Finding government documents presents challenges not often associated with finding information in other parts of the library. One way of improving success rates is to take a few moments to develop a plan based on the kind of information needed. The outline below provides possible strategies depending on whether the information needed is miscellaneous (it doesn't fit in any of the other categories), generally:
Decide what category best fits your needs, and try the suggestions listed there. If you don't find what you need, ask for assistance at the Research Help Desk (contact information listed on the library home page).
This category of information includes whatever doesn't seem to fit in any of the other categories. Begin your search using these tools:.
This category covers a lot of territory (including Census information, but for guidance there, see the next section of this page). The federal government is particularly adept at collecting statistical information. The suggestions below are a starting point. For additional suggestions, please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.
Census information is available on the Internet. The suggestions below are only a starting point. Ask for assistance if you don't find what you need.
There is a great deal of legislative information available on the Internet. We have also have some legislative information available in paper and microfiche format. Ask for assistance at Reference.
Access to court decisions has gotten a great deal easier in the recent past.