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The Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library is one of a select few public libraries designated as a Federal Depository Library as well as a New Jersey State and County Government Documents Center.

Eastern Branch has been collecting government publications since the U.S. House of Representatives designated the library a depository of federal documents in 1968.  It became a state and county depository around the same time.  The library participates in the Federal Depository Library Program which provides free access to federal government information at libraries across the country.  Selected documents produced by Federal agencies are distributed to the Monmouth County Library through this program.

The Government Documents Center collection contains federal, state, and county information useful in many fields including business, economics, education, health and medicine, history, law, and science.  It consists of a wide variety of topics, some of which include census, labor,
environmental, military, justice, tax, weather data, presidential and congressional documents, and much more.  Information may be found in many formats including books, magazines, pamphlets, microfiche, maps, compact discs, and DVDs.

The Government Documents Center materials can be found throughout the Eastern Branch library collection, and we thank you for your patience as we currently transition to include every Government Document held as visually accessible in the library's electronic catalog.  State and County government documents also may be found online in the library's electronic catalog. Most Government Documents are primarily non-circulating reference works which may be used only in the library.

The collection has been greatly expanded by information and documents found online. For useful and frequently requested information, view our Government Links to federal, state and local web sites selected by our librarians.
Librarians at the Eastern Branch Reference Desk are available to provide assistance with identifying, locating, and using Government Documents Center information at the library or online.  For help from directly from the Government Documents Librarian, please feel free to contact the department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Government Document Center Quick Links:


MAJOR GOVERNMENT INDEXES

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Search and retrieval services that provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.  Search, browse, access, or download metadata, documents, and publications from this database responsible for managing and preserving federal content.

Government Information Locator Service (GILS)
Identifies, locates, and describes publicly available Federal information resources, including electronic information sources within the Federal government.

U.S. Government Printing Office
Government Printing Office access to government information, core documents, and quick links to federal websites.

GENERAL GOVERNMENT SOURCES

Benfits.gov
Offers information on more than 1,000 Federal and state benefit programs. Complete the free and confidential questionnaire and a prescreening tool will generate a tailored list of programs just for you.

Browsetopics.gov 
A browsable pathway to government information and federal websites from broad subject areas.

Central Intelligence Agency
Official site provides news and information, publications, offices of the CIA, and careers. Includes links to their World Factbook, chiefs of state, and studies in Government Law Enforcement and Intellegence

Data.Gov
Access high value, machine readable, and "raw" datasets, tools, and geodata generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Find, download, and make use of this Government information and data.

FDSYS - GPO Access
Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System providing public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies for preservation.  Includes searchable database of authenticated full-text federal documents.

Federal Reserve Board
Central Bank of the U.S. informational pages, also providing information on monetary policy, banking information and regulation, payment systems, economic research & data, consumer information, community development, forms, and publications.

FedWorld
Web site is a gateway to government information, providing access to thousands of U.S. Government links, more than a 1/2 million U.S. Government documents, databases and other information products.  This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate.

Free Government Information (FGI)
A collaborative project among various public stakeholders to raise public awareness of the importance of government information.  Find Government documents, blog posts, podcasts, and more.

Frequently Used Government Sites
Popular government related sites arranged by broad categories.

Government Attic 
Access government documents not found elsewhere.

Government Information Online: Ask A Librarian (GIO) 

A free and collaborative virtual reference service staffed by Government Document Librarians.

Geodata.Gov
Geodata.gov is a community of geographic data providers committed to making information about their geographic resources available to others. The portal allows searching for geospatial resources used in mapping applications. A simple registration is required for personalization options.

Govspot Network
Commercial site linking to international, federal, state and local government sites.

Government Documents
Find government documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Library of Congress
Search the Library catalog, link to the Copyright Office, and Congress.

National Archives & Records Administration
Provides evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.  Manages U.S. government records.

Registry of U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects
Services as a locator tool for publicly accessible collections of digitized historical U.S. Government Publications.  This registry is the ongoing digitization project homepage.

U.S. Government Online Bookstore
Official online bookstore for U.S. Government publications available for purchase.

USA.Gov 
As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.  Use toolbar at the top of the homepage to get services, get news, explore various topics of your choice, find government agencies, and contact the government.  Use the toll free FedInfo number to speak with a government service for assistance.

The White House
Keep up and get involved in all that happens in the U.S. White House, by looking more closely into the White House Blog, photos and video, the briefing room, or a large selection of current issues.  Watch live video of what is "Happening Now".

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Official Business Link to the U.S. Government
This link is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide small business owners with access to federal state and local government resources.

Business USA
In October 2011 The President directed the creation of BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.  Business USA is a "no wrong door" approach to a  product of collective thoughts and inputs from both american businesses and governmental agencies who have pledged their commitment to making this site a one-stop shop for everything related to business in the USA.
Commerce Business Daily  http://www.cbdweb.com
Federal Government's official free electronic version of the Commerce Business Daily

Export.gov
Helping U.S. businesses export by participating in the global marketplace with information on trade events, tariffs and export counseling assistance.


