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This guide will help users find primary source information, documents, reports or publications produced by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of US federal government.
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Federal Depository Library

The University of Michigan has been a Federal Depository Library since 1884. Depository libraries provide local, no-fee access to government information in a non-partisan environment with professional librarians available to assist users.

Government Spending

    Provides data on how and where tax dollars are spent including information on various types of contracts, grants, loans, and other types of spending.

Best Bets for Finding US Government Information

  • FDsys: Federal Digital System
    Online portal from the US Government Printing Office. Provides access to collections of bills, laws, government reports, and Public Papers of the Presidents. Open access for all users.
  • Search Mirlyn
    As a Federal Depository Library we receive copies of US government documents and make them available in our collections. For online documents we make links available in Mirlyn. Tip: search "United States" as the author
  • HathiTrust
    HathiTrust is a shared digital repository that brings together the collections (including the US government documents collections) of partner institutions. HathiTrust is the best place to search for an older government report.
  • is the official U.S. portal to federal, state, local, tribal, and international government information and services.

United States Government Manual

  • United States Government Manual
    Provides information on the structure of the US government including organizational charts, agency histories and even lists major publications.

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