Recommended Web Sites: Government (.gov)

Portal Sites

  • GPO Access
    GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. It disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

  • Minnesota State Legislature
    Follow the actions of the House and the Senate; search statues, laws, and rules; get status and history of bills; research the history of legislation in Minnesota; and much more.

    Official portal for government services and information. Browse by topic or agency or use the keyword search box.

Arts and Media

  • Federal Communications Commission
    The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

  • National Endowment for the Arts
    A public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

  • Minnesota State Arts Board
    "The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and
    encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state."

Business and Trade



  • Department of Education U.S.

  • Digest of Educational Statistics
    A compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from pre kindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

  • ERIC 
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC "produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.

  • Minnesota Department of Education

Health and Human Services

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Web site for the public health agency known as the CDC that works to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats including terrorism. Site provides access to research over a wide range of health and safety issues. The CDC is one of the components of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, whose web site also provides good information on health issues, as well as information about services for children and families, Medicare and Medicaid, issues of aging, and much more.

  • FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Another part of the Health and Human Services Department, the FDA provides information on food and drug safety and includes materials on cosmetics and medical devices. Look for the Hot Topics list.

  • Household Products Database
    From the National Library of Medicine, information about the chemical ingredients in specific brands, health effects and toxicity data for products, and more.

  • Minnesota Courts Self Help Center

Historical Records


  • Minnesota State Legislature
    Follow the actions of the House and the Senate; search statues, laws, and rules; get status and history of bills; research the history of legislation in Minnesota; and much more.
  • Thomas Site is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.


  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations. The MPCA finds and cleans up spills or leaks that can affect our health and environment. Staff develop statewide policy, and support environmental education.

    " is a search engine for government science information and research results. Currently in its fourth generation, provides search of more than 50 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 1,800 scientific Web sites."

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


  • Statistical Abstracts Online

    "The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States." Government ceased summary publication in 2012. Current Statistiacal Abstracts now available from ProQuest in the the library's Reference Room.

  • USA
    Single searchable website on government spending
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Provides "quality data about the nation's people and economy." Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce


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