CIA World Factbook - Up-to-date information on the countries of the world, with brief information on each country's history, geography, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and demographic characteristics.
Country Studies - from Library of Congress. Presents a description & analysis of the historical setting & the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
Foreign Governments - Northwestern University created this quick guide to departments and agencies of foreign governments.
Foreign Governments Resources - University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries-created guides arranged by subject.
United Nations Web resources
A sampling of the wealth of information available from the United Nations website:
UN Homepage - Gateway to the UN website and all its various sub-organizations
Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS Search) - full-text access to all types of UN documents, starting in 1993.
UN Documents (Documentation Centre) - General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice, and Trusteeship Council documents
UNdata - single entry point for searching 27 UN databases
U.S. State Department Background Notes - include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
United Nations - Human Development Reports
United Nations Development Programme (works best in IE)
State Data Sites
Access to public data collected and stored on the websites of various state governments. Includes information from all branches of the government, in administration, business, education, health & human services, natural resources, public safety, recreation, revenue & expenses, and transportation.
US State Data Sites
Alabama - http://open.alabama.gov/
Arizona - http://openbooks.az.gov/app/transparency/index.html
California - http://data.ca.gov/
Colorado - http://www.colorado.gov/data/
District of Columbia - http://data.octo.dc.gov/
Florida - http://www.floridahasarighttoknow.com/
Georgia - http://www.open.georgia.gov/
Indiana - http://inmap.indiana.edu/viewer.htm
Kansas - http://www.kansas.gov/KanView/
Kentucky - http://opendoor.ky.gov/search/Pages/spendingsearch.aspx
Louisiana - http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/LaTrac/portal.cfm
Maine - http://www.maine.gov/data/
Massachusetts - http://www.mass.gov/data/
Michigan - http://www.michigan.gov/data/
Minnesota - http://www.mn.gov/data/
Missouri - http://www.mo.gov/data/
Nebraska - http://www.nebraska.gov/data/
New York - http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata/
North Carolina - http://www.ncopenbook.gov/
North Dakota - http://www.nd.gov/gis/
Oklahoma - http://www.ok.gov/about/data.html
Oregon - http://data.oregon.gov/
Rhode Island - http://www.ri.gov/data/
Tennessee - http://www.tn.gov/opengov/
Texas - http://www.texas.gov/en/Connect/Pages/open-data.aspx
Utah - http://www.utah.gov/data/
Virginia - http://datapoint.apa.virginia.gov/
Washington - http://data.wa.gov/
Oregon State Government
- Oregon.gov --official Oregon Government website
- Oregon State Legislature
- Oregon Revised Statutes
- Oregon Administrative Rules
- laws enacted in previous sessions can be found in print, Laws of the state of Oregon / enacted during the ... session of the Legislative Assembly, KFO2425 .A23; library has from 1866-
Ballot measures on current or most recent elections can be found in the Oregon Online Voters Guide, linked from the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division website, http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/, or click on http://oregonvotes.org/doc/2012_Measure_Assignment.pdf
The Government Research Services division of the Oregon State Library has digitized a historic run of Oregon Voters' Pamphlets in the Oregon Voters' Pamphelt Project at http://library.state.or.us/databases/subjects/Voters_Pamphlet.php. Here you can browse individual issues or search across decades of Oregon's colorful elections history. (Primarily Marion County--while statewide measures are covered, local measures are largely missing from this resource for now.)
For historical research on all states' (including Oregon) ballot measures, there is a Ballot Measures Database at http://www.ncsl.org/LegislaturesElections/ElectionsCampaigns/BallotMeasuresDatabase/tabid/16580/Default.aspx, from the National Council of State Legislatures, with coverage back to 1902.
OSU Libraries is a full depository for Oregon State documents. Documents are included in the OSU Libraries Catalog. Online documents may be accessed also through the Oregon Documents Repository at the Oregon State Library. The Library instituted the Oregon Documents Repository in 2006, bringing the Depository program fully into the 21st century. The Repository collects, preserves, and provides access to online publications of Oregon state government.
Information and links to the documents (via the Oregon State Library Catalog) can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/GRES/Pages/OrDocs.aspx
State Government Guides
Oregon Cities & Counties
With communities profiles and maps.(Oregon Blue Book)
Links to county webpages, maps, histories, economic indicators, and U.S. Census Bureau's "County Quick Facts." (Oregon Blue Book)
Links to departments of City Manager, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Works and Public Library.