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Official directory of foreign consular offices in the United States. For United States government offices in foreign countries see: U.S. Embassies, Consultates, and Diplomatic Missions.

Presenting biographical sketch of some of the most famous political leaders of all times. Biographies of these leaders trace their life history, works & achievements.

The UN's homepage leads to information about itself and all its member nations. See also: Official Documents of the United NationsUnData for statistical data and Yearbook of the United Nations (1946-2007).



All you need to know about electronic filing from the State of Wisconsin.

The official source of IRS tax forms and publications.

During the summer and fall, questions should only be directed to the Rimrock Road location.

Forms provided by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


United States

See also a selected list of other federal government web sites used by MPL reference staff.


Gov Info Blog

Recently published federal, local and state government publications.


Catalogs / Indexes

"The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments..."

"CMS covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Hospital Insurance Program and soon, through the Health Insurance Marketplace." (from web site)

An online database of "a core group of current and historical government
publications"...which "support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government". These are "authenticated versions" of these core publications.

A digital system providing electronic access to official authentic version of federal government publications. is the main Affordable Care Act web site. You can compare and purchase health care plans. It contains Information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.

A resource for searching across multiple databases (reference databases, digitial resposities, and subject-based Web gateways).

Find publications for sale from the U.S. Government Printing Office



Alphabetical directory of federal agencies based on the United States Government Manual.

This is the official handbook of the Federal government, providing information on the agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government. In addition, it includes information on quasi-official agencies, boards, committees, commissions, and international organizations.

Formerly, this official portal to access United States government information and services. For spanish version see:



"The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection is composed of the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and its predecessor, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. It is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) under the authority of the Federal Register Act, (44 U.S.C. Ch. 15; 1 CFR part 10)."

Disposition Tables contains information about Executive Orders beginning with those signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and are arranged according to Presidential administration and year of signature.

Listing of executive branch agencies web sites compiled by the Library of Congress.

Official site for public papers and speeches of the President of the United States, beginning with President George H.W. Bush.

The Official website of the White House.


Foreign Relations

The "official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication".

The Office of the Historian is responsible for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States series.



"Copyright Office application forms are available in PDF format and should be viewed with the latest, free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. For best results, fill in the form on-screen and then print it.To save completed forms, you must use the full version of Adobe Acrobat."


Grants & Benefits

Providing access to over 1,000 programs, this is the official site for federal benefit and assistance information.

"The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments..."

A central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.



Provides brief biographical information for member of Congress.

Legislative information, congressional information and more from the Library of Congress. (Replaced THOMAS.)

Published since 1888, the Congressional Directory is the official directory of Congress presenting short biographies of each member of the Senate and House.

Published every day that Congress is in session, it is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Tutorials on finding bills, hearings, debates, and congressional votes. Link to special Google Search Engine for Congressional websites. Requires Flash player to view the tutorials.

A resource for information on House and Senate member compiled from varied sources including the Congressional Biographical Directory and the Congressional Pictorial Directory. Future sources will include the Congressional Directory.

Official web site of the House of Representative.

Official web site of the Senate.



A survey of some 3 million plus housing units annually. Data available annually and at 5 year intervals. Replaced the long form of 2010 census.

Easy access to some of the Bureau's largest and most widely-used data sets. Users can create a variety of tables, reports, or maps with information on their community, the economy, or American society in just a few steps.

Published every 5 years, the Census of Agriculture is the most comprehensive collection of data portraying the Nation's agriculture. Geographic coverage includes the United States, states, and counties

Links to Wisconsin demographics, including WisStat, and 2010 census for Wisconsin.

Published every 5 years, it measures the economic activity of the nation and includes subject, industry, and geographic area coverage for many industries.

Classification codes for industries and occupations.

Searchable site with numerous statistics for the cities, states, and the nation., including a current population finder, local area profiles, and current economic indicators. Includes links to the Statistical Abstract .and the latest 2010 Census reports. In addition, under "Related Sites," provides links to state and international data centers. See also U.S. Census Publications (all census publications back to 1793)


States & Cities (see also Wisconsin)

Electronic database of individual state agencies

Directory of state and local government web sites

Information, news and resoruces on states



A statewide resource providing access to electronic reference sources including newspapers, periodicals, image files and specialized reference databases.

Links to Wisconsin demographics, including WisStat, and 2010 census for Wisconsin.

All you need to know about electronic filing from the State of Wisconsin.

Search the digital municipal records by counties housed at the Secretary of State of Wisconsin.

This website is designed for Wisconsin voters, both registered and non-registered.  MyVote provides Wisconsin voters with registration, sample ballot, municipal clerk and polling place information. In addition, there is a section for military and permanent overseas voters to request an absentee ballot and access their absentee ballot online. The new online absentee ballot request and online absentee ballot access features work with the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and...

The official State of Wisconsin governement job site.

The official website for the State of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Digital Archives collection was recently redesigned to offer a more user friendly environment to discover electronic state documents that have been digitally archived by the Wisconsin Document Depository Program. The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a growing collection of electronic state documents that are intended to provide public perspective on state government programs and provide a wealth of information about all aspects of life in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Digital...

Find information on bills, statutes, administrative code and other related information.

Wisconsin Vote is a service of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and is updated during election season. Content for the website comes from WPT and WPR broadcasts as well as other state and national news and information sources.

A starting point to guide you to Wisconsin state agencies and departments.

"...a statewide public affairs network whose mission is to present an independent statewide view of community affairs and public policy discussion, beginning with nonpartisan, gavel-to-gavel coverage of state government in Madison."