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CEDAW: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (1986 - current) What Is It? The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Why Use It? To get updates, reports, and access to other resources that help in understanding and tracking the ratifications, reservations, and other material related to CEDAW.

Council of Europe (1949-current) What Is It? Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.

Why Use It? To find centralized information about human rights, democracy and the rule of law; the CoE is the European forum for discussion and promotion of these ideals.

Country Profiles / Area Handbooks (current) What Is It? This series is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. They offer brief information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.

Why Use It? To get summarized current information about the countries profiled.

Directory of Development Organizations (current) What Is It? International organizations; government ministries & institutions; planning agencies; private sector support organizations: chambers of commerce and industry, fair trade organizations; central banks, national development banks, microfinance institutions, finance houses; training and research organizations: civil society organizations; faith-based development organizations, development programmes and projects; development consulting firms: information providers: development newsletters/journals, development publishers, web resources, databases; grantmakers and philanthropic organizations.

Why Use It? To get contact information, including websites, of international development organizations, public and private.

ECOLEX (1970s - current) What Is It? The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Ecolex is operated jointly by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

Why Use It? To find primary documents and secondary literature on international environment issues.

Global Legal Information Network (current) What Is It? From the Law Library of Congress: the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.

Why Use It? To find the full-text of laws and other legal materials from these countries: http://www.glin.gov/publicFullTextJurisdictions.action

Global Legal Monitor (2003 - present) What Is It? Online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It draws on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources.

Why Use It? To get information about current international legal issues from jurisdictions all over the world. Get ideas for research paper topics in Political Science - International Relations or Justice and Law Studies.

Government of Canada Publications (1985-present) What Is It? The Government of Canada Publications website provides access to free and priced publications authored by Government of Canada departments.

Why Use It? Find Canadian Government publications from 1985 - present. Find statistics, reports, policy documents, etc.

ILOLEX Database of International Labour Standards (1919 - current) What Is It? ILOLEX is a trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and numerous related documents.

Why Use It? Get full-text of ILO conventions, recommendations and other information.

International Court of Justice Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (1946-current) What Is It? Summaries of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the International Court of Justice.

Why Use It? To get a perspective on International Relations through the cases that are tried in the International Court of Justice

JPRS (Joint Publications Research Service) Reports (1957-1994) Access What Is It? English-language archive of translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science materials. Includes monographs, reports, serials, journal articles, newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from around the world, with an emphasis on communist and developing countries.

Why Use It? Find scientific and technical reports produced during the Cold War.

Nations of the World (current) What Is It? Links to worldwide official government websites.

Why Use It? Get non-U.S. government information; links to constitutions, contact and descriptive information about executive, legislative, and judicial branches of other governments.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (current) What Is It? The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

Why Use It? To get current data about refugees worldwide, including Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons, Stateless Persons, and Returned Refugees Returned Refugees.

Official Documents - United Kingdom (1994-present) What Is It? Official Documents is the official reference facility for Command and departmentally sponsored House of Commons Papers. From May 2005 onwards, all Command Papers and House of Commons Papers, as well as Key Departmental Papers, are available for free on the site in PDF format.

Why Use It? Search for British Government documents.

PARLINE database on national parliaments (1967-current) What Is It? The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 265 parliamentary chambers in all of the 188 countries where a national legislature exists. From the Inter-Parliamentary Union, established in 1889.

Why Use It? To get data on specific Parliaments worldwide. Search for electoral systems, election summaries, and statistics for all parliamentary elections since 1967. Includes parliamentary mandates, salaries and oversight bodies.

Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946) Reports (1922-1946) What Is It? The Reports of Series A, B and A/B (from 1931) contain the decisions (Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders) delivered by the Permanent Court of International Justice from 1922 to 1940. The written pleadings, records of the public hearings and correspondence for each case are available in the Series C Reports: “Acts and Documents Relating to the Judgments and Advisory Opinions given by the Court” (until 1930) and “Pleadings, Oral Arguments, Documents” (from 1931). Series D contains acts and documents concerning the organization of the Court, as well as the preparation of its Rules of Court and the modifications to those Rules. The Court’s Yearbooks (entitled Annual Reports) can be found in Series E. Series F contains the catalogues of the Court’s publications.

