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Government Databases

links to databases provided for public use by the US government (with some Texas and international databases noted)

Introduction to the Guide

The databases on these pages are a selected subset of freely-available US and state, with a focus on Texas, government databases. A few international databases are included as well. Databases are included on these pages only if they are substantial research sources; almost all have some kind of search capability. 

Major US Government Portals

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govinfo.gov 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 the browse feature.

Other general indexes and services

Blume Library

CRS Reports

Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports cover all subject areas and are excellent overviews. The Library of Congress, under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, is making recent CRS report available.

Major Collections

Other Compilations

Blume Library database with some CRS Reports

GAO Reports

The Government Accountability Office generates hundreds of reports each year on topics related to government agencies and actions. The Library has a limited collection of these reports in printed form (classification number is GA 1.13:). You can find them via the Discover or the Library Catalog.

Key Resources

Blume Library database with some GAO reports

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers several major research services.  Here are a few of the most used. 

Citing government sources