The Federal Depository Library Program was established in the mid-1800s to collect, organize, and preserve information published by the Federal Government in all formats including print, microform, maps, CD-ROMs, and electronic information via the Internet. There are more than 1,140 depository libraries in the United States and its territories to serve the public. Go to the Federal Depository Library Directory to locate libraries in your area. Please note that the George Mason University Law Library is no longer a member of the depository program.

Government publications are becoming increasingly available in digital form over the Internet. These links are designed to assist in finding typically requested government information. At the bottom of the page are links to state and county information. For more comprehensive lists and links to publications, see the Government Publishing Office's govinfo and the University of Virginia Library's How Do I Find Government Information on ....


United States Federal Government Information

govinfo Previously known as the "Federal Digital System" (FDsys), "govinfo" is a web service operated by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) that provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of government. Information available through the site includes government information databases, locator tools, Federal Depository Library collections, and downloadable federal agency files.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications Finding tool for current and historical federal publications with direct links to those that are available online. Searchable by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word.

Data and Statistics about the U.S. Accesses statistics of public interest from over 70 federal government agencies. Includes the Statistical Abstract of the United States, agency press releases, information from the White House Statistical Briefing Room, regional statistics, and agency contact information.

USA.gov USA.gov is a comprehensive portal to federal government websites. 

Library of Congress (Government Web Resources) A Library of Congress Internet Resource Page listing links to federal government web sites organized into several, helpful categories.

Congress.gov (replaces the Thomas website) An outstanding service of the Library of Congress providing access to all types of legislative information on the Internet. Available information includes: the Congressional Record, bill text and tracking, Public Laws, voting records, committee reports, and other committee information.

Law Library of Congress (Compiling a Federal Legislative History) A comprehensive Law Library of Congress research guide on finding federal legislative history documents, including congressional committee reports, hearings, presidential signing statements, and the debates of Congress.


State & Local Government Information

Arlington County Official Arlington County website with links to government offices, agencies, departments, courts, county code, and more.

Commonwealth of Virginia Official state of Virginia website with links to constitution, laws, regulations, information on the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, and more.

Guide to Law Online: Virginia Law Library of Congress comprehensive list of Virginia-specific links to government websites, including executive, judicial, and legislative information, legal guides, and other general sources.

State and Local Governments Library of Congress Internet Resource page with state-by-state links to government websites and general information on legislatures, codes, counties, and more. 


Library Resources

ProQuest Congressional A subscription database providing full-text access to Congressional and Executive publications from 1789-present. Available information includes Executive Orders, Presidential Proclamations, the Congressional Record, published and unpublished hearings, and other government documents. Off-campus use may require that you enter your Mason ID and password.

ProQuest Legislative Insight Subscription database of compiled federal legislative histories for more than 27,000 laws from 1789-2012, with newer laws from 2013-present added on an ongoing basis. The service includes bills, reports, documents, CRS reports, committee prints, speeches in the Congressional Record and presidential signing statements. Off-campus use may require that you enter your Mason ID and password.

HeinOnline A subscription database that contains U.S. congressional documents, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, federal agency documents, a U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, the U.S. Congressional Record, and more. Available compiled legislative histories are available from 1789-present, and individual legislative histories are available from 1870-present. Off-campus use may require that you enter your Mason ID and password.

Data Planet Statistical Datasets Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Off-campus use may require that you enter your Mason ID and password.

LLMC Digital Includes full-text PDF access to over 43 million pages of legal and government documents from the United States and other jurisdictions, with law reports, treatises, and other information. 

State Capital Operated by LexisNexis, this portal provides access to government information and includes state bills and laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations, newspapers of record, articles about legislative issues affecting the states, and legislature membership.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest) Provides fast and easy access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Includes the ability to search nearly a million tables, many are available as downloadable spreadsheets.

Last Updated May 30, 2019