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Federal Government Search Engines : Home

This guide gives example of three simple search engines to give access to US Federal information.

Who Might be Interested:

  • Scholars
  • Journalists
  • Interested Citizens
  • Students of the U.S. legislative system

Need More Help?

Contact a Federal Depository Library when you can’t find the Federal information you want.

 For a list of Oklahoma’s federal depository libraries see this map:

OK Federal Depository Libraries

Free Government Databases

USA.Gov:  http://www.usa.gov

This Federal produced database is a one-stop shop for general government information. USA.gov has one search box, semi-permanent subject topics, and  features web pages on news topics. It is meant to be the “official” meta-site search engine of the entire U.S. government. 

 

FDsys, Federal Digital System:    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ 

FDsys provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to:

Search for documents and publications — FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.

Browse for documents and publications — FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author.

Access metadata about documents and publications — FDsys provides information about Government publications in standard XML formats.

Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats — With FDsys, users can download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.

 

Congress.gov : https://www.congress.gov/

Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

 

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