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Government information is relevant to every field of study at the University of Colorado. The government information library can direct you to books, pamphlets, article databases, web sites and many more resources that contain Federal, State, and International government information.


The Government Information Library is a regional library of the Federal Depository Library Program as well as a depository of Colorado state, United Nations, and European Union information.

  • Articles, Statistics, and Websites
  • Research Guides
  • Citing Government Resources

Government Information Databases and Websites

Select a category to view a list of databases and websites containing government information


Research Guides

This alphabetical list of the most popular Research Guides is produced by the Government Information Library. For a complete list of Research Guides, visit the A-Z Research Guides Page.


The Government Information Library also has a large collection of Country Guides that provide detailed demographic, economic, and political information about every country in the world.




Government Resources Citation Guide

Books, Reports, Pamphlets

Congressional Legislation (Federal and State)

Congressional Hearing

Congressional Research Service Report (CRS Report)

Laws & Federal Regulations

Court Decisions

The following information was taken from The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources (ed. 3) Revised by Debora Cheney, 2002. Examples were taken from various resources found at the Government Information Library and University Libraries website.


Books, Reports, Pamphlets

For Government Publications, the citation generally begins with the issuing agency rather than the author. One exception is if the work is part of a larger piece.

General Format

Geographic or Political Designation. Issuing Agency. Title: Subtitle (Medium). (Publication/Report Number). Edition. By Personal Author. (Series).(Notes).


Work by the Issuing Agency

U.S. Department of the Interior. Craters of the Moon: a guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. (Handbook).Washington: National Park Service, Division of Publications, 1991 (139).


One Personal Author

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. On the Moon with Apollo 16, guidebook to Descartes region [with bibliographies]. By Gene Simmons. Washington, Apr. 1972. (NASA EP Series  No. 95).


More than Three Authors

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Project Fog Drops 5, Task 1, Numerical model of advection fog, Task 2, Recommendation for simplified individual zero-gravity cloud physics experiments (Paper). By C. William Rogers et. al. Washington D.C., Dec. 1975. (NASA contractor report series No. 2633).

Chapter in a Larger Work

“Eastern Europe Region: Memorandum from Director of Central Intelligence to Helms to President Johnson,” pp. 65-66. In Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968. (Vol. XVII). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1996.


Website as the Source of Information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Advances in HIV/AIDS Research. Feb. 25, 2011. Available at: http://www.nih.gov/science/hiv/index.htm. Accessed: 6/20/2013.

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Congressional Legislation (Federal and State)



  • Legislative body
  • Session number
  • Bill number
  • Title (may be abbreviated)
  • Version with date (if known)
  • Accession source and date of accession

U.S. Congress

U.S. House. 107th Congress. 1st Sess. H.R. 3162, USA Patriot Act. Version 1, Oct. 23, 2001. Available from ProQuest Congressional; Accessed May 25, 2013.


State Congress

Illinois. Legislature, 98th Gen Assembly. SB0204, State Police- Collegiate Educ. as passed by the Senate. Available at. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/; Accessed June 30, 2013.

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Congressional Hearing



  • Legislative body, committee

  • Title of hearing

  • Hearing

  • Date of hearing/testimony

  • Unique identifying numbers

  • Publishing information (if print)

  • Source information and date accessed


U.S. House, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Review of Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Practices. Hearing, May 11, 2011. Hearing ID: HRG-2011-TEC-0020. Available from Proquest Congressional; Accessed July 21, 2013.

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Congressional Research Service Report (CRS)



  • Congressional Research Service

  • Title

  • (Publication/Report Number)

  • Prepared by Personal Author

  • Date

  • Publishing information

  • Source information and date accessed


Congressional Research Service. Natural Gas: A Historical Perspective (92-49 ENR), Prepared by Lawrence C. Kumins. Washington: Library of Congress, Jan. 6, 1992. Available from Proquest Congressional; Accessed July 22, 2013.

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Laws and Federal Regulations

Public Law




  • Abbreviation (P.L. for public law, Pvt.L. for private law)

  • Popular title or abbreviated title


P.L. 113-5 -- Pandemic and All- Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

U.S. Code & Code of Federal Regulations




  • Section heading

  • Title number

  • U.S. Code or Code of Federal Regulations

  • Section number (within title number)

  • Edition/date of the last update (if known)

  • Publishing information (if print)

  • Source of information and date accessed (if electronic)

U.S. Code

“Time for election of senators,” Title 2 U.S. Code, Pt. 1. 1934 ed. Available at: FDsys, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode; Accessed: 7/22/2013


Code of Federal Regulations

“Equal Access to Justice Act,” Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Sec. 16. Revised as of 7/1/2007. Available at: FDsys; http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR

Accessed: 7/16/2013.

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Court Decisions

For citing local, state, and federal court decisions, consult the Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.


Below is a selection of websites that will take you to citation guides for the Blue Book:

Georgetown Law Library Bluebook Guide


The Cornell University Law School: Legal Information Institute


The Suffolk University Law School: A Bluebook Guide for Law Students by Scott Akehurst-Moore


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There are many sources that can help you keep up with current events, these are just a few that might be useful:

Global Issues at the UN
This web site provides an overview of some of the major international issues that the United Nations works with. Each section also provides links to the various UN agencies and affiliated international organizations working in each area.

CQ Electronic Library CU
This database focuses on the issues of the United States, but also contains the CQ Global Researcher that examines international perspectives on the United States.

Proquest Congressional: Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS) CU
Select CRS reports from the Advanced Search screen. CRS reports are short (generally 20-60 pages) reports written for the US Congress on issues that impact their work. While many are US in focus, there are many that are useful for studying international affairs. For example, check out Palestinians: Background and U.S. Relations.

News and Newspapers -- International Resources
This is the Find Articles and More link to newspapers. The two resources that are strongest in here are Factiva CU and LexisNexis Academic CU which both have international coverage. For historic, translated newspapers, check out Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports CU which provides translations of radio and television broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories.

Want to access these databases from off-campus? Check out the off-campus guide for help.

How to Cite a Source
This is a collection of guides to various styles (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.) and resources for using citation tools, such as RefWorks.

RefWorks CU
RefWorks is a citation manager that will make all your citing so much easier. Most of the databases mentioned on these pages have links to export citations into RefWorks. You can use this tool to gather all your citations and then create a bibliography when you have finished your paper. You can even directly export citations into RefWorks from Chinook!
These are just a few other guides you might find helpful:

Connecting to Databases from Off-Campus
This is a web page describing the steps you will need to take to get your home computer to let you into the databases from off-campus.

Research and Subject Guides Database
This is a collection of all the guides (over 500) created on a variety of topics from declassified documents to history to the guide you are looking at right now.

Foreign Information by Country
There is a guide here to resources on every country on the world. The resources range from quick profiles, to article databases, and much more.

Still need help?
There are a number of ways to receive additional assistance:
1. Stop by the Research Desk on the second floor, check the web site for hours.
2. During those same hours, ask us on chat.

3. Or send an email to set up an individual appointment to leanne.walther@colorado.edu or debra.vantassel@colorado.edu