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: Jan 18, 2016 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


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Search the VSC Library Catalog

Link to the catalog to search for books, videos and other media. You may search by keyword, author or title.  For more precise results, use Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Advanced Search

Check the drop-down option "Accessing Documents" in the Basic Resources tab for more information on searching government documents in the VSC Catalog.

Use the Search Other Libraries option to place requests for items located outside the VSC system, including the University of Vermont.

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    Government Documents at JSC


    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.


      Updates and revisions by Linda Kramer


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