FedBizOpps
Search databases full of active federal business opportunities.

GovernmentBids.com
The leading online governmental bid service, all in one place, since 1998.  Browse bids by category, region, product or service.  Search for government product and bid opportunities.

U.S. Copyright Office
General information including: copyright records, announcements, copyright links, publications, legislation, plus international links.

U.S. Patent And Trademark Office
Searchable database of front page information from the U.S. Patent  Office issued since 1976, including patents, trademarks, and links to other websites.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides information for starting, financing and expanding a business, offices and services, local SBA resources, PRO-net, Freedom of Information, etc.

CENSUS

U.S. Census Bureau
Statistics on people, housing, income, business, foreign trade, geography, maps, news releases, special topics, etc.

American Fact Finder 
Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

U.S. Historical Census Data
Data describing the people and the economy of the U.S. for each state and country from 1790 to 2000.

CONSUMER INFORMATION - CONSUMER RESOURCES

FactCheck.org Consumer Advocate
A non-partisan, non-profit "consumer advocate" that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the media.  A project of the Anneburg Public Policy Center.

Federal Trade Commission
Your link to federal consumer information

Publications USA 
Full-text consumer publications and other great links

Sunlight Foundation: Transparency in Government
Non Profit/ Non Partisan organization dedicated to using the internet to provide tools and resources for citizens and communities to hold the government accountable.  Searchable and sortable databases encourage "Watchdogging Washington".

EDUCATION

Free.Ed.Gov
More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources, categorized by topic, in the form of K-12 websites.

National Center for Education Statistics
Primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.

SCTB Online Science Tracer Bullets
Bibliographic guides designed to help persons locate published materials on a particular subject in the field of science and technology.

The Gateway (to Education) 
Formerly known as GEM, The Gateway was developed with funds and oversight from the U.S. Department of Education to provide teachers with learning resources created by over 750 publicly funded organizations.  In 2005  U.S. Dept. of Ed. funding ceased and the National Education Association stepped in to preserve this national education asset.

ELECTIONS

Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self Defense System
Collection of performance evaluations on members of Congress and State Legislators by special interest groups.  Respected non-partisan political information site.  

Export.gov
Helps U.S. businesses participate in the global marketplace with information on trade events, tariffs and export counseling assistance.

FedBizOpps
Search for active federal employment opportunities, events, and rewards.

EMPLOYMENT

Federal Jobs Network
Helps federal government job hunters find, apply for, and land government jobs.  Assists federal employees seeking upward mobility, career progression, and retirement planning assistance.  Includes Postal employment information, info on overseas jobs, law enforcement, Veteran's benefits, handicapped employment options, and hiring programs.

FEDERAL FORMS

Downloadable Electronic Federal Government Forms
This page contains downloadable government electronic forms from the Government Documents Depository at the University of Memphis. This list is not comprehensive, but comprises those forms most asked for by the public. Many other agencies have quite specialized forms and should be accessed directly.

Applications for Federal Employment

HEALTH

Medicare
Healthfinder
Cancer.Gov
Medline Plus Information

HOMELAND SECURITY  

Department of Homeland Security Website 

Homeland Security Digital Library
Open access to over 45,400 Federal Documents and Academic Thesis.  Register with the site to gain access to over 82,800 Federal Documents.

HOUSING

HUD Homes And Communities 
Department of Housing & Urban Development site provides links to homes for sale, rental assistance, consumer information, links to federal interagency websites, etc.

INTERNATIONAL SITES

Country Studies

Background Notes

United Nations

UN Documents

InfoNation

International Documents

LAWS & LEGISLATION

Congressional Documents Online
A full-text linkable archive of selected documents of U.S. Congress made available through the Rutgers-Camden School of Law Collection.

Thomas Legislative Information On the Internet

United States Statutes at Large

MONEY & TAXES

Internal Revenue Service 
Official site of the IRS with links to tax tables, forms and publications, tax statistics, etc .

Government Section of TreasuryDirect
Find information on the Federal Investments Program, Trust Funds Management Program, Purchase and management of State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities, Federal Borrowings Program for federal agencies, Liquidation of securities by executive agencies, and the Debt of the United States

U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission
Site includes information on the securities market, SEC rulings, small business information, and links to other websites.

Savings Bonds 
Official  government source for savings bond information.

Savings Bond Wizard
Helps you manage your savings bond inventory, determine the current redemption value, earned interest, and other information.

NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT

New Jersey State Library Cyberdesk

Legislative District Data Book Online

NJ State Library's Government Reference Tools

Index of New Jersey Websites

REGULATIONS

Code of Federal Regulations

Regulatory Information Service Center

Regulations.Gov

SENIORS AND SOCIAL SECURITY

Social Security Online

Access America For Seniors

National Institute on Aging

STATISTICS

Fed Stats

Bureau of Labor Statistics

USA Spending

STUDENT SOURCES

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids 

Student Aide Gov
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community. Our core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs—for education beyond high school.

Kids.gov (formerly FirstGov for Kids)

Information Prepared by Liz Cogger
Government Documents, Eastern Branch, April 2012

 

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