Government Information

Government Sources for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Ever wondered how to get started with your research on business information, especially on how to start your own business, where to get facts and statistics from, etc.? Have you given up after a short while because it seems that the Web either does not provide what you need or that every single business resource costs money?
 
Well, there is another way to obtain business information right from the comfort of your home ... and for absolutely no fee!
 
This pathfinder will help you navigate selected United States Government Business Information Sources, regarded as the most credible and up-to-date information source in the ever-changing environment of the Web. Many users are not aware of the wealth of information that our government provides to the general public for free. But, admittedly, it can get quite confusing. With so many operating agencies it seems like an impossible task to track down exactly what you need.

Locating Government Information from the Government Printing Office

The Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes and distributes official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal Agencies, Federal Depository Libraries and the American public. The GPO is currently migrating their information from GPO Access to a new system called Federal Digital System or FDsys. FDsys is an advanced digital system that will allow the GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of government. Advantages to the new system include the ability for Congress and Federal Agencies to submit files and orders electronically to the GPO, Government information will reach a wider audience through the internet based system, preservation of information will be ensured even as technology changes, and the GPO will have greater control of the format of the information they receive. Movement from GPO Access to FDsys will be completed on a step by step basis, finishing in 2010.

There are several ways to conduct a search using FDsys. From the homepage in the left menu click on GPO Access - FDsys. On this page you can type a keyword in the text box and conduct a simple search. There is also an advance search option which allows you to select the publication and limit dates. You can also limit your search to full text, branch of government, category or citation. Selecting the help link provides you with information on conducting searches.

Locating Government Information With THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Launched in 1995, THOMAS has expanded to include information on bills and resolutions, activity in Congress, an index to the Congressional Record, schedules and calendars, Presidential Nominations, treaties, and government resources. At this site you can also learn how your government works. A link to information for teachers including classroom activities, lesson plans and more is available on the homepage.