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Government Documents at Purdue

Introductory information to government documents, examples, and FAQs.

Executive Branch and Independent Agency Examples

Numerous types of documents are produced by U.S. Government agencies in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches along with independent agencies. Examples of documents produced by the executive branch and independent agencies include:

  • Fact Sheets
  • Research Reports
  • Handbooks & Manuals
  • Presidential Papers
  • Budgets
  • Maps & Atlases
  • Pamphlets
  • Statistics

These are examples of these publication types:

Legislative Branch and Congressional Support Agency Examples

Examples of documents produced by the legislative branch and congressional support agencies include:

  • Hearings (including testimony)
  • Congressional committee reports on legislation
  • Committee prints (studies done for congressional committees on subjects they have oversight of)
  • Proceeding and debate transcripts (Congressional Record)
  • Bills
  • Newly enacted laws
  • Codified Laws
  • Congressional Support agency reports

Judicial Branch Examples

Numerous documents are produced by the U.S. Government's judicial branch including:

  • Court Opinions
  • Oral arguments and transcripts before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Briefs (arguments urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule a particular way on an individual case)
  • Court Orders
  • Biographies of Federal Judges