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Government Information and Publications

This research guide contains resources related to government information and finding Federal and State of California government documents.

Online Access to Federal Documents

Executive Branch: President

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (the Presidential Papers) is the official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks.

Presidential Papers at Humboldt

Call Number: Docs AE 2.114 (1929-2010)

Presidential Papers Online

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

The weekly and daily compilations of presidential documents are the official publications released by the White House Press Secretary.

Weekly & Daily Compilations Online

Federal Register: The Daily Journal of the United States Government

A daily update of documents published by Federal agencies including Presidential actions.  To see only Presidential documents use the Federal Register Advanced Search and select the "Document Category" called "Presidential Document". You can also filter by "Presidential Document Type" or by individual President. 

Executive Branch: Foreign Relations of the United States

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) is a serial publication of the United States Department of State's Office of the Historian. FRUS documents the historical record of all major United States foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity.


Call Number: Docs S1.1 [year] [volume]. (Location: 2nd floor, north). There are multiple years and volumes in the stacks. (1861-1976)

FRUS Online:

Executive Branch: Federal Register

Federal Register

(Definition: official daily publication for regulations, proposed regulations, and notices of federal agencies, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential documents)


• Federal Register (Docs AE 2.106 microfilm--Request at Circulation) Library has Vol. 1-64, 1936-1999 on microfilm.

Free on the Internet

• Federal Register (US Government Printing Office) Covers Vol. 59, 1994 to the present. Browse by date, retrieve by citation, or search by keyword (fulltext, agency, title, etc.) 

 Federal Register (US Government Printing Office and National Archives and Records Administration) Covers Vol 59, 1994 to the present. User friendly version of the official edition.

Proquest Congressional (HSU Users Only)

• Federal Register Covers 1980 to the present. Search by keyword or citation

Executive Branch: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis.

Judicial Branch: Supreme Court

United States Reports

The opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States are published officially in a set of case books called the United States Reports. Only the printed bound volumes of the United States Reports contain the final, official opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Reports at Humboldt

Call Number: Docs JU 6.8
Location: US Government Documents, 2nd Floor, north.

Reports Online

Legislative Branch: Congress

The Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official text of the proceedings of the United States Congress. The Congressional Record Index is an indexed list of names and topics from a specific congressional session.

This guide to the Dates of Congressional Sessions maps session number to calendar year.

The Congressional Record at Humboldt

Call Number: Doc X (1873-1988)
Location: US Documents Storage-Request at Circulation

Call Number: Doc X (1989-2003)
Location: US Government Documents, 2nd floor, north.

The Congressional Record Online

Congressional Bills, Documents, Hearings, and Reports

Government Agencies