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Government Documents: Research

Library Databases

GPO Monthly Catalog

  • Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments.


  • Database of peoples and places that includes family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, Census records from 1790 to 1930, and other primary sources in full image.

Legal Collection

  • Collection of respected, scholarly peer-reviewed publications including law journals, documents, and case studies.

LexisNexis Academic

  • Access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options.

Military and Government Collection

  • Full text from military and general interest publications. Designed to bring current news to all branches of the military.

Government Databases


  • Provides citations to agricultural literature.

CDC Wonder

  • Provides access to a wide variety of public health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CRS Reports

  • Objective reports written for members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current legislation and political events.

  • Full text U.S. Congressional database is the primary site for Federal Legislative information.

Country Studies

  • Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.


  • Information about hazardous waste (including the Biennial Report), toxic and air releases, Superfund sites, and water discharge permits.


  • Online digital library of education research and information  sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Register

  • Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other presidential documents.

FRASER - Federal Reserve Archive

  • The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) provides access to economic history, with a focus on the history of the Federal Reserve System.

  • Government website with information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

Index to Texas Magazines and Documents

  • Topics specific to Texas, with emphasis on business, education, history, and government.

National Academies Press

  • Free pdf books on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health

National Criminal Justice Reference Servive

  • Summaries of publications from the NCJRS Abstracts Database

National Service Center for Environmental Publications

  • Site for free EPA print and digital documents

North American Transportation Statistics Database

  • Includes data on transportation in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Plants Database

  • Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

US Patents Database

  • Full text since 1976; full page images since 1790. Patent Applications since March 2001.