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Many government documents are now published electronically. In Primo Search do a keyword search using terms that describe your topic, then use the left-hand facets to refine your search by Author/Creator: United States.
In addition, here are a few key sites for identifying and locating government documents:
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
GovTrack.us is a tool that tracks the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. You'll find here the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records for the Senate and House of Representatives, information on Members of Congress, district maps, as well as congressional committees and the Congressional Record.
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)
Provides public access to information submitted by Congress and federal agencies.
HathiTrust Digital Library
A digital collection of print materials made available online by member libraries. Not all content is available to Puget Sound users, but many government documents are accessible within HathiTrust since they are Public Domain materials.
National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Call Numbers to Browse
If you're interested in a broad topic in Politics & Government, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:
- J General legislative
& executive papers
- JA Political science (General)
- JC Political theory
- JF Political institutions
& public administration
- JK Political institutions
& public administration (US)
- JZ International relations
- K Law
- KF Law (US)
Locations of books
New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!
Search IGO Websites
Searches across the websites of major IGO's including the UN, UNICEF, FAO, WFP, IMF, WTO, WHO, and the World Bank, to help you find information from these websites including news, reports, working papers, statistics & data, and more.
E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search!
Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.
This guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Andrea!
Social Sciences Liaison Librarian
tel: (253) 879-2875
office: Collins Library 141
Request an Appointment with Andrea