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A Guide to Government Information Sources
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014 URL: http://guides.library.umass.edu/govinfo Print Guide RSS Updates

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    Hot Publications

    Warren Commission Report and 26 hearing volumes

    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) makes the complete report and 26 hearing volumes available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, commonly known as the Warren Commission, was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy's assassination. The Commission presented their findings in a report to President Johnson on September 24, 1964. The Commission also released 26 hearing volumes on November 23, 1964 comprised of testimonies from 550 witnesses and evidence.

     

    Major Databases

    • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1976+
      Finding tool for government information; provides direct links to online publications.
    • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-1976
      Index to historical information published by the United States federal government.
    • Congress.gov
      Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. On November 19, 2014, THOMAS.gov will automatically redirect to Congress.gov.
    • Declassified Documents Reference Center
      78,000 government documents declassified by the 1967 Freedom of Information Act.
    • FDsys
      Public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies.
    • GovSearch
      A directory of federal, state, municipal and county government personnel, officials, offices and programs.
    • Metalib GPO
      Search multiple U.S. government databases.
    • ProQuest Congressional
      Hearings, bills, laws and legislative histories, committee prints, Congressional Research Service reports, Congressional Record and predecessors, and the Serial Set.
    • Thomas (Library of Congress)
      Legislative history of bills. On November 19, 2014, THOMAS.gov will automatically redirect to Congress.gov.
     

    Welcome!

    Government publications are valuable primary sources of current and historical information on every topic imaginable. Use the links to the left for quick access or the tabs above for additional resources.

    If you have any questions or would like to schedule an individual research consultation, don't hesitate to contact a government information librarian.

     

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    Gov Info Librarians

    General Gov. Info: Barbara Morgan,
    413 545-6850

    Statistics & Data: Steve McGinty
    413 545-1871

    Science & Patents: Paulina Borrego
    413 545-7891

    Massachusetts: Melinda McIntosh
    413 545-6802

     

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