As you'll remember from civics, the US government is divided into three branches that have different, interlocking responsibilities in running the country.
When looking for government information, it can be useful to remember this division of labor. Government information produced by these governmental actions stem from the appropriate branch:
On this page of the LibGuide, you'll find tips on looking for US government information based on the three branches. For more detailed information on the Library's collection of tangible government information, see the In the Library tab, and for more in-depth guidance in finding online government information, see the On the Web tab.
Here are some other good sites to try if you don't find what you need in the Library Catalog:
Publications from the Executive Branch are the most various of the three branches of government. They range from the Code of Federal Regulations (codification of all federal regulations) to the Surgeon General's reports on the effects of smoking, to decals from each NASA mission, and much, much more.
The best way to find both electronic and tangible Executive Branch documents is by searching in the Library's Catalog. And if you're looking for a particular government agency's website, try the sources in our Find an Agency box below.
The Library's Catalog contains full records (author, title, subject, notes, etc.) for thousands of electronic government publications, and hundreds more are being added every month. Plus, whenever we find online versions of documents we hold in print, links are added to these catalog records so that the publication can be accessed online.