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Virtual Reference Desk: Government

Documents: Indexes and Full Text Resources

  • (formerly THOMAS): The official website for U.S. federal legislative information.
  • GovInfo: A service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), it provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Formerly FDsys.
  • Ohio Secretary of State Publications
  • Public Records Online (NETR Online): A portal to official state web sites, and to Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed web sites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet.


Cleveland / Cuyahoga / Ohio

  • Cities, Townships & Counties ( Provides linkage to different government websites. Includes local tax information.
  • City of Cleveland: Official government website for the city of Cleveland. Includes links to the Mayor's office and other city offices.
  • Cleveland City Council: Members, addresses, biographies, committee memberships, and list of wards represented for Cleveland City Council members. Includes calendar of committee meetings.
  • Cuyahoga County: The official government website of Cuyahoga County.
  • State of Ohio: Information on the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the Ohio government including addresses and committee membership. Links to state agencies. Allows zip code searching for Senators and House Representatives.

Additional resources available from Virtual Reference: Cleveland and Virtual Reference: Ohio.

United States Government

Additional U.S. Government resources available from the Political Science Research Guide.


  • List of Foreign Governments : A subject guide from Northwestern University Libraries that provides links to the official websites of national governments.
  • Famous Cities of the World: Links to information on some of the major cities of the world with additional links, in many cases, to the official city website. This site uses cookies.
  • UNdata (United Nations): An Internet search engine that retrieves data series from statistical databases provided by the UN System.

Tax Forms

  • Federal: IRS forms and publications page.
  • State: Ohio Dept. of Taxation forms.
  • Municipal ( Links to cities and villages that have enacted a municipal income tax.