The Magazinist
Critical Thinking for Publishers
Government and Nonprofit

American Hometowns.  Federal portal to towns, cities, and counties.

Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Any publisher can profit from the reams of information at this site, but it should be the first stop for B-to-B publishers looking for market data.

Census Bureau.  An incredible amount of information, current and historical, is available through the Census Bureau.  It’s hard to come away empty-handed.  The Tools section can be helpful... but the entire country is at the disposal of anyone with patience: it’s all in there somewhere.

Congressional Record.  The official record of Congressional proceedings and debates, published daily when Congress is in session.

Copyright Office.  A surprisingly interesting, surprisingly helpful, and indispensable site. 

EconData  More than 1,000 links to socioeconomic and regional economic data, arranged by subject and provider, with pointers to online data collections.  Outstanding source of information.

Federal Agencies Directory.  Useful and fascinating guide (with links) to federal boards, commissions, committees, etc.  A partnership of Louisiana State University and the Federal Depository Library Program.

Federal Register.  Provides access to the official text of federal laws, Presidential documents, and Administrative regulations and notices.

Federal Reserve.  There’s no better place to look for information on U.S. economic policy and regulation.

FedStats.  One-stop shopping for access to federal government statistics and statistical agencies.

FirstGov.  See  Detailed profiles of hundreds of charitable organizations.  Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau.

GPO Access.  The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.  This portal page connects to a large number of interesting sources, including the GPO’s online bookstore.

GuideStar.  Access to information on 1.7 million nonprofit organizations.

Library of Congress American Memory Project.  Wonderful source of historical material on everything from advertising to technology.

Library of Congress Services for Publishers.  The best source of information on International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs), Cataloging in Publication (CIP), copyright registration, and related subjects.

National Archives.  Government documents dating back to the Colonial era.  Web site extremely useful for both historical research and current events.

National Civic League.   Non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy. Advocacy includes community building, political reform, and collaborative community achievement.

Patent and Trademark Office.  The place to turn for trademark information.  The TESS trademark search tool is particularly useful.

Public Record Sources.  Amazingly comprehensive list of state and local databases of civil, criminal, driving, real estate, and other records.

Small Business Administration.  The SBA’s mission is to “aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business.”  Web site contains a broad range of useful tools and information.  Many small advertisers use this site as their primary source of marketing information.

State and Local Statistics.  Federal portal for data on local population, health, economy, government, and more.   The official portal of the federal government.  Links to state, local, and tribal resources are excellent.  Formerly FirstGov.

U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Official nonpartisan organization of U.S. mayors, representing cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

USPS  United States Postal Service   Every publisher’s favorite organization to hate.  Fortunately, the USPS Web site offers tons of useful material, including downloads (see ) and tools.