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ProQuest Executive Branch Documents, 1789-1939 Restricted Resource

Full-text database containing all U.S. Executive Branch documents listed in the "Checklist of Public Documents, 1789-1909" (and not printed in the U.S. Serial Set), as well as thousands of additional documents from 1910-1939. Indexed by subjects, names, agency report numbers, and SuDocs Classification.

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FDsys

Fully searchable content management system and repository for official Federal Government publications, providing free online access to the documents of all three branches of the U.S. government.

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FirstSearch Restricted Resource

1976-present. Indexes all types of U.S. government documents, such as reports, hearings, debates, and records, from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Cumulative subject index to the monthly catalog of United States government publications, 1900-1971
Print Location: 4th floor West (Gov Docs) along the west wall Restricted Resource

Use these to find government publications that are too old to be included in the GPO online catalog.

MetaLib

Cross-search several government databases, including the Library of Congress catalog, FDSys, PubMed, ERIC, and more.

WorldCat Restricted Resource

Search WorldCat to identify government documents, including online-only documents.

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ProQuest Congressional Restricted Resource

1789-present. Provides access to the CIS Index, a comprehensive index/abstract to Congressional publications, plus the full text of some hearings, reports, and other Congressional documents, including the full text of the Congressional Record. Also contains an extensive collection of Executive Branch documents.

Congress.gov

1973-present. Official government source for information on bills considered by the U.S. Congress. Provides overviews of legislation, profiles of members of Congress, committee information and reports, and educational materials on the legislative process. Also offers the Congressional Record from 1995 to the present.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Restricted Resource

1817-1994. Online access to the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with numerous images and statistical tables. Print version, approximately 13,800 bound volumes, available upon request.

American State Papers Restricted Resource

1789-1838. Full-text database of U.S. Congressional materials.

Judicial Branch / Supreme Court

Supreme Court Opinions

2006-present.

OpenJurist.org

Free access to over 600,000 opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.

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Federal Depository Library Program
Logo of the Federal Depository Library ProgramThe Grinnell College Libraries are 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)
Getting Full Text for Documents
Once you've found the citation for a government document in one of the databases on this guide, how do you find the full text?

If the full text is not linked from the database, copy down the title and the SuDoc number (a special kind of call number used for government documents) and search for the title in the library catalog. Be aware, though, that we may still have a physical copy of the item even if it doesn't appear in the library catalog! Many older government documents were never entered into Grinnell's library catalog. Using the SuDoc number you copied down, look for the item on Burling 4th, in the microforms room, and/or in the map cases on the first floor of Burling.

If you still can't find the document, you can ask a librarian for help searching, or you can place an interlibrary loan request.
Tips
If you need U.S. government information from before 1976, please ask to speak to a librarian. There are numerous older government publications on the fourth floor of Burling, and many of them do not appear in the library catalog or in the databases listed on this guide.