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U.S. Federal Documents

Northwestern University Libraries have been a U.S. Federal Depository Library since 1876. Our collection includes materials in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, DVD formats and online formats. This guide is based on a similar guide by Kelly Smith at UCSD.

Federal Data Search Tools

Restricted Federal Agency Data

Several federal agencies provide access by application to restricted data, typically restricted due to the inclusion of personally identifiable information (PII).  Learn more about what, where, and how to access restricted data using the resources linked below.

Statistical Agencies & Portals

Major Publications

Additional Sources

The commercial products below were not published by the federal government, but have compiled federal data and statistics in a way that provides "one stop shopping" - allowing you to simultaneously search across multiple sources of statistical information. 

Guide to Sources of Statistics

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