Congressional Research Service
Reports on the Internet-- The
Research Service, based at the Library of
Congress, prepares thousands of unclassified reports a
year on a vast range of topics at the request of members
of Congress. Many CRS reports are on international
topics or U.S. foreign policy issues. Some of these
first-rate reports are available in full-text PDF
online, but they are scattered on the Internet and
poorly indexed by regular search engines. The Department
of State posts many CRS reports on international
Text Reports posts CRS reports on topics of a wide
variety. The Federation of American Scientists posts CRS
Reports on international security issues. The Homeland
Security Digital Library posts CRS reports
concerning homeland and national security issues. The University of North Texas Libraries
post large collections of CRS Reports. Be sure to try the two very helpful
limited area search engines at zFacts
and the Internet Archive that search CRS
reports online sites.
The Homeland Security Digital Library posts over 75,000 public resources concerning U.S. homeland and national security issues, broadly interpreted. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Cyber Cemetery-- From the
University of North Texas Libraries, affiliated with the
National Archives and Records Administration, "an
archive of [U.S.] government web sites that have ceased
operation (usually web sites of defunct government
agencies and commissions that have issued a final
"Increases the ability of the public to easily find,
download, and use datasets that are generated and held
by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides
descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata),
information about how to access the datasets, and tools
that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs
will continue to grow as datasets are added."
FedStats-- The purpose of this very
useful site, from the Federal Interagency Council on
Statistical Policy, is to provide easy online access to
the full range of statistics and information produced by
scores of federal agencies for public use.
FedWorld-- Central information
network of the U.S. federal government, for access to
agencies and departments, documents, databases, etc.-- a
comprehensive site for searching for, locating, ordering,
and acquiring government and business information.
Federal Digital System-- From the US Government Printing Office, identifies public information resources within the three branches of the federal government (including electronic information resources), describes the information available in these resources, and assists in obtaining the information. The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is "the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online."
Freedom of Information Act Website--
From the U.S. National Archives and Records
Administration, facilitates access to U.S. government
information in executive branch agency records, either
through the Electronic Reading Room or by inquiry directly
to the National Archives and Records Administration.
GovEngine.com-- Directory for U.S.
federal, state, and local websites, including courts.
GovFresh-- Aggregated "live feed of official news from U.S. Government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Flickr accounts and more, all in one place."
govInfo-- "Provides free online access to official publications for all three branches of the Federal Government," via a search engine and browsing, with download capability.
GovTrack.us-- Free online service to "research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress [such as] the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records in the Senate and House of Representatives, and information on Members of Congress, as well as congressional committees and the Congressional Record."
MetaLib-- From the U.S. Government
Printing Office, a "federated search engine that searches
multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving
reports, articles, and citations while providing direct
links to selected resources available online."
Online Research Tools and Aids-- From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration of the U.S. government, a guide to finding online federal records and information about them, including from Presidential Libraries.
USA.gov-- Large official United
States government web portal offering easy access to all
online U.S. federal, state, and local government
resources, by various means of approach. Excellent
source for such information.
United States Government Manual--
Official information source about the agencies of the
legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
• Agency for International Development--
USAID is the government agency that provides economic
development and humanitarian assistance to advance
U.S. economic and political interests overseas. Much
information on USAID's activities and on developing
countries. Note the Development
Experience Clearinghouse, "the largest online
resource for USAID funded technical and program
documentation, with over 137, 500 documents available
for [free] electronic download."
Bureau's Foreign Trade Statistics-- Show trade
data and related information for the United States.
• Census Bureau's International Programs
Section-- A rich
computerized data bank containing statistical tables
of past, present, and projected demographic and
socio-economic data for most countries and all areas
of the world. A popular feature is the World
Population Clock, with an interactive map and
• Central Intelligence Agency--
Note the Center for the Study of Intelligence,
which conducts research on intelligence and publishes
classified and unclassified editions of the Studies
in Intelligence journal, as well as books,
monographs, and a quarterly newsletter. The CIA
maintains a highly-regarded annual World Factbook and has
many online publications, such as Studies
in Intelligence. The National Intelligence Council,
"a center of strategic thinking within the U.S.
Government," posts numerous publications on global
trends and issues. Note the CIA and the War on Terrorism
page. The Freedom of Information Act
Electronic Reading Room gives access to a
searchable online database "to provide the public with
an overview of access to CIA information, including
electronic access to previously released documents."
The downloadable Global
Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds study is
"intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and
vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world
today and possible global trajectories over the next
From the Library of Congress, a large site with much
detailed information about the Congress and its
deliberations and legislation. Other sites: United
States House of Representatives-- Official site
of the U.S. House of Representatives and United
States Senate-- Official site of the U.S.
