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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Resources

The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552

The full text of the Act from the Department of Justice.

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Freedom of Information Act - U.S. Department of State

Department maintains records dealing with formulation and execution of U.S. Foreign Policy, carries out administration and operations of the Department of State and U.S. Missions abroad, and provides consular assistance given to U.S. Citizens abroad.

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National Archives and Records Administration

NARA- Declassified Documents

Most archival records held by National Archives and Records Administratin are available to the public for research and are either unclassified or declassified. This is an excellent place to start your search for declassified government documents.

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Library Databases

Homeland Security Digital Library

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Digital National Security Archive - (DNSA)

This resource consists of expertly curated, and meticulously indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present.

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Foreign Relations of the United States

Resource provides access to U.S. foreign relation documents from 1861 to 1996.

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Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains many useful resources for criminology, and public and international affairs, such as the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S.

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ProQuest Congressional

Comprehensive online collection of primary source congressional publications and legislative research materials covering all topics, including government, current events, politics, economics, business, science and technology, international relations, social issues, finance, insurance, and medicine. Finding aid for congressional hearings, committee prints, committee reports and documents from 1970-present, and the daily Congressional Record from 1985-present. Compiled legislative histories from 1969-present.

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National Security Archive at George Washington University

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S.

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FBI Records: The Vault

Searchable database of previously unreleased FBI records and documents. Contains 6700 documents and media.

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Documents Available from the Department of Justice

Publicly accessible documents from the U.S. Department of Justice, including documents from the U.S. Attorney General's office, the DEA, and others.

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Declassified Documents - Library of Congress

Index of resources related to declassified federal documents.

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