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Federal Depository Library ProgramThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code). The King Library is one of over 1,300 libraries in the United States designated as a federal depository library. The library joined the depository program in 1962 and serves California's 16th U.S. Congressional District.

Understanding Government Publications Call Numbers

Citing Government Publications

Sources for citing: DocsCite, RefWorks. and Basic Legal Citation. Arizona State University has set  up an interactive program, called DocsCite.  Use this to cite in either APA or MLA style. RefWorks also has a government publication module. Basic Legal Citation is from Cornell University.

Basic legal citation by Peter Martin is helpful in determining the correct legal citation.  This also includes 3 tutorials on the basics related to legal citation.

Congressional Serial Set

Overview of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Finding Government Information

How to search for Government Publications at the King Library

  1. From the library's classic catalog, click on the Advanced Search tab, next to the Basic tab.
  2. Type in your key words, this example is looking for Congressional Hearings on Health issues.
  3. Limit location to SJSU
  4. Limit to Government Publications: Federal (or state,etc.)


  Try our online Catalog to find a government publication! search

LiberGov Search

 This is a search engine for freely available public domain govt information (inc Congressional member & committee sites, members' social media, news etc). Developed by James Jacobs, Stanford University.

Federal Digital System (Fdsys)

The Federal Digital System provides free access to publications from all three branches of the federal government.  You can search or browse for any reports and download the information.

For help in using this system please click on this link to access tutorials on searching FDsys.

Susan Kendall

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Location Map for Government Publications at King Library

Government Publications Catalog

A meta-database from the federal government, the Government Publications Catalog  is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. This is a new version (October, 2010) of the Government Publications Catalog and is also called Metalib because of its ability to search the catalog and other government databases.

Non-governmental organizations search

Search this form for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Inter-governmental agencies

Search intergovernmental agencies using this form