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The Beige Book is a report on current economic conditions published eight times a year by the Federal Reserve Systems. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district through reports from bank and branch directors and interviews with key executives, economists, market experts, and other sources.

The US Census Bureau at constantly tracks the Latest Economic Indicators.

Census Bureau Infographics

Demographic Resources

Population Reference Bureau


U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050

10 Demographic Trends That Are Shaping the US and the World

American Fact Finder: data from the US Census Bureau

UT Libraries’ Statistics and Demographics Site: web sites for national statistics, organized by subject

Historical Statistics of the US: includes statistics back to colonial times

Official US Time

Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment

TopoZone: Map Central

United States Printable Maps

The National Map


Resources in American History

Picture Collection Online: More than 12,000 images from the NY public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library and Picture Collection. Funded by a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant and a private donation.

The National Archives Online Exhibits

Designs for Democracy: Explore more than 100 designs highlighting 200 years of government drawings.

Eyewitness: Gripping eyewitness accounts chronicle dramatic moments in US history.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1789-1925

Vote: The Machinery of Democracy

The mission of The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is to identify, expose and explain disinformation where and when it occurs using open source research; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space. See also Digital Sherlocks.

The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789

18th Century Studies

Colonial America Resources

History Resources: Founding the American Colonies

Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State by R.P. Nettelhorst

H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC): This site is a fun, educational tool that generates interest in coins, the Mint and US history. (H.I.P. stands for "History In Your Pocket.") Find games, cartoons and other activities for students. The teachers section provides ideas, projects and lesson plans for using coins in social studies, math, language arts and science classes. Includes a special set of lesson plans for use with the 50 State Quarters Program. From the United States Mint.

Benjamin Franklin Resources

Benjamin Franklin History Resources

Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History (63 minutes, Real Player)

American History: From Revolution to Reconstruction

West Web: Western History Resource

Storytellers: Native American Authors Online

American Indian Library Association

The Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction containing approximately 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

The Frederick Douglass Papers

Twelve Reasons Why Women Should VoteAbolitionism in America: A well-organized, content-rich site with a wide range of authoritative information. Includes profiles of prominent abolitionists, slave narratives, background on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, critical resources on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and much more. From Cornell University, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Civil War Archive

In 1876 The Country Waited 4 Months for a New President as Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States, won the most fiercely disputed election in American history by 1 electoral vote.

The Way We Worked: The way we work went through enormous changes between the mid 19th and late 20th centuries.

On the Move: This site from The Smithsonian Institution uses three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture and communities. Features an illustrated and annotated timeline, an online transportation collection [that] includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs (browsable by categories, eras and regions), and a thematic tour of the collection. Also includes games and materials for classroom use.

The Samuel FB Morse Papers

History and Politics Out Loud: a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials

Foreign Relations of the United States,1900-1918 is the official documentary historical record of major US foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. Records for the McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Taft administrations are reflected in this collection. Searchable, or browse by date. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.

The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

History of Campaign Commercials

Museum of the Moving Image

Trigger Time: A WWII History and Info Site on the 101st Airborne

Operations Against Enemy Leaders: World War II to Present

The McCarthy Transcripts (released by the US Senate) cover private hearings conducted in 1953-54 during the anti-communist crusade of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-WI, of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. The site features an illustrated overview of the development of nuclear weapons and the growth of nuclear medicine, covering topics such as the Manhattan Project and Madame Curie. Also includes information about museum exhibits and programs. Searchable.

Legislation Related to the Attack of September 11, 2001

Analysis of the Anthrax Attacks

The Cost of the War in Iraq

How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public’s Right to Know (March 2002)

HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things is a virtual tour of selected objects from the collections of the National Museum of American History.

African American Cemeteries Online

Veterans History Project

Historical Reenacting

What it’s like to live on $2 a day in the United States

Minority Links: QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Features browsable facts and statistics on Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in the United States. From the US Census Bureau Public Information Office.

Implicit Association Test

Homo Stereotypus--Wired for Trouble


Racism Then

Racism Now



Genocide in America


Making Connections

Reducing Prejudice

Declaration of Independence

The National Constitution Center

Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics

The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The site features a clearinghouse for information concerning the five freedoms -- speech, press, assembly, petition and religion -- guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Includes overview essays, analysis, news, Supreme Court case summaries and references to related resources as well as publications and lesson plans. Searchable.

1st Amendment Online

The Bill of Rights Institute is a site designed to teach high school students about the Bill of Rights. It includes lesson plans and programs.

