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Government Information: Guides to Government Documents

Covers federal, state and local government resources as well as international resources

Guides to Finding Government Documents

Government Information at Rod Library

Government Documents and Maps
  • Located on the north side of the first (bottom) floor
  • Contains the U.S. government documents, Iowa documents, microfiche, maps and atlases
  • Assistance is provided by staff at the Reference Desk.
  • Students may check out most documents and maps for three weeks with one week renewals. Graduate students may check out most material for the current semester, and faculty for the current academic year. All academic year and current semester loans are subject to recall after three weeks.
  • Documents and Maps circulate from the main circulation desk
  • Atlases shelved in the Map Reference area do not circulate
  • Rod Library is a selective depository for federal publications and receives approximately 35 percent of the publications distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office
  • Rod Library is a full depository for the State of Iowa documents
  • The Iowa Documents collection contains directories, research reports, newsletters, regulations, and pamphlets from about 120 Iowa agencies

How Do I Find Government Documents?

Governments of all types and levels are making more information available online through library catalogs, databases and websites. Listed below are some starting points for your research:

  • UNISTAR (Online Catalog)
    • More than 100,000 U.S. government publications can be found in UNISTAR
    • Government documents are identified by the location codes "UNI Documents" and/or "UNI Docs Internet"
  • Databases and Resources

Citing Government Documents