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Government Documents

Welcome to the North Carolina Central University Libguide for Governemnt Documents. Your Government Documents Librarian is Eric Morris, and he is available online and at (919) 530-6598

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Databases are a searchable collections of documents or data.



Electronic Information You Need  

Federal Register @ your Fingertip


The Federal Register was created in 1935 under the Federal Register Act and was further enlarged and amended by the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946.

Federal Register serves as the main source for the U.S. federal government agencies to propose new rules and regulations, announce final rules and changes to existing rules, and notify the public of meetings and adjudicatory proceedings.

The Federal Register updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and consists of four types of entries.

  • Presidential Documents, including Executive orders and proclamations
  • Rules and Regulations, including policy statements and interpretations of rules
  • Proposed Rules, including petitions for rulemaking and other advance proposals
  • Notices, including scheduled hearings and meetings open to the public, grant applications, and administrative orders

We recommend reading About the Federal Register for a brief overview of the structure and value of the Federal Register.

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Vital Documents

A-Z List of Agencies 

2010 Census



Get your facts straight about the 2010 Census! Includes information on how it works, why it is important, and how to become a part of the future.

Census on Campus

The Census on Campus Initiative seeks to educate, engage, and mobilize college and university students, administration, faculty, and parents so that in the 2010 Census, every individual is counted—once, and in the right place.

Census in Schools

Explore the Census in Schools Web site to learn about the importance of census data and how it can help you learn about your world. Visit the Materials for Schools section to get lesson plans, maps, teaching guides, and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the Census.

North Carolina Census 2020

2020 Census information about NC. Created by the NC State Data Center and the NC Office of State Budget and Management.


Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

The Catalog is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.

United States Congress legislation, Congressional Record debates, Members of Congress​, legislative process educational resources presented by the Library of Congress.


Govinfo is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides online search of a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from govinfo can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program and has grown out of Public Law 103-40, known as the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act of 1993.

United States Government Manual (1995--present)

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Homeland Security Resources


Homeland Security covers emergency preparedness that includes police management, medical volunteers and fire staff, and intelligence activities conducted nationally and abroad, mostly covered by the FBI. It also covers infrastructure protection and perimeter protection that entails protecting our country, bridges, monuments and large buildings. It covers border security including land, water and air. It also covers transportation security including airlines and water transportation. Bio-defense is also included. This may include defending the United States country biohazards. Detecting radioactive material in the atmosphere is also covered. Of course, continued research into future security technologies is covered in the scope of Homeland Security.

Shepard Library Resources

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