What are government documents?
The federal government established a system of depository libraries in 1813. The WSU Libraries, #0643, became a depository in 1907 along with many other land grant institution libraries. The FDLP symbol is posted at the entryway to the Holland and Terrell Libraries and the Owen Science & Engineering Library as well as on the Libraries' home page.
The State of Washington also has a depository program, started in 1963. The WSU Libraries is a full state depository and receives all of the documents distributed by the state government.
After viewing these pages and completing the exercises you should:
- understand basic government organization and the types of publications that are produced;
- know several databases for finding government documents and how to search them; and
- know more about evaluating and citing government documents