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Government Documents: Home

The F.M. Smith Library has participated in the Federal Library Depository Program since 1927. We offer free access to government documents. Listed below are examples from the Basic Collection with means of access.

How to cite Government Documents

These Links will Show you how to Cite Government Documents:

Basic Collection

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Searching for facts and stats

  • American FactFinderUsing several censuses and survey, the American FactFinder provides data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and Island areas.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook   L 2.3/4: How much does a movie director make a year? What do I need to study in high school to become a microbiologist? This is the document that one needs for those questions.
  • USA Counties [Copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of some tables in electronic versions.]   C3.134/6:   [online only]   USA Counties has over 6,600 data items for the United States, states, and counties from a variety of sources.

Searching for Government Publications

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: The finding tool for federal publications, historical and current, with direct links to those available online
  • GovInfo: An online database that gives free access to official publications from all three branches of the United States Government .
  • MetaLib: This is a search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.

Searching for Government Assistance

Government Publications

Educational Resources:

  • Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government   [online only]   A great tool for students, parents, and educators to use for learning and teaching about our nation’s government, history, and political structure. 

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