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United States Government Documents: A Guide

Access to contemporary and historical information and documents created by the three branches of the United States federal government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

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Howard-Tilton is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law.
(44 U.S.C. § 1901)

To locate United States government documents within the collections of Howard-Tilton, enter the best keywords to describe your subject matter and use the drop-down menu to preselect Books. You may limit your results to include only Government Documents in the left-hand column of the results page.

Government documents are identified with the icon of the United States Capitol dome:  United States Capitol dome icon





Popular Databases

Google for Government

A great deal of government information is available on the Internet, directly from the websites of federal and state agencies and departments.  If you know the agency involved in your research area, you can search its website directly.  If you're not sure, try this Google trick:

In a Google search, enter "site:gov" + keyword(s).  This will search for your keyword(s) only on websites that have the domain .gov.

This also works for searching within a particular website. For example, search for "statistics" within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

Below are some government agencies's websites you may find helpful.