Legal Studies - Finding Government Documents -The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
Search for government information by topic or for organizations listed A-Z. Check out the Reference section for information on data, statistics, forms, laws, regulations, and more. 

* Don't forget to toggle from information for Citizens, to information for Businesses using the gray tabs at the top of the page to locate more, and different types of information!

American FactFinder : US Census
Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Find demographic information for particular cities or towns. Use the population finder to find out population trends for specific communities. Find information on employment, education, age, sex, race, relationships et al. (Library of Congress) 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 Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

Search a Bill by text (word/phrase) or by specific number. Browse Bill by Sponsor, either Representative or Senator (select from alphabetical drop down box).


govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. govinfo provides free public access to more than a million official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. The Government Printing Office (GPO) Access serves as a portal to the catalog to all U.S. Government Publications. The U.S. GPO disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government. Search by keyword, title, author, or subject.

Locate information by either Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branch.

Find an A-Z resource list of official Federal resources. brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today's global marketplace.

Find information on International Marketing and International Business; Learn about exporting basics, or find out what's new in exporting; Find country information, tariff rates, export financing information and more.

2012 Economic Census 

The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years (in years ending in 2 and 7), from the national to the local level. Unless otherwise noted, reports focus on the 7 million establishments with paid employees (employers).

Only two series also include the 17 million much smaller businesses without paid employees (nonemployers).

Search the report by series, i.e. industry, geographic area, comparative statistics between 2007 and 2002, zip code statistics and more.

Find the economic census by state.

Enter in the NAICS code to search the statistics sampler for information on the industry you are searching (North American Industry Classification System).

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year and is issued on a quarterly basis. 

Hard copy (book version) is available in the library in the Reference Stacks: Ref Call # KF70 .A3

***Tip for more information about understanding the CFR please go to the following page:

Internal Revenue Service
Find forms and publications, locate information on electronic filing practices, tax statistics, and other services and information. Follow the links/tabs on the upper portion of the page to find more specific information for : Individuals, Families, Businesses, Charities & Non-profits, etc.


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