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US Government Documents Fundamentals

A guide to basic information about finding, evaluating, and using government documents for assignments, research, and your own information.

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Lorena O'English
Terrell Library 120-D
Washington State University

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  • Federal and state governments are organized into 3 branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.
  • Remember, too, that there are levels of government!
Government Level Document Example
Local Directory of Whitman County Officials
State Voter's Pamphlet from Washington State
Regional Annual Report, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
National (Federal) Fact Sheet from the Environmental Protection Agency
International United Nations report on world nutrition
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