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Tips and links to government resources in a variety of subjects

Finding and Citing Government Publications

Searching for Documents in JCKL

To find government documents in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, the first and best tool is the online catalog, Avalon. Search by title, author, subject, keyword, or SuDoc call number. You may also find government documents by using the library's search engine, Central Search:

 

Other Search Tools for Federal Documents

 
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.
 
MetaLib Federated search engine that searches across multiple federal databases.
 
FDsys Provides access to many important and highly popular government publications, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Bills, Public and Private Laws, and the Federal Register.
 
Congress.gov Federal legislative information: bills, committee reports, the Congressional Record, and more.

 

Government Information by Topic Links to Federal government information organized by topic, from USA.gov.

Search Strategies --This web page describes various search strategies useful for finding government information

Federal Agency Directory Directory of Federal Agency Web Sites

Citing Government Publications

Citing Government Documents Links to web resources on citing government publications, produced by Columbia University

It's hard enough figuring out how to cite normal publications using APA, MLA, Chicago Style Manual, etc. without the added intricacies of government agency authors, report numbers, and Internet addresses. Below is a list of Internet resources that might be of assistance. Some are designed to answer questions about citing government documents, others for citing electronic publications, and others for citing anything at all.

APA

  • Citing Gov Docs with APA Produced by Washington and Lee University

  • Citing Gov Docs with APA Produced by George Washington University

  • DocsCite Provides step by step help in citing government documents according to APA or MLA style. Produced by Arizona State University Libraries.

Chicago/Turabian

MLA

  • DocsCite Provides step by step help in citing government documents according to APA or MLA style. Produced by Arizona State University Libraries. 

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