Senate. Note especially the following committees--
House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs;
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations;
House of Representatives Armed Services Committee; Senate
Committee on Armed Services. The
Budget Office may be of interest, for its
nonpartisan "independent analyses of budgetary and
economic issues to support the Congressional budget
• Customs and Border Protection--
"The single unified border agency of the United
States." Information on the agency's border control
and customs functions, with official statements,
import, export, border security, and international
travel information, regulations, statistics, and
forms. Note the Customs Rulings Online Search System,
a database of CBP rulings, plus trade-related links.
• Department of Agriculture-- The
Agricultural Service maintains a Global
Agricultural Information Network about the
agricultural situation and agricultural trade
overseas, by categories, countries, and posts. The Economic
Research Service has a search facility and its Topics Page posts many
international reports. The World Agricultural Outlook Board
"serves as USDA’s focal point for economic
intelligence and the commodity outlook for U.S. and
of Commerce-- Economic news and statistics on
international trade and the U.S. economy. The Bureau of
Economic Analysis supplies online data,
articles, and surveys on U.S. international commercial
transactions and the U.S. position in the world
economy. The International
Trade and Investment Country Facts application
"gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and
investment between the United States and another
country by simply clicking on a world map."
• Department of Defense--
Department of Defense's starting point for U.S.
military information online. Check the Publications
page for online documents, such as the major Quadrennial
Defense Review. The Joint
Electronic Library provides access to official
publications and research papers of the U.S. armed
forces, through the Joint Chiefs of Staff site.
• Department of Homeland Security--
Charged with protecting the U.S. homeland from
terrorist attacks, this organization posts information
about its mission, policies, regulations, and actions.
of Immigration Statistics posts statistics and
reports on immigration matters.
• Department of State-- Very
extensive site, for an official view of U.S. foreign
policy. There is a handy page that lists the many
major online State Department publications.
The Media Center provides
connections to Department products on social media and
multimedia. Abundant information for world travelers
is found at the Bureau
of Consular Affairs. The Countries section provides facts
about most countries. Declassifed documents are
available at the Freedom
of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.
There is a video section. The Websites
of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic
Missions page links to the Web sites of U.S.
diplomatic missions around the world. Also see the
site of the American Foreign Service Association,
the professional association of the U.S. Foreign
Service. AFSA publishes the Foreign
Service Journal for "an insider's view on how
U.S. foreign policy is made." The Electronic Research Collection
is a searchable archive of historical online materials
from the Department of State Web site, as posted from
1990 to 2001. An archive of materials released by the
W. Bush administration (January 20, 2001 to
January 20, 2009) is available. The Overseas
Security Advisory Council posts advisories on
security-related issues around the world as "the focal
point for the exchange of unclassified information
between the U.S. Department of State and the private
sector in the U.S. on security-related incidents and
threats overseas." The Department maintains a public
online treaty compilation of Texts
of International Agreements to which the US is a
Information Administration, Department of Energy
(International Section)-- Large "International Energy
Information at a Glance" site with energy, GDP, and
population statistics by country and region, plus
country, regional, and world analysis reports. Note
the comprehensive Country Analysis Briefs, International Energy Outlook,
and International Energy Statistics.
• Export-Import Bank of the United
States-- Information on U.S. export promotion
and financing, plus foreign country data, from the
official export credit agency of the U.S. government.
Relations of the United States-- From the Office
of the Historian in the U.S. Department of State, a
series of volumes in the official documentary
historical record of major U.S. foreign policy
decisions and significant diplomatic activity.
Recently-released volumes contain declassified records
from all the foreign affairs agencies. Many volumes
are online in full-text, from 1945 onward. The University of Wisconsin Digital
Collections project maintains a searchable,
freely-accessible archive of these volumes from 1861
• United States Army War College-- The top school in the U.S. Army officer education system, with many excellent international affairs and security studies accessible online. Note the Parameters journal and the Strategic Studies Institute pages. The U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute may be of interest.
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services-- Provides immigration and
naturalization information, including laws,
statistics, and forms.
• U.S. Mission to the United Nations--
From the Office of Press and Public Affairs, U.S.
Mission to the United Nations, New York City.
• United States Trade Representative--
Responsible for developing and coordinating U.S.
international trade, commodity, and direct investment
policy, and leading or directing negotiations with
other countries on such matters. Note the many
full-text reports and trade agreements available.
House-- Official statements from the Executive
Office. The Briefing Room and a blog cover recent events, with
an archive. Parts of the White House archives from the
George W. Bush administration are available online at
the George W. Bush Presidential Library
and Museum. Parts of the White House archives
from the Bill Clinton administration are available
online at the White House Virtual
Library and the William J. Clinton Presidential
Library and Museum. The presidential documents
of both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are available
online through the Federal Digital