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The United States federal government is the world's largest publisher, and a leader in the distribution of information in electronic forms. This guide will help you find the sources you need. For additional help: Dr. Majed Khader 304-696-3121.

Starting Point

Locating government publications has gotten easier thanks to increased efforts by the government, but the process is still a little more complicated than finding just books and articles. Many documents are included in online catalogs, and can be searched for by subject, title, keyword, or agency. More recent records have hyperlinks to the full text of the document.

  • Library Catalog - Find books in the Marshall University Libraries.
  • OhioLINK - The combined catalog for Ohio libraries.
  • Older documents can be identified using:
  • Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications. 1900-1936 on microfiche, 1937-present in paper. GP 3.8:, Government Documents/Reference.
  • MarciveWeb DOCS - A searchable catalog of U.S. government publications, July 1976 to the present. (Access limited to Marshall University faculty, staff, and students.)
  • CIS Annual. 1970-2002. KF49 .C62, Government Documents/Reference.
  • CIS Index to Publications of the United States Congress. Congressional Information Service. 1973-June 2002. Government Documents/Reference.
  • LexisNexis Government & Politics - database covers congressional testimony, publications, legislative histories, current issues, committees, and members, as well as laws and regulations.

Because of the tremendous wealth of government information on the Web, it is often best to start your search with one of the search engines or portals listed below.

To get ready for your research, you might look at the guides listed below.

  • Tutorials - Help Finding Government Information Online
  • Locating United States Government Information: a guide to sources. 2d edition. Edward Herman. ZA5055 .U6 H47 1997, Government Documents/Reference
  • Introduction to United States Information Sources. 6th ed. Joe Morehead. ZA5055 .U6 M67 1999, Government Documents/Reference
  • Introduction to United States Information Sources. 4th ed. Joe Morehead. Z1223 .Z7 M665 1992, Drinko
  • U.S. Government on the Web: getting the information you need. Peter Hernon, John A. Shuler, and Robert E. Dugan. ZA5075 .H47 1999, Government Documents/Reference.

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