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American State Papers
"The American State Papers, comprising a total of thirty-eight physical volumes, contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838. The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Serial Set in 1817."
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Annals of Congress
"The Annals of Congress, formally known as The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, cover the 1st Congress through the first session of the 18th Congress, from 1789 to 1824. The Annals were not published contemporaneously, but were compiled between 1834 and 1856, using the best records available, primarily newspaper accounts. Speeches are paraphrased rather than presented verbatim, but the record of debate is nonetheless fuller than that available from the House and Senate Journals."
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Bills and Resolutions
"The Bills and Resolutions are available for selected sessions of Congress, beginning with the 6th Congress in the House of Representatives, the 16th Congress in the Senate, and the 18th Congress for Senate Joint Resolutions."
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Congressional Globe
"The Globe, as it is usually called, contains the congressional debates of the 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-73)…The Globe is the third of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and the Register of Debates and succeeded by the Congressional Record."
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Congressional Record
"The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Printed by the Government Printing Office, it is the fourth and final series of publications containing the debates of Congress. (It was preceded by the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe.)"
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Elliot's Debate: The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution
"The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution is a five-volume collection compiled by Jonathan Elliot in the mid-nineteenth century. The volumes remain the best source for materials about the national government's transitional period between the closing of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787 and the opening of the First Federal Congress in March 1789."
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Farrand's Records: The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787
"One of the great scholarly works of the early twentieth century was Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Published in 1911, Farrand's work gathered the documentary records of the Constitutional Convention into four volumes--three of which are included in this online collection--containing the materials necessary to study the workings of the Constitutional Convention."
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Federal Judicial Center
Research on the federal court systems, educational materials about the courts and their history.

FedStats
Statistics of public interest produced by more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal Government. Includes information about crime, education, health, and more.

GPO (Government Printing Office)
The GPO is the source of published government information. Their site provides access to government publications, including Supreme Court Decisions, 1937-1975.
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House Journal
"From its inaugural session, the United States House of Representatives has kept a journal of its proceedings in accordance with Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution."
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Journals of the Continental Congress
"The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774. The Second Continental Congress ran from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789. The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress as kept by the office of its secretary, Charles Thomson."

Justice Information Center
A service of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. "One of the most extensive sources of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world, providing services to an international community of policymakers and professionals."
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Letters of Delegates to Congress
"The twenty-six volumes of the Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789 aims to make available all the documents written by delegates that bear directly upon their work during their years of actual service in the First and Second Continental Congresses, 1774-1789."
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Library of Congress
LOC's website with everything they think an American citizen might want to know about the library. Also some digital collections of works.
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Maclay's Journal: Journal of William Maclay, United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1789-1791
"William Maclay was one of the first two senators from Pennsylvania. Within two months of the opening of the first session, he had begun to keep a diary, which he continued almost daily for the three sessions of the 1st Congress. Because Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795, his is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses."
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NARA (National Archives and Records Administration)
"NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records. [Its] mission is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience."

National Agricultural Library (NAL) Catalog & AGRICOLA
Indexes of agricultural information--books, serials, and journal articles.

National Center for Health Statistics
Rates and statistics on birth, death, and other health information.
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Register of Debates
"The Register of Debates is a record of the congressional debates of the 18th Congress, 2nd Session through the 25th Congress, 1st Session (1824-37). It is the second of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and succeeded by the Congressional Globe."
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Senate Executive Journal
"From its inaugural session, in addition to its legislative journal, the Senate has maintained a separate record of its executive proceedings that relate to its functions of confirming presidential nominees and consenting to the making of treaties."
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Senate Journal
"From its inaugural session, the United States Senate has kept a journal of its proceedings in accordance with Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution."
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Statistical Abstract: National Data Book
Published by the census bureau, the latest data on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, employment and many other numbers.
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Statutes at Large
"The United States Statutes at Large, commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Publication began in 1845. Every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage."
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Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
News and information about legislation currently under consideration or recently considered.
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U.S. Census Bureau
Census information both current and past can be viewed by state and county.
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U.S. House of Representatives
What else would you expect? Session and committee schedules, member directories, and links to related sites.
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U.S. Senate
Includes information on Senate sessions and committee meetings. Also links to the Web Sites of individual Senators.
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U.S. Serial Set
"The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers. The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate."
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U.S. Supreme Court
Good information about what is happening in the Supreme Court.

USA.Gov
"Your First Click to the U.S. Government." The official website for searching government websites. Searches both federal and state government websites.
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White House
The official presidential web site. Info about the president, including speeches.

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World FactBook
The CIA's profile of each country with general information about geography, population, government, weather, and travel advisories. Includes maps.


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