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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

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

  • Webinar: Importance of Tangible Formats 

    Register to attend the live training webinar, "Importance of Tangible Formats."


    Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)


    Recording and closed captioning are available. All webinars are free of charge.

    • Speaker: Susanne Caro, Government Information Librarian, The Libraries, North Dakota State University
    • Learning outcomes: With most new Federal materials offered in an electronic format, should you keep anything in a physical format? Extra space on the shelves is compelling, but before you weed there are some factors to consider. In this webinar, we will look at some of the reasons to hold on to tangible formats.

    Registration confirmation information:
    Upon registering, a confirmation email from will be sent with instructions for joining the webinar. To ensure delivery of that email, configure your junk mail or spam filter(s) to permit messages from that address. GPO staff will also email your access information the day before the webinar. If you do not receive your login information, please email

    Prior to the webinar:
    For those participating via a desktop or laptop computer (preferred method), a WebEx plug-in must be installed (one-time only). Download instructions. Some features will not be available for users participating with a tablet or smartphone. Devices need to have a WebEx app installed from the device’s app store, which may take time. After installation, the app will ask for you to Allow or Deny permissions.

    Read more ...



Agency of the Month

Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security seal

This is one of the newer departments in the Federal government, having begun operations on January 24, 2003. It brought together a variety of agencies, from the Secret Service and the U.S. Coast Guard to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionFEMA, and the Transportation Security Administration.

From the U.S. Government Manual: "The Department of Homeland Security prevents terrorism and enhances security, secures and manages the Nation’s borders, enforces and administers its immigration laws, safeguards and secures cyberspace, and ensures resilience to disasters."

The "What We're Saying" Twitter page from DHS brings together tweets from official DHS accounts.


Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

May 6, 1937: Hindenburg disaster. Read the discussion in Congress on 5/14/1937 about hydrogen vs. helium for aviation.

May 11, 1893: dancer Martha Graham was born

May 12, 2016: The National Bison Legacy Act established the bison as the national mammal of the U.S.

May 14, 1804: Lewis & Clark expedition departed St. Louis


Reference Resource of the Month


Homeland Security Digital Library

Federal depository libraries can sign up for free access to the full content of this valuable resource containing non-classified policy and national strategy documents and specialized resources related to homeland security.