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A short tutorial on finding state and federal information.


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.

Reference Resource of the Month

HUD Geospatial Data Storefront

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







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 218

Executive Departments of the Month

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Main Website
Mission "To create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all."
Established 1965
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge
Recommended HUD Resources

Johnson boyhood home

Located in Johnson City, Texas, this is the boyhood home of President Lyndon Johnson, who signed the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (Image source: Library of Congress).

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

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 the U.S. Congress.