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Government Documents and Resources  

This guide provides information and links to documents and resources from the U.S. Federal Government, as well as international, state, and local resources.
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New Documents

A selection of the recent notable government publications:

Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic - Centers for Disease Control; Brian Williams (Prepared for Publication by)
ISBN: 9781477679715
Publication Date: 2012
This whimsical graphic novel published by the CDC shows citizens how to prepare in the event of a real viral emergency. Stephen Colbert also found it so enlightening he featured it on The Colbert Report.

Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program - Adam Chen; William Wallack; George Gonzalez
Call Number: TL 789.8 .U6 S662 2012
ISBN: 9780160902024
Publication Date: 2012

The Iraq War, 2003-2011 - Army Dept. (U.S.) (Editor); Lloyd Austin (Foreword by)
Call Number: DS 79.762 .I73x 2012
ISBN: 9780160905025
Publication Date: 2012


Government Documents @ Houston Cole Library

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1929, the Houston Cole Library receives, catalogs, and provides access to the publications of the U.S. Federal Government. Many of these publications are also available online in electronic format. In addition, the Library offers access to some state and local government publications and resources. Search the Library's catalog for government publications or use the tabs above to browse resources by federal, state, or local government.

If you need assistance, please contact the Library's Government Documents Librarian or the Reference Desk by phone (256.782.8034) or online


Hot Topics

Immigration Reform

The U.S. Government Printing Office has made available the Senate immigration reform bill known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. You may also want to visit the following sites:

The 1940 Census has been released

The 1940 census records (available here) were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 2, 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau collects a wealth of information about life in the United States, from population demographics to information on housing, economic indicators, social issues, geographic data, business data, and more. In order to protect citizens' privacy, only group population data is released upon the completion of a Decennial Census - data on individuals, including names and addresses, is not released until 72 years (the length of an average life-span) after the census was conducted. The 1940 census is the latest to be released; the 1950 census data will be available in 2022.

For more information on finding and using census data, see our Census Toolkit.

Electronic Resources/Documents Librarian

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Notable Documents

  • Core Documents of Our Democracy
    These cornerstone documents (The Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and more) form the bedrock of our nation's democratic system - be an informed citizen and READ THEM.
  • Charters of Freedom
    Downloadable, high-resolution images of the originals of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights - and much more!
  • Top 100 Milestone Documents
    This list of milestone documents chronicles the history of the United States from 1776 to 1965. Images of the originals and transcripts of everything from the Louisiana Purchase Treaty to the Lend-Lease Act are included in this collection.

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