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Government Information Research Guide

Government information resources to support academic studies, both within and outside of Florida Tech.

Introduction

This research guide focuses on Government Information Resources to assist students in their studies.

The box below this one, "Free Access for All", provides access on how to access government information resources that contain information on a wide variety of subjects. 

For research related to specific colleges or academic topics within FIT, or the operation of various branches of the U.S. Government, we recommend that you consult the vertical series of tabs to the left of this box.

For government information resources to assist you in your life outside of school, we recommend that you visit our research guide "Government Information for the Citizen".

About Government Information and the Federal Depository Library Program

The United States Government publishes authoritative research and statistics on aeronautics, agriculture, business, the economy, demographics, diseases, energy, engineering, the environment, manufacturing, nutrition, space, weather, and most other subjects. It also documents the functioning of our democracy by publishing the papers and actions of the President and federal agencies, the laws and proceedings of Congress, the opinions of the courts, and other information for citizens ranging from disaster preparedness to finding jobs to patents and trademarks, and much, much more.

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Evans Library is dedicated to making information from and about the federal government available and understandable to all citizens of Brevard County. We have a small collection of print documents; these are typically older documents, although new editions of essential titles such as laws and regulations still arrive in print. Other material is available in microfiche, and may be viewed and copied using microfiche readers provided in the library.  However, the majority of current information is online and may be reached through the Library's catalog or this research guide.

Free Access for All

We strive to provide easy access to government information.

  • Everyone is welcome to use the documents collection within the library. You do not have to be a Florida Tech student, faculty, or staff member.
  • You may check out most documents with a Florida Tech ID. Exceptions are reference documents and periodicals, all of which are labeled "Reference" or "For Library Use Only."
  • Non-university patrons may use the documents within the library, or may have another library borrow a document through its interlibrary loan system.

Means of finding and accessing government information include the Evans Library's catalog (see  5 Easy Steps for finding Government Information, the tabs of this research guide (arranged vertically on the left side of this page), and Federal Government websites such as the following:

  • USA.gov (official portal to all U.S. Federal Government websites)
  • GovInfo.gov (portal for finding government information)
  • Data.gov (central hub for open government datasets and data tools of all kinds for free public use).
  • Science.gov (access to scientific research sponsored by the Federal Government)

Elected officials may also be a means of obtaining government information.