Government Publications

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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.

Free Tutorials

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.


Further Reading

Want to learn more about government documents and information?  Here are some good sources for further reading:

  • Fundamentals of Government Information:  Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources.  Eric J. Forte, Cassandra J. Hartnett, and Andrea L. Sevetson.  New York, New York:  Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.  Covers specific subject areas of government documents such as Health, Economic, Census, Legislation, etc.
  • Government Information Tutorials - Introduction to Government Information Sources, Part 1:  What are Government Documents?   Lori L. Smith.  Southeastern Louisiana University. Sims Memorial Library.  Video tutorial to help locate government information in tangible publications and online sources.
  • Guide to U.S. Government Publications.  Donna Androit.  McLean, Virginia:  Documents Index, 1973- .  Finding aid for identifying U.S. government series titles by agency or keyword.
  • International Government Information and Country Information:  A Subject Guide.  Andrea M. Morrison and Barbara J. Mann.  Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Introduction to E-Government.  OCLC WebJuction.    Guide to e-government resource geared to the novice researcher.
  • Introduction to Government Information Resources.  Lori L. Smith.  Southeastern Louisiana University. Sims Memorial Library.  Brief guide to federal, state and local government information.  Note state and local information is Louisiana-centric.
  • Introduction to United States Government Information Sources.  6th Edition.  Joe Morehead.  Englewood, Colorado:  Libraries Unlimited, 1999. Guide to general and specialized government information sources. Somewhat dated.
  • Tapping the Government Grapevine the User Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources. 3rd Edition. Judith Schiek Robinson.  Phoenix, Arizona:  Oryx Press, 1998
  • United States Government Information: Policies and Sources.   Peter Hernon, Harold C. Relyea, Robert E. Dugan, and Joan F. Cheverie.  Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.
  • U.S. Government on the Web:  Getting the Information You Need.  Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and John A. Shuler.  Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 1999. Guide to researching government sources.

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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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