Government: U.S. Resources

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Congressional Publications

Comprehensive U.S. legislative information. If fulltext is not available online, check with the Central Library's Reference Department for print availability.* Please note: Starting January 1, 2019, Houston Public Library will no longer be able to provide access to this resource.  Please reference the following for similar information:,, 

Military & Government Collection

Articles from periodicals related to the military.*

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

Statistics on crime and criminals, victims, and the justice system.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. These publications make up the National Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.

Centers for Disease Control

Information from the federal government on health and diseases.

Find your elected federal representatives by Zip code, or research current issues and legislation.

Consumer Information from the Federal Trade Commission

The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. Includes scam alerts as well as information on mortgages, money, privacy and identity and more.

Core Documents of Our Democracy

Major documents of the United States from 1776 to the present.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Government agency internet resources for teachers and parents.

Filing a Claim For Your Health or Disability Benefits

Describes some of your plan's obligations and briefly explains the procedures and timelines for filing a health or disability benefits claim (from the U.S. Department of Labor).

El portal oficial en espanol del Gobierno de los EE. UU.


Provides free online access to official Federal Government Publications.


Learn about insurance options, coverage, and consumer rights under the Affordable Care Act.

IRS Free File

If your adjusted gross income was $57,000 or less in 2011, you can use Free File to prepare and e-file your taxes online.


MetaLib is 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.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job outlook information for hundreds of occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Information on United States Presidents.

One-stop website to find, view, and comment on Federal regulations and other Federal actions.

Salaries and Wages -- U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Pay scale for Federal jobs in 30 cities and rural areas.

Gateway to government science information provided by US Government science agencies, including research and development results.

Small Business Administration

Information and services offered by the SBA.

Social Security Online

Information in English and Spanish on benefits and regulations.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Offers links to resources for treatment as well as information for family and community members.

U.S. Census Bureau

Source for social, demographic, and economic information.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Find information about citizenship, immigration, working in the U.S., verification of employee eligibility, adoption and more.

U.S. Code

Federal laws by topic.

U.S. Government Manual

The official handbook of the Federal Government provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches and other official agencies.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Free searchable databases of patents and trademarks, as well as information on the patent process.

USA Jobs

Employment opportunities with the United States government.

The United States government's official web portal.

USPS Zip Code Search

Zip code look-up.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.

White House

The official website for the White House. Includes biographies of the presidents and the first ladies.

Who Represents Me?

Texas elected officials and the districts they represent.