is commonly known as Congress. Congress is composed of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Executive Branch: This branch includes the Office of the President of the United States and the departments and agencies that make regulations.

Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land and the only part of the federal judiciary specifically required by the Constitution. The rest of the Federal Judiciary is established at the discretion of Congress.

Here is a helpful primer about the Federal Court System from the United States Courts.

Government Information Portals

To search for documents from multiple branches of the government as well as departments and agencies, try these indexes.

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