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Government Information on the Web Subject Index  

Links to the subject information pages dealing with government information that have been developed by libraries and other organizations in the U.S.
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What is the Index?

USAThe letter tabs above lead to a keyword index of government information subject pages. For the most part, the index terms are taken directly from the subject pages. To save space, the institutions are referred to in shortened form in this index. For a full listing of the covered institutions, see the box below.

GPO PartnerThe links on the index pages are to each particular subject page within the websites. Please note that not all the links on these subject pages are to government publications and some resources on the pages may not be available to the general public.

If you're having trouble finding the topic you need, use the search box above on the right, changing the drop-down choice to "This Guide."

We are honored that the Government Printing Office accepted the Index as a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Service Partnership in 2010. Thanks to GPO for this recognition and for publicizing and supporting the Index. 

Sources for the Index

These are the libraries and other groups whose subject pages are included in this index, listed alphabetically by the shorthand version of their names used in the index:

  • Carlos
    "Hot Topics" subject link list compiled by Washington (state) librarian Carlos Diaz
  • Colorado
    "Alphabetical List of Subject Guides" from the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
  • Columbia N.Harris Coll  
      
    US Federal Guides by subject from Columbia University Libraries
  • Greensboro  
      
    listings under different tabs, including "United States," "Census," and "Special Topics"
  • Harris
    subject listing from librarians at the North Harris (County) campus of the Lone Star College system in Houston, TX
  • Louisville
    "Government Resources" subject guides from the University of Louisville (Kentucky) Libraries
  • Memphis
    subject guides from the University of Memphis (Tennessee) Libraries
  • Michigan
    "Government, Politics, & Law" research guides from the University of Michigan Library
  • Naval P/Grad. School  
      
    Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library in Monterey, CA
  • North Texas
    Government Information subject guides from the University of North Texas Libraries
  • OSU OSU
    "Federal Resources by Subject" from the Oklahoma State University Library
  • Purdue
    "Government and Law" category of guides from Purdue University Libraries
  • Rice
    "Government Collections List," a subject listing from the Fondren Library at Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • Science.gov
    official government portal to information on scientific subjects from US agencies
  • SEOK
    "Government Information Subject Guides" from Southeastern Oklahoma State University Library
  • St. Mary's St.Mary's
    portal to government information
  • SUNY
    "Government Resources by Subject," listed from the University at Buffalo in the State University of New York system
  • UCLA
    government information links by subject from the UCLA (Univ. of California, Los Angeles) School of Management Library
  • UCM
    subject-based LibGuide for Federal information from the University of Central Missouri
  • USA.gov USA.gov  
      
    official US government portal/search engine
  • Vanderbilt
    government information subject listing from the Vanderbilt University Library
  • Washburn
    "Government Resources by Subject," listing from the Washburn University School of Law Library
  • WCU
    "Government Documents Resources," West Chester University Libraries
 

More about the Index

signsThe general purpose of the index is to provide starting points for browsing subject areas, bringing both broad and detailed subject listings from many libraries together in one index. It aims to provide a single place to find link collections on particular subjects, taking advantage of the varied organizational schemes and terminologies developed by depository libraries and other organizations.

For the most part the terms used by individual libraries are what are used in the index and there is little cross-referencing or combining of similar terms, except in broad subject areas. (For example, "Medicine" listings are all grouped under "Health.") 

ntoeClosely-related terms are grouped under broader headings in some cases to keep the number of terms more manageable. (For example: under "Military," you'll find library pages dealing with "Military History, "Military Pay," etc.) Use the Search box at the top of each guide page to find terms if you don't want to browse  alphabetically.

In deciding which listings to include in the Index, we look for value-added features, not simple pointing to single sites. Other features that we look for in listings are link annotations and useful categorizations of sub-topics. 


booksAnother important element is linking to free internet sites, with an emphasis on U.S. government sites (i.e., .gov and .mil). Most links on the page included are to government sites rather than to other internet sources. If more than a few links on a library's page lead to proprietary sources with limited availability (or to print resources), the library is not included in the Index. However, some of the pages linked to in the index do include a few sources not generally available online.

Final decisions about what listings to include, and how to handle terminology issues, are made by Kathy Amen, Government Information Librarian. But suggestions for improvement to the Index are always welcome.

Government Information Librarian

 

Why look for government information?

  • Comprehensiveness. With a few exceptions, research in almost any subject area is incomplete without consulting government sources
  • Reliability. Government information can be the product of research at the highest level
  • Authenticity. Many electronic government publications come with authentication seals
  • Primary sources. Much government information—such as hearings, court cases, diplomatic papers—is considered primary source material
  • Economy. Almost all government information is freely available to all users, not just members of the St. Mary's community (NOTE: it's free to you because, as taxpayers, you've already paid for it!)
  • Responsibility. It's our duty as citizens of a democracy to be informed about governmental actions
 

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