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Government Publications at Connecticut College

The government documents collection includes publications in print, electronic, and microfiche formats. Connecticut College has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1926. Our catalog includes records for 135,000 print documents, and some 30,000 in electronic format, not including those that can be accessed through our database subscriptions. We currently select 34% of all documents available to depository libraries. We also collect Connecticut state documents. 

Several hundred new documents are typically added to the collection each month depending on the activity of the Government Printing Office (GPO), including their ability to find and catalog recent publications from government agencies that do not necessarily report their latest activity. The vast majority of these new documents, now some 97%, are published in electronic format, or born digital.

The print collection is located on the lower-level of Charles E. Shain Library. While not all documents are represented in the Library Catalog, it is still the best place to start your search. 


Where should I search for government information?

  • Catalog of Government Publications (CGP)
    The main catalog of federal government publications produced by the GPO.
  • Connecticut State Library
    The Connecticut State Library is a regional depository library, which means their collection is far larger than our own selective collection at Connecticut College. If we have trouble finding government information, we turn to the State Library first.
  • FDsys
    GPO's Federal Digital System provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government. Most content is recent, with some going back to the 1990s.
  • Library Catalog
    The library catalog (Caravan) at Connecticut College is a great place to search for government information. On the Advanced search tab, use the Location drop-down feature, and select Government Publications to limit your search.
  • National Security Archive
    Based at George Washington University, the National Security Archive advocates for freedom of information, and they analyze and publish previously secret government documents.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Available by login only to those affiliated with Connecticut College, this database includes congressional hearings from 1824 to present (full text from 1824-2003), Bill text (1989-), Campaign contributions (1987-), Campaign finance data (1989-), Committee reports (1990-), Congressional Record Bound (1789-1997), Congressional Record Daily (1985-), Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports (1916-), GAO reports (2004-), House and Senate Documents (1995-), Legislative Histories (1969-), Public Laws (1988-), US Code, and more.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps
    Available by login only to those affiliated with Connecticut College, this is a dynamic collection of 50,000+ maps ranging from the great atlases to small individual maps clarifying very specific land questions.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1993
    Available by login only to those affiliated with Connecticut College, this database offers access to a massive collection of reports and documents published by the House and Senate from 1817 onward; a uniquely rich and wide-ranging collection of documents on American history. It also includes special reports to Congress, communications from the president, and reports from executive branch agencies, as well as the American State Papers, 1789-1838.

Public Access to Documents at Connecticut College

For visitors:

Attention: Shain Library is being renovated and is not accessible in person at this time. Please visit the Renovation website for more information.

All are welcome to use the Government Documents collection during regular library hours. There are stand-up computer terminals available for guest access on the main floor of the library, as well as on the lower level near the print collection of documents. For more information on guest use of library facilities, please see the Shain Library Policies.

Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the United States Code (44 USC 19) deals specifically with the national depository library program. Section 1911 pertains to free public use: 

"Depository libraries shall make Government publications available for the free use of the general public."

To that effect, I am your main point of contact if you need help finding government information. Please contact me directly if you need special accommodations. My contact information is available in the box at the top-right side of this screen.


New Government Documents

Click on the "Available online" link to go directly to the new resource.  Click on the title to see the resource in the library catalog.

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Government Documents

Connecticut College
Charles E. Shain Library
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

(860) 439-2656
andrew.lopez at conncoll.edu

Library Assistance

The Government Documents librarian is available for:

  • class workshops or presentations
  • helping to create assignments that make use of gov docs
  • group assistance on research projects
  • individual research consultations
  • public service

Please use the contact information in the box above to get in touch.


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