Government Publications

Quick Links

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.

Useful or Fun Sites

Free Tutorials

American Library Association, Government Documents Roundtable. Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinars.

FDLP Academy.  Webinars and Webcasts.

Webinars for Genealogists & Historians

In the News

Book Banning and Censorship


Bellevue - Freeman | Lozier Library's LibGuide. Information on the topic of censorship in the form of lists and links to e-books, books, videos, journal articles, databases, organizations.


Banned Books Information and Resources: Censorship

University of Toledo's LibGuide. Historical background on censorship and book banning; listings of banned books, films, etc. and discussions on the 1st. Amendment and its implications.


Book Bans & Censorship:  Take Action!

Simmons University Library's LibGuide. Links to resources for taking action against book banning and censorship, lists of banned books, and includes a book banning legislative tracker by state


Bibliotheca Schelfe

Fun and informative information about Government Documents and the Thompson Library Microforms collections.

Thompson Library Update

Need assistance with Government Documents or if you have questions concerning Government information please contact Mary Ann Ries ( via email.  Office hours Monday thru Thursday 8 am-4 pm, and Friday afternoons by prior appointment only.

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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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.
  • Understanding Sexual Assault on College Campuses. (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. (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-E and/or Hot Topics F-M; and Hot Topics N-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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