Government Documents at GustavusFolke Bernadotte Memorial Library

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Gustavus Catalog
Search for federal government publications acquired by Gustavus or available online. To limit your search to government publications only, filter the Subject to Government Documents.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.
Index to congressional publications from 1970 to the present, legislative histories for public laws, testimony at congressional hearings, and biographical and committee information. Also allows searching of the Congressional Record and Federal Register. (Library subscription resource, Gustavus community only. Public access is available in the Library building only.)
University of Minnesota Regional Depository Library
Access resources and websites for various levels of state, federal, and international governments.

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United States
The portal for the government of the United States providing access to services, topics, agencies, and contact information. is the digital repository of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), replacing the previous Federal Digital System (FDsys) in 2018. While it does not include all GPO publications online, it is a good start when looking for full text publications by the three branches of the federal government. Major publications include the bound editions of the Congressional Record (1876 to 2016), the daily Congressional Record (1994 to present), U.S. Statutes at Large (1951 to present), and the daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD) (1992 to Present).
Executive Branch
Gateway to information about the President, Vice President, the Cabinet, the White House, and Executive departments, agencies, boards, and commissions.
Legislative Branch
Access the Congressional websites for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as supporting agencies and offices.
Judicial Branch
Find information about the U.S. Supreme Court, related special and lower courts, and organizations that support the Judicial Branch.
A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
Exhaustive list of links to hundreds of departments and agencies of the United States government.
U.S. Government Information by Topic
Access U.S. government information related to subjects such as the Economy, Health, Education, Environment, Taxes, Science, Travel and many more.
State and Territorial Government Sites
Find links to the websites for the U.S. states and territories.
Tribal Governments
Explore information about tribal governments in the U.S. and find additional resources related to Native Americans.
Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Formerly known as
Access statistical datasets created by federal agencies and state and local governments.

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Minnesota Government Portal
Gateway to Minnesota state government information and services. Look for information about businesses and jobs, education, social services, health and safety, transportation, natural resources, and travel and leisure.
Executive Branch - Office of the Governor
Access the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and other information related to Minnesota's Executive Branch.
Legislative Branch - Minnesota State Legislature
Explore information about the House and Senate for the state of Minnesota and search for bills, statutes, laws, rules, etc.
Judicial Branch - Minnesota Judicial Branch
Find information about the various levels of court in Minnesota, including the Supreme Court, as well as information about other programs and services related to the Judicial Branch.

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United Nations
Gateway to United Nations information including topics focused on peace and security, human rights, development, humanitarian efforts, and international laws.
Foreign Government Websites (from Northwestern University Library)
Links to official government websites for countries around the world including ministries, parliaments, courts, assemblies, commissions, departments, councils, banks, etc.
Access to United Nations statistical databases through a single entry point.