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United States Federal Government Information: How to find Government Information

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2023 4:50 PM

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Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976 , 16 volumes (United States Historical Documents Institute)
Lockwood Reference Z1223 .A115

Index to Government Periodicals (Infordata International)
Lockwood Reference Z1223.Z7 I5 (1970-1987)

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (US Government Publishing Office)
Online from 1895 - 2004
The Monthly Catalog was the official index to US government documents between 1895 and Sept-Dec. 2004.  Two supplemental tools are:

  • Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1900-1971 , 15 volumes(Carrollton Press)
    Lockwood Reference Z1223 .A182
  • United States Government Publications, Monthly Catalog: Quinquennial Cumulative Personal Author Index , 1941-1975 (Pierian Press)
    Lockwood Reference Z1223 .A1823

Select years of the Monthly Catalog can also be found online via HathiTrust and the University of Illinois Digitized Books project.


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