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Government Documents and Online Resources: Introduction

Enhance Your Research with Government Documents and Online Information Resources

What is Government Information and why should I use it?

The federal government is the largest publisher in the world. The Government Publishing Office (GPO), a Congressional agency, has traditionally been responsible for collecting and disseminating this information to the public. Today, most information published by the federal government has a digital component and may even be exclusively published on the Web. Many agencies publish information directly to their websites.

Government Information is a great way to incorporate primary sources and key statistical information into your research. You can also track laws, regulations and court cases. The scope, resources, and reach of the federal government often make it a great source for groundbreaking scientific research.

This Library Guide will focus on identifying key federal government information resources by subject area. Each tab above will lead to critical information resources on that particular topic.  The list of topics is also provided below:


Subject Guide

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Amelia Koford
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Government Publishing Office