Database List

The following 14 databases are best for: Government Documents

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Access to Archival Databases    
Contains selected full-text records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the Federal government of the United States. Topics addressed include: politics, diplomacy, economics, labor, genealogy, social issues, and the military. These records date from 1800 to the present. Feel free to seek a librarian’s assistance for advanced searches.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), The

Ancestry Library Edition    
Important database for genealogy and advanced biographical research. Includes census data, military records, birth/death/marriage records, immigration records, slave narratives, historic maps, photographs, and biographical dictionaries and directories.
  • Coverage Range: 1790-present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Congressional Universe    
Contains congressional publications, committee prints, Congressional hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, legislative histories, bill tracking, and full-text public law.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Constitutions, Treaties, and Official Declarations    
An index providing full-text access to international treaties, constitutions, and other political documents from around the world.
  • Coverage Range: Historic and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Richard Kimber

CQ Weekly    
Provides a weekly report on issues in Congress, as well as the status of proposed legislation, committee and floor activity, debates and roll-call votes.
  • Coverage Range: 1983 -- present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

Western European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brigham Young University

GPO (Government Printing Office) Monthly Catalog    
Covers all types of U.S. government documents published since 1976, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, records, judiciary materials, statistics, and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Addresses many topics, including political science, foreign policy, law, census, environment, agriculture, and education. Includes citations with some links to full text. Print documents are available in our library, the State Library in Harrisburg, and via interlibrary loan (ILLiad).
  • Coverage Range: 1976 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: OCLC

Legal Information Institute (LII)    
A resource provided by Cornell University School of Law offering public legal information. It includes: the U.S. Constitution; the full-text of U.S. code; congressional material; supreme court opinions; states constitutions, statues and related legislative material. Earliest coverage begins in 1990 going to the present.
  • Coverage Range: 1992 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Cornell University

Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe    
Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.
  • Coverage Range: Coverage varies but generally 1980s to current.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Reed Elseviar Inc.
  • Jumpstart Searchable

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records )    
As a service of the Administrative Offices of U.S. Courts, PACER rovides full-text access to court records. Contact a reference librarian for account and password information.
  • Coverage Range: Extensive
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Administrative Office of United States Courts

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)    
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries.
  • Coverage Range: 1972 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau)    
Statistical tables (summary profiles) showing downloadable data on U.S. population, business, and geography for the nation, and for individual states, counties, and large cities (pop. >25,000).
  • Coverage Range: Last U.S. census.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)    
Searches statistical data and publications summarizing statistical findings. Includes data collected from U.S. federal and state government sources, private organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. Features descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and down-loadable spreadsheets containing table data.
  • Coverage Range: 1970-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

U.S. Census Bureau    
The official U.S. government web page for census information. Covers demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics of the United States population, as well as business, industry and trade data.
  • Coverage Range: 2002 - present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau