Conducting Library Research

Using Government Documents

Government documents are mostly thought of as congressional hearings, reports issued by state and federal agencies and presidential papers. But in fact, the government publishes information on practically every conceivable topic you can imagine. The following titles provide an idea of the wide variety of topics:

If you plan to use government documents in your research, don't be shy about asking a librarian for help. There are several indexes to government documents and most are electronically available. Among them:

Every year more and more electronic databases are created and released, making information, particularly statistical data, easier to access. For instance:

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