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Guide to Federal Government Information  

This is a reference point for easy access to U.S. government information and finding documents in Hannon Library's Federal Depository collection.
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started with Government Information

  Welcome to the Federal and Oregon State Depository Library at Southern Oregon University! 

The Government Publications Department is located on the main floor of Hannon Library behind the Reference Desk. For help please use the chat box below or phone/email the department using contact information at right. 


Library of Congress National Jukebox

A Song of Spring - Recorded in Camden, NJ on April 16, 1908

Catalogs of Agency Websites

New Climate Change Indicators - EPA 11/20/14

"The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already taking place. Scientists are highly confident that many of these observed changes can be linked to the climbing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which are caused by human activities." EPA

Go to the link to see the newest information and a full report in PDF format as of November 20, 2014.

100th Anniversary of the Federal Reseerve

See the Hannon Library display about "the Fed" starting on November 1st, 2014.Links below will take you to pertinent  information about the Federal Reserve System.

President's Budget of the U.S. Government, FY 2015


SOU Hannon Library IS a Federal Depository Library

Featured Publications

Quick Links for Searching the Web for GovPubs

    Enter your search directly in the search box or use the explore topics link to get you started in a broad range of materials.
  • Government Apps for Smart Technology
  • Googling Government Sites
    In the Advanced Google Search, enter your keywords or phrase in the appropriate search box (Keep it simple - only two or three words). Then go to the bottom of the search options and where it says "Search within a site or domain", enter .gov. Then, try the same search using .us.
  • SearchMil
    Over 1 million military pages indexed and ranked in order of popularity

FDsys - Federal Digital System

Link within the box below for access to the Government Printing Office database of government information.

GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) enables GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. Look here for Budget, CFR, Congressional Record, Econ. Indicators, Econ. Rept. of the Pres., Federal Register, Public Laws, US Code, Statutes at Large and more.


MetaLib, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, is a portal which can search simultaneously for government reports, articles, and citations and provide direct links to online electronic information.  Use Advanced Search for the most versatility.

More Indexes to Government Publications

Use the databases below to find government publications NOT in Hannon Library's online catalog

  • Catalog of United States Government Publications
    "Finding tool for federal publications 1976 to present with 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." The SuDoc number for finding the document in the Hannon Library Government Publications Department is included with the title of each record.
  • Core Documents of Our Democracy
    Convenient access to a core group of current and historical Government publications that define our democratic society: Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Congressional bills, the Budget, and many more.

Government Information Librarian


This year you must download most forms from the IRS website:

Government Databases


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