Minnesota State University Moorhead is a Federal Documents Depository Library
Suggested Places to Begin Research
Library Basic Collection (with online links to many
Need to Find Government Information on the Internet? Try the Agency Approach! A tutorial created by: Chuck Malone, Government Information Librarian, Western Illinois University Library.
U.S. Blue Pages -- This online resource is a functional organization of contacts within the federal government. Its structure mimics the blue pages in telephone directories, but in addition to phone numbers, TTY numbers and Web sites are listed. There is also a database that allows the information to be filtered for local contacts only. An excellent starting point for government information.
FedForms -- As the title
implies, access to federal forms fairly easily from this site. FedForms.gov provides "one-stop-shopping" for Federal forms most used
by the public. FedForms does not contain every form issued by Federal
agencies. If you do not find the form you are looking for in FedForms, you can either
search through the "Agency Forms
Management Web Sites" or you can do a search in FirstGov.
Minnesota Government Publications Library STATISTICS Resources -- A very useful compilation of federal statistical resources found on
various formats. Many of the CDRom titles listed (with Guides for using the discs)
are housed in the MSUM Government Documents collection. The Vanderbilt University and Columbia University sites are similarly useful.
DATANET -- Datanet is an online information system consisting of summarized statistical
information serving Minnesota's governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit agencies and
citizens. The system contains statistics about social, economic and demographic conditions
in Minnesota. 2000 Census material is now available via this site.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids -- The Government Printing Office's website for kids, teachers, and parents. Lots of links to "kid-appropriate" sites.
FedWorld Information Network -- "FedWorld was established by NTIS to serve as an online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.Locate Federal Government information, both information housed within the NTIS repository and information we made accessible through an electronic gateway of more than 100 government bulletin boards" [NTIS/Fedworld]
GOVBOT: The Database of Government Web Sites -- "The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) GovBot has gathered 1,342,259 web pages from U.S. Government and Military sites around the country." [CIIR]
Information Locator Service (GILS) -- "The
Government Information Locator Service (GILS) is a new way to identify, locate, and
describe publicly available Federal information resources, including electronic
information resources. GILS records identify public information resources within the
Federal Government, describe the information available in these resources, and assist in
obtaining the information. GILS is a decentralized collection of agency-based information
locators using network technology and international standards to direct users to relevant
information resources within the Federal Government." [GPO]
Columbia University Libraries U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference Collection is a subject arrangment of frequently used documents. This is another good gateway to web resources as well as identifying traditional tools, many of which MSU houses.
Migrating Government Publications -- Another extremely useful site containing a listing of government documents converted to electronic format on the Internet.created by the staff of the University of Memphis Library. It's a quick way to determine the electronic status of federal publications.
Government Documents Ready Reference Site -- Government
documents are found by broad subject areas. We house many of the titles at Moorhead
State - consult a reference librarian to determine where the title is. Developed by the
staff at Columbia University Libraries.
Electronic Embassy -- The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available.
A List of Primary Federal Government Departments and Agencies with links to their homepages is available here at MSUM. After clicking on the department/agency homepage it is necessary to browse these sights, since each site is a little different than the others. For example, many have search capabilities, but the quality and usefulness varies. The advantage of searching agency websites is that they increasingly provide access to information which often wasn't available prior to the development of the WWW, and therefore not sent to Federal Depository Libraries. Another advantage is the timeliness of the information, since agencies often load new information to their websites, and may only distribute the information in more traditional forms at a later date (if they distribute it at all, because sometimes they never issue information except for providing it via their websites). Retrieval of the information is often much simpler via printing a paper copy or downloading resources from a website.
The disadvantage of searching through via agencies is that you may not know what agency has information (this holds true regardless of what governmental agency or international organization you may need to work with). Search WebPALS for some of this information or contact me for assistance and advice.
and Acronyms of the U.S. Government -- "From AACP (Accounting
and Auditing Policy Committee) to ZIP Code (Zone Improvement Plan), this site lists over
Supreme Court of the United States -- US Supreme Court official Website, well organized and containing some unique items, including full text of 1999 Term opinions (with a link to previous Bench Opinions), the Court calendar and schedule, background information about the Court and justices, Court rules, Bar admissions information, case handling guides, and public information, including a visitor's guide. The site features an internal search engine which also indexes pdf files.
Guides (GODORT Handout Exchange) -- This links to a wide assortment of guides for
using depository cdrom titles.
Healthfinder -- Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site
consists of many health and human services links, including dictionaries and other
databases. Related to this government site are Healthinfo (enables the searching of the Merck manuals online); HealthGate.com (links
for many weekly Webzines and other health-related sites).
The Documents Area is closely connected to our Legal Reference collection. A visit to this area may also provide valuable information.
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