Government documents are information resources produced by local, state, national, foreign, and international government organizations. They can include the text of laws, regulation, statistics, scientific and technical information and detailed analysis of subjects ranging from accounting to zoology. They can be in various formats including books, maps, microform, CDs, DVDs, web documents, and audio or video webcasts
Purdue Libraries, including HSSE Library, have extensive government documents collections. Government documents in the HSSE Library will cover various humanities and social science disciplines and be produced by agencies such as the Census Bureau, Department of Justice, National Park State Department, and U.S. Congress. Many of these publications are also available online or through the Purdue Libraries catalog. Many are also available through the Government Documents Department website.
Purdue has been a selective depository for U.S. Government documents since 1907 and Indiana State documents since 1974. Libraries collections also feature government documents from international government organizations such as the international Atomic Energy Agency, International Monetary Fund, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations, and World Bank. There will also be digital collections of selected government information resources from countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Except for historically rare and fragile items, most government documents can be checked out like any other books by eligible users including Purdue students, faculty, and staff along with the members of the general public presenting a valid Indiana drivers license to the Collection Access service point in any Purdue Library.
Electronic access to copies of federal laws and regulations can be found at:
Online access to Indiana State laws and regulations can be found through the Indiana General Assembly.
Purdue Libraries also subscribes to Nexis Uni which contains access to federal and state court cases.
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