Government Information Databases

Recommended Databases

Presents the digitized edition of legislative and executive documents of the U.S.Congress from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Collects full text, abstracts, and citations for U.S. legislative information, regulations, and news with augmented full text coverage of Congressional hearings for 1824-1979. Updated daily when Congress is in session. provides access to federal open government data as well as data from state, local, and tribal governments.

The U.S. Government Printing Office's (GPO) govinfo is an advanced digital system that provides access to government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. It replaces GPO's FDsys digital system. 

Provides the primary finding tool for the Federal Depository Library publications including descriptive records for historical and current documents with links to full text when available. Also known as the Monthly Catalog (MOCAT). Updated daily and open access.

Searches multiple U.S. Federal Government databases that retrieve reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.

Contains full text scholarly and peer-reviewed articles covering all areas of law.

Includes full text sources for regional, national, and international newspapers as well as business, legal, and medical publications, and also, government documents.

Index to technical publications from the U.S. government. Includes full text for reports from 1995 and select full text for earlier publications.

Contains citations and full text to U.S. legislative information from 1970 to the present, with additional coverage of Congressional hearings from 1824 to 1979.

Features selected, authoritative science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results.

Archives reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from 1817-1994.

Offers population, housing, economic, trends, and geographic data.

Covers all federal programs available to all states and local governments including the District of Columbia, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments as well as the territories and possessions of the U.S. Aggregates. 

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Provides full text and citations to scholarly articles on all aspects of business, management, company profiles, and country information.

Contains full text of CQ Researcher reports, CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly, featuring bills and legislative actions) as well as reference works on politics, commerce, and the U.S. Congress.

Contains full text encyclopedias, directories, handbooks, and guides in political science.

Offers reports on key issues in the U.S.Congress from 1923 to the present. Includes a searchable archive by keyword, date, or subject.

Provides access to open source and freely shared data sets.

Reports on country commerce, country finance, and doing business in various countries.

Indexes education documents (ED), and education journal articles (EJ), from 1966 to the present. Covers all educational levels and aspects of education. Full text journal articles (EJ), and education documents on microfiche (ED 1966-2003), are still available. Click on the information icon regarding the status of full text ERIC documents(ED).

Provides a repository where users can make all of their research, such as datasets, presentation slides, open lab notebooks, papers, media, figures, posters, code, theses, and filesets, available in a citableshareable,and discoverable manner.

Google Scholar searches the academic, scholarly Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Searching Google Scholar from the Portland State University Library will identify full text articles available from PSU Library resources as well as open access articles from other universities and colleges.

Provides the commercial version of the monthly catalog of U.S. Government documents. Includes direct links to some Portland State Library resources. Covers 1976 to one month ago.

Maintains access to U.S. federal grants and applications.

Covers the field of homeland security, which includes topics such as terrorism, public health, borders and immigration, intelligence, civil liberties, weapons and the military.

A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Provides free access to texts in life science and healthcare from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Covers the health sciences, biology, cell sciences, molecular biology as well as public health, health policy, and health education.

Includes Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906, and other authoritative indexes that cover 19th century periodicals, books, newspapers, and patents as well as U.S. and British government documents. 

Maintains the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Offers free, publicly-available,Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information. 

Provides international transportation research. TRID combines records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre's International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) database. Covers the 1960's to the present.

Features metasearches of evidence-based practice (EBP) databases in the health sciences including DARE, and PubMed as well as EBP journals from 1997 to the present.

Maintains the economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Contains reports and datasets that cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics, which include both current and historical data. 

Publishes U.S., state, and county level agricultural statistics for many commodities and data series. Provides annual surveys and reports covering all aspects of U.S. agriculture. Includes changing U.S. producer demographics.

Features data related to education collected and analyzed by the U.S. federal government. Includes reviews and reports on the state of international education too.

Provides a single point of access to Health Resources and Services Asministration (HRSA)  programmatic information, related health resources, and demographic data that focuses on uninsured, underserved, and special needs populations.

Compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of U.S. citizens.

Maintains a registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. 

Collects the latest national data on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse including data on drug related emergency department episodes, medical examiner cases, and about the nation's substance abuse treatment system.

Provides data sets generated by the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research. Effors include the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, and microdata from research initiatives such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.

Maintains data sets about juvenile offending, victimization, and contact with the juvenile justice system. Data sources include official records and self-report data from surveys.

Contains merchandise export and import data between the United States and all its trading partners. Although this is a free database, you will need to set up individual accounts. When prompted, please use promo code F0901.

Collates spatial information from U.S. government agencies on a variety of topics about the United States including biodiversity, agriculture, transportation, population, geology, and climate.

Describes items owned by libraries around the world. WorldCat contains records for books, journals, musical scores, maps, videotapes, and more.

Indexes articles related to political institutions, international law and politics, public policy, public administration, political theory, and political economics. Indexes sources from 1975 to the present.