The federal government of the United States (U.S. federal government or U.S. government) is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a city within a federal district (the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, where the entire federal government is based), five major self-governing territories and several island possessions. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in Congress, the president, and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.
This is the library guide is for Professor Harris's American Government Class. It is divided into parts to assist with finding information for your research assignment:
The purpose of this guide is to provide, you the researcher, with the ability to do research on the subject area of the American Government. You will have the ability to search the library catalog and access our databases and journals all from within this course guide. This guide also provides you with a list of American GovernmentPrimary Source Websites, along with important information regarding library services and departments that may prove useful to you while you are doing research.
Also: Check out our Political Science Subject Guide!