- U.S. Government Documents
- Identifying U.S. Documents
- Iowa Documents
- Maps and Atlases
- Government Information on the Internet
The most substantial collection in this area is that of U.S. Government Documents. The library is a selective depository for federal publications and receives about half of the publications distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office. These publications are produced by virtually every agency, bureau, and unit of the three branches of government. The collection contains books, congressional hearings, research reports, journals, pamphlets, laws, and electronic databases produced by the U.S. Government at the expense of the tax payers. The collection consists of paper, microfiche, CD-ROM format documents, and Internet resources. Some items in the collection are more than a century old, but most are from the past 30 years. In addition, it is possible to access a wide range of U.S. government information sources through the World Wide Web. A good starting point for doing this is through the federal drop down menu at the top of this page.
Examples of Historic U.S. Government Documents
|Census-Various series and years||UNI Docs Ref C 3.|
|Trials of (WWII) War Criminals||UNI Docs D 102.8:|
|U.S. Army in WWII||UNI Docs D 114.7:|
|Index, Papers of the Continental Congress||UNI Docs GS 4.2:C 76/3|
|Public Papers of the Presidents||UNI Docs Ref AE 2.114:|
|Foreign Relations of the U.S. (1861-)||UNI Docs Ref S1.1:|
|Handbook of North American Indians||UNI Docs Si 1.20/2:|
|War of the Rebellion - Official Recors of the Union and Confederate Armies||UNI Docs W 45.5:|
|Activities of the Klu Klux Klan Organizations in the United States||UNI Docs Y 4.Un1/2: K95/pt. 1-5|
|Congressional Serial Set. (Incomplete)||ASP (01-037) & 1-2160 and current - microfiche; 2161-13309 bound and shelved after Y 4.|
General Finding Aids- Documents
UNISTAR  (the online catalog)
UNISTAR contains records for more than 100,000 U.S. government publications. Most of these records are for documents published since the late 1980s. However, records for documents published before the late 1980s by selected agencies and most Congressional hearings have been entered into UNISTAR. Additional records for new publications that the library receives are added regularly. Look for items with the locations UNI Docs, UNI Docs Fiche or UNI Docs Ref.
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-
Paper: 1895-1976: Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223 A18
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications 
(GPO Access), January 1994- (unrestricted)
This index, in its various forms, is the most comprehensive and general index to government information resources published by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Cumulative Subject index to the Monthly Catalog, 1900 -1971
(UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223 Z7C82)
Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Public Documents, 1789 -1976
(UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223 Z7C64)
Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1909
(UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223.A113)
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774 - March 4, 1881 (Also known as Poore's). (UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223.A1885)
This database provides "access to the full-text of more than 211 years worth of detailed information about Congress, including member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, financial data, and the full-text of key regulatory and statutory resources.
LexisNexis Congressional  includes 1970- of the CIS Annual / Index to publications of the U.S. Congress (1970-1997 also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223 Z7C65), and the Congressional Indexes 17891969 listed below.
CIS U.S. Serial Set Index,
18171969, includes the American State Papers, 1789 1830s. (Also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 1223 Z7C64)
CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearing Index.
(Also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 7165 U5C15)
CIS Indexes to Unpublished Congressional Committee Hearings.
Unpublished U.S. Senate Committee Hearings, 1823-1964 (also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 7165 U5C14). Unpublished U.S. House of Representatives Committee Hearings, 1833-1936 (also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 7165 U5C145 1988)
CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index.
(Also at: UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z7165 U5C6512)
CIS Index to U.S. Senate Executive Documents and Reports.
Senate executive documents and reports located at UNI Serial Set (before 1976) and UNI Docs Fiche Y 1.1/3:,Y 1.1/4:, Y 1.1/5:, and Y 1.1/6: (1976-).
General Finding Aids- Statistics
American Statistics Index, 1974- (UNI Docs Index/Abstract Z 7554 U5A4)
Indexes and summarizes statistics published by the federal government since the early 1960s. Many of the titles indexed here are also searchable in