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Government Information

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.

Federal Information

To begin research on Federal Government documents, start with locating the responsible agency through
Each agency has its own website and searchable content.

State Information

To start researching state-specific information, start with the government website associated with that specific state. For California, use

Legal Resources

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.


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