Why Use It? To get a perspective on the history of the development of international law through the documents of the Permanent Court of International Justice.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 (1674 - 1913) What Is It? The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

Why Use It? To find primary source material from London legal system from late 17th to early 20th Century; to study minorities, migration, class, gender and many other social issues from that time.

Treaties of the Council of Europe (1949-present) What Is It? The Council of Europe Treaty Series groups together all the conventions concluded within the Organisation since 1949. Whatever they are called (“agreement”, “convention”, “arrangement”, “charter”, “code”, etc.), all these texts are international treaties in the sense of the Convention of Vienna of 1969 on the law of treaties.

Why Use It? To access the full-text of all of the Treaties prepared and negotiated through the Council of Europe.

United Nations General Assembly Resolutions (1946-current) What Is It? Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals for United Nations General Assembly resolutions. To compare U.N. member voting history using a variety of indicators, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept of State.

Why Use It? To find information about United Nations General Assembly resolutions, including full-text of resolutions.

United Nations Security Council Resolutions (1946-current) What Is It? Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions from 1946 to current. To get comparisons of voting practices of countries in the United Nations, including the United States, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept. of State.

Why Use It? To find information about United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including full-text

United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) (1946-current) Access What Is It? A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. The UNTS includes the texts of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate.

Why Use It? Obtain text of treaties to which U.N. member nations are party.

Yearbooks: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (1968 - present) What Is It? "The UNCITRAL Yearbook is a compilation of all substantive documents related to the work of the Commission and its Working Groups. It also reproduces the annual Report of the Commission which is published as Supplement No. 17 of the "Official Records of the General Assembly".

Why Use It? To find documents related to international trade as administered through the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

United States - Federal

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality What Is It? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Why Use It? Find information about healthcare costs.

Agricultural Research Service (recent / current) What Is It? The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. Searchable database of research reports, and ongoing agricultural research projects.

Why Use It? To find reports, descriptions and analysis of current issues in agricultural research. To identify topics of current research in the U.S.

American Memory (1700's - present) What Is It? "provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."

Why Use It? To get information in many formats that document the American experience in arts, politics, social issues and law.

American Presidency Project (1789 - present) What Is It? Oral and written addresses, executive orders, proclamations, signing statements, press conferences, radio and TV broadcasts, party platforms, state-level presidential election returns; and more..

Why Use It? To search for and access comparative historical and political information about United States Presidents through their public communications; includes the Public Papers of the Presidents and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents for recent Presidents.

C-SPAN Video Library (1987-current) What Is It? Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987 is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

Why Use It? To get primary source materials relating to any aspect of Congressional action since 1987.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Access What Is It? CFDA is a database of all Federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply. User Guide

Why Use It? Use CFDA to find information on available assistance, including how to write and submit your grant proposal.

Catalog of Government Publications (1976-current) What Is It? The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications issued through the Government Printing Office (GPO); includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.

Why Use It? Access official government publications made available through the United States Government Printing Office.

Centers for Disease Control and protection (CDC) (varies) What Is It? Part of the Dept of Health and Human Services, the CDC is the nation′s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency and a global leader in public health. The CDC is at the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. CDC works with states and other partners to provide a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.

Why Use It? To get data and materials relating to any aspect of the health of residents of the United states.

Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services What Is It? Programs, Statistics, Policies on Medicare and Medicaid Services from the Department of Human Service.

Why Use It? To research Health Care issues in the United States.

Code of Federal Regulations (1938 - present) Access What Is It? Codification (arranged by topic) of the rules and regulations (also called administrative law or federal regulations) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the United States government. The CFR is published by the Office of the Federal Register, an agency of the National Archives and Records Administration. See CFR User Guide.

Why Use It? Use the Code of Federal Regulations to find out the specific regulations or rules by broad area (e.g., Environment) that are in use to implement or enforce current Federal law.

CONGRESS.gov: legislative information on the Internet (Varies: most complete from 1994 - Present) What Is It? Provides free access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 103rd (1993) to the present Congress, a directory of congressional committees and members of Congress, the weekly floor schedule for the House, and a schedule of daily committee hearings.

Why Use It? Find United States Congress legislative information.

Congressional Publications (1789 - Present) Access What Is It? Index and full-text of Congressional prints, hearings, reports, legislative histories. Includes full text of Congressional Research Service reports from 1916 - present; full-text of Serial Set documents produced from 1789 to 1969. Index and full-text of Bound Permanent Congressional Record and its predecessors from 1789 - 1997. Full text of Daily Congressional Record 1985 - present. Search Tip: use ALL CAPS for connecting terms; e.g. AND, OR, NEAR/n, etc. See Congressional Search Syntax guide for more.

