Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Help for primary sources
Primary sources are original records or firsthand accounts. Designation as a primary source may depend on context, focus and perspective, and time of study. Typically, a primary source is from the same time period as the subject studied. If sources provide interpretation or analysis, they may be secondary sources. Context is important for distinguishing between a primary or secondary source.
Census data and other reports - Look for firsthand accounts, reports from government and agencies, and other documents that publish original material. American census data include results from American Community Survey Reports and American Fact Finder.
Federal Register and House Bills
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FDsys contains born-digital Federal Register documents from Volumes 59 (1994) to the present. Digitized versions of historic issues of the Federal Register (1936 – 1994) are currently being added to FDsys in PDF versions.
Legislation for consideration
Links to the text of legislation scheduled for consideration per each week. For the complete schedule, visit the Majority Leader’s site.
U.S. Government Printing Office: Federal Digital System: America's Authentic Government Information
Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition)
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis.