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A Guide to Government Documents and Information

Hot Topics

The following links are to government, academic, consumer-oriented, etc. sites of interest. Here are a few highlights:

  • U.S. Opioid Epidemic.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)  Information about the opioid crisis including statistics, videos, laws, overdose prevention, etc.


  • Surviving an Active Shooter Event.  Video developed by OSU Police with strategies for surviving an active shooter incident, also includes links to other videos on the topic.


  • Measles (Rubeola). (CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Information on the Measles Outbreak occurring in the United States and abroad.

For a complete listing of topics and sites see Government Documents and Information - Hot Topics A- L and/or Hot Topics M-Z. Inclusion in Hot Topics does not mean that OSUL or The Ohio State University endorse the site, or its contents.

In the News

Presidential Investigations

Mueller Report

The newly released Justice Department report on the Mueller investigation Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election that is in the news.


Watergate Road Map

Officially titled Grand Jury Report and Recommendation Concerning Transmission of Evidence to the House of Representatives contains documents and evidence collected by the Special Prosecutor surrounding the Watergate Break In which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.


The Star Report

Officially titled Preliminary Memorandum of the President of the United States Concerning Referral of the Office of the Independent Counsel and Initial Response of the President of the United States to Referral of the Office of the Independent Counsel, contains information gathered by  Independent Council Kenneth Starr which laid the ground work for the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.


What are Government Publications - Information and Documents

Howard Chandler Christy's Depiction of the Signing of the Constitution

As technology evolves so do government publications. At times it is easier to say what is not then what is a government publication. It is defined in the U.S. Code (44 U.S.C. 1901) as "...informational matter which is published as an individual document at Government expense, or as required by law."  York University has advanced one of the best definitions to date

Publications, regardless of physical form, issued or published by authority of a government body. Specifically: those issued or published by the executive, legislative, and judicial functions of government at all levels - international, national, federal, local government bodies and intergovernmental bodies.

All levels of government from local governments to international treaty organizations, such as the European Union and the United Nations produce government documents and information. In general the larger the entity the more likely it is to publish. These publications range the gambit from primary source materials for scholarly research to informational pamphlets for the general public.

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