United States Government
American FactFinder http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en \
Federal government source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics”.
Congressional Research Reports for the People http://www.opencrs.com
This website provides citizens access to U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports in the public domain and “encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports”. Searchable by keyword.
"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies."
Searchable access to U.S., state and local governments. Information is also listed by topic.
Legislative Branch http://thomas.loc.gov/home/legbranch/legbranch.html
Detailed information on the U.S. Congress, including voting records, congressional district maps, and legislative agencies and commissions.
National Security Archive http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/
National Security Archive, George Washington University; independent research institute that collects declassified government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Searchable by keyword.
Politics and Government Around the World http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/
Resources and links to politics and government from around the world.
Population Reference Bureau http://www.prb.org
This website provides worldwide information about population, health, and the environment and is arranged by focus area, topic and region.
Search through federal executive agencies, independent agencies, and through state and local government information.
U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/
U.S. Government Manual http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html
“The official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branch.”
U.S. National Archives http://www.archives.gov/research/index.html
The searchable website from the U.S. National Archives that provides access to some government records and photographs online, and helps researchers locate other government documents.
California Government Web Sites
California Dept. of Finance Demographic Research Unit http://www.dof.ca.gov/HTML/DEMOGRAP/Druhpar.asp
Demographic Research Unit of the California Department of Finance. This website is the official source of demographic data for California planning and budgeting.
California Research Bureau http://www.library.ca.gov/research/
Resources from the California Research Bureau (CRB) from the California State Library. The CRB conducts research for state officials that is searchable on this site.
California Secretary of State http://www.sos.ca.gov/
California Secretary of State, includes campaign and lobbying information.
California Statistical Abstract http://www.dof.ca.gov/html/fs_data/stat-abs/toc.htm
The California Statistical Abstract from the California Department of Finance.
Los Angeles City Ethics Commission http://ethics.lacity.org/
Los Angeles City Ethics Commission’s website, includes searchable municipal campaign contributions.
Public Policy Institute of California http://www.ppic.org/main/home.asp
Research, Surveys, Publications (free and downloadable).