then try a specific database such as...
for Education journals: ERIC (sponsored by the US Department of Education)
for studies concerning Social Issues: PsycINFO
for Media & Cultural research: Communication and Mass Media Complete
for Demographics: Social Explorer
for Statistics: Statistical Insight
for Business & Economic studies: Business Source Complete
for Medical studies: MEDLINE. CINAHL Nursing & Health Source Plus
Check the library's online Research Guides
or consult a Subject Specialist Librarian.
USA.gov - Official portal of the United States government.
Ben's Guide Is a feature from GPO that explains the workings of the federal government for readers of all ages. If you need a refresher on basic civics this is a great place to begin.
United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. FOR YEARS AFTER 2012 see ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S. on the main library database page under 'p'.
Data.gov Under the terms of the 2013 Federal Open Data Policy, newly-generated government data is required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while continuing to ensure privacy and security.
These Pitt Library Guides will help you research the major categories of government information. If you aren't sure where to begin, or you want some advice, please contact the Government Publications Team directly.
For getting started:
Government Information research strategies
The Federal Government is the largest source for statistics -- there is an Agency for everything. These are just a few of the biggest ones. Try the Gateways for links to some of the many other agencies.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
FBI - Uniform Crime Reports
US Census Bureau (Demographics & Economics)