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Federal Government Information: Home

Guides to federal information by branch of government, plus some frequently-requested resources.

General Catalogs and Indexes

  • MERLIN Library Catalog
    The catalog of the Libraries of the University of Missouri System. Not all government information resources held by MU appear in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG. However, this is still the first place to look. Includes links to Internet resources.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
    The primary catalog for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Preceded by the Monthly Catalog of Government Publications (1941-2004) call number Z1223 .A18; Document Catalog (1893-1940), the 1909 Checklist (1789-1909), Ames Index (1881-1893), and Poore (1774-1881).

Digital Collections

The single most comprehensive source for official publications from all three branches of the U.S. government, as well as independent agencies. Provides access to a broad array of full-text databases and finding aids.
Archive of Americana
Includes the Early American Imprints (1639-1800), the American State Papers (1789-1838), and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1897). All three sources contain legislative and executive branch documents.
American Memory Project
An ongoing attempt to digitize primary source materials relating to the history and cultural development of the United States. Includes written and spoken word, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music.
Avalon Project
An extensive collection of digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Contact information

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Marie Concannon
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106-B Ellis Library
University of Missouri
(573) 882-0748