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Start with these:

See Government Documents and Information:  Finding Government Information - Federal Resources for a complete listing of OSUL's federal government resources. 

Start with these: 

See Government Documents and Information:  Finding Government Information - State Resources for a complete listing of OSUL's state government resources. 

Listed below are some resources to aid in locating international government publications which include documents and information from individual foreign governments, as well as treaty organizations such as the European Union or the United Nations.  

See Government Documents and Information:  Finding Government Information - International Resources for a complete listings of OSU's resources pertaining to foreign governments and international treaty organizations.

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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.


Citing Government Publications

Beware not all government publications are copyright free!

Follow Fair Use practices and cite, cite, cite. 

The standard style manuals do not provide examples for citing all the variants of government publications in a consistent fashion. The document itself may not have all the information needed or it may be presented in a confusing fashion thus making citing difficult. Some government publications include a suggested citation, but overall citing government documents can be tricky.

The following is a good starting point:

  • Arizona State University Libraries. Government Documents Service – DocsCite. [Guide to MLA and APA formatting for government documents using templates and dropdown menus.]

For further resources consult Government Documents and Information - Citing Government Documents.

Still have questions about copyright issues contact the Copyright Resources Center.

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Hot Topics

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

  • 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.
  • Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. (Indiana University. Writing Tutorial Services)
  • Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus. (Best Provides links to reports and resources on the topic of sexual assault and abusive partner relationships, tips on assault prevention, steps to take if assaulted, etc.  
  • Stop Think Connect Resource Guide. (Department of Homeland Security/National Cyber Security Alliance) Links to videos, websites, etc. on cybersecurity topic such as smart phone security, identity theft, file sharing, social networking, etc.

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.

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