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U.S. Federal Government

This guide contains information on how to locate current and historical publications from all three branches of the federal government.

General Indexes and Compendia

If you are looking for statistics on a particular topic, begin with the sources listed below. They allow you to browse and search for statistics by topic and will often point you to the appropriate agency and/or publication.


Microdata is information at the level of individual respondents. For instance, a national census might collect age, home address, educational level, employment status, and many other variables, recorded separately for every person who responds; this is microdata.

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