About the Albion College Government Documents Collection
Albion College receives most congressional, presidential and geological survey and census publications, as well as a wide range of publications from other government agencies. Our library became a depository in 1966.
The Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. FDsys became available as a public beta during migration of information from GPO Access. The migration of information from GPO Access into FDsys was completed in 2010; GPO Access will shortly be archive only.
- American Factfinder
- Census Bureau
- Historical Census Data
- Michigan Census and Statistical Data
- School District Census Data
Federal Information Sites
- United States Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Thomas: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Defense Almanac
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- EDGAR Corporate Information (Securities and Exchange Commission)
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Reserve System
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species
- Government Accounting Office
- Library of Congress
- Map Collection
- NARA: National Archives and Records Administration
- National Climactic Data Center Online Document Library: *contact a librarian for assistance with accessing this site!
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service
- National Park Service
- National Science Foundation
- Patent and Trademark Office
- Small Business Administration
- Tiger Mapping Service
- U.S. Institute of Peace
- White House
Comprehensive Government Sites
- Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information
- studentaid.ed.gov: College Students’ Guide to Federal Aid
- U of M’s MLibrary Government Documents Center: Includes Michigan information
- Federal Bulletin Board
- FedStats: More than 70 U.S. Federal Government agencies produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
Michigan and Local Information
- City of Albion home page
- Albion, Michigan home page
- Albion Technology
- Albion Economic Development Corporation
- Calhoun County home page
- State of Michigan home page: michigan.gov
- Michigan Legislature
- Michigan and Local Government on the web
- Michigan Administrative Code
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: provided by Cornell University Law School
- Historical U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: 1937 to 1975
- Court Locator
- Open Jurist: access to published U.S. legal opinions, code and legal resources
- Michigan Supreme Court
- Calhoun County Courts home page
- LawInfo: legal forms
- State Laws on the Internet: material originally from the U.S. House of Representatives Law Revision Counsel Office. “Part of the Counsel’s mission is to make the law (particularly the U.S. Code) available to the public. When the U.S. House of Representatives discontinued hosting the Library, our site and several others were allowed to carry it” -lawguru.com
United Nations and Other International Documents
- United Nations
- ODS: Official Documents of the United Nations. Full-text. “ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. The system does not contain press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information.”
- Organization of American States
- Portals to the World: from the Library of Congress, in-depth information about all nations including country studies, maps, and extensive full-text resources
- Center for Responsive Politics
- Project Vote Smart: tracking the performance of political leaders
- Write to Congress
Tax Information Sources
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service: Forms and Publications
Government Documents FAQ
Scope of the Albion College Collection:
Albion College became a selective depository library for U.S. Federal documents in 1966, and presently receives 17 percent of the available material. We receive most congressional, presidential and geological survey and census publications, as well as a wide range of publications from other agencies.
Where are the Government Documents Located?
Most documents are kept together as a special collection. Documents published in paper are shelved on Stockwell Tier 3. Documents on microfiche (MF) are stored behind the Periodicals Desk in Stockwell. Most government CDs are shelved next to the Government Documents CD-ROM workstation on the main floor of Stockwell Library.
The Library Archives and Special Collections Page includes a section about government publications. Click on quotGovernment Documentquot for access to web sites from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
A few documents, such as Statutes at Large, have been incorporated into the general book collection and some government periodicals are part of the periodicals collection. These can be located through the On-line Catalog. GPO Access provides indexing and links to many full text Federal publications.
Government Documents Computer Workstation:
Depository patrons are given priority access to the workstation and printer which are located on the main floor of Stockwell Library. GPO Access, indexes to Federal publications, and all other library resources are available to all patrons from this computer. The depository CD-ROM collection, which can be accessed through the workstation, is shelved in the same area. The workstation provides unrestricted access to Federal resources.
Who can use the Government Documents Collection?
Documents remain federal property and may be used by all members of the general public as well as by persons affiliated with the College. As a depository library, Albion College has a particular responsibility to provide unrestricted access to information for residents of the Michigan Seventh Congressional District.
How do I Locate Government Documents on my Topic?
The Library Online Catalog lists Federal documents received by the Albion College Library since 1991. This is the best way to locate Federal publications in our collection. Records for electronic documents are also included in the Online Catalog. GPO Access provides indexing and links to many full text publications. The GPO Monthly Catalog includes all federal publications made publicly available since July 1976. Publications not in our collection can be ordered through InterLibrary Loan.
The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications indexes federal publications made publicly available before 1976. The set is located in the Stockwell Documents Reference area. Again, publications not available in our collection can be ordered through InterLibrary Loan.
How do I Get Help?
Documents reference services are provided by the Technical Services librarian, extension 0386, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The government documents assistant or a reference librarian from the Mudd building can also assist you.
Can Government Documents be Checked Out?
Most documents circulate to patrons who present a valid Albion College ID. Non-campus borrowers may consult documents in the library or apply for a Community Borrower’s Card if they wish to check out materials. A special Federal Documents Depository Borrower’s Card is available for patrons who live outside the Albion community.
Is it Possible to Get a Document That is Not in the Albion College Collection?
Yes, anyone affiliated with the College can fill out an InterLibrary Loan book request form and turn it in at the Circulation Desk in the Mudd building. See Get Books from Other Libraries for further information. Others should contact the public library in their community, or the Albion College Technical Services librarian.