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NDSU is a regional depository for U.S. government documents published by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) along with the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  The documents that NDSU receives pertain directly to our programs and include publications from the USDA, Departments of Defense, Education, and Energy, EPA, FEMA, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, NARA, and the VA in addition to others. These publications may be in print, microfiche, and/or electronic forms, and come in a variety of formats such as pamphlets, media, maps, books, kits, and posters. Government publications are housed in the Main Library as well as in the Off-Campus Storage Annex. To request government publications housed in the Annex, please contact the Government Information Librarian or the Head of Access Services. Materials in the Annex, including maps, microfiche, and monographs, can also be accessed in-person as they are largely uncataloged

NDSU is also a depository for the state of North Dakota. We receive documents published by government agencies including annual reports, strategic plans, audits, meeting minutes, newsletters and magazines, brochures, handbooks, maps, statistics, public university catalogs and student newspapers, Cooperative Extension publications, and research results. Many of these publications are in print and electronic format.

Federal and state documents can be found through the Libraries’ Search. However, many government resources are not sent to depository libraries in any format and are only available via government databases and websites. See below for a list of popular online government resources and links to various research guides, or contact the reference desk for assistance in locating government information.

Popular Online Government Resources

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Provides access to census and survey data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.

This is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.

Federal legislation information presented by the Library of Congress using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Government Printing Office.

Locating Government Publications through NDSU Libraries

Use the Libraries’ search tool to locate government publication in both print and electronic formats.

Provides access to historical information published by the United States federal government. Describing over 1.2 million items published between January 1895 and June 1976.

Research Guides

Information about how to find government publications within the Library and online, as well as information about the U.S. Documents call numbers system, locating maps and other navigational images, and how to cite government information.

Includes dozens of government websites and databases sorted alphabetically and by subject.

Information about how to find ND state publications within the library and online. ND government websites are organized by subject and alphabetically.

Provides basic information about the law and some core legal resources at the library and online.

Last updated: 7/7/2016