Government Information (U.S.)

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  • FDsys: Federal Digital System
    The Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
  • MetaLib (GPO)
    MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.


Much of what is available through government websites is limited to the mid-'90s to the present. Print indexes in our reference collection provide a gateway to historical government documents.

United States, Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1900-1971, ed. William W. Buchanan and Edna A. Kanely (Washington, D.C: Carrollton Press, 1973). AC Frost Reference Z1223 .A182 1973


  • Congressional Publications
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
  • American State Papers (1789-1838)
    Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
    Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.
  • is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.


Amherst College's electronic holdings do not provide access to the full extent of congressional publications, and in some cases, print indexes are more useful than searchable databases. The following reference works fill indexing gaps in our electronic coverage.

Congressional Information Service, CIS Four-Year Cumulative Index (Washington, D.C: Congressional Information Service, 1979). AC Frost Reference x KF49 .C62 Index

Congressional Information Service, CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index: From the Earliest Publications through 1969 (Washington, D.C: Congressional Information Service, 1980). AC Frost Reference KF29.7 .C66

Congressional Information Service, CIS U.S. Serial Set Index (Washington: Congressional Information Service, 1975). AC Frost Reference KF12 .U5 Index

Congressional Information Service, CIS US Congressional Committee Hearings Index (Washington, D.C. (4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md. 20814): Congressional Information Service, 1985). AC Frost Reference KF40 .C56 1981

  • HeinOnline
    Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)
  • LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.
  • WestLaw (Thomson Reuters)
    Federal and state laws, law reviews, legal encyclopedias and dictionaries. Also newspapers and the European Union Library.
  • LLSDC's Legislative Source Book
    The Legislative Source Book is a project of Law Librarians' Society of Washington DC's Legislative Research Special Interest Section.