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A guide to accessing government information and publications.
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Government Documents

The Clark Memorial Library at Shawnee State University serves as a selective depository for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). You can learn more about the FDLP here.


Core Documents of our Democracy


Getting Started

If you're just getting started looking for government information, you can start with the Popular Resources. You might also find what you're looking for in our catalog. Please note that if you're looking for something in our collection, while all government documents are given a SuDoc number, we do not catalogue based on the SuDoc number; all of our materials, government documents included, are interfiled.


Health Care Law

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Access the authenic, digital version of the law on GPO's Federal Digital System. You can learn about open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces that begins on October 1, 2013 and the bulk of provisions that go into effect on January 1, 2014 including consumer protections, tax credits, and the individual mandate.

Link to Affordable Care Act on FDsys:


Veterans History Project

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."


This project relies upon volunteers to record the remeberances of veteran's using the provided guidelines.

There is no deadline for participation. The Project is ongoing and continues to be supported by Congress.

For further information visit:


In Celebration of Independence


To view other Fourth of July postcards from the early 20th

century visit:


War Posters

From: State Library of Ohio

"Keeping America Informed:Celebrating 150 Years of the U.S. Government Printing Office

World War II Posters

During World War II the U.S. Government Printing Office printed posters created by various offices, agencies, branches, and bureaus of the United States. The posters were meant to gain support for the war, encourage sacrifice, inspire patriotism, recruit, and unite the country.

The collection of World War II posters on display at the State Library of Ohio was donated to the State Library by Lt. Richard Fisher, an Army Intelligence Officer. He worked at the State Library as a documents librarian prior to entering the service."

Visit these links to view War posters:

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Ben's Guide

Ben's Guide to U.S Government for Kids

"Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is brought to the World Wide Web as a service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information.

This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to the U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids."



FedFlix offers the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors. All of these materials are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.


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