Politics Navigator: A selective guide (lightly annotated) to Web sites about politics, government, political issues and other political information. Includes parties, political media and commentary, public opinion, private organizations, state polls and presidential candidates. A great place to start for political information. Site requires (free) registration. From the New York Times.

PBS News Hour: Government and Civics

Almanac of Politics and Government: a comprehensive collection of links

Gateway to US Government Web Sites Issuing News and Press Releases provides one-stop-shopping for the federal forms most used by the public.

Government Information on the Internet: A Primer

Updated US Government Web Site: links to 20,000 US government web sites

Intergovernmental Organizations & Foreign Governments

US Federal Government

The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies and more.

The White House site links to the three branches of national government and to most independent agencies under the control of the president.

The White House Web Site

White House Briefing: Updated each weekday morning, this site provides a quick look at the most interesting items about the president and his staff from major newspaper, magazine and broadcast Web sites and weblogs. Also includes an archive of columns written for the site, background information about White House staff and correspondents and links to related sites. From, the online presence of The Washington Post.

Presidential News and Speeches: This White House site tracks and records all the news and speeches surrounding the activities of the current president of the United States. Archives browsable by date. Also features information on press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, radio addresses, policies and more. Includes some audio and video clips. Some materials also available in Spanish. Searchable.

Executive Orders of President Bush

Presidential Pardons Resource Site

Inauguration: Noon, January 20, 2001

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations

Presidential Libraries

George W Bush Presidential Library

Bill Clinton Presidential Library

George HW Bush Presidential Library

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Gerald Ford Presidential Library

Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Harry S Truman Presidential Library

Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library

Barack Obama Presidential Library






State of the Union (SOTU)

White House Tapes: The President Calling: Three of America's most compelling presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon -- bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. In this documentary project, American Radio Works eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history. Includes audio, a transcript of the documentary and background information on each president and the tapes.

A-Z Index of US Government Departments and Agencies

The US Federal Register Tutorial: What It is and How to Use It

Executive Branch Agencies on the Web

FedStats: gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies, search by topic, agency or state

US Plants Database

Pentagon Official News

Web Sources for Military History

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms

Comprehensive list of US Military Bases, by location or branch, with information on each's Military Section

Military Funeral Honors Page

Overview of US Missile Systems: ballistic missiles and specific missile programs, such as Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3): from the Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies

Space Weapons, Earth Wars

Official DOD Anthrax Information Site

US Air Force Historical Research Agency: Contains 70 million pages devoted to the history of the Air Force, the world’s largest collection of documents on US military aviation.

US Army Center for Military History

US Coast Guard Historian's Office

US Marine Corps History Division

US Naval Historical Center

The Politics of Education Reform

National Center for Education Stats

College Navigator has direct links to over 9,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Fast way of finding out about a specific college or group of colleges.

All About Online Colleges: Prospective students are able to search for schools using various criteria and compare online college programs to find the right fit for their personal, educational, and professional needs. Students are able to compare up to four schools at one time, compiling important factors such as cost, accreditation, and available programs on one easy-to-understand breakdown.


Kids’ Zone

Learning Disabilities: Information, Strategies and Resources

US Energy Resources

Natural Resources Law: An Overview

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Alternative Energy Resources

Renewable Resource Data Center

Alternative Energy: Basic InformationThe Safety Net

Solar Power Guide

Why Do We Need the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Health and Human Services Home Page

Health Resources and Services Administration

Office of Population Affairs Clearinghouse (OPA)

Estate Planning, Elder Law and Tax Links

State Pharmacy Programs: Assistance Designed to Target Coverage and Stretch Budgets

Prescription Drugs: Expanding Access to Federal Prices Could Cause Other Price Changes Website: The official benefits website of the U.S. government informs citizens of benefits they may be eligible for and provides information on how to apply for assistance. Find more than 1,000 Federal and state benefits including housing, food/nutrition, education, grants/loans, disaster relief and Medicare/Medicaid.

What Every ___ Should Know About Social Security

Waste Incineration and Public Health informs the emerging debate with the most up-to-date information available on incineration, pollution and human health, along with expert conclusions and recommendations for further research and improvement of such areas as risk communication.

Homeland Security Advisory System

Homeland Security Knowledge Base

Homeland Security Standards and Guidelines

Internet Resources on Terrorism

Terrorism, the Future and US Foreign Policy

Full Alert: An Arsenal of Ideas for the War Against Terrorism

Terrorism Reference Desk

Loyola Homepage on Strategic Intelligence

Foreign Affairs Online is designed to assist students and other individuals interested in International Law and US Foreign Policy.

