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Government Information Search Tips: Finding Gov Info

Search Tips

As you search for something, you can better find it by asking the following questions. Each of these answers may help you determine what publication or collection will hold an answer and will indicate whether the material may be digitized.

Who created it?

  • The House of Representatives? The Senate? A Committee? The President? An Agency?

What format was it created in?

  • Is it a law? A rule? Remarks? Testimony? A Report?  An Agency Publication? 

When was it created?

  • Before 1865? After 1976? After 1995? Is it currently being debated?

Consult the Legislative Process graphic to identify which collections and formats you should search. 

Digital Databases for Government Information

Physical Materials - Visit the Government Information Department

Visit the catalogs below to find records of the physical materials in the Government Information Department. Note the date ranges available in the description. 

Resources by Subject or Category

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Finding Materials Based on Year

Pre-1865 - Many founding documents for the U.S. have been digitized. See Government Websites Libguide for more information. 

Post-1907 - Utah State University became a federal depository in 1907. We have been actively collecting physical copies of federal government materials since this date. 

Post-1976 - Materials will be cataloged in the USU Library Catalog and the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. 

Post-1995 - Congressional and Executive Branch materials are available digitally on govinfo.gov. Physical materials can be located via the USU Library Catalog. 

2015-2018 - Recent materials are often best located on Congressional, Executive Branch, or Agency websites. 

More items are being digitized all the time. These ranges are not all inclusive and more may be available. See resource descriptions for exact range. 

FDLP Designation

“This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”

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