Conducting Library Research

Government Databases

The federal government is the most prolific publisher in the world and, in an effort to make information accessible to all citizens; libraries in many locations serve as depositories for government publications. If your college library isn't a depository, there may be one nearby. Large libraries often have collections of local and international documents as well.

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:

Every year more and more databases like these are being released. If you plan to use government documents in your research, don't be shy about asking a librarian for help. The documents can be difficult to locate on the shelves, and since new computerized sources are coming out all the time, it's wise to get an expert on your side.

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