Also known as Government Documents
Locating government information can seem daunting. Depending on your topic, there are a wide variety of resources at your disposal.
To begin research on Federal Government documents, start with locating the responsible agency through usa.gov.
Each agency has its own website and searchable content.
A good place to start.
- General Information - usa.gov
Find information and government publications.
- A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
List of government executive agencies and departments.
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
Bibliographic finding tool for federal publications.
- Statistical Insights (ProQuest) - (MSMU students, faculty, and staff only) Provides abstracting, indexing, and full text for publications from hundreds of public domain and licensed data sources. Includes state and federal government, business, and international statistical publications as well as statistical tables.
To start researching state-specific information, start with the government website associated with that specific state. For California, use ca.gov.
- California Chamber of Commerce - Bill Tracking & Positions
- California Court Opinions
- California Department of Social Services
- California Legislative Information
- California Legislative Process
- California State Assembly
- California State Codes
- California State Constitution
- California State Senate
- Public Policy Institute of California
The library subscribes to a number of resources that you may find helpful, including:
NexisUni - (MSMU students, faculty, and staff only)
Features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.
HeinOnline - (MSMU students, faculty, and staff only)
Legal history and government documents, with law-related periodicals, the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.