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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

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.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (Current) Access What Is It? Directory providing information on serials published throughout the world. Covers all subjects. Includes irregular and free of charge publications.

Why Use It? Find the publisher's address for periodicals. Gather a list of periodicals for a discipline. Find editors' names and contact information. Find circulation figures and advertisment rates for a publication.

Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive (9/11/2001 through 9/17/2001) What Is It? The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. It presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.

Why Use It? To get primary source material relating to the news coverage of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

UNICEF - Monitoring and statistics (Coverage Varies) What Is It? UNICEF's statistical database on children worldwide. Data include mortality, disease, education, sanitation, access to clean water, etc.

Why Use It? Find statistics on children worldwide.

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.

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 Energy Information Administration What Is It? The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. EIA collects, analyzes energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA is the Nation's premier source of energy information and, by law, its data, analyses, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the U.S. Government.

Why Use It? Find data on coal, oil, nuclear energy, its production and use.

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.

US Census. Foreign Trade Statistics (Varies) What Is It? Mandated by the US Code, the Census Bureau in cooperation with the Treasury Department reports statistics about US imports and exports. The data provided includes detailed monthly data on US exports and imports by partner country. To find historical statistics, you must fo to the particular monthly report and use the find button to locate the data that you need.

Why Use It? Find statistics on US imports and exports.

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

USA Today (1989-Present) Access

USA Trade® Online (Coverage Varies) Access What Is It? A database providing access to U.S. merchandise trade data. Includes current and cumulative export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide. Produced by STAT-USA and the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Why Use It? Search for U.S. import/export data on specific products and create custom reports.

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.

USAID - Development Experience Clearinghouse (Reports) (1980-) What Is It? USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) is the largest online resource for USAID funded technical and program documentation, with over 69800 documents available for electronic download. Search the Development Experience System (DEXS), USAID's online database of agency-funded technical and program-related documents, download USAID documents in PDF format for free, and sign up for DEC Express, our bi-weekly e-publication that lists recently acquired documents.

Why Use It? Find research reports on development economics

USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Services (Coverage Varies) What Is It? Statistical data complied by the Statistics Services of the US Department of Agriculture. Data include livestock and crops broken down by state and region. Good resource for finding statistics on US agricultural production.

Why Use It? Find "Tables at a Glance" or in-depth statistics on agriculture in the United States.