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Government Information

Oakton Library Research Guide for Government Information


About Federal Depository Libraries

Do you want to learn more about the US Presidential Election?  Do you need to understand how a bill becomes a law? Are you interested in historical photographs?  Are you a student looking for information about financial aid? 

Oakton College Library is one of the nation’s nearly 1,250 designated libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with government information to help you answer these questions.

  • What is the FDLP?  The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress in 1813 to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. 
  • What is in a Depository library?   Federal depository collections are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and many other subjects in print and on-line.
  • What if I just want on-line information?  No problem.  You can find links to departments, agencies, and reports.

How to use this LibGuide

When you click on one of the topic tabs above, you will be directed to introductory information, links to RSS feeds for current news, a featured moving image, a Google Uncle Sam search box for U.S. government information, links to the Library catalogs, and catalog search tips. 

Additionally, under each tab, you will find links to specific resources such as electronic documents, Websites, recommended books and articles, and tutorials organized by type of resource, subtopic, or user.  If you need help navigating this LibGuide, please ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.

What is a Federal Depository Library?

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Your Federal Depository Library

Search and FDsys

Search, the government's official Web portal, for government publications and agency Websites.

Search GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), which provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. 

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State and Local Government Information

Need information about FDLP, financial aid...taxes? Check out the Library's Website