US Government Auctions

FBI Investigative Guidelines (May 31, 2002)

TRAC FBI: comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about the FBI

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Health Statistics

Public Health Image Library

Antimicrobial Resistance is a new site designed to provide both general and technical information about antimicrobial resistance. From the National Center for Infectious Diseases.

Cancer Research Update

AEGIS: AIDS/HIV Information

Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune Diseases Fact Sheet

National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

PsyCom Awareness Group

Smoking Cessation

Human Genome Resources

GeneTests, a genetics testing resource, includes a genetics laboratory directory, genetics clinic directory, an introduction to genetic counseling and testing concepts and more. Free registration required.


NASA HQ History

Research in NASA History

NASA Thesaurus

Space Weather: official US weather forecasts and observations

Storm Prediction Center

Storm Track Megasite

Disaster Clean Up Training for Hazardous Materials (HAZWOPER)

US Postal Service: Electronic Commerce Activities and Legal Matters

US Postal Service: Postal Activities and Laws Related to Electronic Commerce

Library of Congress

Find Libraries: local public or state libraries, federal libraries and archives, grants for libraries or ask a librarian for help

Copyright Search: The Copyright Office's new user interface designed for first-time or occasional users of their three databases -– registered works, serials and documents.

THOMAS Library of Congress Legislative Data on the Internet

How Our Laws Are MadeHow Our Laws Are Made

Track Individual House and Senate Bills via gopher

Full Searches for Legislation (via THOMAS)

Federal and State Bill Tracking Resources

Congressional Bills | govinfo

BillTrack50 | Track and Share Legislation

Federal Statutes: A Beginner's Guide

How to Read a Government Bill

Power Rankings

How to Order a US Flag that Has Flown Over the Capitol

House and Senate Roll Call Votes

US House Web Site

US Representative's Web Sites

Watch the House Live and On Demand on the Web

Clerk of the US House of Representatives

US Senate Web Site

US Senators' Web Sites

Watch the Senate Live and On Demand on the Web

Senate Reference Section

US Federal Tax Law

Understanding Taxes



US National Debt Clock

Each year the President through the Office of Management and Budget sends his proposed budget to Congress. However, the House of Representatives and the Senate have their own opinions about what the budget should be.

Understanding the Federal Budget

Mandatory vs. Discretionary Spending

Where the Current National Debt Comes FromDollar Bill

Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

The Federal Budget, 1789–2019




Budget Hero was launched in May 2008, re-launched in September 2012 and retired in August 2014 by Public Insight Network. I’m keeping the link ready (and my fingers crossed!) for the next re-launch.


US Newspaper Links

Google News Headlines

C-Span Web Site

5 Ways New Media Are Changing Politics

A Primer on Persuasion and Influence

Propaganda Critic

Ad Critic

The 30 Second Candidate

The Living Room Candidate

Public Opinion Sites:

Real Clear Politics

Survey USA FAQs

Polling Report




The Texas Lyceum

Ahead of election 2020: Tips on finding information you can trust

The Polling Report combines the best of polls.

Public Opinion: Washington Post Polls

Candidates and Officials:  Backgrounds, Issue Positions, Voting Records, Campaign Finances and Performance Evaluations

Open Secrets:  Guide to money in US elections. Contains extensive data on who's giving and who's getting.  Follow the campaign money connected to numerous hot topics.  Contributions database searchable by donor name, zip code and industry. Federal office holders database includes links to official personal financial disclosures.

Soft Money Laundromat is a searchable database of special interest soft money contributions to the Democratic and Republican national party committees -- [link down].

Campaign Finance Law FAQs

Money in Politics 101: What You Need to Know About Campaign Finance

Political Money Line provides candidate data and reports on campaign finance, lobbying activity and soft money in the US.

Grading State Campaign Finance Disclosure

US Congressional Campaign Fundraising Statistics

Super PACs IN 2012

Campaign Finance Reform: A Libertarian Primer a game about political money

Ethics in Government Resources

Truth or Fiction

Annenberg Political Fact Check

A Vote Against Computerized Ballots

US Federal Election Commission

Elections: The American Way: Looks at political campaigns by exploring the history and roles of candidates and voters, the structure of the party system and election process and tough issues that politicians have faced.

