Accessing Documents
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Government Information  

This guide outlines key sources for branches of the government, federal agency information, and Census products.
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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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

News from the Vermont Department of Libraries

The first federal document in audiobook format is now available on FDsys, the Federal Digital System.  Download each of the mp3 parts on this website. (November 18, 2013)

Government Documents in the Library


The JSC 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.


    Search the VSC Library Catalog

    Use the Basic Resources tab on this guide to locate the page "Accessing Documents" for more information on searching government documents in the VSC Library Catalog. 

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