government, through its various agencies and branches produces
a vast quantity of information on practically any subject.
Many of these publications are distributed by the United States
Government Printing Office (GPO) to depository libraries across
the country. The Federal Depository Library Program ( FDLP)
was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has
access to its Government's information. This program involves the
acquisition, format conversion, and distribution of depository materials
and the coordination of Federal depository libraries in the 50 states,
the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The mission
of the FDLP is to disseminate information products from all
three branches of the Government to nearly 1,300 libraries nationwide.
Libraries that have been designated as Federal depositories maintain
these information products as part of their existing collections
and are responsible for assuring that the public has free access
to the material provided by the FDLP. Weber State University's
Stewart Library is a selective government depository, selecting
approximately 45% of the documents available. University of
Utah , BYU and USU are other depository libraries in the area.
Utah State University Library is the regional depository for the
FDLP and therefore selects 100% of the available documents.
Government Documents are
arranged by the Superintendent
of Documents Classification Number. Publications are
grouped together by the issuing agency.
- Federal Register (FR) lists U.S. federal agency announcements
and information, such as presidential documents, agency meetings,
grant opportunities, and proposed federal regulations. The GPO publishes
a new edition of the Federal Register every business day,
Code of Federal Regulations
- The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the
general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by
the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas
subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters
which usually bear the name of the issuing agency.
Statutes At Large
- AE 2.111 - The United States Statutes at Large, commonly
referred to as the Statutes at Large is the official source for
the laws and resolutions passed by Congress.
U.S. Code -
Y 1.2/5: Finally, the law is codified in the United States Code.
The codification process involves collating the original law and
all subsequent amendments. It brings all laws on the same subject
together and eliminates all repealed, superseded, or expired laws.
The U.S. Code includes all of the general and permanent laws of
the United States. The U.S. Code is arranged by subject into 50
titles and is fully revised every six years. Between revisions,
annual cumulative supplements are issued. It is important to note
that the U.S. Code is composed only of those laws currently in effect.
Public Papers of the
President AE 2.114 - A "cumulated annual volume
of presidential messages, transcripts, and public speeches and statements".
Some proclamations, executive orders, and similar documents are
not included, but reference to their inclusion in the Federal
Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and Weekly Compilation
of Presidential Documents is made. At the present time, coverage
of Presidents' statements extends back to the Hoover administration
Documents of U.S. Democracy - From GPO Access
U.S. Reports -
JU 6.8: Supreme Court Cases
Finding Books & Documents
Use the WSU
online catalog to find location and availability of documents,
CDs and other media in Stewart Library The Online Catalog
lists many, but not all, government publications available at WSU.
To find documents not
in the catalog, use the Catalog
of U.S. Govt. Publications , an index to government
documents from GPO Access. This database indexes government
documents since 1976.
To locate older documents
use the print version of the Monthly Catalog,
located in Government Document Reference, 1st Floor North
- GP 3.8. Many of the documents are found in the Microforms
area of the library located in Microforms - 1st Floor South.
Reference Table 2A contains
many finding aids and information about government documents.
Print Indexes to Federal
Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly
Catalog of United States Government Publications
1900-1971 GP 3.8/7: Government Documents Reference.
Subject Guide to U.S. Government Reference
Sources Z 1223.Z7R63 - Reference Table 2A.
List of Classes The List of
Classes is the official listing of publications available for
selection by depository libraries participating in the Federal
Depository Library Program. GP 3.24: The most
recent edition is located on Reference Table 2A.
U.S. Serial Set Index 1789-1969
Index to Congressional and department reports. J
74.C5 - Government Document Reference
Cumulative Title Index to United States
Public Documents 1789 - 1976. J 83.C7 -Government
Guide to U.S. Government Publications
Z 1223.Z7 A574 - Reference Table 2A.
Using Government Information Sources
J 83.S4 - Reference Table 2A. "A guide to basic government
information sources used for answering reference questions.
