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Government Documents and Information: DNP Orientation

This guide is a portal to Yale's government information collections and related research tools.

General suggestions for finding government information

1. Try the "agency approach." Who produces the information you need? How is this information organized and disseminated? If you can answer these questions, you can create a much more targeted, focused search.

2. Google like a pro. To limit your Google search to government websites, use the very powerful "site:" search. You can search all .gov websites (site:gov) or narrow your search to a particular agency's website (site:cdc.gov).

Three major resources for U.S. government information

Additional resources for legislative information

Additional resources for federal regulations

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations. It also includes executive orders and other presidential documents.

Federal Register: unofficial XML-based prototype of the daily Federal Register, organized and displayed in an easier to read format. Includes web tools and user aids designed to make it easier to understand and participate in the regulatory process.

Federal Register (official version, 1994-current, Government Printing Office)

    For more in-depth information about regulatory research, please see this guide to "Rules and Regulations".

    Legislation tracking and policy analysis

    Legal resources

    Selected resources for statistics and data

    Librarian for Political Science. Global Affairs, and Government Information

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    Slides from the library information session, August 22, 2013

    Find publications and data from IGOs

    Citing government documents

    ProQuest Congressional offers examples of how to cite every type of Congressional document in its database.

    See also the U.S. federal government information guide for other suggestions on citing government documents.