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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

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Federal Government

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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

  • Deadline Extended to Apply for First LSCM Pilot Project This link opens in a new windowSep 29, 2021

    The deadline to apply to take part in the first LSCM Pilot Project has been extended to Friday, October 15, 2021.

    The first opportunity is scoped as cataloging, item-level inventory, condition assessment, and digitization of between 200-300 monographs from the U.S. Department of War (formed 1789; dissolved 1947), Superintendent of Documents call number stem W, or other war-era temporary agencies. The scope of the documents should be either the U.S. war years of WWI (1914-1918) or WWII (1941-1945).

    Review the application, log in to your library’s FDLP account, and submit your application through askGPO. Both regional and selective libraries are encouraged to apply.

    LSCM Pilot Projects are opportunities for FDLP libraries to collaborate with GPO in areas such as cataloging, collection inventory, condition assessments, and preservation. These jointly-conducted projects are envisioned to benefit the larger FDLP community and ultimately to enhance access to the National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information.

    Read more ...

Agency of the Month

Department of Justice     image of Department of Justice logo

The agency's mission statement: 

"To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

The Department of Justice dates to 1870, along with the Office of the Solicitor General. See all the current units on the Organization, Mission and Functions Manual and Agencies webpages.


Also of interest to depository libraries is the DOJ's Publications webpage and the DOJ Library's digitized legislative histories of significant laws.


Department of Justice Video:



Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Learn more about bats from the National Park Service during Bat Week.

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S., in Brooklyn, NY.


Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

Reference Resource of the Month

MetaLib is a federated search within the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Using this one tool, you can simultaneously search 70 U.S. Government websites and portals, including sites like the FBI Vault,,, CancerLit, and more. 

Try it out or view a webinar on MetaLib.

Image of the Month

photo of Spirit of Justice sculpture

"Spirit of Justice" sculpture in the Department of Justice building. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.