Public Domain Materials
From The Government
The Government publishes a lot of information - on a wide variety
of topics. Believe it or not, all of that material is in the public domain - in terms of materials published by the
United States Government anyway. Other Governments may have different rules pertaining to this.
When you want to use work that was published by a Government other than the US
Government, it is very important that you find out for sure if you are free to use the work, and how you are able
to use the work. For instance, Canada claims Crown Copyright to their materials. Each different country has
different rules and laws - so make sure you check.
But in terms of materials produced by the United States Government, it is free for
anyone to use - and there is literally tons of information waiting for you! Below is a list of US Government
Offices where you can obtain free public domain work that was published by the Government.
The Library of Congress - http://catalog.loc.gov
The IRS - http://www.irs.gov
US Government Printing Office - http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cgp/index.html
Government Information Connection - http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/subject/catsindx.html
National Security Agency - http://www.nsa.gov/public/
US Department of State - http://www.state.gov/
NARA - http://www.archives.gov
FirstGov - http://www.firstgov.com
Federal Citizen Information Center - http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov
The FBI - http://www.fbi.gov
CDC - http://www.cdc.gov
This is just a small list of the governmental
websites that contain information that is in the public domain. Even if these sites don't have the information
published on their website, they will provide instructions of ordering or obtaining publications that they have.
The US Government Printing Office is always a good place to start your search.
You can also go to Google at http://www.google.com and type in "not copyrighted" site: .gov or "public domain" site: .gov. Make sure that you
include the quotation marks in the appropriate place when searching.