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United States Federal Documents Resources: Federal Documents

This guide will assist library patrons with finding and using U.S. Federal Government information.


Photo of US Branches of Government 

Executive Branch

The President heads the executive branch of government. Many agencies, such as the Departments of Education, Labor, State and Veterans Affairs, are part of the Executive Branch of our federal government. Their major responsibility is to enforce the laws of the United States.

Judicial Branch

The judicial branch consists of the Supreme Court, Lower Courts, Special Courts, and court support organizations. All courts are responsible for reviewing the laws passed by Congress and determining if they adhere or violate the Constitution.

Legislative Branch

Congress, consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives, makes the laws for the nation. The legislative system provides for the checks and balances of the government. There are 100 Senators in the Senate and 435 Representatives in the House of Represenatatives.


GPO Catalog of U.S.Gov't Publications

This finding tool from the U.S. Government Printing Office connects to both historical and current documents and links to resources available online.

FDSYS(Federal Digital System)

The FDSYS (Federal Digital System) has replace GPO Access as the next generation of online government information.