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Federal Records
Food / Nutrition / Drugs
Foreign Relations
Freedom of Information

General Accounting Office
Human Rights
Historical Documents

News and Opinion, Political Parties
Native Americans
Population Reports
Poverty and Welfare
Reinventing Government
Social Security
Specifications and Standards
Technical Reports
Technology Issues
Treaties, U.S.
War / Military History


[grey box] Department of Energy

 [box] DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information
  [diamond] DOE Information Bridge
    Access to full-text DOE research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.
  [diamond] EnergyFiles Energy Science and Technology Virtual Library
    Over 500 databases and Web sites containing information and resources pertaining to science and technology of interest to the Department of Energy, with an emphasis on the physical sciences.
  [diamond] Energy Citations Database
    Contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates.
  [diamond] PrePrint Network
    Searchable gateway to preprint servers that deal with scientific and technical disciplines of concern to DOE.

 [box] Energy Information Administration, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Data on fuel groups and other energy groups. Includes Fuel Overview: most popular Data, Analysis and Forecasting publications.

[grey box] Science.gov

[grey box] Fossil Energy Web site
Gathering point for USDOE materials related to fossil energy.

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Federal Records

[grey box] Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

[grey box] National Personnel Records Center
Federal military and civilian personnel records.

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Food / Nutrition / Drugs

[grey box] Food Cost Review, 1950-1997, via USDA, ERS
Measures farm-to-retail price spread data to determine how much and why food prices rise. Although subtitled 1950-1997, the report actually focuses primarily on data for 1997. Contents of the report include an overview of the 1997 food prices, price spreads for selected foods, food industry costs and productivity, and food spending in relation to income. Contains 25 pages of tables and a special article, "Historical Changes in CPI [Consumer Price Index]-Food Weights."

[grey box] USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

[grey box] NLM Drug Portal
Gateway to current and accurate drug information from the National Library of Medicine and to other key government agencies.

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Foreign Relations

[grey box] U.S. Dept. of State
 [box] Policy
  [box] Counter-Terrorism
  [box] Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
  [box] U.S. Economic and Trade Policy
 [box] Publications
  [box] Country Background Notes (Information on geographic entities and international organizations. Updated periodically.)
  [box] Country Commercial Guides (A comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.)
  [box] Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices
  [box] Foreign Relations Series (Presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.)
  [box] Treaties in Force (A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force as of January 1, 1997.)
 [box] Regions / Regional Affairs

[grey box] Arms Control and Disarmament Treaties and Agreements, via U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

[grey box] Central Intelligence Agency
 [box] Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
 [box] World Factbook

[grey box] Country Studies: Area Handbook Program, via Library of Congress

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[grey box] FedForms
Access to the forms of the 500 most popular government services. Searchable by title, agency, form number, or keyword. Includes IRS, social security, small business, passport, immigration, military, etc.

[grey box] Forms from the Feds, via U. of Memphis
Contains downloadable electronic government forms.

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Freedom of Information

[grey box] Freedom of Information Act Documents, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Information and Privacy

[grey box] Using the Freedom of Information Act, via American Civil Liberties Union

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[grey box] USGenWeb Census Project, via USGenWeb Archives
Original census data from every available federal census (1790-1920). An all-volunteer project started in 1997 to transcribe census records in a standard format in order to make them available to genealogical researchers on the Internet.

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[grey box] Finding U.S. Government Information on the Internet, via U.S. GPO
See By Keyword or Subject.

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General Accounting Office

[grey box] GAO Reports, via U.S. GAO and U.S. GPO
[grey box] GAO Comptroller General Decisions, via U.S. GAO and U.S. GPO

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[grey box] U.S. Geological Survey
 [box] National Atlas of the United States
 [box] Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey
Searchable database of bibliographic information on USGS publications dating back to the Survey's inception in 1785. Search by subject, keyword, author and specific journal. Search returns do not include full-text, but some have abstracts and all offer citation information, keywords, publisher and price.
 [box] U.S. Geological Survey Library

