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Governmental Databases (Mostly U.S. Federal Government sponsored)

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) -- U.S. National Archives and Records Administration databases to searching a selection of nearly 50 million unique historic electronic records from more than 20 federal agencies on a wide range of topics. Note many military records were lost in a fire in the Military Records center on July 12, 1973. For details click here.         

AGRICOLA -- Bibliographic database of books and journal articles for agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library.         

American FactFinder https:/ -- Provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and territories. The data in American FactFinder is curated from several censuses and surveys. The on screen presentation is summarized from several sources.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
 This link goes to a list of individual collections.  To search all Library collections (including American Memory) please visit, or browse the full array of digitized collections at

The British Library --This website contains comprehensive information about the British Library, the scope of its collections, and how to use its services. From the home page access catalogues and digital content. The site includes more than 10,000 web pages, 13 million library records, 90,000 images, 50,000 sound recording, and more than 9 million articles. Important digital collections include high-quality copies of the Gutenberg Bible and Codex Sinaiticus.    

British Library image collection -- British Library collection of more than 1 million public domain images from 17th, 18th, and 19th-century books. Covers a wide-range of subjects.  

British Library Digitised Manuscripts Collection --Use this page to search the British Library’s collections of manuscripts. Manuscript collections include items in Greek, Hebrew, Thai, Persian, Malay and more languages. Article about the Hebrew collection:

Brooklyn Visual Heritage --Provides access to a digitized corpus of 19th and 20th-century photographs and other visual materials drawn from the collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Bureau of Economic Analysis --BEA databases provide a quantitative view of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data such as domestic production consumption, and investment, exports and imports, national and domestic income and savings, the Nation's position in the world economy. Access to their statistics and the data used to derive the statistics comes in multiple forms, from static tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis. BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce.               

Bureau of Transportation Statistics --Includes access to databases, articles, and journals covering all areas of transportation. Some full-text journals are available. Some links are not available to the public.                    

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance --This database provides information on all Federal assistance programs available to state and local governments; Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications --This is a search tool for all current and historial U.S. Government publications.

Census Records in the National Archives of Great Britain
-- Census records for England and Wales from 1841 to 1911.

Child Welfare Information Gateway --Provides access to print, electronic publications, and online resources covering a wide range of topics relating to child welfare including child welfare, child abuse, neglect, adoption, and out-of-home care.      

CIA World Fact Book -- This governmental database provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues on more than 267 world places and governmental entities.        

Design Database  --This is a design database from the Department of Justice.

Defense Technical Information Center > --The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. The Federal Register is published every business day by 6 a.m. Coverage is complete from 1936-present including PDF copies of text, full indexing and searches. 

ERIC Database and Thesaurus --Bibliographic records of education literature, some full text. There is also a subscription version from EBSCO. 

FDsys - GPO's Federal Digital System --A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. Includes Federal Register, United States Government Manual, United States Code, and Congressional Record. Formerly called GPO Access.    

Federal Register   The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. The Federal Register is published every business day by 6 a.m.  Coverage is complete from 1936-present including PDF copies of text, full indexing and searches

FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data This is a portal, developed by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for many databases for more than 240,000 economic and financial time series data from dozens of sources. Short video tutorials explain the tools.  

GPO Monthly Catalog -- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). This finding tool for federal publications includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users may search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keyword, or click on "Advanced Search” to search on multiple parameters.        

Illinois Blue Books -- Illinois Blue Book, published by the Secretary of State is the comprehensive source of information about Illinois' executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government. Link is for the latest electronic edition (56th). 

Illinois Compiled Statutes -- Laws of the State of Illinois   

Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) -- The repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State. Items include texts and images. Most items are in the public domain.   

Illinois Secretary of State Publications/Forms -- List of publications from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Includes Rules of the Road in English and Spanish.   

Illinois State Archives Databases This page has links to State databases. Most of the databases are indexes only.   

Images from the History of Medicine --Images from the History of Medicine Division (HMD) collections of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Database gives access to over 70,000 images. The collection includes graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century. 

Israel Patent Agency --This database contains updated information on Israeli patent applications and allows searches according to various criteria. --Searchable in English or Hebrew. Most documents are in English. They claim documents only documents from 1970 are available. Patent Agency also has a database of designs such as registered trademarks.   

