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The U.S. Federal Government is a complex institution that can seem intimidating if you can't remember the basics from your high school civics class. There are several levels of government in the United States; this guide focuses solely on the U.S. Federal Government, or government at a national level. The Federal Government is made up of three branches: the Executive (or Presidential), the Legislative (or Congressional), and the Judicial (or Judiciary) branches. If you would like more information on each of the three branches, please visit the other pages in this guide:
The resources listed on the following pages are excellent places to start, especially if you are looking for: background information or an historical overview of the U.S. Federal Government, databases for finding books and articles about the U.S. Federal Government, or if you are looking for information on open government or declassified documents.