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POSC 320: Government Information

Government Documents at SU Libraries

Did you know that SU Libraries is part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)? 

Print versions of U.S. Government Documents and Maryland State Publications are located on the third floor of the Academic Commons. In additional, many holdings can now be viewed online. Below you can see what a catalog record might look like for a government document. Note the location. Government documents might be online, microfiche, or print.image of the catalog with the location saying "SU Guerrieri Academic Commons United States Documents Online" and "SU Guerrieri Academic Commons United States Documents Stacks"

Looking in the Catalog for Government Documents:

Use this box to search for articles, books, ebooks, articles, CDs, DVDs, and more!

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+Endings can indicate reliability

Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.

.EDU - often refers to a reliable educational website.

.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.

.COM - stands for "Commerce" and is used for business. Approach with skepticism.

The endings are not a guarantee, however. To go beyond evaluating the website URL ending use this checklist of criteria:

Infographic for the CRAAP test for evaluating materials: Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose

Select Websites

A lot of government information is now freely available on the web. Here are some select places to start when researching government programs or when searching for data.


Search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

About the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP):

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. These publications make up the National Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.

Search the CGP via this link.