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"This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)"


Kent Library provides assistance with and access to materials published by agencies within the government structure of either the United States or the State of Missouri. Service is provided through Kent Library's centralized Reference Desk. Click on the tabs below for more information.


  Q: What is a government document?  

Anything published by or for a government entity. This includes everything from such obvious resources as statutes, regulations, and court decisions to less obvious things like food pyramid posters and educational coloring books.


Federal InformationMissouri InformationInternational InformationTax Forms
Federal Information Page
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Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The official online catalog of federal government publications, it indexes information distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program and provides links to government information accessible on the Internet. Records go back to July of 1976.

Link to
The official portal of the U.S. Government; in addition to links to the various federal agencies, this site provides information on government auctions, government jobs and benefits, contact information for elected officials, assistance in obtaining or renewing passports, and more.

Fdsys logo FDsys: Federal Digital System
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. FDsys will eventually replace GPO Access. Check the website to see what collections are available.
HSDL logo HSDL: Homeland Security Digital Library
"An extensive collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management from a wide range of sources including federal, state, tribal, and local governments; international governments and institutions; nonprofit organizations and private entities."

Link to Ben's Guide

Ben's Guide
Resources for children K - 12 and their parents and teachers, this site originates with the Government Printing Office, and includes activities and curriculum materials.


Making Sense of Federal Government Information
Where did that come from?
And how do I track it down?







Statutes, Acts of Congress,
Public and Private Laws

Slip Laws

Statutes at Large

United States Code



Executive Agencies

Rules, Regulations, Executive Orders

Federal Register

Code of Federal Regulations

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

Public Papers of the President



Supreme Court

Case Law

Bench Opinions

Slip Opinions

Preliminary Prints

United States Reports

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