AP American Government: The Cabinet Project

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines
  • American History Online Covering American political, military, social, and cultural history, this will give information on the cabinet departments and their agencies.
  • Congressional Digest Debates Online will highlight significant controversies in Congress
  • Issues and Controversies will be helpful in identifying current controversies regarding your department
  • New York Times Full-text coverage 1980-current
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Contex also helpful in identifying the current controversies
  • SIRS Knowledge Source SIRS Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources, including U. S. government documents. Note: In the banner on the homepage, choose Government Reporter and scroll down to Features where you'll find "Federal Agencies".

Reference Books

Websites (in addition to your specific department website)

See Finding and Evaluating Websites for hints on how to locate quality websites.

  • AllGov.com (provides up-to-date news about more than 340 departments and agencies of the U.S. government, most of which operate under the radar of the media, even when they have annual budgets of billions of dollars. AllGov tells you what each agency says it does, what it really does, and who is making a profit from the agency. It also gives a history of the agency, illuminates controversies relating to the agency and shares critiques and suggested reforms from both the left and the right) http://www.allgov.com/departments
  • The Cabinet at WhiteHouse.gov (links to all Cabinet websites)
  • InsideGov.com (InsideGov is a government research site that uses Graphiq's semantic technology to deliver deep insights via data-driven articles, visualizations and research tools)
  • USA.gov ("an absolutely mammoth search engine/portal that gives the searcher direct access to searchable information from the United States government, state governments, and local governments")