Government Information

Congressional Hearings 
A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, Joint, or Special Committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most Congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Only hearings released to GPO from the committees are made available on GPO Access. Coverage from 1985 - present.
CREST (CIA Declassified Documents)
25 years worth of declassified documents now available to the public.

U.S. Code from the House of Representatives 
Searchable version of the U.S. code either by keyword, boolean or by title and section. See also:  GPO Access or LexisNexis Academic.
American Presidency Project 
A digital archive of the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States from Hoover to Bush (1929 to present); see also IC Library stacks at: J80 .A283. The site also includes: inaugural addresses, radio addresses, fireside chats, debates, convention speeches, and party platforms.
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1960 
Digital facsimile of these government documents. Covers 1861-1960 with some gaps. Also available in print and microfiche at JX233.A3rn
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1961-1975 
Digital facsimile of these government documents See also IC Library stacks & microfiche at: JX233 .A3 for earlier volumes
Open CRS: Congressional Research Report for the People 
Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides background reports to Congress yet they were not distributed to government document collections. Citizens had to write their Congressional representatives to obtain copies. The Open CRS site has indexed and posted copies of these valuable documents.
Oyez : U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia 
User friendly website that contains biographies of Supreme Court justices, case decisions, and some audio transcripts of select cases.
The U.S. government's official web portal. This site makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. (Formerly known as FirstGov)
Thomas - Legislative Information 
Database of United States legislative information including: bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, treaties, Committee Reports, Public Laws, Roll Call Votes, etc.

Compilation of Presidential Documents Unrestricted Resource Some full text available

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Special guides

Search Tools from the Sunlight Foundation

Capitol Words
This site serves as a concordance of congressional documents. From the Sunlight Foundation: "Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician."

Influence Explorer
Tracks campaign finance information. It uses data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets and the FEC.

An alert system for Bills and Laws in Congress

Open States
Alert system for legislation at the state level.

Political Issues Databases

These guides offer guides to political and social issues, many featuring pro and con viewpoints.

Publications by Professors

Articles, presentations, and other publications by Ithaca College Politics professors are available through the Ithaca College Digital Commons