Guide for Government Information

British Government

Key databases
The following resources are available only to members of the University. If you are not already logged in to MUSE you may need to do so:

  • Public Information Online - Provides full text access to UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary, Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Government and Non-Parliamentary publications. Material is available from 2006/07 onwards.
  • UK Parliamentary Papers - Includes papers from the 18th century (1688-1834), 19th century (1801-1900), 20th century (1901-2003/2004 session) and Hansard (1803-2005).

Key websites

  • - The main web portal for government services and information
  • UK Government web archive - Provided by the National Archives
  • Legislation - Legislation (Acts and Statutory Instruments) for the United Kingdom from 1267 to the present day
  • Parliament - Many Parliamentary publications available, including Hansard from 1988 and Select Committee reports from 1997
  • Hansard - Available from 1803-2005, but incomplete before 1818
  • Parliamentary datasets - Datasets from both Houses of Parliament. Links to all treaties in force, published by the Foreign Office
  • Insights - House of Commons Library blog, offering an impartial and authoritative take on the latest issues and statistics
US Government
  • - Official website of the United States Government
  • White House
  • State & Local Government - Official US state, county and city government website
  • QuickFacts - Statistics for all US states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5000 or more, provided by the US Census Bureau
International Government

If you need further information about newspapers, contact the librarian for your subject.