Why Use It? Get citations to and full-text of United States Congressional documents produced from 1789 to present. Search and retrieve full text of Bound Permanent Congressional Record from 1789 -1997 and full-text of Daily Congressional Record from 1985 - present.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (past two years) What Is It? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

Why Use It? To get current and historical information about product safety recalls and records

Consumer Sentinel (1997 - present) What Is It? Secure investigative cybertool and complaint database, on a separate restricted-access secure web site, that provides hundreds of law enforcement agencies immediate access to Internet cons, telemarketing scams and other consumer fraud-related complaints. It gives consumers a way to voice their complaints about fraud to law enforcement officials worldwide.

Why Use It? Get the facts on consumer frauds from Internet cons, prize promotions, work-at-home schemes, and telemarketing scams to identity theft. Report your fraud complaints so they can be shared with law enforcement officials across the U.S. and around the world.

Core Documents of United States Democracy (1700's - present) What Is It? Includes Articles of Confederation, The Bill of Rights, Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873, The Constitution of the United States of America, The Constitution of the United States of America, Analysis and Interpretation, The Declaration of Independence, Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Emancipation Proclamation, The Federalist Papers, The Gettysburg Address

Why Use It? To study the most important documents associated with the founding of the United States.

CQ Almanac (Online Edition) (1945-present) Access

Declassified Documents Reference System (1941-current) Access What Is It? Declassified White House, CIA, FBI, State Department documents from presidential libraries.

Why Use It? Find primary source government documents obtained through FOIA. Research U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Digital National Security Archive (1945-current) Access What Is It? Citations, abstracts and full-text of declassified U.S. government documents, including bulletins, memos, reports, agreements (primarily acquired through FOIA requests) covering U.S. foreign policy since 1945. Arranged in discrete collections; see Collections Guide, but can be searched across collections.

Why Use It? Use DNSA to find full-text of primary source documents central to topics ranging from post World War II European policy to recent efforts in combating terrorism.

DisabilityInfo.gov

Environmental Protection Agency - New England (recent / current) What Is It? The EPA home for Region 1, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, & Ten Tribal Nations

Why Use It? To find current information about programs and issues affecting region 1. To access data for the region.

FDsys (Federal Digital System) (varies) What Is It? Provides free online access to official Federal Government publications from the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. FDsys publishes documents issued by the Government Printing Office.

Why Use It? To access official Federal documents including Supreme Court Reports, recent Congressional publications, economic reports and other papers from the Office of the President and the Executive branch.

Federal Communications Commission Record (1986 - present) What Is It? The FCC Record is a comprehensive compilation of decisions, reports and public notices and other documents of the Federal Communications Commission from 1986 to the present. It was preceded by the FCC Report (1934 - 1986), which may be the focus of a future digitization project.

Why Use It? To find decisions, reports and public notices and other documents of the Federal Communications Commission from 1986 to the present.

Federal Register Library (1936 - present) Access What Is It? Contains the Federal Register from its inception in 1936, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Administrative Procedure Act, Code of Emergency Federal Regulations, the U.S. Government Manual and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Federal Register is where the details of the rules and regulations that enforce federal law are first published. See the User Guide.

Why Use It? Use the Federal Register Library to find details of the United States federal government agencies' proposed rules, changes to existing rules, and final rules, and legal notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. The historic Federal Register can provide important details of policy evolutions on issues such as the environment, social issues, trade topics, etc.

Federal Resources organized by Agency What Is It? Links to websites of all United States Federal agencies; arranged in hierarchical and alphabetical order.

Why Use It? Find United States Federal agency information.

Federal Resources Organized by Topic (current) What Is It? Federal Information organized by topic: Business & Labor; Education; Environment; Food & Drugs; Grants & Awards; Health; Military & Security; Money & Economy; Science & Technology; Social Programs; Transportation

Why Use It? Find United States Federal Government information by broad topic; useful if one is not sure which agencies are responsible for which areas.

Finding U. S. Congressional Publications (1789-current) Access What Is It? Identify what publications Congress has produced from 1789 forward, and how to access those publications using research tools available at Williams.

