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Documents by Type - Federal

Government documents span a wide range of types. From agency information and appropriations to census data, technical reports and Supreme Court decisions, government publications cover many topics. This list is arranged alphabetically by document type. The third column indicates the dates of coverage. The last column includes links to the documents, the MERLIN record or the database which contains them.  For more information on Federal Government documents, please see our guide to Federal Government Information.

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Administrative decisions by agency Dates vary................................ Administrative Decisions and Other Actions by Federal Agencies
Analysis of government programs 1923-curent (incomplete)......... General Accountabilty Office (GAO) reports
1973-current............................. Over 14,000 print and fiche GAO reports in Ellis Library under GA 1.13 call number.
1989-2008................................. GAO Reports at Federal Digital System
Aerial photographs 1920s-current............................ Where to find Aerial Photographs
Agencies, guide to 1995/96-current........................ U.S. Government Manual
Current .................................... A-Z Index of Departments and Agencies
Agency reports 1976-current ........................... Catalog of Government Publications
1895-2005................................ Find print copy on Documents Reference shelf under call number Z 1223 .A18.
1789-1909................................. Checklist of United States Public Documents 1789-1909 or see online version in Internet Archive
Appropriations 1995-2004................................ Federal Digital System 
Appropriations, House Committee on 1998-current............................ Federal Digital System
Appropriations, Senate Committee on 1998-current............................ Federal Digital System
Appropriations, status of 1983-current.............................. CQ Weekly Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Link leads to a list of articles about appropriations bills, arranged by year
Attorneys General (U.S.) - Opinions 1791-1982 ................................ Hein Online

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Bills, congressional

(See also guide to bill versions)

1993-current............................. Federal Digital System (FDSys)
1993-current............................ Congress.gov has full text of bills available from 1989 forward.  Legislative action on bills available 1973 forward. See table of coverage for additional detail.
1979-2000.................................

MU Ellis Library has House and Senate bills on microfiche for the 96th-106th congresses. Ask in the Government Documents office for assistance.

1933-1988................................. The University of Arizona has a complete set of this time period. This set is microform - request through interlibrary loan. For interlibrary loan purposes the official title is Congressional bills, resolutions, and laws.

1801-1829.................................
1861-1899.................................

House and Senate Bills and Resolutions on microfilm in MU Ellis Special Collections. Filmed by the Library of Congress.
1789-1933................................ Center for Research Libraries (microform - request through interlibrary loan)
1789-1921................................. The University of Washington has an incomplete set of this time period. This set is microform - request through interlibrary loan. For interlibrary loan purposes the official title is Congressional bills, resolutions, and laws.
Varies.......................................... Sources for texts of congressional bills and resolutions
Bill of Rights   Library of Congress
Bills and resolutions 1799-1873..................................... Library of Congress
Bills, summary and status 1973-currrent................................. Congress.gov shows legislative action on bills from 1973 forward. See table of coverage for additional detail.
Bills, history of 1983-current.................................. FDSys History of Bills
The History of Bills lists legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record, which has been published since 1874. In print it is part of the Congressional Record Index, the biweekly publication from the Joint Committee on Printing, but on FDsys it is a separate collection.
1929-2015..................................... ProQuest Legislative Insight Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Bills, status 1983-current.................................. CQ Weekly Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Biographical directory 1774-present................................. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Budget of the U.S. Government 1996-current.................................. Federal Digital System
1921-current.................................. Federal Reserve Archive

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Calendar, House of Representatives 1995-current................................... Federal Digital System
Calendar of Business, Senate 1995-current.................................. Federal Digital System
Campaign contributions from individuals and PACs 1997-current................................... OpenSecrets.org 
Current........................................... Influence Explorer
1988, 1994..................................... See "Open Secrets" books authored by
Larry Makinson
in 2 East, Ellis Library
Campaign finance reports 2008-current................................... Federal Election Commission
Census data 1790-current.................................... MU Libraries Census Guide
Circuit Court Decisions 1938-current................................... Find Law
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1938-current.................................... Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1996-current................................... Federal Digital System
Current (unofficial)......................... Federal Digital System Electronic CFR
Code, U.S. 1994-current................................... Federal Digital System
1925-current................................... Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Committee membership Current........................................... Govtrack.us
1947 to 1992.................................. Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1947-1992 (print)
Committees, legislation assigned to Current.......................................... Govtrack.us
Committee prints, congressional 1991-current.................................. Federal Digital System
1789-current.................................. Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Committee reports, Congressional 1991-current.................................. Federal Digital System
1973-current.................................. Congress.gov
1970-current..................................

Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

1817-1980...................................... US Congressional Serial Set Digital Collection Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Conference reports 2006-current.................................. Federal Digital System
Congress, members of 1997-current................................... Congressional Directory
Current........................................... GovTrack.us
1816-present...................................

Congressional Directory in print

1774-current...................................... Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Congressional Budget Office reports
and cost estimates

1975-current...................................... Congressional Budget Office
Congressional publications Varies................................................. Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1817-1980........................................... US Congressional Serial Set Digital Collection Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Congressional Record

(What's this? See Video)

1789-current....................................... Sources for the Congressional Record
1994-current....................................... Congressional Record (bound) 1999-2001; Congressional Record (Daily) 1994 to present; Congressional Record Index (Daily) 1983 to present

1789-current.........................................

Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1989-current........................................ Thomas Library of Congress
1873-current........................................ MU LAW LIBRARY FEDERAL X 1.1/A:
Congressional Record, Daily Digest 1989-current........................................ Thomas Library of Congress
Congressional Research Service Reports 1916-current......................................... Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Various.................................................. Archive-It (list of links to various sources)
Various................................................. Law Librarian's Society of Washington D. C.
Congressional Session Dates 1789-current......................................... Session Dates
Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) 1983-2010............................................. Consolidated Federal Funds Report
Court opinions, Supreme Court 1760-current......................................... Find Law
Varies Supreme Court
Court records (appellate, district and bankruptcy courts) ..............................................................

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) (fee-based)

Varies..................................................... Federal Digital System

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources

Debate, Congressional


(Congressional Record;
Congressional Globe;
Debates of Congress;
Annals of Congress)

1999-2002 Congressional Record on FDSys  (digitized from bound version)
1789-1997 Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1873-current
1789-1872
Print version at MU LAW LIBRARY FEDERAL X 1.1/A.
Print versions of predecessor titles in MU ELLIS.
1989-current Thomas Library of Congress
1995-current Congress.gov
Debates, presidential candidates 1960, 1976-current American Presidency Project
Debt, public 1869-current Treasury Direct 
     
Declassified documents   Declassified Documents Guide
Directory, Congressional 1997-current Federal Digital System
1888-2014

MU ELLIS JK1011 .U5

current GovTrack.us
1816-1887

Congressional Directory
MU ELLIS JK1011 .U5

Documents, congressional 1975-current Federal Digital System
The Congressional Documents collection consists of House Documents, Senate Documents, and Senate Treaty Documents. House and Senate documents contain various kinds of materials ordered to be printed by both chambers of Congress. Documents can include reports of executive departments and agencies, as well as committee prints, that were ordered to be printed as documents. Senate Treaty Documents contain the text of a treaty as it is submitted to the U. S. Senate for ratification by the President of the United States. About Congressional Documents.

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
Earmarks    
2005, 2008-2010 OMB Office of Management and Budget
Economic Indicators 1995-current Federal Digital System
Economic Report of the President 1995-current Federal Digital System
1947-current FRASER (Federal Reserve)
Elected officials   USA.gov
Elected officials 1956-2014 America Votes
Election returns, presidential    
1789-2008 National Archives
1789-2012 NationalAtlas.gov (printable maps)
1956-2014 America Votes
Elections, congressional 1982-2012
1920-2010
Federal Election Commission
House of Representatives
Executive orders, presidential 1936-current Code of Federal Regulations, Title 3 (print)
1996-current Code of Federal Regulations, Title 3 (online)
1826-current American Presidency Project
current Executive Orders
     

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Type of Government Information Federal or State Date Range Sources
Federal Register Federal 1994-current Federal Digital System
   
1936-current Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Federalist Papers Federal 1787-1788 Federalist Papers
Financial disclosures, congressional members Federal    
   
Floor votes, congressional Federal Current  
CQ Weekly Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Project Vote Smart
Foreign aid (loans, grants, etc.) Federal 1946-2010 Greenbook USAID Foreign Assistance
Foreign Relations Federal   Foreign Relations LibGuide
Foreign policy Federal Current CQ Researcher Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1945-1976 Foreign Relations of the United States
1870-1931 Foreign Relations of the United States Print
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GAO Reports Federal 1989-2008 Federal Digital System
       
Grants Federal current Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
2000-current Grants and Opportunities

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
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Hearings, scheduled current Senate.gov  House.gov
Hearings, Congressional 1824-1979 Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1979-1993 MU Libraries' collection of print hearings from 1964-forward were lost in the mold disaster of 2013 and are slowly being replaced. If not found in a MERLIN partner library, request a copy through MOBIUS, or contact a Government Information librarian.
Up to 1923 Many historic hearings are now digitized and freely available in HathiTrust.  Tip: use the HathiTrust advanced search feature. Put "Committee" in the author field, "Hearing" in the title field, and limit further by date or words found in full text.
   