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) -- This is the National Library for Canada. Its mandate includes preserving the cultural and social heritage of Canadian society and its institutions. The website includes links to library databases, government websites, census data, immigration records, military death records and more. Interfaces in English and French.

Medicine in the Americas 1610-1920 --A digital library from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) including freely available works documenting the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century. All items are in the public domain.        

MetaLib --A federated search engine for access to the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and electronic resources.       

Municipal Code of Chicago -- Includes Chicago Municipal Code (titles 1 -18); Chicago Zoning Ordinance and Land Use Ordinance (titles 16 & 17); and Chicago Building Code (titles 13, 15, & 18).

Municipal Code Corporation - Online Library --This resource from Municode, a commercial company, assembles municipal codes nationally. This database provides access to more than 2,900 online codes spread throughout all 50 states. A subscription is needed for full access.   

National Archives -- Search the National Archives for documents and images. Note most of the materials held in the Archives have not been digitized.   

National Center for Biotechnology Information --This database provides free access to books and documents in the life sciences and healthcare. The bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content. It also spurs discovery of related information. Contains about 2773 book titles.   

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  This site is a portal to data and databases relating to education. Some links are for data sets that can be used for analysis. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education and reports on education activities internationally.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) --A federally funded resource offering justice, substance abuse, and victim assistance information.             

National Film Registry -- This is a collection of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films," showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. Only 25 films per year are added to the registry.                     

The National Gallery of Art is one of the national museums in Washington, DC. NGA Images make available free of charge for viewing and downloading 51,000 images.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine --This is the home page for all of the historical online resources of the NLM. Page has links to databases, digital collections, and information about exhibits. NLM Digital Resources -- Digital collections of historical resources including books, pamphlets, videos, and maps.            

National Security Archive -- A project of Georgetown University Library. Founded in 1985, this database combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, a research institute on international affairs, a library and an archive of declassified U.S. documents.   

National Technical Information Service --Scientific and Technical Information from the U.S. Commerce Commission.            

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) (Formerly called National Environmental Publications Information System (NEPIS) –This is a portal and database produced by the National Service Center for Environmental Publications for access to publications concerning the environment. This site provides a searchable database of EPA reports, Federal Register notices, and other documents.

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Search-tools --OSTI is office in the Department of Energy (DOE) with the responsibility to collect, preserve, and disseminate research and development (R&D) results emanating from DOE funding. This main search tool is OSTI. There are eight other search tools for specialized purposes, including >ScienceCinema.        

Plant Database --Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. Sponsored by US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service.             

PubMed --Citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central or publisher websites.

PubScience > --This a database of all NASA funded scientific research. It is part of PubMed Central    Search for federal regulation, rules, comments, etc. -- Search engine that covers more than 60 databases from 13 agencies and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

Statistical Abstract of the United States --Database of the Census Bureau. Includes summary tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States

THOMAS, legislative information from the Library of Congress Search for information about Congress, pending bills, and recently enacted laws.         

TOXNET Toxicology Data Network contains links to 16 databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, risk, and toxic releases. One may search one or more databases at once. From the National Library of Medicine.            

United Nations Treaty Collection --A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretary General from 1946 to the present. The collection currently contains more than 158,000 treaties and related subsequent actions. For more information concerning what can be found on this site click here for FAQ page. Searchable databases include Depositary of Treaties, Registration and Publication of Treaties , Resources , Treaty Events , and Photos of Treaty Ceremonies. Most documents appear in English and at least one other language.        

USA Spending --Search for data on the spending for every Federal agency. Get a big picture or the granularity you need.        

US Code Home Page --Alternate access through the GPO. --Search the US Code, the official and permanent law code of the United States.

United States Congressional Serial Set,   commonly referred to as the Serial Set.  This is part of the Library of Congress American Memory project. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817).    This includes documents ordered to be printed by the US House or Senate including, reports, hearings, and notes concerning legislation.  Not all years have been digitized.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) --This database has PDF files of all patents issued from 1790 to the present. From 1976 to the present files are searchable by all fields. The target page has links to help researchers learn how to search patents. Click here to go directly to the search page. To search trademarks click here for Trademark Search.

Last revised  November 15, 2018