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What is Government Information?

What is government information?

Government information, sometimes referred to as government documents, describes materials produced by government agencies or departments that describe their programs, actions, and/or findings. These materials are released in a variety of formats, including print, microforms, CD, DVD, and online formats. 


What does that mean at USU? 

The Government Information Department provides access to materials released by the U.S. Government as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Since 1907, the department has collected materials from every government agency, from the Department of Agriculture to the War Department. 

Currently, the vast majority of materials are released digitally. The Library Catalog provides access to these materials. The Department continues to receive printed materials to supplement our historic collections. Government Information Staff provides reference services for physical and digital collection materials.

Government Information is categorized differently than the Library's main collection. To learn more about Government Information's differences, consult the SuDocs Basics Tab and the Citing Government Information Tab.

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