Why Use It? How to find Congressional materials at Williams.

Grants.gov (current) What Is It? Grants.gov was established as a United States government resource named the E-Grants Initiative. Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

Why Use It? To find information on and apply for almost any grant made possible through the United States federal government

Health Insurance Data - US Bureau of Census What Is It? The Census Bureau collects health insurance data using three national surveys: the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The CPS ASEC collects health insurance data on an annual basis at the national and state level geographies. The ACS collects data on an annual basis for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more. The SIPP collects longitudinal health insurance data at the national level of geography.

Why Use It? Find Health Insurance data for the United State

HeinOnline (Varies) Access

Historic American Buildings Survey (varies) What Is It? The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are part of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Since 2000, documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has been added to the holdings. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes.

Why Use It? To find and view architectural designs, photographs and related documentation of the historic built environment in the United States.

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1961 - present) What Is It? A complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications held in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library's collection and available on the USCCR Web site.

Why Use It? Find government documents and reports on issues related to race, ethnicity, religion and, more recently, sexual orientation.

LexisNexis Academic - Federal Statutes and Regulations (Coverage Varies) Access What Is It? Provides searchable, full-text access to Annotated U.S. Code, Constitution of the United States, Public Laws, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register

Why Use It? Find the original text of federal laws passed (1988-present) or regulations (1980-present). Find text of federal laws and regulations currently in force.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (Current) What Is It? The OMB is a department within the executive branch that is charged with helping the President prepare the federal budget and determines the costs and efficacy of federal programs. The president will turn to the OMB to analyze the costs and benefits of a proposed new federal program.

Why Use It? To get data on the costs and efficiencies of policy plans.

OpenSecrets.org (1997 - current) What Is It? Founded in 1983, the non-partisan and non-profit Center for Responsive Politics tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Their website, OpenSecrets.org, is a comprehensive resource for campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.

Why Use It? To identify and get financial data about corporations, interest groups and PACs (Political Action Committees) that contribute to political parties and elected officials. Data is organized by individual elected official, industry sector, and individual Political Action Committee or interest group. Data is derived from the Federal Election Commission.

Project Vote Smart (current) What Is It? Contains biographical information, voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and information about campaign finances for political candidates and office-holders at the State, Congressional, and national level.

Why Use It? To get information about any candidate for any office from the State level and up. Find out who your elected officials are, how to contact them, and what issues they support.

Roll Call Votes, United States Congress (1989 - present) What Is It? Organized by date / Congress, A roll call vote guarantees that every Member's vote is recorded, but only a minority of bills receive a roll call vote.

Why Use It? To quickly determine which Members of Congress voted for which measures. For more about compiling a Member's voting record, see Compiling a Member Voting Record.

SAMHDA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive) (1997-current) What Is It? SAMHDA is an initiative funded under contract with the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CBHSQ has primary responsibility for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of SAMHSA's behavioral health data. CBHSQ promotes the access and use of the nation's substance abuse and mental health data through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). SAMHDA provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health.

Why Use It? To get access to United States public use and confidential data (project approval needed for confidential data) for faculty and student research.

Schedule of Volumes to the United States Serial Set 1970 - current (1970 - current) What Is It? Includes the "Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes" published by the Government Printing Office for each U.S. Congressional session from 1970- current.

Why Use It? To determine the Serial Volume number for Serial Set documents from 1970 - current that are indexed in the database Congressional Publications, but are not provided in digital format . The database does not include the Serial Volume number from 1970 - forward in the bibliographic information. It is needed to locate the item in the library.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Documents (1985-present) What Is It? The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. In general, it includes: committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.

Why Use It? To get full-text of documents and reports ordered to be printed by the United States Congress. Comprises the permanent record of Congressional deliberations and activities.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Reports (1985-present) What Is It? The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. For Serial Set 1789-1969, see Congressional Publications. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. In general, it includes: committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.

Why Use It? To get full-text of documents and reports ordered to be printed by the United States Congress. Comprises the permanent record of Congressional deliberations and activities.

United States Census Bureau - Poverty Data (coverage varies) What Is It? The most current data presented here are from the Current Population Survey (CPS), 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), the source of official poverty estimates. The CPS ASEC is a sample survey of approximately 100,000 household nationwide. These data reflect conditions in calendar year 2005. Some historical data is also given.

