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Arkansas State University

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

Stay in and Stay Warm With Free Webinars From GPO This Winter This link opens in a new windowJan 29, 2021

This message has been cross-posted. Please excuse any duplication.

Check out these free, upcoming educational webinars from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO):

Two recent, pre-recorded webcasts are also available:

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation from GPO for each webinar they attend. Closed captioning is available for all webinars. Registrants will be sent access information upon registering.

View the FDLP Academy Training Repository for recorded webinars and webcasts. All are encouraged to share and re-post information about these free training opportunities.

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Agency of the Month

Commerce Department    Commerce seal

The Commerce Department was formed in 1913 when the existing Department of Commerce and Labor split in two. Now, the department does...a lot, as their description in the U.S. Government Manual indicates: "The Department of Commerce promotes the Nation's domestic and international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement by fostering free enterprise worldwide, supporting fair trade, compiling social and economic statistics, protecting Earth's physical resources, granting patents and registering trademarks, and assisting small and minority-owned businesses."

Within the Commerce Department are:

Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

Did you know NOAA has a database of Wrecks and Obstructions that appear on their nautical charts?  

The Census Bureau provides interesting ready-made infographics and data visualizations.

10 Black history facts you may not know


Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

Reference Resource of the Month

Need to know what the weather was on the day you were born or another significant day? Climate Data Online from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information provides free access to an extensive archive of historical weather and climate data. 

For example, on February 11, 1986 (the day of Public Law 99-244, creating National Black (Afro-American) History Month) it was snowing in various places in the U.S.: 

Snowfall map