Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Five Government Websites Every Writer Should Know About

I use this Social Security site when looking for a name for a character. You can see what the most popular male and female names were by year.

You can search for information about copyrighted material here. There are also links to information about copyright law.

The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

American Memory from the Library of Congress provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

The U.S. Census Bureau provides this Website. It offers information about population and much more that could be useful when researching a book. You can type in a city and find breakdowns by gender, age, race, income, education, etc.

Do you know a government-sponsored site that you would recommend to writers? If so, add a comment below.


  1. I don't know if all writers are interested in the Supreme Court, but I am. I love to read the transcripts of the arguments. It is quite informative to read the full text of the decisions instead of the sound bites we get in the news. Go here to find everything you always wanted to know about the Supreme Court.

  2. That's a good one! I can think of lots of ways I might use it. Thank you, Katherine.