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Federal Government Information

About this guide

This page decribes some basic ways to search for government information.  Other pages in this guide provide brief lists of additional resources you might consult on the web to further your search based on the branch of government you need.

The Census has its own section as it is one of the most used sources of information from the Federal government.

General starting points

So where should you go if you don't know where to go?  There are a couple of places that can serve as good starting points for most topics.

Usa.gov - This site serves as the main portal for citizens to interact with the federal government.  As a result you can get a great deal of information here from fish and wildlife statistics to advertisements for auctions of goods seized by law enforcement.

FDsys - This is a great place to easily search congressional records, presidential documents, and many other publications.  It's extremely helpful for easily locating documents of recent public interest such as major legislation, as these are highlighted on the main page.

Using USA.gov can help a lot here as it has an easy to browse list of federal agencies.

Last, but certainly not least, don't forget to try using Sprague Library's online catalog!

Many older items are available in print, not online, and this can also help give you an idea of which agencies are publishing material you may be interested in.

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