The Journalist’s Toolbox:

Center for Investigative Reporting:

Project for Excellence in Journalism:

Pew Research Center:

Journalist’s Resource, Harvard University

IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors:

Federal Government: Gateway Sites

Federal Register: The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Fedstats: Statistics from more than 100 U.S. federal agencies.

Government Printing Office – Federal Digital System: Provides free electronic access to a wealth of information resources produced by the federal government.

Federal Government: Executive

Official U.S. Executive Branch Web Sites (Library of Congress): Links to the White House and the executive branch agencies and departments. Speeches, reports, policy statements coming from the Executive Office of the President.

Food and Drug Administration:  Information related to the nation’s food and medicine supply, health and food safety, dangerous drugs, cosmetics, food/dietary supplements. 

Federal Government: Legislative

Congressional Directory: Directory searchable by name and location. Provides brief bios, contact information, and sponsorship of legislation. Tracks the status of federal legislation and the activities of senators and representatives.

Thomas (Library of Congress): Includes the full-text of bills, laws, the Congressional Record, committee reports, and much more.

Federal Government: Judicial

Supreme Court Collection (Cornell University): Provides access to the full-text decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Media site dedicated to latest from the Supreme Court. Searchable text of decisions; selected audio available.

U.S. Courts: the Federal Judiciary: A wealth of information on U.S. federal courts, judges and legislative rulemaking.

State Governments

Overview & Background

National Conference of State Legislatures: Provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

National Governors Association: This bipartisan organization focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues ranging from education and health to technology and the environment.

State Directories

State Blue Books: Links to state government directories and web sites.

State Statistics

State and County Quick Facts (U.S. Census Bureau): This website provides brief demographic and economic data for counties and for some metropolitan areas in the United States. A statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on U.S. states.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: The single most comprehensive source of statistical data on the United States.

Statistics at the State and Local Levels: List of statistics sources from

State News & Analysis Authoritative news and analysis on state and local government.

News Room – National Governors Association: News releases from the National Governors Association. Nonpartisan online news site reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics.


ERIC – Education Resources Information Center: Digital library of education literature provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

American Educational Research Association: Scholarly journal articles and other materials.

Nation’s Report Card: Information about the academic achievement of elementary & secondary students in the U.S.

National Center for Education Statistics: From the U.S. Department of Education, NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting & analyzing data related to education.

Edstats: Resource from the World Bank which compiles education data from international sources.

Business and Economics

U.S. Government Resources

Federal Reserve System: Economic Research & Data: Online access to statistics and historical data as well as surveys, reports, working papers and articles.

Economic Indicators: This monthly compilation provides economic data on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, and money.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: Provides national and regional economic accounts data, including national industry data by GDP.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: A wealth of data on the U.S. Labor force from the Dept of Labor.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Federal agency responsible for regulating corporations, stock markets, the financial industry, etc.  Information about publicly traded corporations, including links to annual reports

Internal Revenue Service: Extensive information about tax codes, links to IRS filings of non-profits.

Current Population Survey (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics): A monthly survey of U.S. households gathering data on the labor force.

Statistical Abstract of the United States Ref HA202 .A2 : The single most comprehensive source of statistical data on the United States.

Budget of the United States Government: This online resource provides the full-text of U.S. budgets from 1997 to the present.

State and Local Level

Federal Reserve Economic Data by District & State: Links to regional economic data provided by Federal Reserve Banks for their districts.

American FactFinder (U.S. Census): Provides population, housing, economic and geographic data for states, cities and towns.

State and County Quick Facts (U.S. Census Bureau): This website provides brief demographic and economic data for counties and for some metropolitan areas in the U.S.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: This title presents a variety of statistical information for states, metropolitan areas and central cities. Includes a section on state and metropolitan area rankings.

Global Sources

UNdata: Extensive data including commodity trading, energy, environment, health, global indicators, and links to international statistical agencies.

Data: The World Bank: Includes World Development Indicators and country profiles. Check the Data Catalog for links to other sources of data including datasets in raw format.

International Statistical Agencies: Links to national statistical agencies by country. Here you will find demographic, economic and social data.


U.S. Government

Environmental Protection Agency:  Wealth of information about environmental issues, reports on air and water pollution, toxic waste, environmental impact studies, etc. Links to authoritative scientific documents, reports and position papers from a variety of U.S. Federal agencies.

Envirofacts: Access to EPA environmental data including data available for downloading in a variety of formats.

National Council for Science and the Environment: Congressional Research Service Reports: Full-text reports prepared for Congress by the research branch of the Library on topics like climate change, natural resources, and pollution.

Congressional Research Service Reports: Energy: Full-text reports prepared for Congress by the research branch of the Library of Congress as provided by the National Council for Science & the Environment.

Annual Energy Outlook Ref HD9502 .U5 A562b: EIA energy projections and discussions of legislative and regulative issues.

Energy and Utilities Data (U.S. Census Bureau): Provides data on fuel resources, energy production and consumption, electric and solar energy, hydroelectric power, nuclear power, and the electric and gas utility industries.

Energy Information Administration (U.S. Dept. of Energy): The EIA provides current and historical energy data, forecasts and analyses. Includes the Monthly and Annual Energy Review.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Data: Source for dynamic maps and GIS data of renewable energy resources.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies: Leading research center on issues of global climate change.

United Nations

Global Environment Outlook: A comprehensive and authoritative U.N. report on environment, development and human well-being, providing incisive analysis and information for decision making.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: U.N. body that issues consensus-driven reports on climate change.

Health and Medicine

Center for Health Decision Science: Data Resources: Guide of freely available data sources for topics like infectious diseases and health surveys.

Community Health Status Indicators: Overview of key health indicators for local communities including more than 200 measures for each of 3,141 U.S. counties.

Foundations of Public Health Policy: Initiative providing access to the manuscript collections of influential leaders in the field of public health and public health administration.

Research – Harvard School of Public Health: List of research centers & research programs and projects. Many of the centers and programs link to full-text versions of their publications. Also, see the school’s Research Opinion Surveys.

Global Health Observatory: WHO’s portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation.

SourceOECD Health Data: Comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health care systems in OECD countries.

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS): Interactive system that brings together more than 70 health indicators from each of the World Health Organization’s member states.

World Health News: News digest from the Harvard School of Public Health covering critical health issues from around the world.

Health System Profiles (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies): Country-based reports on health systems and policy initiatives.

Politics and Elections

Federal Election Commission: Information about elections and campaigns, campaign contributions, laws related to elections and campaigning, as well as a nice database of contributions to campaigns and non-profit advocacy groups

Campaign Finance Information Center:  Useful links for reporting on campaign finance.

Congressional Quarterly Moneyline:  FEC news and data, with other elections and campaigns news and data added.  Covers parties, PACS, 527 organizations, lobbists.

The Gallup Poll official site:  Extensive links to current public opinion polls on all kinds of public issues.

Pew Center on the States: Lots of links to campaign and elections news at the state level.  Also links to many other public policy initiatives, with news on education, environmental issues, health care, etc.