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General Catalogs and Indexes

MSU Libraries' Catalog

A searchable listing of items at the MSU Libraries, as well as the Library of Michigan, including US government documents published after 1976. Documents published prior to 1976 are included, but some are not.

Includes print, microfiche and online documents.

Advanced Search: Catalog

  • Catalog of US Government Publications
    Catalog of government documents and information distributed by the Government Printing Office since 1976 and selected older documents. Includes links to online documents. Documents not available from the MSU Libraries are usually available from the Library of Michigan or ILL.
  • Worldcat
    WorldCat contains more than 35 million records describing items owned by MSU Libraries and libraries around the world; each record indicates library holdings.
  • Guide to U.S. Government publications
    Lists government serials and series publications. Provides agency chronologies and traces changes in government and agency organization and publications over time.
    Z1223.Z7 G82 MSU Main Library, Center Reference
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications: MetaLib
    Search across over 50 U.S. federal government agency databases from to Index to Military Periodicals to TreeSearch.
  • National Archives: Online Public Access
    Searches the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for catalog descriptions, histories and biographies; Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for electronic records;; one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives, which are not available elsewhere online.
  • GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms & Abbreviations
    This guide lists acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by the United States federal government. Each acronym is defined and links to the home page (or best alternative) of the identified department, agency, office, program or publication.

    While Appendix A of the U.S. Government Manual provided the foundation of GovSpeak, this expanded list includes hundreds of acronyms not included in that publication; most have been discovered by manual reviews of department websites. Links are checked and updated monthly.

    Please note: as of June 2011, GovSpeak no longer includes military acronyms. Please see instead the DoD Dictionary of Military Terms.

  • Popular Names of U.S. Government Reports
    Since many government publications become known by short titles that appear nowhere on the piece, and since libraries catalog them under institutional titles, a device for
    tying the two together is needed. The present catalog is the fourth edition of a work the Library of Congress first issued in 1966.”
    …. From the Foreword. Donald F. Wisdom, Chief, Serial and Government Publications Division.

Specialized Indexes and Full Text Databases

  • Proquest Congressional
    Includes congressional committee hearings, prints, documents and reports, the Serial Set, CRS reports and the Congressional Record full text online. Searching tips
  • Proquest Statistical
    Indexes and abstracts statistical publications from the US government, state governments, international organizations, and professional associations. Links to full-text materials are provided, some in spreadsheet format. Indexed publications are also available in the Documents department (3West) in paper or fiche.
  • NTIS National Technical Information Service Index, 1964-present
    This growing collection, including millions of publications and technical materials from U.S. federal agencies, industry and university contractors with the federal government. Index only. Use ILL to access reports.
  • FDsys
    FDsys (formerly known as GPO Access) is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government, including Presidential Documents, the Congressional Record, Congressional bills and laws and regulations. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from FDsys can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.

Government Information Librarian


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