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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.

Search Government Documents by Topic

Do you have a topic you'd like to research? Click one of the broad subject areas below or see a more extensive list: Federal Databases, Search Engines, and Metasites.

Note: some databases are government sponsored and include documents as well as non-documents (such as journal articles, dissertations, and book chapters).  Examples of these are ERIC (education), PubMed (medicine), Agricola (agriculture), and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (criminal justice).  Other databases contain only government documents, such as DOE Green Energy (environment), Science.gov (science), and others listed here.

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