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[grey box] U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
(Includes press releases, fact sheets, speeches, congressional testimony, and a public forum; provides pointers to Internet sites of HHS agencies; has a consumer information locator; and provides information on grants and research opportunities.) See Healthfinder (consumer health and human services information gateway).
 [box] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  [box] National Center for Health Statistics, CDC
(The Nation's principal health statistics agency. See FASTATS (Health statistics A-Z), Products (Catalogs and Publications), Data Warehouse, News Releases and Fact Sheets.)
Publications include:
   [diamond] Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
(Contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries. Also included are reports on topics of international interest and notices of events of interest to the public health community.)
   [diamond] Where to Write for Vital Records

 [box] Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), (Medicare & Medicaid Agency)
(Discusses HCFA's mission, 5-year information resources management plan, Medicare and Medicaid programs, media information, statistics, research, and publications.)
  [diamond] Medicare
(The official U.S. government site for Medicare information.)
  [diamond] See also Medicare Consumer Information, Publications and Forms

 [box] National Institutes of Health (NIH)
See Health Information link (health information resources at NIH).
And PubMed Central Free online access to the full text of life science research articles.
Sub-agencies include:
  [box] National Cancer Institute
(See CancerNet, wide range of accurate, credible cancer information, from peer-reviewed statements from PDQ, covering state-of-the-art care, to cancer fact sheets and other publications.)
  [box] National Institute of Mental Health, U.S.
  [box] National Library of Medicine
   [diamond] PubMed
(Access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.)
   [diamond] NLM Gateway
Search NLM databases.

Other Agency Data:
[grey box] Health Statistics, via the White House, Social Statistics Briefing Rm.

A guide offering easy access to all nutrition and dietary guidance. Provides information on prevention of food-related diseases (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, etc.), the food pyramid, food labels, health management, recipes and other topics. Additionally, it links to nutrition and food assistance programs and to "federally supported research, reports, and brochures as well as funding opportunities in the federal government."

[grey box] Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Provides information about the agency and its programs, a staff directory, media releases, statistics, and standards.

[grey box] www.health.gov
Includes healthfinder (consumer health information) and Health People 2010.

See also:
[grey box] Health Insurance Coverage, U.S. Census Bureau
Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Health Insurance Statistics, 1991 to 1993.
[grey box] National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Prevline (Prevention Online). Covers mission and services, resources and referrals, publications, media releases, research, surveys, statistics, and databases.

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Historical Documents

[grey box] American Memory, via Library of Congress
Historical collections for the National Digital Library.
 [box] A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873
 [box] Civil War Maps
 [box] Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774 - 1789

[grey box] The Avalon Project, Yale Law School
Major online repository of primary sources. Includes pre-18th, 18th, 19th and 20th century Documents. Examples: The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Federalist Papers, Foreign Relations of the United States, the Presidential Papers, World War II Documents.

[grey box] A Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents, via U. of Oklahoma Law Center

[grey box] Congressional Serial Set, U.S.
What it is and its history.

[grey box] Historical Census Data Browser, 1790-1970, via Harvard U.

[grey box] Making of America, via U. of Michigan
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the Antebellum Period through Reconstruction.

[grey box] National Archives and Records Adminstration
See the 'Research Room,' NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL): includes access to Dawes Rolls information (Southwest Region (Fort Worth, TX), Military Personnel Records, etc.

[grey box] The United States Army Army and the Forging of a Nation, 1775-1917, Vol. 1

[grey box] The United States Army in the Global Era, 1917-2003, Vol.2

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[grey box] Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U.S.
 [diamond] HUDCLIPS, HUD's Client Information and Policy System
    Free access to HUD's official repository of policies, procedures, announcements, and other materials.

[grey box] United States Treasury Auctions Page
See HUD Auctions (HUD Homes by State) also Fannie Mae (Foreclosed Properties for Sale).

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Human Rights

[grey box] Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, via U.S. Dept. of State

[grey box] Human Rights Watch World Report 2000
Summarizes the state of human rights in 66 countries around the globe.

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[grey box] Office of Immigration Statistics, via U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

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[grey box] GeoData
One stop for finding and using geographic data.

[grey box] Geo Information Systems
See Oklahoma Data Warehouse Mapper,
via University of Oklahoma.

