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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

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How to Contact Your Elected Officials (opens another guide)

Tax Information (opens another guide)

Federal Government

Arkansas 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

  • Showcasing FDLP Retirees This link opens in a new windowDec 28, 2021

    Are you a recently or soon-to-be retired member of the FDLP community? GPO wants to congratulate you on! Reach out to Library Services & Content Management, and please send us:

    • Your name as you would like it to appear.
    • A photo of yourself for the homepage.
    • The institution from which you are retiring.
    • The number of years you have worked with Government documents.
    • Any other fun fact you would like to share about your career or plans for retirement.


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Agency of the Month

Department of the Interior   Interior seal

  • Read about the agency in the U.S. Government Manual.  Its history, significant personnel, sub-agencies, and tasks and services are described. There is also an organization chart and helpful links.  From the manual:
    • The Department manages the Nation's public lands and minerals, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and western water resources and upholds Federal trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. It is also responsible for endangered species and migratory wildlife conservation; historic preservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping geological, hydrological, and biological science; and giving financial and technical assistance to the insular areas


Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

January 3, 1863: Emancipation Proclamation 

January 22, 1975: Landsat 2 launched 

January 25, 1860: birthday of Charles Curtis, the first Native American vice president

January 28, 1986: Challenger space shuttle disaster

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

National Handwriting Day (January 23, John Hancock's birthday)

Reference Resource of the Month


Guide to U.S. Government Publications / John L. Andriot

  • formerly called "Andriot" after the editor
  • Organizes content by SuDoc numbers
  • Provides an overview of when particular SuDocs were in use throughout history

Image of the Month

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from the Department of the Interior's Instagram account.