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U.S. Government Documents: Websites

Marquette University Eckstein Law Library is a selective Federal Depository Library for government documents. The Law Library receives approximately 3.8 percent of available publications.

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As a selective federal depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Marquette University Eckstein Law Library makes U.S. government documents available for public access for free. The public may access materials received under the FDLP during the Law Library's regular hours. Individuals using the materials must abide by all Law School, Law Library and University rules.  The Law Library adheres to the policies set forth in the Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program.

 

 

 

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About Websites

The websites identified are free Internet sites useful for finding a wide variety of federal government information, including government documents.  

The resources identified under the Databases tab in this Research Guide refer to proprietary databases to which the Marquette University Law Library subscribes.  Access to some of the databases is limited to members of the Marquette University Law School community.  Access limitations are duly noted.  The Law Library is not required to provide public access to third-party vendor subscription databases such as Westlaw.

Find Government Information on the Internet

Access the websites listed below to find federal government information, resources and services.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids - The site is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) designed to inform students, parents, and teachers about the Federal Government.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) - Find federal publications and direct links to those available online by searching by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word. 

Congress.gov - The official source for federal legislative information including bills are found on this site. Congress.gov replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site and includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications which will be added throughout 2014. Until that time, they are still accessible through THOMAS.gov. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy - Online access to the basic Federal Government documents. Provides the cornerstone documents such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as selected sources for Congressional, Presidential, Judicial, Regulatory, Demographic, Economic and Miscellaneous categories.

FDSys(Federal Digital System) - GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free access to publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Federal Government Departments and Agencies - From the USA.gov website, view a list of U.S. government agencies and link to contact information.

Metalib - A federated search engine, the service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), allows the user to search across multiple Federal government databases at one time.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Known as the nation's record keeper the National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the United States. NARA keeps only those records deemed to have continuing value. 

THOMAS.gov - Provides legislative information from the Library of Congress. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014. It is being replaced by Congress.gov.

United States Courts -  Provides a wide range of information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.  The site is maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary.

United States Government Manual - The official handbook of the Federal Government provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies and boards, commissions, and committees. 

USA.gov - The U.S. Government's official web portal provides access to government information and services.

USA.gov Forms - Find federal forms including tax forms, agency forms and U.S. courts forms by searching the government's official web portal.