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Government Databases

links to databases provided for public use by the U.S. government (with some Texas and UN databases noted)

Introduction to the Guide

The databases linked on these pages are only a selected subset of U.S. and Texas government databases freely available on the Web. For other sources of data, and other listings of databases, see the box at the left on this page: "Other sources of government data."

The Government Publishing Office's Federal Digital System (FDSys) is a major database of online government information. See the box at the left for more information.

Databases are included on these pages only if they are substantial research sources; almost all have some kind of search capability. Consult links on our main Government Information portal for additional sources of electronic government information.

Mouse over the tab titles above for a brief description of the types of databases covered in each area.

In boxes below are some resources that can be used to search multiple databases simultaneously, services known as "aggregated" or "federated" searching, and links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports. These documents provide valuable background information on a variety of important issues.

Note that some important databases of government information are included automatically in a search of the Library's Discovery Service.

General Indexes & Aggregated Searching

CGP MetaLib

FDSys is designed to allow the Government Publishing Office to manage information from all three branches of government in a comprehensive manner.

The system is committed to permanent public access, and contains a growing group of government databases. Access is through a sophisticated search engine, or, if a particular document is needed, through easy-to-drill-down menus.


Note that GPO is unveiling an eventual replacement and upgrade for FDSys, called Try out the new site and find out more about it here:

Other general indexes:

For scientific and technical material, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in the Department of Energy offers federated, or aggregated, search services: 

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

These research reports by the staff of the Congressional Research Service cover all subject areas and are excellent overviews. Unfortunately there is not an official government site which offers access to the entire collection. 

James Jacobs at harvests the reports from several different sites and makes them available here. You can search his archive directly from the box below:

In addition, the Blume Library catalogs many CRS reports when we find out about them. Look in the Online Catalog for links to these Reports.

Here are three major institutions working to make these valuable resources available:

Here's a LibGuide (from the Naval Postgraduate School Library, where the HSDL lives) with more info about the reports & another listing of free CRS sites: 

And here are some more compilations of selected reports:

GAO Reports

The Government Accountability Office generates hundreds of reports each year on a multitude of topics related to government action in many fields. The Library has a limited collection of these reports in printed form (classification number is GA 1.13: ); find the specific numbers (as well as links to online versions when available) in the Catalog.

Here are two primary services which make the full text of many of these reports available online and searchable:

State databases & other sources of government data

booksThe American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) provides this valuable listing of links to databases providing by state governments:


The Association of Public Data Users is, according to their website, "national network that links users, producers, and disseminators of government statistical data. APDU members share a vital concern about the collection, dissemination, preservation, and interpretation of public data.."

Some of their free resources, available to non-members, include conference proceedings and webcasts on subjects of interest to users of public data.