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Government Documents



Publications included in the Basic Collection are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of their Federal Government. The Basic Collection serves as a good resource when developing and maintaining a depository collection.


Useful Websites:


  1. Catalog of U. S. Government Publications: GPO
  2. Copyright Office: Library of Congress
  3. FDSYS - Official Federal Government Publications Online: GPO
  4. Federal Depository Library Program
  5. Find and Apply for Federal Grants
  6. Government Publishing Office: GPO
  7. Legislative Information: Congress.gov
  8. Public Health Reports from the U. S. Public Health Service
  9. USA.gov
  10. U. S. Census Data - Census Bureau: DOC
  11. U. S. Patent and Trademark Office: DOC
  12. Weather and Climatic Information: NOAA
  13. USA Trade® Online

Basic Collection:



Resource Description
American FactFinder American FactFinder is a source for population, economic, housing, and geographic information and data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas.
 Ben's Guide to U.S. Government  Ben's Guide is a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.
Budget of the United States Government The Budget contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications issued throughout the fiscal year.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The CFDA lists all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or use Advanced Search for more options.
Code of Federal Regulations This is the annual edition of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Congressional Directory The official directory of the United States Congress that includes members of the Senate and House, committee members, room and telephone numbers, and officials of the courts.
Congressional Record (daily) The Congressional Record is the daily official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation Also known as the Constitution Annotated, it is the legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution based primarily on Supreme Court cases.
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents The daily and weekly compilations of the Presidential documents are the official publication of material released by the White House Press Secretary. 
Economic Indicators Published monthly by the Council of Economic Advisors for the Joint Economic Committee, Economic Indicators provide economic information on GDP, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, and more.
Economic Report of the President An annual report which gives an overview of the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.
FDsys An online database that gives free access to official publications from all three branches of the United States Government.
Federal Register (daily) The daily publication of the rules, proposed rules, and notices of the Federal agencies and organizations along with executive orders.
Occupational Outlook Handbook The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a resource for occupational and career information, providing profiles on a majority of jobs in the United States. Profiles describe the work environment, education and training needed, ten year outlook, and median pay for workers.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States The official publication of the President’s addresses, writings, and remarks.
Social Security Handbook The resource for all Social Security questions.
United States Code The permanent and general laws of the United States are divided by broad subjects into fifty-one titles.
United States Government Manual This is the official handbook provided by the federal government on the agencies of the three branches of government.
United States Reports Contains the Supreme Court’s opinions.
United States Statutes at Large The United States Statutes at Large containing the permanent laws – public and private – that were enacted during each session of Congress.




Essential Titles:

Agricultural Statistics

Budget of the United States Government

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Census of Population and Housing: Summary Social, Economic & Housing Characteristics (all states, U.S. Summary and Puerto Rico)

Code of Federal Regulations

Congressional Directory

Congressional Record (final bound edition)

Congressional Record (final bound edition, Index and Daily Digest)

Congressional Record (daily, including biweekly index)

Congressional Record (full-text, Daily Digest) (database)

Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation

Consumer Price Index (CPI) Detailed Report

County City Data Book

Crime in the United States

Digest of Education Statistics

Economic Census (multiple titles)

Economic Indicators

Economic Report of the President

Federal Register

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

Green Book (Committee on Ways and Means)

Harmonized Tariff Schedule of U.S.

Health US

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789

List of Sections Affected (proposed, new, and amended Federal regulations)

Monthly Labor Review

North American Industry Classification System Manual (NAICS)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Producer Price Index (PPI) Detailed Report

Public Papers of the Presidents

Social Security Bulletin

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

State & Metropolitan Area Data Book

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

Statutes at Large

Treaties in Force

U.S. Government Manual

United States Code

United States Reports

World Factbook



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