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u.s. government information -- env st 110
introduction to environmental studies



The Washington and Lee University Library is a selective Depository for U.S. Federal Government Publications, as is the W&L Law Library.  Thus, tens of thousands of U.S. Government publications can be located via Annie, the W&L library catalog, such as this example.

Here are some additional tools you can use to identify and use U.S. Government information:

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Basic finding tool for publications from a wide range of agencies.

Federal Digital System

Developing (2010- ) gateway to official U.S. Federal Government publications.

Government Search Engines

Internet search engines limited to government Web pages.   (Keep in mind the impermanance of Web information.  For example, what about presidential documents?)

Federal Government Oversight Agencies

Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, etc.

Here are some examples of well-known Federal Government information series covering environmental and energy issues.

Particularly useful agency sites include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA).