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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:

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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.

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.

Image of the Month

Coast guard signal

Training exercise at Pea Island, North Carolina, c. 1942. From the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office photo collection.

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

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