Government Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Example Subjects
American Government or Texas Government

  • Democracy
  • Democracy United States
  • Government United States or Government Texas
  • Presidents United States
  • Politics United States or Politics Texas
  • Elections United States or Elections Texas


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

Academic Search Complete
This scholarly collection offers full text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, ethnic & literature, multicultural studies, food science, technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and much more.

Legal Collection
This database contains full text for more than 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals. Legal Collection is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

Military & Government Collection
The Military & Government Collection™ provides full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals. The database also includes full text for 245 pamphlets and offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles. Additionally, many full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color.

Texas Reference Center
Texas Reference Center is a Texas-specific product designed for school and public libraries. Texas Reference Center contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and much more.

Internet Resources

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
The directory allows users to search for current and former members of Congress (1774-present) by name, position, or state. Includes birth and death dates, education, employment, and election history.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Need to know the impact of the recession on states? The lesson learned from deficit reductions? Since 1981 the Center has conducted research and provided analysis for state and federal fiscal policy and public programs. The reports, which are online beginning with the 1996 publications, cover public policy regarding fiscal issues, poverty, health, housing, social security, taxation, and welfare reform.

Citizen Handbook: How the Texas Legislature Works
Brief online handbook on the workings of Texas state government. Includes history of the Capitol, a glossary of terms, and facts about Texas. is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
Includes the entire text of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and Articles of Confederation.

Cases, laws, and codes from several judicial bodies. Search or browse the Constitution, Supreme Court Opinions (1893+), Federal Circuit Court Opinions, and other sources of legal information.

Gallup Poll
"Gallup delivers analytics and advice to help leaders and organizations solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 80 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world."

Government Information Connection
The University of North Texas Library is a Federal Depository Library and a Texas State Depository Library. UNT Libraries' government documents specialists can provide assistance when you have questions, need directions, or want advice about finding governmental, business, geographic, or legal information. In addition to the students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Texas, Government Information Connection serves the citizens of the 26th Congressional District of Texas.

Government Printing Office
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal government. Documents are available for purchase.

Internet Public Library: Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
Brief biographical and administration information for each U.S. President. Compiled by the Internet Public Library.

National Security Archives
Declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act collected by the independent nongovernmental research institute and library at George Washington University.

Online Library of Liberty
Featured in Library Journal as a great free reference, OLL is a project of the Liberty Fund, a private non-profit educational foundation. The aim of OLL is to provide thousands of titles about individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and the free market, free of charge and for educational purposes.

Texas Attorney General Publications
Publications provided through the office of the Texas Attorney General. Most publications are downloadable in .pdf format. Some publications can be ordered in 'hard copy' form via this website.
Information from the State of Texas regarding everything legislative including links to the House, Senate, and Legislative Budget Board.

Texas Government Links
Resources provided through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Texas Legislature On-Line
Homepage for the Texas State Legislature. Provides information about pending legislation, its text, status, and more.

Texas Open Government
By the same organization that created the OpenCongress website, Texas Open Government is a free and non-partisan public resource for government transparency. Track bills, votes, and members of the TX Senate and House of Representatives. Follow the money trail and the issues you care about. Contact all of your elected officials. is an excellent resource for obtaining governmental information for citizens and visitors. There is also a link to contact government officials. Formerly known as FirstGov.
Provides information on grant government grant allocations and government contractors. Fulfills the obligations of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.

World Public Opinion (WPO)
A consortium of public opinion research centers in 25 countries that represent the majority of the world's population. Discover public opinion by global region or explore topics such as the environment, globalization/trade, security, and human rights.