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Government Information

Use this guide to learn about finding sources of government information.


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Lindsay Schmitz
Thomas Jefferson Library
University of Missouri St. Louis


This guide is here to help you understand the vast world of Government Information. The United States Government is the nation’s largest publisher. A large number of these publications, often referred to as “government documents,” are available in libraries that have been designated as government document depositories under Title 44 of the U.S. Code. The University of Missouri-St. Louis was designated as a depository site in 1966. The UMSL Libraries receive documents in both tangible and online formats. We currently receive about 92% of the materials available for distribution through the Federal Depository Library Program. Records for many documents published since 1991, including most online-only resources, may be located by using the Library Catalog.

Government Documents can also be searched through the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System site (FDsys). FDsys provides access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.....