Popular Federal Government Sites
  • FDsys is a service of the United States Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from FDsys can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program.
  • USA.gov is intended to be a one stop site where the public can find every online resource offered by the Federal government. The search engine utilized by FirstGov for this government information portal is Fed-Search. Fed-Search indexes everything that is available on federal agency web sites at a given point in time. Once Fed-Search matches a search term with the content on the agencies' web pages it returns the URL of the page containing the information. Click on the URL to go directly to the agency's web site to view the page.
  • Guide to Law Online: The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.
  • Copyright Office: Find key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the home pages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing, including Congressional testimony and press releases; latest regulations; a link to online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more.
  • In 1992, FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government. This new service assisted agencies and the public in electronically locating Federal Government information, both information housed within the NTIS repository and information made accessible through an electronic gateway of more than 100 Government bulletin boards.
  • IRS: From the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, find tax forms, regulations, and publications here.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) now offers World-Wide Web (Web) access to separate bibliographic and full-text patent databases. These databases cover the period from 1 January 1976 to the most recent weekly issue date (usually each Tuesday). The US Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) is a replacement for the original US Trademark Search Database. Currently, TESS contains more than 2.7 million pending, registered and dead records.
  • The Documents Center at the University of Michigan provides this in-depth Internet guide to federal government resources on the Web

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