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Government Information: Home

A short tutorial on finding state and federal information.

Reference Resource of the Month

The National Center for Education Statistics is "the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education." The Annual Reports section of the site brings together data from various surveys. 

Image of the Month

Education department poster on drugs

Education Department poster, 1992. Courtesy of University of Maryland, U.S. Government Posters Collection.

Agency of the Month

Department of Education    logo for Education department

It's back to school month, the agency of the month had to be the Department of Education! 

From the U.S. Government Manual: "The Department of Education ensures equal access to education; promotes educational excellence; and administers, coordinates, and makes policy for most Federal assistance to education with the aim of raising levels of student achievement and readiness for the global future."

You might not know that the agency includes an Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.  The Federal Student Aid office is also within the Department of Education.The National Library of Education is a depository library and manages the Education Resources Information Center (or ERIC).









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.

DoD Feature Stories

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Holidays, Special Days, and Observances


Labor Day (first Monday in September)

September 17: Constitution Day

National Preparedness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month


Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

September 4, 1886: Geronimo surrendered, ending last major U.S.-Indian war

September 8, 1900: Galveston, TX hurricane

September 11, 2001: World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks. 

September 19, 1796: President George Washington's Farewell Address News Feed

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