1985-2008 Selected hearings are available in full text on FDsys. Complete hearings are only available in paper copy and have been moved off-site. MERLIN records may not be updated to show the new location. If not found in a UM system library, request a copy through MOBIUS.
1960-1980 (incomplete) The University of New Orleans has digitized 1,600 committee hearings and publications. Browse or search by title, date, agency, and subject.
House Documents (Y 1.1/7:) 1817-present

House and Senate Documents and Reports are compiled in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

See SERIAL SET, CONGRESSIONAL on this page.

House Reports (Y 1.1/8:)
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Images and photos General U. S. Government Photos and Images
Science Science Images
NASA NASA Images
Inaugural Addresses, Presidential 1789-current American Presidency Project
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Journals, House of Representatives 1992-2012 House Journal Federal Digital System

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
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Laws, General and Permanent 1926-current Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
   
1994-current Federal Digital System
current Cornell University Law School
Laws, Public and Private (slip) 1995-current Federal Digital System
Legislative histories 1969-current Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1887-current Proquest Legislative Insight
Legislation, (in force) See Code, U.S.    
Legislation, states (by subject)   National Conference of State Legislatures
1960-2014 Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Subject Compilations of State Laws
List of CFR Sections Affected 1986-current Federal Digital System
Loans 2007-current Federal Loans
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Maps   Readex Serial Set Maps Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
  USGS Maps
  National Map
  Maps and Geographic Information LibGuide
Maps, topographic   Geological Sciences Library
Mobile Apps Directory   USA.gov
Municipal Officials, directory 1934-2014 Municipal Yearbook
Municipal Officials, salaries 1934-2014 Municipal Yearbook

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
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News, Congressional   Roll Call
Nominations and appointments, presidential current Nominations and Appointments
Nominations for Supreme Court 1789-current Senate.gov
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Opinions of the US Circuit Courts 1995-current FindLaw
Ordinances, municipal   Municode.com
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Party platforms 1840-2012 American Presidency Project
Patents   U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Fulltext
Patent Research Guide
Google Patents
Personal Finance Disclosures varies OpenSecrets.org
1981-2010 Financial Disclosure Reports (House of Representatives)
Photographs, congressional 1997-current Congressional Pictorial Directory
Plum Book (United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions) 1996-current Federal Digital System
Podcasts, RSS Feeds, Blogs varies Free Government Information (podcasts)
Free Government Information (Blogs)
Policy, statements of administrative 1997-current American Presidency Project
Political party platforms 1840-2012 American Presidency Project
Presidential debates 1960-2016 American Presidency Project
Presidential documents 1993-current Federal Digital System
1965-current Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Presidential papers 1790-current American Presidency Project
Presidential press briefings 1979-current American Presidency Project
2009-current Press Briefings
Presidential press conferences 1929-current American Presidency Project
Presidential signing statements 1929-current American Presidency Project
2001-current Presidential Signing Statements
Presidents, information about 1789-current Internet Public Library
Proclamations, Presidential 1789-current American Presidency Project
current Presidential Proclamations
Procurement Data 1981-current Federal Procurement Data System
Public Debt 1791-current Public Debt Reports
Public Papers of the Presidents 1991-current Federal Digital System
Public/Slip laws 1989-current Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
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Record, Congressional

(What's this? See Video)

1994-current Congressional Record (bound) 1999-2001; Congressional Record (Daily) 1994 to present; Congressional Record Index (Daily) 1983 to present

1873-1997 (partial)
1985-current

Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1973-current Thomas Library of Congress
Regulations, (historical) 1996-current Code of Federal Regulations
Title 3: 1936-current Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1938-2001 MU LAW AE 2.106/3:
Regulations, (in force) current Code of Federal Regulations
2001-current MU Law AE 2.106/3:
Regulations, (proposed)  1996-2010 Unified Agenda
 1994-2016 Federal Register
RSS Feeds   US Government RSS Library

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
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Senate Documents (Y 1.1/3:) 1817-present

House and Senate Documents and Reports are compiled and reprinted in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.   

See SERIAL SET, CONGRESSIONAL on this page.

Senate Executive Reports (Y 1.1/6:)
Senate Reports (Y 1.1/5:)

Serial Set, Congressional
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Note: The American State Papers, 1789-1838 was the predecessor set.

1817-present

MERLIN (Print volumes, almost all stored offsite.) 

Note: Serial Set volumes from #14934-present are on shelving just outside the Docs office on the Ellis Library first floor, East.

1817-1996

Microfiche set available offsite.