Why Use It? To find poverty data for the United States.

United States Department of Agriculture (current) What Is It? According to mission statement, the USDA aims to provide "leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management."

Why Use It? To find current U.S. Government policy information about agricultural issues, including marketing, food safety, nutrition, and economics. Use the National Agricultural Library's catalog, Agricola to find books and articles on agricultural issues.

United States Department of Defense (current) What Is It? DefenseLINK is the official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.

Why Use It? To find official information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations.

United States Environmental Protection Agency What Is It? United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.

Why Use It? To get documents and data on any aspect of United States federal environmental policy.

United States Geographic Survey (Maps, Imagery and publications) (varies) What Is It? As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers.

Why Use It? To identify maps and images produced by the USGS; many images can be downloaded; USGS topographical maps can be located in Williams College Schow Science Library.

United States Government Manual (current) What Is It? The official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Why Use It? To find detailed information about the functions and purposes of all United States Government Agencies.

United States House of Representatives (current) What Is It? United States House of Representatives. For dates of Congressional sessions, names and biographical information of all members, past and present, go to House History

Why Use It? To get current and historical information about and from the United States House of Representatives

United States Senate (current) What Is It? The Senate of the United States. For more information, see Dates of Congressional sessions and Senate information clearinghouse.

Why Use It? To find information about and from the United States Senate, including biographical, historical and statistics.

USA.gov (current) What Is It? U.S. government's easy-to-use consumer-oriented web portal, with special sections for citizens, businesses and nonprofits, government employees, and visitors to the U.S.

Why Use It? To get consumer- and citizen- oriented information from the U.S. Government.

Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor (current) What Is It? The Women’s Bureau’s mission is to improve the status of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.

Why Use It? To find United States Government information and policy about the role and status of women.

United States - State and Local

Commonwealth of Massachusetts (current) What Is It? Official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Why Use It? Find information about Massachusetts laws, policies, citizen information, links to localities and more.

Guide to the Law Online: United States States and Territories (current) What Is It? Links to every State and Territory of the United States; clicking on a State name gives access to State Constitutions, as well as to current state codes and legislative materials.

Why Use It? To get current State Constitutions and other laws and statutes of states and territories of the United States

LexisNexis Academic - State Statutes and Regulations (current) Access What Is It? Search form for current United States State Codes and Regulations.

Why Use It? To get full-text of current United States State Codes and Regulations

National Conference of State Legislatures (Coverage Varies) What Is It? Bipartisan organization primarily serving state legislators and their staff, but offers information on states' policy-making issues and a searchable database on state ballot measures (referenda and initiatives) as well as a searchable database of legislative documents related to referenda and initiatives.

Why Use It? Get detailed information on every state's legislative policy issues, ballot measures and news tracking on policy topics.

Physician Profiles - Massachusetts (previous 10 years) What Is It? Profile includes: education; training; medical specialties; professional demographics; including business address; insurance plan and hospital affiliations; and available translation services; professional or community awards received; research or publications by the physician; malpractice claims paid in the past ten years; hospital discipline in the past ten years; criminal convictions in the past ten years; disciplinary actions of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine in the past ten years

Why Use It? "Consumers use Physician Profiles when trying to choose a physician from a list supplied by their HMO. Others have found the information useful when they have been referred to a specialist. Expectant mothers use Physician Profiles as one step in choosing an obstetrician. Many physicians use the system to help patients when making a referral to a specialist"

Project Vote Smart (current) What Is It? Contains biographical information, voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and information about campaign finances for political candidates and office-holders at the State, Congressional, and national level.

Why Use It? To get information about any candidate for any office from the State level and up. Find out who your elected officials are, how to contact them, and what issues they support.

State Environmental Agencies (current) What Is It? Directory of internet links to the websites of U. S. states' environmental agencies

Why Use It? To find official environmental state agencies for every U. S. State

U. S. States and Territories - Law (current) What Is It? "annotated compendium of Internet links; a portal of Internet sources of interest to legal researchers" - maintained by the Law Library of Congress

Why Use It? Find all types of legal information about states and territories of the United States

USA Counties (current) What Is It? "USA Counties features more than 5,900 data items for the United States, the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), and all of the nation’s 3,141 counties and county equivalents, and covers areas such as age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade. It is the most comprehensive source for data on counties in the United States."

Why Use It? To get county-level data on United States counties