What is a depository library?
The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).
Basic Government Documents/Websites for Everyone
American FactFinder (a user friendly way to access Census data)
Library of Congress (The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.)
National Archives (The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.
Most government documents are issued from this branch of government, which largely consists of the White House and the cabinet departments listed below.
Congress, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, produces government documents largely in the form of laws and committee hearings/reports. For more details about the legislative branch of government, click here.
Committees of the U.S. Congress (House and Senate)
United States Code (The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.)
United States Statutes at Large (The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.)
The third arm of the U.S. government is the judicial branch. Consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal-level courts, government documents produced by this branch are mostly court decisions. Roe v. Wade and Brown v. the Board of Education are examples of Supreme Court decisions. For more information about the judicial branch and the judicial process, click here.
Government Documents Librarian
Technical Services Librarian
David L. Rice Library
University of Southern Indiana
Citing Government Documents
Most citation style guides have a section that covers government documents. Check out this How To Cite Sources Libguide.
Citing U.S. Government Publications (from IU)
Citing Government Information (from West Texas A&M)
Style Guides for Citing Government Resources (from University of Central Florida Libraries; contains links to other citation resources, too)