Government is made for the people, made by the people,
and answerable to the people.

Government Officials have an obligation to explain their decisions and actions to the general public.  Government publications play a key role in this accountability.

Government publications - at all levels - are today a major source of information in practically every field of endeavor and are crucial to informed public decision-making.

Depository Libraries provide access to government publications.  The Ohio State University has two Federal Depository Libraries on its Main Campus.  Thompson Library has been a depository since 1907, and Moritz Law Library become one in 1984.  Thompson Library is also a depository for the State of Ohio and for the European Union.

All levels of government from local to international treaty organizations produce documents and information.  In general the larger the entity the more likely it is to publish. These publications range the gamut from primary source materials for scholarly research to informational pamphlets for the general public.

What are Government Publications?
Definition of, discussion about, and further reading on the topic of Government Publications – Information and Documents.

Finding Government Publications
Resources for researching and locating documents and information from Federal, State, County, Municipal, Foreign, and Treaty Organization sources.  

General Resources


Specialized Resources

Laws and Legislation
Budgets and Appropriations
Census and Other Statistical Publications and Data
Government Research, Reports and Studies


Other Resources

Useful or Fun Sites
Free Tutorials  

Citing Government Publications
Resources for citing government publications.

Federal, State and Local tax forms
Current and past Federal, State and Local tax forms.

Hot Topics
Consumer-oriented and general interest web sites from government and non-profit agencies, including many Ohio and Columbus/Franklin County resources

Visitor Information
Helpful information for users.

Directions and Parking
Collection Access and Assistance
Reference Assistance and Borrowing
Guest Computer Access
Overview of OSU Thompson GovDoc Collection