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Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
This Government Printing Office site offers access to key documents of American History - The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution , the Gettysburg Address and more.
Library of Congress - American Memory
The American Memory project provides access to historical document collections, photographs, paintings and audio related to the American experience.
National Archives
The National Archives provides a web portal to its online indexes and access to digitized historical United States government information throughout history. The archives has a particularly strong collection of materials related to military history.

United States Sources

This database, hosted by the Library of Congress, provides online access to legislative history, legislation and public laws going back to the 101st Congress.
GAO Reports & Testimonies
This site provides full text pdf access to all of the documents published by the Government Accountability Office on government topics of current interest.
United States Serial Set
This site which is only available to UW Oshkosh students provides a history of the U.S. Federal Government through the Serial Set--a compedium of digitized Congressional and Senate documents and reports presented by Lexis Nexis in a searchable database.
National Archives Archival Databases
This site provides access to the digitized collections held by the National Archives.
National Archives Virtual Library
This site provides links to full text books, documents, pamphlets, newspapers and historical documents on the web.
Historical Congressional Record Index
The Historical Congressional Record index is presented here by the Government Printing Office, providing access to the index retrospectively to 1983.
Digital Collections & Service - Library of Congress
This site is a portal to all of the Library of Congress digital collections of historical materials.
U.S. Army Center of Military History
This is the web portal to the U.S. Army's official authority on military history.
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
The Library of Congress presents online access to historical legislative information including the Continental Congress, statutes and documents, Annals of Congress, and Debates of Congress.
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties/ Charles. J. Kappler
This is a compendium of Laws and Treaties made with North American Indian Tribes, by Charles J. Kappler.
Our Documents - One Hundred Milestone Documents
These are the people's choice of the 100 most important documents in American history, with the links to the full text of the documents.
Google Search for Congressional Research Service Reports
This is a search engine designed specifically for searching for Congressional Research Service Reports.
Open CRS Network
The Center for Democracy and Technology offers access to CRS reports that are in the public domain.
Foreign Relations of the United States
This publication by the United States Department of State is provided here in digitized format as part of the University of Wisconsin Madison's digitized collections. The set has been reproduced here almost in its entirety retrospectively to 1861.
Treaties in Force 2009
This is a list of treaties and agreements of the United States in force as of January 1, 2008.
Thurgood Marshall School of Law: Congressional Research Reports Page
This web page from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law provides links to Congressional Research Reports in many different topic areas.
Compilation of Presidential Documents
The Government Printing Office provides online access to this print publication of official weekly and daily presidential documents going back to 1993.
The American Presidency Project
This site, presented by the University of California Santa Barbara, provides comprehensive access to United States presidential information including the public papers of the President going back to 1929.
Public Papers of the Presidency
The Public Papers of the Presidency are the official writings of the President while holding office. The volumes covered here include George H.W. Bush (1991) thru George W. Bush. 2003.
CIA World Factbook
This is the online version of the CIA's publication that provides up-to-date information on the countries of the world.
Background Notes Countries
This publication by the United States Department of State provides political, economic and cultural information about nations of the world.
U.S. Army Field Manuals, Training Circulars, Technical Manuals, War Department/Department of the Army Pamphlets
U.S. Army Field Manuals, Training Circulars, Technical Manuals, War Department/Department of the Army Pamphlets
Strategic Studies Institute United States Army War College
This is the web portal that provides information on strategic studies from the United States Army War College (Carlisle Barracks) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Digital Library on American Slavery
This site, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides access to digital primary source documents relating to slavery in the United Sates.
National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.
Office of the Secretary of Defense Freedom of Information Requestor Service Center
This site offers access to Defense Department documents that have been declassified due to the Freedom of Information Act.
This web site, currently in its beta form, will eventually replace the THOMAS database
This is an archive of digitized information related to the history of the United States House of Representatives.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
This web site provides access to over 800,000 historical digital images that are part of New York Public Library's collection.
Government Web Sites For and About American Indians
This is a list of government web sites that has information related to American Indians. This web site was created by Steve Beleau of Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
Congressional Budget Office Reports
On this page are located links to the reports of the Congressional Budget office on the economic effects of current and future federal government policies and legislation.

Wisconsin Sources

Wisconsin Historical Society
This is the official agency responsible for the preservation of the historical record of Wisconsin. It is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
UW Oshkosh Archives and Area Research Center
This is the official repository for records from UW Oshkosh, historical government records from Dodge, Marquette, Winnebago, Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties, and other collections from local area history.
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Publications
The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau provides legislative policy and issue papers of current interest.
Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
The Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau provides papers on the fiscal impact of legislative initiatives.
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau provides reports on the fiscal impact of legislation, and program evaluation and review as part of its legislative oversight.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
This is a collection of historical digital material consisting in large part of a collection of historical Wisconsin documents.
This site provides video coverage of some sessions of the Wisconsin Legislature and also proceedings of the Appellate Courts of Wisconsin. The site includes a video archive.
Wisconsin Law Archive
This site provides access to the acts passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature (current and an archive back to 1969-70)and an archive of the Wisconsin Statutes (back to 1969-70)and the Wisconsin Constitution in pdf format is provided going back to 1990.
Wisconsin Digital Archives
This site presented by the Wisconsin Documents Depository Program provides a database of digitized Wisconsin Government Information.

International Sources

Country Reports - UNESCO
This web site, presented through UNESCO's "Education for All" initiative, provides information about all the nations of the world.
Memory of the World Projects
UNESCO provides access to digitized historical documents from all corners of the world at this site.
United Nations Treaty Collection
This is the English version to the digital collection of United Nations treaties, including historical ones.
INCORE Internet Country Guides
The Intenational Conflict Research Institute provides these guides with information on countries throughout the world.
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