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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Introduces history majors to basic research library concepts. Provides both a broad overview of the source types collected by research libraries, as well as lists of specific sources relevant to your assignment for this class.

Government Documents and the Library

Unpublished Federal documents are acquired, organized, and stored by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NARA, as the name suggests, is an archive, and organizes documents, like other archives, by provenance. In the case of the NARA, provenance generally means originating agency.

Published Federal documents are distributed to libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program, and can be identified using the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications and also through library catalogs.

For more help finding government documents, contact Research Information Services.

Below are digital collections of both published and unpublished documents:

Legislative (Federal)

Executive (Federal)


Other Collections