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Government Documents

Links to Government Information on the Internet

About Government Documents

Since 1973, Elihu Burritt Library has served as a selective depository for publications from the United States Government. These include materials from virtually every branch and agency of the federal government, such as: laws and legislation, congressional hearings, Supreme Court decisions, Geological Survey Maps, and a wide range of statistical sources including the U.S. Census. The Library's current collection contains approximately 100,000 paper items, 50,000 microfiche, and 22,000 maps.

The print government documents department is located on stack 6 of the library.  For assistance please call the Reference Desk at 860-832-206

Government documents may now also be accessed through the Internet. While the "traditional" (i.e., paper and microfiche) formats will not cease, increasingly government information sources are migrating to the World Wide Web. The most popular sites can be found to the left using the "Quick Links" tab. For a more detailed list of links click on the "Databases" tab.

Burritt Library serves as a designated depository library, part of the Federal Depository Library Program. As such, it is committed to an open door policy with regards to the government documents collection. This means that the public is free to use any and all of the available government documents without restriction. This includes computers which are freely open and available to the public without any log in or password restrictions.

Quick Links

 

  • General Federal Digital System- From the Government Printing Office, FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Replaces GPO Access.
  • General FirstGov - Web portal with information by topic for citizens, researchers, government employees and others.
  • Science Science.gov - a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
  • Statistics Fed Stats - Numbers on nearly everything.
  • Congress THOMAS - current federal legislation
  • GAO Reports Government Accountability Office Topic Search - Nonpartisan reports on government operations browseable by topic.
  • CRS Reports Open CRS - Brings together reports on many topics of interest done by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
  • Directory US Government Manual - Learn more about the structure of our government and locate government contacts.

 

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