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A short tutorial on finding state and federal information.








Finding Government Information

Click on the following links to learn more about each subject:

Documents in the Library

On the Web

How to Contact Your Elected Officials (opens another guide)

Tax Information (opens another guide)

Federal Government

Arkansas Government

Consumer Information (opens another guide)

Additional Resources

Government Documents Staff

Dominique Hallett
Government Documents Librarian
(870) 972-2962
Room 227
Bill (William) Sabin, Jr.
Library Support Assistant
(870) 972-2118
Room 219


The Astate Library was designated a federal depository library in 1913, and it is believed that Representative Thaddeus H. Caraway, Congressman from Jonesboro, was responsible for securing depository library status for Astate. The Dean B. Ellis Library is one of 1,270 federal depository libraries throughout the United States and territories that provide free access to the information resources of the federal government, and one of 13 federal depository libraries in the state of Arkansas. The Library's collection contains more than 100,000 U.S. government publications, in print, microform, and electronic formats.

FDLP News & Events

Webinar: SEC Documents: a Financial Analyst’s Best Friend This link opens in a new window  Feb 26, 2021

Register to attend the live training webinar, “SEC Documents: a Financial Analyst’s Best Friend."



Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)


Recording and closed captioning are available. All webinars are free of charge.

  • Speaker: Barbara (Bobbi) Coffey, Finance Research Librarian, Research Services, Scholarly Collections and Research Services, Princeton University Libraries
  • Learning outcomes: There are a handful of documents public companies need to file with the SEC periodically. These documents, while steeped in legalese, contain a great amount of information. This session will walk through the different documents and the content that they contain. The data from these SEC documents are often extracted and accessed entirely electronically. This is needed when analyzing many companies at once. Looking at the source documents adds a level of understanding that looking just at the extracted numbers cannot convey. For instance, if there is a change in control, how much does the current management team stand to make as a result? Or is the company leasing land from the company’s founder? The goals for this session are to increase your familiarity with the relevant sources, and to demystify the SEC documents. For those accustomed to doing company research, this will likely be a review, but for those who only have looked at the extracted numbers, there is much to learn from the documents. This session will be led by a librarian with extensive finance research experience. The goal of this session is to demystify the financial documents that companies file with the SEC.

Registration confirmation information:
Upon registering, a confirmation email from will be sent with instructions for joining the webinar. To ensure delivery of that email, configure your junk mail or spam filter(s) to permit messages from that address. GPO staff will also email your access information the day before the webinar. If you do not receive your login information, please email

Prior to the webinar:
For those participating via a desktop or laptop computer (preferred method), a WebEx plug-in must be installed (one-time only). Download instructions. Some features will not be available for users participating with a tablet or smartphone. Devices need to have a WebEx app installed from the device’s app store, which may take time. After installation, the app will ask for you to Allow or Deny permissions.

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Agency of the Month


Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  HUD seal

Established in 1965. HUD's six core functions are listed in the U.S. Government Manual:

  • insuring mortgages for single-family and multifamily dwellings and extending loans for home improvement and for the purchasing of mobile homes
  • Channeling funds from investors to the mortgage industry through the Government National Mortgage Association - Ginnie Mae
  • Making direct loans for construction or rehabilitation of housing projects that benefit the elderly and handicapped
  • Providing Federal housing subsidies for low- and moderate-income families
  • Giving community development grants to States and communities
  • Promoting and enforcing fair housing and equal housing opportunity

HUD Social Media Directory - links to all of HUD's official social media platforms.

State Information

HUD Handbooks, Forms, and Publications

Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

March 4, 1861: GPO opened 

March 4, 1873: First issue of the Congressional Record

March 4, 1917: Jeannette Rankin (Montana) became the first woman to serve as a Member of Congress

March 4, 1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office. Read his famous inaugural address ("the only thing we have to fear...").


Holidays, Special Days, and Observances



Women's History Month

March 14, Pi Day

March 22, World Water Day

March 25, National Medal of Honor Day



Reference Resource of the Month

HUD-eGIS Storefront

Access HUD's geospatial datasets and APIs. Find content like the Location Affordability Index, School Proficiency Index, Low Transportation Cost Index, and more.