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Government Internet Resources
Federal Government Sites
Top three The three most used sites among government documents librarians polled:
www.fedstats.gov/ The locator for government agencies that gather significant statistics.
www.access.gpo.gov/ A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. All information is the official, published version and the information retrieved can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
www.census.gov/ Find population and economic statistics and trends.
Other government sites -- There are at least hundreds of sites. This is just a sampling of the more commonly used ones.
www.nasa.gov Just about everything you could want to know about the space program.
www.savingsbonds.gov Whatever you want to know about savings bonds and the treasury. You can also view information about the Public Debt from this site.
travel.state.gov -- This State Department site provides passport and visa information, and travel warnings.
www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/fedgov.html Comprehensive general list of government agencies. This is a great site if the patron knows the name of the agency, and that its on the Web, but has no idea of the address.
lcweb.loc.gov "American Memory" of our history past ways of life. What significant event in history happened on your birthday?
thomas.loc.gov Whats happening on Capitol Hill? Read the text of bills, the congressional record, and learn about the legislative branch of our government. Hint use the search tool at the BOTTOM of the screen. It is easier to use and works faster.
www.uspto.gov US Patent and Trademark office.
www.defenselink.mil/locator Locates military pages and documents.
www.irs.gov The IRS is trying to put on a friendlier face for the public. Here you can find explanations of taxes, forms, an general information.
www.nps.gov National Park service.
www.healthfinder.gov Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides a gateway to consumer health information to be found within Federal Government agencies.
www.consumer.gov/ Several government agencies have pooled their consumer information on this site. Includes Y2K information.
www.gksoft.com/govt/ While this is not sponsored by the government, it is a valuable government resource. Governments on the WWW was listed as one of the best reference web sites in the April 15, 1998 issue of Library Journal. This site provides access to governmental links in over 200 countries. The links are to sites IN THAT COUNTRY, and so, are in that language. Look for a link labeled "English" or for a British flag to read the translated version. That option is NOT available at every site.
Illinois State Government Sites
www.state.il.us This is the official home page of the State of Illinois There are many links here to state and local services. There is keyword search capability.
www.iml.org The Illinois Municipal League. This site links to local governments. Is my city in here?
www.wiu.edu/library/govpubs Western Illinois Universitys list. This is most useful for its Illinois links, especially printable pamphlets.
www.legis.state.il.us/ The Illinois state legislature. Find names and contact data for legislators, the legislative schedule, and more.
Office of the Auditor General (Audit digests of state agencies).
Last update: 11/04/2002