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U.S. Government Documents

Federal Depository Library Program

The Moore Library is a selective Federal Depository Library. The Library selects mostly electronic federal documents, offered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), to support the academic needs of the University in teaching and research. These documents are made available to primary users and the general public of the Congressional district with the assistance in their use.

Collection and Organization of the U.S. Government Documents

Selection of federal documents is based on appropriate selection tools such as Suggested Core Collections by Library Type, List of Classes of United States Government Publications Available for Selection by Depository Libraries, and WorldCat. Selected documents are in print or available online. Tangible documents are retained for at least five years unless the material is superseded. 

Federal documents received through the depository program are cataloged and integrated in the Library's general and reference collections.  They can be retrieved from the Library's online catalog. 

Selected Websites and Search Engines

Search Engines

Ben'sGuide to U.S. Government for Kids 

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

FDsys - the official website for U.S. documents from GPO (U.S. Government Publication Office).

GOVINFO - A mobile friendly site that will replace FDsys in 2017.

MetaLib - a federated search engine that searches multiple federal government databases. - Locate federal, state and local government information.


U.S. Census Bureau

American FactFinder


Statistical Abstract of the United States - e-version up to 2012.

From 2013, the volume is in print at Reference (REF HA 202 .5722).


More Resources for Federal, State, Local & International Documents

Government Resources (Research Guide)

Need More Help

Contact Reference Desk at 609-896.5115 or the Documents Librarian Ma Lei Hsieh at 609.869.5241 ( if you need assistance in locating U.S. government documents.

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