[grey box] Map Dealers, USGS
To provide outdoor recreationists and others greater access to maps of the nation's 192 million acres of national forests and grasslands, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Forest Service have entered into an agreement to make Forest Service maps available from the USGS.

[grey box] Map Collections 1500 - 2004
Via American Memory, Library of Congress

[grey box] Topozone
Complete set of digital topographic maps, aerial photographs, and related mapping information to the professional and outdoor recreation communities.

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Native Americans

[grey box] Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties. Vol. II (Treaties), via Oklahoma State University
An historically significant, seven volume compilation of U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler. Published by the Government Printing Office, 1904.

[grey box] Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project

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Population Reports

[grey box] Population Reports (Current Population Reports), U.S. Census Bureau
Full-text reports in .pdf format.

[grey box] Population Topics, U.S. Census Bureau

Reports of note:
[grey box] Population Profile of the United States: 1997, U.S. Census Bureau
A picture of recent demographic, social, and economic trends in the U.S. (P23-194).
[grey box] Trends in Marital Status of U.S. Women at First Birth: 1930 to 1994, U.S. Census Bureau

[grey box] Current Population Reports via Ohio State University Libraries, Government Documents

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Poverty and Welfare

[grey box] U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
 [box] Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Dept. of Health Human Services
    Responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Covers organization, news, welfare demonstration, and programs and services such as Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

[grey box] Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public.

[grey box] 1998 Green Book, U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means
Committee Print. Annual. Provides background material and statistical data on major entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), unemployment, and Title XX Social Services Block Grant. It also includes sections on background materials, other Federal assistance programs, and tax expenditures and provisions.

[grey box] Overcoming Human Poverty, U.N. Development Programme

[grey box] Poverty Information and Statistics, via U.S. Census Bureau

[grey box] Social Security Online, U.S. Social Security Administration

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[grey box] Privacy Act Issuances, via NARA and U.S. GPO
Descriptions of Federal agency systems of records maintained on individuals and rules agencies follow to assist individuals who request information about their records.

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[grey box] Social Psychology Network
The largest social psychology database on the Internet. More than 11,000 links related to psychology.

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Reinventing Government

[grey box] Acquisition Reform Net
Created to foster and propagate measurable breakthrough improvements in the way that government obtains goods and services.

[grey box] Center of Excellence
Focuses on proven information technology (IT) best practices in both the public and private sectors. It supports the direction and the spirit of Vice President Al Gore's Access America Plan, and is sponsored by the Government Information Technology Board (GITSB).

[grey box] FinanceNet
The Internet's home for public financial management worldwide.

[grey box] Plain Language Action Network
Plain Language Action Network (PLAN) is a government-wide group working to improve communications from the federal government to the public.

[grey box] Transforming Governments in the 21st Century
Global partnership of governments and organizations to share ideas for efficient, prosperous, and customer-focused governments around the world.

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[grey box] Smithsonian Online Collections
The digitized image collections from the Smithsonian's museums, archives, and libraries.

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Social Security

[grey box] Social Security Adminstration: Social Security Online

[grey box] Entitlement Reform Information, via the Concord Coalition
Offers resources including charts and graphs, position papers, debate transcripts and analyses.

[grey box] Social Security Network, via the Century Foundation
Issue papers, publications, and transcripts exploring the various issues, proposals, and opinions involved.

[grey box] Social Security Reality Check, via the AARP
Provides a "reality check" on Social Security, primarily by asking and answering four major questions about the program and its future.

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Specifications and Standards

[grey box] DoD Index of Specifications and Standards
Search by fields. Includes documents in full-text.

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[grey box] Access America for Students
A U.S. Government-wide initiative to deliver electronic services from Government agencies and organizations to postsecondary students.

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[grey box] Internal Revenue Service
 [diamond] Federal Tax Forms and Publications (Adobe Acrobat required)
 [diamond] Tax Regulations, Internal Revenue Bulletins, etc.

[grey box] Internal Revenue Code, Title 26 of the U.S. Code, via Cornell

[grey box] State Tax Forms, via IRS and Federation of Tax Administrators

[grey box] Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
Comprehensive State and Local Tax information.

