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Government Information

This guide outlines key sources for branches of the government, federal agency information, and Census products.

Government Documents at Willey Library

NVU's Willey Library was the first of the Vermont State Colleges to become a Senate-designated Federal Depository in 1955. Our government documents collection and numerous websites are cataloged in the VSC Library system to provide first-rate access to government information.


Documents in the 21st Century

Electronic access to government information accelerated in the latter half of the twentieth century as we witnessed a steady shift from paper to microform to CD-ROM to the Web.  We now receive fewer documents in print and other physical formats, instead providing links to federal agency websites and direct access to full text of publications through searches in our library catalog.  Use the drop down option "Accessing Documents" under the Basic Resources tab in this guide for search strategies and other suggestions for locating government documents online.

Additionally, use the Agencies and Departments tab on this guide to locate resources on government websites that are part of the "Invisible Web" and are not typically crawled by search engines. Find  a comprehensive A to Z list of agencies at

Locate Government Documents in the VSC Catalog

We recommend that you use the Advanced Search to locate government documents. See the example below and use the drop down boxes to limit a search to that collection. As a reminder: Government publications are increasingly available on the Web, and you will very likely find links (URLS) to access in your search results.

Lower on the page you can limit the search by the item type, such as has been done here by choosing only Govdoc

The following record will be among the items in the results list for the search above. Once you locate the detailed record, click on the "click to view" link to access the full text of the management plan online: