How to Find Government Information

Finding Government Information

Where to Find Government Information


 A service of the US Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to numerous databases including: The US Budget, CFR, CBD, Congressional Bills, Directories, Pictorial Directories, Records, Reports, History of Bills, Economic Indicators, Public Laws, US Code, US Constitution, Federal Register, GAO Reports and Decisions, GILS, Privacy Act Notices, Supreme Court Decisions, US Government Manual, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents


GPO Government Printing Office

United States Government Printing Office

The office for the publication and distribution of official documents of the U.S. Government.




Core Documents of the US Democracy

Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper Format     from GPO





State and Local Government on the Net

State and Local Government on the Net


Research Help

US Capitol Building


Congressional Research Tutorials from UC Berkeley

Federal Register Tutorial

How to cite government information from UC Davis




Government Agency Abbreviations


Abbreviations and Acronyms of the US Government GovSpeak from UC San Diego






What is an E-DOC?

Electronic versions of Government documents (pdfs, webpages, etc.) that can be accessed several ways.

1.)  E-DOC  Available through the St. Charles City-County Library District's web-based library catalog.  To date,  SCCCLD has 35,000+ electronic documents in the catalog.

E-DOCs are accompanied by this symbol:

* FYI - The E-DOC symbol is not live when viewed inside the library at the catalog terminal, however it accessible via the catalog when accessed by library card on the Public PCs or from your own home computer.

You can search E-DOCs in one of two ways:

  • Catalog Search: When searching either a title or a subject, select Government Document - Electronic from the All Materials drop-down menu.
  • Material Browsing: From the catalog, click Material browsing, then check the Government Document - Electronic box. Then click go search. This will bring up a list of all the E-DOCs currently available in the system.
  • After locating your subject, click on a specific title and then click: View Electronic Document


2. ) Catalog of U.S. Publications 

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

The CGP 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.

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