Government Documents

Kelly Library has been a government document depository library since 1884. It contains many paper and microfiche publications produced by the federal government, distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program and included in Holston Associated Libraries’ Online Catalog.

In 1993, after the passage of the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act, the Federal Depository Library Program and the Government Printing Office began making federally produced electronic information available to the public. States and other countries have followed this example. Click on one of the following links for State, Federal and International documents.

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 State Documents

  • - The official site of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Code of Virginia - This site, maintained by the Virginia code Commission, links you to the Code of Virginia, Virginia Administrative Code and Virginia Register of Regulations.
  • Crime in Virginia - These crime statistics, part of the Uniform Crime Report system, present data on all types of crime, often broken down to the county level. Information in some categories goes back to 1995.
  • General Assembly - Users will find information on the legislative process in Virginia, and full text, summaries and status history of bills and resolutions.
  • Library of Virginia - This site gives you information about the Library of Virginia and its collections of books, state and federal documents and pamphlets. It lets the user access the online catalog, as well as search some of its special collections. The site also gives you information on what services the Library of Virginia offers, exhibits on display and genealogical resources available.
  • State and Local Government on the Net - Very complete information is listed for each state, including links to the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government for each state.
  • State Bluebooks and Encyclopedias - The GODORT State and Local Documents Task Force (SLDTF) guide for State Blue Books and State Encyclopedias. Blue book or Bluebook is a term often referring to an almanac or other compilation of statistics and information.
  • State Law - This site, maintained by the Washburn University School of Law, is strong on law and legislative information, Including individual states.
  • University of Virginia Demographics Research Group - The Demographics Research Group produces the official annual population estimates for Virginia and its localities
  • Virginia Administrative Code - This site codifies all of the administrative regulations of state agencies
  • Virginia Department of Health - Links to vital records, health tips, other state government sites and statistics.
  • Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System - Searchable and browseable database of Virginia state bills and resolutions.
  • Virginia Tax Forms - From the Virginia Department of Taxation.
  • Virginia State Documents - Online from the Library of Virginia beginning with the 2007 edition.
  • Virginia Statistics (VaStat) - If you are looking for business, industry or economic statistics, this is the place to check.

Federal Documents

  • GovInfo - GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes. This is a good place to begin looking for government information, such as the Federal Register and the Congressional Record.
  • American Factfinder - American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications - The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on “Advanced Search” for more options.
  • Census Bureau - Find statistics on population, housing and social characteristics, the economic census, projections, maps and more.
  • Central Intelligence Agency - Links to CIA and even a page for children.
  • Century of Law Making for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates- The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress.
  • Code of Federal Regulations - Codification of the rules published in the daily Federal Register.
  • - Resources about legislators and legislative activity.
  • Congress  - House - Senate Biographical Directory - Contains committee hearing schedules, roll call votes, current legislative proceedings, committee assignments, biographical sketches, email links to representatives and senators and more.
  • Congressional Budget Office - Includes cost estimates (required of CBO for every bill reported by a Congressional committee) back to the 105th Congress, as well as publications and general information about the CBO.
  • Congressional Record - Official record of the proceedings of Congress. It is available on the Web back to 1994. Previous titles (Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe) are available at the American Memory Project back to 1789.
  • Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation - This site contains addresses and phone numbers for national and regional contacts, a tip line, information about types of crimes investigated, the FBI “10 Most Wanted” list, career opportunities, and many other items of interest.
  • Federal Register - Daily record of federal agencies’ Rules and Notices. Cumulated in in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • FedLaw- A General Services Administration site that links you to federal circuit and district courts, as well as the Supreme Court.
  • FRASER - Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research
  • Genealogy Page - If you’re interested in researching your family tree, this National  Archives and Records Administration site can help you.
  • Geographic Names Information System - An index compiled from U.S. Geological Survey maps, this site will  give you information on man-made and physical features, including latitude, longitude, altitude and name of quadrangle map in which the feature appears.
  • GovSpeak: A Guide to Government Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Healthfinder - This is a gateway site (a site that will lead you to many other sites) to  consumer health and human services pages. It includes online publications, clearinghouses and support groups.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library - The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.
  • Internal Revenue Service - The kinder, gentler, user-friendly IRS. Need forms? Need help? It’s here.
  • Library of Congress - Click on the LoC link for information about the library’s services and  collections, information on the Copyright Office, the American Memory project, online exhibitions, legislative information and much more.
  • MetaLib - a federated search tool that is a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Use MetaLib’s federated searching to retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across multiple databases.
  • Prices and Wages by Decade
  • Public Papers of the President of the United States
  • Public Papers of the President of the United States (archive)
  • Public Laws - Individual laws enacted by Congress. Public Laws from the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congress are available online. They are codified in the U.S. Code.
  • Social Security Administration - The Social Security Administration’s official site; contains information  about the agency as well as disability information, how to apply for services and SSA reports.
  • Society for History in the Federal Government: Historical Resources
  • Uniform Crime Reports - The FBI is providing reliable criminal justice statistics through this  cooperative effort. It is a voluntary effort by city, county and state law agencies of reporting crime data to the FBI.
  • U.S. Code - The Code contains the “general and permanent laws of the United  States” arranged by title and prepared by the Office of Law Revision Council.
  • U.S. Consumer Gateway - This site links the user to many resources of consumer interest,  including “food,” “health,” etc.
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Calling all inventors! Want to patent your “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof”? You can check the Bibliographic Database section for a short description of the patent’s contents or the Full-Text Database for a more thorough search at the “Welcome to the USPTO” screen.
  • U.S. Post Office Zip Code Lookup - Need a Zip Code? On this site, you can look it up, track down priority mail and parcel post packages and view collectible stamps.
  • United States Postal Service
  • Where to Write for Vital Records - Don’t know where to write or whom to contact for birth, marriage or death records? Then take look at this site.
  • White House - You can take a virtual tour of the White House, find information about  the Presidents and First Ladies, communicate via email with the President and Vice-President, read press briefings and much more.
  • Women’s Health and Girl’s Health

International Documents

  • European Union Newsroom - The EU Newsroom website gathers news from European Union institutions. It compiles, by topic and date, decisions by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Court of Justice, the European Investment Bank and the European Central Bank.
  • Eurostat - This site’s aim is to provide a “high quality statistical information service” and to create a way to compile comparable statistics on the EU members.
  • United Nations Home Page - All sorts of information on the United Nations, member countries, including U.N. actions against terrorism.
  • World Fact Book - Detailed information, such as geography, economy, people, social and political conditions for hundreds of countries.