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Government Information: Home

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

Agency of the Month


Department of the Treasury     

The Department of the Treasury manages the money resources of the United States. That includes regulating banks, determining economic policy, collecting taxes, and manufacturing money for circulation. This agency therefore includes both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Mint, and it can tell you the national debt to the penny.


The department was established by the first session of Congress, in 1789.  Read a history of the Treasury here and see a list of its current bureaus here.


Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, AL for refusing to give up her bus seat.

December 5, 1933: Raise a glass! Prohibition (18th Amendment) ended when Utah ratified the 21st Amendment. 

Do you use Dewey?  Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification, was born on December 10, 1851.

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

December 21: winter begins (Northern Hemisphere) or summer begins (Southern Hemisphere)

December 25: Christmas Day

Reference Resource of the Month

Your Guide to America's Finances is updated annually and presents information and useful graphics and comparisons about the Federal government's revenue, spending, deficit, and debt.

FRASER is an extensive digital library of economic and financial information. It's hosted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. The site also has an education page with free resources to use for 6th grade and up.

Image of the Month

photo of Nellie Tayloe Ross

Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first female governor (WY) and the first female director of the U.S. Mint. This photo from the Library of Congress shows her at her farm in Maryland in 1938.