Federal Documents - Overview
Sims Memorial Library has been a selective depository for U.S. government publications since 1966. The federal government produces several types of publications on many subjects. The subheadings to the left collect publications of a particular type for ease of navigation; below you can find some descriptions of each type to help you decide which is most likely to have what you need.
Directories, Manuals, and Handbooks provide descriptions of their subjects, whether it be programs, agencies, or departments. These sources are useful when looking to gather background information and key details to start your research and identify potential sources of more in depth information.
Indexes group information together in a particular way, such as by subject. These are useful when you are trying to find bibliographic information and potential sources of more in depth information.
Laws & Regulations are sources relating to the legislative process and various laws of the United States. These include Congressional documents, regulations for agencies, and presidential documents.
Statistics are sources of statistical information in various subjects, including crime and education. The coverage of the statistics varies, but can usually be found at the national and state level.
Websites are official websites of U.S. government departments and agencies. These websites contain valuable resources related to the particular group in question and the areas which they oversee.