[grey box] Tax History Project
Primary historical documents relating to American tax history. Includes US Treasury, White House, and Congressional documents from the early national, Depression, and World War II eras.

[grey box] TaxLinks, IRS Revenue Rulings

[grey box] Uncle Fed's Tax*Board
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms, news, and bulletins; Tax Court Rules; the Taxpayer Bill of Rights; strategies for avoiding audits; U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports on the IRS; state tax forms; information for tax professionals, including job postings; and more. Much of the material is reprints of government documents that can be found elsewhere on the Internet, but here it is arranged in an easy-to-navigate presentation. From a commercial tax preparation firm.

[grey box] U.S. Tax Code On-Line

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Technical Reports

[grey box] National Technical Information Service
The official resource for locating government-sponsored U.S. and worldwide scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information. Search publications from 1964- . See also this search interface which allows for searching by specific data sets.

[grey box] Science.gov,
Searches over 45 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies. Gateway to authoritative selected science information research and development results.

[grey box] Science Accelerator, via the U.S. Dept. of Energy
Gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.

[grey box] Defense Technical Information Center
Serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. Search all collections or technical reports search.

[grey box] NASA Technical Report Server
Over 500,000 aerospace-related citations, over 200,000 full-text online documents, and over 500,000 images and videos are available. NTRS integrates NASA's following three collections and enables search and retrieval through a common interface:

  • NACA Collection: Citations and reports from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics period lasting from 1916 to 1958.
  • NASA Collection: Citations and documents created or sponsored by NASA starting in 1958 and continuing to the present.
  • NIX Collection: Citations and images, photos, movies, and videos are downloaded from the NASA Image eXchange and served out through NTRS. NIX is a separate system and users can also go directly to the NIX site to search imagery.

[grey box] Environmental Protection Agency
Search the EPA site for reports in full-text.

[grey box] Federal Technical Reports to 1975
Links to a large number of online providers of technical reports. Access to sources that offer either full-text or searchable, extended abstracts of their technical reports. Via University of Maryland Libraries.

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Technology Issues

[grey box] Building America's Information Technology Workforce
The U.S. Depart. of Commerce, partly as a result of the response to its recently published _America's New Deficit: The Shortage of Information Technology Workers_ has created this site to aid in building and maintaining an information technology workforce. The key to the site is an IT work force program database, which lists education, employment, and training programs. The database is searchable by type of program, geography, sponsorship agency, and keyword. For an overview of the over 170 programs in the database at present, simply click on the Search button without using any of the options.

[grey box] President's Information Technology Advisory Committee Interim Report to the President, August 1998
The U.S. National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communications has issued this report concerning "future directions for Federal support of research and development in high performance computing, communications, information technology, and the Next Generation Internet." PITAC has concluded that federal support of information technology is inadequate and generally short-sighted. Their 60-page report is divided into five major sections that first overview information technology, and then discuss federal research priorities, potential focal points, and the implementation and management of new initiatives.

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[grey box] Americans Communicating Electronically
ACE represents private and public organizations and individuals who wish to promote interactive communications nationwide.

[grey box] InterNIC
The InterNIC is a cooperative activity between the National Science Foundation, Network Solutions, Inc. and AT&T.

[grey box] National Information Infrastructure Virtual Library

[grey box] U.S. Congressional Internet Caucus
Provides up-to-date information on what the Internet Caucus is working to accomplish, Internet issues before Congress, and a forum to communicate opinions with elected representatives.

[grey box] The Virtual Institute of Information, housed by The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
The "ultimate source for telecommunications, cybercommunications and mass media research.

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[grey box] TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information, via National Library of Medicine
Integrated system of toxicology and environmental health databases.

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[grey box] U.S. Dept. of Transportation
 [diamond] Department of Transportation Publications On-Line
   [grey box] Select On-Line D.O.T. Publications.
   [grey box] Includes National Transportation Statistics (Bureau of Transportation Statistics).

[grey box] Directory of State Highway and Transportation Departments, via Transportation Research Board
Provides access to Web sites of all the transport and highway departments in the U.S. with links to many other transportation sites and to transportation departments around the world.

