Library

Government Information and Databases

Federal Government Information by Agency
  • U.S. Federal Government (USA.gov)
  • Electronic List of Classes: Browse by Agency (Univesity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - includes links to the agency web site and the SuDocs number where print or microfiche are filed in the Library.
  • Federal Agency Directory (Louisiana State University) - entries based on the U.S. Government Manual
  • Guide to U.S. Government Publications (Batten) 2000 (Doc Abstract Z 1223 A574) Covers series from 1789 to the present and is good from tracking changes in series titles and agencies over time. Main body of the work is arranged by SuDocs number with indexes for agency, agency class chronology, title, and title keyword.
Federal Government Information by Subject

The following sites list United States government documents by broad subject and are good for browsing to identify key publications. Government Information on the Web Subject Index (St. Mary’s University) lists approximately 30 sites that organize federal information by broad subject. To search for government documents on specific subjects use Federal Govenment Document Databases.

Federal Government Information by Title/Series

Many United States government documents are issued in a named series, e.g, Statistical Abstract of the United States. The following sources provide links to many of these series by title.

  • Government Periodicals (University of Louisville)
  • Guide to U.S. Government Publications (Batten) 2000 (Doc Abstract Z 1223 A574) Covers series from 1789 to the present and is good from tracking changes in series titles and agencies over time. Main body of the work is arranged by SuDocs number with indexes for agency, agency class chronology, title, and title keyword.
  • Online Government Publications (Indiana University-Purdue)
  • Popular Names of U.S. Government Reports (Indiana University-Bloomington) Many government publications become known by short titles that appear nowhere in the official title. This searchable database gives full descriptive information on each report and the SuDocs number where paper and microfiche are filed in the Library.
Federal Government Document Databases
Indexes to Federal Documents

See Indexes to Federal Documents to search for public documents that are typically distributed to federal depository libraries. Following are other databases to federal web sites and technical reports:

Federally-Produced Databases

Federal agencies produce many different databases that index publications from the agency and/or other publications of interest to the subject focus of the agency. Following are sites that list many of these databases.

Other Databases (HSU Library)

The HSU Library subscribes to the following databases that 1) index and/or provide the fulltext of U.S. government documents; or 2) cover developments in Congress or the federal government in general. In addition many of the subject focused databases listed under Articles and Databases index federal publications.

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To determine local availability, publication format and Sudocs number for documents found in a subject database you will need to do the following:

  • For documents published after 1998 click on Find It Button to search the Library Catalog. Depending on how a document is treated in a subject database the Find It Button may not work properly so you should also try the other Library Availability options.
  • For documents published before 1998 follow the directions for determining Library Availability.
California Government Information by Agency
California Government Information by Subject
  • CA.gov (State of California) - the official State of California web site.
  • California State Agency Databases - This is an annotated list of databases produced by the State of California, divided by the three elected branches of our government or agencies of the Executive.
  • Infomine: Government Information (UC Riverside) - searchable database of selected California documents. Under Resource Types select "Government Resources: California"