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A site dedicated to using government publications for research and other academic pursuits.

LSU FDLP Regional Depository

The Government Documents Department is temporarily closed.

To access documents, please contact libgovdocs@lsu.edu or call 225-578-2570

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     Government Documents are a microcosm of the entire library landscape. The United States government is the largest publisher in the world and provides materials on almost any topic.

     LSU Libraries became a federal depository library in 1907, but its collection of Government Documents dates back to 1789! There are so many government agencies that produce information on all topics: from the Arts and Sciences to the myriad of Health fields, Energy, Agriculture, Statistics, and of course Politics. As a depository library, we provide free access to the public.

Use this guide to begin exploring the world of government documents.

 

Why Use Government Information?

Government Information is an important component of any research inquiry because of multiple factors:

  • Reliability – Government Information can be the product of research at the highest level and it is often the most current information available on an issue.
  • Primary Sources – Much government information – such as hearings and court cases – is considered primary source material.
  • Authenticity – Many electronic government publications come with authentication seals.
  • Comprehensiveness – With a few exceptions, research in almost any subject area is incomplete without consulting government sources.
  • Responsibility – As citizens of a democracy, it’s our duty to be informed about governmental actions.
  • Economy – Almost all government information is freely available to all users, not just LSU students. You have already paid for government information through your tax dollars so make use of it!

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