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Government Documents

Databases of Interest

DOC staff have access to a wealth of government documents, both in print and electronically.  The Commerce Research Library has legal and legislative print collections that include many older documents and resources that are not always available in digital format.  You can search the catalog, check out our collections, or contact a librarian to learn more.

Additionally, the library actively tries to collect print resources published by and about the Department of Commerce in our DOC Archives collection.  While far from comprehensive, this area of our collection is unique and full of hidden gems.

Databases containing government documents have been sorted by branch, but many more resources exist freely on the internet. Some of the more popular ones are listed below and could be of use during your research.

These websites are openly available on the internet:

A-Z List of Executive Agencies 
List of government executive agencies and departments.

GPO's Catalog of Government Documents 
Bibliographic finding tool for federal publications. 

Congress.gov (formerly THOMAS)
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.  It is particularly useful for recent materials.

FDsys 
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government and provides permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge.

Govinfo.gov
This is GPO's beta website that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website.  Govinfo.gov includes Legislative, Executive, and Judicial content.

HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository; documents can be viewed, but not printed.  This resource is especially useful for locating committee hearings and historic government reports and publications.

NTIS 
Database that contains bibliographic records for the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. Information is typically oriented toward the scientific, technical, engineering, and business related fields. 

Cornell University Law School/Legal Information Institute
Provides updates to any section of the USC that has changed since the official was published.  NOT AUTHORITATIVE.

‚ÄčUSA.gov 
Find general government information and services.

Depository Information

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The Commerce Research Library is a selective depository library. Our public hours are by appointment only for visitors with a valid research need that requires access to the Library's print collections.

PLEASE NOTE:  While the general public are allowed to use depository materials free of charge, some of our collections, including many of the resources listed on this website, are not depository materials and may only be used by DOC staff.  This includes most of the electronic resources such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, Proquest, and HeinOnline.