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Government Information Research Guide
Federal and State government agencies produce information on almost every subject.  They are an excellent and often free resource for statistics, laws, regulations, directories, annual reports, and the workings of government.  If you need help with your research, contact our Ask-A-Question service for assistance.

Federal Resources
FDsys (formerly GPO Access) — Service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal government.

FedStats — Find statistics collected by over 100 federal agencies arranged by subject and geography.

FTC’s Consumer Information — Search by category or keyword for consumer protection topics such as Product Safety, Health, Food, etc.

Grants.gov — Find out the facts about the often-misunderstood topic of grants from the federal government.

Internal Revenue Service — Includes federal tax forms, links to online filing sites, training workshops, law, and policy.

Library of Congress: Government Web Resources — Links to web resources for federal, state, and international government information as well as U.S. politics.

Ready.gov — Clearinghouse for federal government information for emergency planning and recovery for individuals and businesses.

United States Statistical Abstract — Comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  Although new data collection for the Abstract ceased in 2011, each table lists its data source so that users can contact the organization that conducted the research if more recent data are required.

USA.gov — Search millions of web pages from federal & state governments, the District of Columbia, & U.S. territories.

State Resources
South Carolina Community Profiles — Provides statistical profiles at the state, county, place, ZIP code, and census tract level.  Focus is on economic and demographic information.

South Carolina Department of Revenue — Includes links to South Carolina tax forms, training workshops, law, and policy.

South Carolina Judicial Department — Includes information about South Carolina court opinions, orders, and calendar.  Also contains forms, statutes, court rules, and other information about the Judicial system.

South Carolina State Government — Locate information on state and local governments such as elected officials, State Constitution, voter registration, etc.  Good starting point for state information.

South Carolina State Library: Government and Statistics — Links to SC Code of Laws, Sex Offender Registry, SC tax forms, county governments, and other sites.

South Carolina Statistical Abstract — Offers a statistical portrait of South Carolina through available economic, demographic, and social data.

Strom Thurmond Institute of Government & Public Affairs — The Institute’s purpose is to facilitate resource and information sharing between South Carolina local and state governments.  Contains a clearinghouse of all publications which are available electronically.

Depository Libraries
Federal Depository Libraries

South Carolina State Depository System