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Government Information  

A Guide to Government Information Sources
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Looking for excellent information on a research topic?

  • CRS Reports
    Research by experts at the Library of Congress upon request by members of Congress
  • GAO Reports
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

    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.
    • is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. On November 19, 2014, will automatically redirect to
    • 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, will automatically redirect to


    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.


    Freedom of Information Act and Government Transparency-June 3, 2015


    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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    Since 1907, the UMass University Libraries have been participating in the Federal Depository Library Program whose mission it is to provide free, permanent, public access to government information.

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