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Texas CPM Program: Finding Government Information
This course guide was created for Dr. Balanoff's CPM class.
This page lists resources for finding federal, state and local government information. Resources include the Library's Government Information collection and databases as well as federal and Texas state government websites. There is also a tip on using Google to find government information.
Government Information Collection at Alkek Library
Alkek Library is a federal and state depository library.
The Government Information unit maintains a large collection of U.S. and State of Texas documents in a variety of formats including print, electronic and microfiche.
Library Catalog search strategies for finding government documents
To see a portion of the state and federal government publications in the Library's Government Information collection, search the Library Catalog and change Search Entire Collection to Government Documents in the drop-down menu.
Because a majority of documents in the Library's Government Information collection are not cataloged, consult the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications listed below for call numbers (SuDoc numbers) of documents that could be found in the Library's collection or could be accessible online.
Index to the Catalog of United States Government Publications, including documents generated by the legislative and executive branches and other Federal Government agencies. Contains materials distributed to Federal Depository Libraries (such as Alkek Library).
Coverage: 1976 to present
U.S. legislative members & committees, bills & laws, bill tracking & histories, hot bills, congressional testimony/hearings, committee reports, voting records, floor votes, campaign contributions from individuals & PACS, congressional publications, regulations, Congressional Record & Rules, & political news.
Coverage: Legislative histories 1969 to present. Bills & Laws 1970 to present. Vote Report 1987 to present. Committees prints 1817 to present. Congressional Record Bound Edition (aka Permanent Digital Collection) and Predecessors 1789-1997. CR Daily Edition 1985-present, CRS Reports 2004-2010, Hearings 2004 to present. House & Senate Documents and Reports 1817 to present, Serial Set 1789-present. Serial Set Maps 1789 to present.
The Serial Set includes reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. It is a broken into parts (collections). Collection 1 begins in 1789 with the American State Papers and provides comprehensive, full-text access to Congressional and Executive branch documents and reports published in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set through 1969. Collection II provides coverage from 1970 to present. Collection II also contains Senate and Executive Documents and Reports 1817-1978.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Includes digitized books, journals and government information. Only public domain resources can be downloaded in full after logging in with Texas State University netID and password. There are many volumes and titles which are in copyright and can be searched, but not downloaded. See Hathitrust access policies for additional information.
Start Your Research
Use Start Your Research to find a lot of what the library has. The results will show books, ebooks, journal and newspaper articles, streaming audio and video. *Please note that it will not search all of the library's databases.
Limit your search results to Primary Source to find government documents.
In addition, "Congressional Budget Office" can be used as a search phrase.
Internet search tip!
A simple alternative to searching specific databases for government information--type the following into a search engine, like Google:
then add your topic:
site:.gov jfk assassination
Find federal, state, and local government information
USA.gov searches only federal, state, and local government websites for the public.