Daily Political Newswire

Daily Election News from the Washington Post

PBS Frontline: Government, Elections, Politics

Atlas of US Presidential Elections

US Electoral College

Fair Vote

270 To Win

Atlas of US Presidential Elections

Electoral College

Presidential  Election

BEN SARGENT VOTING CARTOONMaking Your Voice Heard by US Federal Legislators, the White House, State Legislators and Governors

SIRS Interactive Citizenship

There's a new website for all you political junkies. It's a forum for policy discussion on national issues with lots and lots of links. It can be found at

Project Vote Smart: A Voter’s Self-Defense System

Creating Effective Citizens

I strongly urge you to check out The Political Compass. It does a wonderful, wonderful job of explaining political ideologies and gives you a chance to check out what your true political philosophy is.

Political Quizzes

Typology Test

Political Typology Quiz

Political Typology Quiz (2005)

World's Smallest Political Quiz

The Political Compass

Political Quizzes

PBS Democracy Project

The Right Side of the Web: provides a home to people with a conservative point of view

Liberal Philosophy

Conservative Philosophy

Libertarian Philosophy

Democratic National Committee

Green Party

The Libertarian Party

The New Party

Republican National Committee

GOPAC: Republican Political Action Committee

Socialist Party USA Cybercenter





Directory of US Political Parties

Jurist: from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

US States and Territories from the Law Library of Congress: Legal links and general resources for every US state and territory. Includes the constitution, historical documents, judiciary opinions of the state supreme court and court of appeals, the code of laws, acts and bills.

Cornell Legal Information Institute

Findlaw Legal Resources

Internet Law Library

Internet Legal Resource Guide

Law Library Resource Exchange: Internet Legal Research and Technology

Legal Research Links

Internet Hotlist of Law Guides

Nolo Self-Help Law Center

The ABA publication Human Rights examines the Patriot Act and Civil Liberties Post-9/11.

Clone Wars: The Growing Debate Over Federal Cloning Legislation

Freedom of Information Act Gallery

Freedom of Information Act

Citizen’s Guide on Using the Freedom of information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records

Privacy Survival Guide: How to Take Control of Your Personal Information

Comparing National and State Court Systems

The Court System

How Courts Work

Understanding the US Federal Courts

Supreme Court of the United States   The US Supreme Court

Virtual Tour of the Supreme Court

Guide to the US Supreme Court: a primer on the jurisprudence, procedure, history and justices of America’s highest court

A Primer on Supreme Court Procedures

Supreme Court of the United States: Florida Election Cases provides the full text of materials filed with the United States Supreme Court relating to lawsuits about the 2000 presidential election results from Florida. Includes petitions, oppositions, replies, briefs, transcripts, orders and opinions.

Supreme Court Case Study: Bush v. Gore

Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

Federalism Court Cases

First Amendment Court Cases

Religious Freedom Court Cases

Freedom of the Press Court Cases

Civil Rights Court Cases

Criminal Rights Court Cases

Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed

The Office of Administrative Law Judges has a site full of information about the trial court functions of the Administrative Law Judges. Also includes links to federal case law, statutes, regulations, courts of appeal, US Supreme Court decisions and more.

US Court of Federal Claims

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters. Federal Court CasesWhat is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?

The Justice System: What is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems

Forensic Glossary

Warning Signs of Teen Violence: from the American Psychological Association

Survey of the Federal Death Penalty System

Capital Punishment Statistics

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States.

From Prison to Home: The Dimensions and Consequences of Prisoner Re-Entry addresses the challenges facing many released prisoners, such as substance abuse, health problems, employment obstacles and housing shortages, as well as the impact of their return on their families and neighborhoods.

Crime and Law Enforcement Directory

The Center for Democracy and Technology has government surveillance background information, news, analysis, policy papers, legislation and other information about government  surveillance issues. Topics include wiretapping, the USA  PATRIOT Act, cybersecurity and cybercrime, the  Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA, or  the digital telephony law), digital search and seizure, and legislative proposals. Digital Storm provides an  overview of law enforcements use of digital technology. From  the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Federal Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Training Databases is a catalog of all federally funded and supported training available to state and local law enforcement officials.

Intelligence and Law Enforcement: Countering Transnational Threats to the US

State Resource Center

State Officials and Voting Records (From Project Vote Smart)

Texas Congressional Districts

County and City Data Book

USA Counties

Cities Online: Urban Development and the Internet examines economic and community development organizations in five cities and recommends best practices other cities can follow to take advantage of the Internet. The five cities are Austin, Cleveland, Nashville, Portland and Washington.

Resources for New City Hall Reporters

How to Cover City Hall

Journalist's Resource: Ten Hints for Covering Government

The Greenbelt Alliance

The Political Scientist's Guide To the Internet

Guide to Political Research Online

Federal Data Sources (US)

Guide to Political Research Online




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