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Research Databases

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Declassified Documents Reference System, U.S.
Provides access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covers events from the Cold War to the Viet Nam war and later. Valuable material for researching international relations, American Studies, United State foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism, and more.

ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional)
Brings together a vast amount of information published by and about Congress including bills, laws, regulations, hearings, and committee reports to name only a few. Many of the documents are available full text. Many of the documents are available full text and are indexed back to 1789. Includes the full text of the Congressional Serial Set from 1789 to the present. Updates and coverage vary by section.

Free Government and Related Web Sites

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This site from the Small Business Administration is a gateway to government Websites and resources related to domestic and international economics, commerce, and industry.

The Library of Congress hosts this site for congressional material. The legislative material goes back to at least 1989 with Public Laws available from 1973 to the present. Thomas also hosts the Congressional Record from 1989 to the present. Schedules for both houses of Congress are available as well.

The UN site offers documents, reports, publications, treaties, outreach material, and contact information in a variety of languages. It is not a complete source for UN material; however, most newsworthy materials appear on the site.

This is the U.S. government's official portal to federal and state information online. It offers a subject directory as well as a search engine that will search federal, state, or a particular state' s web sites.