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When searching for government information, it’s important to distinguish whether you’re seeking information about government or by the government. Browsing through the J call number area will turn up all types of resources on government; JA (documents), JS (local government). The following keywords will guide you finding information about government. If you’re searching for information published by the government, you may search for the publishing agency as an author (i.e. Central Intelligence Agency).

Subject Search
Political science, politics, names of countries and
“politics and government“ ( Russia politics and government)

Keyword Search
Government, government information, politics,
political, jurisdiction and government ( Virginia government)

You may also access books and e-books through the library catalog.


Reference Works

Dictionary of Politics and Government

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science

Reader's Companion to the American Presidency


You may access the following databases from any computer workstation on campus. For off-campus access, please follow the instructions found on the library’s homepage under “Off-Campus Access Instructions” or click here for an online tutorial.

Military & Government Collection covers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government by providing cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals.

Academic Search Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

MasterFILE Premier is composed of full text journal and magazine articles, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection.


Local Government Resources

Radford City

Montgomery County

Pulaski County

State and Local Governments on the Net directory of official state, county, and city websites.


State Government Resources

Council of State Governments provides links to government sponsored Internet sites in each state.

Virginia.gov - The Official Commonwealth of Virginia Home Page

Virginia General Assembly find laws, bills, and resolutions

Virginia Department of Taxation tax forms and publications

Virginia's Judicial System


Federal Government Resources

American FactFinder furnishes population, housing, economic and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau

FedStats Home Page - gateway to statistics from over 100 government agencies

FirstGov.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal - official gateway to all governmental agency websites

GPO Access Home Page - the Government Printing Office official website that provides links to congressional bills, laws, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, and Supreme Court decisions.

Historical U.S. Documents includes the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and more.

Internal Revenue Servicefind federal tax forms and publications

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Project VoteSmart provides information and voting records for political candidates and elected officials.

Science.gov : Government Science Portal access to scientific and technical information from the federal government.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S . is a compendium of statistics on social and economic conditions in the U.S.

Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court Collection Home allows one to search current and historic decisions

Supreme Court of the United States

THOMAS – Legislative Information on the Internet full-text database of major legislation, roll call votes, historical documents, and more.

Census Bureau Home Pagecensus data for the U.S.

International Government Resources

The World Factbook provides information on countries around the world

EmbassyWorld lists websites to embassies and consulates worldwide

United Nations

Worldwide Government Websites a comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the Internet.


If you have questions regarding any of these resources or need assistance finding
additional information, please
Ask a Librarian.