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United States Federal Government Information: How to find Government Information

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2022 1:34 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Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976 , 16 volumes (United States Historical Documents Institute)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)
Lockwood Reference Z1223 .A18 (1929-Sept-Dec. 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. GPO is currently in progress of digitizing the Monthly Catalog. Updates will be posted as more information is available.


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