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[grey box] Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S.
See 'Services' for Travel Warnings/Consular Info Sheets, Services/Information for Americans Abroad, Travel Publications, International Adoption, International Parental Child Abduction, Passport Information, Visa Services, Vital Records Services, etc.

[grey box] CDC Travel Information, via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Includes travelers' health, health information.

[grey box] U.S. Dept. of State
See Counterterrorism.

[grey box] Recreation.GOV, via Federal Land Management Agencies
One-stop resource for information about recreation on federal lands.

[grey box] Visit Your National Parks, via National Park Service

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[grey box] U.S. Treaties, via U.S. Dept. of State
Includes Current Treaty Actions, Treaties in Force.

See also International treaties

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War / Military History

Civil War:
[grey box] American Civil War Collections, via Electronic Text Center, U. of Virginia Library
Civil War letters and diary entries include transcriptions and digital images of the manuscripts.
[grey box] Civil War Generals
Indexed alphabetically, this site lists confederate and union generals from the United States Civil War. Find brief listings with birth and death dates, years of service, branch of service, bibliographies of further readings, and in some cases Web sites.
[grey box] Civil War Maps
A selection from the approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks held by the LOC's Geography and Map Division.

Korean War:
[grey box] The Korean War, via Project Whistlestop
Excellent collection of primary resources, most offered in the ongoing Week by Week section, which contains a chronology, accounts, letters, presidential calendars, telegrams, memorandums and other digitized documents that trace developments in the War on a daily and weekly basis.
[grey box] Korean War Casualties, via NARA, Center for Electronic Records
The list covers "persons who died as a result of hostilities in Korea, 1950-57, including those who died while missing or captured." CER has created state casualty lists from the larger list. The lists can be browsed by state, and then alphabetically by last name or "'home of record,' as identified by the serviceman upon last entrance into military service." Army casualties list home of record by county within state. The other three branches of the military list by city/town within state. Each record contains the soldier's name, rank, branch of service, home city/town or county, state, date of death, and cause of death. At present the database contains 33,642 names. Unfortunately, the list is not searchable at this time.

Pearl Harbor:
[grey box] Pearl Harbor Attack
[grey box] Pearl Harbor Hearings
[grey box] Pearl Harbor Archive
[grey box] USS Arizona Memorial

Vietnam War:
[grey box] Combat Area Casualties Current File - Vietnam Casualty Database Search
Searchable listing of casualties of the Vietnam conflict.
[grey box] State-level Lists of Casualties from the Vietnam Conflict (1957-), via NARA, Center for Electronic Records
Browseable databases which includes name of casualty, rank, branch of military service, "home of record," date of birth and death, "category of casualty," and an indicator as to whether the remains have been recovered. Records may be sorted alphabetically or by "home of record," within state. The database covers 1957-1995 and contains records for 58,187 individuals.
[grey box] Vietnam Era Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Database
This database has been established to assist researchers interested in investigating the U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. military personnel killed, missing, or imprisoned in Southeast Asia during or after the conclusion of American involvement in the Vietnam Conflict. The title of this collection is "Correlated and Uncorrelated Information Relating to Missing Americans in Southeast Asia."
[grey box] Vietnam War Declassification Project
The Ford Presidential Library has released nearly 30,000 pages of newly declassified material concerning the Vietnam War. Most of the documents are from the White House offices of national security advisers Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft or from the files of National Security Council staff.
[grey box] Vietnam War Memorial

World War II:
[grey box] Historical Government Publications from World War II

Military History:
[grey box] American Battle Monuments Commission

[grey box] Grunts.net: Home of U.S. Military History

[grey box] Medal of War Citations, via U.S. Army Center of Military History
Contains the full text of all the Medal citations.

[grey box] Naval Historical Center
Includes ships histories; a FAQ with more than 100 answers to common questions; wars and battles; maritime traditions, uniforms and customs; images from the Centers extensive document and photographic archives.

[grey box] U.S. Army Center of Military History

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[grey box] Water Resources Division, USGS
 [diamond] Selected Water Resources Abstracts
 [diamond] Groundwater Atlas of the United States

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