1817-1980
RECOMMENDED


Electronic FULL TEXT.
Readex US Congressional Serial Set Digital Collection Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Includes 15th Congress through the 96th Congress, 2nd session.
FULL TEXT for Serial Set volumes 1 - 13384.

Predecessor American State Papers is also available in FULL TEXT.

1980-2003
RECOMMENDED
Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
FULL TEXT.

1985-present (Documents)

1995-present
(Reports)

RECOMMENDED

Federal Digital System FULL TEXT.

1983-1998
(finding aid only)
 

You can get the Serial Set volume number using only the House Report, House Document, Senate Report or Senate Document number by checking United States Congressional Serial Set Catalog: Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes in Docs stacks under number GP 3.34.  This source is available for the 98th-105th congresses only (1983-1998.)
1981-present

When print and electronic formats are unavailable and deadlines are tight, microfiche copies can substitute in a pinch.  Check microfiche cabinets located to the north of the Documents stacks.  Use the following system to find materials:

  • Senate Documents - Y 1.1/3: [congress-rept#]
  • Senate Treaty Documents- Y 1.1/4: [congress-rept#]
  • Senate Reports - Y 1.1/5: [congress-rept#]
  • Senate Executive Reports - Y 1.1/6: [congress-rept#]
  • House Documents - Y 1.1/7: [congress-rept#]
  • House Reports - Y 1.1/8: [congress-rept#]

We have fiche for all of these starting with the 97th Congress.

1833-1917 American Memory (Only a fraction of 1% is here - about 150 selections.  Those that do appear are in full text.)
Soil Surveys 1899-1901 Stored offsite - Dewey Decimal call number - 631.08 Un31b
1923-1966 MU ELLIS - Library of Congress call number - S 591 .A22
Varies Stored offsite - SuDoc call number - A 57.38
Online
Speeches, congressional   See Congressional Record (above)
Speeches, presidential   Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
State government publications  1800s-ca. 1930 Uncatalogued collection in storage, ask in Gov Docs office
1700s?-1950 Center for Research Libraries has more than a half million volumes of deposited and purchased monographic and serial publications of the U. S. state governments from the earliest periods through 1950, including financial reports and research studies. Excluded content includes internal agency newsletters, agricultural station publications, maps, and state court reports. Most of the collection is not cataloged; to identify resources, try to find state publications checklists, or contact CRL Access Services.  CRL also maintains a collection of legislative journals through 1990.
State of the Union Address, Presidential 1790-current American Presidency Project
1992-2010 Federal Digital System 
Statistics   Fedstats
2013-2016 Statistical Abstract of the United States Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1878-2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States
  Historical Statistics of the US Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Statutes at Large (session laws) 1951-2011 Federal Digital System
1789-1875 Library of Congress
1789-2013 Constitution.Org
1789-current Proquest Congressional Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1789-2006 Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Subsidies, with National Priority Ratings (NPRs) 2000-current Subsidy Database
Supreme Court Cases 1789-current Oyez Project
Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978 US Supreme Court Records & Briefs Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1999-2007 Find Law
Supreme Court Decisions 1937-1975 FedWorld.gov
2003-2008 Find Law
Supreme Court Opinions 2007-current Supreme Court Slip Opinions
1790-current Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Supreme Court Rules 2010-current Find Law
Supreme Court Nomination Hearings 1971-current Federal Digital System

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Type of Government Information Date Range Sources
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Tax forms and regulations 1980-current Internal Revenue Service
Technical reports   Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS)
Defense Technical Information Center
Energy Citations Database
National Transportation Library
National Library of Energy
NASA Technical Reports Server
Trademarks   Patent and Trademark Office
Travel by Members of Congress   Legistorm
Treaties 1950-1984 Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri 
1973-current Congress.gov
Treaties, in force current US Department of State
1955-current Treaties in force (print)
Treaties with Indian Tribes All Hein Online Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri choose U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library
1778-1883 Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties (See Vol. 2 of printed set for Treaties)
Or see full text in Hathi Trust
1722-1869 Ratified Indian Treaties, Special Collections, microfilm
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Unified Agenda 1994-2010 Federal Digital System
  2011-current Federal Digital System
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Vetoes, presidential 1789-current Senate
Videos   FedFlix
Gover nment YouTube Channel
C-Span Video Library
Live Feed from U.S. House
Vanderbilt Television News Archive (1968-present) Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
Vital Records   Centers for Disease Control
Voting records of congress    
1989-current Senate (senate.gov)
1990-2014 House of Representatives (house.gov)
1991-current CQ Weekly Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri
1789-current GovTrack.us
current Project Vote Smart
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Weekly Addresses, Presidential current Weekly Addresses