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This guide is about finding government information, including federal (U.S.), state, and foreign governments as well as international/ intergovernmental organizations. Andersen Library, a selective depository for government documents (federal and Wisconsin), is open to the public, including providing access to government information on the Internet.
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Directories - Finding Agencies & Organizations
- A to Z index of departments and agencies (USA.gov)
- Federal Agency Directory (Louisiana State University) - browse or search
- Official US Executive Branch Web Sites (Library of Congress)
- U.S. Congress: House of Representatives | Senate
- Court Locator (U.S. Courts)
- U.S. Government Manual - annual handbook
States & Local (U.S.)
- Wisconsin: Wisconsin.gov | State Government Agencies | Legislature: Assembly (WI) | Senate (WI) | Blue Book (Legislative Reference Bureau)
- All 50 states: State Government Information (Library of Congress) | State Government (USA.gov)
- Local: Find a County (National Association of Counties) | USA CityLink |
Jefferson County | Rock County | Walworth County | Wisconsin Cities & Villages (League of Wisconsin Municipalities) | City of Whitewater.
Foreign Governments (Worldwide)
- List of Foreign Governments (Northwestern University)
- Foreign and International Government Statistical Agencies (Purdue University Libraries)
- List of IGOs (International Governmental Organizations) (Northwestern University)
- International Organizations (Library of Congress)
- Specific Organizations:
See also the guide for "Organizations - Inter-Governmental, Non-Governmental."
Government Social Media Accounts
Verify U.S. Federal Government Social Media Accounts (USA.gov) - Verify that a socialmedia account is managed by a federal (U.S.) government agency by pasting its URL into this tool.
HowTo.gov Agency Social Media Browse: - Find registered social media accounts by federal agency.
Federal Government YouTube Videos - A chronological listing of federal government videos on YouTube. Also searchable.
Twitter Widgets Gallery - browse recent tweets from federal agencies.
Wisconsin Portal: Social Media - find social media accounts of Wisconsin government agencies
Federal (U.S.) Dictionaries & Acronyms
Federal (U.S.) Cross-Agency Portals
USA.gov (official portal to U.S. Government)
Government benefits information; help find grants, loans, financial aid, and more
Official source for federal legislative information, replacing THOMAS.gov in 2014
Search for government data, or browse by topic
Government loan information, including business and education loans
Find and apply for grants for organizations
Government health information
Find and comment on federal regulations
Government science information
Find more "Cross-Agency Portals" (USA.gov)