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

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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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Thompson Library COVIT-19 Update

OSU Libraries reopened August 25th.  Face masks by are required both in the library and outside.  Please adhere to the 6-foot rule.  Stacks are closed.  All circulated materials are quarantined before being made available again.  Materials brought to the circulation desk by a patron will be immediately quarantined and unavailable for circulation for 5 days.

Make requests for circulating materials including Government documents via the catalog at  Notification via email will be sent when materials are available for pick up.  Non-OSU affiliated patrons wishing to use Government Documents can either place an Interlibrary Loan request with their local public, academic, or corporate library or contact the Thompson Library Government Documents Coordinator - Mary Ann Ries ( to arrange for materials to be made available. 

Because of COVIT-19, access to seating, study areas, public computers, printers are limited.  Check availability before coming.

Government Information and Microforms Office Hours:  Monday and Thursdays by appointment only.  By email ( Monday-Friday.

What are Government Publications - Information and Documents

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.

Need Help with Government Documents or Information?

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Mary Ries
Microforms and Government Information
Thompson Library room 211
The Ohio State University
1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1285
(614) 688-8770

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 Information. (Purdue University Global - Writing Center) Information on what is plagiarism, and how to avoid it.  Includes FAQs and videos on the topic.
  • 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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