Separate chapters cover search strategies and basic searching;
specific topics such as, foreign countries, climate, elections,
maps, education, and legislative histories; agency searches;
and various types of statistical searches."
Articles & Documents
Government Search Use this search engine to find documents
of all types on the internet. This searches federal, state
& city sites.
One stop guide to all government web sites.
Search Elite Multidisciplinary database. Full text
articles from many sources.
- A collection of major political science journals in full
text. Usually from their beginnings to 3 - 4 years ago.
Muse - Full text of recent articles for World Politics,
Journal of Democracy and other related journals.
- Full text of news, business & legal information from over
Sciences Abstracts - Coverage includes a wide range of
interdisciplinary fields covered in of social sciences journals.
- Online links to popular agencies. Use Google
Government Search to find agencies not listed here.
Facts & Figures
of the United States - Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract
has been the single most authoritative source of facts about the
people, institutions and economy of the country. This is a
publication of the Census Bureau and is compiled from government
and private sources and is an excellent place to start when looking
for statistics. This is an annual and covers a broad range of topics,
mostly United States, but includes some international. Most recent
edition is located at the Reference Desk. Older editions in Government
Documents - AE 2.108/2. Online
of the United States - Social, economic, political and geographic
development from colonial times to 1970. Data after 1970 can be
found in the Statistical Abstract, which includes an historical
appendix linking the historical series to specific tables in Statistical
Abstract. C 3.134/2:H 62/789-970. Reference Table 5B.
of the United States - Millennial Edition contains more than
37,000 annual time series of quantitative historical information
covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history:
population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance,
governance, and international relations, all from the earliest times
to the present. Online
Census Bureau Home Page
The American Factfinder is the Census Bureau's primary vehicle
for distributing:2000 Census of Population and Housing, 1997 Economic
Census, American Community Survey, 1990 Census of Population and
Housing. You can use American FactFinder to find statistics about
population, housing, industry and business.
Community Survey " The
American Community Survey is a new nationwide survey designed to
provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing. It is
a critical element in the Census Bureau's reengineered 2010 census
States Historical Census Browser - From the University
of Virginia which presents data on the people and the economy of
the United States from 1700 to 1960.
Congressional Universe - full-text of proposed legislation
and status, legislative histories, congressional committee information,
campaign contributions and PAC activities, articles from" National
Journal" and more.
A full-text database which includes major legislation (by bill number,
subject, and title), bills (full text, summaries, and status), public
laws, the Annals of Congress, the Congressional Record and the Congressional
Record Index, roll call votes, Congressional committee reports,
historical documents, and information about the legislative process.
Years: Bill Summary & Status and Public Laws: 1973-present;
Bill Text, Roll Call Votes, Congressional Record: 101st Congress
(1989-1990) - present; Major Legislation, Committee Reports:
104th Congress (1995-96) - present.
Office of the Clerk - House of Representatives
On-line Information Center. At this site, you can obtain copies
of House documents, including public disclosure forms, made available
by the Clerk as part of his official duties. You can also find historical
information about the House of
Representatives and information about its Members and Committees.
- Congress.org is a free, public service of Capitol Advantage.
Record - The Congressional Record is the most
widely recognized published account of the debates, proceedings,
and activities of the United States Congress. Congressional
Record--printed by the Government Printing Office on a daily, over-night
basis, and after a session is over in bound form--is widely considered
to be an essential, full record of legislative proceedings.
& Election Guide
Science Resources from University of Michigan Government Document
Parties - links from University of Michigan Document Center
and Registration Data - from the U.S. Census
& Public Opinion
Utah Print Resources
Statistical Abstract of Utah HA 661.S 723 - Most recent edition
is located at the Reference Desk.
Utah Facts Utah Facts discusses issues such as tax rates, utility
costs, transportation, education systems, cost of living and quality
of life. HA 663.U82 Reference Collection. Utah
Facts 2004 2006
State & Local Government in Utah Contains a description of the
structure, operation, function, and finances of state and local
government in Utah - their departments, commissions and agencies.
JK 8425 1992.U8 - Reference.