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U.S. Government Information in Electronic Format

The Newark Public Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection, including online content, is guaranteed by public law for all users.

The federal government is producing increasing numbers of publications in electronic formats. You may find the information you're seeking on the Internet or a CD-ROM, rather than in a book or on microfiche.

The various agencies of the federal government maintain hundreds of Web sites. Fortunately, many tools have been created by the government and by librarians to help you find the information you need:

The Government Printing Office maintains FDsys, an extensive Web site with more than 70 full-text databases, including the Federal Register; the Congressional Record; the budget; bills; laws; Congressional reports, documents, and calendars; General Accounting Office reports; and Supreme Court decisions. GPO Access also hosts web pages and publications for Congress and other government agencies such as the FDA and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In addition, there are various useful finding aids for government information, including:

Other useful sites:

The Newark Public Library currently has more than 3,000 government documents on CD. All of our government CD-ROMs are cataloged in the library's online catalog. Our most popular titles include:

  • The National Trade Databank
    This CD is designed to promote international trade. It features market research reports, country commercial guides, Commercial Service international contacts, the Export Yellow Pages and an archive of historical trade leads.
  • U.S. Exports of Merchandise and U.S. Imports of Merchandise
    These monthly CDs provide statistics on United States exports and imports. Data is divided by product and country.
  • New Jersey Census CDs
    These CDs provide statistics on the population of New Jersey. Some of the characteristics included are age, income, gender, race and education.
  • Ancestry of the Population of the United States
    This CD from the Census Bureau tabulates the population by their ancestral nationalities. You can find, for instance, statistics on how many people in a given area are of Irish or Japanese decent. Related CDs include: Persons of Hispanic Origin in the United States, Characteristics of the Black Population of the United States, and The Foreign-Born Population in the United States.

Last updated 4/06/11


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